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LISC Milwaukee announces Program Officer – Small Business & Commercial Revitalization position


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Milwaukee LISC invites applicants for the exempt full-time position of Program Officer-Small Business & Commercial Revitalization. The primary responsibility of the Program Officer will be to advance revitalization efforts in select commercial corridors and support the small businesses located within them by designing and conducting trainings, providing technical assistance, and managing relationships with partners. The Program Officer will serve as the primary liaison between LISC, community development corporations, non-profits, Milwaukee DCD and Milwaukee Business Improvement Districts.


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. LISC is widely recognized as the nation’s premier community development intermediary. It has a 37-year history of providing financial and technical assistance to community-based organizations and public entities focused on the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods and rural communities. 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. LISC works in partnership with nonprofits, residents, public sector and private sector entities build vital and resilient communities. Our approach is comprehensive – one that values resident involvement and recognizes the importance of an integrated approach to revitalization. We work collaboratively to address housing and commercial development, along with family income and asset building, workforce issues, education, economic development and the many aspects of a great neighborhood – places to play, access to health care, community safety and more. Milwaukee LISC has been active in the region since 1995. For more information visit


The Program Officer of Small Business & Commercial Revitalization will report directly to the Executive Director or as designated by the Executive Director.

Position Description

The Program Officer has lead responsibility for:

Specific Duties


  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business, economics, urban planning or finance. Master’s degree preferred.

  2. Minimum (5) years of demonstrated experience in community and/or economic development or CDFI experience.

  3. Minimum three (3) years technical assistance experience, with the skill sets and sensibilities to work effectively with nonprofit, community-based partners.

  4. Proven skills in financial analysis and in evaluating financial statements.

  5. Must embrace and promote a culture of individual and shared trust and accountability – internally and externally; ability to work in a team oriented environment.

  6. Demonstrated strategic thinking and analysis.

  7. Knowledge of Milwaukee’s Business Improvement Districts.

  8. Knowledge of commercial corridor strategies that succeed in urban neighborhoods.

  9. Strong oral communication skills and public speaking experience.

  10. Strong negotiating skills.

  11. Strong writing skills; ability to write clear and concise business communications, such as memos, budget summaries, policies, procedures, and performance reviews.

  12. Ability to read and interpret complex work-related documents such as laws and regulations.

  13. Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, delegate work as well as recommend and implement solutions to complex problems.

Application Process

Candidates should send a resume, cover letter, one writing sample, three professional references, and salary requirements. Use the cover letter to describe what in your professional background demonstrates the competencies sought and what interests you most about working for Milwaukee LISC.

Send all materials to DONSIA STRONG HILL VIA E-MAIL:
Please type “Program Officer-Small Business & Commercial Revitalization” in the subject line of the email.



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