Operations Specialist


City First Enterprises (CFE) is a community development financial institution (CDFI) specializing in flexible lending for affordable housing, commercial real estate, small businesses, non-profits, clean energy, and homeownership. With a mission to create equitable financial solutions to support people and communities in achieving their economic aspirations, we envision a future where all people and communities transform their futures through equitable access to capital. CDFI is a designation given by the United States Treasury to organizations expanding economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for residents and businesses.

CFE offers an open, innovative, and collaborative work environment; committed to serving communities through financial tools, creativity, and technology. We seek intellectually ambitious individuals who hold themselves accountable to a high bar of performance.

The City First family of organizations is dedicated to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion in our work and hiring practices. City First Enterprises entirely focuses on equality and economic inclusion and believes that diversity in opinion and background only helps further that mission.

To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at https://www.cfenterprises.org/.


The Operations Specialist will support CFE operation initiatives and provide assistance and support to the President & CEO. This role reports to the Operations Manager. The ideal candidate must have demonstrated experience in scheduling, preparing reports, and compiling materials. Additionally, the candidate must have the ability to multi-task, effectively set priorities, and diplomatically manage competing requests. The ideal candidate is a team player who is mission-focused, creative, self-motivated, and demonstrates a positive attitude.

This position will be based out of our office in Washington, DC.


  • Support the office’s day-to-day operations, including monitoring institutional inboxes, maintaining office supply inventory, receiving mail, and handling facility issues, including liaising with our co-working facility.
  • Support the President and CEO with event travel and calendar along with other initiatives as needed.
  • Assist with supporting the Board of Directors, including scheduling meetings, compiling Board meeting documents, and updating board member contact information.
  • Support the management team with administrative tasks, communication, and special projects.
  • Maintain and organize physical and electronic files, ensuring data integrity, confidentiality, and archiving and retention policies.
  • Support with planning, preparing and executing various on and off-site-company events or meetings.
  • Manage all professional tools and subscriptions the company uses, including contracts, credentials, and licenses for team members.
  • Support day-to-day financial operations with the finance team by processing accounts payable and reimbursements.
  • Support budget tracking while ensuring adherence to accounting policies and procedures.
  • Financial responsibility may include purchasing, processing invoices, and contracting with vendors.
  • Own and manage special projects and initiatives with agency and support from the Operations team.
  • Assist with the administration of various operations as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, business administration, finance, or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of CDFI operations and regulations is a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in using office software and management systems.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of the CDFI sector.


Salary range: $56,000 – $65,000 commensurate to experience

In addition to a competitive salary commensurate with experience, CFE offers a generous benefits package that includes employer-sponsored health and dental, life insurance, a health savings account with annual employer contributions, a retirement plan with employer matching, paid parental leave, and a generous paid time off program.

Our robust benefits package includes:

  • 403b with employer match
  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance with employer contribution
  • $2,800 annual HSA employer contribution for a family; $1,400 for an individual for HSA Plans
  • 16 PTO days to start; more after three years
  • 13 paid holidays (10 Federal, the day after Thanksgiving, and the Fridays before Memorial and Labor Day)
  • 7 paid sick days
  • End of Year Winter Break
  • Employer-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Remote work with 2 days per week at the office (subject to change)
  • Transportation benefit
  • Employer-paid Group Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term Disability Insurance


Selected candidates will be contacted for an initial phone screen on a rolling basis.


Please use  the Paylocity portal  to send us your resume and cover letter. Questions may be directed to jobs@cfenterprises.org. No phone calls, please.


We provide equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of ethnicity, age, religion (and lack thereof), disability that can reasonably be accommodated, marital status (including domestic partner status), ancestry, nationality, national origin, family status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), other medical condition (physical or mental), AIDS/HIV status, genetic information, sexual identity, gender identification (including transgender status), sexual orientation, and veteran status.