Program Officer

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Location: Charlotte, NC

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



LISC Charlotte was founded in 2019 and is LISC’s newest office. LISC Charlotte has a mission to collaborate with residents and partners to forge inclusive, resilient communities of opportunity. We invest in housing, economic development and community infrastructure by delivering funding, technical assistance and best practices that reduce inequity, promote innovation and catalyze economic, health, safety and educational mobility for individuals and communities. We believe that improving and increasing our housing supply is essential to breaking the cycle of poverty, creating wealth in underinvested areas and sustaining our economy. We meet our goals by serving as an ally, community convener, policy advocate and project catalyst, and by listening to and amplifying local voices and grassroots leadership.



Principal areas of responsibility will include:

  • Facilitate community development in target neighborhood, Historic West End, and others as deemed fit, in partnership with local groups, to build community capacity, increase affordable housing development and preservation, promote small businesses and workforce development and other community development functions.
  • Work with LISC Charlotte staff to develop, launch and manage new programmatic initiatives, including drafting concept papers.
  • Work closely with community-based organizations to build capacity and develop programs related to LISC Charlotte initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders in the community development sector and create linkages between community-based organizations by collecting information on partners, identifying new potential partners, and representing LISC Charlotte in public settings.
  • Prepare and oversee grants and contracts and manage program budgets, in consultation with other LISC Charlotte staff.
  • Track progress on programmatic milestones. Conduct research, and gather and analyze data that supports programmatic outcomes. Prepare, monitor, and track performance and outcomes of grant recipients and borrowers.
  • Manage LISC stakeholder groups that will further drive LISC activities in target neighborhood.
  • Write white papers and stories to highlight program successes.
  • Create proposals and reports for foundation, corporate, and public sector funders.
  • Manage the stewardship of LISC Charlotte’s funding relationships in collaboration with other staff.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.



  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university required; or relevant work experience can be used as proxy
  • A minimum of 3- 5 years of experience in community development, affordable housing development, housing policy or economic development are required.
  • Excellent research, writing, editing and analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational skills; efficient and detail-oriented.
  • Familiarity with the Charlotte area market. Working knowledge of the economic, political, and social environments of the Charlotte area, especially lower income neighborhoods, organizations, and community development efforts also strongly preferred. Knowledge of and experience working in the Historic West End preferred.
  • Fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector preferred.
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills including competency in full Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to collaborate with local partners and multiple teams.
  • Capacity to simultaneously work on multiple tasks and set priorities for a challenging workload.

Attendance at meetings and events is a required dimension of this position’s job duties. Employees are expected to attend all required meetings and events. On average we expect 40% of a local office employee’s time to be spent working in a LISC Office and/or in the Field, depending on local circumstances.

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.


How to Apply

To apply please submit your application using this link: Program Officer