Director of Federal Policy

  • Center for Responsible Lending
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Jan 06, 2022
Full time Legal

Job Description

The Director of Federal Policy directs and coordinates CRL federal legislative and regulatory policy activities 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.

 The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to CRL’s culture of collaboration, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and its mission to eliminate the racial wealth gap through opportunities for wealth building and economic security for underserved communities.

 Essential Responsibilities:

  • 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 other organizations and coalitions that are involved in CRL
  • Build relationships with coalition partners and industry partners, attend coalition meetings and/or identify the appropriate staff member to attend such meetings.
  • Serve as a spokesperson on a variety of topics in the media and on the Hill.
  • Supervise federal policy staff. Set individual employee goals and provide routine feedback and evaluation of progress toward these goals.  Conduct annual performance appraisals and administer salary adjustments. Develop and implement professional development with team members.
  • Model inclusive behavior, continuously build cultural humility, and support staff interested in deepening their DE&I knowledge—including requesting and raising awareness of learning resources.
  • Provide strategy leadership and insight into federal opportunities and threats for each issue and help prioritize workplans.
  • Provide feedback with others on issue plans, and their revision and implementation; assist with monitoring of plans and their demands on federal policy and raising issues of resource and scheduling conflicts.
  • Ensure that Federal Policy 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 are needed/more resources could be
  • Lead CRL’s strategy efforts to advance its legislative and regulatory agendas at the federal level, working with teams to advance CRL’s goals.
  • Monitor and analyze proposed federal legislation and regulations to support CRL’s policy positions to prevent unfair lending practices.
  • Lead technical assistance in drafting federal legislation or regulatory proposals.
  • Oversee Capitol Hill and federal regulatory activities in coordination with the issue team leaders and other functional team leaders.
  • Review and advise on coalition sign on letters.
  • Convene regular meetings of federal policy team members to update, coordinate and prioritize Hill and federal regulatory policy activities.
  • Participate with senior leadership in broad strategy discussions with a focus on how federal policy strategy fits into the overall CRL strategy and resource availability or constraints on the federal team.
  • Track federal policy 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.
  • Participate in or lead issue work groups and craft policy approaches, including research and writing on legal issues and major policy reports, comment letters, regulatory proposals, and testimony, speeches or articles.
  • Support CRL litigation work, including amicus briefs, and develop and maintain relationships with outside partners on litigation matters.
  • 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.
  • Advance CRL and Self-Help’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals in internal and external work, including through supplier diversity.
  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.


Credentials, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable equivalent experience.
  • 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.
  • 8+ 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 policy program.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, families of modest means, 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
  • Sensitivity to issues of low-wealth borrowers 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.
  • Strong supervisory and team building skills and experience and ability to work productively with peer leaders.
  • Self-starter, able to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently.
  • Strong strategic planning abilities and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong writing, editing and oral communication skills. Able to execute communications assignments with limited oversight and provide feedback to peers.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and build consensus.
  • Fundraising experience and fiscal management skills are a plus but are not required.
  • Ability to travel.


Competitive nonprofit compensation, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.

 Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression (including transgender status), age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, class or family status.