NOW HIRING: Institutional Giving Officer

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 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 contributed to their disparate impacts and have shaped life outcomes for the most marginalized of Louisianans for centuries. Our programs grew in response to these needs, and today FFL focuses on racial justice, climate justice, criminal justice reform, economic justice, gender justice, and support for Louisiana's vibrant arts and culture.

Position Summary

Foundation for Louisiana is looking for a dynamic and driven fundraising professional to join our team as Institutional Giving Officer. This dynamic individual will lead the strategy and implementation for stewarding and expanding FFL’s portfolio of foundation and corporate funders to support FFL’s regranting programs and operations. The Institutional Giving Officer will develop and write funding proposals and reports in a clear and compelling manner, manage FFL’s relationships with foundations, corporations, and potentially, with government agencies, and ultimately expand the portfolio through thoughtful cultivation. We are looking for a candidate who brings relevant skills and interest to the role, demonstrates ownership of their work, and is looking for an opportunity to seize a career-enhancing opportunity in a fast-paced, growing organization working toward justice in Louisiana. Reporting to the Vice President of Development and working closely with programs and finance staff, the Institutional Giving Officer will play an important role in driving FFL toward its $8M goal this year and its ambitious growth ahead.

All Foundation for Louisiana employees are currently working remotely. While the Institutional Giving Officer can be based anywhere in the state, the Institutional Giving Officer 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 to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, partners, and the communities we serve.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Manage the development of grant proposals and reports from initiation to submission in collaboration with both internal staff and funders to ensure alignment between FFL proposals and funder priorities.
  • Manage and steward a portfolio of five to seven-figure grants that fund FFL’s programs and operations, and coordinate touch points to ensure the organization maintains strong relationships with donors and secures renewed funding when possible.
  • In collaboration with program staff, develop and write compelling grant proposals and reports that advance FFL’s mission, core strategies, programs, and engage potential funders.
  • Research and vet prospective funders, develop cultivation strategies and connect with stakeholders and colleagues to identify opportunities for partnerships with new potential funders that are a good fit for FFL.
  • Develop strategic engagement plans for existing and prospective institutional donors and their representatives; organize funder meetings and site visits.
  • ​​Develop institutional fundraising plan and develop deadlines with relevant staff in programs and finance departments.
  • Support quality control with funder database and tracking systems by providing accurate and complete records for funders and grants. 

Required Competencies

The Institutional Giving Officer should possess the following qualifications, skills, and personal attributes:

  • Experience that demonstrates a commitment to anti-oppression values.
  • 4+ years development experience–solid track record of producing successful grant proposals within non-profit organizations; experience managing, moving, and expanding a portfolio of funders. 
  • Must be a solutions-oriented self-starter, with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for revenue generation.
  • Exceptionally detail-oriented written and verbal communication skills that demonstrate the ability to write clear and compelling content for donor audiences.
  • Demonstrated project management, multi-tasking, and prioritization skills, with excellent attention to detail and good follow-through.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with peers in joint and shared efforts. Competency in systems implementation and management; experience with CRM platforms (Salesforce preferred). Ability to work effectively and flexibly to produce high-quality work products in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; to practice strong organizational skills when faced with multiple time-sensitive priorities.
  • Excellent research, analysis, synthesis, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to receive and integrate constructive critiques and feedback into work


$70,000–$80,000 depending on experience annually plus generous benefits and PTO package, including: 

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision premiums
  • Up to $50,000 employer-paid life insurance
  • 401k retirement employer match

How to Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Priority review will be given to applications received by February 18, 2022. This is a rolling review process. Due to the number of applications, we may be unable to respond to all requests or submissions. 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 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.