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The Student Borrower Protection Center is always looking for passionate, driven people to help end the student debt crisis.

Interested in joining our team? Email your resume to careers@protectborrowers.org.


Counsel

The Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) engages in policy development, research, and litigation strategy to protect student loan borrowers’ rights and advance the economic opportunity of the next generation of students. SBPC aims to 1) expose harmful and illegal practices in the student loan industry, 2) drive impact litigation, 3) advise policymakers regarding issues that affect student loan borrowers in Washington and in state capitals, and 4) promote policy change. SBPC is a project of Shared Ascent Fund.

The Counsel will help manage the organization’s litigation strategy function and support policy development and research focused on halting industry abuses, expanding borrower protections, and reforming the student loan system. The Counsel reports to the Deputy Executive Director & Managing Counsel. This is a full-time position and duties include:

  • Supporting the development of cases and pursuing opportunities to obtain justice for student loan borrowers through the courts (e.g., identifying and interviewing affected consumers, gathering evidence through aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and open records laws, drafting legal memoranda evaluating applicable causes of action, and placing cases with state attorneys general and private attorneys).
  • Advising litigants seeking to halt illegal practices by the student loan industry, including state attorneys general, state regulators, and private attorneys representing plaintiffs and classes.  
  • Leveraging insights from litigation to develop legislative and administrative remedies to address the root causes of illegal practices affecting student loan borrowers.
  • Generating original analysis of consumer protection challenges facing student loan borrowers and collaborating with organization staff and partners to generate new proposals for policy change. 
  • Advancing SBPC’s commitment to the pursuit of racial and economic justice across all organizational initiatives, including by applying this lens to the development of new and ongoing litigation and through day-to-day engagement with litigants and other partners. 
  • Managing SBPC’s organizational relationship with state attorneys general and state financial regulators. 
  • Assisting in the planning and execution of conferences and roundtables focused on student debt and consumer protection, as well as other organization-sponsored events in state capitals and in Washington, D.C.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To succeed in this role, a candidate must be a self-starter, eager to work in a fast-paced environment, and be comfortable with shifting deadlines and responsibilities. Candidates should demonstrate experience (whether through internships, volunteer experiences, or paid work) with the following skills and abilities; however, we are looking for a well-rounded candidate who is eager to grow in the role, and limited experience in one or two of these areas should not preclude a candidate from applying:

  • A law degree (J.D.) from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • A license to practice law in any state or in the District of Columbia.
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in consumer law, higher education finance, and public policy.
  • 2-5 years of relevant post-law school experience, which may include a clerkship or a public service fellowship (e.g. Equal Justice Works, Skadden).
  • Exceptional composition skills. Ability to synthesize extensive information from multiple sources into a lucid, cohesive written product. With an understanding of tone and style, compose written information that effectively communicates the desired message to the intended audience(s).
  • Outstanding editing skills. Critical eye for grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Commitment to the highest quality written product.
  • Flexibility in working style, marked by an ability to work closely with a wide range of personality and organization types and teams.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage extensive documentation and written information.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to ensure full-circle communication with program staff and thorough dissemination of important tasks, projects, and meetings. 
  • Ability to resolve conflicts professionally and maintain patience, grace, and humor under pressure.
  • Ability to adhere to numerous deadlines, conflicting priorities, and handle multiple tasks efficiently. Ability to receive, balance, and handle direction and input from multiple colleagues.
  • Technological abilities to ensure compliance with confidentiality policies and procedures necessary for the protection of sensitive data, and to efficiently complete tasks.
  • Capacity to respond rapidly and appropriately to changing priorities, objectives, and situations; self-starter with sense of initiative and good judgment.
  • Ability to perform tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, as well as anticipate informational needs as situations and projects develop.

The anticipated minimum salary for this position is $75,000 but will be commensurate with experience. 

The Student Borrower Protection Center is headquartered in Washington, DC but has a remote team that operates in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone. We welcome applicants from any location in the continental United States.

To apply, email careers@protectborrowers.org with the subject line: SBPC Counsel [Last Name, First Name] and attach your resume and a cover letter explaining why you want to work for SBPC. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until November 15.

Applications from persons of color, LGBTQI persons, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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