Deputy Director

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Location: New York, NY

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.

Over the last 40 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $24 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

Economic Development

LISC has developed a multidisciplinary economic development framework that expands the ability of people, places, and businesses to contribute to equitable prosperity. We create accessible opportunities for people to find jobs that increase their income and assets, grow businesses, and rebuild neighborhood economies, by focusing on strategies for the development of peoples’ skills, small businesses, and commercial districts.  The National Economic Development Team supports this work through raising and deploying funding, training, public policy, and program support across 38 urban offices and its nationwide rural network.



Our team is seeking a Deputy Director to design and lead inclusive small business development initiatives that advance equitable prosperity through BIPOC small business development in historically disinvested communities nation-wide. They will be responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of our small business programs, working closely with the team to determine the strategic direction and guidance for all aspects of LISC’s Small Business future program vision and growth. The successful candidate will be a creative thinker with an entrepreneurial mindset and direct experience providing technical assistance, financing, and other forms of support to small businesses and a history of building partnerships to strengthen small business support ecosystems. The position requires a strong appreciation of the role of business development organizations as agents of change and an understanding of the capital access and technical assistance landscapes for small businesses. They should be comfortable developing and maintaining relationships with key public and private sector partners, have strong non-profit program management skills and experience, as well as familiarity with community economic development tools and experience working with diverse populations.


  • Lead, improve, and expand LISC’s range of small business development programs administered by the National Economic Development team.
  • Serve as LISC’s in-house expert on equipping and supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs to grow and prosper through technical assistance, capital access and intentional community support.
  • Support local LISC programs with funding, cross-city coordination, and technical assistance as they work to building stronger small business support ecosystems.
  • Coordinate with Lending, Knowledge Management, Strategy and Innovation, and other National Programs and Affiliates to advance inclusive small business development and connect small businesses to LISC loan and equity and external forms of capital.
  • Ensure programmatic and financial grant compliance related to small business programs and pursue new sources of grant funding, including securing federal resources.
  • Oversee the development and dissemination of resources for BIPOC entrepreneurs and other disadvantaged small businesses (how to guides, case studies, briefs, articles, etc.).
  • Manage corporate and philanthropic partnerships, including regular meetings and regular reporting, which includes analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and communicating impact, collecting program outcome data and writing reports.
  • Prepare, monitor, and manage grants, including overseeing program budget and coordinating with colleagues in development, communications, and local offices.
  • As needed, facilitate and convene meetings, trainings, and peer gatherings to build the capacity of BDO’s and other community, and public/private sector partners.
  • Actively participate and contribute to team activities, conversations and events.
  • Provide support to Director of Economic Development and assume responsibility of special projects, and other assignments, as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business, finance, urban planning, or related field is required. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years relevant work-related experience overseeing small business development initiatives, experience working with BIPOC entrepreneurs and other disadvantaged businesses is preferred.
  • Deep understanding of the small business development field, knowledge related to small business financing preferred.
  • Solution-oriented individual who is self-directed, and able to successfully balance multiple priorities and programs.
  • Flexibility in working with a diverse range of individuals and organizations, including but not limited to business development organizations, public agencies, private developers, small businesses, funders and lenders.
  • Ability to work with a geographically dispersed team, often via phone or webinar and occasionally travel to LISC field offices or conferences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, writing, research, analysis and relationship/team building skills.
  • Commitment to accuracy, attention to detail, timely reporting and deadlines.
  • Strong managerial skills with the ability to motivate staff effectively.
  • Time management, task prioritization and planning skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required, Asana preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume via email with “Deputy Director, Economic Development” in the subject line to