Senior Vice President, Credit and Risk


Location: New York, NY

Job Function: Finance


About the Organization

Forsyth Street is an industry leader and has successfully guided the creation and/or operation of over a dozen public- private funds focusing on affordable housing, community development, and clean energy adoption, including many of the nation’s leading, most innovative new models. This includes the NYC Acquisition Fund, San Francisco Housing Accelerator, Baltimore Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund, NYCEEC, Inclusive Prosperity Capital, JOE NYC, and the Nashville Catalyst Fund, among others.

Founded in 2003, we are a team of creative problem solvers with deep, practical experience in the public and private sectors. We help our clients create more equitable, inclusive, and resilient communities. We bring our expertise in financial structuring to bear on difficult problems. We work with our clients to provide strategic, actionable advice, manage impact-oriented investment funds, and structure and advise on affordable housing transactions.

The firm has three primary lines of business:

  • Asset Management – Forsyth Street Asset Management is a Registered Investment Advisor that serves as Fund Manager for several innovative public-private investment funds focused on affordable housing, community development, and clean energy.
  • Financial Advisory – Forsyth Street Advisors provides in-depth, high-value financial advisory services for public agencies, non-profit organizations, philanthropies, and social enterprises. The company helps clients develop, finance and run new programs and mission enterprises, among many other activities.
  • Affordable Housing – Forsyth Street Affordable Housing is a leading expert on financing affordable housing in New York City and nationwide. We assist both for-profit and nonprofit developers in all stages of planning and financing the acquisition, rehabilitation, construction, and preservation of affordable housing.

We have helped our clients deliver results, with more than $4 billion in transactions closed and have guided the financing for tens of thousands of units of affordable housing. We have helped capitalize numerous impact funds for our clients and currently have $310 million in assets under management, comprising five affordable housing funds operating in NYC, Los Angeles, Baltimore, the Bay Area, and Nashville and other underwriting/lending engagements across the firm.

We pride ourselves on maintaining long-term relationships with our diverse set of clients. Our clients hail from all sectors: government, non-profit, philanthropic, private, corporate, and financial institutions.

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About the Role

The Senior Vice President, Credit & Risk serves as an organizational leader, partnering with colleagues across Forsyth Street to source, engage, and deliver high-impact advisory and asset management services. They will also develop new products, renewing and tailoring those products as market and client needs evolve. In addition, they will coach, mentor, and manage at least one staff member who focuses on credit and underwriting to support their professional development and career growth, while ensuring they have clearly defined criteria and guidance when sourcing opportunities.

Who You’ll Work With

  • You will report to the Managing Director of Asset Management, with a dotted line to the Chairman
  • You will supervise at least one member of the Credit team
  • You will collaborate and co-lead Forsyth Street Asset Management alongside two other senior team members


Risk Management

  • Oversee establishment, refinement, and implementation of credit policies to ensure compliance with relevant programmatic, financial, risk, legal and impact criteria
  • Direct oversight and accountability for portfolio performance and asset quality across the firm’s client roster, as the business line continues to grow in size and complexity
  • Oversee monitoring of portfolio, including: local, state, and federal policies that impact partner funding and operating environment; political trends and public support of key industries in the markets where Forsyth Street manages assets
  • Support the credit/investment committees for each of Forsyth Street Asset Management’s funds, ensuring that all investments meet credit policy requirements, and all risks are effectively communicated and appropriately mitigated
  • Oversee the production of interim (quarterly/annual) reports that describe fund activity and portfolio quality for disbursement to clients and external stakeholders in alignment with Fund requirements

Underwriting Fund Transactions

  • Collaborate closely with members of the Asset Management team to develop and screen a pipeline of suitable investment opportunities and deal partners for its clients
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and consultation to the asset management business, ensuring all activities are coordinated and seamless, from underwriting to ongoing operations
  • Provide strategic direction on deal terms, participating directly in structuring and restructuring of complex investment transactions that meet impact goals, partner needs, and credit criteria
  • Provide responsive and creative problem solving in real time, and engage consistently with colleagues and external parties to ensure transactions move forward
  • Act as a thought partner to internal and external stakeholders, working closely with clients, credit committees, and colleagues, serving as a subject matter expert on affordable housing policies and practices, providing input and expertise on an ongoing basis
  • Monitor underwriting and asset management workflow to ensure staff capacity is aligned with short and medium term deliverables and work with Forsyth Street leadership to address staffing needs as may be warranted


Required Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years experience in real estate lending, public sector underwriting and/or credit review experience at a CDFI, bank, or similar financial institution, including experience overseeing a credit risk function
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of the affordable housing sector, with the ability to analyze financial statements, cash flow projections, project development budgets, and construction budgets; expertise building financial models and projecting operating pro formas
  • Collaborative orientation to meeting goals, with a track record of thriving in a dynamic, team-oriented environment; willing to support colleagues with large and small tasks to meet and exceed goals
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple work streams, effectively prioritize, and manage deadlines
  • Experience managing staff in both direct management and collaborative project-based settings
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and clearly communicate complex issues to a range of audiences
  • Strong detail orientation, committed to a high standard of conscientiousness, especially related to lending implementation and compliance issues
  • Highly engaged, entrepreneurial and creative problem solver exhibiting sound judgment and deep commitment and passion for Forsyth Street’s work

Compensation and Benefits


Salary of $160,000-$180,000 + annual bonus of 10% – 25%


Complete (100%) health insurance coverage, with a selection of health plans

Optional vision and dental coverage

Unrestricted paid time off

401k Profit Sharing Plan

Up to 12 weeks paid family leave

End of year incentive compensation

How to Apply

Qualified Individuals, please apply: