Simmons Bank Community Development Specialist in Little Rock, Arkansas


Position Summary

The Community Development Specialist is responsible for helping the bank meets its goals under the CRA Service Test. This position will serve as an expert resource for staff on CRA and volunteer activities that serves LMI communities.


include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  • Provide training and technical assistance for bank staff on issues related to community development service.

  • Develop informational material for the CRA Committee of the Board of Directors of the bank on programs and activities related to the company’s performance.

  • Follow the Bank’s Information Security policies, ensuring that the processing and handling of all customer information and confidential bank information is done in a secure manner and environment.

  • Manage Federal Home Loan Bank Community Investment Program (AHP, HELP, and SNAP) process ensuring compliance with risk management procedures.

  • Manage the CRA Representative program which requires working with designated staff persons throughout the bank.

  • Maintain all CRA Service Performance Evaluation documentation.

  • Responsible for producing the CRA newsletter Community Development News

  • Ensuring the CRA page and all corresponding documents on the intranet is updated as needed.

  • Assist with special projects as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


  • Possess excellent human relations, communications and business writing skills

  • Possess effective time management and organizational skills

  • Able to cope with pressure resulting from meeting required deadlines and reporting deadlines

  • Demonstrate teamwork in facilitating workflow.

  • High level of cooperation with others and responsive to the bank’s needs.

  • High level of accuracy and great attention to detail.

  • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills.

  • Able to work effectively without direct supervision.

  • Excellent public relations skills and strong desire to promote community development

  • Ability to plan and implement projects through the use of effective project management techniques

  • Confident communicator able to present information, in detail, summary or response, to all levels of management

  • Ability to think creatively and strategically to execute complex projects, problem solve and develop community solutions with community partners.

  • Requires significant level of diplomacy and trust to gain buy-in internally.

Education and/or Experience

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree

  • 3-5 years of similar or related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Leadership experience collaborating with local nonprofits and local government.

  • An in-depth background in compliance or advanced level knowledge of the Community Reinvestment Act preferred.

  • The selected candidate will have a proven ability to effectively train and instruct others in a formal classroom setting or one-on-one environment.

About Simmons Bank

For over 110 years, we’ve been dedicated to helping people and businesses achieve their financial goals. Today, Simmons Bank has approximately $14 billion in assets along with over 2,500 associates located in communities throughout Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. We’re growing! In fact, Fortune magazine recently listed Simmons as the 62nd fastest growing company in the U.S. Our growth has led to some amazing career opportunities. There’s never been a better time to join our team – a team dedicated to working together, high integrity, passion for all we do, and a commitment to high performance and personal and professional growth. If these cornerstones of company culture appeal to you, let’s talk!

Equal Employment Opportunity Information

Simmons First National Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of equal employment with respect to a person's race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, covered veterans, military status, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected classifications. Simmons First National Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to Affirmative Action Programs consisting of results-oriented procedures to ensure equal employment opportunities. These programs require positive action in lieu of neutral non-discrimination and merit hiring/performance policies.

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Requisition ID 2018-2916

Position Type Full Time