Craft 3 Hiring for an Indian Country Regional Strategist

Date: March 2018
Job Title: Indian Country Regional Strategist
Reports To: Chief Lending and Credit Officer
Location: All Craft3 Office Locations: WA and OR
FLSA Status: Exempt
Grade: 11 – 15

 

CRAFT3 BACKGROUND
Craft3 is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission to
strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. We do
this by providing loans and assistance to entrepreneurs, non-profits, individuals and others, including
those who don’t normally have access to financing. We then complement these financial resources
with our expertise, personal connections and other advocacy for our clients. Learn more at
www.craft3.org and www.craft3.org/videos.

 

POSITION PURPOSE
Since inception, Craft3 has made investments in Indian Country. Craft3’s portfolio includes loans to
individually-owned Native businesses, Tribal Enterprises, Tribal Governments and nonprofit
organizations. A current objective is to deepen our relationships with Tribal governments in Oregon
and Washington and assist in the development of catalytic projects. To successfully achieve this we
seek to identify an individual with extensive experience at the Tribal government level who can build
trust and navigate the politics and interdepartmental coordination required to successfully complete
projects. This individual will also build relationships with partner groups to facilitate project
development and investment.

The Regional Strategist (RS) leads the execution of Craft3’s strategy in Indian Country throughout
Oregon and Washington. The RS is responsible for building regional networks, raising the visibility
of Craft3 products and services in Indian Country, generating leads for new mission-based business
and community loans, and finding and supporting the development of “catalytic” projects in which
Craft3 can invest. The RS will work with Craft3’s Commercial Lending Team to source, underwrite
and close 4 to 6 new loans and $4 million annually in Indian Country in Oregon and Washington that will ramp up over three years to approximately $8 million annually. The initial focus of lending will be community facilities projects under development by Tribal government or organizations. This
includes essential services such as healthcare, wellness and education facilities and other eligible
infrastructure projects. Additional focus includes continuing our work with Native CDFIs in the
region and small/medium Native businesses (not micro).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include some or all of the following and
are not intended to be all-inclusive. Craft3 reserves the right to change, add or delete
responsibilities and duties as seen fit. An employee’s specific job duties, priorities and
performance expectations are detailed in his/her individual performance plan.
Strategy Execution
• Work with senior Craft3 staff to develop/amend, execute and evaluate a strategy on locating and
investing in “catalytic” opportunities in Indian Country of Oregon and Washington. Strategy
includes both place related and sector related tactics.
• Identify and collaborate with leaders and emerging leaders who are working on innovative
economic and community initiatives that align with Craft3’s strategy. Specific emphasis will be
placed on deploying USDA Community Facilities Relending Program resources

• Implement a targeted and sustained effort at building Tribal government relationships.

• Develop and strengthen relationships with leadership of Native CDFIs that support diverse small
businesses in Native communities.
• Develop and/or utilize local knowledge of the following sectors: food and agriculture, clean
energy and community facilities.
• Participate in local resource development and grant writing that supports strategy in Indian
Country in the region.
Commercial Lending Support
• Prospect for business and community loan opportunities from multiple sources within Indian
Country for both catalytic investments and small business loans. Determine the level of
complexity, mission and strategy fit, and prospect’s readiness to borrow. Meet prospective
borrowers and collect information. Work with Craft3 Commercial Lending staff to gather the
full application and support the evaluation of loan requests with emphasis on evaluating
character and management capacity of the application, and the negotiation of loan terms and
conditions. Manage any contractual relationships of Craft3 specific to consultants working on
pre-development activities regarding community facilities in Indian Country.
• Work with Craft3’s Commercial Lending Team to source, underwrite and close 4 to 6 new loans
and $4 million annually in Indian Country in Oregon and Washington that will ramp up over three
years to approximately $8 million annually.
• Provide informal consulting to clients regarding facilities project plans, business plans,
projections and business practices. Refer customers to effective technical assistance providers
who will help prospects with basic pre-application work such as community facilities feasibility
and pre-development and business plan review and feedback.
• Work with Native CDFIs and provide assistance that expands capacity for growth.
• Support monitoring outstanding borrowers for conformance with loan conditions, progress in
meeting business goals, and overall business performance. Reports all emerging problem loans
to management when weaknesses are detected.
Regional Visibility
• Work with Craft3’s Brand and Communications team and Senior Management to coordinate
strategy and elevate Craft3’s visibility in Indian Country and the broader region.
• Present at and participate in community events and specific regional Indian Country events that
provide outreach opportunities, as well as understanding of situations that may affect those
communities. This will necessitate regular travel throughout the region.
• Contributes to the body of knowledge, sharing best practices and suggesting process
improvement ideas.
Company Culture and Brand Management
• Support the organization’s All Team Performance Standards: Ownership, Respect and
Flexibility.
• Demonstrate stewardship for the Craft3 Brand.
• Participates fully with all members of the Craft3 team. Effectively uses technology tools to
perform required duties.
• Participates in cross-department/cross-functional teams as assigned to develop outreach strategy
teams around sectors.

AUTHORITIES
Portfolio Management
• Interact with a portfolio of clients and outstanding loans. This portfolio will include loan relationships initiated by the RS and also other relationships that are originated by other staff.

• Manage any contractual relationships of Craft3 specific to consultants working in Indian
Country.

• Represent Craft3 in Indian Country, community and regional events.

POSITION SCOPE – Direct Reports – None
POSITION SCOPE – Financial Impact – Position is essential to ensuring loan compliance and
payment performance on the part of all Craft3 borrowers.

 

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.

TYPICAL PROBLEM SOLVING
Applies common sense understanding to carry out detailed and complicated written or oral
instructions. Deals with problems involving many variables in sometimes difficult and stressful
situations. Examples include: dealing with sometimes irate and impatient individuals, and managing
many simultaneous high priority projects.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AND WORK REQUIREMENTS
A Bachelor’s Degree, with a minimum of three years previous community development, community
development lending, financial, or similar experiences required; or equivalent combination of
education and experience. Previous experience working in Indian Country with Tribal government or corporations is highly desired. Experience in community facilities pre-development and development desired.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Facilitate partner profiling, prepare and deliver custom corporate materials to our customers’
communities;
• Fluency in a second language is desirable. Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or
unexpected events;
• Attention to detail, ability to balance multiple work assignments;
• Organized work habits; ability to work independently;
• Proficiency with major software programs: e.g. Contact Management Systems, MS Office Suite.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
None specified

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee
encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in
the work environment is usually low to moderate as found in typical office environments.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made
to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Some travel to company events and branch offices will be required.

A level of travel is to be expected with job responsibilities covering a geographic area that
includes the States of Oregon and Washington.

How to Apply
Application deadline is Friday, April 20, 2018
Complete the application online at www.Craft3.org/Careers/Jobs
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https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=craft3&jobId=125984&lang=en_US

&source=CC3

Craft3 is an equal opportunity employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is looking for an Environmental Education Intern

Intern Project Description: Summer Environmental Education Intern
March 2018

The Estuary Partnership internship program helps college students and recent graduates meet education objectives in their degree programs, bring new perspectives to our work, and gain hands-on knowledge and skills to advance their career goals. Interns work in a variety of locations throughout the lower 146 miles of the Columbia River to help deliver the Estuary Partnership’s summer on-water community education program. We place a priority on applications from students who come from or have experience with diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and low-income communities.

Education Objectives
1. Gain hands-on experience in environmental education and delivering programs to youth and community members in outdoor and on-water settings.
2. Gain knowledge and experience in on-water safety and canoe paddling.
3. Gain experience researching and developing science curricula for K – 6 students.
4. Gain knowledge about the local lower Columbia River system, including native plants, watershed ecology, natural history, wildlife, and water quality.

Description of Work
• Deliver Summer On-Water Community Education Program. The Education Intern will assist with the delivery of our summer on-water community education program to help youth and adults access the outdoors and learn about local ecology. The program focuses on serving diverse populations, including underserved communities, communities of color, and low-income communities, and this year through a Metro Central Enhancement Grant the Metro Central target area (see map). The Education Intern will help lead on-water canoe trips with a focus on plants, watershed ecology, natural history, sustainable development, wildlife, and water quality. Trips also include “Paddle and Pull” events that involve both an on-water paddle and a habitat restoration project at a local natural area.
• Water Safety Training. The Education Intern will participate in a one-day training on canoe safety and water rescue through Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe provided by the Estuary Partnership, free of charge.
• Partnership Development and Needs Assessment. The Education Intern will help identify potential partners serving communities of color and assess needs and barriers to accessing local natural areas and outdoor education opportunities.
• Develop Classroom and Field Programs. The Education Intern will help refine or develop school year science-based classroom and field programs for elementary and middle school students, with a focus on creating culturally relevant and responsive curricula.

Duration and Time Commitment: The internship will start June 25, 2018 and conclude by August 16, 2017, not to exceed 210 hours of work, including training. The average workweek is 21 hours per week and a typical work schedule is TuesdayWednesday, and Thursday, approximately 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with occasional evening and weekends.

Compensation: $15.00 per hour

Helpful Skills and Experience
• Experience or course work in education, experiential education, natural resource or watershed management, water quality, land use, marine sciences, biology, habitat conservation, or related field.
• Comfortable working with groups of people in a leadership role.
• Comfortable working as part of a team.
• Comfortable working outdoors, particularly on-water and in inclement weather.
• Experience working with diverse populations and underserved communities preferred.
• Fluency in Spanish desired.

Required Education
• Be a college student and have completed at least one year of college or a recent graduate.
• Have completed coursework in education or a science-related discipline, such as natural resource or watershed management, water quality, land use, marine sciences, biology, or habitat conservation.

Persons of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBT people are encouraged to apply. The Estuary Partnership values differences and a racially diverse and culturally inclusive organization.

The Estuary Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, age, disability, physical appearance or genetic information, cultural, socio-economic status, military or veteran status. The Estuary Partnership is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and values the hiring of protected veterans or individuals with veteran status.

Geographic Priority: Funding for the Summer Environmental Education Intern comes from a Metro Community Enhancement Grant. These grants are designed to benefit the neighborhoods and residents of Forest Park, Cathedral Park and Linnton, the Northwest District Association and the Northwest Industrial Area, and an area directly adjacent to the St. Johns Bridge. Applicants who live within this geography, particularly people of color, will be prioritized during the hiring process.

To Apply
Please visit http://www.estuarypartnership.org/summer-education-interns-application-form to fill out the online application form and submit a single PDF file that contains a cover letter, resume, responses to application questions, and a letter of recommendation from at least one professor or instructor (current students) or two professional references (graduates).

The cover letter should describe your qualifications, your experience working with diverse populations and underserved communities, and why you want this internship.

Application Deadline: Online applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Mercatus NTXN Event

Join Mercatus in story and dialogue, exploring the intersections of race and gender in Portland’s business community. We have a great line up of storytellers from the Mercatus Collective, women entrepreneurs of color including the amazing:

  • T Ngu, owner of Project Object
  • Anna Hutson of Avenue Agency
  • Camila Araya and Daniela del Mar, Letra Cheuca
  • and more storytellers to be announced.

Jordan Hayles, owner and founder of Radical Brand Lab and founder of the start up Period Petty will lead our conversation.

Mercatus NTXN is meant to bring women of color together to share stories of inspiration and celebrate each other.

Light refreshments, sweet treats, and savory snacks will be served.

Tickets available.

DATE AND TIME

Tue, March 20, 2018

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

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RFQ ODOT Right-of-way

Closing Date & Time
03/31/2020 5:00 PM
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT/Agency), Office of Procurement (OPO) is implementing a Right-of-Way (ROW) Appraisal Services Program for certified Appraisers desiring to do business with ODOT. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is intended to establish a list of pre-qualified Consultants to provide professional and technical appraisal services, prior to the actual need for services.
If your firm is interested in this opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. First, read over the opportunity description. If it looks like something your firm can bid on, you can head to ORPIN to express interest and get the full set of bid documents. Here’s how you do that.
  1. First, log into ORPIN here. If you’re not already in ORPIN, you’ll need to register your firm.
  2. Once you’re logged into ORPIN, click the “Browse Opportunities” link, and click “Advanced Search”. Search for this opportunity number: 730-00074-13
  3. Use ORPIN to express interest in the opportunity. You’ll receive an email confirming your interest. You’ll also receive future notices about the opportunity.

RFQ: Broadway Corridor Development Planning Advisory Services and Redevelopment of the USPS Property

Completed applications due on
Friday, February 9, 2018, 5 PM

Through the release of this RFQ, Prosper Portland takes a significant step forward toward the realization of an urban development project which will permanently change Portland’s downtown landscape, knit the city together, attract regional, national and international media attention, and catalyze significant private investments.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
Short-listed respondents will be invited to provide presentations in a public forum on the evening of March 21, 2018. Additional information and instructions for the public forum will be provided to the short-listed respondents in advance.

For more information, please view Prosper’s website here.

Business Oregon Releases Five Year Strategic Plan

Business Oregon released a strategic plan that maps out priorities, strategies, and actions for the state of Oregon’s economic development agency over the next five years.

The plan identifies the most pressing economic development challenges confronting the state of Oregon, from both quantitative analysis and qualitative perspectives of stakeholders. The resulting priorities and strategies developed specifically address the shifting economic landscape, changing demographics, and unique strengths of Oregon’s industries, businesses, and entrepreneurs.

Priorities identified in the plan are:

  1. Innovate Oregon’s Economy
  2. Grow Small- and Middle-market Companies
  3. Cultivate Rural Economic Stability
  4. Advance Economic Opportunity for Underrepresented People
  5. Ensure an Inclusive, Transparent, and Fiscally Healthy Agency

To read the full report click here.

Greater Portland’s Training and Scholarship Applications Due on 12/15/17

Growing Small Businesses Globally

Greater Portland Inc expects to offer 15 scholarships to help cover training and travel expenses for entrepreneurs who want to be well prepared for international sales. As part of this program, Greater Portland will work with each firm to develop a customized program that meets the needs of each potential exporter preparing for international sales.

Program FAQs

Who can apply for this training scholarship?

Entrepreneurs interested in reaching new customers through international sales with an existing business in the Greater Portland region should complete the scholarship form. Sign up here.

What will I learn from export training?

This customized spectrum of services will offer you a range of export focused trainings. You only need to take the trainings that are relevant to you.  Trainings themes include export finance, lead prospecting, exporting and shipping, and market analysis.

What happens if I don’t complete a training?

We will only cover 50% of the cost of the training and advising you complete. If you don’t complete a training, we can’t reimburse you.

What if I already export to other international markets?

That’s fine. We’d still love to help you access a new market. Sign up.

Can I substitute training or course work from another service provider?

Yes, but we can only cover training costs when you work with one of our partners (Global Trade Center, SBDC, SBA, Business Oregon or U.S. Commercial Service) listed in the training passport book we give you.

Do I have to do the full Export Pathways training (all seven steps)?

Probably not. It depends upon what the export readiness assessment says. The export readiness assessment is the first step in the process, after you are notified of your scholarship.

How long does each training last?

It depends. Several are 2 hour one-one-one meetings. One is a 30 hour class. And one training option varies based upon how many scholarships we award.

Where does the training scholarship money come from?

Greater Portland Inc was awarded grant funding from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for this program?

If you’re interested in reaching new customers in international markets, you’re a good candidate for this export training scholarship.

Why is Greater Portland Inc organizing this program?

Greater Portland Inc is a public-private partnership working as a regional economic development entity. We want to see firms in the Portland metro region succeed by accessing new overseas markets – it’s good for the economy.

RFQ: Broadway Corridor Development Planning Advisory Services and Redevelopment of the USPS Property

Through the release of this RFQ, Prosper Portland takes a significant step forward toward the realization of an urban development project which will permanently change Portland’s downtown landscape, knit the city together, attract regional, national and international media attention, and catalyze significant private investments.

INFORMATIONAL PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING
An optional informational pre-proposal meeting will be held at the office of Prosper Portland on December 6, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Contact Sarah Harpole if you are interested in attending.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
Short-listed respondents will be invited to provide presentations in a public forum on the evening of February 27, 2018. Additional information and instructions for the public forum will be provided to the short-listed respondents in advance.
Closes: Friday, January 19, 2018, 5 PM

RFQ Prosper Portland for On Call Engineering Services

Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Prosper Portland is requesting statements of qualifications for the provision of Engineering Services  to be provided on an as-needed basis. Prosper Portland may award one or more contracts from this RFQ.

Please direct all questions about this solicitation to Kristy Branson at 503-823-3688, bransonk@prosperportland.us

or Breanna Rodriquez at 503-823-3199, rodriquezb@prosperportland.us

Closes: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2 PM

ECOTRUST INDIGENOUS FELLOW DUE 11/30

Ecotrust invites American Indian community members who are either currently enrolled students, recent graduates, or have commensurate work experience to apply for the 2017-2018 Ecotrust Indigenous Fellowship opportunity.

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.

Responsibilities:

During a 4 to 6-month time period, the Fellow will participate in a career development experience that aligns with one or more of Ecotrust’s program (Forestry, Food & Farms, Fisheries, Knowledge Systems) and/or functional teams (Communications, Finance/Operations, Development) based on the Fellow’s academic background and professional interests. They will have an opportunity to work with Ecotrust to catalyze a shift toward more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems. The program will support the Fellow to participate through either a current project at Ecotrust (see examples below) or an Ecotrust-aligned project initiated by the Fellow. If you are interested in conducting an independent project, please write a brief description or project proposal and attach it with your application.

The Fellow will be supported and mentored throughout the program by an Ecotrust Program Director and the Fellowship Program Coordinator in activities such as developing a work plan, technical assistance, project-related questions and approaches, and the Fellow’s professional development and career goals.

Possible projects:

  • Green Workforce Development. The Green Workforce Collaborative (GWC), which includes Ecotrust and several community partners, identifies and develops job opportunities and career pathways in environmental fields for young Black and Native American adults in the greater Portland metropolitan area, focusing on four major industries: Deconstruction, Recycling/Waste Management, Green Infrastructure/Urban Forestry, and Food Systems. The Fellow will help liaise with the Native community, recruit participants, support curriculum design, and instruct/mentor participants.
  • The Redd, an initiative of Ecotrust, is a working hub for the regional food system to create a different kind of food economy. The Redd supports five anchor tenants who operate out of each space in the building (3 production kitchens, one office, a warehouse with frozen and cold storage and a co-working office upstairs). Each anchor tenant subleases out to 80+ subtenants who use the space in various forms (from storage to production to office and distribution). The Fellow would gather, track and report data from The Redd that revolves around job creation, environmental stewardship, human health, and equitable food access and work with Redd Operations Manager to formalize a Redd Metrics Reporting structure and system to implement on a regular basis.
  • Alaska Native app development. In partnership with the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership in SE Alaska, Ecotrust developed a mobile web-based tool for communication, collaboration, and interaction between landowners/managers and the community of Hoonah to collaborate on decisions about land and watershed management. The Fellow would serve as a community liaison to build the tool’s user base. The liaison will champion the tool and promote its use while providing critical feedback for iterating and improving it.
  • Fisheries Program Development in Alaska. Ecotrust is currently in the process of revitalizing both its fisheries program and Alaska-focused efforts with the hiring of a new Fisheries Program Director based in Anchorage. The Fellow would work hand-in-hand with the Fisheries Program Director to assess the landscape and develop partnerships with fishing organizations, Tribes, scientists, fishery managers and other stakeholders who can help inform the direction of the program. Areas for consideration include ownership/access to fisheries, climate change and fisheries, innovative seafood marketing opportunities (i.e. food hubs and community supported fisheries), underutilized or abandoned fishing gear, and seafood processing infrastructure.
  • Tribal Forestry: Local and Regional Economic and Workforce Development. Ecotrust’s Forests & Ecosystem Service’s team is working in partnership with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to begin ecological forest management in diverse forest conditions across the Swinomish Reservation. Potential Fellow activities could be tailored based on experience and interest to include, for example: scoping of a program to meet local firewood needs entirely for Swinomish forestland; participation in planning, outreach, and engagement for FireWise community activities; exploration of the potential for apprenticeship and work-study options to train and recruit the next generation of tribal forest stewards; or field-based involvement in forest operations, inventory, and monitoring activities. A broader project in collaboration with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and Intertribal Timber Council is also an option researching the needs and opportunities for regional workforce development in tribal natural resource management.

How To Apply:

Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available above as a PDF or Word DOC) and forward with a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to:  with this position’s title in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above. Your cover letter should clearly explain how your skills, experience, and interests fit this position.

Additional Information:

The base salary for the Fellowship is contingent on the duration of the project, however salary range will be between $3,000 and $3,500 per month. Travel funds up to $3,000 will be provided for the Fellow’s professional development, such as conferences and meetings or other events and trainings related to specific project work and/or subject matter.

This is a full-time position. Ecotrust offers a full benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and disability coverage.