NOW HIRING: Vice President of Programs

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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 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. 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 and grantees 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.


The Vice President of Programs leads the Foundation’s program staff in meeting the institutional goals and objectives while nurturing a culture of equity and effectiveness.   As part of the executive team, s/he/they provides leadership support with board and staff development, fund development, and setting institutional policies and practices.   S/he/they also oversees new initiatives and partnerships that aim to advance the foundation’s mission.

The position can be based in either New Orleans or Baton Rouge. The position may require travel, particularly between the Baton Rouge and New Orleans offices, as well as program meetings throughout the state and some conference travel.


The following is a summary of the duties required:

Programmatic and Grantmaking:

  • Ensure ongoing excellence and efficiency of programs and in grantmaking
    • Provide leadership in development of Program Team communication and cohesiveness; sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth.
    • Oversee development and implementation of all grantmaking strategies and activity including:
    • Design and implementation of place-based and statewide programmatic and grantmaking strategies.
    • Implementing and supporting high-quality project management practices to achieve goals and objectives.
    • Design and implement budgets and manage resources needed to achieve programmatic goals.
  • Lead the design, implementation, and dissemination of programmatic and grantmaking evaluations.


  • Support institutional data management systems and practices related to grant making.
  • Support fund development activities.
  • Support marketing and communications strategies.
  • Support organizational performance evaluation (connect to/ align with institutional goals/objectives).
  • Support highly consistent quality of finance, administration, fundraising, communications systems.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Represent FFL at local and national meetings.
  • Work with and support board committees as necessary.


  • Five or more years of experience in grantmaking or program development.
  • A demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, including an ability to lead and manage complex policy reform efforts involving parties.
  • Self-awareness.
  • Knowledge of anti-bias and anti-racism frameworks.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Team player who works well with groups and independently.


  • Superb facilitation skills with a clear approach to build consensus and address conflict.
  • 3-5 years of project management experience designing and implementing processes and practices with diverse stakeholders, addressing their challenges, and developing equitable solutions.
  • Proven experience developing and implementing evaluation strategies.

SALARY: $90,000-$120,000 annually plus a generous benefits package. 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) retirement employer match


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.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume along with a cover letter to Charmel Gaulden, Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for Louisiana, via email:

No phone calls please. Individuals fluent in Spanish and/or Vietnamese are encouraged to apply.  Search closes on 2/28/2020. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

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