Director of Education
Positions SpecificationsJob Function: Director
Company: Structured Finance Industry Group
Company Website: www.sfindustry.org
Position Location: Washington, D.C.
Job Description:General Overview
Structured Finance Industry Group, Inc. (“SFIG”) is a member-based, trade industry advocacy group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market. SFIG provides an inclusive network for securitization professionals to collaborate and, as industry leaders, drive necessary changes, be an advocate for the securitization community, share best practices and innovative ideas, and educate industry members through conferences and other programs. Members of SFIG represent all sectors of the securitization market including issuers, investors, financial intermediaries, law firms, accounting firms, technology firms, rating agencies, servicers, and trustees. Further information can be found at www.sfindustry.org.
Formed in March 2013, our institutional membership totals approximately 350 members, represented by a Board of Directors totaling 41 members selected from all membership constituencies. Additional leadership is provided by an executive committee, including Officers of the Board of Directors, select Board members and the Executive Director.
While the Membership of SFIG is geographically diverse, with a concentration in New York, the operational headquarters are based in Washington, D.C. – close to the majority of SFIG’s regulatory and legislative audiences.
SFIG’s culture is one of broad inclusion. SFIG prides itself in ensuring that it represents all aspects of the structured finance industry and extensive governance exists to ensure strict adherence to this principle.
To facilitate broad inclusion of its Membership, SFIG encourages its Members to assume an active role in SFIG advocacy efforts by joining member committees and task forces, which are designed to cover a wide variety of topics relevant to the securitization industry. Members drive the agenda of the organization.
The Director of Education is responsible for development and execution of a comprehensive and robust in-person and online education and member development program.
Specifically the successful individual will be challenged with the following key goals:
- To appropriately resource and significantly enhance all current education initiatives and provide professional and consistent product across programs
- To extend and broaden educational initiatives by adding new programs and products
- To develop a substantial online educational presence by utilizing existing educational and past conference/panel materials combined with additional resources created under goals 1) and 2) above
- To lead the development of revised web-based architecture to create a platform specifically dedicated to online learning
As a senior member of SFIG's management team, the Director of Education is expected to contribute to the strategic development of the organization including long term planning and oversight of specific initiatives and programming. The successful candidate will be expected to effectively partner with both staff and membership, specifically the co-chairs of the organization’s Education and Conference committee.
Responsibilities would include:
- Expanding the SFIG symposia to include additional subject matter beyond “planned advocacy”. This may include advanced skill-set development, introductory learning sessions and ad-hoc hot topics;
- Publishing conference content for member download via audio files and web-casts;
- Developing new web-cast and online video content;
- Expanding range of Women in Securitization (‘WiS”) educational product and working with events coordinator to enable delivery;
- Produce educational content for SFIG’s executive leadership program and evaluate potential for expansion of leadership-focused programs;
- Design and lead implementation of new online learning portal that provides comprehensive educational platform covering all aspects of securitization, ranging from legal and accounting building blocks, through deal structuring, rating process, and ultimately to security sale and investor considerations;
- Develop quarterly “SFIG Journal” and support development of other SFIG physical products such as whitepapers and industry books.
As a representative of the premier securitization trade organization, the successful candidate will interact with senior corporate officers of our member organizations and therefore be expected to have strong communication and writing skills, exemplify the organization’s high professional standards, and still maintain a “roll your sleeves up” attitude in order to support various operational needs.
Qualifications and RequirementsProfessional & Educational Requirements
- Exemplary analytical, writing, verbal and interpersonal communications skills;
- Ability to develop work plans, set deadlines, work well with minimal supervision, prioritize assignments, and organize multiple projects and duties simultaneously while meeting deadlines;
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team, know when to act independently and when to consult for advice on decision-making;
- A willingness to carry out a wide range of activities, including both professional and logistical tasks;
- Strong computer skills with familiarity with Mac OS, Microsoft Office, email clients, Internet research, and social networking tools;
- Flexibility with respect to schedule, working hours, travel, and work assignments, including ability to work overtime or on weekends when necessary.
- A minimum of 7 years of educational program development or direct educational experience in the finance field reflecting progressive growth in a leadership function with a dynamic, well managed organization or a government body;
- Experience in development and execution of on-line and physical educational programs, preferably with a trade association or industry group;
- Excellent writing and communication skills and experience presenting complex information in a variety of formats and styles for different audiences;
- Strong critical thinking, organizational, and administrative skills; with keen attention to detail;
- Experience building and managing complex coalitions and a strong ability to deliver results on a number of tasks simultaneously;
- Demonstrated program development and management experience;
- Ability to manage multiple projects and oversee staff, timelines, and deliverables;
An undergraduate degree is required. Advanced degree in Education or Finance from a top-caliber institution and/or a substantial professional qualification is strongly preferred.
Remuneration and Benefits
We offer attractive, competitive compensation and benefits including, medical, dental, vision, life, Short-Term Disability, paid vacation and 401k.