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Executive Director--Ithaca NY Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
Ithaca, NY
Job Function: Relationship Management
Posted: April 30, 2017

Background:

INHS began as an early Neighborhood Housing Services program in 1977, aiming to stop neighborhood decline in the city of Ithaca’s blue collar neighborhoods by renovating dilapidated homes and increasing low and moderate income homeownership. INHS later expanded into affordable rental housing production and property management. Our services have grown almost continuously since the early 1990s, as the affordable housing issues in the region have increased. Better Housing of Tompkins County (BHTC), which served the County surrounding Ithaca since 1981, joined with INHS as an affiliate in 2015. Together, INHS and BHTC (hereinafter referred to collectively as INHS) expanded our service area to include Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Seneca, Schuyler, and Tioga counties.

Today, INHS builds new affordable housing, renovates older homes, manages property, provides grants and low-interest loans for home purchase and renovation, educates and counsels first-time homebuyers, and assists seniors with small home repairs. Key achievements in our forty-year history include: 

  • Rental housing production--created 733 units, with 107 new rental units currently under construction and 185 units in predevelopment. 
  • New single family homes--built 42 Energy Star or LEED-certified new single family homes, with seven homes under construction and sixteen in predevelopment. Homes have been and will be sold to low income first-time homebuyers and placed into a Community Housing Trust to ensure long-term affordability.
  • Home renovation—acquired, renovated, and sold 166 housing units, primarily in Ithaca’s Southside and Northside neighborhoods, with two homes in predevelopment. These homes have been or will be sold to low income first-time homebuyers and placed into the Community Housing Trust. 
  • Property management--manage 361 residential, community and commercial units in 33 locations. 
  • Homebuyer lending--issued approximately 1,000 loans to first-time homebuyers totaling nearly $18 million.
  • Home improvement loans--provided $15 million in home improvement loans and related project management services to 1,000 low and moderate income clients.
  • Homebuyer education--counseled more than 4,600 first-time homebuying households.
  • Repairs--made close to 8,000 repairs for elderly and disabled homeowners, allowing people to remain in their homes.

INHS is financially stable, with a 2017 operating budget of $3.15 million and over $28 million in total assets. Subsidiaries controlled by INHS and BHTC own real estate that is valued at over $22 million. 

Position Summary:

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) seeks an Executive Director to lead our organization and its affiliates into an exciting period of growth and change. INHS is an established and well-regarded nonprofit social enterprise that is dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods and helping people of modest incomes find—and stay in—high-quality housing in a seven-county area in upstate New York. INHS’s current Executive Director, Paul Mazzarella, who has successfully led INHS for 26 years, plans to retire at the end of 2017.   

We seek an experienced community developer who is creative, mission driven, and can positively engage in the seven counties in our region. Our ideal candidate will be excited about the opportunity to lead INHS into its next phase of growth, and will bring strong leadership and management experience. See http://ithacanhs.org.

Responsibilities:

Key Challenges and Opportunities

Growth and change in the region and in the service area--Tompkins County has a vibrant economy and a high quality of life. It is one of the only counties in upstate New York with a strong job market and increasing population. Rapidly rising housing prices in the County have brought concerns over gentrification and housing affordability. The surrounding counties are more rural in character and have not enjoyed the same level of economic growth. Fifteen thousand people commute long distances to jobs in Tompkins County, largely because the housing in Tompkins County is not affordable to them. INHS seeks to thoughtfully extend its services to the surrounding counties while continuing to address the challenges of providing more affordable housing and related services in Tompkins County. 

Community relations locally and nationally--INHS has enjoyed strong community support, and effective partnerships with government agencies in Ithaca, Tompkins County, and New York state as well as with such local institutions as Cornell University, Ithaca College, and local banks and credit unions. INHS’s Executive Director has been the key spokesperson for affordable housing in the area. However, as INHS has developed larger rental properties, some community members have expressed concern regarding the scale and appropriateness of affordable housing in particular locations. Also, residents of some of the surrounding counties see themselves as quite different from the residents of Tompkins County. As INHS expands, we must acknowledge these different points of view. INHS’s current Executive Director has been active on the boards of national and state NeighborWorks affiliates. We aim to continue to bring the benefit of strong national and statewide relationships to our region.

Internal leadership and management--INHS staff enjoy a collegial working environment. There is a strong sense of trust among the Executive Director, senior staff, and the board of directors. Many of the 12 board and 36 staff members have been with INHS or BHTC for a long time. Staff have been working to integrate the organizational cultures of INHS and BHTC, and to update organizational systems as we grow. INHS has had a strong and committed board with many long-time members. As board members retire, we are in the process of adding new leaders who represent the region.

Requirements:

Our ideal candidate for Executive Director is a strong and experienced leader who is motivated to direct INHS in its next phase of growth. They will enthusiastically embrace this opportunity to make an impact in our seven-county region, and demonstrate many of the following skills and qualifications.

Leadership for growth--INHS’s next Executive Director will be an entrepreneurial leader with strong strategic thinking and risk management skills. They will identify and act on opportunities. The new Executive Director will understand growth and change in complex mission-driven nonprofits. They will be adaptable and creative, able to take the long view while evaluating successes and failures along the way.

Understanding of INHS’s core business and strategy--We seek a leader who understands community development and is driven to improve the quality of life for low and moderate income and disenfranchised community members, in urban and rural settings. They should bring significant experience in at least one of the areas of real estate development, community development lending, property management or asset management. They will appreciate all aspects of our business and our strategic plan.

Finance and fundraising--Our next Executive Director will have established relationships with some of the core affordable housing and community development funders locally and/or nationally. They will have raised funds from a variety of sources, and be motivated to lead fundraising activities for INHS. They will bring an in-depth understanding of financial management in multifaceted nonprofits and a keen interest in maintaining INHS’s financial health.

External leadership and political skills--INHS’s new Executive Director will carefully balance varying community perceptions of affordable housing, communicating complex information in a sensitive manner. They will create and maintain strong relationships across the region, the state, and the nation. Our ideal candidate will enjoy building community and demonstrate cultural competency in dealing with people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. They will listen carefully and express themselves comfortably one-on-one, in public forums, in writing, and on social media. 

Internal leadership and management skills--We seek a leader who has served as an Executive Director or a senior manager. They should demonstrate strong people management skills and enjoy communicating with and empowering staff. Our new Executive Director will establish trust and respect and support ongoing growth at the board and staff levels. They will ensure that organizational systems and structures align with the needs of a growing staff in multiple locations. 

Education and work experience--INHS’s next Executive Director will bring a minimum of ten years of relevant work experience, at least five of which will be at the senior management or Executive Director level. They will hold a Master’s degree in city planning, business, real estate, or a related field.

Compensation:

competitive salary and benefits package

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, detailing your interest and qualifications for this position, as well as your salary requirements and an up-to-date resume to: Ann L. Silverman Consulting, IthacaNHSExecutive@gmail.com. No phone calls or letters please.

All applications will be reviewed and acknowledged as they are received. Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services expects to begin in-person interviews by July of 2017, and to fill this position before the end of 2017.

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services is an equal opportunity employer.

Business Advising Intern; Pacific Community Ventures Small Business Advising Pacific Community Ventures
San Francisco, CA
Job Function: Intern/Work Study
Posted: April 25, 2017

Background:

Pacific Community Ventures envisions an economy that works for everyone. For almost two decades, our programs have helped people achieve the American Dream by creating quality jobs and stimulating investment in local economies.

Our approach is unique. Our Small Business Advising and Lending programs help local economies thrive by connecting entrepreneurs to the expertise and capital they need to grow their businesses. At the macro level, PCV InSight — our impact investing consulting practice — conducts research and evaluation so that investors and policymakers can more effectively deploy large pools of capital to underserved communities in ways that create social good. Our approaches are scalable and create systemic change — yet are implemented in ways that are relevant to particular local economies — a truly “think globally/act locally” philosophy.

Position Summary:

We are seeking an intern to join our team as part of our innovative small business advising program. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to build their tangible knowledge of small businesses, and engage with entrepreneurs, senior corporate executives, and critical stakeholders. This is a unique opportunity to work in the CDFI industry for a nonprofit supporting American business.

PCV’s BusinessAdvising.org small business accelerator continues to scale and add depth to its participant experience. We work with small business owners and volunteer advisors across America, and partners like The Super Bowl, Capital One, Charles Schwab, NerdWallet and more to deliver on our brand promise. We combine technology and high touch; leveraging our advanced matching algorithm and SaaS platform along with personal interactions to achieve our mission. 2016 was a record year in terms of growth and participant satisfaction, and we are looking to continue building on that success in 2017 and beyond. This is a part-time paid internship beginning June 2017.

Responsibilities:

Among the many things you’ll handle and learn:

  • Lead assigned onboarding calls for small businesses
  • Respond to participant surveys, flag surveys with additional action items
  • Groom workflow queues and ensure advising engagements are confirmed quickly
  • Assist in the matching process between advisors and entrepreneurs
  • Communicate directly with program participants
  • Source and upload entrepreneurial and small business content into our online resource library
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree students preferred (not required)
  • Professional phone presence
  • Familiarity with business terminology
  • Outstanding time management
  • Professional email etiquette
  • Self-starter willing to take initiative, but also works well in a team
  • Good interpersonal skills and strong ability to multi-task
  • Interest in nonprofit management, community development, and/or social entrepreneurship
  • Spanish language a plus
  • Location/Travel

Compensation:

This is a paid internship. It’s part-time, up to 20 hours a week (hours and days can be flexible).

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a résumé and cover letter via e-mail to hr@pcvmail.org with the words “Business Advising Internship” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Intern – Data Collection Main Street Launch
Oakland, CA
Job Function: Intern/Work Study
Posted: April 21, 2017

Background:

Since 1979 we have empowered small business owners in the Bay Area, beginning in Oakland and expanding to serve San Francisco and veteran-owned businesses in California. Through our core services we help small businesses expand in size, increase their profits, and reach their goals. We are honored to work with successful, innovative, and community-oriented entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities. In the last 10 years we closed 629 loans that totaled more than $45 million. Our borrowers have created thousands of new jobs in the Bay Area.  Our vision is to empower small business owners to succeed, transforming their lives and helping their communities thrive.

Position Summary:

Main Street Launch is a small business lender and business development organization seeking an Intern – Data Collection.  Reporting to the Assistant Vice President – Business and Economic Development, the role supports the organization’s mapping and economic development work.  This position will create a data base of commercial rent information throughout Oakland by analyzing commercial leases in our portfolio of borrowers.  Main Street Launch is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Oakland, CA that has provided business advisory services and loan capital in the Bay Area for 38 years.

BENEFITS

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated recent graduate with strong analytical and research skills who wants to learn how Community Development Financial Institutions work by participating in key initiatives of a rapidly growing organization. 

  • Learn and apply skills to work in the field of nonprofits and small business finance, with an innovative and established CDFI that is empowering entrepreneurs. 
  • Learn and apply skills in data collection and analysis, including some work with ArcGIS.
  • Gain valuable knowledge about small business lending and business support services, and will be instrumental in furthering the mission of Main Street Launch.
  • Build organizational capacity by contributing to systems that allow us to share impact information with funders and the public.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Software proficiency including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Adept at learning to use new software; very comfortable with technology. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Superb attention to detail. 
  • Strong time management ability.  
  • Self-starter who can work with minimal supervision and be comfortable in an evolving nonprofit environment. 
  • Comfortable meeting deadlines in a fast-paced setting.
  • Experience using Salesforce (an online CRM system) is a plus. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

The work environment characteristics and physical effort described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Typically works in an office with adequate lighting and ventilation and normal range of temperature and noise level. Work assignments are diversified and may cause stress in meeting tight deadlines with scheduling requirements. The physical requirements of the job are for employees to talk, hear, bend/stoop, sitting, standing, and/or walking for up to 8 hours per day. Furthermore, the job requires employees to lift/carry/push or pull up to 15 pounds with or without assistance.

ABOUT US

Since 1979 we have empowered small business owners in the Bay Area, beginning in Oakland and expanding to serve San Francisco and veteran-owned businesses in California. Through our core services we help small businesses expand in size, increase their profits, and reach their goals. We are honored to work with successful, innovative, and community-oriented entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities. In the last 10 years we closed 629 loans that totaled more than $45 million. Our borrowers have created thousands of new jobs in the Bay Area.  Our vision is to empower small business owners to succeed, transforming their lives and helping their communities thrive.

MAIN STREET LAUNCH SUPPORT

Main Street Launch will endeavor to provide the intern with outside opportunities as they arise to learn more about the organization and industry, including networking and meeting with other organizations in the field.

DURATION AND TIMING

This position will be structured as a full-time, paid three month fellowship.  Compensation will be between $7,350 and $8,200 for 12 weeks, depending on experience.  The internship may be extended up to three additional months by mutual agreement, if additional work is available.  Ideally, this role will begin sometime mid-June to early July 2017.

LOCATION AND HOURS

Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5:30 PM, at Main Street Launch’s office in Downtown Oakland.

Responsibilities:

Responsible for supporting the organization’s economic development work and creating a data-driven approach to economic development.  Other projects related to our marketing and economic development efforts may arise during the internship period.

Commercial Leases

  • Develop a methodology for tracking commercial lease information either in Excel or Salesforce
  • Read commercial leases in our portfolio of clients to determine rent amount, lease terms, square footage
  • Organize data to prepare for mapping in ArcGIS (with help of AVP, Economic & Business Development)
  • Analyze data for patterns and trends, using 3rd party public data sources to enhance commercial rent data
  • Present research findings to a selected staff team for feedback.

Initial Recommendations Presentation

  • Goal: to identify patterns and potential trends in commercial rent across Oakland.
  • Provide recommendations for strategic uses of this data.
  • Identify possible opportunities to collect future commercial rent data

Final Deliverable

  • Final deliverable will include daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to reach specified goals.  Metrics to evaluate performance will also be specified.
  • Final deliverable will include a presentation to staff with recommendations on how business owners can be supported

Requirements:

  • Passion for economic development and empowering entrepreneurs, required.
  • Undergraduate, Graduate or recent graduate student with demonstrated research and analysis skills or equivalent experience. 
  • Dedicated to supporting low-wealth communities and a desire to work in a diverse organization that strongly values collaboration
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders and diverse groups (experience working with clients or program recipients is a plus).
  • Experience in any of the following is a plus: data collection, salesforce, commercial real estate and/or program evaluation (relevant student experiences may satisfy this requirement). 

Compensation:

DOE

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates must submit a resume and cover letter highlighting their relevant experience to careers@mainstreetlaunch.org with “Intern – Data Collection” in the email subject line.

Main Street Launch will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Senior Data Analyst IFF
Chicago, IL
Job Function: Lending/Loan Operations
Posted: April 20, 2017

Background:

IFF improves the world by strengthening nonprofits and the communities they serve. As a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer, IFF helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and persons with disabilities. Key to our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results. Across the Midwest, we help clients from every sector, including human service agencies, health centers, schools, affordable housing developers, and grocery stores. 

Staff contributes its extensive business experience with an unrivaled connection to the mission of IFF and the nonprofit clients it serves.  IFF is looking for candidates with a commitment to the work it does and can demonstrate their creativity, detail-orientation, diligence, efficiency, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization, thoughtfulness, and sense of humor.

Position Summary:

Tapping into a passion for improving the world by strengthening nonprofits, “Do Good Data”, the Senior Data Analyst will provides actionable insights and direction by analyzing the financial and impact data of the Capital Solutions department. The Senior Data Analyst will use in-house and external Big Data analytics to inform, guide and influence decision-makers. This includes the following day-to-day activities: Manages and develops database information and prepares quantitative reports on all aspects of the Loan program; Gathers, extracts, manipulates, analyzes and models data using analytical and statistical tools in order to inform line of business decision making; Ensures data accuracy and creates reports.

Responsibilities:

Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Works with a cross-organizational data team to provide analytic support and actionable insights to guide and inform investments and strategic plans.
    • Collaboratively works with team to establish metrics, analytic frameworks and data reporting tools that support IFF as a learning organization, in having a transformational impact on low-income and disabled communities. 
    • Present findings and contribute visual and written materials to reports, publications and proposals. Create data visualizations in Tableau to support strategic and analytical thinking vis-à-vis identifying patterns and trends in data. 
  • Manage IFF’s loan databases to wrangle large, complex datasets to easily query-able summaries. Provide reports and ensure accurate and comprehensive information on all aspects of the loan program is readily available within IFF and can be used to inform key decision making.  
    • Manages and maintains loan and borrower data in database systems (CRM, LoanWare and other department databases).
    • Develops suite of queries and reports providing timely, accurate data to help achieve production, fundraising, compliance, credit quality and impact goals.
    • Provides Department and other internal stakeholders with reports and analysis to efficiently manage pipelines, origination, productivity, cash flow and funding allocations, and to monitor borrower compliance and understand and report on portfolio performance and trends.
    • Develops and completes loan portfolio and pipeline reports for investors and other external parties and supports various internal IFF departments including Research and Evaluation, Finance, Resource Development and CCPA with loan related reporting, analyses, and impact data.
    • Works with IT and other Data and Research staff to modify or develop system modifications and the reports needed to support the Capital Solutions business.
    • Develop and maintain system audits to ensure data integrity and accuracy.
    • As Subject Matter Expert on SQL, CRM and Excel, provides information and training on systems to Capital Solutions department staff. Develop and maintain training materials and/or quick reference guides for team members.
    • Produce special reports related to Capital Solutions as needed.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing funding, monitoring, and compliance reports and processes and well as working with lending staff to identify opportunities to understand and use data to inform decisions, prioritization, and investments.
    • Performs analysis and data reporting that drive insights for the lending term using various models.
    • Leverages data visualization for data analysis, and presents findings to key staff members as needed.
    • Assists in the development and implementation of new lending and/or outreach initiatives and programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Maintains required job knowledge and skills and core professional competencies.  Attends and participates in required educational programs and staff meetings.

Performance Measures: 

  • Data analytics consistently high-quality. Analyses, visualizations, tools, reports and oral presentations are complete, accurate, comprehensive and clear. Appropriate supporting material and visual aids are well-utilized and enhance oral and written presentation. Written and oral presentations are well-organized, persuasive and communicate actionable insight(s). Projects are completed on-time.
  • Relationship-management and communication with colleagues is client-centered. It is focused on informing and guiding high-impact and actionable outcomes. Clear and consistent communication with colleagues on progress of project. High level of colleague satisfaction with respect to services and analytics provided; and reports, tools and visualizations produced. Provides accurate, efficient, user friendly data to Capital Solutions, Finance, Resource Development, CCPA and other IFF staff.
  • Achievement of lending and program goals.  
  • Recommends and implements solutions to identified issues and opportunities using data. Consistent focus on high-impact, actionable research. Innovates to support IFF as learning organizations.

Requirements:

Educatio

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Advanced Degree in analytics, predictive analytics, computer science, machine learning or related field and experience preferred.

Previous Experience

  • Five years data management analysis or reporting work experience, preferably in finance, banking, nonprofit or community development.  Demonstrated competence in financial analysis.

Special Knowledge & Skills

  • Advanced knowledge of relational database systems, specifically Microsoft SQL Server, and ability to write complex SQL queries. Advanced proficiency in Tableau required; Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required with preference for experience with excel macros, Microsoft Power Query and Power BI.
  • Exceptional analytic skills, specifically business data, financial data, and familiarity with accounting and financial practices and terminology; good interpersonal skills; high level written and oral presentation skills, proficient computer software users, including spreadsheets and databases.
  • Advanced critical thinking skills, exhibited by the ability to take information from a wide variety of sources and synthesize/analyze the information in the context of a data analytics project.
  • Ability to communicate data analytics visually, orally and in writing to diverse and varied audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Compensation:

Based upon experience

How to Apply:

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to careers@iff.org with “Senior Data Analyst” in the subject line.

IFF is an equal opportunity employer.

SBA 504 Loan Officer Self-Help
Durham, NC
Job Function: Lending/Loan Operations
Posted: April 18, 2017

Background:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $6.9 billion in financing to 112,000 families, individuals and businesses under served by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of home buyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 120,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org, www.self-helpfcu.org and www.responsiblelending.org.

Position Summary:

The SBA 504 Loan Officer’s primary responsibilities are to develop strong referral relationships and to originate, underwrite and support the closing of SBA 504 loans, in compliance with Self-Help policies and SBA regulations.  The Loan Officer will, with support of a Lending Associate under the Loan Officer’s direction, assess loan applicants, including program eligibility, detailed financial analysis, industry and market research and management ability.  The Loan Officer will oversee the processing and compilation of SBA application packages and other required SBA documentation. Understanding the value of customer service and team work is critical to this role, as it involves developing and strengthening external relationships and working closely with other members of the SBA 504 team.  The Loan Officer will have a thorough knowledge of SBA regulations and will be able to work as part of a team to provide loans to our borrowers while ensuring the safety and soundness of our loan portfolio.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and underwrite the loan application, including program eligibility, and conduct a risk assessment of financial data, market and industry information, management and collateral adequacy.
  • Work with lending partners to structure complicated transactions within SBA 504 program requirements.
  • Oversee the Lending Associate’s preparation, assembly and tracking of SBA 504 loan application packages.
  • Review and evaluate required pre-closing documentation collected by the Lending Associate to ensure accuracy and compliance with program requirements.
  • Build strong relationships with external lenders and other referral sources through excellent customer service and demonstration of in-depth program knowledge.
  • Develop a strong pipeline of SBA 504 loans through marketing and outreach.
  • Work with existing borrowers and coordinate with other members of the SBA 504 team on servicing matters, including periodic site visits.
  • Perform other tasks necessary to the continued growth and stability of Self-Help’s 504 lending program

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 7 years’ relevant work experience, such as commercial lending, finance or community development experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong customer relationships.
  • Strong customer service skills, with both internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrated ability to make quantitative assessments of performance and risk, including in-depth financial analysis.
  • Strong organizational skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a cooperative team.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Sensitivity to issues of low-wealth borrowers and a desire to work in a racially and socially diverse organization are essential.
  • Strong computer skills and experience working with spreadsheet software, such as Excel, and database software programs.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout state of North Carolina, approx. 25%.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in business, law or public policy. 
  • Experience with the SBA 504 loan program.
  • Experience with Salesforce

Compensation:

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

How to Apply:

To apply, send resume and cover letter, describing why you are a fit for this position, to hiringmanager@self-help.org. Please include the position title as the subject.  Applications received after this date may or may not be considered, depending on the applicant pool.  The position will remain posted until filled.

Self-Help 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

Chief Operating Officer Accion
Albuquerque, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, All
Job Function: Administrative/Operations/IT
Posted: April 18, 2017

Background:

A nonprofit leader in the high-impact fields of community development and microfinance, Accion is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams and fuel increased economic opportunity and mobility through business ownership. Since 1994, Accion has infused more than $102 million in the growth and success of more than 7,000 small businesses across Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.

We are part of a movement working towards a financially inclusive world where all entrepreneurs can access the tools they need to achieve higher success. Accion is a member of the Accion U.S. Network, the largest and only nationwide nonprofit micro—and small business lending network in the United States. Since 1991, the members of the Accion U.S. Network have collectively made more than 57,000 loans totaling over $500 million. Globally, Accion is a pioneer in microfinance, reaching millions of individuals through its international network of partners. Learn more at www.us.accion.org.

Position Summary:

Accion, serving the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas, seeks an experienced and enthusiastic Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to drive excellence and innovation in leading Accion’s efforts to rapidly and efficiently drive increased scale. Ideally this position will be located in a major market inside Accion’s five-state region, but we are open to strong candidates nation-wide.

Responsibilities:

The CTO will be responsible for designing and executing a technology vision and strategy to help Accion reach its goals and better delight its stakeholders. The CTO will be a member of Accion's leadership team and will report to the President/CEO. 

This is a remarkable opportunity to take a leadership role at an innovative Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) at the forefront of equipping entrepreneurs to create positive economic and social change in the U.S.

Requirements:

At least 10 years of professional experience overall, with a minimum of five years as a senior organizational leader with progressive technical leadership in a high-growth, fast paced organization. Demonstrated strategic planning experience and success in building or scaling complex technology systems. Bachelor’s degree required, and Master’s degree preferred. Experience in financial technology preferred.

Compensation:

Accion offers a competitive compensation package including base salary, incentive pay, health coverage, retirement, and vacation benefits.

How to Apply:

Visit here to apply.

Chief External Affairs Officer New Jersey Community Capital
New Brunswick, NJ
Job Function: Fundraising
Posted: April 12, 2017

Background:

About New Jersey Community Capital

We are a 30-year-old community development financial institution (CDFI), certified by the U.S. Treasury Department. Each year, NJCC and its affiliates provide millions of dollars in capital and substantial technical assistance to support the revitalization of underserved communities across the state. These efforts provide quality housing, early care, education, and employment to thousands of low-income people. NJCC has also emerged as a national leader in developing creative strategies to reverse the distress created by the foreclosure crisis, implementing large-scale programs to acquire and redevelop vacant homes, modify nonperforming mortgages, and infusing flexible capital into collaborative community-level efforts to stabilize blighted neighborhoods.

NJCC embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Position Summary:

Passionate about ground breaking community development and mission-driven leadership?

New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC) is a financial organization with a mission to create thriving communities through strategic investments and knowledge. Fulfilling the needs and improving the quality of life of thousands of individuals and families would not be possible without our talented and diverse staff, and motivating environment.

We are looking for a seasoned financial leader who will help us cultivate relationships with existing and future investors, grantors, and donors. Are you personally well known in the circle of our influencers, including those of whom we are unaware? If so, we are interested in you.

Responsibilities:

You will be part of the Executive Committee and report directly to our President. As such, you’ll be one of five people that provide advice, council, and strategic input to guide our business plans and direction. You will find the passion for our mission, camaraderie, and genuine warmth of the leadership team to be at once refreshing and energizing. Of course, a significant part of your responsibilities will be to help us craft and articulate our positions on public policy, both from the perspective of fulfilling our mission and galvanizing grant-based funding to extend our impact.

Requirements:

We’d love to hear from you if:

  • You have a passion to improve underserved communities and the lives of residents in New Jersey & beyond.
  • You will have an excellent reputation for mounting campaigns to communicate the work of the organizations you have served.
  • You know how to manage the assessment and reporting of the impact of your teams’ efforts.
  • Your leadership and management experience has been effective and relevant to goals like ours.
  • People at all levels, both inside and outside your organization, love working with you, and know you to be someone that they can count on when they need a hand.
  • You have demonstrated the ability to develop and implement long-term marketing and fundraising strategies, including experience cultivating and soliciting foundations, individual, and corporate donors in support of program and operational activities.
  • You have been successful in developing comprehensive marketing and communication plans that cross internal organizational boundaries
  • You have the financial background needed to be credible with our partners, especially when dealing with lending and institutional investments.
  • You have a strong track record in community/economic development, financial services, financial management, or CDFIs. Experience working in a nonprofit environment is definitely a plus.
  • Your outstanding communications skills and ease in front of audiences large and small are among your top strengths.
  • Your 8+ years of related professional experience dealing with CDFI Fund and other federally sourced grants and awards has made you a resource to your peers. If you have experience working with foundation and corporate grant makers, even better!

Compensation:

NJCC offers a competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and skills, as well as an attractive benefits package including health, dental, disability and life insurance; 401(k) savings plan after one year’s service; flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care, and transportation); and 23 paid leave days (includes sick, personal, and vacation) plus 12 paid holidays. NJCC’s office is located at 108 Church St. in New Brunswick, NJ, in a recently-renovated building only two blocks from the train station.

How to Apply:

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please email a thoughtful cover letter and resume to hr@njclf.com. Please include “Chief External Affairs Officer – Your Name” in the email’s subject line. NJCC will accept applications until the position is filled.

Deputy Director (Property Development/Disposition) City of Houston
Houston, TX
Job Function: Financial Services
Posted: April 7, 2017

Background:

The City of Houston's Department of Housing and Community Development (HCDD) works to create safe, stable, and complete communities by funding projects related to affordable homes, public facilities, economic development, public services and infrastructure. Partnering with non-profit, governmental and local entities, HCDD seeks to strengthen Houston's neighborhoods, provide true housing choice and execute the Mayor's vision for One Houston with complete communities throughout.
 

Position Summary:

HCDD is seeking a Deputy Director (EXE) to join its team to oversee the successful execution of programs related to the development and preservation of long-term affordable housing. This position will oversee all development activities by HCDD including multi-family, single-family and public facilities development programs. This position will ensure HCDD's development activities are sufficiently leveraged and that the development division is sufficiently nimble and creative to address Houston's affordable housing crisis.

Responsibilities:

  • Leading by example to create a culture that will enable HCDD to deliver homes, services and other infrastructure at its highest possible capacity to solve Houston's affordable housing crisis and build complete communities throughout the City.
  • Selecting and managing a team of underwriters, project managers and administrative staff.
  • Performing program evaluation and policy analysis to ensure proper allocation of and efficient use of all capital resources available for multifamily, single-family and public facilities.
  • Ensuring quality urban design is an integral part of every development or project funded by the City.
  • Implementing national best practices in design, financing, and product delivery for development of affordable homes.
  • Coordinating with various HCDD divisions such as the grant planning and management, compliance, finance, and legal divisions to ensure a seamless approach to program planning and execution.
  • Coordinating with various City of Houston departments to ensure HCDD's home development, both multifamily and single-family, is supported by the Public Works, Planning, Parks & Recreation, Libraries, and Economic Development efforts by the City.
  • Actively managing projects and program issues as they arise and effectively proposing and implementing solutions.
  • Overseeing multifamily, single-family and public facilities programs, projecting and reporting program unit count goals, and managing annual program budgets.
  • Communicating with elected officials, other City agencies, tenants, developers, lenders, community groups and other stakeholders as necessary, including presenting program materials at public meetings.
  • Overseeing the prequalification process for development partners including drafting and issuing Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) and evaluating the experience and qualifications of the applicants to establish a list of qualified developers.
  • Moving HCDD from a reactive to proactive development position by identifying and communicating HCDD's geographic and program priorities, identifying properties for development or rehabilitation and overseeing the selection process for the most qualified developers.
  • Overseeing the development process including underwriting, design review and approval, tenant relocation or other pre-development issues to ensure timely construction, loan closings, project completion and permanent loan conversion.
  • Ensuring complete compliance with all rules and regulations for any funding source from the predevelopment state through certificate of occupancy.

Essential Attributes    

  • Team Focused: excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in collaboration with others and in the supervision of others
  • Results Oriented: demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage projects in a timely manner
  • Articulate: excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Analytical: capable of utilizing and developing complex datasets, strong organizational and quantitative skills
  • Flexible: quickly adapts to changing circumstances and negotiates multiple, shifting priorities
  • Computer Savvy: strong facility with Word, Excel and PowerPoint

 
This is a grant funded position subject to cancelation when funds are depleted and/or contract period ends.

Requirements:

EDUCATION:

  • Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a closely related field.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Ten (10) years of progressively professional experience in business administration, management or closely related field are required, with at least four years in a managerial capacity.  A Master's degree may be substituted for two years of the experience requirement.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • At least four years of full-time experience in city planning or affordable housing development, with at least eighteen (18) months in a managerial capacity in city planning or affordable housing development
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with HUD rules and regulations pertaining to entitlement grants including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)
  • Thorough knowledge of affordable housing issues, national best practices, financing for affordable housing and the real estate development process
  • Experience working for or working with government agencies and government programs related to affordable housing development

Compensation:

  • Salary range: $ 115,000.00 - $ 145,000.00 Annually
  • Offer made will be commensurate with experience.

 

How to Apply:

Click here to apply.

Development Director Carolina Small Business Development Fund
Raleigh, NC
Job Function: Business Development
Posted: April 7, 2017

Background:

In 1990, Community Development Credit Unions (CDCUs) needed help. At the end of the 1980s, regulators began applying more stringent requirements on CDCUs, pushing some to the brink of liquidation. In response to the crisis, representatives from the CDCU network came together in the interest of preserving small, historically black credit unions. This collaboration lead to the creation of what was then called the North Carolina Minority Support Center (NCMSC).

The NCMSC's mission was to provide ongoing technical assistance and capital to support CDCUs throughout North Carolina. Generous support from the North Carolina General Assembly, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Stevenson Credit Union Assistance Program, and the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions helped to build the NCMSC into a nationally recognized resource.

Position Summary:

Under the administrative direction of President and CEO, this position is responsible for managing and executing the organizations marketing and fund raising functions. Liaison role with foundations, corporations, national and state banks, federal and state governments and other potential Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF)or donation providers.

Works under the administrative direction of the President and CEO; and exercises supervision over subordinate professional staff. The Director of Development routinely works without the direction of a supervisor and is free to develop methods, deadlines, priorities, and/or objectives for CSBDF development function. When instructions are received, they are usually specific because they apply to unusual and rarely occurring situations.

Responsibilities:

The following essential functions are those that are essential, primary and fundamental to the job. Incumbents who possess the requisite skill, experience, education, and other job-related requirements of a position are expected to perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation. This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work that will be required of positions assigned to this classification and shall not be held to exclude other related duties which are not mentioned.

  • Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards relationships with foundations, corporations, financial institutions and private foundations.
  • Actively engages in working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with the corporate and foundation sector, state agencies, as well as other key community groups that will result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of CSBDF.
  • Provides the expertise to advance the CSBDF’s interests by researching and identifying sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on the mission and outreach programs, and by maintaining strong communication ties with existing donors and prospects.
  • Prepares annual fundraising strategy and work schedule to include long-range fundraising support and plans for prospecting new funders.
  • Writes and develops highly competitive proposals and grant applications for foundations, governmental and corporate prospects for funding.
  • Maintain regular contact with supporters, keeping them informed of our impact on the community and presenting compelling proposals regarding any new funding needs.
  • Works with local financial institutions.
  • Monitors award deadlines and make timely proposal submissions.
  • Ensures that reporting requirements are met for all grants, program related investments and other awards.
  • Assist marketing director with public relations related work including reviewing newsletter and marketing materials.
  • Develop a strategy to expand individual donor base of giving.
  • Maintains the Center’s giving policy and update as required.
  • Serve as lead staff for the Center’s Development Committee.
  • Work with local and federal legislators to help them understand our mission, and the financial impact The Carolina Small Business Development Fund’s services have on the communities it serves.
  • Provide assistance to President on advocacy and policy work.

Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Public Administration or Relations plus ten (10) or more years varied development experience and demonstrated successful corporate and/or foundation fundraising experience. A Master’s degree preferred. Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

Compensation:

TBD

How to Apply:

For more information, please email hr@carolinasmallbusiness.org or here.

Community Lending Relationship Manager U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation
San Diego, CA
Job Function: Finance
Posted: April 5, 2017

Background:

At U.S. Bank, we're passionate about helping customers and the communities where we live and work. The fifth-largest bank in the United States, we’re one of the country's most respected, innovative and successful financial institutions. U.S. Bank is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse workforce. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors.

U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation is a leading community development investor, lender and tax credit syndicator. Like our parent company U.S. Bank, we are not your typical bankers. Our employees bring their whole selves to work every day to help make our communities better places to live, work and play. 

We facilitate and manage loans and investments in economic development, renewable energy, historic renovation and affordable housing, contributing to a society in which all people can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

Position Summary:

The Community Lending Relationship Manager is part of the Specialty Finance team within the Community Lending Division of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. Specialty Finance provides lending and banking services to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) syndicators, and to New Markets Tax Credit and Historic Tax Credit transactions. The Community Lending Relationship Manager will report to the Director of Specialty Finance, and will work closely with staff across the team and department.

The Community Lending Relationship Manager position represents an exciting opportunity to be an early member of a growing team and expanding line of business within U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. Candidates will be able to combine their experience in banking and finance with a passion for economic development activities across the country. 

We will also consider applications from: Arizona-AZ-Phoenix, IL-IL-Chicago, Missouri-MO-Saint Louis

Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Source, structure, underwrite, and close loans to CDFIs, LIHTC syndicators, and to New Markets Tax Credit and Historic Tax Credit transactions. 
  • Develop and source new business through cultivating existing clients, prospecting, and networking. 
  • Underwrite borrower’s financial performance and loan portfolio performance, including analyzing financial statements, and assessing the credit quality of borrower’s loan portfolio. 
  • Underwrite subject real estate projects, and analyze the financial strength of project sponsors, to ensure compliance with U.S. Bank credit policy. 
  • Prepare comprehensive written credit memos, for approval of senior management and credit officers. 
  • Negotiate final legal agreements with borrowers, in coordination with internal and external legal counsel. 
  • Coordinate with portfolio underwriter and loan servicing team to manage existing relationships, including completion of annual reviews, ongoing covenant compliance, and amendments. 
  • Coordinate with and leverage other departments within U.S. Bank to provide full range of resources to customers, including cross-selling banking services and products. 
  • Assist the Director and Assistant Director of Specialty Finance with underwriting and closing transactions. 

Requirements:

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field 
  • 7+ years of commercial lending experience 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong business development and relationship management experience 
  • Strong commercial lending and financial underwriting skills 
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation communication skills 
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals and groups in managing customer relationships 
  • Knowledge of bank products and services. 
  • Knowledge of the community development industry, including experience lending to CDFIs, LIHTC syndicators, and related to the New Markets Tax Credit program 
  • Experience lending to different real estate property types, including multifamily housing, schools, healthcare centers, grocers, and small businesses 
  • MBA, CFA, or CPA is a plus 

Compensation:

Competitive, dependent upon experience and location.

How to Apply:

Please apply here.

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