NOW HIRING: Grants Manager

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NOW HIRING GRANTS MANAGER

 About Foundation for Louisiana

Foundation for Louisiana unites philanthropists, committed organizations, and caring residents to address the most critical needs facing Louisiana and our entire country. FFL is a social justice philanthropic intermediary founded in 2005 to invest in the immediate recovery of Louisiana’s communities after Hurricane Katrina. While FFL was founded 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.  FFL grew in response to these needs, and today, we focus on racial justice, climate justice, criminal justice reform, economic justice, gender justice, and support for Louisiana's vibrant arts and culture via   a   three-pronged   strategy   of: 

  • Invest - We attract and invest resources to support on-the-ground projects, many of whom can't access traditional philanthropy.  Each year, FFL makes grants and loans to support organizations and projects throughout Louisiana in our key program areas. Through fiscal sponsorship, we support innovative projects responding to unmet needs throughout Louisiana.
  • Build - We build power to effect change in Louisiana communities. Our TOGETHER initiative convenes community leaders and provides training related to organizing, policy change, leadership, public speaking, and facilitation to tackle issues of climate change, police accountability, health disparities, housing access, and more.
  • Transform - By fortifying movements, we shift systems and shape regional and national narratives. We re-imagine how our communities are governed and funded in order to redefine how residents are able to thrive in them.

All Foundation for Louisiana employees are currently working remotely.  While the Grants Manager can  be based anywhere in the state, the Grants Manager may have to go to the Baton Rouge and New Orleans office when conditions allow.  Office space is available in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans; however, pandemic conditions are monitored closely, and FFL observes all municipal, parish, and state guidelines as well as Center for Disease Control recommendations to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, partners, and the communities we serve.

Position Summary

This position is a new position that will require a unique combination of skillsets. The role involves significant coordination, communication, and writing – the successful applicant should be adept at working with and across diverse audiences in a way that facilitates the full and equitable participation of all people. The Grants Manager will also serve as the internal staff lead for ensuring that there are clear and effective procedures and systems for tracking and managing key dates and timelines related to grant writing and reporting functions.

Who You Are 

You may have experience as a fund development professional, or you may have served as a staff accountant  at a nonprofit.  Regardless of where you are coming from you have a deep passion for and wealth of content knowledge regarding various issues and areas of practice within the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.  You are comfortable working in complex, frequently shifting contexts and approach your work in a deeply values-centered way.  You are able to take and give meaningful feedback, to challenge and be challenged in ways that are generative and productive, and approach your work with a deep commitment to learning and reflective practice.  Ideally, you are very knowledgeable about Louisiana and the most pressing issues facing this state. 

You’ll fit right in if you love to: 

  • Coordinate collaborative decision-making processes
  • Use technology to help data tell a story
  • Can craft an informative action-oriented email!

Want to know what it’s like to work at our office? Don’t worry, we’ll involve multiple internal stakeholders in the interview process.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Grant Management

  • Coordinate program, finance, and development staff to create compelling grant proposals and funding requests and grant reports, taking lead on our larger grant opportunities;
  • Assemble most or all sections of each grant proposal, with key input from program, development, and finance staff
  • Coordinate with relevant staff in order to solicit timely and appropriate input/review of grant proposals prior to submission deadlines;
  • Review guidelines for all foundation proposals and reports to make sure all submissions are accurately formatted and include all required information, including budgets and materials;
  • Manage  the grant proposal calendar and current pipeline and related files  to reflect all grant activity;
  • Work with the Director of Strategic Initiatives to manage institutional donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategy for grants. Track current grant cycles and renewal processes and ensure stewardship to guarantee continued funding;
  • Coordinate scheduling, logistics, materials, set-up, and follow-up for internal and external meetings (including note taking)

Financial Management 

  • Support budget creation, budget projections and analysis of expenses as needed.
  • Assist with ad-hoc internal finance, grants, and development reporting

Systems

  • Manage the development database (Salesforce CRM) and work with the Development and Program teams to ensure that data is up-to-date and accurate;
  • Work with the Development, Finance and Programs teams to maintain records of all corporate/foundation interactions e.g. grant agreements, report requirements or documentation of calls and meetings;

Organizational 

  • Serve as the first point of contact for FFL (answering phones and emails and directing community members to the right point of contact)
  • Provide scheduling support to the CEO + COO (using Outlook and Calendly)
  • Oversee general office operations including print and electronic correspondence, supply, and technology management 
  • Coordinate scheduling, logistics, materials, set-up, and follow-up for internal and external meetings (including note taking)
  • Administer vendor and building/tenant-related relationships
  • Provide excellent Board management which includes drafting minutes, assembling board packets and light project management

You're Good At

  • Centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of your work 
  • Time management 
  • Multi-tasking 
  • Prioritizing work
  • Project Management
  • Problem solving
  • Being organized
  • Communicating (verbally and in writing)
  • Working with diverse groups
  • Paying attention to detail

It Would Be Great if You

  • Have developed and implemented systems for and implementation of systems for planning, project management and execution of the grant writing or reporting functions 
  • Assisted in determining organizational risks associated with starting new publicly or privately funded programs
  • Have facilitated the resolution of disallowed costs.

Compensation Benefits, & Incentives

  • Salary is offered at $55,000 - $65,000 and will be based on experience
  • A generous benefits and PTO package includes 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision premiums; up to $50,000 employer-paid life insurance; and a 403(b)-employer match

Category

This is a full-time, exempt position. Candidates should have a willingness to work evenings and weekends on occasion.

Equal Employment Opportunity 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. FFL is committed to providing staff with resources to work from home effectively.  Reasonable accommodations may be requested to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the position.

We encourage applications from people with disabilities and are available to discuss reasonable accommodations for any applicant who may need them.   To inquire about accommodations, please email cgaulden@foundationforlouisiana.org or call FFL at (225)383-1672.  Please refrain from making phone calls for any reason other than to request application accommodations. 

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.