Senior Program Officer, Resource Development, Rural

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Location: Fowler, CO

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 was established in 1995 and currently serves 140 partner organizations in 49 states and Puerto Rico, comprising a service area of more than 2,400 rural counties.  Our mission statement captures our vision and approach:

With residents and partners, Rural LISC supports resilient and inclusive rural communities as great places to live, work, and innovate. Rural LISC strives to identify priorities and opportunities and deliver the most appropriate support to meet local needs. We achieve this through integrated strategies and programs focused on the following rural community development priorities: Creative Capital, Broadband and Infrastructure, Housing, and Workforce Development + Small Business. 


Working closely with Rural LISC’s leadership and program teams, the Senior Program Officer of Resource Development will report to the Rural LISC Director, Alignment and be responsible for managing the development plan and progress, including foundation, corporate and individual fundraising, prospect research, stewardship, and cultivation, as well as fundraising operations and systems. This position is charged with the responsibility of collaborating with Rural LISC leadership and program teams to grow, strengthen, and diversify Rural LISC’s philanthropic partnerships in ways that optimize and maximize contributions to our impact. The SPO for Resource Development will build and maintain strong, trusting relationships across the organization and will model our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.


Development Strategy

  • In partnership with LISC, the Rural LISC Director, the Rural LISC Deputy Director and additional Rural LISC leadership and program teams, develop strategies to raise annual revenue from philanthropic and corporate sources.
  • Lead the development of strategies on specific asks including crafting of compelling cases and concepts, proposals, presentations for support for unrestricted and programmatic funding that maximize relationships with current donors and cultivate and convert new donors.
  • Coordinate closely with National LISC’s development team to align Rural LISC’s resource development strategy and maximize efforts.
  • Assign and monitor prospect portfolios for the Rural LISC Director and Rural LISC leadership team.
  • Manage proposal development and deadlines in a fast-paced environment, ensuring that all submitted materials are accurate and comply with any funder requirements.
  • Facilitate and ensure strong internal communication and coordination within and outside of the department.
  • Cultivate and steward donors and create campaigns for continuous engagement.
  • Frequently analyze fundraising targets and progress, operationalize insights, and deliver quarterly development reviews to the LISC and Rural LISC leadership.


  • Identify new sectors and/or programmatic areas with fundraising potential and develop strategies to engage and market Rural LISC.
  • Under the direction of the Rural LISC Director, and in close partnership with the Rural LISC leadership and program teams, cultivate, solicit, and deepen relationships with a pool of key funders.
  • Work with the Deputy Director to coordinate all development functions, including corporate partnerships, foundation, and governmental relations, research, operations, development communications, etc.
  • Core responsibility on the team is as a writer and content producer for all materials related to fundraising including but not limited to concepts, proposals, slide decks, briefings, etc.
  • Grow a large and diversified donor/funder base for Rural LISC to create sustained, long-term growth.
  • Create an overarching donor communications plan – working in partnership with the Communications team to develop marketing tools for all development initiatives and charitable giving programs and to communicate new donor and fund development results to the Rural LISC advisory committee, donors, and the general community.

Team Leadership

  • Serve as a player and coach for the Rural LISC Fund Development Program Officer and interns. Develop and implement systems for how the development staff should work together with the rest of the Rural LISC team.
  • Assist the Rural LISC team in achieving and exceeding National and Rural LISC goals and objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • At least five (5) years in nonprofit fundraising and management experience.
  • Full set of fundraising experience – individual major giving, corporate partnerships, foundations relations, etc.
  • Has actively managed and grown a donor pool and secured securing large gifts, and able to build a diverse portfolio of supporters for Rural LISC.
  • Proven excellent writing, editing, research, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to interpret and present programmatic information and data in a compelling manner.
  • Strong ability to process and synthesize a variety of information.
  • Proven ability to build deep, thoughtful relationships with stakeholders with excellent communication skills, reliability, and a positive, confident disposition.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to develop and maintain long-term, productive relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to collaborate with your development colleagues through vision and empathy and is a thought partner to the senior leadership team.
  • Flexible and easily balance different priorities, with experience and comfort working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Mission-driven –passionate about Rural LISC’s work and is motivated to work towards funding the continued mission and vision of the organization.
  • Position requires domestic travel, estimated at 20% annually.

Compensation and Benefits

LISC offers a competitive salary ($83,000 – $100,000) and an excellent benefits package. Salary commensurate with experience and location.

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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