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Cleveland Neighborhood Progress - Senior Vice President of CDC Advancement and Resilience

October 29, 2021

Job Description
Senior Vice President of CDC Advancement & Resilience

CNP was founded in 1988 as Neighborhood Progress Inc. to serve the unique role of a local community development funding and support intermediary for community development corporations (CDCs), and it is a vital partner to Cleveland's community revitalization efforts. In 1991 and 1992, the New Village Corporation (NVC) and Village Capital Corporation (VCC) subsidiaries, respectively, were established to further real estate development and lending in the neighborhoods. While VCC, a Community Development Finance Institution, was initially developed to support the CDC ecosystem, its borrower base has expanded to include private developers as well. In 2013, Neighborhood Progress Inc. merged with the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition, an advocacy and trade organization for the CDCs, and LiveCLEVELAND!, an organization focused on marketing Cleveland's neighborhoods, to form Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

Near the end of 2021, CNP completed a strategic plan that refocused its efforts on the health of CDCs. The new mission is to foster the equitable revitalization of neighborhoods throughout Cleveland by strengthening the community development ecosystem.

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Reports to: Chief of Staff and Operations; dotted line to CEO & President

CNP recognizes that Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are the primary vehicle to achieve equitable neighborhood revitalization in Cleveland because they are on the ground working directly with residents and businesses. Therefore, the core work of CNP must be to realize the Strategic Plan’s first goal: ensuring that “CDCs have access to the financial resources, talent, industry expertise and technical assistance they need to effectively serve their neighborhoods, continuously improve and sustain operations over time.”
Building and leading the new team, which is at the core of CNP’s strategic plan, will be the principal charge of a Senior Vice President of CDC Advancement & Resilience. To better connect with CDCs and understand their challenges, the SVP of Advancement & Resilience will hire a new team of CDC Relationship Managers (CDCRMs) to work directly with assigned portfolios of CDCs. The CDCRMs will act as consultants to the CDCs they support, determining what types of capacity-building support they require and then developing plans that connect CDCs with required resources, both at CNP and elsewhere.

Full Description of Position

Targeted timing is to complete the search by the end of 2022
Please send a cover letter with your expression of interest and resume to Tania Menesse, with a copy to Toni White,

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