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Federal Policy Counsel DC

Center for Responsible Lending
District of Columbia, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Apr 6, 2023

We are seeking a Federal Policy Counsel to join our Washington, DC team!

WHAT You’ll Do:

• Develop expertise on issues that are priorities for CRL and participate in issue work groups to develop and execute strategies to achieve CRL’s policy goals. Work may include serving as issue group leader.
• Monitor legislative and policy developments; play a proactive role in identifying and assisting in developing strategy to advance legislative and regulatory agendas.
• Study proposed legislation and regulations to determine the possible effect on
consumers, particularly people of color and low-income people.
• Make recommendations for draft legislation or regulatory proposals; engage in legal research and assist in developing policy recommendations.
• Write or review regulatory comment letters, testimony, speeches, articles, and policy briefs. Contribute content or editing support on research papers and editing support of peer’s policy materials.
• Review and advise on coalition sign on letters.
• Work with teams to advance CRL’s legislative and regulatory agendas at the state and federal level.

• Build and maintain key/critical relationships with senior level staff at other organizations, trade groups and companies with an interest in lending policy; in concert with other teams and issue groups, take a leadership role in gaining ally support of CRL positions and defend or defeat legislative and regulatory proposals. Viewed by internal and external partners as a subject matter expert on assigned issues.
• Perform outreach to senior level legislative staff and legislators, regulators, enforcement officials, and allies to advocate for CRL’s policy positions or other action.
• Represent CRL at meetings and conferences.
• Represent CRL in the media to advance our policy agenda, identify media opportunities, draft informational materials, and participate in news conferences to state CRL’s views.
• Talk with lenders to deepen understanding of financial practices and advocate for improved practices.

• Testify at public hearings to enlist support for CRL’s interests.
• Provide mentorship and/or supervision to junior level staff or interns.
• Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.

WHAT You’ll Need:

• J.D. and admitted to bar.
• At least 1-2 years of experience or demonstrated track record that shows the ability to work independently and in leadership role on one or more policy issues.
• Experience in civil rights, housing/mortgage lending, predatory lending, consumer law, or banking law, desired, but not required.
• Experience and skill at building relationships with external partners and cultivating collaboration, desired, but not required.
• Familiarity with federal and state laws and regulations related to the Administrative Procedures Act, civil rights, housing/mortgage lending, predatory lending, consumer law, or banking law a plus.
• Ability to provide practical advice in a timely manner, able to discern and analyze the impact of multiple issues on a given situation, ability to work in several areas of the law and balance multiple priorities, and ability to provide sound business and legal judgment.
• Strong writing, editing and oral communication skills. Able to execute communications assignments with limited oversight and provide feedback to peers.
• Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, low-income families, communities of color, and experience in racial justice analysis and understanding of how federal/state/local policies contributed to and sustained racial wealth disparities.
• Passion for CRL’s mission; interest and commitment to social justice work.
• Preference for working in organizations that place priority on teamwork and collaboration.
• Sensitivity to issues of low-wealth borrowers and communities and families and communities of color and a desire to work in a racially and socially diverse organization.
• Ability to work well as part of a team and with a diverse group of people and settings.
• Self-starter, able to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint.
• Ability to travel as needed.

If you are interested in who we are and what we do; have a strong desire to work in an organization that places a high priority on teamwork and collaboration; and are interested in working to help create economic opportunity for all – THIS is the place for you! Click the link below to apply!


Visit our Careers Page to apply for this position. This position will remain posted until filled.

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