Senior Data and Compliance Lead

About Accion:

Accion helps neighborhood entrepreneurs grow by providing the coaching, capital, and connections that small business owners need to create jobs and wealth in communities throughout Illinois and Indiana.

Senior Data and Compliance Lead Position:

The Senior Data and Compliance Lead is a salaried, exempt position that reports to the Director of Operations and Strategy. The Senior Data and Compliance Lead is responsible for reviewing grant and loan applications and agreements for compliance requirements; creating and maintaining data systems and processes for tracking those requirements; analyzing the data to support strategic organizational decision-making; alerting management when compliance criteria is in jeopardy; and completing and filing all documents and reports with applicable institutions in a timely manner.

Essential Duties:

  • Review new agreements pre- and post-execution for compliance requirements and assess Accion’s ability to reasonably fulfill those requirements in conjunction with all involved departments
  • Design, build, and maintain the systems Accion needs to efficiently and effectively track data and report on outputs and outcomes
  • Maintain tracking/recordkeeping and documentation mechanism for all executed agreements and reporting requirements
  • Collaborate with colleagues across disciplines responsible for the accurate and timely collection of data needed for compliance requirements
  • Analyze data to provide insightful and accurate trends, report concerns, and celebrate successes
  • Review grant opportunities from government entities and recommend those programs for which Accion should apply; draft and file completed applications in partnership with the Director of Development
  • Remain current with industry best practices

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Manage compliance for the organization’s grant and loan programs by executing sound policies, procedures, and reporting in a timely and efficient manner
  • Ensure compliance requirements are being met by collaborating with other departments responsible for both the work covered by executed agreements and the tracking of that work; remain current on best practices
  • Review pending agreements for feasible compliance reliability, recommend solutions when requests are outside of the organization’s scope or capability
  • Compile data from all necessary sources; analyze and monitor the data to ensure compliance, track organizational metrics, and ensure the organization is on track to meet strategic milestones
  • Collaborate with other departments on the creation and production of reports demonstrating programmatic outcomes
  • Research regulations; develop and execute new processes as required
  • Stay abreast of programmatic and market data to support Accion’s mission and work
  • Perform other duties flexibly and creatively as needs arise
  • Contribute to a net surplus annually


Accion requires its staff to:

  • Solve problems creatively
  • Manage time efficiently
  • Attend to details meticulously
  • Communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Collaborate flexibly with colleagues in a diverse and changing environment
  • Believe strongly in Accion’s mission


The Senior Data and Compliance Lead should have a:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in compliance work at a comparable nonprofit or financial institution
  • Knowledge of compliance auditing and best practices
  • High level of proficiency using Excel, data modeling applications, data integration middleware, and end-user reporting toolsets
  • Proven track record of attending to detail, tracking, analyzing and reporting data and meeting deadlines
  • Collaborative workstyle that thrive in a fast-paced environment with a customer service focus
  • Clear writing style and experience with government grants

How to Apply:

Email with a resume and cover letter. Please include the position title in the subject line.