Loan Officer

San Francisco/Oakland

August 2023


Communities on the margins of opportunity deserve a trusted partner on their journey towards financial growth and stability. As a locally invested, collaborative partner in social justice and financial equity, Community Vision provides nonprofits, small businesses, and social enterprises with strategic investment and guidance, to deepen work, scale impact, and strengthen our communities.

We know that supporting community-owned and community-governed projects creates shared prosperity and builds collective, and self-directed, economic and political power. This position will put you at the forefront of exciting organizational growth and the re-envisioning of how we carry out our work, creating greater efficiency internally and deeper impact externally.

Community Vision is dedicated to anti-racist practices and to building an anti-racist organization. This includes treating colleagues with respect, supporting the vision of the organization, and acting as ambassadors of our values.


The Loan Officer is responsible for structuring and negotiating loans and conducting thorough written credit analysis. The Loan Officer will work to expand lending relationships within the Community Vision network, resulting in both increased loan volume and mission impact.

This position requires an experienced professional with demonstrated loan underwriting and financial analysis skills. The Loan Officer works to structure and underwrite loans to better support the community ownership of community assets, serving affordable housing groups, community-rooted small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. They assist in the development of processes that better serve Community Vision’s clients. The Loan Officer underwrites loan requests and presents credit memoranda to Community Vision’s Loan Committee for approval.


  • Focus on relationship building with prospective borrowers to achieve individual and organizational loan volume goals.
  • Develop and foster strong relationships with aligned partners.
  • Guide potential borrowers through the application process, including screening against impact and credit guidelines, and ensuring application packages are completed thoroughly and within agreed upon timelines.
  • Clearly explain Community Vision’s lending products, process, and terms.
  • Determine borrower repayment capacity by analyzing historical business and personal financial statements.
  • Create and analyze financial projections, including traditional and Uniform Credit Analysis (UCA) cash flow.
  • Conduct comprehensive risk assessment and industry and management analysis.
  • Evaluate project feasibility and borrower capacity.
  • Prepare written credit memoranda with detailed analysis and recommendations for terms and credit structure, following Community Vision’s loan policy and guidelines.
  • Work with the borrower and external parties through loan commitment terms and participate in the loan closing process.
  • Assist with ongoing monitoring activities.
  • Collaborate with Community Vision’s Asset Management team on portfolio management.
  • Actively contribute to loan product development, taking new loan products through a process from concept, to definition, piloting, and rollout.
  • Actively contribute to loan process improvement, with the goal of continuously improving clarity and efficiency. Identify opportunities to incorporate industry best practice and emerging approaches, draft proposed changes to process, and help to train team members.


Ideal Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field of study (e.g. business, finance, real estate, urban planning).
  • 4+ years of real estate lending, preferably with a CDFI or similar organization, with significant commercial lending experience.
  • Prior work-related experience and knowledge of community development lending, including federal and state loan guarantee programs, Low Income Housing Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits, is a plus.
  • Ability to manage relationships with borrowers using customer-centric approach, including through timely responses to opportunities and client requests.
  • Ability to conduct thorough financial, industry, management, and project analysis of credit requests.
  • Solid financial skills required, including ability to develop and interpret financial statements and forecasts.
  • Proficiency in analyzing financials of nonprofits, particularly for assessing feasibility of real estate development projects.
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and/or local government funding sources for capital and operating needs of affordable housing.
  • Established track record of lending, meeting production goals, and disciplined use of tools such as Salesforce for tracking opportunities, calling efforts, and client requests.
  • Significant experience in credit analysis and preparation of credit memoranda for loan approvals.
  • Ability to conduct site visits throughout Northern and Central California.
  • Hands-on experience working with nonprofits that support systematically disadvantaged communities is a strong plus.
  • Formal credit training is a strong plus.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Customer service orientation, with a track record of applying initiative and interpersonal skills to solve problems for clients.
  • Organized with proven self-initiative, self-motivation, collaborative spirit and optimistic attitude.


The Loan Officer is a full-time exempt position. This position reports to the Director of Lending. The salary for this position is between $84,975 – $108,150 annually, depending on experience. Benefits include: 100% health insurance premium coverage for employees and a contribution towards dependent coverage, dental insurance, long-term disability and life insurance, transportation and cell phone subsidies, employer contributions towards retirement savings, three weeks’ vacation, and a commitment to work/life balance. Occasional evenings and out of area travel may be necessary. The position involves regular computer and telephone use plus some minimal lifting. The position may be based at either of Community Vision’s offices in San Francisco or Oakland. All staff are working hybrid until further notice.


Send resume and cover letter via email to . Subject line should read: Loan Officer. Cover letters should discuss your interest in the position and in working at Community Vision. Position will remain open until filled.

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Community Vision is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing applicants and employees with a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Community Vision are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations where we operate. Community Vision will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics and encourages applicants with these characteristics to apply.