Asset Building Specialist - Clackamas

Interested in helping families increase their financial wellbeing? Interested in using your skills to support people on their path to building assets for their long-term stability? Interested in working to create communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive? If you are also committed to the ideas of equity, asset building, economic justice and creating economic opportunity…we might have the job for you!

DevNW is a regional nonprofit community development organization and member of the NeighborWorks® Network. We have offices in Springfield, Corvallis, Salem, and Oregon City, Oregon, and serve a six-county area with a mission to build vibrant communities by empowering individuals, families, small businesses, and neighborhoods. We provide a range of programs and services that create affordable housing; promote economic stability and opportunities for low-income people; and build thriving, inclusive neighborhoods. DevNW is dedicated to deconstructing the racist and discriminatory systems that have led to vast inequalities in housing, asset/wealth building, and small business development in our communities.

We are looking to add Asset Building Specialists to our team in Clackamas County to help individuals gain financial stability, build assets, and achieve housing, health and financial equity.

Asset Building Specialists will:

  • Provide one-on-one counseling that assess individual needs through a trauma-informed lens, including budget review, analysis of credit and action-planning to build assets;
  • Provide top-quality, dynamic adult education for general audiences and unique client populations on topics including homeownership and financial literacy; utilize tactics that appeal to different learning styles, ages, experience and confidence levels
  • Support the DevNW team in curriculum development, evaluation and revision to ensure best quality curriculum and in creating culturally supportive learning environments
  • Connect with individuals, families and community partners through strategic outreach and engagement
  • Maintain a high level (and constantly improving) level of expertise about financial literacy, service delivery best practices, research findings, culture of poverty issues and other areas of knowledge necessary to ensure the highest level of education and counseling excellence; share expertise with other DevNW staff

Salary range is $40,000-50,000, depending on qualifications and experience. A 5% pay differential is offered for bilingual English/Spanish. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Qualities you should bring: Great interpersonal skills including empathy and encouragement; a strong desire to serve clients who are building financial resiliency; willingness to learn new systems and processes; commitment to creating opportunities for asset building; commitment to centering equity within the work; belief in DevNW’s mission. Experience in lending, credit, homeownership or financial planning helpful but not required. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Skills DevNW can help you develop: Understanding of how low- and moderate-income individuals and families can build assets; content-specific training; support in delivering high quality counseling and education services. Training on how to provide trauma-informed services and ongoing equity work with the DevNW team. Training and support to prepare for and pass the HUD Certification exam within 60 days of hire (required for all Asset Building Specialists).

To Apply: Submit an application no later than 5:00 p.m., October 11, 2021, to: . An application consists of a cover letter or introductory email that describes how your education, lived and/or work experience prepare you for this position and a resume. Please include “Asset Building Specialist” in the subject line of the email. Position will be required to live within Clackamas County.

**Note: all staff are currently working from home due to COVID-19. A home office set-up stipend and monthly internet contribution are in place for the duration of required telework. DevNW is currently evaluating our longer term telework policy, and may go to a hybrid model. **

DevNW is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Applications for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you meet key qualifications for the job, and believe you would be the best fit, we would encourage you to apply; please use your cover letter to explain how you will accomplish parts of the job for which you have less experience. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us.

DevNW values diversity and supports a positive, welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive. We strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding a diverse workforce strengthens our organization.