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World Travel, Government Affairs and Advocacy position


World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU)

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Senior Manager Advocacy and Government Affairs

Status: Exempt

Department: Association Services

Type: Non-Represented

Supervisor: Vice President Association Services

Date: September 2011



 Lead World Council world class advocacy services. Undertake analysis, strategy development and advocacy

for World Council members and credit unions in general with global standard setting bodies. Represent the

interests of World Council, its members and credit unions as appropriate with global bodies related to financial

services. Support national credit union organizations in legislative and regulation analysis, development and




 1. Establish a Legislative and Regulatory Agenda: Develop and implement an effective strategy for

advocating the interests of World Council’s members before international and national policy making

and regulatory bodies. Identify key trends and telegraph forth coming actions in the legislative

regulatory arena. Establish priorities and strategies for addressing key legislative and regulatory issues.

Recommend strategic action plan and policy direction for legislative and regulatory affairs.


Manage advocacy program that allows credit unions to influence and shape public policy that supports

the safety and soundness of credit unions, protects the competitive capacity of credit unions and

empowers credit union service to their members.

Analyze member demands and market trends. Provide a focal point for member advocacy issues and

communications. Utilizing annual or occasional WOCCU membership survey(s), collect and disseminate

specific legislative and regulatory information.

Understand credit union operations and the impact of legislation and regulation issues on the credit

unions. Analyze technical problems and issues, identify credit union impacts and provide political

expertise on legislative and regulatory challenges.

Work with the communications department to communicate and educate members and credit unions on

key issues.


2. International Advocacy:

Support members by proactively engaging in policy dialogue with international standard setting bodies

such as the International Accounting Standards Board, Bank for International Settlements, Financial

Action Task Force, Group of 20 and others. Work with policymakers, industry and government officials

to ensure appropriate and proportional supervisory and legislative environment for credit unions.

Facilitate the global exchange of issues, impacts, advocacy programs and compliance strategies for

legislative and regulatory issues.

Direct WOCCU’s consultant and advocacy in the European Union and coordinate the activities of the

European Network of Credit Unions.


Contact, communicate with, network with global bodies raise the awareness and profile of credit unions,

World Council and financial cooperatives with global standard setting bodies. Draft talking points,

letters, testimony, position papers as appropriate.


3. National Advocacy: Support members in their lobbying efforts to improve the legislative and regulatory

environments for credit unions.


On behalf and at the request of members, provide analytical review or local advocacy support for

legislative and regulatory development. Analyze the legislation and regulations proposed around the

world to identify trends and determine effective strategies to promote favorable credit union laws and

combat unfavorable legislation and regulation.

Develop favorable credit union legislation and regulation models to be used around the world. Oversee

and update legislative / regulatory tools including the International Guide to Credit Union Legislation,

Model Law and Model Regulations for Credit Unions.


4. International Credit Union Regulator Network Secretariat: Manage support to the International

Credit Union Regulator Network Secretariat. Produce the Global Regulatory newsletter.

Coordinate the global and regional regulator roundtable meetings and run the secretariat for the

International Credit Union Regulator’s Network. Coordinate regional regulator meetings when



5. Meetings and Reporting: Meet with global standard setting bodies, policy makers and members to

advocate for credit union interests.

Write legislative and regulatory updates, reports and communiques for members.

Develop and maintain the World Council Advocacy and Government Affairs section of the


Participate in World Council and member events to speak to relevant legislative and regulatory issues.


6. Administrative:

Manage all technical, budgetary and promotional aspects of these tasks. Prepare and submit to

WOCCU’s annual work plans and budget proposals annually. Monitor progress against work plan

activities and in achieving project goals.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data;

Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets

clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.


Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths

& weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy

to changing conditions.


Initiative – Undertakes self-development activities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for

and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The

requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable

accommodations may be made to ensure individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and Experience: Bachelor Degree in business, government affairs, finance, marketing, or related

field. At least 8 years experience in financial and regulatory advocacy, association services, credit unions, and

human resource development are required. Experience with writing and/or reviewing financial sector legislation

and regulations. Demonstrated skills in lobbying, finance, business management, meetings and special events,

oral and written presentations, motivations of volunteers, working with committees, and financial analysis.

Experience in creation and editing both oral and written presentations.


Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work with regulators, central bankers, and senior government officials to

promote credit unions.


Language Skills: Very high language skills required including the ability to read, analyze, and interpret

financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers,

regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.


Reasoning Skills: Very high reasoning skills required including the ability to define problems, collect data,

establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in

mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite applications, Web and Internet utilization.



Up to 80 days per year; including both domestic and international travel.



Washington DC or Madison WI


This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and can be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management deems necessary.

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