Assistant Program Officer

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Location: Toledo, OH

Job Function: Administrative/Operations/IT


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



LISC Toledo is seeking a skilled and experienced individual passionate about strengthening communities through effective and thoughtful community development programs and investments to implement and support LISC’s mission and local priorities. The individual will demonstrate strong knowledge of LISC’s toolbox, support relationships with stakeholders, provide capacity building and technical assistance to partners, and manage projects, programs, and related activities to be impactful. The position will demonstrate cultural competency working with diverse communities and a solid commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work.


Toledo seeks an individual passionate about equitable community development to join its staff as Assistant Program Officer (APO). The APO is responsible for supporting the management of community economic development and housing strategies and investments in coordination with partners to achieve economic mobility through entrepreneurship and homeownership opportunities. In addition, duties include effectively assisting and coordinating with the LISC National teams and programs to leverage resources and opportunities to enhance the local priorities. The portfolio of activities includes but is not limited to supporting: the small business and housing strategies, including lending, that advance Toledo’s focused approach to neighborhood stability; business ecosystem development; small business assistance; and housing programming. The position offers an excellent working environment and exposure to a broad range of community development activities.


The Assistant Program Officer will be responsible for utilizing community development strategies, resources, and tools to support the implementation of a targeted neighborhood approach. The APO will be well organized, proactive, handle multiple tasks and manage priorities, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and work well with others.

Under supervision of the Senior Program Officer, the APO will:

  • Support community development programming and projects to include building the organizational capacity of partners and establishing programmatic connections to implement place-based initiatives effectively.
  • Create linkages with community economic development programs to LISC Toledo’s strategic framework and target neighborhoods, steward community partnerships, and manage programmatic investments that connect economic development, small business, and the Financial Opportunity Center network in concert with the local FIWB team.
  • Source economic development and housing investment opportunities that further LISC’s mission and strengthen the Toledo program’s lending and equity pipelines.
  • Assist the SPO in supporting the loan pipeline and borrowers through all stages of the life of a loan.
  • Foster relationships with neighborhood-based partners to increase affordable housing and neighborhood stability through linkages to LISC’s Toledo strategic framework and toolbox.
  • Manage the Core City program and assist partners in identifying properties that fit the program’s strategic goals; increase supplier diversity for the program, particularly M/WBEs; and establish an intersection between the Core City program and LISC’s small business strategy.
  • Support fund development to include research, content generation, presentations, briefs, and reports to communicate the value of the community economic development and housing programming, including financial reporting.
  • Manage program and project investments to include writing reports, processing disbursements, monitoring grants, and investment compliance.
  • Assist with facilitation and convening internally and externally.
  • Perform administrative, special projects, and other related duties as requested.




  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience should include a successful track record developing and managing projects, including financial management and budgeting.
  • Familiar with government requirements and resources in community development, business development organizations, small business, and housing.
  • Experience in managing coalitions and consensus building.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience speaking publicly in diverse forums.
  • Strong experience with research, data analysis, and presentation skills.
  • Highly motivated, solution-oriented individual who is self-directed, and able to successfully balance multiple priorities and programs.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and related presentation and report software.
  • Commitment to accuracy, attention to detail, timely reporting, and deadlines.
  • Work simultaneously on multiple tasks and set priorities for a challenging workload.



  • Two (2) years of experience in community development and neighborhood building.
  • Grant management and administration.
  • Working knowledge of the economic, political, and social environments of the Toledo metropolitan area, especially low-income neighborhoods, to include community economic development, business development ecosystem, and workforce programming.

Compensation and Benefits

LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits.

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.


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