Program Officer, Economic Development

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Location: Indianapolis, IN

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 Indianapolis

LISC is a national non-profit organization that provides financial and technical assistance to community development organizations working to improve housing and economic conditions in inner-city neighborhoods and lower income communities.  LISC Indianapolis works to revitalize urban neighborhoods and improve the quality of life of residents to increase life expectancy by addressing the social determinants of health.

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Job Specification: The Program Officer role will support this project until December 2024. This is a grant-funded position.

Must be available to work evenings and weekends when needed. Some travel regional may be required.


Key Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Executive Director the Program Officer – Economic Development will:


  • Lead all grant management activities related to the ARPA grant that LISC Indianapolis’ Economic Development team was awarded, including reporting, complying with deadlines, disbursements and any other activity related to this grant’s management.
  • Lead the small business programming related to the new Technical Assistance Hub that LISC Indianapolis will be implementing with ARPA funds, as part of the Economic Development portfolio of work.
  • Collaborate closely with the Economic Development Program Officer leading the Capacity Building efforts in the Economic Development team to implement the Capacity Building portion of the ARPA-funded work.
  • Collaborate closely with the Economic Development Program Officer leading the Economic Development work at LISC Indianapolis to align the work implemented with ARPA funds to the team’s portfolio of work.
  • Work closely with the Economic Development team to align the services offered through the Technical Assistance Hub to other LISC Economic Development programs.
  • Collaborate with other LISC program officers to align the work of the Technical Assistance Hub across program areas including the Equitable Food Access Initiative, Family Income and Wealth Building, Great Places and Quality of Life.
  • Lead program impact evaluation, story-telling, and program outreach with support from the Assistant Program Officer and Director of Marketing.



  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (Economics, Business, Public Administration) from an accredited college or university required; advanced degree in a related field is a plus! Relevant work experience may be considered as a proxy.
  • Small Business Experience: Minimum 3+ years’ experience in small business and entrepreneurship, which could include working as an entrepreneur, developing small business programming, teaching small business courses, providing business coaching, or serving entrepreneurs with technical assistance. Solid business coaching experience is preferred.
  • Grant Management Experience: Experience in grant management, including private and government grants and grant reporting.
  • Communication: Listens, speaks, and writes effectively to build meaningful relationships with team members and partners, and to convey information for the needs of the audience. Credible with community, institutional, and philanthropic audiences.  Commitment to an inclusive, racial-equitable, community-based, resident-driven model of community planning and decision-making.
  • Program Development: Designs, develops, and administers solutions to community-articulated needs in partnership with stakeholders. Familiarity with articulating needs, defining goals, and identifying measurable outcomes.
  • Judgement and Decision Making: Considers the costs and benefits of multiple alternatives to reach the most optimal outcome. Ability to analyze challenges, evaluate potential responses, and learn from outcomes.
  • Resource Management: Ability to plan, allocate, and optimize resources for successful program implementation and sustainability.
  • Organization: Ability to design, apply, and maintain efficient systems for tracking time, tasks, resources, and other information. Maintains an orderly and focused workflow to meet deadlines and exceed goals. A detail-oriented individual will function best in this role.
  • Complex Problem Solving: Identifies complex problems and reviews related information and data to develop and influence options and execute follow-through. Adept at understanding the implications of new information on current and future problem-solving.



Compensation and Benefits


LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits.

How to Apply

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