Business Loan Officer

Interested in using your lending experience to help unique small businesses start-up and grow? Would you like to impact your community by helping low-income, rural, minority, and early-stage entrepreneurs access the capital they need to make their vision a reality? And by helping low-income consumers access safe, affordable loans that help them reach financial stability? Would you like to join a tight-knit group of coworkers dedicated to community economic development? Are you energetic, highly motivated, detail oriented, and great with people? Are you looking to work for an innovative and fast‐paced nonprofit that will engage and challenge you every day?

Community LendingWorks (CLW) is a nonprofit community development loan fund (CDFI) with a mission to provide safe, affordable loans to individuals, families, and small businesses who are underserved by the financial mainstream. From individuals to businesses that are too new or too small to work with a traditional bank, CLW provides micro and small business loans to help our community (and everyone in it!) thrive.

We’re looking for a Business Loan Officer to join our growing team. This position is responsible for driving business lending activities and outreach/business development in a given geographic area – primarily focused on micro/small business lending, with outreach to encompassing all of CLW’s global loans products. As a Business Loan Officer, you will work with first time entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, more established small businesses ranging from artist market vendors to multi-million-dollar firms, and referral partners from various business, banking, and economic development sectors.

Business Loan Officers are responsible for generating new business in order to meet production goals, so the position includes significant outreach alongside loan origination. CLW is also a relationship-based loan fund: our success is dependent on the strength of the relationships we establish with every borrower and every community partner. We’re looking for someone who is equally comfortable being out in the community building relationships and being back at the office taking care of the details that go into building and completing loan applications.

Skills and Qualities You Should Bring: 2 -5+ years of loan origination experience, in micro and small business lending. The ability to analyze business plans, financials, and other information to gauge alignment with CLW underwriting criteria; experience working with diverse clients and partners; great interpersonal skills including a positive attitude and strong communication skills; belief in CLW’s mission, and a strong desire to serve non-traditional populations. Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred but not required.

Salary Information: This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $50,000 - $70,000, plus benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

Location: The position could be based in our Springfield office. Travel is required; a company car or mileage reimbursement is provided.

Schedule: This position can choose from three work-week options: 4/10s (M-Th), 5/8s (M-F), or 4/9s+4. Occasional evenings and weekends are required to attend community events, meetings, trainings, etc.

About CLW and DevNW:

CLW was founded by its nonprofit affiliate DevNW (formally NEDCO) in Lane County in 2011. It has now grown to serve Coos, Douglas, Lane, Linn, Benton, Marion, Clackamas and Multnomah counties. We pride ourselves on being entrepreneurial and responsive to community needs. As a staff member at CLW, you can expect an environment of innovation, evolution and growth. We hold ourselves to high performance standards and a shared culture of motivation, leadership and excellence in service to the organization, our clients and our community. If you are looking for a workplace where you can push yourself to learn and grow, CLW can offer you an environment of incredible support, encouragement and humor among a team of like-minded colleagues.

DevNW and CLW work integrally together to accomplish our joint community development mission. We share an Executive Director, finance and development staff, offices, and overlapping board members. When you become staff at CLW, you are also part of the bigger DevNW team!

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant experience to with the subject line, “ Business Loan Officer Recruitment”.

Position will be open until filled.

CLW BUSINESS LOAN OFFICER

Job Status: Full Time, Exempt

Job Salary: Salary commensurate with experience ($50-$70,000); plus benefits

Supervisor: Director of Lending

SUMMARY

Community LendingWorks (CLW) is a community development loan fund dedicated to providing safe, affordable, consumer and small business loans to individuals and small businesses who are underserved by the mainstream financial industry. CLW is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and an affiliate of DevNW, a nonprofit affordable housing and economic development organization. CLW and DevNW work in close partnership to help individuals and families gain financial security and opportunity, help small businesses start up and grow, and help neighborhoods revitalize and redevelop.

CLW Business Loan Officers are primarily responsible for recruiting and originating consumer, micro and small business loans that are consistent with CLW’s community development mission and underwriting standards. Business Loan Officers are responsible for developing a pipeline of prospective borrowers, through both direct outreach and partnership development with local loan officers, service providers, and economic development programs. Business Loan Officers have annual origination goals for micro and small business loans. The business loan officer will also work with the CLW team to recommend and develop new loan products and services to meet community needs. The business loan officer will develop new relationships, maintain existing relationships, and communicate effectively and enthusiastically the mission of CLW and DevNW, and the value both organizations add to community development.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with – and market CLW products to – current and potential borrowers who fall within CLW’s target communities, including low income individuals and families, entrepreneurs, existing small businesses, rural communities, communities of color, etc.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with – and market CLW products to – partners who can act as trusted referral sources – including loan officers within the mainstream banking system, business development agencies, city/county economic development staff, chambers of commerce, social service agencies, etc.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with a wide variety of audiences about CLW’s mission, available resources, and steps to apply for a loan.
  • Perform financial analysis, due diligence, and project feasibility assessment for potential loan candidates.
  • Help potential borrowers gather the necessary loan application package/documents, along with business, financial, and personal background information as needed to move forward with the application.
  • Originate consumer, micro and small business loans, including evaluating an application package for completeness, performing an initial analysis of the applications compatibility with underwriting guidelines, and (if needed) writing a credit memo for the Loan Committee with detailed analysis and recommendations for terms and credit structure.
  • Present business loans to the Loan Committee when needed.
  • Provide business development and technical assistance guidance (including referring to trusted partners in the committee) for potential borrowers needing help with basic business planning and training.
  • Conduct periodic site visits and/or desk reviews of borrowers by phone.
  • Identify new opportunities for CLW services and loan products, in expanded geographic areas and or in the creation of new loan products to address unmet community needs.
  • Provide accurate information on all CLW loans & services.
  • Other duties as assigned to contribute to the overall success of CLW.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong belief in the mission of CLW and DevNW; desire to help small businesses establish and grow, and to help families become more financially stable;
  • 2 -5+ years of experience in loan origination required, preferably in business/commercial lending; proven ability to generate loan volume and to develop strong client relationships;
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, or related field strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of micro and small business loans;
  • Thorough understanding of basic principles of accounting and financial analysis;
  • Experience working with a diverse group of clients and partners;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including public speaking;
  • Ability to perform outreach/ business development activities;
  • Exceptional customer service skills – with clients, partners, co-workers, and everyone else.
  • Ability to manage time and juggle multiple demands in a time-sensitive environment;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to work with a minimum of hands-on supervision;
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced, mission-driven and constantly growing/changing environment;
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills; high level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings as program dictates;
  • Ability to travel from home office several days a week, and be insured to drive company vehicles;
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft word processing, spreadsheet and database programs

CLW/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.

CLW/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.

For more information on each organization you can visit our respective websites, www.communitylendingworks.org and www.devnw.org.