Assistant Program Officer

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Location: Remote, All

Job Function: Community Outreach


What We Do

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.

Strategies We Pursue

  • Equip talent in underinvested communities with the skills and credentials to compete successfully for quality income and wealth opportunities.
  • Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to catalyze economic, health, safety and educational mobility for individuals and communities.
  • Strengthen existing alliances while building new collaborations to increase our impact on the progress of people and places.
  • Develop leadership and the capacity of partners to advance our work together.
  • Drive local, regional, and national policy and system changes that foster broadly shared prosperity and well-being.

Since 1979, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $29.7 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment, and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities. Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from East coast to West coast in 38 markets with offices extending from Buffalo to San Francisco and in 2,400 rural counties across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Visit us at


In 1995, LISC launched Rural LISC to expand its reach beyond urban areas to include rural communities. Today, Rural LISC partners with more than 140 rural community-based organizations.  Together we are working to transform communities in more than 2,400 counties across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Its mission statement captures our vision and approach:

Rural LISC believes in rural America. We are committed to providing support for our communities, making them good places to live, work, do business and raise children. We believe that nonprofit community organizations play an essential role in achieving this mission. Rural LISC is dedicated to building the capacity of these groups and increasing their production, by generating resources and investing in their work. Rural LISC supports its Partner organizations through capacity building grants, predevelopment grants, repayable investments, low-cost lending capital and equity investments. In addition to financial support, Rural LISC provides tailored technical assistance and training to each Partner, helping them develop strategies that fit their local needs.   Rural LISC works to equip rural areas with capital, strategy and technical assistance – helping to preserve and strengthen rural life, and providing a supportive network that connects community-based organizations to each other.  Our priority programming areas include Access to Capital, Broadband and Infrastructure, Workforce + Small Business, Disaster Solutions, and Housing.


Position Description

Rural LISC seeks a self-motivated individual, detail oriented and organized professional to fill the Assistant Program Officer position. The ideal candidate will have high level administrative, coordination, math and computer skills, and ability to handle multiple task and the flexibility to work with a wide variety of personalities and professionals located across the country. The Assistant Program Officer will report to the Rural LISC Senior Program Officer for Finance & Operations.

The Assistant Program Officer is responsible for supporting the finance team with day-to-day task such as processing invoices, expense reports and grant disbursements. The Assistant Program Officer will also process small business grants.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review application materials, prepare draft award documentation letters or narratives.
  • Assist in grant writing and grant application review.
  • Create and process expense reports using Certify.
  • Review and process invoices and grant disbursements making sure that correct line item and funding sources are selected depending on purpose into NetSuite.
  • Creating grants and entering data into PA system.
  • Review grant compliance documents including financial statements, organizational documents, SAMS records, Form 990 and calculate basic financial ratios.
  • Make entries and run reports using access database and other reporting tools to check key performance indicators that awardees accomplished
  • Attended weekly Finance team, monthly staff meetings to learn more about the organization’s mission and activities including how we serve rural areas and low-income families.
  • Provide support to other Finance, Accounting, and Compliance tasks as assigned.
  • Assume responsibility for special projects and other assignments as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent relevant related work experience can be used as proxy
  • Be well-organized and detail oriented.
  • Has experience compiling large amounts of data into an easy-to-understand presentation.
  • Commitment to accuracy, attention to detail, timely reporting, and deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, writing, research, analysis, and relationship/team building skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required. Advanced Microsoft Excel skills preferred.
  • Experience with Salesforce, Power B&I, and other database systems preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

LISC offers a competitive salary ($57,200 –    $71,443).

Salary commensurate with experience and location and an excellent benefits package.

Actual salaries may be based on several factors including, but not limited to, a candidate’s skill set, experience, education, work location and other qualifications.

LISC is an equal opportunity employer. LISC does not discriminate in employment on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military status or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances.

We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.


How to Apply

To apply please submit your application using this LINK