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Community Development Consultant

Community Vision, Capital and Consulting
San Francisco, CA
United States

In 1987, Community Vision’s founders had a vision of putting their money to work as a tool for building financially strong and culturally vibrant communities capable of growing their own seeds of self-determination. We promote economic justice and alleviate poverty by increasing the financial resilience and sustainability of community-based nonprofits and enterprises. Through flexible financial products and sound advice, we create opportunities to make socially responsible investments that revitalize Northern and Central California communities. We envision financially strong and culturally vibrant communities where each person has access to decent jobs, homes, health care, education, and economic opportunities. We work in partnership with individuals and organizations who share our vision of sustainable communities and social and economic justice.

Community Vision provides customized technical assistance in two key areas -- financial management and real estate consulting services -- to our core clients, community-based nonprofits that serve communities that lack access to opportunities. In addition to technical
assistance, the consulting program administers grantmaking programs that support real estate projects. The Community Development Consultant will work with Bay Area and/or Central Valley nonprofit organizations to expand their financial management strength and plan and implement their real estate projects.


Community Vision is dedicated to anti-racist practices and to building an anti-racist organization . This includes treating colleagues with respect, supporting the vision of the organization and demonstrating the professional practices of the organization which are; community centered, patient, communication, work-ethic, responsiveness, conscious of difference, humility and curiosity, humor, creativity, practical, accountability and data driven. Staff members attend to the culture of the organization by being ambassadors of Community Vision’s values and participating in internally focused work groups.

Partner Services (60%)

  • Carry a portfolio of 15-20 nonprofit community partners led by and/or supporting communities of color, low-income communities, or other marginalized groups
  • Identify potential partners, develop scopes services, and enter into contracts for consulting services (generally third party funded)
  • Build trust-based, collaborative relationships with partners and their communities by understanding their financial and real estate goals and creatively addressing them with technical support
  • Support real estate projects with needs and feasibility assessments
  • Develop resource networks and navigate partners to these professional services
  • Prepare financial models for programmatic and real estate needs including budgets and forecasting, sources and uses, real estate pro forma and cash flows
  • Assess the capacity of the partners’ financial structure to support project costs, debt and ability to meet requirements of lending institutions
  • Train partner staff and Boards of Directors in fiduciary responsibilities, financial literacy and real estate process
  • Create budget models to calculate the impact of new operating expenses due to new programs, a new facility, and/or new revenue streams

Relationship Development (15%)

  • Represent Community Vision at various community meetings, convenings, and conferences
  • Market Community Vision’s services and products to community-based organizations, municipalities, and other potential partners
  • Manage and maintain positive partners relationships
  • Assist with marketing and recruitment of partners through targeted emails, conference presentations, and networking
  • Program Management & Administration (25%)
  • Conduct on-going relevant “best practices” research and document results for the benefit of consulting partners
  • Work with staff to maintain Community Vision’s professional services referral network
  • Prepare applications and reports to external funders (government agencies, foundations, etc) for third party contracts
  • Develop new consulting and training materials
  • Measure and track results of consulting engagements
  • Think creatively about new ways of working and raise these for discussion
  • Attend staff meetings and participate in internal workgroups both departmentally and organization-wide
  • Work with Community Vision staff to coordinate Consulting services with other organizational programs
  • Offer opportunities for internal colleagues to learn from you about your work


Ideal Qualifications

  • Minimum 4 years in nonprofit finance and accounting and/or commercial real estate
  • Understanding of accounting principles like restricted assets and depreciation
  • Understanding of financial principles like budgeting, debt capacity, and cash flow
  • Understanding of the real estate development process
  • Ability to design and build financial models for organizational management and/or real estate (pro forma)
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Understanding and ability to work with a range of nonprofit partners that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area, Central and Northern California
  • Ability to conduct site visits throughout Northern and Central California
  • Enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, and a passionate commitment to work in community development and the nonprofit sector
  • Commitment to antiracist practices and supporting Community Vision in becoming an antiracist organization
  • Lived experience in various professional roles and various types of nonprofit organizations and structures
  • Experience providing technical assistance and consulting to organizational leaders
  • Experience developing and delivering trainings, webinars and group presentations
  • Enthusiasm for building organizational strength through financial management education
  • Relationships in or authentic understanding of Bay Area communities of color, low-income communities, and/or other marginalized communities

The Community Development Consultant is a full-time exempt position. This position is supervised by the Director of Consulting. The salary for this position is between $82,500-$93,750 depending on experience and if outside of the Bay Area salary will be adjusted based on cost of living of the region. Benefits at Community Vision include; 100% health insurance premium coverage for employees and a contribution towards dependent coverage, dental insurance, long-term disability & life insurance, transportation and cell phone subsidies, employer contributions towards retirement savings, t hree weeks’ vacation, and a commitment to work/life balance with occasional evenings and out of area travel may be necessary. Positions involve regular computer and telephone use plus some minimal lifting. The position can be based at either of Community Vision offices in San Francisco or Oakland. All staff are working remotely until further notice.

Send resume and cover letter via email to [email protected]. Subject line to read: Community Development Consultant. Letters should discuss your interest in the position and in working at Community Vision. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Position is open until filled. For more information on our programs and services, please visit our website at:

Community Vision provides equal employment opportunities to all employees. We realize that the impact of discriminatory policy, institutionalized financial neglect, and systemic racism have resulted in a deep sense of distrust felt among communities on the margins of opportunity, including people of color, folks of various abilities, genders and sexualities, and communities with low financial wealth. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Published on:
October 5, 2020 - 12:07pm
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