Policy Counsel and Policy Counsel/Government Affairs Associate

24 Feb, 2019


Policy Counsel and Policy Counsel/Government Affairs Associate

Center for Responsible Lending
Washington, DC

The Organization:

The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization that promotes responsible lending practices and access to fair terms of credit for low-wealth families. CRL was created in 2002 to protect homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate predatory lending and other abusive financial practices. Our work has helped lead to major changes in lending practices, saving families over $2 billion annually. CRL has over 40 employees and offices in Durham, NC; Oakland, CA; and in Washington, DC.

CRL is an affiliate of Self-Help, a community development lender founded in 1980 that has provided over $7 billion dollars in financing to help 146,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, build businesses and strengthen community resources.

Position Description:

CRL is seeking to fill 2 openings: A Policy Counsel and Policy Counsel/Government Affairs Associate.

The Policy Counsel will focus on policy analysis of consumer lending issues such as mortgages, student loans, small dollar loans, auto loans, debt collection practices, and overdraft practices. The Policy Counsel will craft policy approaches that advance the Center’s mission of promoting responsible lending.

Responsibilities include research and writing on legal issues and major policy reports, comment letters, regulatory proposals, and testimony, speeches or articles. Responsibilities also frequently include briefing allies, building coalitions with new partners, and direct outreach to regulators and legislators or their staff. The position may also include some research on lender’s financial practices in order to develop a deeper organizational understanding of financial services issues. This person will share responsibility with a team of policy counsels and other policy staff for general legal work and outreach on our issues.

The Policy Counsel/Government Affairs Associate will split time between serving as one of CRL’s primary representatives to federal government officials and policy makers and contributing policy analysis on consumer lending issues such as housing and mortgage lending, student loans, debt collection practices, and small dollar lending abuses in order to advance the Center’s mission of promoting responsible lending. This position will also include writing and outreach to regulatory officials that advance strategies to achieve the Center’s legislative and regulatory agenda at primarily the federal level.

Minimum Qualifications:

J.D. or master’s in public policy or commensurate degree
At least 2 – 5 years for the Policy Counsel and 1 – 2 years of experience for the Policy Counsel/Government Affairs Associate
Direct experience in government or in nongovernmental organizations working to influence policy.
Experience and skill at building relationships with external partners and cultivating collaboration
Ability to give engaging presentations to a wide variety of audiences
Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
Ability to work well as part of a team and with a diverse group of people and settings
Self-starter, able to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
Ability to travel up to 2 times/month and work frequent evenings/weekends as needed
Desired Qualifications:

Experience in civil rights, housing/mortgage lending, predatory lending, consumer law, or banking law
Physical Requirements:

Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

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Job posted: 2019-02-24