Program Officer

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Location: Oakland, CA

Job Function: Community Outreach


The Organization

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
  • Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to catalyze economic, health, safety and educational mobility for individuals and
  • Strengthen existing alliances while building new collaborations to increase our impact on the progress of people and
  • 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 42 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 the Bay Area. Visit us at


The LISC Bay Area team is looking for a collaborative and passionate individual to join our team as Program Officer for Communications and Operations. The LISC Bay Area team takes a bold and joyful approach to our work to support local communities in creating prosperity and well-being – defined in their terms. We bring the tools of community development – mobilizing funds, cultivating partnerships, and deepening capacity – in the areas of economic development and housing to support the self-determination of communities that have been historically prevented from accessing investment and opportunity.

Position Description

This will be a new role for LISC Bay Area, which means there is room to bring your leadership and vision to shape the role with other members of the LISC Bay Area team. Communications and operations are the backbone of our innovative community development initiatives, which touch housing affordability, creating and sustaining diverse businesses, strengthening neighborhoods, and racial and economic inequity in the Bay Area.

The Program Officer will report to the Deputy Director. This role will lead strategic communications of our programming and resources to community development corporations (CDCs), non-profit organizations, community-based entrepreneurs, and the media throughout the nine-county Bay Area and across CA.  Additionally, it will support cross-program operations, including supporting fundraising and grant management, and tracking our impact. The PO will coordinate closely with our local office staff. The ideal candidate shares our values of equity and community self-determination.


The following are an indication of the position’s core responsibilities; these are intended to illustrate the scope of responsibilities and are not exclusive of other duties that may be required.

  • Develop and execute an overall communications strategy for LISC Bay Area, building on the LISC Bay Area songbook and our upcoming Strategic Plan to build awareness of Bay Area LISC’s work, values and goals among funders and partners.
  • Write proposals and reports, including our annual report, create presentations and collateral materials for marketing, reporting, and other needs.
  • Create and disseminate content and strategic messaging on multiple platforms (website, social media, LISC Bay Area e-newsletter, etc.) and track analytics.
  • Coordinate and develop annual impact reports to capture the achievements of the office. Work in coordination with local office staff to gather program related stories and data.
  • Help identify and manage key relationships with public and private partners, including media partners. Work closely with partners in the development of communications for projects and programs.
  • Plan and execute communications for fundraising and other special events, and provide support as needed for LAC meetings and events.
  • Collaborate with other LISC offices to share, learn about, and collect locally-relevant content.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in fundraising and/or communications, preferably in the non-profit sector, community development, or related fields.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; however relevant experience may be considered as a proxy.
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.
  • Ability to be self- directed and work independently on multiple tasks and projects, set priorities and coordinate with multiple internal and external parties to meet project goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and economic equity.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, social media, and email marketing platforms.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with and interest in community development, housing, and/or economic development (academic or professional).
  • The ideal candidate has experience working with communities of color and/or underrepresented communities.
  • Familiarity with graphic design software and website design.

Compensation and Benefits

Job Specifications

The position is based in Oakland, CA. This is a hybrid position. Candidate must reside Bay Area.


LISC offers a competitive salary (85,000- 91,000) salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

How to Apply

Please complete application and submit resume/cover letter at