Education and Development Officer

Company: Western Reserve Community Fund/Development Finance Authority

Location: Akron, OH

Job Function: Other


The Western Reserve Community Fund (WRCF) is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). WRCF supports small business, affordable housing, and non-profit organizations with flexible, low-cost financing and technical support.

As a CDFI certified by the U.S. Treasury, WRCF works to promote equity and expand economic opportunity for disadvantaged communities and businesses by providing financial products and services, striving to foster economic opportunity and revitalized neighborhoods. WRCF was created to help fill the regional gap in access to capital and provide support in disinvested areas, and is not a competitor with banks.

In addition to WRCF’s General Loan Fund, WRCF has collaborated with community partners to spearhead initiatives like the Minority Contractor Capital Access Program (MCCAP)®, the Akron Resiliency Fund, and the Summit County Affordable Housing Trust Fund. You may read more about these programs below.


• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Desire to implement new marketing strategies.
• Understanding of small business and nonprofit financial principals and practice.
• Comfortable leading and participating in classroom environments.
• Research, evaluate, and recommend fnndraising opportunities to Vice President, Managing Director, and Board of Directors for approval
• Understanding of grant writing, fundraising, and development donor relationships with
hanks, foundations, corporations, individuals, and local, state, and federal agencies
• Assist and/or prepare project applications for state and federal funding
• Ability to set priorities for a challenging workload and take initiative
• Able to determine opportunities through analysis of current and future trends
• Experience working independently and collaboratively with co-workers and stakeholders from the nonprofit, corporate, philanthropic, and pubic sectors
• Monitor agreement compliance


  • Promotes economic development initiatives and operations to achieve goals and objectives by formulating and implementing marketing strategies
  • Works with management team to create marketing and outreach materials, including brochures, and reports
  • Develop accurate, accessible, and up to date information on WRCF accomplishments, projects, and program data
  • Creates curriculum for technical and supportive services as they relate to WRCF loan programs and to strengthen borrowers knowledge specifically on loan readiness, financial literacy and best practices.
  • Develop capacities through strategically designed technical support, trainings, grant administration, and learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners
  • Oversee the planning, coordination, and facilitation of trainings and workshops
  • Work with lending officers to support clients and to advise them of the loan process
  • Track organizational and programmatic funding needs to develop, recommend, and implement a fundraising strategy and calendar for foundation, government, and corporate sources
  • Develops and writes grant proposals to support WRCF loan funds, programs, and operations
  • Oversee and track grant milestones including, proposals in development, proposals submitted, proposals issue or canceled, deliverable deadlines, communication, and awards
  • Manages the identification and acquisition of new funding opportunities, renewal and further development of current funders and on-going funder relations, including reporting and relationship management
  • Presents self in a professional, ethical, and culturally sensitive manner to coworkers, partners, and the public
  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance
  • Performs other duties as requested, directed, and/or assigned


  • Completion of bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, or closely related discipline
  • Three to five years experience in nonprofit fundraising, communications, education, and/or external affairs
  • Experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities to perform the duties of the position

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: $60,000 – $70,000

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