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Director of National Lending

212 3rd Ave N Ste 310, Minneapolis

Position Profile: Director of National Lending- First Children’s Finance

kp prime search, the retained search division of kpCompanies is leading the search for a business development, financial and lending expert with exceptional relationship building abilities to become the Director of National Lending for First Children’s Finance. The Director will possess a deep commitment and understanding of designing  and the  implementation of new and existing financial products and services intended specifically for small child care businesses in under-served and under-banked communities.  The ideal candidate will have aProven track record of development and implementation of fundraising strategies, including experience with cultivating relationships with private, corporate, public funders, and government. 

THE ORGANIZATION:  First Children's Finance

The mission of First Children’s Finance (FCF) is to grow the supply and business sustainability of excellent child care. Founded in 1991, FCF provides business and financial assistance to business owners and leaders in the field of Early Care and Education (ECE). To achieve our goals, FCF works on three levels: Individual Business Level, Community Level, and Systems Level. In addition, FCF works at the intersection of child care and economic development and promotes private sector engagement and investment in the business of child care.

FCF is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Minneapolis that provides business development programs and/or financing to ECE providers in multiple states, with regional offices in three: Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan.



The Director of National Lending’s role is a strategic one – he/she/they will lead the First Children’s Finance lending team in dramatically growing First Children’s Finance’s access-to-capital program across the breadth of geographic markets First Children’s Finance serves. The Director will build on the organization’s historical success in providing access to capital for child care entrepreneurs.

Reporting to the CEO, the Director will provide leadership to the design and implementation of new and existing financial products and services intended specifically for small childcare businesses.

The Director will align access to capital programs with First Children’s Finance’s business development programs, targeting those childcare businesses in under-served and under-banked communities.



  • Promote FCF’s national presence as a childcare lending expert.

  • Create, market, and implement new initiatives that impact under-served communities. 

  • Innovate new products and expand markets to grow lending deployment.

  • Lead the capitalization effort for the lending program and participate in enterprise level funding efforts. 

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with government agencies, banks, economic development organizations, CDFI’s and other external partners to continuously support and invest in FCF

  • Work with other FCF staff on local, state and national policies and systems that increase loan program activity

  • Serve as key member of FCF Leadership Team

  • Supervise loan program staff and grow the team as appropriate. 



  • Minimum of 5 years executive management, preferably in a nonprofit or CDFI organization 

  • Proven track record of development and implementation of fundraising strategies, including experience with cultivating relationships with private, corporate, public funders, and government.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage new program development

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations in a variety of settings


Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in the CDFI or related industry including – underwriting, financial analysis, funding of low-income communities, and community development activities

  • Experience with real estate development and/or community economic development

  • Experience in the early care and education industry

  • Experience starting or managing programs across multiple states

  • Experience with SBA Community Advantage and Microloan programs


Skills/Ability to:

  • Represent First Children’s Finance positively at all times, and position First Children’s Finance as a transformative thought leader in the CDFI market space

  • Work collaboratively with clients, systems partners, staff, and stakeholders

  • Communicate effectively 

  • Read, interpret, and analyze financial information 

  • Work with minimal supervision while also being a collaborative and active participant on a larger a team


Personal Attributes:

This position requires a leader who is:

  • A strategic thinker, detailed planner, and an effective implementer

  • Creative, innovative, flexible, and entrepreneurial

  • Energetic, enthusiastic and embraces a positive attitude

  • Self-motivated

  • Collaborative 

  • Skilled in building innovative products and institutional infrastructure 

  • A systems thinker who is able to maintain a big-picture focus while attending to detail



A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in business, organization development, planning, communications, finance, or a related field is required



Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations no later than 9:00pm on Thursday, June 3, 2021.  You can apply by:

  1. Go to -> https://kprecruiting.catsone.com/careers/28261-General/jobs/14259149-Director-of-National-Lending/


All submissions shall be received in strictest confidence.  Both kpCompanies and First Children's Finance are equal opportunity employers.

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