Asset Preservation Specialist (Marion County)

Job Status: Full Time Non-Exempt

Job Site: Marion County, with occasional travel

Job Salary: Salary commensurate with experience ($35,000-$42,000); Benefits

Supervisor: Asset Building Supervisor


Purpose of Position: NEDCO’s OpportunityWorks department provides a full spectrum of services to help individuals and families gain financial stability, build assets, and achieve a stronger financial future.  The Asset Preservation Specialist position works with clients who are at risk of foreclosure in order to create a plan for relinquishing or preserving homeownership in a way that maintains as much financial stability as possible.  Asset Preservation Specialists work directly with clients to help educate them about their situation and inform them of their options, and work with mortgage servicers to facilitate workout solutions on behalf of clients.  Specialists also help prepare clients to attend mediation sessions as part of the Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Program, and can attend the mediation sessions with clients.


Essential Duties:

  • Provide comprehensive one-on-one foreclosure prevention counseling, including analysis of budget, credit and debt; evaluation of foreclosure avoidance measures and assistance programs available to the client; act as liaison between the client and the loan servicers for workout applications
  • Represent clients at the mediation sessions associated with the Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Program; advocate for clients’ preferred resolution; negotiate with the lender’s representative to get to the best possible outcome
  • Submit applications for assistance to lenders on behalf of clients; manage large volumes of paperwork with impeccable attention to details and deadlines
  • Coordinate referrals to other social service and assistance programs, to assist clients in addressing their greater financial and employment issues
  • Foster and maintain close partnerships with other offices and organizations active in the foreclosure crisis, including attorneys, other housing agencies and local social service agencies.
  • Compile and maintain complete and accurate client files and statistics
  • Support development of OpportunityWorks and other NEDCO programs through public speaking, outreach and program implementation
  • Provide language-appropriate instruction, counseling, and translation as needed (Bilingual Counselors only)


Additional Duties:

  • Other specific projects as assigned or developed

Training: Skills and professional development training as opportunities and funding are available (including foreclosure prevention programs and regulations, credit, financial analysis, etc.)


Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Ability to maintain equal levels of professionalism, compassion, and determination while helping vulnerable clients navigate a very complex (and often frustrating) system
  • Ability to maintain humor and good emotional boundaries while working in a stressful field
  • Strong advocacy and negotiation skills, and a willingness to represent clients in a mediation setting
  • Experience working in a constantly changing environment
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply complex knowledge related to foreclosure
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; relevant experience can be substituted for a degree
  • Previous experience working with individuals in one-on-one/counseling settings
  • Previous experience in teaching and group presentations preferred
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Willingness and ability to adapt quickly as program needs evolve; must thrive in a fast-paced work environment
  • Must be proficient in basic math functions, including ratios, fractions and percentages
  • Experience in lending, credit, financial planning or homeownership issues preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to travel in Marion, Lane and Clackamas County using own transportation
  • Availability to travel statewide and nationally including occasional overnights and weekends
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings as program delivery dictates
  • Ability to work independently within a flexible work structure and to contribute as a valuable member of an integrated team
  • Bilingual English-Spanish preferred but not required


Along with other NEDCO staff, share in promoting peer support, team problem solving, conflict resolution, and ethical communication among office staff, with community partners and throughout NEDCO.


To apply, send resume and cover letter to Luis Mendoza ( with the subject line: Asset Preservation Specialist.  Open until filled, priority given to materials received by 7/12/18.  No phone calls.