Assistant Director of Programs

Reports to: Associate Director of Innovation and Learning

FLSA Status: Full-time/Exempt

Date: December 2020

Location: Washington, D.C. (preferred); regular domestic travel will be required, up to 30% (Note: Travel is currently suspended due to COVID-19, but is expected to resume at some time in the future at the level indicated here.)

About the Organization

The Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy works to ensure that people of color and people with low incomes have a fair chance to lead healthy lives. We have a well-established framework and approach that community partnerships can use to mobilize investment capital to create opportunities for affordable housing, jobs, fresh foods, and other drivers of good health while making communities more cohesive, resilient, and environmentally sustainable in the face of climate change. By working through the three key functions of our Capital Absorption Framework—the articulation of shared priorities; the development and execution of a pipeline of investable deals; and the creation of a supportive enabling environment of policies, processes, practices, and platforms—communities can access and shape the investments they need to achieve their goals. 

The Center, backed by several major national foundations, encourages innovation and shared learning among a broad set of stakeholders, from mission-driven investors, banks and intermediaries to community leaders, policymakers, local officials, anchor institutions, and others with an interest in achieving better outcomes for all people.

CCI runs several initiatives that bring together teams from across the country working to strengthen their local community investment systems. These initiatives provide high level coaching and technical support customized to the particular context and needs of each site. Each site is assigned a CCI staff member who serves as their central point of contact, understanding the site’s ambitions, progress, and gaps and bringing together the adaptive coaches, subject matter experts, and advisers who can help local leaders achieve their goals. This staff member also contributes a perspective on the sites to the initiative team, helping to ensure that the design of peer networking and learning opportunities is tailored to the real-time needs of participants. CCI is also in the process of developing shorter-form initiatives and courses to help practitioners advance community investment priorities in their communities.

CCI incorporates racial equity and justice in its programming and outreach. We strongly encourage candidates with such an interest and commitment to apply.

About the Connecting Capital and Community Initiative

CCI is undertaking a multi-year initiative, Connecting Capital and Community (3C), designed to introduce the Capital Absorption Framework to multi-sector teams in six major American cities and help them apply it so they can enhance and scale their affordable housing efforts, further develop their community investment ecosystems, and, ultimately, enable low-income, Black, Latinx, Asian, and Native residents to thrive. In each city, a diverse team of stakeholders from multiple organizations will work together to achieve an ambitious result that goes beyond individual projects to system changes aimed at improving the structure of opportunity in their community. The 3C initiative will support teams to act and learn simultaneously in order to:

  • work concurrently across the three capital absorption functions described above while centering racial equity,
  • attract and leverage capital for investment in a pipeline that advances community goals,
  • recognize and remedy the inequities at the core of the housing ecosystem,
  • acquire and sharpen relevant community investment, leadership, and racial equity content and skills, and
  • exchange experiences and build relationships to support accountability and progress.

These aims will be accomplished through:

  • intensive learning opportunities for full teams
  • smaller seminars for team leads
  • coaching and technical assistance customized for each team’s circumstances, opportunities, and challenges.

What You’ll Do

Duties will evolve and will likely include the following:

  • Serve as the central point of contact for two of the six teams participating in 3C, understanding the sites’ ambitions, progress, and gaps and bringing together the adaptive coaches, subject matter experts, and advisers to help local leaders achieve their goals 
  • Participate in coaching calls to help weave together adaptive and technical aspects of work on shared priorities, pipeline, and enabling environment
  • Follow up after calls and events to ensure that action commitments are moving forward
  • Integrate information from consultant call notes, coaching calls, evaluation inputs, and other interactions with the teams to track progress and areas of needed support
  • Participate in initiative-level planning and evaluation meetings, contributing perspective on the sites so that the design of peer networking and learning opportunities reflects the real-time needs of participants
  • Participate in development of content for and about the teams, including skill building programs, supplemental programs for participants in certain roles (e.g., housing developers, CDFIs, and community foundations), and programs focused on aspects of affordable housing
  • Monitor the policy and market context in the assigned sites, tracking major developments that affect the work of the team
  • Assist in the development and implementation of other CCI programs, including the development of shorter-form initiatives  

Other Responsibilities

  • Contribute to creating and maintaining an organizational culture that is respectful, values learning and feedback, and promotes equity and opportunity
  • Manage special projects and other responsibilities as assigned

What You’ll Need

  • Bachelor’s degree and non-degreed candidates with at least 8-10 years of work experience
  • Relevant professional experience in community development, affordable housing development, environmental justice, neighborhood revitalization; experience in multiple roles preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including cultural competency, sensitivity to diverse perspectives and experiences, ability to think politically and work productively with conflict
  • Strong competence in facilitating groups, including guiding difficult conversations
  • Experience as a network weaver or staff member at a backbone organization in a local multi-sector initiative preferred
  • Excellent ability to listen
  • Strong skills in project management, writing, and communications
  • Curiosity and demonstrated interest in the work of CCI
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Flexible and adaptive approach with the ability to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams
  • Strong interest in personal and professional development with an ability to use feedback (both to give and receive) constructively
  • Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience with virtual social platforms (Zoom, Google, etc.)


About the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. With locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, and Beijing, we organize our work in seven major areas: Planning and Urban Form, Valuation and Taxation, International and Institute-Wide Initiatives, Latin America and the Caribbean, People’s Republic of China, The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, and the Center for Community Investment.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

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CCI is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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