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Community Development Lender Gateway Community Development Fund, Inc.
Saint Louis, MO
Job Function: Lending/Loan Operations
Posted: March 9, 2018

Background:

Gateway is a US Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on lending activities in the St. Louis and Kansas City markets as well as consulting and collaboration projects throughout the Midwest.  We are located on Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis.

Position Summary:

The Community Development Lender has significant responsibility for business development and loan origination, and will market Gateway’s participation loan funds while participating in various industry events in fulfillment of those responsibilities.  The primary duties of this position are to develop and maintain lending relationships while identifying, structuring, and underwriting community development loans.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain strong, productive relationships with all contacts, including community development organizations, borrowers and other lenders 
  • Develop new and maintain existing relationships with borrowers within Gateway’s target markets of St. Louis, Kansas City, and southern Illinois
  • Guide prospective borrowers through the loan application, approval and closing process
  • Underwrite and structure loan requests for presentation to Loan Committee for review and approval
  • Coordinate/perform construction draw inspections and approvals as necessary
  • Manage the loan portfolio to minimize delinquencies and losses
  • Report on the loan pipeline and portfolio to Gateway’s Loan Committee, President and Board of Directors
  • Maintain necessary professional certifications and memberships as applicable; participate in appropriate educational and training events
  • Attend conferences and community development events as appropriate for the industry and position
  • Refer potential clients for Gateway’s consulting services

Requirements:

  • Minimum five years of experience in community development finance, ideally including:
    • Securing funding for economic development projects
    • Writing grants 
    • Working with public agencies & municipalities
  • Minimum three years of loan production/loan underwriting experience 
  • Bachelor degree in an appropriate/related field 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer skills
  • Strong entrepreneurial work ethic with the ability to work independently or collaboratively as a team member 
  • Courteous and business-like manner in dealing with stakeholders and co-workers

Compensation:

The position offers competitive salary, full medical and dental paid by the company, life insurance, parking, 401K, vacation and sick pay.

How to Apply:

To apply, please forward your resume to: jobopportunity@slefi.com

Director of Policy & Research Carolina Small Business Development Fund
Raleigh, NC
Job Function: Research and Analytics
Posted: March 6, 2018

Background:

The mission of Carolina Small Business Development Fund is to foster economic development in underserved communities by providing capital, business services, and policy research to support small businesses.

 

Position Summary:

Under the administrative direction of President and CEO, evaluates the impact of Carolina Small Business Development Fund’s (CSBDF) programs, through both quantitative and qualitative research, to support advocacy efforts with policy makers and in the public dialogue.  Also serves the community through educating the internal and external communities about the impact of current and proposed legislation on the financial services community; performs related work as assigned.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Prepares research reports, briefs, fact sheets, blogs and other publications showing the impact of CSBDF and provides policy recommendations.
  • Coordinates with researchers from universities, policy organizations, and think tanks on research reports.  
  • Collaborates with policy advocates to further the interests of small businesses, economic development, CSBDF, and its partners.  
  • Researches academic and third party trends in the study of small businesses and community economic development.  
  • Acts as an analytical resource for staff, and prepares educational materials for staff education on policy issues, legislative issues, and compliance procedures.
  • Administers surveys of CSBDF borrowers. 
  • Manages collection, maintenance, and quality control of data on the impact of CSBDF’s programs.
  • Provides support for Development by supplying data and analysis to further CSBDF’s funding initiatives and grant compliance programs.  
  • Provide data and analysis to Marketing & Communications to best illustrate CSBDF’s story.  
  • Manages internal key performance indicators and provides analysis for staff review and strategic planning.
  • Facilitates staff retreats and strategic planning sessions.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Training and Experience: 

  • Master's degree in public policy, statistics/mathematics, economics, urban planning, or related field, AND five (5) or more years of relevant professional experience including direct experience in applied research, quantitative analysis including advanced Microsoft Office (MS Excel and MS Access) and SAS/SPSS programming skills; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.  
  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

Required Knowledge of:

  • CDFI Industry and CSBDF organization, strategic intent, operations, policies and procedures.
  • Research methods and statistics.
  • Survey methodology, quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Knowledge and understanding of federal and state laws and regulatory agencies that govern and/or provide funding to banks, CDFIs, and the non-profit sector 
  • Microsoft Office (MS Excel and MS Access) and SAS/SPSS programming.
  • Project management
  • Impact measurement

Required Skill in:

  • Understanding and applying research principles, standards and procedures, statistics and survey methodologies and applicable Federal and state rules and regulations relating to CDFI’s.
  • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting factual information.
  • Independently pursuing hypothesis to discoveries.
  • Strong proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint with the talent for the visual display of quantitative information.
  • Organizing, assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands with strong attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done.
  • Communications: verbal, written and especially presentation including the ability to simplify complex analysis into meaningful presentations and action steps.
  • Flexibility, resourcefulness, and the ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with changing priorities and timelines.
  • Working independently and as a part of team both cross departmentally and functionally.
  • Maintaining excellent communication and coordination with staff, Board members, partners, and other stakeholders. 

Compensation:

Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.

How to Apply:

Please email resume to hr@carolinasmallbusiness.org

Development Director Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc. (WEDI)
Buffalo, NY
Job Function: Fundraising
Posted: March 6, 2018

Background:

Position Title: Development Director 

FLSA Status: Full-Time

Core Program Competencies: Economic Development, Community Development, Education

Supervisor’s Title: Executive Director

Location: Buffalo, NY

Organization Mission: WEDI empowers economically disadvantaged people in Buffalo, with a primary focus on the West Side community.

Websites: www.wedibuffalo.org, www.westsidebazaar.com

Programs Overview:

WEDI fulfills its mission and vision through three core competencies.

  • Community Development: Entrepreneurs create focused, market-driven, and sustainable destinations that bring people together to create strong, diverse neighborhoods. WEDI hosts up to 21 businesses in its retail and commercial kitchen space, the West Side Bazaar, and has successfully graduated over 15 small-business owners who grew shops at this incubator.
  • Economic Development: Low-income individuals and families attain sustainable incomes through business creation and expansion. Since 2012, WEDI has served over 900 clients in business training and technical assistance, disbursed over 100 microloans totaling over $650K, and empowered over 150 businesses to start or expand. Since 2015, WEDI’s clients have created and retained over 150 jobs. Ninety percent (90%) of WEDI-financed businesses are still in operation following 8 years of lending, and the organization’s loan portfolio has a 97% repayment success rate.
  • Education: English-language learners acquire comprehension and fluency to attain parity with native English-speaking peers, which in turn promotes high graduation rates, family health, and a strong community. The ENERGY Literacy for Children and FLY after-school programs serve over 60 English-language learners from Buffalo’s West Side who are in grades 1-6 and 7-8, respectively. ENERGY’s data showed that over 93% of students improved their reading ability in the 2016-2017 school year, with some improving by over one grade level, as evidenced by reading assessments. The program maintained an average ratio of one volunteer mentor per student. FLY implements project-based learning that has helped to increase grade-point averages for over 80% of its students.

Position Summary:

WEDI’s Development Director is responsible for coordinating all fundraising and donor relations activities, including proposals for grants and contracts, and ensuring consistent messaging and branding. The Director is responsible for comprehensive strategic planning, project implementation, management of multiple staffers, and oversight of fundraising activity. The Development Director will manage day-to-day fundraising operations, including research and prospect identification, enhancement of cultivation and engagement infrastructure, solicitation strategies, donor stewardship, database management, communications and outreach activities, and development-related volunteer relations. WEDI expects the Development Director to scale WEDI’s rapidly growing fundraising base, taking advantage of the organization’s unique assets. These include its experience in supporting and nurturing diverse communities throughout Buffalo, ability to generate impactful programmatic outcomes, growing demand for its services, and high visibility through local business owners, the West Side Bazaar, and its after-school programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Development – advise the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Leadership Team on fundraising strategy, planning, and implementation; coordinate fundraising campaigns; research and identify sources for funding, including individuals, corporations, foundations, governmental entities, earned revenue, and events; ensure adequate grant proposals and fundraising activities to meet and exceed annual budget requirements
  • Strategy development, planning, and reporting–lead WEDI’s strategic planning for fund development to meet established goals; develop and implement budgets for fund development; maintain accountability for expenditures
  • Relationship management – develop and reestablish relationships with current, former, and prospective supporters and community partners; build partnerships within the philanthropic community
  • Writing and reviewing – oversee drafting of proposals for grants and contracts and case statements for capital campaigns; in important cases, draft significant proposals and speeches that the Executive Director or Board Members may deliver
  • Marketing – create and maintain a messaging and branding strategy; coordinate marketing efforts to support programs, ensuring seamless messaging to all stakeholders; ensure that all public-facing messaging consistently demonstrates the organization’s voice, capability, and potential and monitor WEDI’s digital and communications output in order to match the Development strategy
  • Management – supervise up to four staffers who support Development activities, including grant writing, events, volunteers, marketing, research, and data reporting, analysis, evaluation, and monitoring
  • Events – manage the implementation of WEDI’s annual appeals and fundraisers, including Winterfest and Resurgence
  • Effectively utilize WEDI’s data and donor management systems
  • In coordination with the Executive Director and Development Chair, lead the Development Committee and Winterfest Task Force, recruiting appropriate volunteers as necessary

Requirements:

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstration of the skills and/or a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably with an emphasis on business or public administration, management and coordination, public policy and analysis, and/or marketing and communication
  • Ability to demonstrate successful fundraising and development leadership, skills, and capabilities
  • Excellent critical thinking, interpersonal, and analytical skills
  • Proven strength and breadth in oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret impact data for effective communication to funders
  • Ability to complete tasks quickly and on schedule, manage multiple projects with clear deadlines, and  prioritize and delegate tasks proactively and wisely
  • Competence and efficiency in technological usage: software and hardware, including Google applications, MS Office, CRMs, database systems, and internet applications
  • Passion for empowerment programming that serves diverse low-income communities
  • Priority skills (from most to least important): organizational and coordinating, relational and clear in communication, persuasive and logical written and oral communication, strategic thinking and development
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills; high accuracy in work and attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent, preferably with an emphasis on business or public administration, management and coordination, public policy and analysis, and/or marketing and communication
  • Minimum of 5 years of successful fundraising and development experience
  • Experience working in a non-profit, mission-driven organization or a for-profit, contract-based company that seeks proposals or bids for funding
  • Knowledge of and experience in the Western New York, state, and/or national philanthropic communities
  • Progressive accomplishments in philanthropic giving such as major gift requests, grant and proposal submission, fundraising campaign development, capitalization strategies, event planning and oversight, and related activities
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Compensation:

Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience. WEDI includes health insurance with a full-time position.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to ben@wedibuffalo.org.

Executive Director Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc.
Salisbury, MD
Job Function: Financial Services
Posted: March 5, 2018

Background:

Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc. (MCE) helps build communities by supporting small business development among potential and existing owners who find themselves at a disadvantage in obtaining access to conventional business financing.  MCE has been operating on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for over 18 years, providing small business loans, business counseling and business education, and helping develop business plans for entrepreneurs so that they can start, expand or purchase existing businesses.  In 2012, MCE expanded its operations into Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.  The offices are located in Salisbury, Maryland.  

MCE maintains a Women’s Business Program.  The program provides training, consulting, counseling and mentoring with women entrepreneurs, in our service area, looking to start their own business and for those women already operating their own businesses in the target areas.  The mission is to help empower these women to grow their businesses, create jobs and generate wealth.  The center activities are designed to effect substantial economic impact in the communities served, with successful business start-ups and retention as well as increased company revenues.

MCE is the only Maryland small business development organization with the following nationally recognized certifications: (1) US Treasury certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI); (2) SBA Intermediary Micro-lender; (3) USDA Intermediary Micro-Lender; and (4) State of Maryland Intermediary Micro-lender.  MCE is also one of the fund managers for the Maryland State’s Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) - Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Fund and manages over four million dollars of that loan fund.

2017 Accomplishments (Fiscal Year 10/1/2016 to 9/30/2017)

  • Over $2.2 million loaned to 53 businesses
  • Helped to create 60 full time jobs, 34 part time jobs, and saved 18 jobs
  • 62% of loans went to people of color and 34% were to women
  • Attended 57 outreach events and reached over 2,500 people
  • Held 76 training classes for a total of 658 participants
  • Provided technical assistance to 324 individuals for a total of 1,304 hours

Position Summary:

Provide overall leadership and management to Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc. (MCE) in implementing Board policy and achieving the organization’s vision, mission and goals. MCE is a nonprofit 501c3 serving the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses on the Eastern Shore and Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County. Its mission is to empower businesses to grow, create jobs and generate wealth on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and across the State.

Working Relationships

  • Chair, Board and staff of MCE.
  • Other Committees such as Loan, Personnel, Marketing, Fundraising, and Finance
  • Key government partners and funders.
  • Economic development and community organizations in the regions Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.
  • Other National organizations serving entrepreneurs

Supervisory Responsibility

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the direct supervision of the all MCE staff. Advocating and adhering to professional values and exemplary conduct in all interactions.

Responsibilities:

Implement and Advise on Board Policy

As the sole employee reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides the connection between the governing duties of the Board and the operational functions of the staff by:

  • Advising the Board in determining relevant goals and objectives and outcome measures and their relevancy to community needs and priorities.
  • Ensuring that annual goals and objectives established by the Board are achieved.
  • Advising the Board on long term strategies relative to the changing environment of entrepreneurial education, small business and community development.
  • Acting as a resource to Board of Directors so that policy decisions are made on an informed basis.
  • Providing advice and guidance to the Board on process issues such as roles, responsibilities, accountability and ethics.
  • Overseeing development and implementation of orientation for in-coming Board Members.

Financial Management

The ED is accountable for the financial management of MCE by:

  • Providing prudent management of the financial affairs of MCE and achieving the financial goals of the organization.
  • Maintaining strong relationships with funding organizations.
  • Recommending a yearly budget for Board approval.
  • Identifying, assessing and mitigating the financial and related risks to the organization.
  • Identifying and negotiating contracts and partnering opportunities.
  • Reporting to finance committee at monthly meetings
  • Coordinating and prepare MCE’s yearly audit
  • Insuring the completion and submission of all reports to grantees and other funding sources per funding agreement dates and deadlines.  

Strategic Planning

The ED is responsible to oversee development & implementation of the Center’s strategic plan by:

  • Working periodically with staff and stakeholders to update and confirm MCE’s short term goals and objectives.
  • Providing advice to the Board relative to long term vision, mission, goals and objectives.
  • Monitoring progress of current Strategic Plan goals and report to the board and recommend modifications when needed.

Program Development and Management

The ED leads the management team to ensure all MCE activities are developed and implemented with the highest levels of quality by:

  • Monitoring program delivery of its development services to businesses to ensure consistency with overall direction of MCE and its goals and objectives.
  • Assisting in the development of new initiatives and ensuring they contribute to the achievement of MCE’s goals and objectives.
  • Overseeing the planning and implementation of fundraising, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.

General Management Function

The ED is ultimately responsible for the effective and efficient management of MCE and is expected to exercise this responsibility by:

  • Recruiting, hiring and training staff
  • Creating a culture that inspires all staff to pursue the vision, mission and goals of MCE.
  • Providing guidance and coaching to the executive team and other staff as required.
  • Being current on all key operational activities and outcomes.
  • Communicating with all staff in a proactive way.
  • Conducting quarterly performance updates/development planning sessions with staff.
  • Assisting staff in identifying and taking action on professional development needs.
  • Coordinating with our human resources affiliate and update employee manual as needed
  • Coordinating employee benefit plans such as health, vacation, IRA etc.

Community and Public Relations

The ED insures organizational credibility by:

  • Maintaining a detailed understanding of all MCE programs and services.
  • Maintaining professional and technical knowledge in the fields of entrepreneurship and economic development.
  • Initiating and developing relationships with a broad range of community stakeholders including: all levels of government, non-profit organizations, business organizations and the university community.
  • Undertaking activities that enhance the visibility of the organization including public speaking at various events in the community.
  • Representing the organization on appropriate boards, committees, networks and joint projects.
  • Assuring the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
  • Working with the Marketing Committee to implement a marketing plan for the organization.

Requirements:

Knowledge & Skill Requirements

The successful candidate:

  • Is knowledgeable of all aspects and trends of entrepreneurial and small business development at the regional and national levels.
  • Is aware of the policies and programs of relevant government agencies, local development agencies, and regional and national industry associations.
  • Is knowledgeable about government priorities, programs and services relative to small business and community economic development.
  • Must be familiar with Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County and State of Maryland.
  • Has demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Can think strategically and work in a collaborative manner with its constituents
  • Is highly organized
  • Is proficient in Microsoft Office Program

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related undergraduate degree preferred; or a minimum of five years progressive experience in leading and managing an organization.
  • Business Lending and Development experience preferred
  • Solid understanding of end-to-end grant administration is required.
  • Fundraising experience is desired. 

Compensation:

The organization offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please apply through this link on Indeed.com

Or you can contact our search consultant:  Tracy Joachimowski at the email:  Tracy.Joachimowski@bbsihq.com

 

President/CEO Houston Land Bank
Houston, TX
Job Function: Administrative/Operations/IT
Posted: March 2, 2018

Background:

The Houston Land Bank was created recently by the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (“LARA”), a local government corporation for the City of Houston to stimulate and facilitate the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned, and/or tax foreclosed properties through strategic partnerships with developers, builders, community organizations, lenders, and others. LARA recently reorganized as the Houston Land Bank to reflect an expanded scope of services that directly support Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Over the years, LARA has operated through City of Houston staff, largely drawn from within the Department of Housing.  However, in its new form, the Land Bank will be able to hire its own staff and secure its own office space as its level of activity increases. As part of the reorganization process, new policies and procedures have been developed over the past 6 months to facilitate the broader scope of services. The Land Bank currently manages over 500 properties in Houston, a number that is expected to increase substantially over the next two years.

 

Position Summary:

The President/CEO is the chief executive officer of HLB and is responsible for its day-to-day operations, with responsibility for management and oversight of all HLB functions, as well as supervision of all HLB employees. The President/CEO oversees the strategic redevelopment of vacant land and structures and is responsible for managing HLB’s multimillion dollar budget, reporting to and working closely with the Board Chair to achieve HLB’s strategic objectives and mission.  The position represents a great opportunity to play a key role in shaping the redevelopment of major portions of the 4th largest city in the US.

Responsibilities:

The President/CEO will drive successful community redevelopment outcomes, including:

  • Acquiring, stabilizing, and redeveloping residential, commercial and industrial properties and engaging in redevelopment, planning and removal of blighted properties through effective interaction with public and private sector organizations; 
  • Overseeing the strategic assessment and reuse of HLB properties, conducting planning and financial analysis to determine feasibility of redevelopment proposals, and managing the acquisition and disposition of property as allowed by HLB enabling legislation, HLB Policies & Procedures, and other governing instruments;  
  • Managing internal and external relationships, staff, procedures and processes, budgetary responsibilities and consulting services associated with land development activities; 
  • Supporting the Board of Directors with sound and competent professional recommendations and information to support the Board’s strategic decision-making and governance responsibilities; 
  • Operating a well-managed, mission-driven, and fiscally strong organization; and
  • Achieving Year-over-Year growth in HLB’s impact on positive community and economic development outcomes.

Requirements:

The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (MA or JD is preferred) in business or public administration, planning, law, real estate, finance, or a related field. 
  • 7 years’ related professional experience, including >3 in a supervisory role and 3 years in an executive management role with responsibility for complex budgets, ideally including public sector experience. 
  • Proven track record developing and executing public-private partnerships. 
  • Proven ability to navigate the acquisition and disposition of real property and the logistical and financial issues arising therefrom. 
  • Extensive real estate project management experience.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task and meeting facilitation.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, public speaking) with the ability to work with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to navigate government programs and processes, including procurement and contract compliance.
  • Entrepreneurial orientation regarding opportunities and lines of business.
  • Demonstrated record of progressively responsible advancement in one’s professional field through ongoing education, training, participation on conferences and related activities.

 

Compensation:

The organization offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with previous experience.  

 

How to Apply:

For more information or to apply, contact our search consultant, David Erickson-Pearson at 303-703-6165; email address epdavid@earthlink.net

 

Loan Officer Rural Community Assistance Corporation
West Sacramento, CA
Job Function: Lending/Loan Operations
Posted: February 28, 2018

Background:

Founded in 1978, RCAC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so low-income rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. For more than 35 years, our dedicated staff and active board, coupled with our core values: leadership, collaboration, commitment, quality and integrity, have helped effect positive change in rural communities across the West.

Position Summary:

The Loan Officer is the primary point of contact for RCAC lending in a specified region. The position is responsible for developing a borrower base, and maintaining relationships with borrowers over the life of their loan(s). Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to: originate and underwrite loans; enable RCAC technical service (TA) providers to gain access to the resources of the Loan Fund; provide assistance to clients including linking to RCAC TA providers where appropriate; train at network conferences and workshops; and assist the loan administration team with loan servicing.

Responsibilities:

Loan underwriting and origination

  • Work with prospective nonprofit, Tribal and public body loan applicants. Assist with analyzing needs and structure of their request for capital
  • Work with Small Business Loan applicants. Analyze and determine applicable loan products to meet the applicant’s business needs.  
  • Conduct comprehensive site visits
  • Underwrite wide range of loan types 
  • Negotiate loan terms and requirements with borrowers within RCAC guidelines
  • Work with the Credit Manager to finalize the terms and credit memo
  • Present proposed loan for staff credit review and the RCAC loan committee for approval
  • Present final negotiations with borrowers if changes are made

Loan servicing

  • Assist Loan Administration in loan closing 
  • Assist Loan Administration by monitoring projects through the development process including review and approval of loan disbursements
  • Perform periodic site inspections
  • Work with borrowers. Recognize and deal with cash flow and other issues that may affect loan repayment
  • Provide periodic analysis of borrower financial statements and reports 

Training

  • Design and deliver individual or group presentations at conferences and workshops

Outreach

  • Market and represent RCAC and the loan fund to existing and potential clients
  • Maintain excellent customer relations and service 
  • Maintain working relationships with federal, state and other agencies and firms that are partners in providing resources for rural areas 

Professional development

  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; review professional publications, websites, etc.; maintain personal networks; participate in professional organizations

Requirements:

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and handle multiple priorities simultaneously 
  • Proficiency with personal computers, including cloud computing and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to listen effectively and communicate verbally and in writing
  • Commitment to rural communities, and disadvantaged groups
  • Knowledge of  financial needs for rural community and economic development projects
  • Experience underwriting loans for community development projects
  • Knowledge of government programs and regulations related to various community development programs
  • Previous experience working with nonprofits, local and Tribal governments highly desirable

Experience:

  • Five (5) years of any combination of applicable experience in commercial real estate lending, and/or community development lending and/or Small Business Lending (if a higher level of related education is possessed than is required, this education may be substituted for the experience requirement up to a maximum of one year). 

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor's degree (additional qualifying experience may be substituted).

Compensation:

$70,000 to $76,000 yearly

How to Apply:

Please visit our website at www.rcac.org/careers to complete an online application.

Rural Development Specialist - Financial Management Rural Community Assistance Corporation
West Sacramento, CA
Job Function: Other
Posted: February 28, 2018

Background:

Founded in 1978, RCAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so low-income rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. Our dedicated staff and active board is working to make our vision of vibrant, healthy and enduring rural communities a reality across the West.

Position Summary:

The Rural Development Specialist – Financial (RDS) will primarily provide financial assistance to small disadvantaged community water and wastewater systems.  This position will focus on providing technical assistance to develop infrastructure projects and sustainable utility practices.  The RDS will work with community boards, city and tribal councils and facilitate discussions for utilities considering partnerships and consolidations with other systems.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct Technical, Managerial and Financial assessments for water and wastewater utilities, nonprofit organizations and small government agencies
  • Conduct rate analyses for water and wastewater utilities
  • Assist utilities in the development of budgets and financial reports
  • Develop work plans to address system needs and provide training and technical assistance to build capacity of utilities
  • Provide board training and guide local utility boards through the requirements or conditions to access federal grants / loans
  • Assist utilities to achieve compliance with the Safe Water Drinking Act and Clean Water Act
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver group and one-on-one adult trainings and workshops to utility staff, board of director and community members
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Commitment to rural communities, water, wastewater and/or public health 
  • Knowledge of government programs and regulations related to water and wastewater
  • Proficiency with personal computers including Microsoft Office and Quickbooks
  • Data set management experience
  • Understanding of financial statements
  • Understanding of administrative processes of a water and wastewater systems
  • Ability to listen effectively and communicate verbally and in writing
  • Familiarity with financing options for rural utilities
  • Previous experience working with tribally-owned utilities highly desirable
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and handle multiple priorities simultaneously

Experience: 

  • Three years of related experience in nonprofit or small government accounting or other closely related field
  • Experience in environmental project management, water or wastewater facilities management or related field (a higher level of related education may be substituted for experience). 

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree (additional qualifying experience may be substituted for education).

Compensation:

$4,413 to $5,800 monthly

How to Apply:

Please visit our website at www.rcac.org/careers to complete an online application.

Rural development specialist - economic development Rural Community Assistance Corporation
West Sacramento, CA
Job Function: Business Development
Posted: February 28, 2018

Background:

Founded in 1978, RCAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so low-income rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. Our dedicated staff and active board is working to make our vision of vibrant, healthy and enduring rural communities a reality across the West.

Position Summary:

The Rural Development Specialist (RDS) position will assist the Building Rural Economies (BRE) coordinator (RDS II) with the expansion of our rural economic development initiative.  
Major responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: work with rural communities to identify and develop strategies that lead to new economic opportunities; work with small rural communities to build and implement wealth building strategies including business development plans, applications for funding proposals, feasibility studies and general business development research needed for the BRE program.

 

Responsibilities:

Work with Communities

  • Provide technical assistance and coaching to small rural communities in identifying economic opportunities and developing an entrepreneurial culture
  • Assist communities to build leadership, entrepreneurial and economic development networks 
  • Facilitate local planning and economic development programs
  • Assist communities to identify resources and funding opportunities
  • Provide technical assistance to rural communities within the RCAC footprint

Work with RCAC staff

  • Assist in developing tools and resources for entrepreneurial support including a rural entrepreneurial curriculum. 
  • Program and project funding directly or pass through from federal, state and regional private and public agencies
  • Financing for entrepreneurs and real estate projects through RCAC’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

Requirements:

Experience: 

Five (5) years of experience in a combination of the following:  

  • Developing market studies, feasibility studies and business plans.
  • Developing successful economic development initiatives for small rural communities of less than 25,000 population
  • Supporting entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses
  • Leadership within a local economic development commission 
  • Private sector experience in economic development
  • Direct experience working with tribes to develop and administer economic and community development projects on tribal land
  • Multicultural work particularly with Native American and Latin American communities

Skills: 

Practical experience with three or more of the following:

  • Project development
  • Community organizing 
  • Working with different models of local ownership and control.  
  • Assessments, strategic planning, and program design.

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (additional qualifying experience may be substituted)

Compensation:

$4,400 to $5,400 monthly

How to Apply:

Please visit our website at www.rcac.org/careers to complete an online application. 

President & CEO NeighborWorks Sacramento Region
Sacramento, CA
Job Function: Other
Posted: February 28, 2018

Background:

Founded by a small group of residents who wanted to improve their distressed neighborhood, Sacramento Neighborhood Housing Services was created in 1987, serving four neighborhoods in Sacramento. Now doing business as NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region (NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region), the organization has changed and grown through the years.  Today, we serve an 11-county region with a wide range of program offerings.  The heart of our mission remains the same: to provide opportunities for successful homeownership and strong communities through quality education, affordable lending, supportive partnership and dedicated community leadership.

NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region seeks to support the long-term financial success of homeowners and create stronger communities that benefit all residents, regardless of income.  Our programs range from Community Impact, Education & Housing Counseling, Down Payment Assistance Program Lending, and Loan Servicing to Real Estate Development, including a Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. 

Certifications and Awards:  

  • NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) through the Department of Treasury and holds a mortgage lending & loan servicing license through the California Department of Business & Oversight. 
  • Since 1995, we have been a HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency.  
  • In 2017, we were designated as a Community Housing Development Organization with the State of California, and are a provider of affordable housing in our region through the operation of a Mutual Self Help Program and the acquisition and rehab of distressed properties.  
  • We are an exemplary rated organization within the NeighborWorks America network and have maintained clean audits since the inception of the organization.  
  • NeighborWorks® Sacramento has been recognized as non-profit of year by the Sacramento Regional Foundation and is a past awardee of the Community Builder Award by Bank of America. 

NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors.  Our 2018 annual operating budget is approximately $2.6M, with main sources of revenue from private & corporate donations, grants, service contracts and earned income.  We employ 22 people at our owned building near downtown Sacramento. Additional information about the organization can be found at https://www.nwsac.org.

The incoming CEO will succeed Pam Canada who will be retiring in late April from NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region after over 22 years of exceptional leadership and service to the community.  Her successor will assume the leadership of an outstanding organization serving the region with experienced staff and a strong leadership team.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO (CEO) provides direction and leadership for the organization’s mission and vision, represents and speaks for the organization and our work, and oversees the implementation of the strategic and annual plans.  The next executive will inherit an organization with a legacy of service to the community and a committed staff, strong leadership team, fiscally strong, and a solid governing board.  In addition to the CEO, the leadership team includes the Senior Vice President/COO, Community Impact Director, and Director of Real Estate Development.

Responsibilities:

The new CEO will be a leader with keen intellect, initiative, integrity and flexibility to address the practicalities of a growing, diversified and complex nonprofit. CEO responsibilities include:  

  • Strategic Planning:  Provide visionary and strategic leadership to advance the strategic plan, translate the vision into measurable strategies and actions, and ensure that resources are in place to support the vision and expand successful programs. 
  • External Leadership:  Cultivate and steward relationships with business leaders, public officials, local and national leaders, and community residents; advocate for needed affordable housing and community development policies; and oversee the marketing and promotion of services to the communities we serve.
  • Resource Development: Advance a resource development plan that aligns with strategic priorities and serve as the chief fundraiser for NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region’s annual operations and capital needs, involving the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors appropriately.  Steward existing funding sources, as well as cultivate and successfully close new funding streams.  
  • Communication and Marketing:  Oversee the development of a communications and marketing plan to raise the visibility and awareness of NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region within the existing service area. 
  • Management:  Working with the Board and Business committee, set organizational direction that will continue to strengthen and maintain our programs. Refine policies and implement changes aimed at continued operational excellence in program delivery.  Manage internal operations toward optimal effectiveness.  Manage staff, finances, and other infrastructure resources to support continued, sustainable growth.
  • Board & Staff Engagement: Establish an organizational tone which encourages open communication and teamwork while stressing measurable results and accountability. Lead by example while promoting collaboration and leadership development among staff, volunteers, board members and other key stakeholders.  Work with the Board to support strategic planning and effective governance.  

The near-term priorities for the first 12 – 18 months of the new executive’s tenure include:

  • Understand the business model and programmatic complexities of NeighborWorks® Sacramento as well as the housing and community development needs of individuals and families in our 11-county region;
  • Establish internal visibility and external presence as the new face of NeighborWorks® Sacramento;
  • Closely monitor federal grants and other commitments and formulate contingency plans for changes in federal priorities;
  • Build strong working relationships with the Boards of Directors and Trustees, staff, funders, community partners, public officials, and external stakeholders; 
  • Assess current staff and organizational lines of business and make appropriate recommendations to reflect changing market conditions; and
  • Advance the strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff, and formulate any needed refinements to the plan, based on the new CEO’s goals and strengths that will increase mission impact and ensure organizational and financial sustainability.

Requirements:

Ideal candidates for this position will reflect NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region’s core values, will demonstrate an ability to quickly integrate into the community, and will serve as an engaged, inspiring, and innovative leader.  Candidates will bring a variety of experiences, skills and attributes to NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region:

  • Commitment to the mission and dedication to community-based development and engagement.
  • Ten or more years’ executive (C-Suite/CEO) management experience in a similar or related environment.
  • Five or more years’ experience with residential lending, affordable housing, real estate development, and/or economic development.
  • Knowledge of affordable housing and community development programs including, but not limited to the housing counseling, down payment assistance and mortgage lending programs, real estate development and other programs utilized to support community development and affordable housing
  • Public policy experience and advocacy skills, including local, state and federal government contacts which can be called upon when needed
  • Exceptional interpersonal and networking skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to interact with diverse audiences from community members to public officials.
  • Track record of identifying and securing private and public funding through fundraising and government relations
  • History of growing enterprises within the realities of limited resources 
  • Proven business acumen and experience with successful administrative and fiscal management, budgeting, and operations; strong analytic skills; understanding of legal and tax implications for nonprofits a plus.
  • Innovative executive who capably manages competing demands with an empowering, respectful, and inclusive leadership style and a successful track record of collaboratively managing and supporting staff.  
  • Experience working with or serving on a nonprofit Board of Directors; ability to be a resource and strategic partner to the Senior Management Team and Board. 
  • Engaging, trustworthy, ethical, politically savvy leadership with a sense of humor.
  • Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and ability to use personal vehicle (with current insurance) for NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region business.
  • Willingness to travel within California and nationally.

Compensation:

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region’s benefits include health insurance allowance, life insurance, retirement plan, as well as holidays and paid time off.

How to Apply:

To apply, e-mail your resume, a detailed cover letter, and your salary requirements  to: NWSacramento@raffa.com.  (E-mail applications are required.)  For other inquiries, contact David Erickson-Pearson, Senior Consultant at dericksonpearson@raffa.com. Resume reviews begin immediately.

NeighborWorks® Sacramento Region is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes its hiring decisions without regard for race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

Development Associate Century Housing Corporation
Culver City, CA
Job Function: Project Management
Posted: February 26, 2018

Background:

Century Housing Corporation is a mission-driven Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) supporting quality affordable home development throughout California. With offices in Culver City, Long Beach and San Francisco, Century provides innovative end-to-end financing from predevelopment to permanent loans. Century also serves as a reliable partner to state and local agencies, municipalities and other CDFIs in pioneering aggressive financing programs like GSAF or LACHIF.

From its beginnings as a state agency and through the past 20 years of service as a private nonprofit, Century’s work has resulted in more than $1 billion in financing for over 25,000 new affordable homes, more than $400 million in capital under management, and nearly 2,500 construction jobs created in 2016 alone.

Position Summary:

The Development Associate will support  the ‘housing’ business unit within the Century Housing organization that delivers on Century’s mission of investing in homes and communities so that low income individuals and families may have a dignified living environment, achieve economic independence, and enjoy healthy and vital places to live and work.

The  Development Associate will be a key member of Century’s development team, requiring both short and long term strategic thinking, planning abilities, communication skills, organizational skills, project management skills, financial underwriting and analytical ability, to help advance Century’s mission through the development and preservation of affordable housing.  

The Development Associate will be responsible for managing a range of real estate development activities related to the acquisition and development of affordable housing and community development projects. The Development Associate will be a resourceful, pro-active and self- motivated person with the ability to balance vision and mission with practical understanding of affordable housing and real estate development constraints

Working under the direction, supervision and support of the Director of Development and the Senior VP of Housing, the Development Associate will be responsible for coordinating, communicating, and managing various aspects of  real estate development projects.  Fully engaging 

within the Century organization, the Development Associate  is responsible for coordinating and managing all stages of affordable housing development for multiple projects at any given time and ensures that objectives of each project are accomplished within prescribed time frames and funding parameters.

Responsibilities:

  • Utilize acquisition criteria to make recommendations on development and preservation activities.
  • Source new deals that satisfy acquisition criteria, utilizing a variety of methods including, but not limited to, broker solicitation, data mining, and responding to RFPs and RFQs.
  • Prepare financial, physical, and entitlement feasibility analyses of prospective acquisitions.  
  • Maintain project files, contingency logs and contracts
  • Perform standard and property-specific due diligence.
  • With the support of management, engage with community stakeholders and secure support for prospective projects.  Provide public presentations if required.
  • Represent Century before public agencies, elected officials, community groups, brokers and financial institutions in soliciting support for new projects.
  • Secure all necessary entitlements and permits for real estate development.
  • Prepare loan, grant and other financing applications such as low-income housing tax credit and tax exempt bond applications.
  • Research, understand and secure funding to support feasibility, site acquisition, pre-development, construction, and permanent financing phases of development. 
  • Evaluate, engage, and manage architects, engineers, general contractors, construction managers, and other real estate development consultants,
  • Negotiate investment terms with equity partners in the syndication of low-income housing tax credits and other financing programs.  Negotiate terms with lenders on construction and permanent financing.
  • Monitor and evaluate all phases of schematic design, design development and construction documents.
  • Manage project budgets through use of job cost accounting.  Interface with finance and accounting teams to submit loan draws and manage insurance.
  • Work with construction manager to ensure that projects are delivered with high quality craftsmanship, on time and on budget.   Coordinate and manage the flow of  due diligence for loan closings
  • Collaborate with Asset Management  Property Management and Resident Services teams to secure input on prospective projects and share progress information on existing projects.  Ensure a smooth transition to operations.
  • Other duties as required, and/or assigned.

Requirements:

Applicants should have 2 years of experience in affordable/real estate development and/or financing of multifamily housing. Position requires knowledge of affordable housing real estate development, affordable housing funding programs, real estate finance, construction, and permitting/entitlement processes, and community engagement. Graduate degree in planning, business or related field highly desirable.

Compensation:

Attractive salary  with fully paid medical,  dental and vision, life/AD&D, long-term care, retirement plan with company match, paid time off, paid holidays and more.  Paid college tuition assistance and professional development opportunities available.

How to Apply:

Send resumes with salary expectations to fhendrickson@centuryhousing.org or FAX to 310 258-0714. Job location Culver City, California, no relocation assistance available.

Our organization is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or Veteran status.

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