Position Description

Specialist, State and Local Association Engagement
Location Washington, DC
Department Residential Policy & Member Engagement
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The incumbent’s key responsibilities will be in support of the Vice President, State Government Affairs and Industry Relations, in various assignments related to state, county or municipal policy and relations with state and local mortgage banking/lending associations. Generally, this will include serving as lead staff of the MBA Ambassador Program and State Relations Committee, programming the MBA Annual State and Local Workshop, administering the business partnership components of the State Relations Initiative and ad-hoc presentations to local associations to ensure their alignment with national MBA policy objectives. The incumbent will also collaborate with the Commercial Multifamily Finance (CREF) Department to continue to foster the creation of CREF capacities (members and policy focus) among state and local associations nationwide. Lastly, the incumbent will assist in researching policy and advocacy issues including the preparation and updating of talking points, PowerPoints, and general briefing and communications materials.



Manage MBA’s State Relations Initiative (SRI) to achieve MBA Strategic Operating Plan objectives in Communications, Business Development, and Advocacy by engaging with the more than 100 independent state and local real estate finance industry associations nationwide:


  • Serve as a first point of contact for the 60+ independent local industry associations.
  • Develop and maintain a “generalist” grasp of key residential and CREF mortgage policy issues and the opportunities for industry professionals to engage in MBA committees, councils, and its grassroots program.
  • Serve as an MBA policy spokesperson at MBA events, including local association events, on a wide range of industry policy and engagement issues.
  • Support efforts to align local associations with MBA’s advocacy objectives by supporting Mortgage Action Alliance (MAA) enrollment campaigns as well as federal and state calls to action.
  • Collaborate with the residential and CREF team members and other MBA departments in support of the state and local government affairs function.
  • Serve as lead contact on the MBA State Legislative Database and train MBA members and state and local partner association leaders on its use.


  • Serve as staff to the MBA State Relations Committee (SRC) and work with SRC co-chairs to plan/hold quarterly calls/meeting that help align state and local group priorities with those of MBA while also receiving partner association feedback.
  • Serve as staff MBA’s Ambassador Program and grow the program to all 50 states by holding regular briefings, issuing dedicated communications, and maintaining key materials for Ambassadors, e.g., a “stock” MBA Update presentation and talking points.
  • Serve as lead staff for several SRC communications, including: SRC Co-Chair reports to the MBA Board of Directors; the SRC Bimonthly Newsletter, and SRC website resources.
  • Maintain the MBA online community for state and local associations by responding to member questions and providing contemporaneous updates on policy developments and other MBA news.
  • Collaborate with CREF Department to communicate advocacy issues, positions and outcomes through its Weekly Policy Updates memorandum to members.

Business Development

  • Collaborate with the MBA’s Membership Department to assist state associations in helping them recruit new MBA members as well as new state and local association members.
  • Collaborate with MBA Education on promoting educational resources and offering discounts based on state and local partners’ needs.
  • Collaborate with the CREF Department to encourage the development of CREF membership and committees among state and local partner associations.
  • Where practicable, work with the Meetings Department to create opportunities for state associations to offer discounts for members of state groups for MBA events.



  • Collaborate with MBA staff on the development of MBA events, and serve lead staff on the annual MBA State and Local Workshop by working with state and local association leaders to produce and develop content, confirm and brief speakers, help coordinate marketing and communications, and help grow Workshop attendance and carry over attendance for the MBA National Advocacy Conference.
  • Lead in the development of virtual meetings of state and local associations to foster year-round collaboration among the groups and with MBA.
  • Compose routine correspondence, electronic communications, talking points, briefing papers, PowerPoints and other materials on specific issues related to MBA’s residential regulatory and legislative priorities. Assist in maintaining website content for the state and local program.



Undergraduate degree in business or public administration required along with a minimum of 3-5 years relevant experience, such as political issue advocacy and/or association management and engagement. Experience should include all aspects of organizing, planning and execution of campaigns. Excellent leadership, written and oral communication, interpersonal, organizational, customer service, and team orientation skills are essential.

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.


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