Lead and manage MBA’s Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance (CREF) Group and the CREF functions of MBA by representing, advising and supporting MBA’s member companies involved in the financing of commercial real estate. Toward this end, the Senior Vice President of CREF oversees and executes upon the CREF Group’s responsibilities including public policy development and advocacy, management of the member governance structure, member engagement across the various sectors within CRE finance, content development for CREF-related conferences and other MBA-convened meetings, and the development of best practices, industry standards, compliance resources and business intelligence tools for members.
Leadership and Management
Working with the MBA President & CEO and MBA's member leadership, advance CREF member interests and effectively manage MBA's CREF-related functions.
Engage members and stakeholders. Listen to and interface continually with members (at all levels of experience) across all of the CRE finance sectors in order to understand the specific and common drivers – policy, business and industry-wide issues – impacting the CREF membership and industry.
Lead the MBA CREF team in an effective and strategic manner to advance member business and policy objectives. Manage and coach team. Leading by example, promote professionalism, excellence, collegiality, and commitment to ethical conduct.
Allocate resources and expertise to deliver strong member offerings. Develop and monitor budget to execute on departmental activities.
Public Policy and Advocacy
Lead the development of MBA's policy positions and priorities impacting CREF members, working through governance structure, including MBA's Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Board of Governors (COMBOG), the CREF Business Councils, committees, task forces and working groups, as applicable.
Drive policy success and progress on key policy positions consistent with priorities approved by COMBOG.
Lead advocacy on regulatory issues, draft persuasive letters and other communications, and serve as subject-matter expert for CREF matters with internal and external stakeholders.
Develop and manage relationships with key regulators, including those at the Treasury Department, the banking agencies, FHFA, FHA, SEC, DOL and other agencies as applicable.
Partner with MBA's Legislative & Political Affairs department on legislative advocacy. Execute on member engagement opportunities in policy development and advocacy, including at the National Advocacy Conference, with the Mortgage Action Alliance, and with member committees/task forces.
Develop thought leadership documents and initiatives that advance MBA's CREF policy and industry agenda.
Inform membership on material policy developments through regular and issue-specific member communications.
Collaborate and coordinate with the Residential Policy & Member Engagement team and other MBA departments to frame industry responses to promote MBA’s positions.
Develop and oversee strong working relationships with stakeholder groups, including other real estate trade associations. Seek opportunities to collaborate and execute on coalition-based initiatives.
Member Engagement and Value
Strengthen member engagement to enhance value for CREF members and the industry writ large.
Advise and work with COMBOG and its leadership on agenda setting for meetings and identification of action items.
Advise and work with the COMBOG Nominating Committee to identify industry leadership.
Oversee and provide directional guidance to CREF member councils, roundtables, committees and task forces to identify/address core issues for member constituencies and to sustain engagement.
Engage in strategic, targeted outreach to member sectors to enhance MBA value. Seek to engage professionals at member companies from executive level to junior professionals.
Develop strong content for flagship CREF Convention & Expo, CREF Servicing & Tech Conference, mPact (young professionals) meetings, regional member events and other meetings, webinars, and member communications.
Increase visibility with membership and external stakeholders. Partner with Public Affairs and other MBA groups to enhance exposure of MBA’s CREF activities.
Lead the development of best practices, industry standards, strategic education content, compliance resources, and business intelligence tools, in concert with members and other MBA departments.
Education and Experience
A minimum of fifteen years of relevant experience is required.
Knowledge of commercial real estate finance market and industry is required.
Graduate degree in business, finance, public policy, or juris doctorate is preferred.
Leadership and Management Skills Required
Demonstrated leadership skills and effective people management experience with an ability to motivate teams and constituents.
Positive, respectful and resilient demeanor that inspires excellence.
Member-driven focus and approach.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability to present effectively in groups of various sizes, coupled with lucid and persuasive writing skills.
Strong analytical skills that facilitate both technical and bottom-line thinking.
Ability to form trust-based working relationships.
Flexible but strong interpersonal skills that promote collaboration.
Ability to listen to a broad range of constituencies, synthesize diverse viewpoints, and develop actionable steps on behalf of membership.
Steadfast focus on execution and results.
Anticipatory, forward-looking mindset that sees opportunities and challenges ahead.
This position description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other functions, as assigned.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.