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Program Assistant

Company: Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Location: Hartford
Posted on: May 21, 2023

Job Description:

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.

    Since 1979, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $29.7 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 38 markets with offices extending from Buffalo to San Franciscoand in 2,400 rural counties across 49 states and Puerto Rico.Visit us at
    LISC Connecticut is a local organization within National LISC, the nation's largest Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). LISC Connecticut has more than 35 years of experience working as a catalyst for community reinvestment in Hartford and across the state. It helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy places to live work, worship, do business and raise families. Since 1985, LISC Connecticut has invested $85 million in Connecticut's cities, suburbs, and rural communities, and leveraged an additional $818 million for community improvements.

    LISC Connecticut, in partnership with the State Department of Housing and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, is establishing a Housing & Community Development Leadership Institute (HCDLI) that will provide ongoing learning opportunities to the community development sector broadly, as well as offer a certificate learning series that supports the entry of BIPOC professionals to the community development field.

    Position Description
    LISC Connecticut seeks to fill a Program Assistant (PA) position. The majority of the PA role will be to assist in the coordination of the Housing & Community Development Leadership Institute (HCDLI), a professional development program LISC administers on behalf of the Connecticut Department of Housing and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. This role will serve as a liaison to the HCDLI network of participants, practitioners, instructors, and program partners. In addition to the HCDLI, the PA will provide administrative and programmatic support to the Connecticut Community Investments Team, comprised of two Senior Program Officers and one Program Officer. Activities and responsibilities outlined below for grants administration, partner outreach, and other tasks.

    Key Responsibilities
    Under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer for Capacity Building, the Program Assistant will support the following areas of work:

    Housing & Community Development Leadership Institute

    • Assist in the planning, logistics, and evaluation of the institute's annual training sessions
    • Oversee registration for all events
    • Market HCDLI activities through targeted monthly emails and electronic newsletter, with links to resources
    • Maintain HCDLI website, including posting events, reports, and links to social media
    • Assist in the production of program materials as needed
    • Coordinate two panels/networking events annually
    • Maintain a database of all program participants and event attendees
    • Perform all other special projects and duties as assigned

      Grant Administration

      • Assist in administration of grants and contracts, including processing within LISC's internal systems
      • Processing payment disbursements to grantees and consultants
      • Assist with preparing quarterly reports for funders

        Partner Outreach

        • Support Community Investments team with timely outreach to partners about funding and/or partnership opportunities
        • Coordinate outreach to partners for Section 4 advocacy campaign; year-end demographic survey; and other outreach as needed
        • Support logistics in organizing partner events, including quarterly convenings for the Hartford Neighborhood Development Support Collaborative and other community partner meetings


          • Associate degree from an accredited college or university, or comparable work experience may be used as a proxy
          • Minimum 5 years' experience in planning and coordinating activities and events; degree may substitute up to two years' experience
          • Strong communication and relationship management skills
          • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; comfortable learning new technology and software
          • Capacity to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and projects; able to set priorities for a challenging workload; and be a solutions-oriented professional
          • Interest in the community development sector and the critical role of nonprofit organizations in driving social change and preserving the unique cultural heritage of neighborhoods
          • Minimal local travel required (less than 5%), primarily in-state to training/workshop sites

            Learning & Professional Development Opportunities for Position

            • Exposure to practitioners and leaders across Connecticut community development sector
            • Access to HCDLI professional education opportunities - the PA will participate in all HCDLI workshops
            • Opportunity to visit community development organizations across the state to learn about their work and deepen your knowledge of the sector

              LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits.
              "LISC IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION-EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERCOMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND JUSTICE"LISC is an equal opportunity employer. LISC does not discriminate in employment on account of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military status or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances.
              We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.

Keywords: Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Hartford , Program Assistant, Other , Hartford, Connecticut

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