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Senior Director of Advocacy & Counsel

  • Washington, DC
  • Direct Hire - Full Time
  • First Shift
  • bh_3512
  • Competitive
  • Legal
  • 4/13/2020

Credit Union National Association is recruiting for a Senior Director of Advocacy & Counsel via QTI Executive & Professional Search.

Credit Union National Association is excited to announce an opening for a Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel. This role is responsible for removing barriers for credit unions to fully serve their members as a top priority for CUNA and a key component of the credit union system vision. The Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel plays a significant role in the achievement of this priority by working with the Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer and other Advocacy Team members to ensure that the statutory and regulatory environment under which credit unions operate is as favorable as possible.

Responsibilities:

Analyze Regulatory, Legislative and Legal Issues
  • Analyze regulatory, legislative, and legal issues with a goal of developing consensus positions and communicating them effectively to regulators, CUNA members and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in housing finance and consumer mortgage lending laws and regulations, Community Reinvestment Act requirements, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act requirements.
  • Take the lead legal and regulatory role in managing assigned subject matters and the regulatory processes.
  • Manage CUNA’s participation in legal matters relating to housing, telecommunications, and consumer lending issues by working with outside counsel on the preparation of amicus briefs.
  • Draft regulatory comment letters, congressional letters, member updates, press releases, blog posts, position papers, and other communications related to public policy matters affecting credit unions. Draft and/or coordinate the development of comment letters to Federal agencies, such as the FHFA, NCUA, CFPB, and legislative letters and bill text on matters of importance to credit unions.
Contribute to the Advocacy Team
  • Participate in issue-based teams as assigned.
  • Support the Advocacy Team efforts related to legislative affairs and state governmental affairs.
  • Collaborate with other CUNA staff: look for opportunities to provide support within and outside of the Advocacy Team.
  • Liaison to CUNA credit union committees, as assigned.
  • Assist the Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer with duties, as assigned.
Represent Credit Unions before Policymakers and other Stakeholders
  • Develop contacts with policymakers and staff at relevant regulatory agencies with the goal of advancing the credit union agenda.
  • Develop contacts with consumer advocate groups, industry trade associations, and other stakeholders with a goal of raising the positive profile of credit unions within these groups.
Provide Member Services
  • Serve as staff liaison to CUNA credit union committees and subcommittees, as assigned.
  • Represent CUNA at Administration, congressional meetings, and agency meetings, and state league and credit union functions including oral presentations at conferences and participation on expert panel discussions.
  • Respond to credit union and state league inquiries and feedback.

Qualifications:

  • B.A. and Law Degree required as well as admission to a state bar

  • At least 7+ years’ experience working with a financial regulatory agency, trade association, law firm, or similar entity in the particular area of housing finance policy and consumer mortgage lending.

  • Knowledge and expertise with laws and regulations specific to credit union operations a plus.

  • Requires comprehensive knowledge of ever-changing rules, laws, legislative history, guidelines, and interpretive rulings to which credit unions are subjected or affected, as well as the ability to persuade others of the merits of CUNA’s positions and to handle several complex issues while dealing with a variety of personalities who affect the regulatory process.

  • Requires the ability to make well-reasoned judgments, foresee possible outcomes and communicate, through written and oral communications, complicated issues to credit union members, regulators, legislators and others in an informative and easily understood manner.

  • Undertakes the leading regulatory advocacy role on a range of housing finance and consumer mortgage lending issues with which credit unions must comply. Additional duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • The individual in this position serves as a member of several issue-based teams within the Advocacy Department and may serve as a key staff liaison with CUNA credit union committees and subcommittees which help to develop CUNA policy on public policy issues.

  • Responsible for communications to members on various advocacy and public policy issues through written analyses, newsletter articles, and similar publications.

  • The position also requires the ability to present complex information in an uncomplicated, readily understood manner and the ability to anticipate questions and problems credit union members may have in various public policy areas.

  • The individual also assists Advocacy teammates with several other credit union regulatory issues, which includes communicating CUNA’s position to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the National Credit Union Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Communications Commissions and other agencies, outside stakeholders, and CUNA members.

  • Essential that the individual holding this position be a team player and have the capacity to initiate projects, handle several issues concurrently, and work well within a dynamic department. This position also collaborates closely with members of other departments at CUNA.

  • Ability to travel about 5-10 days annually.

Internal job grade: 14