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 Francisco and in 2,400 rural counties across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Visit us at www.lisc.org

 

 

LISC’s Policy Office is located in Washington, D.C. It is responsible for developing LISC’s federal policy agenda; communicating this agenda to LISC employees, board members, funders, and other stakeholders; and pursuing this agenda through engagement with policymakers in Congress and federal agencies.

LISC Policy is seeking a creative person to support the team’s efforts to promote its national advocacy strategies, with an emphasis on policy issues related to workforce development, asset building and financial stability, and national and community service.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing and communicating LISC’s policy agenda to Members of Congress, congressional staff and other federal policy makers.
  • Preparing written comments to federal agencies on proposed rule-making activities.
  • Representing LISC on coalitions of advocacy organizations with similar policy and legislative priorities.
  • Managing or engaging in research and analysis related to federal policy and appropriations issues.
  • Collaborating with LISC program staff to develop federal legislative priorities.
  • Managing the development of policy briefs, research reports, legislative proposals and related documents that advance LISC’s policy and legislative priorities.
  • Educating LISC Local Office staff and partner organizations on critical policy issues.
  • Drafting action alerts as needed to the field on urgent legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Managing the planning of briefings, forums, and events that support the LISC Policy’s goals.

Qualifications and Experience:
The successful candidate for the position will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or relevant commensurate work experience. A master’s degree in public policy, public administration, political science or a related field is a plus.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in legislative affairs, governmental relations or nonprofit advocacy
  • Experience in developing or promoting programs or policies pertaining to:
    • workforce development (e.g., services, programs, systems and networks that provide people with education, skill development and access to quality jobs);
    • building family income and wealth (e.g., financial education, federal income supports, asset building);
    • small businesses supports
    • national and community service (e.g., AmeriCorps and related programs); or
    • digital equity and inclusion. 
  • Strong research skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to marshal the human resources necessary to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Excellent judgment, integrity and a strong work ethic.
  • Collaborative spirit and willingness to work with a team.
  • Knowledge of broader community development issues is a plus.
  • Experience working on Capitol Hill, a federal agency, nonprofit or a trade association is a plus.

Job Specifications:

This position will be located in Washington, D.C. LISC employees have the option to work in the office or on a hybrid schedule (part of the week in the office and part work from home). Some domestic travel (less than 20 percent annually) may be required. LISC provides a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits.

 

*Actual salaries may be based on several factors including, but not limited to, a candidate's skill set, experience, education, work location and other qualifications.

Our benefits include: 

Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage: Comprehensive health plans for you and your family's well-being; Disability Insurance: Long-term and short-term coverage for peace of mind; Retirement Savings: Secure your future with our 401(k) and 403(b) plans; Generous Holidays: Enjoy ample time off to recharge and celebrate; Vacation, PTO, and Sick Days: Take advantage of flexible time-off policies to maintain work-life balance; Tuition Assistance: Pursue your educational goals with support from our tuition assistance program; Referral Program: Earn rewards for referring qualified candidates to join our team; Professional Development Opportunities: Grow and advance in your career with access to ongoing training and development programs tailored to your goals.

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.

LISC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND JUSTICE

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