Lending Outreach Specialist

Spruce Root, Inc.

About the organization

Spruce Root is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) creating a sustainable future for Southeast Alaska’s people, communities, and environment. We are shifting the paradigms of power to support localized economies grounded in Indigenous values and ways of living. Spruce Root is a team of ambitious people dedicated to a new way of working in our region; working collaboratively with others, prioritizing family and wellbeing, and honoring our ancestors while building for the future.


In conjunction with the Spruce Root, Inc. team, the Lending Outreach Specialist is responsible for supporting the continued growth of Spruce Root, Inc., a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Southeast Alaska. Spruce Root provides financing and technical assistance to small business owners in Southeast Alaska. The primary functions of the Lending Outreach Specialist is to review and underwrite loan applications, assist borrowers in acquiring and successfully paying off loans, implement lending policies and keep the organization in compliance with its certifications and funders. The position must have, or be willing to obtain, the skills needed to become a loan underwriter, analyze financial statements/projections, review proposed business plans for feasibility and assess the creditworthiness of potential borrowers. This position also assists the Executive Director in maintaining a strong rapport with key regional, state and national financing partners.

Essential Responsibilities:
[see attached materials for more information on Essential Responsibilities]


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Competency in 6 C’s of credit, credit risks and underwriting
Proficient in understanding financial statements and GAAP standards
Demonstrated capacity for safeguarding client privacy, confidentiality and data security
Strong acumen with budgeting and planning process
Strong ability to work as a productive team member
Strong communication and customer service skills
Acute attention to detail
Proficiency using LaserPro, Downhome or other supporting loan software
Strong personal passion for Spruce Root’s mission

Training and Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Business-related field or equivalent work experience in Financial Industry
Trained in Lending, Underwriting and Credit Risk

Additional Skills:

Broadly applied software skills including software for lending, accounting, portfolio management, client management, etc.
Experience or training in working with small business owners and entrepreneurs
Grant proposal writing or other fundraising capacity
Knowledge of/experience in Southeast Alaska and industries relevant to the region


$70,000-$80,000 DOE

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply, send email to [email protected] with the subject line “Lending Outreach Specialist – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include the following as a single PDF attachment:
Your resume
1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
List of 3 professional references with contact information and relationship to you

Short answers to the following questions:
Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how will this position support you on that path?
What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
Spruce Root conducts background checks, is there anything you want to share with us about your background?

In the body of the email, please also copy and paste the content of your short answers and include your name, phone number, and email address. As attention to detail is critical for success in this role, only applicants who follow these specific application guidelines will be considered.

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