Program Officer – Workforce & Financial Prosperity

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

Rural LISC’s Workforce and Financial Prosperity team supports a network of more than 100+ nonprofit partners in deploying an inclusive economic development framework that expands the ability of people, places, and businesses to contribute to equitable prosperity, so that all can thrive. This pillar takes an integrated approach by forging unique public-private partnerships and leveraging a range of strategies (including Rural Works collaboratives, Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC), and the Digital Navigator model) to address community needs.


Position Overview:

Rural LISC creates accessible opportunities for people to find jobs that increase their income and assets, and at the same time, it grows businesses and rebuilds neighborhood economies through integrated strategies that develop people, places, and businesses. The Program Officer will support these efforts, reporting to the Senior Program Officer of Workforce & Financial Prosperity, and will focus on Rural LISC’s work in workforce development, financial capability, business development, and safety & justice efforts.

The core program this position will support are Rural LISC’s Rural Works program and the Rural Financial Opportunity Center network. The Program Officer will work closely with the Senior Program Officer to build our capacity to assist rural workforce-facing nonprofits, post-secondary institutions of higher learning, and employer partners in national best practices, employment and financial capability technical assistance, and justice and equity outcomes.


  • Assist with research and prospecting for potential funding opportunities for workforce and financial prosperity program support, support grant writing, and grant reporting.
  • Helping craft materials and language for website, collateral, social media, and slide decks for workforce and financial prosperity programming.
  • Stay up to date and share best practices in workforce, financial prosperity, and safety & justice issues.
  • Lead research and technical consultants to provide timely, high-quality deliverables to further the national discussion on rural investment and impact.
  • Develop safety and justice strategies to be integrated in existing workforce and financial capability programming.
  • Support the development and facilitation of webinars and training sessions for partners.
  • Assist and oversee special projects on an as-needed basis.

Program Responsibilities: 

  • Program Management & Implementation: support grant and program administration functions for all workforce, financial prosperity, small business, and safety & justice programs operating at Rural LISC.
  • Capacity Building & Technical Assistance: assess needs, identify opportunities, and provide tailored TA to rural workforce-facing nonprofits, post-secondary institutions of higher learning, employer partners, employment and financial coaching organizations, and safety & justice program partners in Rural LISC’s network.
  • Relationship Management: build and maintain strong relationships with local, regional and national stakeholders for collaborative rural development efforts, including public, private and nonprofit partners. Serve as a lead technical assistance provider and relationship manager for a portfolio of Rural LISC partners.
  • Support Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) in their efforts in monitoring and improving their customer outcomes in the LISC Salesforce platform, leveraging local and national funding to increase their capacity, and providing technical assistance in deepening their service delivery and financial and employment coaching.
  • Gather and report on best practices and success stories of program partners to be incorporated into Rural LISC’s communication plan.
  • Collaborate closely with Rural LISC’s other programming pillars to deploy and/or scale promising intersectional strategies.



The ideal candidate should have knowledge of financial capability, workforce development, community development, training and certification curriculum creation, data management, partnership relationships, and/or private and public funding.

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in economic development, financial coaching, community development, safety & justice, and/or workforce development.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or significant relevant experience.
  • Experience with capacity-building, training and credentialing, skills-based hiring and coaching, financial education and literacy, and/or apprenticeship and on-the-job training programming.
  • Working knowledge of the economic, political, and social environments in rural communities, especially lower-income neighborhoods, organizations, and community development efforts strongly preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members and partners with varying levels of technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Ability to communicate through verbal and written methods, with research, analysis and relationship skills.
  • Fluent Spanish-speaker a high priority.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Salesforce, Form Assembly, SmartSheets, and other database systems preferred.
  • Experience working in a remote work environment is a plus.

This position has flexibility in terms of location, as long as it is in the United States or its territories. Comfort in a second language is a plus. Approximately 15-20% travel will be required for site visits, conferences, and pillar strategy sessions.

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.


How to Apply

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