Job: VP Credit (Senior Credit Officer)
Location: Seattle, WA
About Global Partnerships
Global Partnerships (GP) is a nonprofit impact-first investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. Impact-first investing means investing in a way that seeks the greatest possible social impact, while seeking to preserve capital with a modest financial return for investors. GP believes that impact-first investing has an essential role to play in advancing sustainable solutions to poverty for millions of people worldwide.
GP creates and manages impact-first investment funds that make loans and early-stage investments in social enterprises serving people living in poverty in less developed countries, primarily in Latin America and Africa. The GP team is composed of mission-driven, dedicated, high-performing colleagues working primarily from offices in Seattle, WA, Bogotá, Colombia, and Nairobi, Kenya. To learn more about Global Partnerships, please visit our website at www.globalpartnerships.org.
About the Role
The Vice President of Credit will be the Senior Credit Officer (SCO) within GP and will have wide-ranging authority to take measures to ensure that GP and its funds manage credit and related risks responsibly. The SCO will manage a team of Investment Analysis Officers (IAO’s). The team’s primary mission is to ensure adequate credit quality within the loan portfolios, using advanced analysis techniques, proper information systems, and significant real-world credit experience. The team will also proactively lead and manage stressed loan situations with cooperation and assistance from regional Social Investment Team (SIT) leadership and GP’s legal in-house and out-sourced resources.
The SCO will be responsible for designing, revising, and enforcing Credit Policy. Each fund managed by GP Fund Management will have its own Credit Policy, which may be amended from time to time. The SCO is authorized to issue or change the risk ratings on new or renewed loans. This includes both composite ratings and individual risk component ratings. On at least a quarterly basis, the SCO recommends risk rating changes, reserve levels on all loans in the portfolio, and any charge-offs, subject to final approval from the Chief Investment Officer.
As part of the normal monitoring process, the SCO and her/his team will track covenant breaches with existing loan agreements. Waivers and any resetting of covenants must be approved by the SCO. The SCO will review any non-compliance and promptly authorize any actions to be taken, including waivers, formal letters declaring potential events of default, and enforcement of remedies.
In addition to Credit Policy, certain interim internal limits may be placed on the portfolios from time to time, such as limits on agricultural or other sector or initiative exposure, country limits that are tighter than limits imposed by the fund offering documents or by investors, maturity, and duration limits, etc. The SCO will make recommendation on such additional limits. The SCO participates in the Board’s Enterprise Risk Committee meetings.
After they or a member of their team conducts due diligence, regional SIT leaders will request that a loan proposal be put forward for approval by the Investment Committee. The SCO and her/his team will review and revise the proposal and recommend to the CIO the form in which it should be presented to the IC.
- Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills, with the ability to cut through complex issues, design analytical frameworks, identify key takeaways, and deliver actionable insights
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate both within and across teams, and flexibility to work across various projects and functions
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, capable of highly professional engagement with colleagues and partners
- Capacity to build trust-based relationships across cultural, language, and socio-economic differences, including within remote global teams
- Self-motivated work ethic, with track record of proactive engagement and ability to see tasks through to completion independently
- Highly organized and capable of balancing multiple priorities, with immaculate attention to detail and thoughtful knowledge management
- Has a passion for GP’s mission to expand opportunity for people living in poverty
- Embodies GP’s culture: Dedicated, Strategic, Collaborative, Aspirational, Learning, and Excellence
- Several years managing a credit function for a financial institution, impact fund, or related entity, including demonstrated record of overseeing strong credit quality in dynamic economic environments OR at least ten years as a commercial lender with responsibility for the credit quality of a loan portfolio.
- Several years management and supervisory experience, leading a credit administration team or a team of commercial lenders. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate how they have driven results, fostered teamwork, successfully coached less experienced personnel, and created a high performing team.
- Experience in lending or credit administration for portfolios in less developed countries strongly preferred. Cultural awareness of the challenges and opportunities of lending in Latin America, Africa, and Asia will distinguish the successful candidate.
- Experience in lending or credit administration for portfolios consisting of financial institutions, agricultural organizations, and other social enterprises is strongly preferred.
- Proficiency in various software tools used to assist in analyzing and understanding levels and characteristics of credit risk
- Excellent academic track record: undergraduate degree required; MBA, MPA or other relevant master’s degree preferred
- Business language fluency in English required; Spanish strongly preferred and French preferred
How To Apply
Required Application Documents:
- Brief Cover letter
Global Partnerships is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. For priority consideration, please apply by November 4, 2021.
Due to the volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates selected for interviews – no follow-ups, please.
Finalists will be asked to submit references, including name, email, and phone number. All offers will be contingent upon reference checks as well as a background check.
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