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Vice President of Financial Services
Civic Builders
Financial Services
New York

Organization Overview
Dedicated to giving every child the chance to attend a great school, Civic Builders partners with the nation's best educators to create public charter school buildings. Our model for school development has earned numerous accolades and has been adopted by other development entities across the country. We are an experienced team of real estate, finance, and development professionals dedicated to delivering inspirational educational facilities at affordable rates. 
We are an entrepreneurial organization that is growing quickly.  Since our founding we have developed 22 schools, serving over 11,000 students in under-resourced communities such as East Harlem, the South Bronx, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Newark, NJ.  We have developed a million square feet of real estate and invested more than $600M into low-income communities. 

To learn more about Civic Builders, please visit 

Position Summary
Civic Builders is seeking an experienced Vice President of Financial Services to lead the organization’s financing activities, including the deployment of New Markets Tax Credits, management of federal credit enhancement, and implementation of a new lending platform. In addition to leading these activities, the Vice President of Financial Services will be dedicated to continuous and strategic improvement, bringing new and creative solutions for borrowing and lending that will ultimately lead to more affordable school facilities for communities in need. The Vice President of Financial Services will be committed to business development and will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with funders, financing partners and other external stakeholders to grow business and improve borrowing costs. Reporting to Civic Builders’ CEO and Co-Founder, David Umansky, the Vice President of Financial Services will join a collaborative leadership team and will directly supervise one team member.

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial finance professional to join a growing, mission-driven organization that is making a tangible impact for students and families in under-resourced communities.

Key Responsibilities
  • Strategically and operationally manage Civic Builders’ financing work, including day-to-day financial services activities as well as longer term planning to improve efficiency, offer competitive solutions and grow business
  • Build and maintain relationships with CDFI lenders, commercial banks, and other capital market partners and relevant stakeholders to grow business and improve borrowing costs
  • Develop Civic Builders' financial services business, including the building and management of client pipeline and implementation of new lending platform, for which capital has already been allocated 
  • Execute upon numerous financial products including New Markets Tax Credits, foundation PRI, CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, and tax-exempt bonds
  • Recommend investments to the Civic Preliminary Investment Committee, its Board of Directors, and its NMTC Advisory Board
  • Structure financing for new projects and refinancing of Civic Builders’ existing real estate assets
  • Lead credit and underwriting processes, including further development of credit policies and procedures; review and analyze tenant and prospective tenant financials
  • Directly supervise one team member

  • 10+ years of professional experience in finance, with specific experience in lending, bonds, or other financing transactions
  • Experience with community investment and related products such as New Markets Tax Credits, foundation PRI, CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, tax-exempt bonds, and credit enhancement
  • Expert at financial analysis with a high degree of familiarity with accounting and audit principles
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize effective interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with a specific focus on business development goals
  • Track record of successfully implementing new programs and products in a financial services environment
  • Ability to think strategically and “out-of-the box” to identify new products and solutions
  • Highly flexible with the versatility to shift between strategic and operational responsibilities frequently 
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate internally and externally to achieve goals
  • Experience working with nonprofit charter public schools preferred, but not required
  • Passion for the mission and work of Civic Builders
  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or similar advanced degree preferred

To Apply  
Using the link below, please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to David Umansky. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Civic Builders offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.
Civic Builders is an equal opportunity employer.

About Commongood Careers
Civic Builders has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Vice President of Financial Services. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ mission and culture, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 700 searches at 275 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

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