Deputy Director

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Category


Position Description & LISC Philadelphia:

The Philadelphia office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks an individual with a passion for strengthening communities to join its staff as Deputy Director. The Deputy Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of LISC Philadelphia’s operations and programs, with a focus on organizational systems, program implementation and evaluation. The primary program areas include affordable housing, economic development, and equitable neighborhood development.


The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director and other local and national colleagues to ensure that LISC Philadelphia’s work aligns with its strategic plan, its theory of change and its annual workplans. The successful candidate will have excellent management, collaboration, and communication skills, as well as an appreciation of the importance of a culture of learning. The position requires a strong commitment to the role of community-based non-profit organizations as agents of change, as well as an understanding of other key public and private partners who can offer additional resources to support community development in the city.



  • Supervise, empower, and support staff to implement our strategic plan, theory of change, and workplans.
  • Supervise administrative staff and program officers engaged in affordable housing, economic development, and equitable neighborhood development.
  • Manage LISC’s internal operating systems and practices to deliver on commitments to internal and external partners and ensure that related deadlines and objectives are met.
  • Co-design and manage administrative systems and processes, including grants and contracts administration, to support effective and sustainable workflow
  • Support consistent communications and coordination between local staff and national departments
  • Assist Executive Director and other staff in preparing budgets and managing and tracking funds
  • Co-design financial and program performance management tools to support programmatic work.
  • Oversee progress tracking of programmatic outcomes, including performance, grant recipients, and borrowers.
  • Monitor the performance of LISC’s financing, technical assistance, training, and organizational development strategies to strengthen partner capacities and impact.
  • Co-design processes and tools for learning and evaluation
  • Oversee programmatic compliance with private and public sector grants, including services provided, budget integrity, outputs and outcome, and reporting requirements
  • Supervise program staff in conducting financial due diligence review of grantees.
  • Direct staff in developing grant and consultant contracts. Support staff to improve existing government grant compliance monitoring procedures.
  • Facilitate staff professional development (leadership, knowledge, skills, networks)
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required. Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Urban Planning or related discipline preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years work related experience in community, housing and/or economic development, or related fields.
  • Minimum 5 years of staff management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability managing people and budgets within and across teams.
  • Strong managerial skills with the ability to motivate staff effectively and with empathy.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with project management and performance tracking tools and applications preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite preferred

Compensation – LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

About Us

The Organization

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 42 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested more than $24 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 37 markets with offices extending from Buffalo to the Bay Area. Visit us at

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To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with “Deputy Director” in the subject line. Please no telephone calls or unsolicited inquiries. LISC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND JUSTICE

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