Purpose of the role:
We are looking for a dynamic leader to mobilize a multi-sector coalition to prioritize housing for Minnesota. The ideal candidate will have a track record of expanding coalitions, building trust and credibility with legislators and other leaders, and developing and executing an effective public education campaign.
Significant groundwork had been laid for the next phase of Minnesota’s Housing Future, and we’re looking for an experienced campaign manager to capitalize on this momentum. This campaign will bolster Minnesota’s economic competitiveness by dramatically expanding housing production to address unmet demand, improving housing programs and policies, and advancing new and innovative strategies that will ensure all Minnesotans have a safe, decent and affordable home.
The Campaign Manager will provide 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 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 forwarding the core messages to key allies and multisector partners. This will be done in close coordination with a public relations firm hired to provide strategic guidance and expertise in effective messaging. Campaign manager will also represent the campaign to media and at events as needed.
- Deploying leadership from the Minnesota Task Force on Housing, engaged business leaders, and other key members of the community to serve as strategic housing ambassadors to bring the housing agenda forward in the media and public settings.
- Hosting and facilitating campaign leadership meeting and coordinating resources effectively to achieve the strategy; these resources will include, but are not limited to, in-kind organizational staff support, vendors, consultants, and campaign budgets.
- 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 intended as a full-time role but can be re-envisioned to consider alternative arrangements including a contract or consulting set-up for the right candidate, depending on experience. Modest travel is expected across metro and to Greater Minnesota communities.
The Campaign Manager will be contracted by Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and report to a multi-organization steering team who will serve in a governing role for the campaign. The anticipated timeline for the effort is two years, beginning late summer/early fall of 2018.
The ideal candidate for this role will be a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit who can be a leader of leaders. We are looking for someone who seeks to be collaborative and find common ground and who has proven success in and commitment to working with diverse interest groups and populations. This leader needs to rise above traditional political alliances to articulate a bipartisan legislative 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 issues and the Minnesota policy context welcomed, but not required.
How to apply:
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Campaign Manager” in the subject line. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis until position is filled, with priority given to application received by August 24, 2018. Questions, please contact Jill Mazullo at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Program and Loan Officer” in the subject line. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis until position is filled.