| May 23, 2024

Program Assistant in Community Development – Impact Jobs in Providence, RI

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Website Local Initiatives Support Corporation

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 www.lisc.org

LISC believes that Rhode Island’s long-term success will be measured by the extent to which all individuals – regardless of income, race or zip code – have access to safe, healthy, sustainable communities with housing and economic choices that put them on the path to financial security, health and wellbeing.   We envision a region where residents are connected to their communities and can plan to stay there. A place where community residents build wealth through good jobs and entrepreneurship.  A place where community residents drive action to improve their neighborhoods because they feel a sense of ownership and empowerment.  Where neighborhoods have strong and responsive community organizations driven by residents’ needs and ideas.

The Program Assistant (PA) will also work closely with the team to support LISC Rhode Island’s program implementation and operations.  Responsibilities will include:


Program Support

  • Primary support to and work with the LISC facilitated Health Equity Zone for Pawtucket and Central Falls. The Health Equity Zone is a collaborative approach to advancing health through place-based, resident lead, social determinate of health strategies. Specific responsibilities may include:
  • Facilitating meetings of the HEZ collaborative.
  • Facilitating subcommittee meetings focused on specific social determinants of health; support the subcommittee in identifying goals and facilitate their implementation; build relationships at multiple levels to support implementation
  • Provide technical assistance to organizations regarding program development and alignment with HEZ priorities
  • Support strategic planning efforts for the health work within LISC RI, including assisting in the messaging and development of grants
  • Manage assigned HEZ projects from inception to implementation
  • Assist in project reporting and communication with funders
  • Represent LISC and the HEZ at meetings and presentations when appropriate, including routine participation in evening events and weekend events as needed and required

Additional support to and work with the RI team in the following program areas:

  • Child Care Facilities
  • Economic Development and Small Business
  • Lending
  • Community Development and Investment
  • Workforce Development/SNAP ET
  • Connect local partners with LISC resources (technical assistance, trainings, etc.)
  • Develop accurate, accessible and up to date information on grantee/partner projects and program accomplishments
  • Provide logistical and programmatic support for LISC RI meetings, conferences, training workshops, and tours to foster strong participation and connections. To accommodate our stakeholders, periodic evening and weekend work will be required, as needed.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

Information and Client Management Systems

  • Working with the SPOs, POs, APOs, and local team, establish and populate a client management system using Access with connections to Outlook and Salesforce
  • Develop and oversee transition to electronic file management, with paper files as required.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot computers and other office equipment. Work with LISC IT as needed


  • Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university or relevant related work experience
  • Two or more years of work related community investment and program activity experience preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented. Must be able to both set priorities for a challenging workload and work simultaneously on multiple tasks without compromising quality
  • Excellent customer service, relationship management and communications skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as part of a team.
  • Bilingual and able to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently
  • Periodically travel outside of the Rhode Island area for peer learning, training and national LISC activities


To apply for this job please visit boards.greenhouse.io.