| May 23, 2024

Assistant Program Officer in Community Development – Impact Investing Jobs in Richmond, VA

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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


Established in 1990, the LISC VA  Office of LISC is one of LISC’s oldest offices and has invested in more than $165 million to support  affordable housing, economic development and family wealth building across the Richmond region. From the community planning process to the investment stage, LISC DC has been instrumental in driving more equitable development outcomes for Richmond area residents. LISC VA provides loans, equity, grants, and acts as a broker, facilitator, and provider of technical assistance to nonprofit housing developers, providers of community services, community development corporations, and joint ventures between for profits and nonprofits. Visit us at http://www.lisc.org/va/ to learn more.


LISC VA seeks a multi-skilled and self-motivated individual with a passion for strengthening communities through community development initiatives that address housing affordability, racial equity, and income inequality in the Richmond Region. The Assistant Program Officer will build strong program management skills while providing administrative, communications, and research support to program staff on key housing and economic development initiatives, and support office-wide operations. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with community development, housing, economic development, and experience working with diverse populations. The Assistant Program Officer will collaborate closely with the Executive Director and program officer staff to help deliver a wide-range of diverse community- based initiatives.

The ideal candidate has a knowledge of community development, affordable housing and homeownership programs and resources as well as skills in building key relationships.  Candidates should also have experience working with diverse populations.

The successful candidate must be proactive, well organized, possess outstanding program assessment and development skills, able to work with diverse partners and communities, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to work in a team and relate well with others. The job requires that a significant amount of time be spent in the community with the flexibility to attend evening meetings or events/activities, as appropriate.


  • Assist in overseeing programmatic and financial grant compliance for nonprofit partners, including reviewing financial reports and facilitating annual site
  • Assist in grant management, including creating grant agreements and consultant contracts, monitoring progress, and processing
  • Monitor and update internal and external reports and conduct data tracking and analysis across programs and initiatives.
  • Support office-wide marketing and communications, policy research, and community engagement
  • Develop creative approaches for measuring and communicating the local LISC impact in the community as a thought-leader, convener, and
  • Engage with local residents, nonprofit organizations, community stakeholders, and policymakers around equitable development planning and
  • Support office-wide fundraising by managing deadlines, writing grant applications, and reporting.
  • Support Local Advisory Committee engagement by prepping meeting agendas and onboarding materials for new
  • Provide logistical and programmatic support for special events such as meetings, tours, trainings, and peer gatherings to build partners’ capacity and highlight the work of LISC and its partners.
  • Coordinate internal and external calendars to set up meetings
  • Provide high level executive support to the Executive Director
  • Assist with other special projects and duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, however significant experience may be considered a
  • Minimum 4 years of professional experience in community development with some combination of administrative, communications, project management, and research responsibilities.
  • Working knowledge of the economic, political, and social environments of the Richmond Region, especially lower-income neighborhoods, organizations, and community development efforts is a
  • Experience analyzing data and research reports for program development is
  • Experience with grant and federal grant monitoring and compliance is
  • Highly motivated, solution-oriented individual who is self-directed, and able to successfully work simultaneously on multiple tasks and projects, set priorities for a challenging workload, and be a positive, solution-oriented
  • Flexible and positive attitude, ability to work in a dynamic environment, enthusiasm, and an outcomes-based
  • Commitment to accuracy and attention to
  • Ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and representatives from the nonprofit, philanthropic, public and corporate sectors and operate in a team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to write clear and concise business communications such as memos, reports, policies, and
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite of programs, especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Candidate must also have the capacity to learn and navigate new software required for all LISC employees and for specific program
  • Passion for the mission of LISC, with at least general familiarity of community development and urban planning and policy.


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