Lending Director

Mountain Association

About the organization

The Mountain Association invests in people and places in Eastern Kentucky to advance a just transition to a new economy that is more diverse, sustainable, equitable and resilient. Our Lending team offers loans to existing and startup businesses and organizations. We are a Community Development Financial Institution and a non-profit, so we can offer greater flexibility and lend to those who may not otherwise qualify. Our Business Support program connects business owners and nonprofit leaders to consultants who can help them succeed. Our Energy experts help businesses, nonprofits, public agencies and homeowners find much-needed energy savings through utility bill analysis, on-site energy efficiency and solar assessments, financing and grant application support.

The Mountain Association also engages in research, communications and advocacy for policy and narrative change, and works with partners on a variety of projects to demonstrate what’s possible in Eastern Kentucky.


Program leadership, management, and development

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 Mountain Association’s overall mission, vision and goals, including integration with other Mountain Association 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 to facilitate equitable access to capital, proposing realistic, yet bold goals to reach people/communities who have traditionally been underserved.
Work with the Communications team to actively market Mountain Association’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.
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Minimum qualifications and characteristics:

Knowledge and experience:

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.
A demonstrated understanding of impact lending and just economic transition.
Personal characteristics:

Committed to innovative action, sustainable development, and economic, environmental, and social justice.
Willingness to travel for day and occasional overnight stays within the region.
Highly self-motivated, well-organized, attentive to detail, creative, able to work on multiple projects at once while setting clear priorities.
Technology and software:

Strong computer skills, in particular spreadsheets and word processing.

Strong writing skills and the ability to write clearly for a general audience.
Strong group facilitation skills and public speaking experience.
Strong interpersonal communication skills and the capacity to work constructively in teams.

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$77,500 – $82,500

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please e-mail your resume, contact information for three references, and a cover letter specifically explaining why you are a good fit for this position to [email protected] Please include the position title in the email subject. Review of applications will begin on October 28th and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We won’t contact references until after interviews. The interview process will be conducted according to public health guidelines during the COVID-19 emergency, including the likelihood of remote interviews.

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