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Small Business Specialist-DC

Job Title: Small Business Specialist DC

FLSA Status: Exempt Position

Last Revision Date: April 2, 2015

LEDC Synopsis: The Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community development corporation founded in 1991. LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other D.C. area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.

Position Summary: The Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is seeking candidates for the Small Business Specialist Position. This full-time position plays a key role in providing business one-on-one technical assistance and group trainings to small business owners in Washington DC area. This position will support the Program Manager of Small Business Development and will work alongside a highly motivated team. Qualified candidates must possess a diverse set of skills including fluency in both English and Spanish, small business experience, and experience with immigrant populations.

LEDC’s small business services help low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs acquire the skills and knowledge to successfully open and grow their businesses, including assistance obtaining licenses and permits, marketing, recordkeeping and business planning. Our clients range from small start-ups such as cleaning or construction companies to established restaurants with multiple employees and locations.

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:

• Provide one-on-one coaching and interactive group trainings to aspiring and existing small businesses to help improve their core business skills and navigate the licensing/registration process---both onsite and offsite at partner organizations. • Recruit and manage volunteers and consultants to assist with small business consulting and trainings. • Develop and improve comprehensive training curriculum, working collaboratively with other team members and consultants. • Build client base and fill courses through outreach via partner organizations, newsletters, phone-banking, site visits, public service announcements and community events. • Assist in continually developing programmatic improvements and organizational advocacy efforts. • Perform administrative tasks including intake, contact management and data entry. • Assist with and help coordinate LEDC’s annual Samuel Adams Speed Coaching Event in October and other department events. • May need to work on evenings/weekends, as needed.

Education and Experience Qualifications Required:

• Bilingual in English and Spanish • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal • Bachelor’s in Business Administration or related field • Experience providing small business technical assistance and/or training preferred • Experience running a small business a bonus • Available to work occasional nights and weekends as needed • Experience and/or familiarity with small business financial management • Experience and/or familiarity with small business marketing strategies • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage and multi-task in a fast-paced environment • Strong technical skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher • Self-starter, who is able to work with limited supervision • Demonstrated ability to relate to people from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds, formal education levels, cultures, etc. • Strong knowledge of and sensitivity to Latino culture • Understanding of small business development as a tool for community-based economic development

Salary and Benefits:

• Salary is negotiable depending on experience, qualifications, and salary history. Range is $35K - $38K per year. • Benefits are competitive within the DC area: compensation currently includes 3% 401K matched savings plan, healthcare plan with ZERO employee contribution, 10 observed holidays, and 4 weeks of vacation per year.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Rossana Espinoza, Program Manager-Small Business Development at respinoza@ledcmetro.org

To learn more about LEDC visit www.ledcmetro.org.

LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

Loan Officer

Job Title: Loan Officer

FLSA Status: Exempt Position

LEDC Synopsis: The Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community development corporation founded in 1991. LEDC’s mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other D.C. area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.

Position Summary: One of LEDC’s most important services to small businesses is our micro-loan program. LEDC currently lends up to $50,000 for small or emerging businesses unable to obtain financing from mainstream banks. The goal of the program is to provide first step financing to promising entrepreneurs increasing their capacity to create wealth for their owners and economic opportunity for the communities they serve. Many businesses in low-income parts of the city are unable to grow for lack of capital. We provide financing to such businesses, helping cleaning companies, carry-out restaurants, hair salons, and the like to start or grow their businesses.

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:

• Develops, Evaluate and Present to the credit committee loan recommendations for existing and prospective customers.

• Negotiate to properly structured and priced loans consistent with the LEDC’s credit policies and lending practices.

• Prepare effective packages for credit approval circulation and to present packages to the required level of credit authority.

• Maintain close customer contact to ensure continued satisfaction, and to follow or anticipate additional financing needs.

• Monitor and report changes in credit quality.

• Effectively track portfolio quality of his/her portfolio including contact clients with past due payments.

• Ensure that LEDC is in possession of current financial information and that the information has been properly analyzed and on file, and that proper and complete credit files are on hand.

• Participate on promoting LEDC products and services.

• Believes in and promotes the LEDC values, mission and culture, both internally and externally.

• Responsible for the total customer relationship.

• Develop LEDC pre and post loan technical assistance for lending clients.

• Represent LEDC and market LEDC and our services at events, workshops, and conferences.

• Sometimes serve as a funder point of contact to maintain a grant relationship.

Education and Experience Qualifications Required:

• Bachelor's degree, preferably in Accounting or Finance.

• One or more years of experience with a commercial lender.

• Strong verbal and written communication ability and organizational skills.

• Proficient on computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.

• Good level of interpersonal and social skills needed to interact with customers or prospective clients. Good time management skills.

• Hands on experience working with small business owners.

• Bilingual (English/Spanish), and culturally sensitive.

• Demonstrated commitment to working with low income communities.

Salary and Benefits:

• Salary is commensurate with experience, qualifications, and salary history.

• Benefits are competitive within the DC area: compensation currently includes 3% 401K matched savings plan, healthcare plan with ZERO employee contribution, 10 observed holidays, and 4 weeks of vacation per year.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Leda Hernandez at lhernandez@ledcmetro.org. No telephone calls please.

To learn more about LEDC visit www.ledcmetro.org.

LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.