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Business Analyst (Lending): CF West Yellowhead

Business Analyst (Lending):  Hinton, Alberta

You have a passion for small business.
You have formal Business education and lending experience.

You are a good listener that makes you able to identify entrepreneurs' initial business needs. 
You are a natural-born coach.
You have owned your own business.
You love making presentations.
You live within commutable distance to Hinton, Alberta.

If these points describe you… we should talk.  You might just be the ideal candidate for our full-time Business Analyst position at Community Futures West Yellowhead!   Reporting to the General Manager, the Business Analyst attracts, coaches, manages and guides loan and business development clients to success.  The Business Analyst is responsible for all aspects of commercial lending, growth of the loan portfolio, collections, business counselling, and assessing feasibility of client business ideas/proposals/plans.

Community Futures West Yellowhead is a community-driven, non-profit organization staffed by business professionals and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. We provide a wide range of small business services and management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business.  This position is located in Hinton, Alberta and offers regional coverage to the West Yellowhead area. 
The winning candidate will have:

  • A business or related degree
  • Banking / lending experience
  • Entrepreneurial experience / business ownership background
  • A proven history of customer service, business coaching, sales / marketing and project leadership skills.

Our Business Analyst should also have experience with: 

  • Collections and bankruptcy
  • Understanding of small business
  • Business counselling and research skills
  • Interviewing/listening skills
  • Customer and interpersonal skills
  • Presentation skills

If you think you’re a strong candidate for this role, please tell us why and what your remuneration requirements are by emailing Nancy Robbins, General Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Although this competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found, we will not be accepting applications after October 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm.  Candidate selection will begin after this time.

We thank all applicants for considering this exciting opportunity with Community Futures West Yellowhead.   We advise that only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted and interviews will be conducted according to standard COVID-19 protocol. You must be eligible to work in Canada and currently live within commutable distance to Hinton, Alberta.  International applications for this position will not be accepted. Community Futures is committed to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.  As well, your privacy is important to us – please rest assured that all applications will remain confidential at all times.  We do not retain candidate profiles or resumes.   

Administrator/Project Assistant

Community Futures Yellowhead East is a non-profit, federally funded, community driven organization that supports small business development and rural economic diversification. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Office Administrator/Project Assistant is expected to work collaboratively with the Community Economic Development Coordinator, Business Analyst, Board of Directors and Community Stakeholders, to assist in the day-to-day operations of the Community Futures Yellowhead East Office. This is a one-year contract position with the potential for extension.

Administrative Key Functions

  • Represent Community Futures Yellowhead East as first contact
  • Maintain all digital and paper files
  • Act as Recording Secretary at Board meetings
  • Use Office 365 suite of programs and InDesign
  • Client Intake
  • Maintain office supplies and office equipment
  • Assist Executive Director and other staff as required

Project Assistant Key Functions

  • Assist with project development, maintenance & execution
  • Event coordination
  • Provide and or assist in program facilitation as required.
  • Maintain, Assist, and coordinate all Grant Applications and Approved Proposals.


  • Minimum grade 12 graduate (with preference given to those with post-secondary education).
  • Several years’ experience in an administrative setting and or program planning and development.
  • Previous experience in administration, financial/banking industry and or project development an asset
  • Strong communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Advanced level experience with Office 365 platform and InDesign
  • Valid driver’s license

Contract length: 12 months

For more details on this position and to apply directly, please click here.

Business Development Advisor - Community Futures Centre West

Business Development Advisor

Community Futures Centre West (CFCWest) is seeking a business professional who can add an innovative perspective to economic growth in a rural environment to fill a limited term contract.

We Make Business Dreams Happen in Rural Alberta.

You inspire dedication and commitment to excellence. Your organizational skills and applied knowledge of lending and investment processes are second to none.  As an influencer, you know how to build alliances and relationships to engage clients and meet the needs of other important stakeholders throughout the region. You are a self starter and can work independently in a semi virtual and flexible work environment.

Our Wish List

  • Superior relationship building and interpersonal skills;
  • Refined listening, collaboration, problem solving and decision making skills;
  • Polished business acumen with strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proven knowledge of commercial lending, solid understanding of financial analysis and past collections experience is desired;
  • Post Secondary degree in Business/Finance and/or a combination of experience in Business Counselling and/or Lending.
  • A self starter who is able to work with limited supervision 
  • Strong working knowledge of Office 365, Outlook and other online programs such as Zoom, Skype or Teams;
  • Must have a valid Class 5 Drivers License and be willing to travel throughout the CFCWest region.

Interested applicants are asked to email a cover letter and CV (Resume) to Patti-Jay Powell, CFCWest Executive Director by midnight September 30th, 2021. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CFCWest thanks all applicants for applying for this position but only those applicants receiving an interview will be contacted. This posting will stay active until a suitable candidate is found.

*All information sent to CFCWest is collected in compliance with section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.* 

General Manager - Community Futures Crowsnest Pass

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass provides small business assistance and supports to new & existing businesses and actively participates in many Community Economic Development Initiatives.  We have an exciting career opportunity for General Manager.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager is responsible for operations of this non-profit organization including managing a small team, overseeing small business loans, client training, marketing the services of the organization, collaborating with community partners, managing and reporting on finances, and working with the Board to implement strategic directions.

We are looking for a person with excellent management skills and a good understanding of the economy of Crowsnest Pass and Southern Alberta who can provide strategic leadership for CFCNP.  The candidate must be well organized and understand the importance of meeting reporting and planning deadlines.  The candidate also requires strong written and verbal communications skills for liaising with the Board of Directors, funding agencies, partners, clients, staff, and other stakeholders.

The General Manager is responsible for:

  • Board relations
  • Management & leadership
  • Financial management
  • Contract management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Collaboration with stakeholders
  • Marketing
  • Communications and reporting
  • Small business lending
  • Project management

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce or Business degree specializing in finance, accounting or general business, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Business experience, especially small business focus
    • Not-for-profit experience
    • Ability to work independently; self-starter and team player
    • Proficient in use of variety of computers and programs including Mac O/s; Windows 10, Microsoft Office 365; Sage Accounting
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written skills
    • Excellent work skills including time management, organization, budgeting, project management
    • Valid drivers’ license and own transportation

Compensation will be based on qualifications and experience. 

Deadline for applications is SEPTEMBER 17, 2021.  Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and CV/resume by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with CF CNP in the subject line.


We thank all applicants for considering this exciting opportunity with Community Futures Crowsnest Pass.   Due to the volume of anticipated response, we advise that only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.  Community Futures is committed to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.  Please note that If COVID-19 vaccinations become mandated by Provincial or Federal government, Community Futures will be following that that protocol for all employees. 

Your privacy is important to us – please rest assured that all applications will remain confidential at all times.  We do not retain candidate profiles or resumes

Relaunching Small Business Confidence

Relaunching Small Business Confidence

As a series of workshops and sessions focused on relaunching and retaining businesses in rural Alberta wraps up, we are reflecting back on one of the most challenging periods for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started, it quickly became apparent that SMEs would be one of the hardest hit groups from multiple lockdowns & loss of income.

Thus, the Building Business Resiliency project was born.

“Resilience is not about overcoming, but becoming.” – Sherri Mandell

 Coaching Through Crisis

Coaching Through Crisis

One of the most profound impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the loss of connection with others. For a group of small business coaches working in coal transition communities in Central and Eastern Alberta, the sudden end of in-person business visits and close connection with entrepreneurs was an early sign that many new startups and seasoned business owners were beginning to struggle with some of the invisible and often unspoken costs of the global health crisis.

“Recognizing that business owners can experience grief or loss was a crucial step to moving forward,” says Louise Jones, a Community Futures Small Business Advisor in East Central Alberta.

Louise and her colleagues described how small businesses were becoming fragmented and paralyzed. Business planning came to a halt, clients withdrew and stopped wanting to manage their next steps.

 Expectations | Redefined

Expectations | Redefined

What began as a plan to provide small business support to women in remote and underserved parts of Alberta has sparked an effort to rethink the experience of female entrepreneurship.

Project Gazelle, created by Community Futures Lloydminster, is one of two projects in Alberta supported by the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a national $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.

Named after both the emerging business term for an agile and adaptable firm and the swift and tribal groupings of grassland animals, Gazelle took what has been an established process for small business development and deconstructed it to examine the many roadblocks women in Alberta face.

 Long term volunteer receives top award

Long term volunteer receives top award

We are pleased to announce that Steve Upham, Reeve for the County of St. Paul, was the recipient of the Community Futures Alberta, Volunteer of the Year Award 2019 at our annual provincial conference in Grande Prairie.The award is presented to individuals who have shown outstanding and ongoing leadership and achievement in the Community Futures program.

Steve Upham has been involved with the Community Futures program for nine years, and his term as Chair of the Community Futures St. Paul-Smoky Lake Board of Directors is ending. During the presentation of the award, it was noted Steve has led with consideration and compassion, and that he understands the ‘beating heart’ of small communities and rural life.

 Managing Economic Recovery Through Resiliency

Managing Economic Recovery Through Resiliency

As communities across central and eastern Alberta undergo an economic shift away from coal-fired power generation, the role of small business is at the forefront of building new opportunities and managing the recovery.

The transition is part of a Federal initiative to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030. In Alberta, this means that 12 of the 18 coal-fired power plants will either shift away from coal or shut down over the next decade.  "A very ancient quote says, 'The only constant in life; is change' ", says Doray Veno, Executive Director of the Hanna Learning Centre. "But once you make internal peace with this concept, the opportunities are endless."

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