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Director of State Policy

The Organization:

The Center for Responsible Lending is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices. CRL provides research and technical policy expertise to help policymakers evaluate consumer protection options and wealth-building opportunities. We educate consumers and the media about predatory lending issues, work with local and national coalitions to push for change, and take part in selected legal cases to advance consumer protections. CRL's work has helped lead to major changes in lending practices, saving families over $2 billion annually. For more information, go to www.responsiblelending.org.

Self-Help, CRL's affiliate, is a community development lender founded in 1980 that creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for minority, women-headed, rural and low-wealth families through home and small business lending. Self-Help has provided $6 billion in financing to 70,000 homebuyers, small businesses and nonprofit organizations and serves more than 80,000 mostly low-income families through 30 retail credit union branches in North Carolina, California, and Chicago.

Position Description:

Engage in legislative and regulatory outreach and provide policy analysis in support of the Center for Responsible Lending's goals to eliminate abusive financial products and practices

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Work with a broad range of legislative staff and build relationships with policymakers to promote legislation and defend against legislative attacks on previous accomplishments.
  • Provide significant technical assistance in drafting legislation and developing policy recommendations.
  • Study proposed legislation to determine possible effect on CRL's interests.
  • Monitor legislative and policy development; identify and develop strategy to advance legislative or regulatory agenda.
  • Represent CRL in public domain at meetings and conferences.
  • Assist in drafting comment letters for federal agencies; legislative and regulatory drafting and negotiations.
  • Build relationships with other organizations and companies with an interest in lending policy; perform outreach to congressional staff, regulators and allies. Encourage allies to support CRL positions and join with us to defend or defeat legislative proposals
  • Write testimony, speeches or articles.
  • Participate on teams focused on advancing legislative and regulatory agendas at the state and federal level.
  • Help identify media opportunities and draft informational pamphlets and conduct news conferences in order to state CRL's views and to inform public of features of proposed legislation considered desirable or undesirable.
  • May testify at public hearings to enlist support for CRL's interests.
  • May be legally required to register with governmental authorities as lobbyist and to submit reports of regulated expenditures incurred during lobbying activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in public policy or related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience
  • Direct experience in government or in nongovernmental organizations working to influence policy
  • Demonstrate Self-Help's/CRL's corporate competencies:
  • o Mission and Values
  • o Standards of Excellence
  • o Teamwork and Collaboration
  • o Initiative and Follow-Through
  • o Customer Focus
  • o Communication
  • Excellent demonstrated writing skills
  • Experience and skill at building relationships with external partners and cultivating collaboration
  • 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 as needed

Desired Qualifications:

  • J.D. or Master's degree preferred.
  • Experience in civil rights, 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 hiringmanager@self-help.org. Please include the position title as the subject. Application must be received by December 23rd 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.

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