Special Assistant to the Executive Director 

Reports to: Executive Director 

Date: March 2020

FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt

Location: Washington, D.C.

Position Overview

This is a new position designed to support CCI’s busy Executive Director who oversees CCI’s program, communications, leadership development, and operations teams; participates actively in CCI’s community investment and leadership development programs; manages CCI’s staff and consultants; networks and builds partnerships across the fields in which CCI operates; and maintains an active speaking schedule. The Special Assistant will ensure that the Executive Director is fully equipped to do their work and will represent them as needed, internally and externally. We are seeking an engaged and organized non-profit professional, with excellent management, communication, and administrative skills, and interest. Experience in community development, community investment, community organizing, and/or racial equity work is desired but not essential.

We strongly encourage candidates with an interest in and commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice to apply.

What You’ll Do

Duties will include the following:

Program Support 

  • Support the development of CCI’s new distributed leadership structure, including working with ad hoc and permanent teams coordinating different aspects of our work
  • Coordinate communication and workflow between Executive Director and program, communications, and operations teams, as well as across teams
  • Manage special projects as needed
  • Arrange and attend internal and external meetings along with the Executive Director; take notes, track action items, and follow up
  • Prepare Executive Director for meetings, including collecting or preparing relevant materials in advance
  • Represent Executive Director at selected internal and external meetings, including taking notes, reporting back

Networking and Communications

  • Ensure information flows smoothly between CCI and its funders and key partners
  • Assist with preparing agendas and materials for Project Advisory Council

Administrative Support

  • Manage Executive Director’s correspondence, including follow-up on emails, drafting emails and other short communications to ensure responsiveness, and ensuring that staff are included in correspondence as needed
  • Help manage Executive Director schedule and travel to ensure efficient and productive use of time in service of organizational priorities

Note: The duties associated with this role will evolve and are not limited to expectations outlined in this job description. Some domestic travel will be required for this position.

What You’ll Need

  • Minimum five to seven years of relevant professional experience
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent project management, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Strong written skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including cultural competence, sensitivity to diverse perspectives and experiences, strong listening skills, and equanimity in the face of ambiguous and complex situations
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Flexible and adaptive approach with the ability to routinely juggle multiple competing priorities and work in teams
  • Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint


If you're interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to cci@centerforcommunityinvestment.org. Please list the position for which you're applying in the subject line of your email.

About CCI

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.

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, policy-makers, local officials, anchor institutions, and others with an interest in achieving better outcomes for all people.

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.

Transforming investment in communities

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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