Community Development Specialist

Company: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Location: Washington, DC

Job Function: Advocacy/Policy


The OCC is among the best places to work in the federal government. Our mission is to ensure that national banks and federal savings associations operate in a safe and sound manner, provide fair access to financial services, treat customers fairly, and comply with applicable laws and regulations. Our culture is flexible, accountable, strategy-based, and data-driven. We promote creative and thoughtful contributions by all employees in an environment that values and encourages diversity. If you are an inquisitive, investigative individual with high standards of your own, consider the OCC.


As a Community Development Specialist, you will serve as a professional in Community Development unit in Bank Supervision Policy reviewing filings from national banks for compliance with the OCC’s public welfare investment authority and ensure accuracy of that information on a database.


As a Community Development Specialist, you will:

  • Conduct analyses of national banks’ public welfare prior approval and after the fact notices and develop detailed recommendations and OCC decision letters to approve, disapprove, or modify same; ensure the accuracy of the public welfare investment data in the Central Application Tracking System (CATS); and monitor approved public welfare investments.
  • Input key data, track investments, and provide reports to Division Management and the Deputy Comptroller on public welfare investments and respond to questions from banks, examiners, and others regarding the use of CATS.
  • Provide advice on public welfare investment activities in support of banks’ community and economic development efforts and opportunities to banks, bank trade associations, bank customer groups, and federal, state and local government agencies to promote OCC policies regarding public welfare investments.
  • Share information with state and federal government, bank, and trade association representatives responsible for improving the capacity of national banks to effectively use public welfare investments in conjunction with government and private resources.
  • Provide recommendations to management that enhances the business operations of public welfare investment processing, including the division’s systems’ needs, and provide this information through agency channels.
  • Conduct research on trends, opportunities and challenges on banks’ community development investments and national consumer advisory groups. Plan, research and develop special reports, and recommend broad policies, new programs and/or improved procedures for the OCC and the banking industry.
  • Provide information/advice to national banks, examiners, OCC policy-makers and federal, state and local agency officials regarding the development, implementation, expansion and financing of public welfare investment programs. Identify trends, innovations and special opportunities and keep informed on the impact of government and economic changes in the community development environment.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the NB-IV band level or GS-11. Examples of specialized experience for this position include:

  • Experience conducting analyses on community development finance projects (i.e. economic development, low income housing investments and/or small business investments) and developing recommendations on improving the projects. These recommendations could be in the form of reports, recommended policies, or improved procedures to encourage lending, investments, and services that benefit vulnerable communities and consumers.

The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or through volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

To receive any credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate the number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range: $98,458 – $183,307 per year. Benefits described here:

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