Senior Vice President, Bank Community Engagement & Executive Director, ABA Foundation

19 Jun, 2022


Senior Vice President, Bank Community Engagement & Executive Director, ABA Foundation

American Bankers Association
Washington, D.C.

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Job Description:

The Senior Vice President, Bank Community Engagement will report to the Chief of Communications (CCO). He/she will oversee the Foundation, a separate 501(c)3, and ensure it continues to meet its mission of helping banks of all sizes support the financial well-being of the communities they serve. While the Executive Director oversees day-to-day operations of the Foundation and its staff, the position is primarily funded by ABA. This structure allows more of the Foundation budget to be focused on programming and also helps ensure the Foundation continues to operate in support of ABA and its members.


The SVP will work with the CCO and ABA leadership including the ABA Foundation Board to build on the Foundation’s past success and develop a strategy for the future. The incumbent will ensure the Foundation continues to make a meaningful difference for the industry through programming that addresses areas of need and generates strong support and participation from banks of all sizes across the country. Today those efforts are largely but not exclusively focused on youth financial education, prevention of elder financial abuse, and a range of consumer awareness campaigns. The Executive Director will review the existing programs to see what, if any, recommended changes should be considered.


A key area of focus will be resource development to enable the Foundation to expand its national impact and become more self-sufficient financially by growing reliable and diversified funding sources. The incumbent will generate revenue for the Foundation through strategic and targeted development efforts including sponsorships of Foundation programs, licensing agreements, and other fundraising solicitations of members, nonmembers and outside groups. The ABA Foundation does not make grants of its own but does play a role in aggregating funds to assist with disaster relief under specific circumstances.


The incumbent will lead and direct staff, fostering an inclusive, professional environment; coordinate and engage the Foundation’s volunteer banker board; collaborate closely with ABA’s public policy team on advocacy efforts that align with the Foundation’s mission and share subject matter expertise where appropriate; oversee the Foundation’s disaster relief function when activated; and represent the Foundation, ABA, and ABA members in public settings as an ambassador and thought leader.


Key Responsibilities:


• Develop an updated strategy for Foundation activities supporting our member banks’ community development and philanthropic initiatives.  This strategy should look to expand the Foundation’s national impact and include programmatic activity, thought leadership, advocacy, resource acquisition, and communications.  It will be integrated and consistently articulated to all of the association’s various constituencies including members, ABA staff, the media, government and regulatory officials, industry leaders/ influencers, community leaders and the general public.


• Review and update as needed ABA Foundation programming, resources and activities to ensure they are meeting the needs of members, addressing specific challenges in the communities banks serve, attracting strong participation by banks, and not duplicating other industry and non-industry initiatives.


• Prudently manage the ABA Foundation’s annual budget while expanding strategic and targeted development efforts including sponsorships of Foundation programs, licensing agreements, and other fundraising solicitations of members, nonmembers and outside groups. Establish clear goals for reducing the current financial support from ABA by growing revenue from outside ABA.


• Direct and manage Foundation staff and engage the Foundation’s volunteer board, tapping their knowledge and expertise to ensure Foundation activities are addressing specific needs, supporting bank efforts in the communities they serve and also generating strong participation from banks of all sizes.


• Collaborate with the ABA policy team to identify public policy issues that align with the Foundation’s mission and would benefit from Foundation engagement. Serve as a thought leader on those issues as appropriate.


Key Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Finance and/or Business Administration or related field preferred.

• Minimum of 15 years’ experience in community development or philanthropy, preferably within the financial services industry.

• Demonstrable experience developing and implementing creative new programs and expanding upon existing activities in financial education and consumer awareness.

• Demonstrated fundraising skills.

• Leadership capabilities to expand the ABA Foundation’s national impact and standing as a leader in community development, philanthropic and policy worlds.

• Executive presence that inspires confidence and credibility both internally and externally.

• A thought leader with the ability to influence and effect change.

• The ability to be both strategic and creative, solve problems and establish clear priorities quickly.

• Proven ability to establish and maintain long-standing, productive relationships with leadership within the banking, community development, and philanthropic communities.

• The confidence and leadership capabilities to reposition the ABA’s philanthropy and establish the ABA and its members on the cutting edge of these activities.

• Experience with the grant writing and grant making process.

• Excellent verbal and written skills.

• Experience operating in a bipartisan environment while working on politically sensitive issues.

• Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with others.

• Team player with an ownership mentality who is not afraid to “roll up their sleeves” and make sure the job gets done.

• Experience leading a team successfully.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

• Ability to travel.




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Job posted: 2022-06-19