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Now Hiring Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Updated: 7 days ago

Wisconsin Native Loan Fund, Inc.
Position Description

Position: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Reports to: Chairman, Board of Directors

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience

Status: Full-time, permanent, salaried position

Location: Based out of Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin/Hybrid-Remote

Deadline: Applications must be received by Dec 9th, 2022


Wisconsin Native Loan Fund, Inc (WINLF) is a certified Native American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Wisconsin, with $6+ million in total assets & a $4+ million-dollar loan portfolio. With support from our investors and partners, our high-impact programs and products broaden access to debt management & credit repair, affordable housing, employment, and quality of life improvements for underserved Native Americans in the State. WINLF’s business lines include consumer and small business lending; community development lines include mortgage and down payment assistance lending. Our support services include financial literacy education and credit counseling. We are a HUD-certified organization.

Position Summary

WINLF is seeking a visionary and strategic leader with a proven ability to manage a dynamic, high-growth, non-profit lending organization capable of leadership, management, strategic planning, fundraising and staff & program development who brings a deep understanding of, and extensive experience working with historically underserved, Native American citizens and communities. The CEO must be able to cultivate relationships with aligned funders and partners (locally and nationally) to ensure financial resiliency and sufficient lending capital to reach the borrowers that we aim to serve. The CEO must continue to build an internal culture of inclusivity, transparency, diversity, and equity and will lead WINLF’s efforts to ensure that current and future activities achieve greater equity and inclusion for the communities we serve.

Key Responsibilities

Vision, Mission, and Organizational Leadership

  • Lead the vision, mission, and day-to-day administration of the organization.

  • Collaborate with Board and staff to develop and execute a strategic plan that builds on WINLF’s past success and evolves to meet the changing needs of the communities we serve using a lens of equity and inclusion. Provide advice on the practicalities of Board/Staff visions.

  • Continue to strengthen, grow & appropriately scale WINLF’s financing activities to increase access to capital and impact for WINLF clients/market.

  • Implement WINLF’s programs/services that carry out the organization’s mission; do on-going evaluation and planning.

  • Foster an organizational culture that encourages diversity, equity, inclusion, and collaboration and effective team dynamics between Board, CEO & staff.

  • Model a shared leadership style and provide coaching, mentoring, and professional development for staff. Delegate management responsibilities effectively.

  • Engage the Board of Directors in regular communication to best leverage their time, expertise, and resources. Lead board development, training, recruitment and advise on internal & external issues that affect the organization. Arrange for and conduct all Board and Staff meetings.

  • Work collaboratively with Tribes, Tribal Enterprises, Tribal Organizations, State & Federal Agencies & historically marginalized populations.

  • Develop and manage relationships with diverse stakeholders, including community members, nonprofits, businesses, and government officials at the local and national level.

  • Serve as the primary public face and spokesperson for the organization, representing WINLF in local and national platforms including traditional and social media and industry events. Enhance WINLF’s image by being active, visible & a positive influence internally and externally to the organization. Work with marketing on development of key external messages and to uphold the brand in all public relations, advertising, fundraising, advertising, and communications.

Fundraising, Revenue Generating, and Partnerships

  • Oversee WINLF’s fundraising strategy to ensure the organization’s financial sustainability and growth in critical lending capital.

  • Serve as a key point-person for the impact investment and philanthropic communities in supporting WINLF and identify new and diverse sources of lending capital and operational funding at the regional and national level. Identify, pursue, and raise investment capital.

  • Advocate for funding and policy initiatives at the local, regional, and national levels.

  • Manage and grow existing relationships with individual, corporate, foundation, and government investors and grant-makers.

  • Cultivate partnership opportunities at the local, regional, and national levels for both co-investment as well as targeted programmatic efforts.

  • Identify grant opportunities and assist with grant application packages. Provide oversight for grant writing analysis & reporting.

Financial Management, Lending and Operational Administration

  • Oversee day-to-day administration & be an effective organizational administrator with timely and accurate information, reports, and preparation. Review and update existing policies & procedures; develop new policies as operations dictates.

  • Ensure WINLF’s financial health and sound financial controls are in place. Set financial priorities accurately within an approved budget to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of the programs and staff within Board guidelines; ensure maximum resource utilization and maintain the organization in a positive financial position.

  • Prepare annual & multi-year budgets; manage annual audit; prepare quarterly, annual & other reports.

  • Oversee all human resource functions – supervision, direction, provide professional development opportunities to staff; manage performance, hear grievances, administer disciplinary actions: supervise and direct all personnel actions. Ensure adherence to personnel policies and procedures.

  • Continually evaluate and enhance the organization’s programs, operations, systems, grants/milestones, and policies to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in delivering WINLF’s various loan products and services.

  • Develop tools, programs to expand lending opportunities and other resources as dictated by strategic planning and operations.

  • Oversee all regulatory and funder compliance, ensuring strong procedures are in place and adhered to. Ensure compliance with grants.

  • Oversee lending operations including loan pipeline, risk management, collections, and financial literacy & education programs. Exercise loan decision-making authority granted in WINLF’s loan policies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, communications, marketing, or other-related field and three (3) years of non-profit, lending, program and/or project management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. (10 years of professional experience may substitute as an equal to an advanced degree).

  • Understanding of, and demonstrated sensitivity to, the challenges faced by low-income individuals seeking to become economically self-sufficient. Demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice. Previous experience working with Tribes, Tribal Organizations or in programs that serve Native American communities.

  • Experience in a senior leadership role as an administrator/senior management at a mission-driven organization with previous supervisory experience & a strong understanding of managing a remote working team.

  • Successful record of leading and inspiring teams, building an inclusive and equitable organizational culture, and developing talent.

  • Adept with finance and lending structures; familiarity with loan management software. Previous lending/banking or work within a CDFI environment experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated record of building strong external relationships and creating collaborations to meet community needs and to attract impact investments from public and private sources.

  • Proven ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders. Skilled organizer able to bring people together across multiple areas of expertise and diverse cultures or mindsets.

  • Strong business, financial analysis skills with experience in underwriting and credit risk analysis.

  • Understanding of relevant federal policy impacting the defined target market.

  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; strong problem-solving and public-speaking skills.

  • High ethical, professional and confidentiality standards

  • Self-motivated with the ability to be productive while working independently. Proven ability to multi-task efficiently & effectively.

  • Knowledge of computers, websites & database systems, and ability to quickly learn to use and adapt to new proprietary software.

Equal Opportunity Employer

WINLF is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and except to the extent required by Native American Preference and Veteran Preference, WINLF prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, and any other basis protected by applicable law. This applies to all employment decisions, including hiring, promotion, termination, and other matters affecting terms and conditions of employment.

WINLF is a drug-free work environment. A pre-employment drug testing & a criminal background check may be required.

Compensation & Hiring Requirements

WINLF provides competitive pay, a generous benefits package, and a supportive environment where you will be rewarded for your contribution to our success. Salary is negotiable and based on experience.

Travel will be required in the U.S.; applicant must have & maintain a valid driver’s license and auto insurance coverage.

Benefit Package includes health, dental and vision insurance; paid holidays & paid time off; 401k with a 3% employer match.

To Apply (position open until filled):

Please submit the following application package to

  • A cover letter explaining how your skills, experience and interests fit this position.

  • Resume with three (3) professional references.

  • Salary requirements

  • Other Employment Conditions

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