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Director of North Carolina Policy

The Center for Responsible Lending is seeking a Director of North Carolina Policy to join our team in Durham, NC. As part of CRL’s State Policy Team, the Director of North Carolina Policy will serve as CRL’s primary representative in the state. The Director of North Carolina Policy will work with stakeholders in North Carolina, including government officials and policymakers, to develop and advance strategies for preserving and improving strong consumer protections and responsible lending policies in the state.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Identify opportunities and determine priorities in North Carolina for CRL policy goals to curb abusive financial services practices.
  • Develop and lead implementation of advocacy strategies for policy reform in North Carolina.
  • Monitor and develop plans to address significant market and policy developments in North Carolina that affect CRL goals.
  • Document and produce policy briefs on abusive lending practices in North Carolina.
  • Implement regulatory and enforcement strategies.
  • Represent CRL with North Carolina elected representatives and other stakeholders, such as the state and federal legislators, and the press.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations about consumer protection and lending issues to community partners and others.
  • Work closely with allied organizations in North Carolina and help develop new relationships through the Coalition for Responsible Lending, housed at CRL.
  • Ensure strong relationships between CRL and Self-Help branches in North Carolina.
  • Assist in fundraising responsibilities for support of CRL’s work in North Carolina.
  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related work experience. Five (5) years’ legislative experience and experience in policy analysis or related field.
  • Experience working with and supporting strong partnerships and coalitions.
  • Demonstrated ability in fostering relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Working knowledge of the North Carolina legislative and regulatory process.
  • Self-starter, able to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently.
  • Demonstrated facility in fostering relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and critical thinking skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills and ability to develop and give presentations to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and build consensus.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state of North Carolina approximately 20%.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and fast moving environment.
  • Ability to create and deliver presentations.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel and Power Point.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in policy-related field or law preferred.
  • Experience in legislative drafting, policy analysis/advocacy, and/or regulation enforcement, and working with policymakers, particularly in North Carolina preferred.
  • Knowledge of financial services preferred.
  • Spanish language ability a plus.

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 July 19, 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.