Beneficial State is a little different. We were created to prove that banking could be materially better – more sustainable. More inclusive. More transformational. More accountable. While some banks have philanthropic arms, we have a philanthropic heart. We are owned by nonprofit entities that invest in low-income communities, social equity activities, and environmental sustainability. Beneficial State Foundation is our primary equity holder. Our charter precludes us from lending ANY money to special interests that are “contra mission,” such as fossil fuels, private prisons, weapons manufacturing, or fracking.
The bank also practices radical transparency, sharing our results, successes, failures, strategies, and learnings, so that other banks may follow our model and benefit from our insights. Our impact and awards tell our story for us. As of the end of 2020, we had over $270MM in loans to nonprofits, and over 75% of our lending portfolio was committed to mission-aligned applications. Since opening our doors in 2007, we have financed over 10,000 affordable housing units, helping to address the housing crisis that plagues our Pacific Coast cities. The Global Alliance for Banking on Values graded 84% of our loan portfolio as “triple bottom line” – serving people, planet, and prosperity. We once again received a CRA rating of “outstanding,” demonstrating our commitment to meeting the needs of our communities. Even through the pandemic we have been growing our impact. We are now over $1.5B in assets and anticipate our growth to continue or accelerate well into 2030.
Beneficial State Bank (Beneficial State) is a state-chartered, federally insured bank with Branches in California, Oregon, and Washington. The bank’s unique ownership structure supports our impact commitments. We are a founding signatory of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Banking, a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, and one of the world’s top-rated Certified B Corporates, awarded B Corp “Best for the World” status every year since 2012. We recommend that any business seeking to become more purpose-driven and be a force for good take advantage of B Lab’s resources and third-party assessment framework and support our clients in their endeavors to build their impact and achieve their B Corp certification. Together, we are the solution. Learn more about our impact on our Foundation’s impact site.
Beneficial State Bank is embarking on a transformational journey. This exciting period of growth brings with it a need for strategic vision and operational acumen. If you are ready to do challenging and transformative work that will help build a brighter future for us all, and you are hungry to bring your passion and energy to the table, we welcome your application. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Senior Executive Assistant is the gatekeeper, serving as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders. As a liaison to the Board of Directors and Bank leadership team, the incumbent must exercise considerable discretion and initiative to ensure project timelines are met.
The ideal candidate for this role is mission-driven and able to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. You are an excellent communicator who expresses yourself authentically verbally and in writing. You are a creative problem-solver who embraces challenges as opportunities. You are perceptive and able to anticipate the needs and preferences of those you support.
Performs a variety of administrative tasks for the CEO effectively including, efficiently managing an active and complex calendar; preparing confidential correspondence; managing email; coordinating travel; completing expense reports.
Communicates with a variety of stakeholders on behalf of the CEO including Board members, staff, and other internal and external stakeholders.
Acts as a liaison between the CEO and Bank employees as needed.
Produces meeting materials, PowerPoint, draft agendas, and related deliverables.
Prepares and modifies documents, letters, memos, reports, project management documents, emails, etc.
Keeps CEO informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, ensuring appropriate follow up.
Researches and follows up on issues and concerns addressed to the CEO, some which may be sensitive in nature, and determines appropriate course of action, if appropriate.
Attends meetings to take notes and tract action follow-up items as necessary.
Stays up to date on Bank happenings and priorities to ensure accurate understanding of the organization’s needs.
Manages complex calendar, coordinating and scheduling meetings and appointments.
Manages mail acceptance, preparation, and delivery.
Receives and screens incoming telephone calls for the CEO and directs/redirects calls to the appropriate individual or department as necessary.
Serves as the initial point of contact for all visitors to the CEO’s office.
BOARD SUPPORT AND LIAISON
Coordinates board and committee meetings and activities including scheduling and arranging meeting logistics.
Prepares and modifies Board and committee materials and uploads them to Board Books in a timely manner.
Assures meetings and all associated activities are planned and executed successfully including, but not limited to, Board meetings and Committee meetings.
Takes meeting minutes and disseminates them for review and approval as needed.
Completes projects and special assignments with the leadership team by establishing objectives, determining priorities, managing time, gaining cooperation and buy-in, monitoring progress, solving problems, adapting plans and other tasks as needed.
Solves or advises on practical and moderately complex problems.
Performs and coordinates projects of mid-level complexity from beginning to end (which includes breaking down the project into tasks and establishing a timeline of due dates) with general supervision.
Assists taskforce on large projects, as needed.
Works independently on projects or in a group, as needed.
Coordinates and administers moderately complex calendars for a variety of meetings, ensuring meeting invitations are sent to appropriate participants and are updated as needed.
Assists colleagues in logistic for traveling from offices, workstations, and ensuring office equipment are properly maintained.
Provides facilities support to ensure work areas and equipment are properly maintained and office supplies are available.
Exhibits leadership necessary to build crucial relationships internally and externally.
Remains aligned with the company’s brand and customer promise, effectively communicate with various levels in a professional work environment.
Ensures compliance with all state and federal regulations and internal company policies, including but not limited to BSA / Anti-Money Laundering, Fair Lending, Privacy, and Anti-Discrimination, to the extent each applies to current job responsibilities.
Completes all mandatory compliance training as assigned within specified due dates.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Three (3) – five (5) years of C-Suite executive support experience.
Prior experience supporting Board activities is strongly preferred.
Tech savvy and comfortable working in various systems and software including, expert proficiency in MS Outlook, with strong proficiency in PowerPoint, Excel and Word, internet research and various social media platforms.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work effectively with a diverse range of individuals, teams, leaders, and external stakeholders.
Highly dependable with excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail and follow-through.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritizing work to meet deadlines.
Proven ability to use discretion when handling confidential information.
Strong customer/client service orientation with a track record of remaining calm and diplomatic in stressful situations.
Proactively solves problems and exhibits strong decision-making abilities.
Demonstrated track record of adapting to ambiguity and changing priorities.
Energetic personality, fast learner, and proactive with a willingness to assist others, as necessary.
Exhibited relationship-building skills to establish trust, credibility, and interaction with colleagues and managers at all levels.
Build Something Beautiful With UsIf you have a passion for building a better banking industry, we invite you to join us.We are a community bank that focuses on economic and environmental sustainability and takes a triple-bottom-line approach. We believe that a healthy environment is necessary for economic prosperity. We also believe that we can be a catalyst for positive change in our communities by providing fair, transparent, and sustainable banking products and services.Together, we can realize our vision:Delivering a banking industry that is fair to the person with the least bargaining power;Providing access to financial services for all our communities, particularly the traditionally under-served;Long-term prosperity of responsible consumers;Financial system stability;Sustainability of the environmental commons.Help us work toward a world where we bank on purpose.