Community Development Officer for Housing

    April 30, 2019
    New York


     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 39 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $20 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 33 markets with offices extending from Buffalo to San Francisco.  Visit us at

    Position Description

    The New York City office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC NYC) seeks a professional to fill the position of Community Development Officer for Housing to conduct lending in New York City’s five boroughs. This position reports to the LISC NYC Director of Lending. The local New York City program, LISC NYC, works with nonprofit, community-based organizations to develop affordable housing, commercial enterprises and community facilities. Since its founding in 1979, LISC NYC has invested over $2.7 billion, leveraging an additional $6 billion in low-income communities. This has resulted in nearly 40,000 affordable homes built and preserved as well as 1.8 million square feet of retail and community space created. We also invest in health, economic development, financial well-being and environmental sustainability so that the communities our partners serve are good places to live, work, do business and raise children. For more information visit 


    The Community Development Officer for Housing works with the LISC NYC Director of Lending to develop and execute a program of strategic housing investments to advance the objectives of LISC NYC’s strategic plan. A primary focus of the role is sourcing affordable housing development and preservation transactions and managing relationships with nonprofit and for-profit developer partners who are working in coordination with city and state housing agencies such as the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, and New York City Housing Authority. The successful candidate will have knowledge of the public and private resources available to leverage LISC’s investments, and will have the skills to strategically deploy LISC’s full array of financing products such as predevelopment, acquisition, construction, and bridge loans, lines of credit, and tax credit equity, working alongside LISC’s affiliate National Equity Fund. 

    Specifically, the Community Development Officer for Housing will be focused on the following:

    Business Development, Lending and Technical Assistance

    • Market LISC NYC’s financial and technical assistance resources by building upon LISC NYC’s established historic relationships with nonprofit community development corporations (CDCs), with an eye toward continued stewardship of the community-based housing sector, while also identifying opportunities to expand LISC NYC’s client base and pursue other business development strategies.
    • Structure, negotiate, and originate a robust pipeline of affordable housing transactions that facilitate the deployment of LISC capital and technical assistance resources.
    • Underwrite all types of affordable housing real estate transactions requiring LISC pre-development, acquisition, construction, or permanent loans, tax-exempt bond financing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) financing. Conduct financial modeling and presentations to affordable housing development sponsors.
    • Coordinate with LISC affiliate National Equity Fund (NEF) acquisition/underwriting staff to provide technical assistance and financing where LISC NYC’s client relationships align with NEF’s LIHTC syndication activities.
    • Manage key relationships with public and private sector partners. Work closely with City and State government to develop projects across all of LISC NYC’s housing programs, including originating loans for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Participation Loan Program(PLP), the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS) program and the NYC Acquisition Loan Fund.
    • Provide technical assistance to LISC NYC’s partners, including nonprofit community development corporations and private entrepreneurs, seeking to develop affordable housing and other types of real estate. Assist in the preparation of applications and documentation necessary for debt and equity financing, government subsidies, and rental contract maintenance.
    • Provide technical assistance, in collaboration with colleagues at LISC’s affiliate National Equity Fund (NEF), to sponsors of affordable housing whose projects are approaching Year 15 of their LIHTC compliance periods, in order to exit, reposition, and refinance their housing portfolios.
    • Present loan recommendations to LISC’s credit committee. Perform credit analysis, including analyzing borrower operating performance, project financial performance, borrower management capacity, and project feasibility of affordable housing projects.
    • Work in cross functional teams under deadlines with private and nonprofit real estate developers, attorneys, governmental agencies, lenders, equity investors and other entities to structure and close affordable housing transactions.

    Program Development & Policy Systems Change

    • Work with LISC NYC staff to develop and implement programs that apply LISC’s technical assistance and financing capabilities to solve critical challenges identified through LISC NYC’s strategic planning process.
    • Collaborate with the LISC NYC Director of Policy and the LISC NYC Leadership Team to elevate lessons learned from LISC NYC’s transactional work and shape a more robust policy and advocacy agenda at the state and local level.


    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required. Master’s degree in real estate, finance, urban planning, public administration or related field preferred.
    • At least 5 years of experience in lending, finance, community development or related field, with demonstrated experience in real estate development, particularly underwriting, deal structuring and financial analysis.
    • Familiarity with the New York City area market, along with familiarity with city, state and federal government financing programs, including bond and tax credit financing, available to support projects.
    • Knowledge of financing products such as predevelopment, acquisition, construction, bridge and permanent loans; lines of credit; and tax credit equity.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, complex transactions at various stages and coordinate with multiple internal and external parties to meet approval and closing deadlines.
    • Commitment to the community development sector and the critical role of nonprofit organizations in driving social change and preserving affordable housing.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and representatives from the nonprofit, corporate, philanthropic and public sectors, and demonstrated flexibility and poise in dealing with a diverse range of individuals and organizations.
    • Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to work independently on multiple tasks and projects, set priorities for a challenging workload, and be a positive, solution-oriented professional.
    • Excellent writing, financial analysis and verbal communication skills required.

    Candidates with commensurate experience may be considered for the title Senior Community Development Officer for Housing.

    LISC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

    Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to (please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered):

     Sam Marks

    Executive Director


    501 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor

    New York, NY 10018