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Open Positions:
Housing Counselor Support Staff (District of Columbia)
Small Business Lending Officer (District of Columbia; Baltimore, Maryland: 2 positions available)


Housing Counselor
Support Staff
Posted: 5/12/2014

LEDC Description: 
Working families deserve to live in affordable homes and own successful small businesses, but too many are unable to turn those dreams into a reality. The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that equips Latinos and other DC-area residents with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. Participants in our programs learn how to buy and stay in their homes, take control of the decisions affecting their apartment buildings, and start or expand small businesses.

Founded in 1991, LEDC has a $3 million operating budget. LEDC's mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other DC-area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. We achieve our mission through small business development and lending, homeownership counseling and affordable housing preservation.
 
Position Description: 
LEDC is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency that helps families in the Washington region to buy their first home and save their homes from foreclosure.  LEDC accomplishes these goals by administering DC’s first-time homebuyer program (HPAP), providing financial capability and credit education and counseling, providing foreclosure counseling and technical assistance. LEDC is seeking a Housing Counseling Program Support person to provide support to our Housing Counselors and ensure quality service to DC clients around home purchase, financial capability and foreclosure prevention. The Program Support position will be responsible for the following:

 Duties include:
-    Conduct group workshops and presentations on home purchase, foreclosure prevention and financial capability.
-    Conduct community outreach for housing counseling services. This includes outreach to community partners and spaces.
-    Answers all incoming calls, schedule appointments and provide reminder calls.
-    Provide information on LEDC services and referrals to community partners.
-    Provide assistance to walk-ins as needed.
-    Follow up regularly and directly with clients throughout the counseling process to ensure that information is received and submitted in a timely manner and cases are tracked and documented on a regular basis.
-    Document and track all client contact and data related to housing counseling services utilizing Counselor Max and other applicable tools.
-    Provide technical assistance related to housing counseling such as creating certificates, tracking paperwork for first-time homebuyer programs or foreclosure prevention.
-    Assist in completion of reports for assigned programs in a timely and efficient manner.
-    Attend trainings as needed related to housing counseling.
-    Other duties as assigned to insure quantity and quality of services provided by the agency.

Preferred Qualifications:
-    Bilingual in Spanish and English
-    Customer-service oriented person with good people skills
-    Must have friendly, patient and professional manner.
-    Energetic and detail oriented team player with a commitment to high quality housing counseling and service delivery;
-    Strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel;
-    Familiarity with databases and information tracking, a plus;
-    Flexible work schedule, including ability to work some evenings and Saturdays.

This is a full-time, 40 hour / week position that requires some Saturday hours. 
Salary Range: $35,000, plus full benefits and generous vacation.
LEDC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer; women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Farah Fossé at FFosse@ledcmetro.org. No phone calls please.
To learn more about LEDC visit www.ledcmetro.org.


Small Business Lending Officer (DC, Baltimore)

Posted: 5/12/2014

LEDC Description: 
Working families deserve to live in affordable homes and own successful small businesses, but too many are unable to turn those dreams into a reality. The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that equips Latinos and other DC-area residents with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. Participants in our programs learn how to buy and stay in their homes, take control of the decisions affecting their apartment buildings, and start or expand small businesses.

Founded in 1991, LEDC has a $3 million operating budget. LEDC's mission is to drive the economic and social advancement of low- to moderate-income Latinos and other DC-area residents by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities. We achieve our mission through small business development and lending, homeownership counseling and affordable housing preservation.

Position Description:
One of LEDC’s most important services to small businesses is our Lending program. LEDC currently lends up to $50,000 for small or emerging businesses unable to obtain financing from mainstream banks in the formal financial sector. 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.

Essential Job Duties/Qualifications:
-    Develop, evaluate and present to the credit committee loan and Director of Lending recommendations for existing and prospective customers.
-    Negotiate properly structured and priced loans consistent with the LEDC’s credit policies and lending practices.
-    Prepare effective packages for credit approval circulation and 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, that the information has been properly analyzed and is on file, and that proper and complete credit files are on hand.
-    Participate in promoting LEDC products and services.
-    Believes in and promotes LEDC's values, mission and culture, both internally and externally.
-    Responsible for the total customer relationship.

Education and Experience Qualifications Required:
-    Bachelor's degree, preferably in Accounting or Finance.
-    One or more years of experience with a commercial  or non profit lender is preferred
-    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 groups excluded from the traditional financial sector.

Salary and Benefits:
-    Salary is commensurate with experience, qualifications, and salary history.   
-    Benefits are competitive: compensation currently includes, healthcare plan with ZERO individual employee contribution and generous vacation.

Start Date:
As soon as possible.

This is a full-time, 40 hour / week position. LEDC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer; women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Cesar Lopez at clopez@ledcmetro.org. No phone calls please.
To learn more about LEDC visit www.ledcmetro.org.