SPARCC Program Officer

Job Type

Full Time




50 California Street
Suite 2900
San Francisco
United States



Place matters. Where we live has profound implications for our health and well-being. But for far too many people, particularly low-income households and people of color, these places are contributing to their growing inequity in economic opportunity, climate vulnerability and health outcomes. The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) is a transformative effort to create healthy, climate-smart, and opportunity-rich places where low-income people and people of color will thrive. SPARCC will support collaborative and racially-inclusive leadership tables initially in six metropolitan regions nationally, with a focus on changing the underlying systems that shape the built environment.

The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) has partnered with Enterprise Community Partners, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (together, the SPARCC partners) to implement this bold initiative. Each partner will contribute to staffing the initiative, with LIIF responsible for the overall program management and capital.

The Program Officer works with and reports to the Project Director, and coordinates across all of the SPARCC partners to manage the effective and efficient implementation of the initiative toward achieving its goals and performance outcomes. The Program Officer is responsible for managing communication between SPARCC staff, partner organizations, contractors, and partner sites on programmatic issues including schedule, funding and accounting, grant management, work planning, contracting and billing, document coordination and distribution, convening's and meetings, and external information and communications. The position will also involve tracking, analyzing, and communicating initiative progress to SPARCC partners.


The Low Income Investment Fund is a non-profit community development financial institution, with headquarters in San Francisco and offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. LIIF builds healthy communities by bridging the gap between private capital markets and low-income neighborhoods. LIIF is a steward for capital invested in affordable housing, childcare, education and other community initiatives.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and implements a groundbreaking new $20 million national initiative to build capacity in regions across the country to achieve greater racial, health and climate equity.
  • Administers program management functions of the SPARCC initiative to support equitable, climate-wise, and healthy development in six sites nationally.
  • Generates, coordinates, and facilitates communication across the SPARCC partners and program teams. Serves as an ambassador for the program.
  • Coordinates and reviews submissions from prospective sites as part of the site selection process.
  • Develops a data gathering and reporting process with sites and tracks program outcomes.
  • Manages incoming grant tracking and reporting with SPARCC funders.
  • Manages outgoing grant agreements, funding, and reporting with SPARCC partners and sites.
  • Manages contracts and performance of consultants and contractors.
  • Maintains project management tools across partners, including schedules, deliverables, budgets, and accountability.
  • Works with the Project Director on all aspects of program implementation as needed.
  • Helps budget and track resource needs and allocation across partners and sites
  • Maintains and updates initiative documents, resource library, and operational procedure


  • Strong project/program management, including scheduling, resource allocation, and critical path analysis.
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow through.
  • Basic budgeting and financial management.
  • Strong team skills and ability to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Strong research and presentation skills.



  • Creative, strategic thinker with demonstrated imagination and flexibility.
  • Effective written and oral communication and presentation skills. Direct and open communication style.
  • Dedicated self-starter who is accustomed to taking the initiative, and driving toward results, has a high degree of self-motivation, initiative, dedication, creativity and perseverance.
  • Professional in demeanor, actions, and attitude, toward external audiences and colleagues.
  • Must be committed to, and find passion in, LIIF’s mission. Must have a desire to join a nonprofit organization and advocate on behalf of LIIF and the communities it serves
  • A basic knowledge of CDFIs and community development is desirable.


Experience/Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. A minimum of three years of experience in project and/or program management, preferably in the nonprofit field. Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills. In lieu of education, directly related experience can be substituted on a year-for-year basis. Must be able to travel.


We offer excellent benefits. See our website for overview.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree