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Investment Associate Civic Builders, Inc.
New York, NY
Job Function: Investment
Posted: October 23, 2019

Background:

Civic Builders transforms children’s lives and revitalizes communities by building inspirational schools for students in underserved neighborhoods. Dedicated to giving every child the chance to attend a great school, Civic Builders partners with the nation’s best educators to create public charter school buildings for students in communities where the need is greatest.

Since 2002, Civic Builders has built inspiring, bright, and modern buildings that give its partner schools cost effective, customized educational space. Civic Builders schools give underserved students—82% of students at Civic Builders schools live in poverty and 96% are minorities—the opportunity to excel.

In addition, the success these students achieve goes beyond the classroom, as Civic Builders schools become anchors for the low-income, underserved neighborhoods where they are located. Civic Builders schools revitalize communities by providing beautiful spaces where generations of students can learn and where communities come together to support their children’s futures.

Position Summary:

The Investment Associate will report to the Vice President of Finance and Lending in support of a national charter school lending platform. On a day-to-day basis, he or she will work closely with internal and external stakeholders on the full-cycle of activities related to real estate based lending, including origination, underwriting, technical assistance, closing transactions and transitioning loans into asset management. He or she may also support the Financial Services team on development financing projects and/or other lending platforms on an as-needed basis.

Responsibilities:
Due Diligence:  Manage the collection of the loan application materials from the borrower and commission third-party due diligence reports (e.g., appraisal, plan and cost review, etc.) from vendors. Use the application package and third-party due diligence reports to underwrite the loan request.  Underwriting will include analysis of:  - Pro-forma financial projections, historical financial statements of the borrower and any guarantor organizations, budgets, repayment sources; - Market and regulatory conditions; - Borrower operating information including enrollment history, demand data and academic performance outcomes; - Appraisal reviews, entitlement/land use assessments, environmental reports, plan and cost reviews, property conditions reports; - Requirements related to other capital sources and enhancements; and - Other analysis as appropriate to assess credit risk on a given transaction - Conduct a site visit as part of underwriting each transaction and will attend prospect/customer calls as needed to support market other members of the Finance and Lending team - Compare the credit to relevant investment guidelines for the primary investment fund to ensure conformance or identify exceptions - Prepare written loan approval requests for presentation to the internal loan committee for approval.  He or she will prepare exhibits (e.g., financial analysis) for the loan approval package and work closely with the Vice President of Finance and Lending to present the credit approval requests to primary funders, as needed. Deal Structuring: Collaborate with internal and external parties (banks, co-lenders, attorneys, foundations, local government units, etc.) to structure financings including managing inter-creditor negotiations; reviewing real estate contracts, leases, conducting due diligence; and identifying and negotiating key risk mitigants including reserves, guarantees and other forms of credit enhancement. Customer Service:  Maintain a positive and professional relationship with customers and business partners (which include third party lenders, attorneys and other external parties such as appraisers) by both initiating and responding promptly to any and all requests in a responsive, consistent, and accurate manner. Internal Responsibilities: Participate in ongoing efforts to establish and/or improve internal processes and procedures to improve efficiencies across the organization. Bring an entrepreneurial energy and open-minded perspective to your work.

Requirements:
5+ years of experience with community development lending projects (e.g., affordable housing developments, charter schools, community health centers, etc.) and/or products (CDFI bond guaranty program, New Markets Tax Credits) and strong analytic skills Community development lending or borrowing background including experience with nonprofit public charter schools Strong relationship management skills, with a track record of building relationships among a demanding client base with diverse backgrounds and leading through influence Passionate about Civic Builders’ mission to provide equitable access to education, and specifically facilities Thrive in high-growth, fast-paced environment, with the ability to build out new initiatives and navigate ambiguous situations Flexible and committed to contributing to a small, collaborative and ambitious team Bachelor’s degree; MBA or similar advanced degree a plus

Compensation:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter for consideration to: hr@civicbuilders.org

Please use your cover letter to describe your direct experience performing the required responsibilities and meeting the candidate requirements.

Civic Builders is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Business Development Officer Community Investment Fund of Indiana
HAMMOND, IN
Job Function: Business Development
Posted: October 23, 2019

Background:

The Community Investment Fund of Indiana Inc (‘CIFI’) is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (cdfi) that provides loans, financial opportunities and access to community development services to small businesses, low-income individuals, economic development groups and housing developers in low-and-moderate income areas throughout Indiana
CIFI develops partnerships, provides access to financing, and leverages resources for community investment and impact. CIFI loans provide operating and expansion capital to Indiana’s small businesses who lack access to traditional bank financing. Many are from low to moderate income populations and include minority-owned, or newer businesses that need additional funding to support growth.

In addition to their office in Indianapolis, CIFI has a satellite office located on Holman Avenue in the Hammond, Indiana redevelopment area. In connection with the Lake County Community Economic Development Department (LCCEDD), CIFI created a loan fund designed for Lake County businesses that that have limited access to bank financing.
The LCCEDD invests in community economic development initiatives that strengthen the local economy. Without spending tax dollars, the loan fund investment creates a new source of financing to benefit Lake County small businesses.
(www.capitalizingindiana.org)

Position Summary:

Job Description
Community Investment Fund of Indiana (CIFI),
Business Development Officer
Description: The Business Development Officer is responsible for representing the Community Investment Fund of Indiana (‘CIFI’) in its lending activities in Northwest region of Indiana. The Business Development Officer will work out of our Hammond, Indiana office and will market and promote CIFI lending programs to customers historically underserved to include low to moderate income customers interested in starting or expanding small businesses, focusing on Lake County.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities:
➢ Contribute to loan production goals by identifying lending opportunities and referring them to the loan origination team.
➢ Market CIFI’s Impact lending products and services to existing and new customers and strategic partners.
➢ Respond to loan inquiries and screen potential loan transactions to ensure alignment with CIFI’s lending strategy, credit guidelines and loan products/programs availability.
➢ Monitor markets where CIFI’s Impact is active (i.e. market/industry trends, local/state/federal policy environment, community development context).
➢ Manage and attend conferences, events and represent CIFI’s Impact on panels at conferences, workshops and webinars.
➢ Manage relationships with partners and existing and new borrowers.
➢ Work closely with all lending staff to assure excellent customer service.
➢ Participate in strategic planning and innovation process.
➢ Manage loan pipelines for CIFI’s programs and funds.

Requirements:

Requirements:
➢ Bachelor’s degree required.
➢ 3-5 years of lending experience. Community development underwriting, knowledge of CIFI’s major sectors and New Market Tax Credit is a plus.
➢ Ability to travel up to 50% of the time.
➢ Familiarity with federal, state and local community development programs, particularly programs, small business lending and working with non-profit lenders is a plus.
➢ Possess the ability to take a project idea to completion and to creatively solve problems.
➢ Experience in commercial real estate or grocery lending is a plus.
➢ Candidates should have strong sales and communications skills.
➢ Passion for mission driven work and projects that support underserved communities in the Northwest region of Indiana.
➢ Excellent organizational skills with high attention to detail.
➢ Excellent verbal/written communication skills.

Compensation:

Salary based on Experience and qualifications

The Community Investment Fund of Indiana Inc is a private, 501(c)3 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides financial opportunities to stimulate economic development in Indiana. It was created in 2010 and provides loans and development services to Hoosiers wanting access to credit for business development and growth.

CIFI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to Apply:

Please email:
Phil Black
Philblack@capitalizingIndiana.com
Or
Charles Kennedy
Ckennedy@cambridgecapitalmgmt.com

Senior Loan Officer California Capital Financial Development Corporation
Sacramento, CA
Job Function: Lending/Loan Operations
Posted: October 22, 2019

Background:

Mission: “Capital and Capacity to Serve Communities”
California Capital Financial Development Corporation (California Capital) was chartered in 1982 as a
501(c)(3) non-profit corporation to administer the State of California Small Business Loan Guarantee
Program (SBLGP), providing guarantees on bank loans for new and existing small businesses that
are unable to access traditional bank financing. California Capital serves the 27 counties in Northern
California, from San Joaquin north to the Oregon border, and along the Pacific coast east to the
Nevada border.
Since 2002, California Capital has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution
(CDFI) and Community Development Entity (CDE) by the U.S. Department of Treasury. California
Capital is also certified as a Community Development Financial Institution by the California
Department of Insurance – California Organized Investment Network.
Currently, California Capital administers and operates 27 programs, including an SBA Women’s
Business Center, and a Defense Logistics Agency Procurement Technical Assistance Center
(PTAC). Additionally, California Capital administers various microenterprise loan programs and an
EDA Revolving Loan Fund.
For 37 years, California Capital has provided capacity building and access to capital programs
through business training, education, one-on-one counseling and access to capital for entrepreneurs.
For more information on our programs and services, visit our website at http://www.cacapital.org

Position Summary:

Position Summary:
California Capital seeks to fill the full-time position of Senior Loan Officer. The person who will fill
this position must have a strong background in underwriting, and will be responsible for identifying,
acquiring, and expanding lending opportunities in target markets with a focus on providing financing
and technical assistance to small businesses. California Capital’s Sr. Loan Officer will serve in a
lead capacity, providing direction and oversight for loan application processing and the preparation
of credit memorandums and presentation to the California Capital Loan Loan Committee. This position
will also be involved in all of California Capital lending programs.

Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Responsible for the review of loan applications for the various loan programs, financial analysis
and processing of highly complex loan requests submitted from a variety of small businesses
and financial institutions, to determine if the applicant and project meet minimum program
eligibility criteria.
• Determine the derivation and adequacy of the proposed loan repayment source, together with
the applicant’s current debt burden.
• Assess the diversity, stability and strength of the local economy as well as the administrative
and project management capabilities of the applicant.
• Administer and maintain direct loan portfolios. Conduct site visits as necessary. Prepare
detailed written reports, making recommendations to approve or deny financing requests.
• Make presentations to the Loan Committee. Participate in the preparation of the program loan
documents.
Marketing/Outreach
• Provide leadership to the team in cultivating new lending opportunities with targeted, proactive
outreach to under-served markets and communities.
• Ensure responses to referrals (internal and external) are made in a timely, professional manner.
• Promote California Capital loan services and products and business services resources to
prospective borrowers, community organizations, and other community partners.
• Represent California Capital in public forums, facilitate community outreach efforts, and
participate in other activities that promote lending activities.
Loan Origination
• Respond to sensitive and complicated inquiries regarding policy and procedures of the various
loan programs.
• Gather data necessary about clients and businesses to ensure that informed decisions are
made.
• Oversee and provide guidance on special projects performed by subordinate analytical staff.
• Provide guidance to prospective borrowers on loan products and specific requirements
associated with each loan programs.
Underwriting
• Conduct comprehensive industry, financial and risk assessment analysis for loan applications to
determine appropriate loan terms and repayment schedules.
• Ensure loan requests comply with product, program and loan underwriting policies and
procedures.
• Prepare and submit credit memorandums to Chief Credit Officer and/or \Loan Committee for
review and consideration.
• Provide guidance and assist with the preparation of loan documents and loan closing functions,
consulting with appropriate staff members and legal counsel.
Portfolio Management
• Ensure accurate files are maintained on all current borrowers.
• Actively monitor borrower's financial and organizational health, recommending action and/or
loan restructuring when necessary.
• Work closely with loan collections staff to contact delinquent borrowers; provide assistance in
determining repayment solutions to avoid loan defaults.
• Assist with impact data collection and reporting on borrowers.
• Perform reviews and audits of files during closing for compliance.
• Provide business consulting services/technical assistance to improve the financial capacity of
prospective applicants and existing borrowers.
• Prepare internal and external reports as required for executive management and Board of
Directors.
• Other duties/projects as assigned.

Requirements:

Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution required; business, accounting, finance focus
preferred.
• Minimum of 5 years of lending experience required; formal credit training is a plus.
• Small business lending experience required. Mortgage origination is not a substitute for this
requirement.
• Prior work-related experience and knowledge of community development lending, Small
Business Administration (SBA) loans, and traditional and alternative loan programs is beneficial.
• Prior related work experience in the non-profit and/or public sectors is a plus.
• Strong financial skills required, including ability to develop and interpret financial statements
prepared in compliance with business accounting and finance principles.
• Hands-on experience working with small business owners is a plus.
• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Detail–oriented, with ability to work both independently and with a team.
• Fluency in MS Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
• Ability to become proficient in using internal and programmatic reporting portals
• Superior analytical skills are required.
• Occasional evening and weekend hours required.
• Language ability in addition to English a plus.

Compensation:

Compensation:
Competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package, including
health, dental, vision and retirement plan available. Paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.

How to Apply:

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should email resume with a cover letter to Deborah Lowe Muramoto at
dmuramoto@cacapital.org with "Senior Loan Officer Position " in the subject line.
California Capital is an equal opportunity employer.

Director of Program and Initiatives IFF
Chicago, IL
Job Function: Project Management
Posted: October 17, 2019

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.

Our staff of over 100 professionals works from our Chicago home office, and we also serve the Midwest from six regional offices: Indianapolis, IN; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; and Milwaukee, WI.

IFF has created multiple initiatives to respond to community need including the MacArthur Arts and Culture Loan Fund, the Kansas Healthy Food Initiative, and the Stronger Nonprofits Initiative (SNI). SNI is a 14-month cohort-based program to maximize the community impact of nonprofits led by people of color and/or serving low-income communities of color. Launched in Chicago in 2018, the program is now expanding to six additional cities in IFF’s service area.

Position Summary:

Director Programs and Initiatives provides leadership for, and support to, IFF’s nonprofit capacity building, grant, and Core Business Solutions related programs. The Director is responsible for coordinating the design, implementation, evaluation, communication, and compliance for IFF’s programs and initiatives. Specifically, in the first year, the Director will coordinate and manage the roll-out IFF’s Stronger Nonprofit Initiative (SNI) for leaders of color, to cities in IFF’s Midwest footprint.

Responsibilities:

Provide overall management and coordination of all aspects of the SNI program in each city to meet goals and milestones including:

Creation, implementation, and oversight of workplans and key activities
Coordination of IFF cross functional department staff and external consultants
Partner with IFF’s Research and Evaluation practice on the formative, process, and extended evaluation processes
Convene and facilitate regular SNI partner meetings and provide program and progress updates
Work collaboratively with IFF’s Core Business Solutions leads and IFF’s Research and Evaluation practice to develop and refine SNI curriculum and customize for each city
Schedule, coordinate and implement program presentations and discussions with a particular focus on documenting lessons learn and codifying knowledge
Support effective management of and reporting to program funder(s) in close coordination with IFF’s Resource Development team

Develop and implement a specific cohort outreach and recruitment plan for SNI in each city. Build relationships with key stakeholders to assist with outreach. Coordinate and manage outreach and recruitment activities. Plan and design kickoff events to inform potential applicants on the program. Manage applications and screening processes.

Serve as liaison for cohort participants and SNI partners. Serve as general resource for answering questions, troubleshooting and solving problems when they arise. Travel to meetings, coordinate logistics, and make presentations as needed. Work with IFF’s Research and Evaluation team and gather feedback, present insights, and provide recommendations for continual program improvement.

Work with external and internal IFF stakeholders to design new programs and initiatives that build nonprofit capacity and/or build IFF Core Business Solutions business. Work collaboratively with Resource Development to obtain funding for new initiatives and produce required funder reports. Proactively track and document grant activities in partnership with department staff to demonstrate progress on grant deliverables.

Collaborate with Communications staff to report program achievements and learnings including impacts and outcomes through reports and stories.

Performance Measures:

Successful and timely achievement of the programmatic goals for assigned programs and initiatives.

Successful problem-solving of challenges as they arise.

Creative and effective design of new programs and initiatives that drive business to IFF’s Core Business Solutions.

Cultivates a culture of openness in information sharing. Encourages open communication, cooperation, and the sharing of knowledge.

Models personal accountability that promotes ownership and engagement.

Builds and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues, peers, partners and team members.

Values and supports differences in others, contributing to an inclusive work environment. Demonstrates the ability and willingness to communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a collaborative, collegial, and caring community.

High level of satisfaction with both internal colleagues and external contacts.

Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in human services, business, social work other fields related to community development required. Advanced degree preferred.

Previous Experience: 5 years of experience working in a project management capacity, preferably in the community development, nonprofit/social services sectors, providing programs to support communities of color. Demonstrated experience with recruitment and outreach; experience in designing and implementing professional development programs. Demonstrated track record of growth and increased responsibility managing multiple projects.

Special Knowledge & Skills:

1. Project planning capabilities, including the ability to establish long-term vision and goals, and the ability to align and manage activities toward execution of identified goals.
2. Deep commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
3. Proven ability to build and nurture relationships across geographies.
4. Self-starter with ability to conduct multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of a collaborative team.
5. Strong analytical skills with demonstrated project management experience.
6. Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences. Exceptional verbal, written, and negotiation skills.
7. Ability to work with minimal supervision outside of formalized, central office setting.
8. Detail-oriented, flexible, dedicated and responsible individual.
9. Familiarity with non-profit organizations and community partnerships.
10. Strong ability to organize and prioritize information quickly and strategically.
11. Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
12. Ability to think creatively about problems.

Unusual Requirements: Regular travel throughout the assigned region; occasional evening and weekend work.

IFF values equity, diversity and inclusion as part of its mission to strengthen nonprofits and the communities they serve. IFF is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation:

Compensation to be discussed at the time of the phone screening.

How to Apply:

Application Instructions: Applicants please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements with “Director, Programs and Initiatives” in the subject line.

Resource Development Associate IFF
Chicago, IL
Job Function: Fundraising
Posted: October 17, 2019

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.

Our staff of approximately 100 professionals works from our Chicago headquarters, and we also serve the Midwest from six regional offices: Indianapolis, IN; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; and Milwaukee, WI.

Position Summary:

The Resource Development Associate will support the work of IFF to increase the visibility and funding of the organization. The Associate is responsible for implementing development efforts to support strategic priorities, lead general operating requests, and assist with prospect research. The ideal candidate is a developing development professional with top-notch writing and storytelling skills; the ability to communicate complex concepts simply and concisely; respectable graphic design skills; and strong project management skills.

Responsibilities:

Resource Development

Lead the submittal of general operating requests to financial institutions and foundations. Assist in compiling general operating grant boilerplate and general operating reports. Maintain required organizational and financial attachments for funder and investor proposals and reports. Assist with online application submissions. Maintain IFF online application passwords and related information.

Assist and support the completion of assigned funder reports and proposals. Coordinate with staff across departments to gather program updates and impact data to complete assigned reports. Assist with identifying client impact stories and developing short content about borrowers, clients, and program achievements, including impact. Develop charts, graphs, and other visual graphics for use in funder materials. Assist with Program Related Investments, Faith-Based Investor requests, and government applications as needed.

Ensure assigned grants are documented through grant life cycle. Assist with maintaining funder and foundation investor records. Record submissions in Resource Development tracking system and Client Relationship Management system. Ensure contract is reviewed and executed, thank you correspondence is sent, and reporting and renewal dates are entered into work plans and Client Relationship Management system.

Run fundraising and impact reports and assist with updating the Resource Development dashboard. Perform research on prospective funding opportunities and maintain prospect research spreadsheet and recommend potential funders that fit funding needs.

Administrative Support

Providing executive support: Coordinate travel arrangements and schedule meetings as requested by the Vice President of Resource Development and Strategic Partnership and the Vice President of Public Policy.

Providing team support: Assist with departments’ file preparation, organization of team meetings, and editing and mailing of correspondence.

Performance Measures:

High-quality work products that are written well, crafted strategically, and aligned with IFF’s goals and branding.

Timely execution of assigned projects.

Meets all assigned proposal and reporting deadlines.

Accurate maintenance of prospect research files, paper and electronic proposals, funder reports, and fundraising files.

Excellent communication and professional working relationships with IFF staff, and external stakeholders, including its nonprofit customers, investors, funders, partners, and the media.

Cultivates a culture of openness in information sharing. Encourages open communication, cooperation, and the sharing of knowledge.

Models personal accountability that promotes ownership and engagement.

Builds and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues, peers and team members.

Values and supports differences in others, contributing to an inclusive work environment. Demonstrates the ability and willingness to communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a collaborative, collegial, and caring community.

Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience required.

Previous Experience: Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in nonprofit fundraising.

Special Knowledge & Skills:

• Excellent oral and written communications skills
• High attention to detail, consistent and reliable follow through, and ability to prioritize.
• Strong Microsoft Office Skills; High level of experience with database systems preferred.

Unusual Requirements: Occasional travel throughout the assigned region. Possible evening and weekend work may be necessary; able to lift 20 pounds and stand for extended period.

IFF values equity, diversity and inclusion as part of its mission to strengthen nonprofits and the communities they serve. IFF is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation:

Compensation to be discussed at the time of the phone screening

How to Apply:

Application Instructions: Applicants please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements with “Resource Development Associate” in the subject line of the email.

Program Communications Manager IFF
Chicago, IL
Job Function: Administrative/Operations/IT
Posted: October 17, 2019

Background:

IFF is a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer that helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and people with disabilities. Key to our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results. Social return can coincide with financial return.

Across the Midwest, we help clients from every sector, including human service agencies, health centers, schools, housing developers, and grocery stores. Our staff of approximately 100 professionals works from our Chicago headquarters, and we also serve the Midwest from six regional offices: Indianapolis, IN; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; and Milwaukee, WI.

Position Summary:

The Program Communications Manager is a “communications generalist” position that requires a broad skillset in writing, design, strategy, and project management. The ideal candidate is an experienced communications professional with top-notch writing and story-telling skills; the ability to communicate complex concepts concisely and with an asset-based lens; a commitment to and talent for solving problems collaboratively; strong project management skills; adept technological know-how; and an eye for graphic design.

Responsibilities:

This is a new position at IFF that will create and manage communications deliverables and budgets for IFF’s emerging programmatic efforts, including:

Special Programs. IFF receives grant funding for special programs that often require specialized communications. For example, our Learning Spaces program focuses on early childhood education efforts in the City of Detroit – a specific sector in a specific city, with specific programmatic deliverables and communications needs. The Program Communications Manager would engage with that specific IFF team, which often includes both internal and external stakeholders, to craft and then deliver on a communications strategy, messaging, and tactics. This may sometimes include management of consultants who add to our team’s capacity.

Vital Services. IFF’s Social Impact Accelerator includes a team focused on what we call “vital services,” each of which are at a different stage in their evolution – early childhood education (established), K-12 education (established in some markets), and universal access (emerging). Each area engages in thought leadership to spread knowledge and awareness to all of IFF’s departments internally as well as to external stakeholders. This effort requires partnership with a communications professional to craft a strategy in line with the vital service’s goals.

Research. IFF’s Social Impact Accelerator also includes a research and evaluation team, which provides data and analysis to help nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies make better decisions about resource allocation and real estate investment. These studies have traditionally been published as long-form print booklets, but the team is increasingly exploring alternative products that are better in line with their client’s goals and audiences. The team requires partnership with a communications professional to craft a strategy in line with the client’s goals as well as IFF’s values.

Other duties. Perform other duties as assigned in support of IFF’s communications.

Performance Measures:

Understand and effectively communicate IFF’s mission, business, and impact.

Produce high-quality content that is written well, crafted strategically, and aligned with IFF’s goals and branding.

Execute assigned projects in a timely manner.

Forge excellent working relationships with IFF employees as well as external stakeholders, including nonprofit customers, investors, funders, and partners.

Cultivate a culture of openness in information sharing through open communication, cooperation, and knowledge sharing.

Model personal accountability that promotes ownership and engagement.

Value and support differences in others, contributing to an inclusive work environment.

Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience required.

Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years as a communications generalist. Experience in and knowledge of nonprofit sector, community development, finance or real estate development is strongly preferred.

Special Knowledge and Skills: Strong experience in content management systems such as or similar to WordPress and MailChimp; strong Microsoft Office skills; and some experience in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and PhotoShop.

Unusual Requirements: Occasional travel throughout the assigned region. Possible evening and weekend work may be necessary. Able to lift 20 pounds and stand for extended period.

IFF values equity, diversity, and inclusion as part of its mission to strengthen nonprofits and the communities they serve. IFF is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation:

Compensation to be discussed during phone screening

How to Apply:

Application Instructions: Applicants please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and salary requirements with “Program Communications Manager” in the subject line.

Corporate Communications Manager IFF
Chicago, IL
Job Function: Community Outreach
Posted: October 17, 2019

Background:

IFF is a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer that helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and people with disabilities. Key to our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results. Social return can coincide with financial return.

Across the Midwest, we help clients from every sector, including human service agencies, health centers, schools, housing developers, and grocery stores. Our staff of approximately 100 professionals works from our Chicago headquarters, and we also serve the Midwest from six regional offices: Indianapolis, IN; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; and Milwaukee, WI.

Position Summary:

The Corporate Communications Manager is a “communications generalist” position that requires a broad skillset in writing, design, strategy, and project management. The ideal candidate is an experienced communications professional with top-notch writing and story-telling skills; the ability to communicate complex concepts concisely and with an asset-based lens; a commitment to and talent for solving problems collaboratively; strong project management skills; adept technological know-how; and an eye for graphic design.

Responsibilities:

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Newsletter & Storytelling. Our monthly newsletter is more than a newsletter – it’s the impetus for our online story library, which is leveraged across the organization as staff reach out to clients, funders, investors, and partners. The Corporate Communications Manager will be the primary person responsible for IFF’s monthly newsletter, which requires crafting at least four original stories per month in a journalistic style, as well as all the duties related to identifying and tracking story ideas over time; managing a content calendar that ensures a balance of stories by sector, market, line of business, and special programs; and distributing the newsletter on our website, email list, and social channels.

Digital Tools. The Corporate Communications Manager will be the primary person responsible for managing content on IFF.org and IFF’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). Some content may be contributed by other members of the communications team and separate marketing team, but the Corporate Communications Manager will review and oversee all content before publishing.

Print Materials. The Corporate Communications Manager will partner with the Director of Communications to craft and maintain our corporate print materials.

Branding. The Corporate Communications Manager will partner with the Director of Communications to promote internal understanding of IFF’s brand, its design and style standards, and its communications strategy and goals. This may include maintaining IFF’s letterhead, business cards, and other business templates as well as watchdogging the use of IFF’s logo on customer signage.

Other duties. Perform other duties as assigned in support of IFF’s core communications in partnership with the Director of Communications (e.g., media support).

Performance Measures:

Understand and effectively communicate IFF’s mission, business, and impact.

Produce high-quality content that is written well, crafted strategically, and aligned with IFF’s goals and branding.

Execute assigned projects in a timely manner.

Forge excellent working relationships with IFF employees as well as external stakeholders, including nonprofit customers, investors, funders, and partners.

Cultivate a culture of openness in information sharing through open communication, cooperation, and knowledge sharing.

Model personal accountability that promotes ownership and engagement.

Value and support differences in others, contributing to an inclusive work environment.

Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience required.

Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years as a communications generalist. Experience in and knowledge of nonprofit sector, community development, finance or real estate development is strongly preferred.

Special Knowledge and Skills: Strong experience in content management systems such as or similar to WordPress and MailChimp; strong Microsoft Office skills; and some experience in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and PhotoShop.

Unusual Requirements: Occasional travel throughout the assigned region. Possible evening and weekend work may be necessary. Able to lift 20 pounds and stand for extended period.

Compensation:

Compensation will be communicated during the phone screening phase.

How to Apply:

Application Instructions: Applicants please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and salary requirements with “Corporate Communications Manager” in the subject line of the email.

Corporate Communications Manager IFF
Chicago, IL
Job Function: Community Outreach
Posted: October 17, 2019

Background:

IFF is a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer that helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and people with disabilities. Key to our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results. Social return can coincide with financial return.

Across the Midwest, we help clients from every sector, including human service agencies, health centers, schools, housing developers, and grocery stores. Our staff of approximately 100 professionals works from our Chicago headquarters, and we also serve the Midwest from six regional offices: Indianapolis, IN; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; and Milwaukee, WI.

Position Summary:

The Corporate Communications Manager is a “communications generalist” position that requires a broad skillset in writing, design, strategy, and project management. The ideal candidate is an experienced communications professional with top-notch writing and story-telling skills; the ability to communicate complex concepts concisely and with an asset-based lens; a commitment to and talent for solving problems collaboratively; strong project management skills; adept technological know-how; and an eye for graphic design.

Responsibilities:

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Newsletter & Storytelling. Our monthly newsletter is more than a newsletter – it’s the impetus for our online story library, which is leveraged across the organization as staff reach out to clients, funders, investors, and partners. The Corporate Communications Manager will be the primary person responsible for IFF’s monthly newsletter, which requires crafting at least four original stories per month in a journalistic style, as well as all the duties related to identifying and tracking story ideas over time; managing a content calendar that ensures a balance of stories by sector, market, line of business, and special programs; and distributing the newsletter on our website, email list, and social channels.

Digital Tools. The Corporate Communications Manager will be the primary person responsible for managing content on IFF.org and IFF’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn). Some content may be contributed by other members of the communications team and separate marketing team, but the Corporate Communications Manager will review and oversee all content before publishing.

Print Materials. The Corporate Communications Manager will partner with the Director of Communications to craft and maintain our corporate print materials.

Branding. The Corporate Communications Manager will partner with the Director of Communications to promote internal understanding of IFF’s brand, its design and style standards, and its communications strategy and goals. This may include maintaining IFF’s letterhead, business cards, and other business templates as well as watchdogging the use of IFF’s logo on customer signage.

Other duties. Perform other duties as assigned in support of IFF’s core communications in partnership with the Director of Communications (e.g., media support).

Performance Measures:

Understand and effectively communicate IFF’s mission, business, and impact.

Produce high-quality content that is written well, crafted strategically, and aligned with IFF’s goals and branding.

Execute assigned projects in a timely manner.

Forge excellent working relationships with IFF employees as well as external stakeholders, including nonprofit customers, investors, funders, and partners.

Cultivate a culture of openness in information sharing through open communication, cooperation, and knowledge sharing.

Model personal accountability that promotes ownership and engagement.

Value and support differences in others, contributing to an inclusive work environment.

Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience required.

Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years as a communications generalist. Experience in and knowledge of nonprofit sector, community development, finance or real estate development is strongly preferred.

Special Knowledge and Skills: Strong experience in content management systems such as or similar to WordPress and MailChimp; strong Microsoft Office skills; and some experience in Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and PhotoShop.

Unusual Requirements: Occasional travel throughout the assigned region. Possible evening and weekend work may be necessary. Able to lift 20 pounds and stand for extended period.

Compensation:

Compensation will be communicated during the phone screening phase.

How to Apply:

Application Instructions: Applicants please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and salary requirements to careers@iff.org with “Corporate Communications Manager” in the subject line of the email.

Director of CA Real Estate Development Self-Help Federal Credit Union
Oakland, CA
Job Function: Project Management
Posted: October 16, 2019

Background:

Self-Help Federal Credit Union was chartered in 2008 to build a network of branches that serve working families and underserved communities. With 17 branches in California, 9 branches in Illinois, and 1 branch in Wisconsin, over $1 billion in assets, and serving more than 74,000 members, Self-Help Federal is one of the fastest-growing low-income designated credit unions in the country. It is part of the national Self-Help family of non-profit organizations whose collective mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all. For 38 years, the Center for Community Self-Help and its affiliates have provided $8.5 billion in financing to help over 158,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, start and build businesses, and strengthen community resources. For more information, go to www.selfhelpfcu.org and www.self-help.org.

Position Summary:

Self-Help has an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial Real Estate Development professional to build out this line of business that has just recently started for Self-Help in California. The Director of CA Real Estate Development will help envision and lead our community-based real estate development work in the state. Building capacity to expand community-based real estate development activity, in close coordination with our well-established branch network serving generally underserved populations in the state, is a strategic priority for Self-Help. The successful candidate will build and manage a small group of project management staff to identify, analyze, and execute real estate development projects. Projects may be in partnership/collaboration with Self-Help Federal Credit Union (SHFCU) branch development efforts (two currently underway.) Future projects could include additional SHFCU collaboration or independent commercial and mixed-use projects, neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, and more. This role requires flexibility and effective coordination with the Self-Help Real Estate Team in North Carolina, the California-based project management team directly supervised, California executive leadership, and California retail staff. The position will be based in Oakland, CA; other locations in CA may be considered.

Responsibilities:

Essential Responsibilities:
• Develop and execute projects – both directly managed by the position itself and by supporting project management staff’s own leadership – to:

>> Assist Real Estate Team Leader (NC based) and California executive leadership in developing and implementing project selection strategies and systems.

>> Seek new business opportunities in accordance with Real Estate Team and organizational goals, strategies, and mission. For California real estate work, define project scope, goals and deliverables that support Self-Help organizational and Real Estate Team goals and mission.

>> In coordination with project management staff, assess project feasibility—financial, mission, political, community, etc.

>> Create initial project sources/uses budget and proforma and conduct feasibility assessments for new opportunities o Monitor project performance against schedules, resources, scope changes, budgets and project, and deliverable quality

>> Support—directly or through the management of staff responsible for the effort--routine project reporting and documentation to include status, open issues, resource and schedule detail using appropriate tools.

>> Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential challenges and devise contingency plans.

• Hire, develop, motivate, and mentor project management staff to help them achieve individual expectations and deliverables through leadership, coaching, and direction.

• Actively identify and address opportunities for process improvement. Lead or participate in process improvement initiatives and promote the sharing of best practices.

• Act as a change agent to drive Self-Help’s economic inclusion initiatives by integrating supplier diversity and the use of businesses owned by women and people of color in third party contracting and vendor management for relevant products and services.

• Provide leadership and expertise on projects as needed.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience. Master’s degree in business administration, planning, public policy, law or a related field is a plus.

• Minimum of 8 years’ experience in real estate development. Other relevant management, finance or similar experience can be a partial substitute.

• Significant experience in project management for real estate developments, either residential or commercial, with an emphasis on community-based real estate projects, a significant plus

• Strong commitment to our mission – creating economic opportunity for traditionally underserved communities.

• Preference for working in organizations that place priority on teamwork and collaboration

• Specific knowledge of the financing of affordable housing and/or commercial real estate development, as well as public-private partnerships and philanthropic funding sources.

• Demonstrated success in managing staff.

• Deep understanding of real estate financing concepts and practices.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to effectively engage others and present information and respond to questions from groups and/or individuals.

• Strong project management skills with the ability to initiate, juggle, and lead multiple projects to meet goals, objectives, and deadlines.

• Demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, supplier diversity.

• Ability to form and maintain strong relationships with internal and external customers through providing excellent customer service and follow-up.

• Ability to think strategically and manage multiple initiatives.

• Ability and willingness to travel at least 25% within CA, to North Carolina, and elsewhere as needed.

Desired Qualifications:

• Knowledge of and experience with community-based real estate-related financing programs, such as HUD financing programs/products (HOME, CDBG, NSP), LIHTC, New Markets Tax Credits, and Historic Tax Credits a plus.

Physical Requirements:

Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 40 pounds.

Compensation:

Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, life insurance, flexible spending plan, retirement plan, and paid parental leave.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals please send a resume and cover letter to hiringmanager@self-helpfcu.org and reference this job, " Director, California Real Estate Development, Oakland" in the subject line of your message.

Financial Institutions Specialist Aeris
Philadelphia, PA
Job Function: Finance
Posted: October 15, 2019

Background:

Aeris is a rating and information service built on the belief that capital will flow to good more quickly when investors have confidence in the accountability, standards, and transparency of impact investments.

Since 2004, Aeris’ due diligence and data have helped investors source, underwrite, and monitor investments that meet their risk parameters and impact goals. Aeris’ clients range from large financial institutions with Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) obligations, mission-driven charitable foundations, government, private wealth managers, and impact fund managers.

Position Summary:

The Financial Institution Specialist contributes to the success of Aeris Operations Team’s work with CDFIs, mainly by performing and supporting essential tasks in the Aeris rating process working with Aeris staff, analysts and rated institutions as well as helping support the Aeris Cloud, Aeris’ industry-first database of standardized CDFI performance data. Work is managed and performed in a standard production environment and process, with key success measures being quality, quantity, accuracy, timeliness, and team work.

The Financial Institution Specialist is required to be self-motivated in the management and performance of scheduled workloads, but should also be flexible to work in a team environment in response to changing business needs and priorities. He/she will be able to learn new skills, new content, and new ideas quickly and effectively. Prior experience reading and understanding the financial statements of financial institutions with lending activities is required.

Responsibilities:

1. Perform and support essential tasks in the Aeris Rating process
a. Reviewing and verifying accuracy of collected data, calculated ratios and related tables and graphs
b. Prepare detailed financial and narrative report templates for Aeris Analysts.
c. Request and track document submission for all Aeris Rating Reports. Following up as necessary with CDFIs to ensure that all materials are submitted in timely fashion.

2. Prepare CDFI financial statements for the Aeris Cloud
a. Work with Aeris Operations team to understand CDFI financial presentation.
b. Prepare CDFI financial statements and performance metrics for Aeris analyses or quarterly reporting.
c. Working with CDFIs, proof and finalize quarterly financial statements and reported performance data.
d. Communicate with CDFIs and Analysts regarding clarification of materials submitted and requests for additional data.

3. Aeris Cloud maintenance
a. Orient CDFIs to uploading data and supporting documentation to the Aeris Cloud.
b. Lead Webinar demonstrations of the Aeris Cloud for CDFIs, as requested.
c. Load data and documents into appropriate “libraries” on the Aeris Cloud.
d. Work with CDFIs to set up their Aeris “library” and financial template on the Aeris Cloud.
e. Follow up with CDFIs as necessary to ensure timely upload of quarterly financial statements and performance data.

4. Aeris Rating Committee
a. Schedule meetings and conference calls by coordinating and confirming attendance, arranging for the meeting dates/equipment/advance materials, etc.
b. Schedule ratings committee, coordinating analyst selection with the Director of Ratings.
c. Support ratings committees.

5. Aeris document preparation
a. Proof and note corrections on draft Aeris reports during the layout process.
b. Prepare ratings certificates, ensuring that ratings are correctly represented before they are released to CDFIs.

Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree and 1-4 years of professional experience is desired, preferably in financial services, or late career professionals from the financial services field
• Strong financial and analytical experience required
• Familiarity with nonprofit financial statements is preferred
• Strong writing and communication experience required
• Superior ability to focus on detailed work for accuracy
• Knowledge of and commitment to community development/investing

Compensation:

Salary commensurate with experience and includes strong benefits package.

How to Apply:

Search: Financial Institutions Specialist
Aeris Insight Inc.
Email: careers@aerisinsight.com

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