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Senior Researcher

Position Announcement: October 16, 2017
Location: Durham, NC

The Senior Researcher will help advance CRL’s mission by conducting research and policy analysis related to predatory lending and other abusive financial practices. The individual will be expected to conduct major quantitative and qualitative research projects from inception to publication. In addition, the Senior Researcher will respond to short-term research requests from staff and will communicate with the public, regulators, researchers, and other policymakers about CRL’s research.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Design, manage and execute large multi-phase research projects on mortgage and consumer finance issues relevant to CRL’s mission.
  • Perform and interpret quantitative and statistical analyses on mortgage and consumer finance data sets.
  • Maintain familiarity with outside research, academic and otherwise, including conducting formal critiques where necessary to advance CRL’s policy goals.
  • Provide statistical expertise for internal staff.
  • Present research findings to internal and external audiences.
  • Work closely with CRL’s policy, communications, and outreach staff to ensure CRL research is relevant to policymakers and the general public.
  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in economics, statistics, planning, public policy, or related field.
  • At least four years of research or policy-related experience, or experience in the housing finance or financial services industry.
  • Strong knowledge of statistical methods, including econometrics.
  • Experience with SAS or comparable statistical package.
  • Self-starter, able to define and initiate new projects and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines.
  • Proven record of primary responsibility for authoring major quantitative research reports.
  • The desire to work with a diverse staff and commitment to economic and social justice.
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills.
  • Willingness to do some travel.
  • Advanced proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint.

Desired Qualifications

  • Understanding of mortgage origination and servicing policy and practice
  • Understanding of mortgage secondary markets, the role of GSE’s, and federal housing policy.
  • Understanding of consumer finance, traditional and nontraditional underwriting, and the causes of market failures in the provision of credit to underserved populations.

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 October 30, 2017 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.

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.