Lending Director


About the organization

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) is a 43-year-old multi-strategy economic development organization that seeks to transition Eastern Kentucky’s economy into a just and sustainable post-coal future. We work with people and places in Central Appalachia and Kentucky to build a strong and diverse economy, increased family well-being, healthy and protected land, air and water, and an effective and accountable democracy.

MACED is a fast-paced, dynamic and growing organization with a 29-person staff that manages over $30 million in total assets. MACED seeks to make meaningful progress towards a Just Appalachian Transition through the following core strategies: 1) investing capital in local enterprises and communities, 2) demonstrating local-sector development ideas, 3) engaging in research, communications and advocacy for policy and narrative change, and 4) building entrepreneurial and leadership capacity.


Serve as the thought leader and chief strategist for the development and growth of the lending program, ensuring that the lending program is aligned with MACED’s overall mission, vision and goals, including integration with other MACED programs.
Lead, inspire and manage staff to achieve programmatic deployment and impact goals through sharpening our lending strategies and developing innovative new strategies that address regional needs and opportunities while balancing community benefit and long-term wealth building with risk management.
Work with the team, as needed, to originate and underwrite loans.
Lead the development of strategies for framing what equitable access to capital looks like for MACED, and proposing realistic, yet bold goals to reach people/communities who have traditionally been left out.
Work with the Communications team to actively market MACED’s lending programs, plan campaigns and provide information on the lending program for external communications and marketing; provide clear internal communication organization wide regarding the lending program’s role in our vision and organizational goals. Empower and work with staff to communicate about the impact of our work and share our stories.
Review and evaluate MACED’s current lending program and take action as needed to improve efficiency, increased impact for communities and underserved people.
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Minimum of five years of experience working in lending or commensurate experience in a related field, including experience in the following: financial analysis; leading teams; skillfully and respectfully supervising the work of others; project design, planning and management, including budget responsibility; leveraging technology and data to drive results; and developing program strategy to align with organizational mission and goals.
Minimum of a four-year college degree in business, economics, community development, management, or a related field.
Committed to innovative action, sustainable development, and economic, environmental, and social justice.
A demonstrated understanding of impact lending and just economic transition.
Strong written and interpersonal communication skills.
Highly self-motivated, well-organized, attentive to detail, creative, able to work on multiple projects at once while setting clear priorities.
Close vision with or without corrective lenses necessary for computer work.
Manual dexterity needed to operate computer.
Able to perform assigned duties in a time-efficient manner.
Valid driver’s license and ability to drive. Either insurability on MACED’s group vehicle policy or access to a reliable vehicle for regular trips.
Previous CDFI lending experience.
Significant knowledge of and appreciation for the Appalachian region.
Experience with commercial lending and capital-based programs.
And more, please see website.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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