POSITION TITLE: Program Officer - Community Development 

REPORTS TO: Puget Sound– Senior Program Officer 


LOCATION: Seattle, WA 

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. 

Over the last 40 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 San Francisco and in 2,400 rural counties across 49 states  and Puerto Rico. Visit us at www.lisc.org  

Position Description 

The Puget Sound office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks a professional to fill the  position of Program Officer – Community Development. This position reports to the LISC Puget Sound  Senior Program Officer. LISC Puget Sound works with nonprofit, community-based organizations to develop  affordable housing, commercial enterprises and community facilities. Over the last 30 years, LISC has  made more than $1 billion in social investments throughout Washington, including COVID-19 relief for more  than 100 small business owners and community-based organizations. We also invest in health, economic  development, financial well-being and environmental sustainability so that the communities our partners  serve are good places to live, work, do business and raise children.  


The Program Officer - Community Development will be responsible for managing LISC Puget Sound  programs focused on business and economic development, affordable housing, health equity, financial  opportunity, and capacity building. The ideal candidate has prior experience in one or more of the following  areas: affordable housing/multi-family real estate, business district revitalization, supporting cross sector  partnerships and engagement strategies, small businesses support, and capacity building of nonprofit  community-based organizations. 

Specifically, the Program Officer - Community Development will: 


  • Develop, manage and grow LISC Puget Sound’s inaugural capacity building  

program for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) real estate developers  

with a goal of increasing representation in the real estate sector, providing new  

wealth generating opportunities and growing the supply of affordable housing in  

Puget Sound. Under the guidance of the Deputy Director, manage relationships  

with cohort members, subject matter experts and funding partners. 

  • Design, plan and carry out workshops and peer learning events for partners on  

community development topics related to LISC Puget Sound programs. A major  

focus will be on LISC Puget Sound’s BIPOC developer training program, and will  

include leading the execution of the program including coordination of mentors,  

speakers, overall program communications and session logistics. 

  • Develop and carry out operational plans for LISC Puget Sound’s community and  economic development programs, including monitoring and reporting on  

programmatic goals, objectives, and deliverables.  

  • Work with LISC Puget Sound staff to develop new programs and partnerships with  government, nonprofits and corporate and philanthropic partners. 
  • Collaborate with LISC Puget Sound colleagues to develop and write proposals to  raise resources for LISC Puget Sound programs, report to funders on programmatic  results and maintain and cultivate funder relationships. 
  • Performs additional duties, as required. 


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree in urban planning,  public administration, business administration, or related field preferred. Equivalent  experience in relevant field may be used as proxy. 
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in real estate, community development, small  business support, economic development program development and implementation.  • Experience working with Puget Sound community development organizations, public agencies,  private developers, funders and lenders. 
  • Strong organizational skills; efficient and detail-oriented. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, time management and relationship/team building  skills 
  • Excellent computer skills including competency in full Microsoft Office suite. 
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks and projects, prioritizing a challenging workload. • Works collaboratively and effectively with a diverse range of individuals and organizations.  • Passion for the mission of LISC and demonstrated commitment to the community development  sector including its critical role in advancing racial equity and inclusion. 

LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. 

To Appy: 

Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail with “Program Officer – Community Development” in the  subject line to: pugetsound@lisc.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to those  received by November 29th. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those candidates selected  for interviews will be contacted. 



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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

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Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Salary: Negotiable Publish date: 19 Nov 2021

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