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Position Announcement

Program Officer

Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), widely recognized as the nation’s premier community development intermediary, has a 30 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.  The organization works in communities throughout the nation to assist in the development of affordable multi-family and senior housing, homeownership opportunities, commercial enterprises, education, childcare, community facilities and various community-building programs.  LISC works with its partners to make communities good places to work, do business and raise children.  For more information about national LISC and Duluth LISC visit and

Duluth LISC has been active in the Greater Duluth area since 1997.  It has generated support from over 100 funders who have invested more than $11 million in private and public resources, directly leveraging over $71 million in national LISC equity, grant, loan and matching fund resources for local Community Development Corporations and other community partners.  For every dollar raised by Duluth LISC, $15 has been brought into the community.   The Duluth program is one of many LISC sites engaged in its Building Sustainable Communities Initiative. Its At Home in Duluth initiative focuses on a comprehensive and intensive, community development investment strategy in five neighborhoods. The initiative has over 25 community-based organizations collaborating on a comprehensive approach to improve the quality of life of residents.


Duluth LISC seeks an individual, with a passion for strengthening communities, to join its highly productive and capable staff as a Program Officer.  The position will play an activist, leadership role in the implementation of the At Home in Duluth Sustainable Communities initiative.  They will perform a variety of duties (including but not limited to): fund development, consultant oversight, grant origination, marketing, communications, and organizational development support to community-based organizations.  The Program Officer will be key to successfully implementing a holistic, neighborhood-driven approach to community transformation that works to ensure both people and places prosper.  The position reports to the Duluth LISC Executive Director.


v      Coordinate various program activities, initiate program grant actions, disseminate program information, and provide oversight for lead agencies and program consultants.  Develop working relationships with neighborhood partner organizations in the At Home neighborhoods.  Develop in-depth knowledge of their organizational conditions, programs and projects.  Become conversant with interests, priorities and concerns of current or prospective partner organizations, resident groups. local government and business stakeholders in each target area;

v      Assist with fundraising events, as well as marketing and communications efforts.  Provide support for fund development activities, including grant writing, research and follow-up with funders and neighborhood recipients.  Prepare proposals, reports, presentations, and conduct tours as needed for funders, investors, national LISC and others;  

 v      Assist with the implementation of Quality of Life plans.  Develop coherent and focused plans for each target area that are consistent with an overall strategy supported by all key stakeholders.  Provide technical assistance to partners to ensure effective implementation of target area strategies. This will involve a combination of direct technical assistance and coordination of consultants and other technical assistance providers;

v      Assist with outcome measurement/performance evaluation activities including oversight of consultants and budgets.  Maintain a reporting system that provides measurement data and other information related to programming in each of the At Home neighborhoods;

 v      Prepare and manage program budgets, in consultation with the Executive Director and Assistant Program Officer.  Assume responsibility for special projects, as needed.


v      Five (5) years experience in community development and neighborhood-building preferred. Experience should include a successful track record developing and running organizations or programs in community/economic development, human capital development, community organizing and community programming;

v      Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Skilled in teambuilding and facilitation techniques. The ability to be a team player.  Grant writing, marketing and communications experience;

 v      Highly motivated, solution-oriented individual who is self-directed, and able to successfully balance multiple priorities and programs;

v      Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and social media/networking ;v      Working knowledge of the economic, political, and social environments of the Duluth area, especially lower-income neighborhoods, organizations, and community development efforts strongly preferred;


Bachelor’s degree required.  Masters Degree in urban studies, business administration, planning, social work, public administration or similar field desired.  Progressive experience of 5 or more years will be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.


LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

TO APPLY: Submit a resume, cover letter, references, writing sample, 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 Duluth LISC. Materials should be submitted via email or by regular mail to:

Pam Kramer, Executive Director

Duluth LISC

202 W. Superior St. Ste 401

Duluth, MN 55802



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