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Senior Loan Origination / Business Development Officer

What We Do:

Nonprofit Finance Fund (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.

NFF advances missions and social progress in underserved communities through financing, consulting, partnerships, and knowledge-sharing that empower leaders, organizations, and ideas. A leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), NFF currently manages over $310 million. Since 1980, we have provided almost $700 million in financing and access to additional capital in support of over $2.3 billion in projects for thousands of organizations nationwide.


Position Summary:

The Financial Services team is seeking to hire a Senior Loan Origination / Business Development Officer (BDO). The BDO drives the business activity of the West Coast lending team and works in conjunction with the West Coast underwriting team to structure and support viable financing opportunities. The BDO leads the West Coast loan origination activity by developing and implementing a business development strategy, supervising other business development staff, and partnering with the Associate Director, Underwriting to ensure the workflow proceeds in a timely and expeditious manner. The BDO is responsible for understanding and communicating market trends and the needs of key constituencies. Primary responsibilities for the role include: leading market-facing activities to generate business opportunities; maintaining and managing a project pipeline sufficient to meet NFF’s annual lending goal; identifying, assessing, negotiating, and structuring viable financings in line with NFF’s mission; preparing memos and presenting proposals for the “greenlighting” of projects to loan committee; managing business development staff. In addition, the BDO partners with the West Coast underwriting staff to ensure a smooth client experience and contributes to lending process improvements. The BDO maintains knowledge of key markets within the region and nationally to support and inform the business development strategy. The BDO is also responsible for ensuring timely and effective communication and coordination across NFF’s business development, underwriting, and portfolio management teams, as well as NFF’s offices and lines of business to ensure the highest level of client engagement.

This position will be based in NFF’s Los Angeles or Oakland office and reports to the Vice President, Lending. The position requires a minimum of 40% travel, which will be in California mostly within the Bay Area and Los Angeles. It is expected that 75% of the time will be externally focused.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Team Lead

  • Collaborate and partner with the Associate Director, Underwriting to manage the West Coast-focused work. Specifically:
    • In consultation with the Associate Director, Underwriting lead the business development function for the West Coast in order to meet annual lending goals.
    • With input from the Associate Director, Underwriting, develop the strategy for achieving West Coast lending goals.
    • Supervise other business development staff assigned to the West Coast team or supporting West Coast business development activities and transactions.

Client Relationship and Management

  • Maintain strong relationships with current and future borrowers and partners.
  • Directly participate in business development activities, including early-stage client visits and conversations and attendance at external events.
  • Oversee and ensure the smooth transition and support of clients through the “greenlighting”, underwriting, approval and closing processes to ongoing centralized portfolio management.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with capital sources (banks, CDFIs, foundations, institutional investors and other capital providers and intermediaries) and stakeholders.
  • Work across the organization to identify business development opportunities and coordinate the West Coast lending activity so that it intersects with NFF’s overall priorities and key relationships. 
  • Develop, recommend, and implement marketing strategies to support the delivery NFF lending, New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) and other products and services to new and existing clients and partners.
  • Work closely with all business development, underwriting, closing, and portfolio management staff to assure excellent customer service.

Loan Originations

  • Develop, recommend, and implement a tactical plan for the West Coast that will consistently generate a viable pipeline of high credit quality clients and transactions including, but not limited to, on-balance sheet lending, NMTC transactions, and off-balance sheet opportunities. 
  • Proactively monitor industry and regional trends and identify opportunities.
  • Originate loans and NMTC transactions by identifying, assessing, negotiating, and structuring viable, credit-worthy financings.
  • Generate new business and manage West Coast business development pipeline in coordination with the Associate Director, Underwriting and Vice President, Lending.
  • Conduct initial assessment and analysis of financing prospects and prepare memos and present proposals for the “greenlighting” of projects to loan committee.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to junior staff in the initial screening of financing prospects and applicants.


Essential Requirements for Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; Master’s degree in business, finance, public administration or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience, preferably in the financial services, consulting or nonprofit sectors and in increasingly more senior positions.
  • Credit skills sufficient to develop, structure, and negotiate new products, and perform the initial credit analysis and risk assessment of financings.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, manage, and deepen client relationships.
  • Ability to relate to diverse constituencies.
  • An entrepreneurial work ethic, including openness to learning new skills and systems and ability to take initiative for independent learning with and quickly develop deep knowledge of a particular market or area.
  • Ability to exhibit calm under pressure.
  • Solutions-based mindset and approach.
  • Strong time management, multi-tasking, and organizational skills, with an ability to coordinate complex activities and prioritize conflicting demands and deadlines.
  • Strategic thinker with an ability to balance big-picture ideas with day-to-day work.
  • Demonstrated ability to take on increased responsibility over time.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the region to work with staff and meet with applicants, borrowers, and stakeholders.


Specialized Knowledge/Beneficial Skills and Experience:

  • Results-oriented individual with the ability to work independently, as well as collaborate with a close-knit group.
  • Management experience including hiring, training, coaching staff.
  • Experience in business or commercial lending including the origination or management of a portfolio of nonprofit organizations.
  • Market knowledge in the western region and in one or more targeted sectors including community health centers, education/charter schools, and human service providers.
  • Market knowledge of key constituents including CDFIs, government agencies, investors, foundations, policymakers and community service providers.



Please Note:

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

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.

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.

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