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. 

How can I learn more or get involved?

  • Learn about and join the AE Committee and take a role in shaping policy and addressing member issues.  
  • Check out the AE Job Board. AE job openings are updated twice weekly.
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