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Research Director 


our research department. The Research Director will report to the Executive Vice President, Network Services and will be responsible for coordinating the research of the organization; supervising the research staff; leveraging OFN’s CDFI member data and secondary data sources to produce valuable reports and publications for multiple audiences.


This is a great opportunity to research, analyze, and produce new reports and publications that will amplify the impact of CDFIs and help attract capital – both private and public – into the CDFI industry.


OFN is a leading national network of CDFIs (community development financial institutions) headquartered in Washington D.C. In pursuit of our mission to align capital with social, economic, and political justice, OFN supports its 360+ member CDFIs with money, strength, and voice to drive transformational change in underserved rural, urban, and Native communities nationwide. We help money flow to people and places where traditional finance doesn’t reach. As a financial intermediary, OFN secures private capital for CDFIs through strategic partnerships with numerous partners.


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People who work at OFN come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. Be a part of our growing diverse, highly committed, skilled and collaborative staff who are guided by the following values:


  • Passion for the mission and true believer in our core purpose.
  • Courage to be a fearless advocate who is confident and resilient in our fight to drive capital into low-income communities.
  • Smart, quick seekers of knowledge who thrive on creating and developing new strategies, products, and programs for increasing capital to communities we serve.
  • Desire to be a collaborative team player who possesses humility and a willingness to lean in all areas of our work.


Core Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a clear vision and strategy for broadening and deepening OFN’s capacity to inform and influence public and private investments in CDFIs.
  • Proactively identify opportunities that support the needs and ideas of OFN and the CDFI industry.
  • Manage, guide, and supervise research staff on projects, core operations, and organizational initiatives, including setting clear direction and performance expectations, building team skills, and assessing progress.
  • Produce valuable reports and publications for multiple audiences by leveraging OFN member data and secondary data sources.
  • Work with OFN’s investment team to capture risk and portfolio management data to assist with internal revenue forecasting and investor reporting requirements.
  • Draft sections of reports and other research products and present findings and analysis of research in a wide range of venues.
  • Maintain a public presence as an expert on a variety of topics related to CDFIs, including participating in events.
  • Maintain strong collaborative relationships across diverse institutions to represent OFN among public, private, and academic leaders.
  • Maintain database management on numerous internal and external relational and designs and builds relational databases that streamline OFN’s analytic processes; develop geographic information systems (GIS) in support of the CDFI Coverage Map and OFN’s other spatial analyses.
  • Advise OFN leadership and other departments on CDFI trends and issues.
Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree or 7-10 years of work experience in lieu of a degree; graduate degree a plus.
  • At least 7+ year of relevant work experience.
  • Excellent computer and database management skills. Proficiency with Word, Excel, Access, and advanced experience with a statistical package required (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R, STATA)
  • Experience with geographic information systems and interactive data visualization software required (e.g., ArcGIS, Tableau, R).
  • Extensive experience with quantitative research methods, including: advanced statistical analysis; data collection, and management.
  • Experience effectively managing projects and project staff, prioritizing work to meet organizational goals and deadlines required. Serves as a collaborative team player who possess humility and willingness to lean in all areas of OFN’s work.
  • 3+ years in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
  • Smart seeker of knowledge who has the ability and thrives on creating and developing new strategies, products, and programs at OFN.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including interacting and partnering with a diverse range of internal and external constituents, key stakeholders, and audiences, as well as the ability to effectively communicate and present financial performance and expectations.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Must possess a strong passion for, understanding of, and commitment to OFN’s mission, vision, and values, who is confident and serves as an advocate in driving capital into low-income communities.
  • Light to moderate travel required (15% of time).
  • Job involves normal physical requirements for an office position.
  • No extraordinary physical requirements beyond ability to travel.


Supervisor’s Title: Executive Vice President, Network Services

FLSA: Exempt


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location Washington D.C.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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