Guide to a Career in REALTOR® Association Management
Association Executive (AE) refers to any member of a REALTOR® association's professional staff: both chief staff executives (CEO, executive vice president, executive officer) and staff specialists, such as multiple listing service directors, government affairs directors, member services directors, and communications directors.
Why should I work for a REALTOR® association?
- There are a number of different positions available where you can put your talents to work! Communications, HR, finance, network security, and event planning are all skillsets that are valuable to REALTOR® associations.
- You can gain industry knowledge, help your community, and make important connections to advance your career.
- Association staff are eligible to take advantage of any of the REALTOR Benefits® Program offerings that are available to members.
What do REALTOR® associations do?
What kind of certifications and professional development is available?
- The annual AE Institute raises association executive awareness of real estate industry issues and provides professional development opportunities so that AEs across the country can better serve the REALTOR® organization and its members.
- The REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE) denotes AEs who have committed time and effort to professional growth within the association management field.
- The REALTOR® Leadership Program (RLP) is designed to produce quality REALTOR® leaders that are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead local and state associations.
- The AE Mentor Program matches new association executives with seasoned AEs to provide guidance, advice, and support.
- Special courses are available to AEs, such as Association Management Self-Study Courses. These courses and resources can help association executives increase their knowledge of REALTOR® association management.