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Community Business Partnership

Community Business Partnership (CBP), headquartered in Springfield, VA, is a 501©3 organization whose mission is to help start and grow small businesses in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas. The organization provides affordable access to capital to underserved and underbanked micro and small business owners in its approved lending market.

The organization is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) via the U.S. Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund. A certified CDFI is a specialized financial institution that works in target market niches that are underserved by traditional financing institutions. CBP is also an approved U.S. Small Business Administration Intermediary Microlender and a Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development lending provider. The organization operates its lending operations through its Business Finance Center (BFC).

CBP is a sponsored program of Mason Enterprise at George Mason University, and as such, provides clients access to business development support services such as training, one-on-one counseling, in-house and virtual incubation services, and other opportunities.

Open Positions

Lending Administrative Specialist

CBP is currently seeking a Lending Administrative Specialist to help support the Business Finance Center (BFC) and the organization’s increased lending operations. The successful candidate will also assist in improving the applicants and borrowers’ engagement process as part of the lending team.

This position reports to the leadership of the Business Finance Center at Community Business Partnership. The Loan Administrative Specialist will work with other CBP programs and staff as needed to meet the overall CBP objectives and serve the needs of the low-income, socially disadvantaged community we serve.

Responsibilities:

ALL duties are to be performed as directed by the BFC leadership, authorized by CBP management, and in accordance with the organization’s lending policies along with applicable funding source requirements:

  • Perform and supports the monthly/bi-monthly loan billing processes;
  • Assist the BFC leadership with maintaining and monitoring of delinquent loan portfolio management;
  • Process delinquency notices and communicate with delinquent borrowers;
  • Supports loan prospects and new loan applicants by providing guidance and assistance during the pre-application and application period, as needed;
  • Assist with loan origination in accordance with established loan funds, loan policies, and procedures;
  • Assist in the preparation of approved loan funding packages and communicate with qualified borrowers, as required;
  • Assist with maintaining funding database(s);
  • Monitors adherence to all organizational and loan policies and procedures;
  • Assist and support reporting requirements as spelled out in contracts and grant agreements;
  • Data entry processing as required by each job function;
  • Effective and timely communication; and
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned.
Required Qualifications / Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • The position of Loan Administrative Specialist, Business Finance Center, requires loan underwriting procedural experience and an understanding of small business;
  • Two years minimum loan underwriting or support experience;
  • Two years of administrative professional office support experience;
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality;
  • Knowledge of funding principles, methods, procedures and resources;
  • Proficiency with MS Office software, Lending Software/Applications experience;
  • Detail oriented and exceptional attention to detail;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills;
  • Ability to assess priorities, organize, and operate in a flexible manner;
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict deadlines;
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • Works well with a team and is flexible to meet the needs of the organization.
 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • The ideal candidate will have small business knowledge;
  • Familiarity and experience with business and financing issues a plus;
  • Experience working with community-based programs or serving in community-based programs is preferred;
  • Non-profit lending experience a plus;
  • Business experience a plus; and
  • Public speaking skills a plus.
 
*Must be able to pass a background check to work on our federal lending programs including SBA.
 
 

Accounting Specialist

CBP is seeking a part time Accounting Specialist (maximum 29 hours per week) to support the organization’s overall financial management and its lending operations. The successful candidate will be responsible for the daily financial activities of the CBP. The activities will include QuickBooks data entries and maintenance, account reconciliations, financial reporting, grant financial management, and compliance support. This role will also include assisting with loan funding disbursements and monthly loan billing as part of the internal operations for smooth loan closings, repayments, and all applicable payment management including collections.

Responsibilities:

Accounts Receivable Management:

  • Prepare invoices as needed and analyze accounts receivable to determine discrepancies;
  • Prepare bank deposits, complete deposit slips, and go to the bank to make deposits, as needed;
  • Record cash receipts in financial accounting system;
  • Conduct monthly analysis of CBP’s revenue;
  • Maintain an accurate list of all revenue on a monthly and quarterly basis;
  • Provide an AR report to the CBP management on a monthly, quarterly, and as needed basis;
  • Allocate salaries per George Mason University and as directed; and
  • Work with bank/financial institution relating to all accounts.

Accounts Payable Management:

  • Process CBP’s bills in a timely manner by making payments on or before due dates;
  • Process check requests in a timely manner and upon receipt of all appropriate documents;
  • Process all invoices, reimbursements, and check requests received from vendors and internal parties in a timely manner;
  • Review all invoices for appropriate documentation and approval prior to payment;
  • Review all employee expense reimbursement reports prior to payment;
  • Ensure timely and accurate posting of accounts payable to the general ledger;
  • Charge expenses to accounts and cost centers by analyzing invoice/expense reports;
  • Maintain accurate accounts payable files and records (both digital and physical);
  • Maintain an accurate list of all expenses on a monthly and quarterly basis;
  • File all accounting records in a secure and timely manner;
  • Answer any questions staff may have regarding accounts receivable or payable;
  • Prepare 1099’s for vendors at the end of the calendar year;
  • Maintain accurate vendor information within the accounting system to add, inactivate, and modify information as needed;
  • Provide an AP report to the CBP management on a monthly, quarterly, and as needed basis; and
  • Notify CBP’s management of any issues relating to stop-payments, delinquencies, or other applicable payment issues.

Credit Card Management:

  • Process credit card payments monthly and in a timely manner;
  • Ensure back-up for all credit card transactions is obtained and submitted, and follow-up on the same, as needed;
  • Conduct monthly recording of credit card transactions in the financial accounting system; and
  • Research and support staff on any credit card inquiries or discrepancies.

Lending and Other Program Support:

  • Borrowers’ Loan Payment: Process monthly borrowers’ loan payments as directed by the Director of the CBP’s Business Finance Center;
  • Loan Payment Management: Process all loan payment transactions within the loan management system in a timely manner;
  • Delinquency Processing: Follow up with all delinquent borrowers on their missed loan payments in a timely manner. Document all delinquencies within the loan management system appropriately within a scheduled loan billing and payment cycle;
  • Recordkeeping: Maintain accurate records of all transactions (both physical and digital) including delinquency communications; and
  • Support the CBP’s Business Finance Center’s operations and the Business Incubation Center as structed by the Director.

Audit Support:

  • Provide accurate and up to date financial records for all items requested during the CBP annual audit, as well as occasional state, county, and other program audits; and
  • Work with external accounting audit firm and bookkeeping company to help streamline and effectively assist in the preparation for the annual audit.

Grants Management Support:

  • Grant Budget Preparation Assistance: Work with CBP’s management as they develop grant budgets for government and or foundation approvals;
  • Assist and support reporting requirements as spelled out in contracts and grant agreements;
  • When prompted, create new subclasses within QuickBooks for each new revenue source to ensure proper accounting of grant revenues and expenses;
  • Meet monthly with CBP’s management to ensure that grant awards and their matching funds are correctly recorded within QuickBooks;
  • Provide regular financial statements based on the Director’s needs and the requirements of CBP’s grant funding sources;
  • Assist and support the organizing and preparation of monthly and quarterly grant reports, as needed; and
  • Assist with grant close out activities, as needed.

General Bookkeeping:

  • Financial Reporting: Prepare monthly and quarterly financial reports, and prepare and record monthly journal entries to the general ledger on a timely basis to ensure accurate financial statements;
  • Data Entry: Enter and calculate costs based on submitted employee timesheets. Process and accurately record revolving loan fund payments;
  • Documentation and Filing: Maintain a well-organized folder and file system (both online and in-house);
  • Maintain proper physical controls over records to ensure compliance with CBP’s policies and procedures;
  • Analyze trends in revenues and expenditures and advise management of irregularities;
  • Compile and provide timely and accurate financial data and forecasts to CBP and programmatic management;
  • Responsible for (a) post-award purchasing/expenses per CBP and 2 CFR 200 guidelines, and (b) pre and post travel authorizations/travel reimbursements per CBP guidelines;
  • CBP Budget Preparation Assistance: Work with CBP’s management to prepare budget for CBP;
  • Manage time and effort tracking through worker timesheets to ensure the resulting labor costs are recorded within QuickBooks and attributed appropriately to grant awards and their match;
  • Reconcile CBP timesheets with George Mason University time and effort billing;
  • Organize quarterly meetings with CBP Finance Committee to review financial reports in time for the quarterly CBP Board of Directors’ meetings;
  • Perform analyses of budgets for the CBP, its Center(s), and programs; and
  • Work with external bookkeeping firm to help maintain accurate financial records and preparation for annual audit.

General Admin:

  • Maintain a thorough working knowledge of and adhere to all CBP policies and procedures;
  • Participate in meetings and provide suggestions for improvement for the department;
  • Provide excellent customer service to employees and all vendors;
  • Actively seek to identify and apply cost-reduction opportunities, including available discounts; and
  • Perform other related activities, as required, to assure financial and organizational success.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance (or related disciplines) from an accredited institution, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Substantial accounting and financial experience (typically 5+ years);
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience using QuickBooks online and Excel;
  • Accounting and financial experience with nonprofit organizations;
  • Ability to learn, adhere to, and create internal controls related to 2 CFR 200;
  • Working knowledge Microsoft Office tools;
  • Computer Skills – experience with and knowledge of computer operation; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and financial reporting standards;
  • Experience working with multiple online banking systems;
  • Ability to understand and strictly adhere to policies and procedures;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Works well with a team and is flexible to meet the needs of the organization;
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality;
  • Detail oriented and exceptional attention to detail is necessary;
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills;
  • Ability to assess priorities, organize, and operate in a flexible manner;
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict deadlines; and
  • Excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with community-based organizations is preferred;
  • Ability to read legal and grant documentation a plus;
  • Experience with loan management software systems such as DownHome; and
  • Business ownership experience a plus.

Special Requirements:

  • Occasional after hours – for example: during our annual audit period.

Note:  This position is an in-office position for collaborative work and organizational needs. The work from home option must be authorized in advance on a case-by-case basis.

“The CBP counselors and volunteers have been instrumental in helping me increase my knowledge and confidence in business ownership. Because of their guidance, I’ve been able to expand my practice and move into a larger facility with more employees.”


Debbie Allen, President, Premier Pediatric Therapy Source, Annandale, VA
Community Business Partnership of Springfield, VA