Senior Policy Counsel

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Position Announcement: February 3, 2014

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 more than 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 $5 billion dollars in financing to help over 70,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, build businesses and strengthen community resources.


This position will be based in CRL's Washington, DC office.

Principal Responsibilities:

Attorney sought to be part of the Center’s responsible lending policy advocacy team.  The position will focus on policy analysis in the housing area and craft policies to prevent unfair lending practices and financial products in order to advance the Center’s mission of promoting responsible lending.  It will also include writing, and outreach that advances strategies to achieve the Center’s legislative and regulatory agenda at primarily the federal level.   Responsibilities will include research and writing on legal issues and major policy reports, comment letters, regulatory proposals, and testimony, speeches or articles.  This person will share responsibility with a team of policy counsels for general legal work and outreach on our issues.  Some out-of-state travel is required. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Drafting testimony, comment letters, and policy materials.
  • Legal research and analysis on bills and regulations.
  • Outreach to congressional staff, regulators and allies.


  • 5 + years as an attorney
  • Excellent demonstrated writing, research and analytical skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience and skill at building relationships with external partners and cultivating collaboration
  • Experience in civil rights, predatory lending, consumer law, or banking law
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and with a diverse group of people
  • Self-starter, able to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently

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.


Interested individuals should send a resume and brief writing sample to Hiring Manager, Self-Help, P.O. Box 3619, Durham, NC 27702, or e-mail to

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.