The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 |
The Reinvestment Fund
Position Description
Job Title: Food Systems Analyst
Department: Community Facilities Finance
Reports To: Donald Hinkle-Brown, President, Community Investment & Capital Markets
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date: January 1, 2011

ABOUT TRF:
The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) is a national innovator in capitalizing distressed communities and stimulating economic growth for low- and moderate-income families. TRF identifies the point of impact where capital can deliver its greatest financial and social influence. TRF’s investments in homes, schools and businesses reclaim and transform neighborhoods, driving economic growth and improving lives throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Since its inception in 1985, TRF has made close to $1 billion in community investments.
TRF is nationally recognized for its research and policy analysis. TRF’s data analysis focuses both on helping TRF identify opportunities to invest its own resources as well as providing services to public sector and private clients seeking assistance with their own strategies to preserve and rebuild vulnerable communities.

OPPORTUNITY:
TRF is currently seeking a Food Systems Analyst for its Community Facilities Finance Group within the lending department. TRF's lending department is unique in its range of expertise and disciplined approach to financing. As a nationally recognized innovator in the financing of economic and neighborhood revitalization, TRF attracts enormous talent. TRF offers its lending staff an unrivaled platform to combine business acumen and financial skills with social mission. A career at TRF is a chance to learn, train and contribute to this work with some of the best in the community development field. It offers opportunities for knowledge and skill enhancement that is uncommon for a company of its size.

TRF has received a two year grant from The William Penn Foundation for research and development to expand upon TRF’s first successful healthy food retailing investment program begun in 2004 with the initiation of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI), now a nationally recognized success with replication efforts being undertaken in other states. To date, the program has provided more than $85 million in financing to support 88 new or refurbished stores across PA. These stores are expected to bring 5,023 jobs and 1.67 million sq. ft. of retail space.

The goals of the WPF grant are for TRF to identify and support the linkages between local agriculture, food processing, product distribution and retail within the Greater Philadelphia region in an effort to eliminate gaps that inhibit access and expansion. In doing so, TRF will aid in the development of a sustainable food system in the region. By focusing coordinated efforts between TRF and its partners, this region will become a leader in sustainable local food systems and healthy food access.
For more information please visit www.trfund.com/TRF-food-access.html


JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Food Systems Analyst will be responsible for industry research and analysis of the Greater
Philadelphia region’s local food system from production, processing, and distribution to retail; and business analytics and business development within selected sectors (e.g. beef, dairy, produce) with emphasis on the roles that credit can play to build or grow these sectors and enterprises. The Analyst will facilitate the collaboration with both internal and external partners, as well as collect required data and create and maintain a database of such data for reporting purposes. Also, the Analyst will work with TRF’s policy and lending management to elevate TRF’s presence in national research and policy-making forums regarding food systems.

The ideal candidate will have intimate understanding of programs such as Small Business Administration (SBA) and/or USDA lending and familiarity/interest and/or educational background in sustainable agriculture. In addition, the position requires a high degree of self-motivation with the ability to function independently and manage competing priorities with a modest amount of supervision and direction; dedication; creativity; perseverance; flexibility with time, travel and willingness to accept a demanding (and personally satisfying) position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
  • Conduct industry research of the Greater Philadelphia region’s local food system
  • Acquire, analyze, and synthesize existing data and information regarding the local food system
  • Data mine and report quantitative and qualitative data in accordance with grant specifications
  • Conduct business development activities and identify potential customers
  • Provide Lenders with business analytics and summary of potential borrowers and projects
  • Manage consistent information flow and provide excellent relationship management with internal
  • and external partners
  • Represent TRF in public presentations


QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The
requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abililities required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CERTIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree required in Finance and/or environmental science, sustainable agriculture, or related fields and at least 2 years’ relevant experience working in small business development, financial analysis, lending support is required. Advanced degree and/or course work a plus.

SKILLS REQUIRED:
COMMUNICATION
Verbal: Ability to communicate in a clear, comfortable and confident manner. Ability to communicate effectively and in a way that supports teamwork. Adept in public speaking and presentations is a must.
Written: Demonstrated ability to write clear, organized and accurate summaries. Ability to translate financial and numerical data into written form

FINANCIAL ANALYSIS Ability to prepare and analyze multi-year operating projections, real estate development budgets and cashflows Ability to spread and analyze financial statements, study and evaluate information and make sound recommendations to loan officers

COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY Excellent Word, Excel and Windows file management skills mandatory Demonstrated web research skills Familiarity with Outlook or similar network-based email and calendar software Familiarity with SharePoint Adept with data organization, mining, and reporting using various databases

REASONING ABILITY Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

KEY COMPETENCIES REQUIRED FOR POSITION:
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Ownership/Accountability – Actively manages work and issues through to completion. Customer Service – Understands and manages customer expectations. Initiative – Anticipates and communicates challenges and opportunities. Commitment – Demonstrates sense of passion and urgency for work, mission and organization. Adaptability – Sees opportunity and risk for continuous improvement. Efficiency and Productivity – Determines priorities and allocates time and focus accordingly. Professional/Technical Expertise – Understands and applies technical/procedural knowledge of job.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
TRF will offer a competitive salary based on experience and skills, as well as an excellent benefits package including employer-paid health, disability and life insurance, 401(k) savings plan with employer match, flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care and transportation), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, and EAP program.

TO APPLY:
Please mail, email, or fax resume with cover letter and salary requirement to:
Human Resources
The Reinvestment Fund
718 Arch Street, Suite 300N
Philadelphia, PA 19106
hr@trfund.com
215-574-5900 fax