CILC Chief Executive Officer

The Position

The CEO will report to the Board of Directors. Core responsibilities will include:

  • Governance: Our CEO will engage the Board to articulate the organization’s vision and build consensus around core strategies to achieve mission. They will provide the Board with the tools and information it needs to monitor financial and mission outcomes.
  • Strategy Implementation: Our CEO identifies and prioritizes the specific objectives that will advance CILC’s broader strategies and mission.
  • Culture building: Culture matters. Our CEO will take measured risks, leading with courage and tenacity. They are authentic and inspirational, demonstrating a sincere commitment to unlock the potential they see in others. Our CEO will empower staff to challenge the status quo.                     
  • Collaboration: CILC’s leader will recognize the power of partnership, prioritizing collaboration with people and organizations from diverse sectors, geographies, and backgrounds. In particular, our CEO will carve out a role for CILC in Alaska’s unique lending ecosystem by coordinating with traditional financial institutions, public and private investors, and nonprofit organizations committed to the economic wellness of underserved communities.
  • External Engagement: Our CEO is CILC’s primary public-facing representative. They will be a convener, coalition builder, and relationship manager. They must be comfortable with public speaking engagements and able to constructively engage with the media both verbally and in writing. Our CEO will be a person of strong character who builds lasting relationships based on mutual trust and respect.

Ideal Candidate

Cook Inlet Lending Center is searching for a leader with a passion for catalyzing economic opportunity. They will recognize that promoting equitable access to affordable capital levels the socioeconomic playing field for people and communities that have historically been underserved by traditional financial institutions. Recognizing the nexus between access to capital and community development, our ideal candidate is eager to pursue strategic collaborations that will amplify the impact of our work.

Finely honed communication and interpersonal skills are critical. Our leader will listen, value diverse perspectives, and identify innovative ways to meld distinct approaches into a cohesive whole. They will eloquently articulate our mission and build excitement for our vision of Alaska’s future.

Connectivity to Alaska matters. The ideal candidate will share our love for this amazing place and its people. They will be familiar with the authentic history of Alaska and have a deep and enduring respect for Alaska Native peoples and cultures.

The successful candidate will demonstrate confidence and humility in equal measure. They will exhibit the courage to lead but possess the wisdom to listen first. They will view the organization’s General Manager as their most critical partner, recognizing the importance of our GM’s institutional knowledge. CILC’s next leader will cultivate the resources and relationships necessary for our GM and staff to successfully grow the organization’s loan portfolio.

Comfort with complex financial analysis and projections is highly valued. As a Community Development Financial Institution, CILC must have leadership capable of making decisions informed by data, analytics, and projected financial impacts. 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, business management, or a related field. Master’s or professional degree is desirable.
  • Minimum 5 years leadership and supervisory experience in lending and/or community development.
  • Direct experience in business or residential lending is highly desired.
  • Working knowledge of residential and construction lending products in current market, including those subject to FHA/VA regulations, conventional loan requirements and real estate laws.
  • Working knowledge of the HUD Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee program is highly desirable. 
  • Extensive knowledge in financial analysis, planning, budgeting and reporting activities.
  • Demonstrated competence navigating legal and regulatory requirements, specifically those applicable to business and residential lending in the State of Alaska.


Cook Inlet Lending Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Compensation will be comparable to that offered by similar organizations of comparable size. Benefits include medical and dental, generous PTO and holidays, retirement contributions, and much more.

For a copy of the full job description or to submit a current resume and a letter of interest email the CIHA HR team at

Cook Inlet Housing Authority provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Employment preference is given to eligible and qualified Alaska Native or American Indian candidates to the extent required or permitted by applicable law.

Anchorage, AK

12 day(s) ago

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