POSITION TITLE: Program Officer – Economic Development
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full Time / Exempt
LOCATION: Richmond, VA
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.
Over the last 40 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $20 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 36 markets with offices extending from Buffalo to San Francisco. Visit us at www.lisc.org
In partnership with residents and multi-sector stakeholders, LISC Virginia attracts and coordinates local and national resources to strengthen neighborhoods primarily in the Richmond metropolitan area. LISC Jacksonville is comprised of a small, committed staff and a local advisory committee dedicated to carrying out this mission. More information can be found at www.lisc.org/Virginia
LISC Virginia seeks a full time Program Officer to support our economic development work.
The Program Officer will work under the guidance of the Executive Director to support the Virginia, small business and commercial corridors improvement efforts, and help strengthen the neighborhood economic opportunity and vitality through advocacy and partnerships.
The ideal candidate has a knowledge of community development, workforce development, financial stability, data system management and skills in building key relationships. This person will also facilitate the implementation of initiatives that provide support to commercial districts and to the businesses that populate them, working with a network of business support organizations including CDCs, BIDs and SIDs, anchor institutions, business training programs and accelerators, as well as other institutions to ultimately improve the flow of capital to minority and low-income businesses and neighborhoods. Candidates should also have experience working with diverse populations.
- Support non-profit partners by providing technical assistance to successfully implement the economic development programming, focused on helping residents find employment, access public benefits and become more financially stable.
- Prepare, monitor, track and manage LISC investments, performance and outcomes.
- Develop and disseminate resources (how to guides, case studies, briefs, articles, and other materials) by drawing on content expertise of Economic Development team, field offices, partners, and national best practices
- Prepare, monitor, and manage grants, including collecting information for reports and coordinating with colleague in development and communications
- Coordinate with LISC National Program teams to advance inclusive economic development
- Support local offices by providing resources, direct technical support, shared learning opportunities, hosting webinars, and managing Economic Development cohort
- Track local government policy and programs related to economic development and formulate strategies to leverage and advocate for such policies and program that support low to moderate income communities
- Facilitate and convene meetings, trainings, and peer gatherings to build partners’ capacity and provide access to resources.
- Provide guidance and support to partners on grant compliance, including federal financial reporting compliance.
- Help craft local economic development agenda in harmony with LISC’s national priorities of living-wage job creation, training, and placement, business development, and commercial corridor improvement and equitable opportunity
- Establish and coordinate technical assistance resources for small business borrowers.
- Develop and manage relationships with local economic development partners including community-based organizations, mission-driven developers, impact investors, financial institutions and local/state agencies in order to foster inclusive economic development.
- Serve as member of external partner working committees across economic development areas including workforce development, financial capability, and small business development.
- Assume responsibility for special projects and other assignments, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required.
- Minimum five (5) years relevant work related experience in economic/workforce development, financial coaching, wealth building, entrepreneurship support, lending, business investment or related disciplines.
- General understanding of the community development field, and knowledge related to community development financing preferred.
- Working knowledge of the economic, political, and social environments of the Richmond metropolitan area, especially lower-income neighborhoods, organizations, and community development efforts strongly preferred.
- Experience reviewing large datasets for quality and analyzing data for trends required.
- Solution-oriented individual who is self-directed, and able to successfully balance multiple priorities and programs.
- Flexibility in dealing with a diverse range of individuals and organizations, including but not limited to residents, community development organizations, public agencies, private developers, funders and lenders.
- Commitment to accuracy, attention to detail, timely reporting and deadlines.
- Excellent verbal and written communication, writing, research, analysis and relationship/team building skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Microsoft Excel required
LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits.
Please send a cover letter and resume via email with "Program Officer-Economic Development” in the subject line to VALISCJobs@lisc.org
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