We are looking for

Community Lending Risk Officer

Job type Permanent
Job Function Risk
Brand Bank of the West
Level of experience 6 to 10 years
Apply REF: 061576

At Bank of the West, our people are having a positive impact on the world. We’re investing where we feel we can make the most impact, like advancing diversity and women entrepreneurship programs, financing for more small businesses, and promoting programs for sustainable energy. From our locations across the U.S., Bank of the West is taking action to help protect the planet, improve people’s lives, and strengthen communities. We are part of BNP Paribas, a global leader supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yes, we’re a bank, but as the bank for a changing world, we are continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth.

Job Description Summary

Responsible for taking a lead role in ensuring that the assigned business unit policies, procedures and practices align with BoW 2nd line of defense Op Risks and Compliance requirements, with a focus on community lending.

Essential Job Functions

  • Represent Risk related to all aspects of lending to underserved communities.
  • Take the lead in working with key functional areas to review, approve and make recommendations on expanding Risk, as appropriate, related to lending to underserved communities.
  • Monitor product and program usage to determine opportunities for changes in risk parameters or underwriting training.
  • Proactively report key risk data elements to Lines of Business.
  • Work with the assigned Business Group affected by changing laws, regulations or policies to ensure that appropriate changes are implemented as it relates to community lending.
  • Support the assigned Business Group to respond to Regulatory / Audit inquiries and coordinate evidence gathering.
  • Contribute to any Compliance, Internal Control and Operational Risk statement/reporting.

Other Job Duties

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Experience

  • Requires deep knowledge of job area typically obtained through advanced education combined with experience.
  • Typically viewed as a specialist within discipline.
  • May have broad knowledge of project management.
  • Requires 7 years minimum prior relevant experience.


  • Bachelor's Degree Business Administration or related field


  • To be the main point of contact and interface with Credit Policy and Credit Risk related to community lending.
  • Work with external housing agencies, including GSEs related to community lending risk topics.
  • Underwriting or other direct experience with community lending product and programs—Government lending, down payment assistance, deed restrictions, mortgage credit certificates and housing finance agency programs.  California based programs like CalHFA and WISH a plus.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

To protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, Bank of the West requires all U.S. employees to provide proof of their vaccination status. Employees who are not fully vaccinated must undergo regular testing beginning May, 2022

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law. Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.

Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.
Primary Location: United States-Arizona-General AZJob Type: Full-timeJob: Risk Management Reference: 061576