A typical work day involved research, community contact and coordination with other employees to accomplish good work for those in need. You also spend a lot of time with elected officials, and government agencies.
At LISC I learned a lot about housing, real estate development and commercial financing. I also gained a lot of experience in working with elected officials and government employees.
Management was good for the most part, however it can be rather cut-throat with directors and executives being promoted, demoted and dismissed without any apparent relation to their job performance. That being said, the managers I met and worked with were dedicated, knowledgeable and very hard working.
My co-workers were very good people for the most part, but like any large organization, LISC has its share of office politics, and incompetents.
The hardest part of the job was getting recognition for your accomplishments other than fund raising. Since it is a not for profit fundraising is a major concern, so the more money you can bring in for the organization the better. However, once you have developed a relationship that leads to increased fund raising because of your performance there seems to be rush of supervisors attempting to take credit for the funding increase and minimalizing your efforts.
The most enjoyable part of the job was a tie between the corporate training, which was always excellent and high quality and held in some of the nicest places in the country, and the work. When you successfully completed an assignment you get a great feeling of accomplishment seeing a community improved, seeing an impoverished family gain housing, employment and hope, or seeing a neighborhood revitalized.