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Assistant Program Officer

Background: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), widely recognized as the nation’s premier community development intermediary, has a 36 year history of providing financial and technical assistance to community-based organizations, private and public entities focused on the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods and rural communities.  LISC works in partnership with nonprofits, residents, public sector and private sector entities in Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) - good places to work, do business and raise children. We are dedicated to transforming distressed neighborhoods into healthy 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.  For more information about LISC visit

Now in its 20th year, Duluth LISC has invested nearly $90 million in local initiatives including support for development of the Lincoln Park Craft Business District, investing in housing rehabilitation and homeownership programs, creating affordable housing for fifty families at the former Lincoln Park School; and providing job training, asset and income building support for job seekers, access to healthy food and support for resident involvement in planning and implementing change in their neighborhoods.  At this time, we invite applicants for an Assistant Program Officer (APO) who will support functions related to our comprehensive community revitalization program.

Position Description: The APO will assist the Executive Director and the Program Officer in managing a wide array of community development activities and moving projects forward to facilitate and implement LISC’s BSC strategy. The APO’s responsibilities will include database management, tracking progress on programmatic and funding milestones, technical assistance to grantees and partners, grant administration, compliance and disbursements, assistance with preparing and monitoring the annual budget, fund development and have the ability to provide technical assistance in other areas as needed including communications, events and community engagement.

For the right candidate, this Duluth LISC Program Officer position offers an excellent working environment and exposure to a broad range of community development activities. For more information on Duluth LISC visit and


  • Assist with program development, implementation strategies, and operations.
  • Write concept papers, funding proposals and track progress on various work plans.
  • Assist in provision of financial and programmatic technical assistance to grantees and partners, connecting to national best practices.
  • Track progress on programmatic and funding milestones.
  • Conduct research, and gather and analyze data that supports programmatic outcomes.
  • Provide assistance with government and private grant documentation, disbursement and compliance, including coordinating closely with National LISC grants and contracts management department, as needed.
  • Provide programmatic support to develop and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders in the community development sector.
  • Assist with budget preparation, monitoring of expenses and budget oversight.
  • Help staff meet internal and external deadlines and track project/program performance.
  • Perform other special projects and duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in urban studies, business administration, planning, or similar field a plus.  
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, solution-oriented individual who has the capacity to work on multiple tasks and projects with attention to detail, prioritize a challenging workload, and be well organized and dependable while staying positive and solution-oriented.
  • 2-3 years of work experience in community development and neighborhood-building preferred. Experience should include a successful track record developing and running projects, or programs in community/economic development, human capital development, and/or community organizing.
  • Excellent project management, written and oral communication skills with advanced skills with MS Word and Excel.
  • A commitment to help community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy, safe and sustainable communities.
  • Experience in program development/management with a proven track record of implementation success..
  • Possess strong skills in communication and relationship-building,
  • Grant writing and communications experience a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and social media/networking.

We invite people to apply who have experience working with diverse populations and who possess general expertise in community development, and/or specific expertise in economic development, workforce development and program management.

Salary:    LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. 

To apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter via email. Priority given to applications submitted by May 15th. Please send a cover letter not to exceed two pages that describes your professional background, demonstrated the competencies we are seeking, and includes what interests you most about working for Duluth LISC to:

Pam Kramer, Executive Director,

Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation,


Administrative Assistant (Part-Time, 15-20 Hours)

Background: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks an organized, self-motivated individual to become the part-time, hourly, not to exceed 15-20 hours per week, Administrative Assistant, in its Duluth, Minnesota office.

LISC is a national nonprofit organization that provides financial and technical assistance to community development corporations (CDCs) as well as other private and public community development oriented entities in their efforts to create and maintain healthy vibrant communities. LISC provides training, technical and management assistance, financing and public policy support to local partners to promote physical (real estate) development and economic, health, educational and safety strategies that comprehensively enhance the quality of life in local communities.  LISC believes that community-linked development partners are the best vehicles to achieve lasting and positive neighborhood change for the benefit of low and moderate-income communities. These partners are accountable to local residents and engage in a wide range of physical, economic, and human development activities. 

The Administrative Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director and other staff, and will be responsible for key administrative functions relating to communications and fundraising, affordable housing and community facilities lending and training, and general office operations. Successful candidates should be highly motivated, well-organized, have excellent written, oral and computer communication skills and be able to relate to senior level executives.

 For more information about LISC, visit our websites at and


  • Maintain Executive Director’s busy calendar, schedule appointments and conference calls, manage invitations, and coordinate travel arrangements.
  • Provide support for trainings, conferences and special events including venue, food arrangements and assisting with staff travel arrangements including flights, hotels, etc.
  • Staff various committees and internal/external meetings, with responsibility for minutes, logistics, and meeting coordination. This includes assistance with the Duluth LISC Local Advisory Board.
  • Conduct research and prepare materials for fundraising efforts including composing renewal and thank you letters and grant applications.
  • Compose responses to office correspondence and other inquiries.
  • Manage office contact databases for mailings and communications e-mails, annual report, and e-newsletters.
  • Assist in update of local website and LISC social media (Twitter and Facebook) content.
  • Assist with annual budget preparation, processing payments ad contracts, the Duluth LISC Annual Report and other financial and program reporting as needed.
  • Support Executive Director and staff in working with media and documenting Duluth LISC coverage through photos, videos, and other forms of social media.
  • Interface with National LISC departments as required.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by Duluth LISC Executive Director.


  • AA degree required, Bachelor’s degree highly preferred.
  • Two or more years of full-time office secretarial/administrative experience. Previous experience in and passion for community development work a plus.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as part of a team.
  • Good problem-solving skills with a willingness to be flexible and proactive in a fast-paced and challenging work environment.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks without compromising quality.
  • Excellent computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and Outlook), PC systems, Internet, and office technology/equipment required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and productively with senior-level staff and stakeholders, including individuals and communities of diverse racial, ethnic, economic, social and educational backgrounds.
  • Flexible and positive attitude, a good sense of humor, patience and integrity.

 Salary: LISC offers a competitive salary.      

To Apply: Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017 to:

Pam Kramer, Executive Director,

Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation,       

Please include “Administrative Assistant Candidate” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls.



Although we have no internships open at the moment, we welcome inquiries about internships (usually unpaid) and are open to informational interviews. Internships can be in any of our primary areas of work: housing and real estate development, economic development, building family incomes and assets, improving access to quality education, and creating healthy and safe environments. 

We can also provide internships related to non-profit management, specifically fund development, communications, civic engagement, and media relations.

If you are interested in an internship with us, please e-mail Pam Kramer ( outlining your project ideas, timeline and place "Internship Inquiry" in the subject line.