Program Officer

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Location: Houston, TX

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


LISC Houston is dedicated to carrying out a four-pronged approach to inclusive leadership, housing, community, and economic development:

  • People: Our work hinges on the insight, experience and expertise of hundreds of community development groups rebuilding neighborhoods locally and across the country.
  • Leadership: The better they do their job, the better we can do ours—and the more communities we support together. So we help them to become more effective change-makers.
  • Training: And it happens via training programs and learning opportunities for staff and leadership at the community development corporations (CDCs) and many other local groups with whom we partner
  • Communities: In turn, it drives systems innovation, challenging institutional barriers to equity and inclusion, and transforming underinvested communities into thriving communities

LISC Houston is seeking a passionate Program Officer of Leadership, Training, & Development to join our Team. Reporting to the Director of Community Programs and in close partnership with the entire LISC Houston team and external partners, the Program Officer will develop insights and help drive our capacity building work in our training portfolio and projects to grow our business and better serve our communities and stakeholders. He/she/they will be a self-starter who is excited about leadership development, trainings, and has a passion for systemic change. The position will serve as LISC Houston’s central hub of capacity building training offerings with management of legacy programs and collaborate across numerous departments. This is a very public facing role that requires a presence in the Houston community. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic, fast-paced team in an exciting, high growth environment. LISC does not cover relocation costs. If you are applying from out of state, please disclose your relocation plan and timeline in your cover letter.



  • Lead the development and continuous improvement of a comprehensive community training strategy for LISC Houston ensuring strategic alignment of training and development with business goals.
  • Conduct needs analysis to prioritize development, define performance, skill and knowledge gaps and recommend training and development to drive improvement.
  • Establish and maintain individual and organizational performance evaluation methods for training content, delivery, activities, engagement and outcomes. Utilize metrics to validate knowledge transfer and return on investment.
  • Collaborate with team members, community members, and business leaders to understand training and development needs, assess against current leadership training program available in Houston and proactively interfacing with key stakeholders in order to understand, recommend and deploy effective solutions.
  • Design and develop programs, capstones, and curriculum; partner with internal subject matter experts and/or external vendors to achieve defined training, learning and development objectives.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive communication strategy and recruitment/ enrollment strategy for training and development programs.
  • Practice program and project management.
  • Manage relationships with specialty consultants and direct vendors in the design, development and presentation of training programs and materials.
  • Build and manage an alumni program. Manage relationships with participants and build alumni networks for community development.
  • Conduct and facilitate training programs, manage online web enabled training programs, manage trainings through a learning management system.
  • Network and partner with stakeholders and trainers to stay abreast of training trends and issues and incorporate best practices into of training and development.
  • Manage and solicit enrollment and class coordination for participants, locations, and equipment.
  • Deliver coaching as needed.

Grants Management and Reporting

  • Lead management, process, and monitoring of grant funding including overseeing timelines, budgets, deliverables, reporting, communications, coordination, and collaboration with consultants and development leads.

Advance LISC Houston

  • Work with local communications staff to raise the profile of LISC Houston’s work and advocate for systems change.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert: develop and execute content-specific trainings, participate in affinity/working groups, and act as subject matter expert by sharing knowledge.
  • Collaborate with team members to integrate work streams across LISC Houston’s entire portfolio, identify opportunities to amplify impact, identify gaps and streamline.
  • Actively participate with local, state and national strategic coalitions to share information and develop partner responses to community needs.
  • Performs additional duties, as required.



  • Veterans’ Preference with a minimum of four years of service for experience and qualifications.
  • For non-Veterans, Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university OR minimum of 3 to 5 years comparable work-related experience.
  • Working knowledge of curriculum design, coaching, developing and executing trainings.
  • Excellent verbal/public speaking and written communication, writing, research, analysis, and relationship/team building skills.
  • Solution-oriented individual who is a strategic thinker, self-directed, and able to successfully balance multiple priorities and programs.
  • Flexibility in working during nontraditional business hours with a diverse range of individuals and organizations, including but not limited to community development organizations, public agencies, national partners, private developers, funders and lenders.
  • Understand and apply project management tools and processes.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required.

Compensation and Benefits

LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits.

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

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