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1909 Policy Counsel/Government Affairs Associate - 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:

As part of the Center for Responsible Lending policy advocacy team, 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. 

Essential Responsibilities:


  • Represent CRL in the United States Congress.
  • Represent CRL with federal regulators and executive branch staff.
  • Create and maintain relationships with key regulatory and Congressional representatives. Also build relationships with other organizations, trade groups and companies with an interest in lending policy; perform outreach to congressional staff, regulators and allies. In concert with other teams and issue groups, encourage allies to support CRL positions and join with us to defend or defeat legislative and regulatory proposals.
  • Represent CRL at external functions, such as at receptions and conferences (this is likely to include events beyond typical office hours) and represent CRL in public domain at meetings and conferences;
  • Act as a spokesperson and representative for CRL on legislative and policy matters.
  • Help identify media opportunities and draft informational materials and conduct news conferences in order to state CRL’s views and to inform public of features of proposed legislation considered desirable or undesirable.
  • Contribute to advancing CRL’s federal legislative and regulatory agenda and participate on teams to coordinate our federal and state policy agenda.
  • Identify and assist in developing strategy to advance legislative and regulatory agendas.
  • Track and analyze legislation and regulatory action related to CRLs issue areas.
  • Provide significant technical assistance in drafting legislation; engage in legal research and assist in developing policy recommendations.
  • Conduct research and provide analysis that will support the development and executive of strategies and initiatives designed to advance CRL’s agenda.
  • Write or review speeches, articles, and policy briefs.
  • Prepare and present testimony.May testify at public hearings to enlist support for CRL’s interests.
  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.


    Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. or master’s in public policy or commensurate degree
  • At least one-two (1-2) years of experience
  • 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.




Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.




To apply, send resume and cover letter, describing why you are a fit for this position, to Please include the position title as the subject.  Application must be received by July 25, 2019 to ensure consideration.  Applications received after this date may or may not be considered, depending on the applicant pool.  The position will remain posted until filled.

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.