Program Assistant

Washington, D.C. /
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – Center for Community Investment /
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Mission
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, DC; Phoenix; and Beijing, we organize our work around the achievement of six goals: low-carbon, climate-resilient communities and regions; efficient and equitable tax systems; reduced poverty and spatial inequality; fiscally healthy communities and regions; sustainably managed land and water resources; and functional land markets and reduced informality.

Center for Community Investment Mission
CCI at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a limited-time initiative with an ambitious goal: to help ensure that people of color and people with low incomes have a fair chance to lead healthy lives. We work to achieve this goal by changing the practice of community investment in the United States so it helps overcome structural inequities and better supports the realization of community priorities.
The Center, backed by several major national foundations, aims to help communities build powerful and effective investment systems so they can efficiently execute more deals that make disinvested communities more cohesive, resilient, and vibrant. This involves getting additional partners to the table, creating different ways of doing business, and identifying and changing the policies and relationships that determine what gets financed.

Position Overview
CCI is seeking a creative self-starter with a strong learning orientation to join our team. The right candidate will combine an interest in the big picture with the ability to pay close attention to detail. The Program Assistant will support the execution and impact of CCI’s Sprints, Connecting Capital and Community initiative, CCI’s learning agenda, and other Center activities overall through a combination of project coordination and administrative support. CCI is striving to incorporate racial equity and justice in its programming and outreach. We strongly encourage candidates with such an interest and commitment to apply.
This position is full-time and reports to the Director, Innovation and Learning.
Sprints Overview
Building on the model of our multi-year cohort programs CCI offers shorter initiatives, called Sprints, as another opportunity for teams around the country to learn about community investment, adaptive leadership, and racial equity and access individualized coaching, peer learning, and new ways to think about their practice. Across the nation, leaders in fields like climate resilience, housing and community development, planning, philanthropy, finance, economic development, food systems, and community organizing are working to undo the legacy of structural racism and long-term disinvestment. Whether they are focusing on a single issue or working together toward a shared vision, participation in a Sprint can help them achieve the kinds of systems change that will undergird equitable communities where everyone can thrive.
Connecting Capital and Community Initiative Overview
Connecting Capital and Community (3C), is designed to introduce the capital absorption framework to multi-sector teams in six major American cities and help them apply it in order to enhance and scale their affordable housing efforts, further develop their community investment ecosystems, and, ultimately, enable low-income, Black, Latinx, Native American, and Asian American and Pacific Islander 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. These aims will be accomplished through: intensive learning opportunities for full teams; smaller seminars for team leads; and coaching and technical assistance customized for each team’s circumstances, opportunities, and challenges.

What You’ll Do - Program Support and Coordination

    • The Program Assistant will ensure that Sprints offered by the Center run smoothly and that participants and staff have what they need to derive the most value from the programs: (a) Work closely with program staff to provide support for all aspects of Sprints development, planning, and execution. Duties will include but are not limited to: liaise with initiative participants, staff, and consultants to schedule and coordinate meetings; document and track activities and progress of program and participating teams; participate in and coordinate the planning, implementation and follow up associated with convenings; work with CCI’s Operations team on logistics for in-person events (when travel resumes), including hotel blocks, meeting space, catering, and participant reimbursements; take clear, comprehensive notes at meetings and on phone calls; maintain all initiative documents, notes, and research in an organized and accessible manner; (b) Draft and edit program-related documents including web content, internal and external correspondence, memos, presentations, talking points, and proposals for internal and external meetings (c) Conduct and assemble research on relevant organizations, initiatives, policies, and practices related to program teams and objectives
    • Work with the Connecting Capital and Community program team to support the program’s execution, including support with any logistics, scheduling, and note-taking.
    • Support learning and evaluation practices across CCI’s multiple initiatives.
    • Assist other CCI programs as requested.
    • Regular domestic travel will be required, up to 30%. Travel is currently suspended due to COVID-19, but is expected to resume at some time in the future at the level indicated here

What You’ll Do - Administrative Support

    • Schedule program-related internal and external convenings/meetings, book rooms, assign dial-in/Zoom info, and keep Outlook calendars up to date, ensure appropriate IT is set up, manage catering and material needs as required
    • Provide support on technology tools like Zoom, Box, Canvas, and shared calendars to participants and staff
    • Help prepare and assemble documents for convenings and meetings
    • Arrange travel for program staff according to schedules and preferences
    • Organize receipts and complete expense reports for program staff accurately and on time

What You’ll Do - Other Responsibilities

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

What You’ll Need

    • Bachelor’s degree and non-degreed candidates with three years of work experience are encouraged to apply
    • Relevant professional experience in project management, writing, communications, event planning, and other related areas
    • Relevant professional experience in planning and coordinating events and convenings
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including cultural competency and sensitivity to diverse perspectives and experiences
    • Curiosity and demonstrated interest in the work of CCI. Relevant professional and educational backgrounds include but not limited to: community/housing development, urban planning, climate justice, environmental justice, community organizing, non-profit advocacy, public health
    • 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 using and coordinating the use of virtual social platforms (Zoom, Google, etc.)
    • Social media experience and skills (desired)
Please submit a cover letter along with your resume.

Our Benefits
Benefits highlights include but are not limited to (a) 3x employer contribution towards retirement matching your employee contribution up to 15%, (b) health insurance, (c) dental insurance, (d) vision insurance, (e) 100% reimbursement of the health care deductible through a health reimbursement account, (f) short-term disability coverage, (g) long term disability coverage, (h) paid parental leave, (i) voluntary insurances such as accident insurance, (j) health care flexible spending, (k) dependent care flexible spending, (l) paid time off for holidays, vacation, personal, sick, bereavement, and jury duty, (m) office closure between December 24 – Jan 1 each calendar year, (n) flexible schedule and option for a compressed 4 day workweek, (o) tuition and staff development reimbursement, (p) pet insurance, and (q) Employee Assistance Program. 

Our Values
We support a culture of forthright feedback, initiative, cooperation and teamwork, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and accepting responsibility.

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 (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), ancestry, citizenship status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.