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VISTA Organizing Associate - DC

VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project:

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) of Washington, DC, a non-profit community development organization, seeks a full-time VISTA Organizing Associate for its Affordable Housing Preservation Program. The position is to be filled by a stipended volunteer through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, through the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP).

Position Summary:
        The Bilingual Outreach and Organizing Associate will report directly to the Regional Manager and will be responsible for the following activities:
      • Identify and assess buildings that qualify for support through VAHPP;
      • Outreach and education to tenants at risk of displacement through door to door outreach, neighborhood trainings and written materials;
      • Organize tenants to form and strengthen tenant associations and meet their goals primarily through facilitation and interpretation support;
      • Provide technical assistance to tenants who wish to establish or strengthen a tenant association, keep their building affordable, or improve conditions at the building; and
      • Other tasks as necessary including related administrative tasks.

 Education and Experience Qualifications Required:
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
    • Strong writing, public speaking and computer skills;
    • Highly organized, self-motivated leader, who is able to work with limited supervision;
    • Outstanding interpersonal communication and the willingness to develop working relationships with a wide variety of people;
    • Flexibility and willingness to work outside normal business hours, primarily evenings and some Saturdays;
    • To be hired, an applicant must be a US citizen, national, or legal permanent resident and meet other requirements of the VISTA program.
Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Strong knowledge of issues and culture of Latino, immigrant and African American communities in Montgomery County, Maryland and/or Washington, DC;
  • One year of volunteer and/or paid experience at a non-profit organization focusing on the economic empowerment needs of low-income individuals;
  • Experience with community organizing, popular education or providing direct services to low and moderate-income Latinos and advocating for affordable housing issues.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Philip Kennedy:
LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States.

Bilingual Evaluation/Research Intern - DC

Position Summary:

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is seeking an evaluation/research intern to assist in an evaluation to measure the impact of its small business technical assistance and micro-lending efforts through an evaluation partnership with the Aspen Institute. The project provides an opportunity to learn about the impact of microfinance on historically marginalized communities (Latinos, African Americans, and other vulnerable communities). The primary responsibilities of the intern will be to assist with any necessary data collection tool adaptations, data collection, analysis, and compiling of a presentation with the guidance and oversight of our Development Manager.

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Interview preparation: compiling contact information, alerting clients of interviews, and consolidating client intake data.
  • Data collection: tracking contact attempts with clients, conduct interviews, and data entry.
  • Conduct data analysis with guidance from Development Manager.
  • Draft/compile a presentation highlighting findings.
  • Present findings to program staff during brown bag luncheon.
 Education and Experience Qualifications Required:
  • Graduate students, having completed their first year of graduate studies pursuing a degree in any of the social sciences, public policy, administration, planning, business administration, or related fields preferred. Undergraduate students with relevant experience and skills will be considered;
  • Demonstrated experience in and/or coursework in research methods;
  • Demonstrated communication skills; survey and/or interviewing experience are a plus;
  • Strong computer skills, proficiency in Excel applications;
  • An interest in pursuing a career that addresses poverty and/or economic inequality in the United States;
  • Spoken and written Spanish skills required;
  • Available to work 20-40 hours/week, on a flexible schedule that could accommodate evening or weekend interviews.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Marjorie Nemes:
LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States.


Small Business Loan Officer and Underwriter

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 financial institutions. The goal of the program is to provide first step financing to promising entrepreneurs, and we ultimately seek to "graduate" them to larger loans with traditional lenders, thereby increasing their capacity to create wealth for their owners and economic opportunity for the communities they serve.

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Underwrite small business loan transactions, including business plan reviewing, financial analysis and due diligence.
  • Help the organization to generate a constant inflow of new lending clients in to the pipeline.
  • Prepare credit analysis and recommendation memo for review and approval.
  • Verify feasibility and structure of proposed loan and the character, capacity, collateral and cash flow of the borrowers.
  • Assist our portfolio management team in working with clients whose loans are past due and/or their business is showing signs of trouble.
  • Provide pre and post loan technical assistance for lending clients.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations with strong community ties that are consistent with LEDC's mission. These organizations may include, but are not limited to, credit unions, banks, Certified Development Companies, chambers of commerce, etc.
  • Maintain close customer contact to ensure continued satisfaction, and to follow or anticipate additional financing needs.
  • Monitor and report changes in credit quality.
  • Attend loan closings to ensure loans are properly closed.
  • 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.
 Education and Experience Qualifications Required:
    • Bachelor's degree, preferably in Business, Accounting or Finance
    • 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 is a plus
    • 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. Salary range: $40,000 to $45,000.
  • Benefits are competitive within the DC area: compensation currently includes, healthcare plan with ZERO employee contribution, 10 observed holidays, and 4 weeks of vacation per year.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Diana Avellaneda, Lending Program Manager:
LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States.

Housing Department Bilingual Intern - MD

Position Summary:

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) in Wheaton, MD, a non-profit community development organization, seeks a Housing Intern to work with our Housing Department’s housing counseling programs. Our housing programs work to educate and assist first-time homebuyers, provides rental counseling and prevent foreclosure. LEDC is a comprehensive housing counseling agency and we accomplish these goals through outreach, education, organizing, counseling, advocacy and technical assistance.

The Housing Intern will work with LEDC staff primarily to conduct homeownership surveys with clients from our Maryland Homebuying Workshops, great clients at the Maryland office, as well as help us prepare for workshops and classes. This will be a very active position and a great opportunity to get to know the Montgomery County area and the community. 

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:
The Intern will report directly to the Housing Department Director and will be responsible for working with an experienced team to help implement the following activities:
      • Provide support at our seminars including Homebuyer Orientations, Foreclosure Prevention Clinics and First-time Homebuyer Workshops;
      • Conduct surveys by phone and email with clients who have purchased a home with the support of LEDC;
      • Greet clients at the Wheaton Office
      • Related administrative duties
      • Data entry

The internship can be either Full-time or Part-time. It will require occasional Saturday hours. Flexible start and end dates, sensitive to student schedules.

Required Qualifications: Bilingual in English and Spanish. Strong writing, interpersonal, public speaking and computer skills. Highly organized individual who is able to work with limited supervision. Strong knowledge of and sensitivity to Latino, African and African American culture. Flexibility and willingness to work after normal business hours’ multiple times during the week including occasional work on Saturdays.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Walda Yon, Housing Department Director:

LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States.

Staff Accountant - DC Office

Position Summary:

LEDC is seeking an experienced Staff Accountant to be responsible for tracking all financial transactions and preparing all applicable documentation for month-end, quarter-end and year-end procedures. This is a full-time position.

Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Assist with preparation of financial reports.
  • Assist the finance department with all aspects of AP, AR, filing and expense reporting.
  • Assist in yearly budget preparation; manage budget and cash projections on on-going basis.
  • Review and analyze expenses to ensure efficiencies.
  • Ensure data integrity, appropriate internal controls, proper accounting methodology, and adherence to internal and external reporting deadlines as related to general accepted accounting principles.
  • Manage the month-end and year-end close processes including bank reconciliations, accruals, prepaid expenses, receivables, and balance sheet accounts.
  • Maintain and record transactions to accounts payable, accounts receivable, and general ledger.
  • Development and maintenance of financial records, spreadsheets and files.
  • Allocation of income and expenses to funds and projects.
  • Perform year-end closing including preparation of adjusting journal entries, financial statements and tax returns.
  • Assist external auditors with the annual audit; prepare schedules and financial statements for the audit.
  • Serve as point of contact during annual fiscal audit and ensure integrity of all preliminary reports including but not limited to quarter end reports and financial statements.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 Education and Experience Qualifications Required:
  • Bachelors or equivalent will be considered
  • Recent work experience in bookkeeping for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations with an annual budget of at least $3,000,000.
  • Strong experience with QuickBooks software, preferably QuickBooks Premier Nonprofit Edition
  • Experience with payroll processing providers, such as Paychecks
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong experience with MS Excel
  • Ability to multi-task and work as part of a team in a small office.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated professionalism in written correspondence
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
 Salary and Benefits:
  • Salary up to $55,000. Negotiable based on experience, plus full benefits, and generous vacation.
  • Exempt position.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Rosana Sandoval:
LEDC is an equal opportunity employer; and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States.

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