Community Development Internship with LISC

Community Development Assistant
12- Month Position – Part-time Hourly



Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is the local office of LISC, a national nonprofit community development organization that has invested $16 billion in 30 cities across the United States. LISC combines corporate, government, and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. Philadelphia LISC is a catalyst for community change, working with partners to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents. Since 1980, Philadelphia LISC has invested $390 million to build or preserve 8,075 affordable homes and apartments and develop 1.8 million square feet of retail, community, and educational space. LISC works with community partners to build sustainable communities, which includes: 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; promoting arts and culture; and strengthening community leadership.

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Philadelphia LISC seeks a Community Development Assistant to provide programmatic and administrative support for its Sustainable Communities Initiative. In addition, the position will help support our strategic priorities, which includes Financial Opportunity Centesr, Economic Opportunity, Commercial Corridor Program, Community Safety Initiative, and Creative Placemaking Program. A twelve month work plan will be developed to identify key goals and outcomes that will be achieved over the course of the year.

This person will have the opportunity for a meaningful learning experience at one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations. S/he will make substantive and valued contributions to assist Philadelphia LISC in achieving its mission of strengthening neighborhoods and improving lives for a better Philadelphia. The position will report to the Deputy Director, but will work with all program staff to advance programs and priorities as needed.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  •  Provide support in the implementation of comprehensive community plans and activities,including detailed work plans that are consistent with the overall strategy and supportedby key stakeholders.
  •  Provide support in the implementation of technical assistance to grantees and partners of our Economic Opportunity, Commercial Corridor, Financial Opportunity Center,Community Safety, and Creative Placemaking Programs.
  • Provide support to prepare, monitor, and track performance and outcomes of grant recipients. Input data to track program success and challenges.
  • Assist with program reporting.
  • Develop good, collaborative working relationships with staff, grantees and community partners.
  •  Attend community meetings as needed. Evening work may be required.

  • Other duties as assigned/needed.


  •  Commitment to and/or experience with working lower-income communities andcommunity-based, resident-driven model of neighborhood revitalization.
  •  Team oriented with an aptitude to learn from others and an ability to also work independently.
  •  Good communicator with excellent written and verbal skills.
  •  Capacity to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and projects.
  •  Flexibility in dealing with a diverse range of individuals and organizations.
  •  Embodies the core values of Collaboration, Engagement, Impact and Excellence.
  •  Undergraduate degree completed or in process. Graduate level education preferred.

Background in urban studies, policy, community development or related fields a plus.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample by May 13, 2016 to Dana Hanchin, Deputy Director at