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Director of Federal Advocacy - Washington DC

The Center for Responsible Lending is seeking a Director of Federal Advocacy to join our team in Washington, DC.  The Director of Federal Advocacy directs and coordinates CRL federal legislative and regulatory advocacy in coordination with CRL senior leadership to advance CRL policy goals. This is a highly collaborative role which is very involved in developing and coordinating strategy with several other teams within CRL and engaged in frequent communication with those teams as federal developments occur.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Organize and oversee Capitol Hill, federal regulatory activities and field implementation strategy in coordination with the Federal Policy Director, the issue team leaders and functional team leaders.
  • Convene regular meetings of federal advocacy team members, federal policy director, contract lobbyists, and others to update, coordinate and prioritize Hill and federal regulatory outreach.
  • Participate with senior leadership in broad strategy discussions with a focus on how federal advocacy strategy fits into the overall CRL policy strategy and resource availability or constraints on the federal team.
  • Track federal team activities and report on them for purposes of board and funder reports, other inter-organization communication, and for evaluating the effectiveness of current initiatives, and identify where improvements may be needed.
  • Assume a leadership role in the oversight of external lobbying partners and third-party vendors supporting lobbying efforts including the management of contracts and ensuring compliance with federal lobbying reporting laws
  • Represent CRL at external functions, such as at receptions and conferences (this is likely to include events beyond typical office hours).
    Work, in coordination with the CRL Outreach Director, with other organizations and coalitions that are involved in CRL issues.
  • Build relationships with coalition partners and industry partners, attend coalition meetings and/or identify the appropriate staff member to attend such meetings.
  • Ensure that sign-on letters are handled in a timely manner and in accordance with CRL policy, including ensuring that issue leaders/project leaders are reviewing and recommending disposition.
    ensuring final approval is made in accord with CRL policy.This could be delegated to another member of the Federal Advocacy team.
  • Serve as a spokesperson on a variety of topics in the media and on the Hill.
  • Supervise Government Affairs associate, National Campaigns Manager, with possible addition of other federal advocacy staff as needed.
  • Provide strategy leadership and insight with Federal Policy Director into federal opportunities and threats for each issue and help prioritize workplans that carry out federal component of issue plans.
  • Provide feedback with others on issue plans, and their revision and implementation; assist with monitoring of plans and their demands on federal advocacy and raising issues of resource and scheduling conflicts.
  • Develop and implement professional development with team members including, but not limited to, setting work assignments and the completion of Catalytic Coaching and HR responsibilities for team members
  • Ensure that Federal Advocacy team provides appropriate levels of coverage to workgroup issues, assigning issues to team members to provide appropriate level of support to issues. This includes working with the President and EVPs to ensure highest level of coverage globally from the CRL federal team or identify where resources ae needed/more resources could be offered.
  • Supervise professional staff members for field mobilization to coordinate between field outreach and Congressional targets (i.e. provide information to state and outreach team about what is needed, keep master list of who is assigned to what targets, manage sign-ons and federal piece of fly-in events. Consult and coordinate with Outreach Director.
  • Responsible for compliance of Congressional and IRS lobbying reporting including working with accounting and policy counsels to ensure that proper internal and external costs are properly included, and a complete list of bills and issues are included, as well.
  • Act as a change agent to drive Self-Help’s economic inclusion initiatives by integrating supplier diversity and the use of businesses owned by women and people of color in third party contracting and vendor management for relevant products and services.
  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • A juris doctorate (JD) degree and/or a Master’s degree in Public Policy or related fields and/or experience with consumer financial laws is a plus, but is not required.
  • 5+ years of experience at increasingly senior levels, ideally in a similar position with demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive, innovative, and strategic advocacy/campaign program.
  • Strong supervisory and team building skills and experience and ability to work productively with peer leaders.
  • Ability to multi-task and juggle priorities.
  • Strong strategic planning abilities and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and build consensus.
  • Ability to build and retain key relationships with policy makers and advocates.
  • Fundraising experience and fiscal management skills are a plus but are not required.
  • A demonstrated commitment to low income families and underserved communities.
  • Ability to travel.

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 August 7, 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.

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.