ABOUT FOUNDATION FOR LOUISIANA
Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is a social justice philanthropic intermediary founded in 2005 as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation to invest in the immediate recovery of Louisiana’s communities after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. While FFL was established in the wake of these disasters, our founders recognized the need to address the longstanding inequities that have shaped life outcomes for the most marginalized of Louisianans. Our programs grew in response to these needs, and today FFL focuses on racial justice, climate justice, criminal justice reform, economic opportunity, gender justice and LGBTQ organizing, and support for Louisiana's vibrant arts and culture via:
- Investment: We redistribute resources to organizations on the ground across Louisiana, many of whom cannot access traditional philanthropy, by making grants to support our key program areas and needs addressed by the citizens and communities which we serve.
- Power building: We build the capacity of our partners to effect change in their communities. Our signature programs, LEAD and Together, convene emerging and experienced community leaders to provide them with training related to organizing, advocacy, policy change, leadership, public speaking, and group facilitation to tackle issues of climate change, police accountability, health disparities, housing access, and more.
- Collaboration: We develop collaborative initiatives through leveraging public and private partners to impact change, support public policy initiatives, and provide critical fiscal sponsorship and management to external projects and special initiatives.
Since inception, FFL has invested $55 million in more than 250 mission-critical nonprofit organizations working across the state towards building a more just Louisiana. As a social justice philanthropic intermediary, FFL’s work unapologetically advances racial justice while moving Louisiana forward. The foundation engages communities in both program co-design as well as its grant-making process in order to expand opportunities and move communities towards a more just future.
During the course of their fellowship, the Senior Fellow will be responsible for the management and continued development of several current economic justice projects while leading the design of an economic justice strategy for the foundation. FFL has a strong history of innovative work grounded in an intersectional approach to economic and social justice; the Senior Fellow will be able to leverage this track record and rich network of relationships to build upon ongoing work and design a vision for a multi-year economic justice strategy anchored in economic inclusion and participation.
The Senior Fellow reports to the Vice President of Programs. This position is currently fully funded for as a one-year fellowship and may be based anywhere in the state of Louisiana. All Foundation for Louisiana employees are currently working remotely although travel may be required to/between New Orleans and Baton Rouge once our offices re-open.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work with the VP of Programs, climate and racial justice program teams, other FFL staff, and community partners to design a multi-year economic justice strategy that centers the experience, needs, and aspirations of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and low-income communities while accounting for the intersections of identity, particularly in terms of gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability.
- Identify and integrate areas for cross-program collaboration with FFL’s climate justice and racial justice programs and our projects in criminal justice reform
- Assume responsibility for the management of key economic justice initiatives and partnerships:
- JP Morgan Chase Fisheries Economic Opportunity Initiative
- Bayou Region Incubator
- CFLeads Economic Mobility Action Network
- Asset Funders Network Louisiana
- Opportunity Youth Economic Justice participatory grant fund
- Climate Task Force efforts including opportunities in emerging energy (wind, solar, and well closure/mitigation)
Grantmaking and Partner Support
- Design and develop an economic justice grants strategy including:
- Prioritizing sub-areas of work in the broader field of economic justice
- Executing grant making processes in accordance with FFL practice while informing and improving the approach
- Identifying and working with prospective grantees to develop grant proposals and promote equity in access to funding opportunities
- Conducting site visits and supporting partners in robust learning and evaluation
- Executing evaluation activities in keeping with FFL’s practice while informing and improving the approach
- Draft written recommendations for funding and support preparation of grant materials for team, program committee, and board review
- Communicate, document, and archive emails, visits, meetings, and calls with grantees Ensure ongoing due diligence and risk mitigation including keeping senior staff and the board up to date on critical information regarding grantees and partners
- Design and execute programmatic strategies to complement grantmaking and maximize FFL’s role as a trusted convener and community partner
- Manage external vendors/contractors to support the economic justice program including the following:
- Developing scopes of work
- Managing contracts and invoicing
- Monitoring and supporting the completion and submission of contract deliverables
- Represent FFL’s programmatic work when convening partners, advocates, and other stakeholders across the United States or participating in other collaboratives, task forces, or other working groups
- Serve as FFL’s in-house expert on economic justice
- Continually scan the field and keep abreast of the changing political climate related to the economic justice nationally and specifically in Louisiana
- Share key findings, updates and learnings both internally and externally, in alignment with FFL’s fund development and communications strategies
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- A commitment to championing causes that serve communities of color and low-income communities grounded in an intersectional analysis of racism, specifically anti-Black racism
- Demonstrated content knowledge and expertise in the area of economic justice and the race-based wealth gap, including some or all but not limited to: job creation and BIPOC entrepreneurship; CDFIs and access to alternative financial institutions; financial literacy; minimum wage reform; universal basic income; progressive taxation; housing access and equity; and other concepts in the economic justice sphere including but not limited to child tax credits, reparations, baby bonds, student loan reform, raising the assets ceiling, etc.
- At minimum, five years of progressively responsible professional experience in community-based or regional program or equivalent life experience, ideally with experience partnering with labor unions, community organizations, and advocacy groups
- Capacity to perform independent and innovative work including successful design and implementation of policies and programs while participating actively and effectively as part of a team
- Ability to manage competing demands across multiple time-sensitive projects
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a proven ability to write precisely and concisely for the general public and the internal FFL audience, as well as the ability to address varied audiences
- Able to effectively facilitate and participate in meetings, convenings, and other gatherings of diverse stakeholders in such a way to ensure equity and inclusion for all participants and attendees
- Familiarity with social justice philanthropy and its opportunities and challenges as a grant recipient, grant maker, and/or community member
- An understanding of the economic impacts of climate change via changes to industry, the notion of a “just transition,” and an analysis of the economic impacts and vulnerabilities to climate change-induced migration and displacement