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The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization working to ensure a fair, inclusive financial marketplace that creates opportunities for all. Through research, legal analysis, policy development, and state and national advocacy engagement, CRL fights for economic equity for underserved communities—particularly Black and brown communities and low-to-middle income families. CRL’s staff reflect a collective commitment to eliminating systemic injustice in America’s financial services.

CRL provides a strong voice on both the state and national levels for these families to expand family wealth and financial stability through sustainable homeownership, affordable higher education, and support for small businesses, and protect their financial stability by preventing abusive products that trap families in debt and strip away their income, by ending payday lending and other predatory high- cost lending, exorbitant bank fees, and abusive debt collection practices.

CRL is an affiliate of Self-Help, a community development lender founded in 1980 that has provided more than $9 billion dollars in financing to help 164,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, build businesses, and strengthen community resources.

Role Overview:

The Center for Responsible Lending is seeking a Researcher/Sr Researcher to be based in Durham, NC; Oakland, CA; or Washington, DC.

The Researcher/Sr Researcher will participate in the advancement of CRL’s mission by conducting research and policy analysis related to predatory lending and other abusive financial practices. The individual will be expected to participate in major quantitative and qualitative research projects from inception to publication. In addition, the 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.

A Senior Researcher will also be expected to take a more active role in leading research projects and to work on some of the more complex research assignments.

Essential Responsibilities:

Researchers will participate in the following:

  • Assist in the design, management and execution of 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.
  • Assist in presenting research findings to internal and external audiences.
  • Work closely with CRLs 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

In addition to the above, Sr Researchers will be expected to:

  • Lead the design, management and execution of large multi-phase projects
  • Effectively present research findings
  • Assist in the training and development of less experienced staff.

Credentials, Experience and Skills:

Candidates applying for the Researcher position should possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, planning, public policy, or related field plus 2 years of research or policy related experience, or experience in the housing finance or financial services industry. 
  • Master’s preferred.
  • Understanding of consumer finance, traditional and nontraditional underwriting, and the causes of market failures in the provision of credit to underserved populations.
  • Strong working 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.
  • Understanding of consumer finance, traditional and nontraditional underwriting, and the causes of market failures in the provision of credit to underserved populations preferred
  • 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.

Candidates for the Sr Researcher position should possess the credentials, experience and skills noted above plus the following:

  • Master’s degree in economics, statistic, planning, public policy, or related field OR equivalent relevant experience plus 4 years of research or policy-related experience in the housing finance or financial services industry.
  • Deep experience with with SAS or a comparable statistical package.

Compensation:

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.

The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization working to ensure a fair, inclusive financial marketplace that creates opportunities for all. Through research, legal analysis, policy development, and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Benefits

  • Medical, dental & vision insurance for employees and eligible dependents, with 80% to 100% of premiums paid by Self-Help depending on coverage levels selected
  • 401k match - $1 for $1 on first 6% that employee contributes, plus an additional 3% company contribution
  • Vacation accrued at 15 days/year; sick time accrued at 12 days/year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave of 12 weeks*
  • Self-Help paid life insurance of $50,000, plus long-term disability and accidental death & dismemberment coverage
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Highly collaborative work environment
  • Medical, dental & vision insurance for employees and eligible dependents, with 80% to 100% of premiums paid by Self-Help depending on coverage levels selected
  • 401k match - $1 for $1…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Durham, NC
Associated Location
Durham, NC, USA

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