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.
The Fiscal Sponsorship Program Manager works closely with other staff within the fiscal sponsorship practice and Programs department to partner with mission-aligned, community-based leaders to support the implementation and expansion of the FFL fiscal sponsorship practice. Through fiscal sponsorship, FFL develops a deep knowledge of each fiscally sponsored project and creates a flexible, high functioning operational infrastructure to meet each partner’s unique needs. The Fiscal Sponsorship practice currently supports 23 projects annually with projected growth of 5 to 10 projects per year.
The Fiscal Sponsorship Program Manager can be based anywhere in the state; however, the position will require travel to FFL’s New Orleans offices once a month and may require up to 5 days of in-state travel monthly. All FFL employees are currently working remotely. Office space for in-person meetings and small gatherings is available in New Orleans. Public health conditions and potential climate hazards 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.
WHO ARE YOU?
You have five plus years of professional experience in a community-based or nonprofit setting. Equivalent volunteer experience will be considered. You have supported coalitions or collaboratives, engaged in initiatives to reimagine, reform, or build systems, and supported an organization in meeting grant deliverables. Regardless of where you are coming from, you have a basic knowledge of racial, gender, and economic justice. You are comfortable working in complex, frequently shifting contexts and approach your work in a deeply values-centered way. You can take and give meaningful feedback, challenge and be challenged in ways that are generative and productive and approach your work with a deep commitment to learning and reflective practice. You love Louisiana and are concerned about the most pressing issues facing this state.
You’ll fit right in if you love to:
- Work towards shared goals with multiple stakeholders and partners
- Use technology to perform multiple tasks and meet critical deadlines while maintaining accuracy and quality
- Use FFL’s core values (community wisdom, courage, integrity, and commitment) to serve Louisiana’s communities of color and low-income communities with an intersectional analysis of racism, specifically anti-Black racism
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.
The following list of duties and responsibilities is representative and may be subject to evolution and change over time. FFL is committed to an inclusive workplace for all staff, including those with disabilities, and is open to discussing disability-related accommodations to essential job functions for qualified applicants.
Partner Support and Program Development (80%)
- Provide day-to-day service coordination to a complex portfolio of community initiatives
- Cultivate, build, and nurture sustainable, trust-based relationships with fiscally sponsored partners
- Ensure adherence to internal grantmaking processes via appropriate documentation, grant budgeting, and reporting
- Assist with developing new policies and procedures for the program as the need arises
- Collaborate with a cross-functional team of finance, human resources, donor management, grants management, and operations colleagues to ensure smooth and transparent service delivery for FFL’s fiscally sponsored partners
- Build the capacity of community-based organizations or community leaders in ways that are consistent with FFL’s strategic plan
- Document emails, visits, meetings, and calls with grant partners, ensuring the Fiscal Sponsorship Program Director is kept informed about partner progress, especially highlighting any areas of concern
- Build partnerships with diverse and cross-sector individuals and organizations across Louisiana
- Advise and provide technical assistance to fiscally sponsored partners across the state
- Represent the program and the foundation in meetings and committees as appropriate
- Support the development and/or implementation of emerging work projects and initiatives in collaboration with other FFL program staff
Organizational Partnering & Initiatives (15%)
- Attend community meetings and other events to build and foster new relationships statewide as needed
- Occasionally represent the Foundation at conferences and meetings; stay abreast of the fiscal sponsorship field and the Foundation’s program areas through conferences and other professional activities
- Assist the Fiscal Sponsorship Program Director and Vice President of Programs with special projects as needed
- Continually scan the field and keep abreast of the changing political climate related to the program 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
- Contribute to a transparent and equitable organizational culture where ethical and equity policies and practices are understood and lived out by all staff
YOU’RE GOOD AT:
- Performing independent and innovative work including successful design and implementation of policies and programs
- Centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of your work
- Active listening
- Time management
- Prioritizing work
- Project management
- Being organized
- Communicating (verbally and in writing)
- Working with diverse groups
IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU:
- Had 5 + years of progressively responsible professional experience in community-based or regional programs
- Are familiar with Salesforce, Submittable, and Asana
- Speak Spanish, Vietnamese, and/or American Sign Language
How To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter as a single pdf to Jessica Kinnison, Fiscal Sponsorship Program Director, Foundation for Louisiana, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on August 18, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by August 25, 2023.
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 email@example.com or call FFL at (225) 236-7016. Please refrain from making phone calls for any reason other than to request application accommodations.