Careers


Our Careers Center includes full- and part-time positions, AmeriCorps*VISTA placements, consulting and other opportunities at the Federation and at Federation-member CDCUs nationwide.

Career Opportunities at the Federation

The Federation is a dynamic, growth-oriented intermediary specializing in bringing financial services to low-income communities through nonprofit, member-owned community development credit unions (CDCUs).  Based in New York City, the Federation provides financial, technical, and educational services to credit unions serving low-income and economically disenfranchised communities. Please click below for details on this opportunity.

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer
Location: New York City

The Federation is seeking a Technologist with a passion for building innovative technology solutions to promote financial access and inclusion to low-income and underserved consumers.

The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions is a dynamic, growth-oriented community development financial institution (CDFI) specializing in bringing financial services to low-income communities through locally-owned community development credit unions (CDCUs). Based in New York City, the Federation invests financial, technological, and educational resources driving innovation in credit unions serving economically disenfranchised communities across the country.

The Federation is leading a major initiative to harness technology to help credit unions around the country increase the scale and impact of their work through investments in CU Impact, a core banking platform, Pathways to Financial Empowerment, an outcomes driven financial coaching data management system and the Innovations Lab.  The Technologist will work with the leadership team to implement technology solutions to drive innovation in financial product and service delivery through these initiatives.   The Technologist will interface with our software providers, third-party vendors, and system users to ensure successful implementation and growth of major technology initiatives.

This position will report directly to the CEO.

Technologist Job Duties:

  • Manages all IT initiatives, ensuring that design, development, and launch are executed on-time and within budget;
  • Oversees large-scale technology projects and keeping projects on deadline (and at/under budget, if applicable);
  • Works with Federation’s software partner to identify software enhancement needs, negotiate timelines and budgets, support testing and implementation, and to trouble-shoot as needed:
    • Study the operational processes of CDCUs running on system
    • Identify and document operational challenges and best practice
    • Identify areas where the system technology requires upgrade in order to create further operational improvements
    • Present suggested technology improvements to the CU Impact Product Enhancement Committee
  • Leads the system enhancement for Pathways to Financial Empowerment Coaching system interfacing with CRM system designers to implement upgrades and new features.  Provides training and support to staff on system upgrades as they are being designed, tested and rolled-out;
  • Research to improve the technological assets of the Federation and its partners;
  • Supports Federation departments and members in evaluating technology solutions;
  • Crafts and executing short-term and long-term strategic work plans for all technology platforms and development of IT budgets and managing to those budgets;
  • Oversees planning, development, purchase and execution of all technology including from the Core Data Processing systems partner and all third-party related vendors;
  • Manage the Federation’s internal technology including: website, communication platforms, CRM systems and digital media;
  • Provides credit union core conversion support and documentation of the processes;
  • Trains staff and members via webinars, workshops and site visit;
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as they develop.

Skills

Qualified Applicants should be a motivated, self-starter with at least 8-10 years’ experience working in IT, credit union (or similar banking) operations with technology responsibilities.  Other qualities include:

  • Experience coordinating across many different types of stakeholder groups
  • Familiarity with SQL, BigQuery, R, Apex, Java, Java Script
  • Familiarity of how to build and maintain CRM packages
  • Experience with supporting end-users and helping users to troubleshoot and fix issue
  • Willingness  to learn new tools
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once and be adept at prioritizing tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills a must.
  • Ability to work well in teams as well as independently.

Please submit a cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications to hr@cdcu.coop.  Resumes will be accepted until January 31, 2018.

The Federation is an equal opportunity employer that works with member credit unions which serve ethnically, economically, and geographically diverse markets and communities. We value our diverse staff and membership and seek to maintain that tradition of diversity in all of our recruitment efforts. It is the policy of The Federation to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment to all employees or applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and any additional categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Southeastern Regional Director, On the Rise Financial Center

Southeastern Regional Director, On the Rise Financial Center
Location:  Atlanta, GA

The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions is a national community development financial institution (CDFI) intermediary specializing in bringing financial services to low-income communities through member-owned community development credit unions (CDCUs). Founded in 1974, the Federation represents a network of credit unions that provide financial services to more than 6 million people across the US and collectively hold over $60 billion in community-controlled assets.

In April 2017, the Federation launched the Atlanta-based On the Rise Financial Center to promote financial well-being for individuals and families in Atlanta’s historic Westside communities. The Center, in collaboration with credit union partners 1st Choice Credit Union, BOND Community Credit Union, Credit Union of Atlanta, and Peach State Federal Credit Union, provides Westside residents with financial education classes, one-to-one coaching and access to affordable accounts and loans. In 2018, The Center expects to expand its services to more broadly include programs and assistance for underserved and minority entrepreneurs and small businesses, and additional programs that can help the Westside build wealth and be more economically resilient. The Center is made possible by the generous support of Equifax, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and Invest Atlanta.

Position Summary
The Southeastern Regional Director will be based at the On the Rise Financial Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  This position will oversee and manage the Federation’s financial empowerment and capability strategy, collaborate with funders and other partners to expand the offerings at the Center to include small business and entrepreneurship services, and cultivate donors to help sustain the Center’s operations. The Southeastern Regional Director will provide leadership for Atlanta-based staff and execute the mission and vision of the Center. This is a full-time exempt position which can include occasional evening and weekend hours on the job. The Southeastern Regional Director will work closely with the CEO/President and Director of Strategic Initiatives to develop and expand a suite of programs and tools that advance and expand the capabilities of the Center, ultimately making the Center a go-to resource in the community for financial education and counseling, credit union financial services and products, and entrepreneurship. The position is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and requires 20-25% travel; with occasional on-site work at partnering credit unions in Atlanta.

The position requires a high level of professionalism and accountability to its clients, business partners (public and private sector), program volunteers, grantors, donors, and staff. The ideal candidate enjoys community engagement, and is able to grow programs in underserved areas. The candidate is highly organized, excited about community development, financial empowerment, and passionate about delivering culturally competent programs to communities of color.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Southeastern Regional Director will lead the following efforts:

  • Develop and implement a 501c3 nonprofit structure for the Center in 2018.
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for the growth of the Center, its programming and administrative functions.
  • Cultivate, manage and grow relationships with local funders, partners, and other key volunteers to achieve the Center’s fundraising goals.
  • Ensure that the Center meets all requirements as stipulated in funding agreements.
  • Identify funding sources; research and prepare grant and foundation proposals to finance overall organization’s operations and programming needs.
  • Maintain, develop and expand relationships with other non-profit partners and intermediaries, government agencies, the private sector, and other neighborhood based associations and business associations.
  • Develop and participate in collaborative activities to impact the quality and quantity of program services provided to Westside residents and communities being served. Engages in local meetings as required by management and various partners.
  • Lead strategic planning process for the On the Rise Financial Center and other Federation Financial Capability initiatives in the South.
  • Maintain and enhance programming for new and continued programs and projects.
  • Develop, recommend and upon approval, operate within an annual budget. Ensure that all funds, physical assets, and other property of the Center are appropriately secured, safeguarded and administered.
  • Manage and maintain financial records in accordance with annual budget as approved by the Federation.
  • Develop administrative and oversight functions such as: managing filings with the State of Georgia, establishing human resource and payroll functions and procedures and developing and administering other operational procedures that may arise. Ensure proper procedures and internal controls are in place to maintain the security of all systems and confidentiality of all records.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing and outreach plan for recruiting residents and partners for programs and projects at the Center.
  • Supervise the On the Rise Financial Center Director providing guidance, input and direction as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Senior management or executive leadership experience with 8 to 10 years of relevant work experience in nonprofit community development, financial empowerment or related field.
  • Experience in corporate, foundation, and governmental fundraising as well as business income generation is highly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Non-Profit Business Management or Business Administration, Community Development, or Human Services is required. Master’s degree in related field is preferred.
  • Superior organizational skills and ability to design, prioritize and manage multiple projects and complete within deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in both individual and group settings.
  • Demonstrated presentation skills with the ability to adjust style and pace to audience needs.
  • Proven track record and experience in fundraising, grant reporting, and budget management.
  • Experience with using online and social media tools, and ability to integrate technology into workflows.
  • Familiarity with financial counseling and the general underwriting guidelines for affordable lending products, the loan process and the home buying process in general is preferred.
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment for the mission of promoting financial inclusion and security.

The Federation is an equal opportunity employer that works with member credit unions which serve ethnically, economically, and geographically diverse markets and communities. We value our diverse staff and membership and seek to maintain that tradition of diversity in all of our recruitment efforts. It is the policy of The Federation to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment to all employees or applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and any additional categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Please submit cover letter and resume specifying the Southeastern Regional Director title to hr@cdcu.coop by December 22, 2017

Senior Vice President of Lending


Position Opening: Senior Vice President of Lending

The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (“Federation”) is seeking a dynamic, experienced lending professional to direct its lending activities. The Senior Vice President of Lending is a key member of the Federation’s senior management team. The position is responsible for managing all functions of organizational lending.

About the Federation
Founded in 1974, The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation) is a certified CDFI Intermediary representing more than 200 community development credit unions (CDCUs).  The Federation’s member CDCUs provide credit, savings, transaction services and financial education to more than 1.5 million residents of low-income urban, rural and reservation-based communities across the United States, and hold over $60 billion in community-controlled assets.  The Federation also represents 50 Community Development Partners, some of the nation’s largest credit unions with a special commitment to serving low-income communities.  The Federation offers a wide range of advocacy, educational, training, investment, marketing, and outreach programs to support and assist CDCUs.

Reports to:
Chief Financial Officer / Chief Investment Officer

Supervises:
Director, CDCU Mortgage Center
Director, Community Development Investments

Summary:
The SVP of Lending will oversee the Federation’s Community Development Investment Program and the CDCU Mortgage Center.  In this position, he\she has full responsibility for the growth and operations of the Federation’s lending and community development investment activities.

The SVP of Lending will be responsible for cultivating new partnerships, assessing lending-related business opportunities, ensuring organizational readiness to implement new product offerings as well as successfully manage and grow current lending programs.  He/she will be tasked with ensuring that department goals are achieved while all aspects of Federation lending meet compliance and regulatory standards.

The SVP of Lending will work collaboratively with Federation senior staff, member credit unions and external partners to identify and capture business opportunities.   The candidate must have excellent quantitative and analytical skills, a deep understanding of finance, a strong background in customer service, strong organizational skills and attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task.  Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills are also required.

Key Responsibilities:

Organization-wide

  • Responsible for growth and management of both the Community Development Investment Program (subordinated debt and deposits to insured credit unions) and mortgages via the CDCU Mortgage Center.
  • Identification and creation of new lending opportunities and partnerships that both increase net income and forward the organization’s mission of economic development and financial empowerment.
  • Design and execution of an outreach, marketing, and education plan that result in a significant increase of borrower leads and loan originations.

Investment Program Specific Duties

  • Setting, tracking and meeting growth goals in origination volume
  • Development of market opportunities
  • Management of Credit Policies
  • Marketing and Program Development
  • Pipeline Management
  • Interaction with Investment Credit Committee
  • Ongoing Development of Portfolio Reporting
  • Exploration and Development of Automated Insured Deposit Platform
  • Oversight and Management of Community Development Investment Program staff
  • Support to CEO and CFO in raising capital

CDCU Mortgage Center Specific Duties

  • Growth in origination volume
  • Analysis and realization of potential loan markets, including ITIN
  • Loan Servicing Oversight, including collections and workouts
  • Management of Legal and Compliance Issues
  • Interaction with Mortgage Committee
  • Ongoing Development of Portfolio Reporting
  • Oversight and management of CDCU Mortgage Center team
  • Support to CEO and CFO in capital and liquidity management

Experience and Qualification Requirements:

The Senior Vice President of Lending must have a proven track record in building and growing a successful lending operation, be highly self-motivated, demonstrate initiative, have a strong entrepreneurial mindset, and adhere to high ethical standards.

The Senior Vice President of Lending must commit to carrying out the Federation’s mission of financial empowerment by raising and deploying socially responsible investments in credit unions that demonstrate high impact in promoting the financial well-being of low-income individuals and communities.  Extensive experience in a wide variety of lending (non-profit intermediary, commercial, homeownership) products and programs is key.

Specific Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Business or related field, MBA preferred
  • More than five years of management experience in a mortgage banking environment
  • Commercial lending experience
  • Demonstrated experience growing lending operations and third-party originator networks
  • Ability to build and grow borrower and partner relationships
  • Ability to analyze complex financial statements
  • Experience with the New Markets Tax Credit Program and/or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program a plus
  • Demonstrated experience with regulatory compliance
  • Demonstrated project and operational management skills including the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Prior experience with both AUS and manual underwriting procedures
  • Ability to exercise professional judgment and make sound decisions
  • Experience in a Community Development Financial Institution or Community Development Entity a plus

 

Please submit a cover letter and resume addressed to:

HR@cdcu.coop

The Federation is an equal opportunity employer that works with member credit unions which serve ethnically, economically, and geographically diverse markets and communities. We value our diverse staff and membership and seek to maintain that tradition of diversity in all of our recruitment efforts. It is the policy of The Federation to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment to all employees or applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and any additional categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions required of this position.

Career Opportunities at Federation Member Credit Unions

Lower East Side People's FCU — Chief Executive Officer (New York City)

Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union
Chief Executive Officer (New York City)

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE:
The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union is seeking a dynamic, experienced, and highly motivated professional to join our ambitious Board and Staff, and to lead the credit union through the next stage in its history. The ideal candidate will have previously served in a successful leadership role at a financial institution, and will embody a deep commitment to the organization’s double bottom line of community impact and financial sustainability. The credit union’s next CEO will be ready and able to lead the Lower East Side People’s FCU as New York City’s premier community development credit union.
ABOUT LES PEOPLE’S FCU
The Lower East Side People’s FCU is a nationally-recognized leader in the community development credit union movement, with over $55 million in assets. Founded by community residents in 1986 after the last local bank branch closed, LES People’s FCU’s mission is to provide affordable financial services for its members. The credit union is a bilingual (English/Spanish) full-service financial institution providing a wide range of products and services, including savings and checking accounts, debit and credit cards, a full spectrum of loans, and business accounts, as well as financial education and other development services for individuals, families and businesses. The credit union’s lending features a specific focus on affordable housing for low- and moderate-income homeowners. LES People’s FCU’s membership reflects the diversity of New York City and includes a historic membership base among Latinos and low and moderate-income families, micro and small businesses, and nonprofit community organizations. LES People’s FCU has achieved dramatic growth in recent years, expanding its lending reach to new homeowners and small businesses, and continuously widening the range of retail banking products and financial development services to meet the growing needs of all segments of our community. We recently opened our third branch, and are poised to become New York City’s premier community development credit union. The current CEO’s planned retirement is occurring after twelve years of successfully leading the organization.
REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least five years of operations and financial management experience as a Senior Manager or Board member, at a multi-level bank or credit union
  • Strong references able to speak to candidate’s leadership, supervisory and financial management track record
  • Ability to communicate effectively with Board of Directors, staff, members, community organizations, federal regulatory agencies, and the press
  • Commitment to community development mission of LES People’s FCU
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Bondable
  • Bilingual Spanish strongly desired

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Directs the activities of the credit union in support of policies, goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors, by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate managers and supervisors.

Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. Maintain a sound plan of corporate organization, establishing policies to insure adequate management development and to provide for capable management succession.
2. Prepare short– and long range plans and budgets based on broad organizational goals and growth objectives.
3. Evaluate the results of overall operations regularly and systematically and report these results to the board.
4. Ensure that all organizational activities and operations are carried out in compliance with NCUA, local, state and federal regulations and laws governing business operations.
5. Direct the development and promotion of LES People’s FCU services.
6. Direct fundraising activities and reporting.

Board of Directors:
 With board, prepare, implement and review short and long-term strategic goals
 Keep board informed of operating, fundraising, personnel matters and other pertinent issues
 Propose to board policy changes and means to improve operations
 Communicate board decisions to staff and present staff concerns to the board
 Provide financial reports and other materials for monthly board meetings

Administrative / Supervisory:
 Oversee performance of all credit union departments, programs and services and ensure that programs are administered in compliance with regulatory and governmental agency standards and mandates
 Directly supervise Senior Management Team (5 people)
 Ensure adherence to a solid system of policies and internal control procedures.
 Promote open communication system among departments, between senior and junior staff, and develop a strong management team
 Oversee hiring, supervision and delegation of responsibilities among credit union staff (25 people)
 Provide opportunities for staff training, development, and internal advancement

Financial Management
 Develop operating budgets and monitor performance and expenditures
 Ensure compliance with NCUA regulations and capital requirements, as well as internal control procedures
 Participate in and act on findings of periodic NCUA examinations
 Enter into business agreements on behalf of LES People’s FCU as assigned by the board

Planning and Development
 Develop and coordinate strategic planning sessions with board
 Develop, implement and monitor short- and long-term business plans
 Explore opportunities for new services, lending, ATM and branch expansion, and field of membership expansion
 Propose and oversee new products and services development
 Establish and maintain relationships with current and prospective funders; and pursue appropriate and creative funding opportunities
 Inform and monitor marketing and communication plans

Member and Community Relations
 Maintain and develop positive relationships between LES People’s FCU and community organizations, elected officials and other supporters
 Assure participation of LES People’s FCU in community events
 Represent LES People’s FCU in coalitions and in the credit union movement
 Pursue partnerships with like-minded credit unions and others to promote LES People’s FCU’s vision and goals
 Be available and responsive to members
 Monitor community and member needs and trends, and ensure that services respond to changing needs
Applications are now being accepted; please respond by February 15, 2018.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to: HR@lespfcu.org

The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union is an equal opportunity employer. We value our diverse staff and membership and seek to maintain that tradition of diversity in all of our recruitment efforts. It is the policy of the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment to all employees or applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and any additional categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required of this position.

Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope CU — VP of Community & Economic Development (Sunflower County, MS)


Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union
Vice President of Community & Economic Development (Sunflower County, Mississippi)

Leading social change efforts in one of the country’s most persistently poor regions
Join the award winning team at HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union). HOPE provides affordable financial services; leverages private, public and philanthropic resources; and engages in policy analysis to fulfill its mission of strengthening communities, building assets, and improving lives in economically distressed parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Since 1994, HOPE has generated over $2 billion in financing that has benefitted more than one million in one of the nation’s most impoverished regions.

Position Summary
HOPE is seeking a mission driven individual to lead its Community & Economic Development (CED) work in the Mississippi Delta. The Vice President of CED will join a talented team to execute large, multi-party investments in healthcare facilities, schools, affordable housing, fresh food retailers, and other community facilities. The position will also take on a coordinating role for HOPE’s Small Towns Partnership, a key body of work that connects local people with technical assistance and capacity building to plan, identify and implement community development projects that facilitate growth in rural areas experiencing economic distress. As part of these efforts, the VP will develop business and structure deals for New Markets Tax Credit financing, the USDA Community Facilities Relending Program, and debt associated with specialized sources such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
The VP is responsible for building partnerships with a diverse range of groups that provide services that complement HOPE’s business, mortgage, and consumer lending programs, and that expand investment in targeted communities. The work is often performed with a great deal of independence, and requires considerable judgment, creativity, organization, and self-direction. Duties and skills include, but are not limited to, generating projects, representing the organization in the community; managing a wide range of partnerships; program and project management, and composing and editing written materials.
Maintaining confidentiality is required, given sensitive situations that may be handled. This position will be located in Sunflower County, Mississippi.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and business development

  • Manage community and economic development programs, which may focus on financing programs for education and health care facilities, affordable housing, fresh food retailers, rural community facilities, or other HOPE priorities.
  • Lead HOPE’s Mississippi Delta team for HOPE’s Small Towns Partnership, which works with several targeted rural communities in Mississippi to advance community development projects and to advance strategic investments. This will include implementing priority projects identified in strategic plans developed in partnership with community leaders, residents, and other stakeholders.
  • Identify new business opportunities within CED’s programmatic priorities in the Mississippi Delta.
  • Build a strong pipeline of projects and borrowers for the USDA Community Facilities Relending Program.
  • Establish and manage partner relationships with nonprofits, developers, public agencies, technical assistance providers, other lenders, etc.

Deal structuring and implementation

  • Work closely with the commercial lending team to structure financial transactions to meet programmatic and funder guidelines, and to maximize community impact.
  • Provide technical assistance to community partners and borrowers.
  • Manage program reporting and compliance, including monitoring for assigned programs.
  • Generate reports and information required for management and reporting purposes.
  • Monitor market trends and gather and update relevant community development program information and market data.
  • Support investor relations efforts, including assisting in grant applications.
  • Work closely as needed with other program areas of HOPE, including the commercial lending team, the mortgage lending team, the Hope Policy Institute, and Hope Credit Union branches.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Professional growth opportunities
The VP will have substantial opportunities for professional growth and development. The position requires working closely with HOPE leadership and building a network with community development leaders from around the country. The VP will benefit both from internal and external training opportunities and will attend regional and national conferences to engage in peer learning and to improve the effectiveness of HOPE’s CED work.

Competencies/Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to form relationships and network with community members and other leaders and partners, as well as with potential borrowers, members, and clients.
  • Strong project management, organizational, and time management skills, with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills, exhibited by the ability to take information from a wide variety of sources and synthesize/analyze the information in the context of HOPE’s mission.
  • Understanding of financing and of the assigned business sector for which the employee is responsible.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Passion and dedication to HOPE’s mission and work.
  • Ability to multi-task and to excel in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently, as a team player; and with the initiative to take responsibility as needs arise.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in public policy, business, finance, non-profit management, community development, or a related field and at least five years of experience in community development, program management, financial structuring, or in performing the duties described in the “Essential Duties and Responsibilities” section above.
  • With no master’s degree, at least eight years of experience in community development, financial structuring, and performing the duties described in the “Essential Duties and Responsibilities” section above are required.
  • Demonstrated experience managing community and economic development programs.

HOPE offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Visit www.hopecu.org to learn more about our organization and apply for this position. Apply directly here.

HOPE is an EEO employer – M/F/Vets/Disabled

Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope CU — VP of Community & Economic Development (Little Rock, AR)


Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union
Vice President of Community & Economic Development (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Leading change in one of the country’s most persistently poor regions
Join the award winning team at HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union), one of the nation’s leading community development organizations. For more than 20 years, HOPE has been improving lives by helping entrepreneurs, homebuyers, families, and communities become more financially secure. Since 1994, HOPE has generated more than $2.4 billion in financing and assisted nearly 1 million people across the Mid South.

Position Summary
HOPE is seeking an individual with a passion for social change to lead its Community & Economic Development (CED) work in Arkansas. In partnership with communities in the region and HOPE’s credit union and commercial lending teams, the Vice President (VP) for Community & Economic Development will craft and develop projects and programs that advance HOPE’s mission of strengthening communities, building assets, and improving lives. These efforts include large, multi-party investments in healthcare facilities, schools, affordable housing, fresh food retailers, and other community facilities that serve low-income populations. As part of these efforts, the VP will develop business and structure deals for New Markets Tax Credit financing, the USDA Community Facilities Relending Program, and debt associated with specialized sources such as Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

The VP is also responsible for building partnerships with groups that provide services to complement HOPE’s business, mortgage, and consumer lending programs, and that expand investment in targeted communities. The work is often performed with a great deal of independence, and thus requires considerable judgment, creativity, organization, and self-direction.  Duties and skills include, but are not limited to, generating projects, representing the organization in the community; managing a wide range of partnerships; program and project management, and composing and editing written materials.

Maintaining confidentiality is required, given sensitive situations that may be handled. This position will be located in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and business development

  • Manage community and economic development programs, which may focus on financing programs for education and health care facilities, affordable housing, fresh food retailers, rural community facilities, or other HOPE priorities.
  • Identify new business opportunities within CED’s programmatic priorities in Arkansas.
  • Build a strong pipeline of projects and borrowers for the USDA Community Facilities Relending Program.
  • Establish and manage partner relationships with nonprofits, developers, public agencies, technical assistance providers, other lenders, etc.

Deal structuring and implementation

  • Work closely with the commercial lending team to structure financial transactions to meet programmatic and funder guidelines, and to maximize community impact.
  • Provide technical assistance to community partners and borrowers.
  • Manage program reporting and compliance, including monitoring for assigned programs.
  • Generate reports and information required for management and reporting purposes.
  • Monitor market trends and gather and update relevant community development program information and market data.
  • Support investor relations efforts, including assisting in grant applications.
  • Work closely as needed with other program areas of HOPE, including the commercial lending team, the mortgage lending team, the Hope Policy Institute, and Hope Credit Union branches.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Professional growth opportunities

The VP will have substantial opportunities for professional growth and development. The position requires working closely with HOPE leadership and building a network of community development leaders from around the country. The VP will benefit both from HOPE’s internal and external training opportunities and will attend regional and national conferences to engage in peer learning and to improve the effectiveness of HOPE’s CED work.

Competencies/Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to form relationships with community members and leaders and partners.
  • Strong project management, organizational, and time management skills, with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills, exhibited by the ability to take information from a wide variety of sources and synthesize/analyze the information in the context of HOPE’s mission.
  • Understanding of financing and of the assigned business sector for which the employee is responsible.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Passion and dedication to HOPE’s mission and work.
  • Ability to multi-task and to excel in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently, as a team player; and with the initiative to take responsibility to address issues as needs arise.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in public policy, business, finance, non-profit management, community development, or a related field and at least five years of experience in community development, program management, financial structuring, or in performing the duties described in the “Essential Duties and Responsibilities” section above.
  • With no master’s degree, at least eight years of experience in community development, financial structuring, and performing the duties described in the “Essential Duties and Responsibilities” section above are required.
  • Demonstrated experience managing community and economic development programs.

HOPE offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.  Visit www.hopecu.org to learn more about our organization. Apply for this position here.

HOPE is an EEO employer – M/F/Vets/Disabled

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