We're Hiring a Program Officer!
Position Title: Program Officer-Community and Economic Development
Position Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Classification: Non-Exempt / Full Time
Reports to: Deputy Director
Philadelphia LISC seeks a Program Officer to lead the execution of a holistic and strategic approach to community economic development that results in transformative and equitable outcomes envisioned by the communities we serve. The Program Officer will be responsible for the community and economic development program portfolio, which focuses on equitable development and includes community engagement, commercial corridors, creative placemaking and community safety.
The ideal Program Officer does not need to be an expert in each of these areas, but should have enough familiarity with them to implement them as part of a wide range of community development strategies to advance LISC’s mission. These include building the capacities of community-based partner organizations; strengthening collaborations across sectors and industries and among community-based organizations, anchor institutions, and other corporate, civic and public sector organizations; identifying and leveraging investment opportunities; and advocating for policy and systems innovations.
The Program Officer also should be committed to results-oriented implementation that continuously draws from applied learning and evaluation. The Program Officer reports to the Deputy Director, manages 1 staff member on the community and economic development team, and collaborates with other staff in the Philadelphia and National LISC offices.
SPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Design and implement solutions to community/economic development issues utilizing LISC’s suite of programs, financing products and other tools. Coordinate projects and activities with Philadelphia LISC Housing & Health and Lending (real estate development and small business) Program Officers and National LISC Program staff as appropriate.
- Strengthen community-based organizations’ resource, organizational, programmatic, networking and political capacities by providing funding, strategic guidance, planning and project management, technical assistance, and training.
- Develop solid and respectful working relationships with community-based partner organizations and grantees. Maintain an in-depth knowledge of their organizational conditions, programs and projects.
- Work with other staff in developing strategic collaborations with and among community- based organizations, anchor institutions, and other corporate, civic and public sector organizations to leverage LISC’s capabilities.
- Plan, convene and facilitate meetings, trainings and workshops.
- Prepare and manage program budgets, in consultation with the Deputy Director and staff.
- Manage grants/contracts between LISC and community-based organizations, through the lifecycle of the contract, including negotiation, drafting, execution, monitoring compliance, evaluating performance, and maintaining contractual records.
- Manage grants/contracts between LISC and its funders.
- Manage contracts between LISC and its consultants.
- Assist the Resource Development team in identifying funding opportunities and preparing proposals, applications, reports, presentations and tours.
- Supervise 1 staff member and possibly 1 intern.
- Assume responsibility for special projects and other assignments, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required; graduate level education is a plus.
- 5+ years experience in community/economic development or related field. Program or project management experience in or with community-based organizations is strongly preferred.
- Keen interest in and commitment to the community development mission of LISC.
- Highly motivated, solution-oriented individual who is self-directed, and able to successfully
- balance multiple priorities and time-bound projects/programs.
- Team-player skilled at collaboratively designing and implementing solutions.
- Skilled at facilitating meetings.
- Highly skilled at project management.
- Strong listening skill & aptitude for applied learning.
- Working knowledge of the economic, political, and social environments of Philadelphia, especially lower-income neighborhoods, organizations, and community development efforts.
- Ability to interact with a diverse range of individuals and organizations, including but not
- limited to, residents, community development organizations, public agencies, private
- developers, funders and lenders.
- Attention to detail and deadlines, especially in the areas of contracts management and
- Experience and knowledge in government contracts management and compliance a plus.
LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits.
Submit cover letter and resume to Melissa Kim, Deputy Director no later than September 16, 2019.
Please include “Program Officer” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.
LISC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION