Asset Building Specialist

Job Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Job Site: Positions based in Marion and Clackamas Counties

**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.**

Job Salary: Salary commensurate with experience ($40,000-$50,000); 5% pay differential offered for bilingual English/Spanish

Benefits: medical, dental and vision insurance; a deferred compensation retirement plan that includes an employer match (eligibility for the plan begins after one year of employment); paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; optional alternative schedule of 5/8s, 4/10s, or 4/9s+4.

Supervisor: Asset Building Manager

Bilingual English/Spanish Preferred

TO APPLY, please submit a resume and cover letter to with subject line “Asset Building Specialist” and indicate Marion or Clackamas County preference. Position open until filled, with preference given for materials received by August 27th, 2021.

Organization:
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.

Purpose of the Position:
DevNW provides a full spectrum of services to help low- to moderate-income individuals and families gain financial stability, build assets, and achieve housing, health, and financial equity.

The Asset Building Specialist position is responsible for providing individual consultations to participants in a wide range of financial literacy programs. As an Asset Building Specialist, you will work with clients who are often living in poverty, are un- or under- banked, and routinely access social/emergency services. As their financial counselor, you will help them identify their financial goals, better understand their current financial situation, and develop an action plan to reach their goals. This position provides coaching and encouragement for clients, and provide the knowledge and tools to help them move forward. The Asset Building Specialist’s work aims to help each client achieve the financial stability necessary to advance to a traditional asset building goal.

In addition to individual consultations, this position is responsible for providing top-quality group education in a wide range of financial literacy and first-time homebuyer programs. Most DevNW classes are targeted for low- to moderate-income adults, but we also teach classes for at- risk youth and other economically vulnerable populations (e.g. domestic violence survivors). Classes are typically fewer than 40 participants and are taught in a variety of formats depending on the target audience and the content. Classes are frequently taught or co-taught by volunteer guest instructors from relevant industries (lenders, realtors, financial planners).

Typical Examples of Work:
This list is illustrative and does not include all of the specific tasks the employee may be expected to perform.

  • Provide one-on-one financial consultations, including budget counseling, analysis of credit and credit repair plan, explanation of debt ratios and debt repayment, creation of an action plan, referrals to other programs and services
  • 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
  • Cultivate, train and manage volunteer guest instructors
  • Compile and maintain complete and accurate client and class files
  • Support team in curriculum development, evaluation, and revision to ensure best quality curriculum
  • 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
  • Identify issues and trends effecting pre-asset clients, and communicate your observations (as well as potential program updates/changes) to the Asset Building Manager, Financial Innovation Manager and Financial Wellbeing Director for strategic planning purposes
  • Work effectively with and respond to people from diverse cultures or backgrounds
  • Assist DevNW team in creating culturally supportive learning environments
  • Provide language-appropriate instruction, counseling, and translation as needed (Bilingual Counselors only)
  • Assists the Asset Building Manager, Financial Innovation Manager, Financial Wellbeing Director and Chief Program Officer with special projects as assigned and other tasks necessary to achieve the overall goals of the Financial Wellbeing team.

Additional Duties:

  • Other specific projects as assigned or developed

Job-Specific Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; relevant experience, education and/or lived experience may be substituted for a degree
  • Required to prepare for and pass the HUD Certification exam within 60 days of employment. Preference given to HUD Certified applicants.
  • Experience in lending, credit, financial planning or homeownership issues helpful
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to speak in public before groups of people. The ideal candidate will have the bi-lingual and bi-cultural skills needed to serve diverse populations, although these skills are not a minimum requirement.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Must be proficient in basic math functions, including ratios, fractions and percentages
  • Ability to travel within counties we serve using own transportation. Valid driver license and insurance required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings as program delivery dictates
  • Ability to pass a satisfactory criminal background check.
  • Ability to learn and understand our organization’s mission, and your role in furthering that mission.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a cooperative and team-oriented working relationship with a wide range of people, including other employees, real estate professionals, financial institutions, local government officials, volunteers, and others.
  • Ability to work independently and make critical decisions in the field.
  • Commitment to economic justice issues; willingness to strive for an ever-increasing level of knowledge and expertise about how to help low income individuals achieve stability and build assets. Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to work under pressure, maintain a sense of humor in a high stress environment, manage a busy workload efficiently, and balance competing deadlines and priorities
  • Willingness and ability to adapt quickly as program needs evolve; commitment advocating for innovation and systemic improvement to reach better results for clients
  • Ability to maintain equal levels of professionalism, compassion, encouragement, and boundaries while helping vulnerable clients
  • Ability to work independently within a flexible work structure and to contribute as a valuable member of an integrated team

TO APPLY, please submit a resume and cover letter to with subject line “Asset Building Specialist - Clackamas” Position open until filled, with preference given for materials received by August 27th, 2021.

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 or introductory email 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.