ABOUT FOUNDATION FOR LOUISIANA
Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is a social justice philanthropic intermediary founded as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation to invest in the immediate recovery of Louisiana’s communities after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While FFL was established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, 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, LGBTQ organizing, and support for Louisiana's vibrant arts and culture via:
- Investment: We redistribute resources to on the ground projects, many of whom cannot access traditional philanthropy. Each year, FFL makes grants to support organizations and projects throughout Louisiana in our key program areas.
- 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 such as 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.
The Racial Justice Program Director is the lead program staff for FFL’s Racial Justice portfolio. Working closely with partners and allies, this position leads the development, direction and implementation of specific racial justice strategies that seek to achieve freedom and liberation for all Louisianians while centering the experience, wisdom, and change-leading potential of BIPOC and low-income communities. These strategies take aim at the long-term equity issues that have hamstrung the region by supporting innovative and current work in the non-profit and allied sectors with a focus on supporting partners led by and serving Louisiana’s communities most impacted by racial injustice.
Foundation for Louisiana’s Racial Justice Program Director reports to the Vice President of Programs and provides leadership for the Racial Justice Program staff which currently includes a Program Officer and a Program Associate. This position is currently fully funded for the 2021 calendar year and may be based in either New Orleans or Baton Rouge although other locations within the state of Louisiana may be considered. All Foundation for Louisiana employees are currently working remotely although travel will be required to or between New Orleans and Baton Rouge once our offices re-open.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Program Development and Design
- Plan and direct the delivery of the Program and its activities in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization
- Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the Program as part of the Foundation’s overall strategic direction
- Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve successful outcomes through the Program
- Support the development of funding proposals for the Program to ensure the continuous delivery of services
- Monitor the Program activities and conduct evaluations of the program in accordance with the Foundation’s protocols and available funding
- Ensure that Program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the foundation and are aligned to and advance the objectives of the Racial Justice Program strategy
- Direct the development of forms and records to document Program activities according to the policies of the foundation
- Oversee the collection and maintenance of records on grants and activities according to policies of the foundation
- Work with the VP of Programs and team to ensure that FFL’s values and vision are integrated into racial justice portfolio grantmaking practice while supporting ongoing critical reflection and continuous learning to improve the practice
- Engage allies and advisors for appropriate program activities using convening management practices consistent with the values of the foundation
- Promote Louisiana-based expertise and leadership on regional/national/global stages
- Collaborate with local/regional/national initiatives to advance racial justice movements and movement building
- Support on-going learning and professional development for racial justice program staff members
- Communicate with grantees, partners, and allies to gain community support for the program and solicit input to improve the program
Staff Leadership & Supervision
- In consultation with VP of Program and relevant senior staff, recruit, interview, select, and manage well-qualified program staff
- Implement the human resources policies, procedures, and practices of the organization within the Program
- Supervise the Program staff by providing direction, input, and feedback
- Liaise with other managers to ensure effective and efficient program delivery
- Coordinate the delivery of services among different program activities to increase effectiveness and efficiency
- Write and manage the creation of reports on the program for management and funders
- Communicate with funders as outlined in funding agreements
- Ensure that the Program operates within the approved budget
- Monitor and approve all budgeted Program Expenditures
- Manage all project funds according to established accounting policies and procedures and ensure that all financial records for the Program are up to date
- Ensure financial reports and supporting documents are prepared as outlined in funding agreements
- Provide required information to document expenditures and submit to CFO according to established timelines
- Identify and evaluate the risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to control the risks
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
- Demonstrated expertise in the area of racial justice which includes but is not limited to racial healing, racial equity, abolition, truth-telling, and narrative change
- Familiarity with social justice philanthropy and its opportunities and challenges as a grant recipient, grant maker, and/or community member
- Knowledge and understanding of issues pertaining to equity, intersectionality, and justice
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in community-based or regional programs or equivalent life experience including program design
- 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
- Experience managing a team and self to meet deadlines and completes tasks (both internal and external) with a high degree of accuracy and dependability
- Capacity to perform independent and innovative work including successful design and implementation of policies and programs and to support racial justice program staff in doing the same
- Commitment to consistently interacting with others in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner; maintains a positive attitude and good working relationships with colleagues, consultants, funders, and grantees across many diverse cultures and backgrounds
- Flexibility and ability to work with humor and grace under pressure
- Excellent skills and strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, Salesforce, and Zoom/online meeting platforms
- Willing to learn and become proficient at other computer applications as needed
- Project management skills and/or experience
- Small and large group facilitation skills
The salary range for this exempt one-year position is $75,000 – $90,000 plus a generous benefits and PTO package which includes:
- 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision premiums
- Up to $50,000 employer-paid life insurance
- 403(b) retirement employer match
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT POLICY
Foundation for Louisiana follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, criminal justice background, and marital status.
This policy also applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors, members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and consultants, grantees, board members and dealings with the general public.
Please send your resume along with a cover letter to Jamie Schmill, Vice President of Programs, Foundation for Louisiana, via email: email@example.com
No phone calls please. Individuals fluent in Spanish and/or Vietnamese are encouraged to apply.