Deputy Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Posted by on March 04, 2013

Philadelphia LISC Deputy Director Position Announcement


Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), widely recognized as the nation’s premier community development intermediary, has a 32-year history of investing in community-based organizations focused on rebuilding urban neighborhoods and rural communities. LISC mobilizes corporate, government, and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with (1) loans, grants, and equity investments; (2) local, statewide, and national policy support; and (3) technical and management assistance.  LISC works throughout the nation to assist its various partners to implement our comprehensive, place-based community revitalization strategy that we call Building Sustainable Communities (BSC).  The BSC framework has five core activities:  developing, preserving and investing in housing and other real estate; increasing family income and wealth; stimulating local and regional economic activity; improving access to quality education; fostering livable, safe and healthy environments. For more information about LISC, visit

Philadelphia LISC has incorporated the BSC framework into local Sustainable Communities Initiatives in Eastern North and West Philadelphia.  In addition, Philadelphia LISC works with community-based organizations throughout the city to develop affordable housing, commercial ventures, and community facilities, as well as to support commercial corridor, family income and community safety programs.

Position Description

The Deputy Director will manage the day-to-day operations of the Philadelphia office, including implementation of a recently completed strategic plan; the Sustainable Communities Initiatives and other programs; and community development lending.   The position will serve as team leader for program staff, providing strategic planning, direction and coaching, and will work closely with community development partners and consultants in planning, implementing and publicizing projects and programs.  The Deputy Director will oversee the identification and analysis of new opportunities; lead the development of workplans for new ventures and programs; and help manage evaluation of current and recent endeavors.  The Deputy Director will also work closely with the Executive Director to help manage multiple LISC and external relationships, including committees of Philadelphia LISC’s Local Advisory Board, and to achieve programmatic and development goals.


The successful candidate will possess:

¨      Strong managerial and interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate and work effectively with a diverse set of colleagues, partners and other stakeholders.

¨      Ability to lead multiple programs or projects.

¨      Extensive experience with urban community development, real estate development and/or lending.

¨      Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to be persuasive and compelling in advocating for community development programs and resources.

¨      Good facilitation and presentation skills.

¨      Minimum 10 years related experience. Bachelors Degree required.  Masters Degree preferred.

¨      Working knowledge of Philadelphia community development environment preferred.

To Apply

LISC offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  Moderate travel is required. Qualified candidates should send a resume (including salary history), cover letter, and writing sample by March 11th, 2013 to:
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
718 Arch Street, Suite 5S
Philadelphia, PA 19106

For more information on LISC visit:


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