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Senior Economist

TITLE:    Senior Economist        
DIVISION/DEPT:    Economics & Statistics
LOCATION:    5710 Mineral Point Road

QUALIFICATIONS

Masters in economics or finance, plus required exams and course work for Ph.D. (i.e., ABD status) preferred.   Experience will be considered in lieu of ABD status.

Excellent writing, public speaking and organizational skills are required.  The ability to relate complex concepts clearly and concisely to persons who may not have extensive training in finance is critical.  Knowledge and experience in macroeconomics, money and banking and statistics are essential and background in regulatory analysis and accounting is helpful. Knowledge of depository institution finance; basic asset-liability-management issues and concepts; and credit union financial data reporting also is desirable.

Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong professional relationships at all levels is crucial. Must be a service-oriented, client-focused, team player – highly organized and with excellent attention to detail.  Ability to multi-task and to work to tight deadlines is essential as is the ability to work using personal initiative and without close supervision.

Ability to travel up to 60 days annually with occasional international travel.

Must be experienced in the use of Microsoft Suite of products.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

Conduct and coordinate research for CUNA Economics & Statistics department, other CUNA & Affiliates departments, state credit union leagues, and CUNA committees.  In particular, work extensively with CUNA Governmental Affairs and Public Relations staff to enhance the organization’s lobbying and public relations efforts.  Co-author comment letters to various regulatory agencies on behalf of CUNA and assist in preparing analysis and briefing materials to witnesses for Congressional testimony.

Provide education and representation of CUNA & Affiliates in public forums, including CUNA and league conferences and schools.  Consult and advise credit union boards, leagues and other credit union organizations on financial management, economic, and regulatory issues.  

Contribute to the department’s quarterly macroeconomic forecast process and to the organization’s annual Environmental Scan. Oversee key aspects of the department’s Monthly Credit Union Estimates survey.

Interact regularly with trade, financial and popular press on the major issues facing credit unions.  Respond to media requests for information and analysis on financial matters.

Develop new products for credit unions that make use of information resources in E&S, and enhance existing products.  This includes working closely with other CUNA departments to enhance and develop basic financial management models and analyses (including cost, profitability, and basic break-even analyses.)