Are you a relationship builder? An organizer? A communicator?
Passionate about furthering affordable housing efforts around Minnesota?
Role of the Housing Issues Campaign Manager:
We are looking for a dynamic leader to serve as the statewide Housing Issues Campaign Manager to mobilize a multi-sector coalition to promote high impact housing policies among state and local officials and business leaders statewide and prioritize housing production and preservation in Minnesota.
The ideal candidate will have a track record of building coalitions, developing credibility, working closely with allies, legislators and other leaders, and developing and executing an effective public education campaign.
This education campaign will build upon the work of a 28 member statewide task force on housing that has developed key policy and strategy recommendations to meet statewide demand for production of rental homes, homeownership opportunities, and housing stability for low income families and individuals. We seek an experienced campaign manager to capitalize on this momentum.
This campaign will bolster Minnesota’s economic competitiveness by advocating for dramatic expansion of housing production to address unmet demand, improving housing public policies and programs, and advancing new and innovative housing strategies that will help ensure all Minnesotans have a safe, decent and affordable home.
Timetable of the Campaign: September 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020
Goal of the Campaign: To engage new and existing Minnesota affordable housing proponents in a coordinated public education and communications campaign to ensure that:
- Goal #1: A broad multi-sector coalition is established to advance housing policy and strategy recommendations at the legislature, and within state and local agencies, in local communities, within the private sector housing industry and among business leaders.
- Goal #2: Housing remains a top priority among state and local public officials and business leaders and that political will and public understanding of the need for housing is understood as essential to the State’s economic competitiveness.
Key Audiences of the Campaign Key audiences will include business leaders, major employers, state legislators and candidates, the incoming governor, state and local housing organizations, and other key partners.
Statewide Coordination of the Campaign: It will be essential to coordinate with existing organizations and coalitions working on housing and other involved in economic competitiveness campaigns.
Management Oversight: The Housing Issues Campaign Manager will report to the Executive Committee, comprised of leaders from housing non-profits and philanthropy.
Housing Issues Campaign Manager Position:
The Housing Issues Campaign Manager will provide strategic direction and lead efforts to implement recommendations from the Minnesota Task Force on Housing, which defined six major calls to action for the next decade of housing through a major, multi-sector effort. Engaging with state legislators, candidates for state office, local government officials, business leaders, builders and developers, non-profit leaders, and advocates, the Housing Issues Campaign Manager will coordinate with and complement existing housing and business coalitions. Major responsibilities include:
- Shaping all aspects of the housing policy campaign, including communications, grassroots field work, coalition outreach, and administration.
- Building trusted relationships with current coalition leaders and expanding the network across grassroots and grasstops leaders, including business, faith, labor, and community allies.
- Developing and advancing core messages to core allies and key multisector partners. This will be done in close coordination with a public relations firm hired to provide expertise in effective messaging.
- Engaging with media and provide logistical support at events as needed.
- Deploying leadership from the Minnesota Task Force on Housing, business leaders, and other key members of the community to serve as spokespersons on the housing agenda in the media and public settings.
- Hosting and facilitating campaign leadership meetings and coordinating resources to achieve objectives. Resources may include in-kind organizational staff support, vendors, consultants, campaign funds and volunteers within the broader housing coalition.
- Working with legal advisors to ensure full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances impacting the campaign, including those concerning ballot initiatives, campaign finance, and internal campaign administration.
This position is full-time but may be re-envisioned to consider alternative arrangements including a contract or consulting for the right candidate, depending on skills and experience. Travel is expected across metro and to Greater Minnesota communities.
The Housing Issues Campaign Manager will be contracted by Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and report to a multi-organization team who will serve a governing role for the campaign. The anticipated timeline for the effort is two years, beginning fall of 2018.
The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit who can be a leader among leaders, with a proven ability to be collaborative and find common ground among diverse interest groups. This leader will be non-partisan and able to articulate a non-partisan agenda and organizing strategy. Priority will be given to candidates with:
- At least 5 years of senior campaign experience (previous experience managing statewide campaigns preferred);
- Proven ability to work with diverse interest groups including public, private and non-profit sectors and facilitate consensus among diverse political affiliations;
- Experience in identifying and understanding the needs and perspectives of policymakers and stakeholders from across the political spectrum and translating these insights to further grassroots organizing efforts;
- Demonstrated success in providing high-level policy and strategic advice, developing and implementing effective campaign projects, and meeting financial targets;
- Fluency in media relations and communications strategies, including the use of social media and online tools in an advocacy context;
- Familiarity with state and local policy and budget-setting processes; and
- Commitment to working towards systems change in the public interest.
- Experience in housing policy issues and the Minnesota context preferred but not required.
How to apply:
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to Alexis Sheets at email@example.com and include “Campaign Manager” in the subject line. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis until position is filled. Questions, please contact Jill Mazullo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Program and Loan Officer plays a key role in the deployment of financing, technical assistance, and partner engagement to advance affordable housing and community development objectives statewide. The Program and Loan Officer role primarily functions as GMHF’s customer-facing staff and lending sales force and carries out a broad range of activities related to lending, grantmaking, technical assistance, and program administration. A successful Program and Loan Officer has a passion for affordable housing and community development.
- Develop and maintain external relationships with industry partners, including real estate developers, public agencies, and community organizations as needed to successfully cultivate lending prospects and advance programmatic initiatives that advance GMHF’s strategic goals and priorities.
- Review financing applications and facilitate the application process through regular communication and follow-up with internal and external participants to ensure thorough, accurate, and timely completion of all underwriting and due diligence.
- Analyze financing requests to assess conformance to GMHF’s existing products and policies, ensure alignment with GMHF’s strategic priorities and charitable purpose, project feasibility and credit quality.
- Facilitate the loan and grant approval process including preparation of written credit reports and resolutions for review and approval by staff and board committees, presentation of loan and grant recommendations, and ensure proper documentation of all funding awards and decisions.
- Facilitate the origination process, including finalizing loan terms with borrowers, preparation and review of loan documents in consultation with legal counsel, and coordination with GMHF’s underwriter and loan closer to ensure timely and accurate closing and funding of approved loans.
- Perform technical assistance to borrowers, project partners, and other stakeholders as needed to overcome barriers to project success and/or timely completion.
- Coordinate with Asset Manager and Portfolio Manager to facilitate compliance and performance of existing loans including proactive communication with borrowers to gather information and provide technical assistance, reviewing scheduled draws, coordinating loan modifications, debt restructuring, or other remedies as needed to achieve desired outcomes.
- Report on activities as directed and provide complete update at least quarterly.
- Participate in preparation of budgets, work plans, submissions to rating agencies, regulators, funders, and other agencies as directed.
- Perform other duties as assigned and required.
Desired Skills & Experience
- Knowledge of real estate finance and development with a strong preference for candidates who have experience with affordable housing financing from federal, state, and local government sources such as tax exempt bond financing, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, tax increment financing (TIF), or financing from federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Division (RD).
- Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills in the context of complex real estate development and finance transactions
- Personal maturity, strong interpersonal skills, and proven ability to negotiate effectively and resolve conflicts professionally
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to effectively organize competing work priorities under pressure to meet deadlines while maintaining high quality work products
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic organization
- Ability to travel
- Computer proficiency
- 5-8 years of related professional experience
- Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Experience
How to apply:
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to email@example.com and include “Program and Loan Officer” in the subject line. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis until position is filled. Questions, please contact Alexis Sheets at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The position is responsible for loan document and file management, data entry, customer service, report generation, and administrative functions in support of professional staff and programs. To fulfill these duties, the position will perform tasks in an accurate and timely manner and provide regular reports and data to ensure staff and management have information needed to make decisions. The Lending & Programs Coordinator reports to the Director of Lending and Programs, and works closely with other GMHF staff.
- Loan Processing
- Serve as point person for administrative partners to ensure timely and accurate Single Family loan processing:
- Gather applications and required documentation from administrators, including verification of all loan information, for review and approval by the Program & Loan Manager
- Prepare funding documents for approved loans
- Provide customer service to Single Family loan customers
- Prepare new loan files:
- Organize paper files according to checklist and retain originals according to GMHF policies and procedures
- Conduct quality audit of each loan file for completeness and accuracy and correct any errors
- Enter initial loan data into the loan servicing system following approval by the Board of Directors
- Scan documents and index imaged file records according to GMHF procedures to ensure efficient retrieval of electronic loan files
- Maintain loan filing system (both electronic and paper files) in accordance with GMHF record retention policies and procedures
- Maintain compliance with all lending procedures & recommend updates to procedures as needed improve efficiency and conform to any new lending policies
- Serve as point person for administrative partners to ensure timely and accurate Single Family loan processing:
- Loan Administration
- Enter final loan data in loan servicing software following closing for all new loans
- Enter grant data in loan servicing software following approval by the Board of Directors
- Update data in loan servicing software to reflect changes at time of refinance, subordination, assumption, or modification
- Upon receipt of request or notice, update the Single Family Gap Short-Sale and Foreclosure Report to record all requests for short-sale and notices of foreclosure actions related to GMHFs Single Family Gap Loans
- Monitor insurance policies annually and initiate timely notify Loan Officer that follow-up is needed to renew cancelled policies
- Follow up with Loan Officer until documentation of compliance with insurance requirements is achieved
- Process requests from borrower, title company or attorney for loan payoffs and collateral releases
- Gather requests and required documentation and submit for approval by Program & Loan Manager
- Upon approval by Program & Loan Manager, circulate documents for appropriate signatures and secure fully executed final documents; retain final documents according to GMHF record retention policies and procedures
- Prepare payoffs using TEA loan servicing software, calculate per diem and prepare payoff letters as needed
- Research questions from borrowers, partners, accounting staff and others regarding loan data and recommend procedures as needed to address problems or ensure efficient and accurate loan administration
- General Office Administrative Support
- Perform general reception duties include greeting visitors and answering the main office phone line, researching caller questions, and making appropriate referrals to internal staff or external parties
- Prepare deposit slip for checks received in the mail and route check with completed deposit slip to Staff Accountant
- Provide back-up as directed/needed for Executive Assistant
- Lending Team Administrative Support
- Provide administrative support to staff to facilitate timely submission of expense reports, schedule management, and document and file organization
- Assist with meeting and event planning on request
- Proof-read and edit general correspondence as requested
- Perform other administrative duties as assigned including preparing letters, memos, emails, and correspondence, and assisting with board meeting preparation
- Other duties as assigned.
- Associate’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in office and business management or related field.
- Working knowledge of loan documentation terminology and methodology.
- Knowledge and proficiency working with MS Office Applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and other office software applications.
- Strong spreadsheet and data skills.
- Excellent oral communication skill & writing skills.
- Self-starter who can work independently and in a collegial and collaborative team environment.
- Ability to follow directions.
- Physical ability to perform essential job functions.
- Personal maturity, professional discretion, emotional intelligence, strong work ethic, task oriented, highly responsive to the day to day needs of the organization, ability to work effectively with a range of personnel, including the CEO, the management team, other professional staff.
- Ability to organize multi-faceted & diverse assignments, manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously.
- Cheerful presence, patience, social and communication skills, enthusiasm, consistently positive attitude.
- High energy, flexibility and drive to work in an entrepreneurial organization. High tolerance for ambiguity, changing demands, and multiple priorities.
- Strong analytical, accuracy, and problem solving capabilities.
- Passion for affordable housing, community development, social justice.
A commitment and ongoing interest in working in the non-profit field.
How to apply:
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to email@example.com and include “Lending and Programs Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis until position is filled. Questions, please contact Alexis Sheets at firstname.lastname@example.org.