Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, Washington D.C.
The Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial, and dedicated leader to serve as Chief Strategy and Operations Officer (CSOO) to support and lead the organization at a time of unprecedented growth.
OFN is a leading national association of and advocate for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). OFN’s member CDFIs include community development loan funds, banks, venture capital funds, and credit unions that provide financing and other supports to help small businesses, housing initiatives, and projects in low-income communities thrive. In its 35-year history, OFN has helped CDFIs with capital, capacity, and advocacy. OFN’s membership has grown to a nationwide network of 350 CDFIs with over $22 billion in assets. Now more than ever, as the country faces the challenge of rebuilding an economy with deep inequality and structural racism, OFN has redoubled its efforts to help CDFIs grow and increase their impact as agents of change.
OFN is responding to this moment with a big, bold, vision and an urgent as well as strategic focus on mobilizing funding and allies for the OFN network. Through partnerships with all major financial institutions, philanthropy, and new corporate partners, OFN has launched an initiative to “Finance Justice” aimed at bringing $1 billion in new private capital to the field along with $200 million of grants. In the last two years alone, OFN has partnered with Google and Twitter on multimillion-dollar investments, ensured CDFIs were eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, and worked with leaders of the Biden Administration to promote the work of CDFIs and drive resources towards them.
The diverse, highly committed, skilled, and collaborative people who work at OFN come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. OFN staff is guided by the following:
Passion for the mission and belief in the organization’s core purpose
Courage to be a fearless advocate, confident and resilient in the fight to drive capital into low-income communities
Inclination to seek knowledge and ability to thrive on creating and developing new strategies, products, and programs for increasing capital to communities served
Desire to be a collaborative team player, possessing humility and a willingness to lean in all areas of OFN’s work