Removing barriers so that credit unions can more fully serve their members is 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.
Analyze Regulatory and Legal Issues
Analyze regulatory 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 assigned areas and take a lead role in managing assigned regulatory processes.
Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of pending regulations and the rules they amend.
Draft updates, reports, letters and other communications related to public policy matters affecting credit unions, including written materials describing the impact of such matters for CUNA meetings and committees. Draft and/or coordinate the development of comment letters to Federal agencies and legislative amendments 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 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 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 committees and subcommittees, as assigned.
·Represent CUNA at Administration and agency meetings, and league and credit union functions including oral presentations at conferences.
·Respond to Member inquiries and feedback.
B.A. and Law Degree required as well as admission to a state bar. At least 7-10 years of experience working with a financial, regulatory agency, trade association, law firm, or similar entity in the particular area of NCUA safety and soundness laws and regulations. Knowledge and expertise with consumer financial protection laws and regulations also 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 members, regulators and others in an informative and easily understood manner. Undertakes the leading regulatory advocacy role on a range of safety and soundness 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 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 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 National Credit Union Administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 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 10 days annually.
CUNA offers a robust benefit package that includes a 401(k) plan with an employer match, paid leave, tuition reimbursement, Life and LTD insurance, DC commuter expense coverage and a health care package (including dental, vision and prescription coverage). This is an Exempt level position.
For consideration, please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:
Credit Union National Association (CUNA), based in Washington, D.C., 1 block from the Archives/Navy Metro stop, is the premier national trade association serving America's credit unions. The not-for-profit trade group is governed by a volunteer board of directors who are elected by their credit union peers. In partnership with state credit union leagues, CUNA provides many services to credit unions, including representation, information and public relations.