;link expr:href='data:blog.url' rel='canonical'/> JOB: MICROENTERPRISE PROGRAM DIRECTOR, HFLS | All Ngo Jobs


Organization Description:
The Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS)
, www.hfls.org , is a unique philanthropic organization that has promoted economic self-sufficiency through interest-free lending since 1892. For some of the earliest borrowers, a loan from HFLS helped establish a pushcart venture that was a family’s way out of poverty. For others, these loans helped avert eviction or bought essential medical care. Although the world has changed, HFLS’ mission has stayed the same. Since its founding, HFLS has provided more than $230 million in loans to almost 870,000 borrowers while maintaining a less than 1 percent loss rate. Lent out again and again, this loan capital has the potential to help an unlimited number of people in perpetuity.
Microenterprise Program:
The goal of our microenterprise program is to help borrowers establish or expand a small business as a path to economic security. We target immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and the ultra-Orthodox community – both among the most economically vulnerable Jewish populations in New York. The program provides culturally sensitive, locally sited core business training, pre- and post-loan technical assistance, and interest-free loans of up to $25,000.

We are seeking a Microenterprise Program Director to manage day-to-day operations of both target population program segments. This position reports to the HFLS Executive Director.

Duties include:
• To be a passionate advocate for the organization and its mission
• Oversee all aspects of the program that include pipeline development, semi-annual basic business courses, monthly and annual reporting, annual program evaluation, and network development
• Evaluate loan applicants to assess suitability for the program and present eligible loan profiles to the Microenterprise Loan Committee on monthly basis
• Manage and support the program team comprised of part-time Coordinators, ensuring that they meet annual performance objectives and succeed in their professional development
• Work closely with the volunteer-based Microenterprise Loan Committee in effectively incorporating their feedback in specified program areas
• Build on existing community partner relationships and develop collaborations with other key stakeholders within the local entrepreneurial ecosystem (e.g., government agencies, financial institutions, other community organizations) to maximize efficient use of resources and increase access to services for our target populations
• Work closely with the HFLS Executive Management team to develop the annual program budget
• Lead the program in continual review and revision of policies, procedures and goals as they relate to the demographics served, community partnerships, staffing, and program results

• Strong desire to work in the field of economic development
• Self-motivated, hard-working leader who is also able to roll up his/her sleeves and do the work
• Must be a skilled professional with 10 years of demonstrated experience in project management, business or financial functions within for-profit or non-profit environments. Some familiarity with aspects of operating a small business is preferred
• Strong skills in cross-cultural communication and team-building
• Solid analytical aptitude and ability to work comfortably with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e., volunteers, community partners, government agencies, and many other)
• Strong organizational and prioritization skills
• Advanced degree in business, public policy, economics or similar field preferred.
• Proficiency in standard Microsoft Office applications

What we offer:
• Exciting opportunity to be a part of a unique Microenterprise program team within dynamic microfinance organization
• Compensation commensurate with experience

To apply please email your resume to Tanya Figelman at tfigelman@hfls.org 


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