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Government Affairs Associate

Position Announcement: November 30, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

As part of the Federal Advocacy Team, the Government Affairs Associate will serve as one of CRL’s primary representative to federal government officials and policymakers.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Represent CRL in the United States Congress.
  • Represent CRL with federal regulators and executive branch staff.
  • Help develop legislative strategies to promote and protect consumer protections in lending.
  • Advance CRL’s federal legislative and regulatory agenda.
  • Track and analyze legislation and regulatory action related to CRLs issue areas.
  • Create and maintain relationships with key regulatory and Congressional representatives.
  • Represent CRL at external functions, such as at receptions and conferences (this is likely to include events beyond typical office hours.)
  • Act as a spokesperson and representative for CRL on legislative and policy matters.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and fast-moving environment.
  • Experience in legislative drafting, policy advocacy, and/or with regulatory or enforcement agencies.
  • Self-starter able to initiate and manage multiple projects.
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written, and ability to give presentations to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to represent CRL effectively with legislators, executive branch officials and other policymakers.

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior legislative experience
  • Advanced degree in policy-related field or law preferred
  • Understanding of the financial services market preferred

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. The position will remain posted until filled.

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

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.

The Center for Responsible Lending 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.