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Janet Thompson Community Finance Leadership Fellow- Human Capital (P/T)

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NFF works toward a more just and vibrant society through:

Financing that invests in missions. Our customized financing strengthens hardworking nonprofits and social enterprises.

Consulting that empowers leaders. Our experts equip you to make financial decisions that best serve your mission.

Partnering on big problems. Service providers, funders, and investors turn to us for new ways to collaboratively support stronger, fairer communities.

Learning that helps illuminate paths to solving complex social issues. Sharing experiences and expertise–from ideas to anecdotes to cutting-edge data and analysis–makes it easier.

Nonprofit Finance Fund® (NFF®) is a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with over $250 million in community investments. NFF has provided $620 million in financing and access to additional capital in support of over $2.3 billion in projects for thousands of organizations nationwide. In partnership with others, we've also supported the provision of more than $120 million in grants to nonprofits for recovery, capital and planning grants and reserves.

Position Summary:

The Janet Thompson Community Finance Leadership Fellows program honors the legacy of Janet Thompson, a nationally-recognized pioneer in the community finance field and long-standing Board member and leader of NFF. Starting in the 1970s, Janet helped the spirit of the community finance movement become an operational reality. She built one of the first community development bank-based teams in New York City at Citibank, trained organizations to manage community development projects for neighborhood improvement, worked with Citi's lending divisions to finance such projects, helped to institutionalize Community Development Finance Institutions, and helped expand Morgan Stanley’s community finance division. In selecting Janet Thompson Fellows, we look to identify the next generation of leaders who share Janet’s passion for combining commitment to social justice with analytical rigor and business discipline. The Fellow will have the opportunity to share their experience with Janet directly.

The Janet Thompson Community Finance Leadership Fellows program seeks to provide highly-qualified and motivated candidates an exciting on-ramp to a career in community finance. Through a matching process based on the Fellow’s individual skills, interests, and NFF’s needs, the Fellow will be placed in financial, advisory and knowledge related business units to support strategy and collaboration across the organization.  They should be focused on learning and supporting our work and will have a unique opportunity to make a continuous contribution. The Fellow can expect a supportive work environment and flexibility to accommodate school schedules.

While the New York office is preferred, placement in NFF’s other offices will be considered: Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.  This position will report to  NFF’s Human Capital Leader, Vice President, Human Capital.

This is a temporary fellowship position. The Fellow will work full-time at NFF beginning in July 2017 and continue working part-time during their final year of graduate studies, ending in mid-May 2018. There is an expectation that they will seek full-time employment at NFF or another community finance organization upon graduation. This is a paid opportunity, and the Fellow will be supported by a grant from Morgan Stanley.

****** Current enrollment in an advanced degree program is a requirement.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

While the specific assignments will be determined when the Fellowship begins, and influenced by the Fellow’s specific skills and interests, the Fellow can expect a range of experiences potentially including:

  • Research organizational development initiatives that will help to formulate, implement and execute NFF’s Human Capital program.
  • Provide administrative support to the Human Capital team within talent management, benefits administration, staffing and hiring and other human capital disciplines.
  •  Equip, inform and empower NFF managers to make effective talent management decisions through tactical process, system and direct engagement activities to enhance the Manager and employee experience.
  • Work with senior management to drive a data-driven culture of operational improvement at NFF, including identifying indicators and metrics to track program impact, and developing systems to support program evaluation.
  • Support NFF’s Diversity, Equity, and  Inclusion program by assisting strategic initiatives that encourage building  cultural competency and celebrating diversity..
  • Help to conduct analysis and workshops on Organizational Development strategies for nonprofit and private foundation clients.
  • Support cross-business unit initiatives that will encourage the overall mission and values that NFF possesses.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Essential Requirements for Education and/or Experience:

  • Pursuing an advanced degree in related field (e.g., MBA or HRM or Organizational Development) and on schedule to graduate in spring of 2017.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and potential for pursuing a high-impact career in the community finance sector upon graduation.
  • 2 - 4 years of work experience, preferably in the fields of nonprofit management, consulting and/or financial services.
  • Professional maturity and ability to build relationships with colleagues, clients, funders, board members and leaders in the field in a way that is consistent with NFF Values.
  • Facility with nonprofit business operating, finance, business process engineering, and general issues and trends in the nonprofit sector.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills; strong ability to organize, present, and synthesize complex information in an accessible manner.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as collaborate with a close-knit group of professionals.
  • Proficiency in technology applications, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Specialized Knowledge/Beneficial Skills and Experience:

  • Project management experience.
  • Prior experience in a nonprofit organization.
  • Flexible, curious, creative, enthusiastic, humble, and with a sense of humor.

Please Note:
All salaries are commensurate with experience and include an attractive benefits package.

The Nonprofit Finance Fund is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its workforce.  Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. 

NFF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or military or veteran status in accordance with federal law. In addition, NFF complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every jurisdiction in which it maintains facilities.

NFF also provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.  

This job posting provides a general list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required for this position.  It does not represent a contract for employment and NFF reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without notice.   

When applying, please DO NOT include any of the following information with your job application: Social Security number; driver's license number or state-issued identification card number; financial account number, or credit or debit card number.

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