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Program Specialist

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Program Specialist

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SAN ANTONIO Texas 78238-2428

Program Specialist

About Us:

The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) strengthens the economy by advancing economic mobility for Latino communities. NALCAB is the hub of a national network of more than 190+ mission-driven organizations that are anchor institutions in geographically and ethnically diverse Latino communities in 45 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. Members of the NALCAB Network invest in their communities by building affordable housing, addressing gentrification, supporting small business growth, and providing financial counseling on issues such as credit building and homeownership. As a grant maker and US Treasury certified CDFI lender with offices in San Antonio and Washington DC, NALCAB supports the work of its member network with capacity building resources, capital and policy advocacy, and access to funding and technical assistance. NALCAB’s work advances economic equity and inclusivity for low- and moderate-income people.

Your Role:

As the Program Specialist, you will be responsible for performing professional level work to manage grant programs created to build assets in Latino communities across the country. We will rely on you to focus on building the assets of local communities through programs that support entrepreneurship and small business development, affordable housing and financial capability.

Strong writing, project management and critical thinking skills as well as an exceptional attention to detail are essential to meet the expectations of the position. In addition, the Program Specialist contributes to the management of project budgets.

Don’t be discouraged to apply if you don’t meet every requirement. Research has shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs if they don’t meet every requirement. At NALCAB we are committed to building an improved diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification listed in this job description. You may be the candidate for this role.

Key Responsibilities and Duties as the Program Specialist:

·       Plan, organize, and manage the planning, organizing and managing the efficient delivery of an integrated program of grant-making, technical assistance and training for non-profit organizations to support, strengthen and expand their asset building programs, primarily related to small business development and investment

·       Assist member organizations by helping to strengthen and grow their programs, apply for funding, develop peer-to-peer networks, and identify best practices

·       Assist with and manage grant-making activities including conducting outreach, reviewing grant applications and monitoring grantees, and documenting outcomes and compliance with contractual obligations

·       Organize and coordinate events, meetings, webinars, site visits, conference calls and trainings with partners, consultants, member organizations and funders

·       Assist with and manage project budgets

·       Contribute to written reports and grant applications, including analysis of data

·       Coordinate and facilitate collaborative efforts among multiple nonprofit organizations across multiple markets, including calls, meetings events and trainings

·       Participate in public presentations, external meetings and community engagement sessions

·       Support NALCAB’s federal technical assistance and capacity building work in rural communities and with nonprofit organizations, cities, states and counties related to economic development, small business development and affordable housing programs/projects

·       Support and participate in site visits

·       Conduct self-learning and research of the asset building field, including small business, lending, and economic data

·       Contribute to NALCAB’s positive office culture by exemplifying values of Familia – Integrity – Cultural Competence – Collaboration – Innovation

·       Other duties as assigned

·       Some travel required


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Small business technical assistance and lending knowledge strongly preferred
  • Experience in community economic development and asset building
  • Proven cultural competency and ability to work in culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse environments
  • Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency in facilitating and conducting meetings in-person and via virtual meeting platforms
  • Strong computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and database programs (Microsoft Office software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Understand and interpret economic data
  • Ability to work independently within a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university; or five (5) or more years’ related experience
  • Knowledge of small business development strategies, urban planning, housing, economic or community development related data
  • Knowledge of techniques for providing technical assistance and training to nonprofits
  • Previous experience in non-profit sector or working with community organizations
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish – strongly preferred)

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Core business hours are 8:30AM to 5:00PM CT whether working remotely or in the office

Position Type

Full – Time


$41,400-$50,600 commensurate on education and qualifications

Washington, DC employee salaries are paid at a 15% differential

Location of Employment

Hybrid: San Antonio, Texas or Washington, DC

EEO Category


Exempt Status



Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and extensive benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401K with company match, and many other benefits as well as future growth opportunities within the organization.

NALCAB is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and staff without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NALCAB believes that diversity and inclusion is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.