Program Officer – Capacity Building & Partner Management

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


LISC Rural, Position Overview

The national rural program of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Rural LISC) is committed to building the capacity of our community-based partner organizations, particularly in the areas of financial management, leadership, and board and staff development, as well as support their community and economic development endeavors. The Program Officer will work under the guidance of the Partner Management lead team member to support the portfolio of Rural LISC partners organizations.

The Program Officer must manage relationships and provide connections and technical assistance to the Rural LISC partner portfolio of established and emerging community-based partners. The ideal candidate has general knowledge of key community development solutions around financial stability, workforce development, community development, data management, training, and skills in building key relationships. Candidates should know USDA, HUD and any other federal agencies as well as be comfortable talking to local, state and regional units of government. Candidates should also have experience working in rural communities and with diverse populations. A belief in the future and promise of rural communities is paramount. This full-time position has some flexibility in terms of location. Candidates must be comfortable working remotely and with travel.


Organizational Capacity Building/Technical Assistance:

  • Work with the Rural LISC team to support the continual assessment of Rural LISC’s portfolio of more than 150 community-based partners across the country, identifying opportunities to provide technical assistance, training, tools, and resources tailored to each partner, or group of partners.
  • Support Rural LISC’s lead partner agencies and programs – HUD (Section 4 + DCTA), USDA (RPN + RCDI), and other federal programs.
  • Become familiar with LISC’s suite of services to ensure the partner network has easy access to utilize the LISC services to support their local community development efforts.
  • Support the communication and relationships with the portfolio of Rural LISC partners
  • Craft coordinated responses to partners’ capacity needs, including group education opportunities, one-on-one engagements, connections to subject matter experts on the Rural LISC and LISC team, and materials to be created/delivered by internal staff and/or external partners or consultants.
    • Assisting with the facilitation and convening of meetings, trainings, peer gatherings, and regular e-resources to help build partners’ capacity and provide access to resources.
    • Direct the development, delivery and evaluation of training programs for community-based partners.
  • Assist in planning and determining program content for the Rural LISC Annual Seminar.
  • Support the alignment of Rural LISC staff, programs, and initiatives with clear, transparent communication about work being done within the partner portfolio.
  • Support the improvement of systems and processes related to key programs.
  • Lead mapping projects for assessments of partner and program geographies.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Fund Development Team, seek new funding sources and contribute to building relationships with funders; meet reporting requirements for public and private funders.
  • Participate in writing and reviewing funding proposals, concept papers and progress reports, including supporting grant management and financial tracking/reporting.
  • Work collaboratively with other program staff on specific research and development projects to evaluate, design and implement new Rural LISC initiatives.
  • Helping craft materials and language for website, collateral, social media, and slide decks.
  • Support the origination of loan and grant requests and support financial review, underwriting, budget, etc., with other appropriate Rural LISC staff.
  • 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.
  • Minimum three (3) years relevant work-related experience in rural community and/or economic/ workforce development or other areas that complement Rural LISC’s work.
  • Extensive knowledge of nonprofit management and organizational development.
  • Hands-on experience in real estate development or lending in a community development field preferred.
  • Working knowledge of the economic, political, and social environments in rural communities, especially lower-income neighborhoods, organizations, and community development efforts strongly preferred.
  • Experience reviewing datasets for quality and analyzing data for trends required.
  • Solution-oriented individual who is self-directed, and able to successfully balance multiple priorities and programs.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship management skills: experience, flexibility and poise working with diverse organizations and individuals of varied races, ethnic, economic, social, and educational backgrounds; and a demonstrated ability to think strategically and collaborate with colleagues across functions and geography to design and implement the best strategies for building stronger rural communities.
  • Support the facilitation and convening of meetings, trainings, peer gatherings, and regular e-resources to help build partners’ capacity and provide access to resources both in person and via web-based gatherings.
  • 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.
  • Approximately 10%-15% annual travel will be required.

Compensation and Benefits


LISC offers a competitive salary ($62,300 – $77,900) 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.


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