We're hiring: Disaster Resilience Program Fellow


We are hiring for the following position:

Disaster Resilience Program Fellow

Foundation for Louisiana is committed to supporting innovative solutions to the problems facing Louisianans. The foundation is interested in building the leadership infrastructure Louisiana must have to be able to adapt to disasters and environmental change, while building resiliency and sustainability for all residents. As a small and nimble organization, the ability to replicate the success of previous efforts while also developing new programs exists within the scope of this fellowship.

There will be one program fellow selected and the fellowship will last for one year, with negotiable future opportunities. Travel within the state as well as to some conferences in the US should be expected. The fellow will be salaried at a rate commensurate with the experience of the applicant and will receive a generous benefits package including medical coverage.

• Support the development and implementation of FFL’s Equitable Disaster Resilience Framework (EDRF) including working with board members and staff on an ad hoc committee to design of the EDRF.
• Develop an environmental scan of emergency and disaster preparedness training in the state.
• Create a pilot project for a disaster savings plan for New Orleans residents.
• Conduct preparedness training to provide training for staff, grantees, partners and community members on emergency preparedness, disaster resilience and disaster recovery.
• Assist the Associate Director in the implementation and updating of FFL’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) including working with all staff one-on-one to develop a “job book”.
• Develop a COOP training program and work with grantees and partners to develop a COOP for their own organization.
• Organize “Best Practices in Louisiana Disasters” conference(s) and/or training opportunities for local and state emergency managers/staff and develop a best practices toolkit.
• Support the work of the AD and the CEO in the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Alliance, a philanthropic partnership.
• Work with FFL’s fund development team and consultants to identify funding opportunities to support the growth of the Rapid Response Fund.

REPORTS TO: Associate Director of Programs and Planning

• Minimum of 2 years of experience in an area related to disaster and emergency management (both practical and academic experience are valued).
• Experience in community engagement, organizing/advocacy, program design and implementation and project management.
• Experience working with advisory committees, community organizations and diverse stakeholders.
• Excellent skills in the areas of organization, problem solving, attention to detail and time management. The ability to manage multiple tasks, define and set priorities, work under tight deadlines and pressure are required.
• Very strong ability to think critically, take personal initiative, work both independently and as a team member, collaborate and coordinate with others.
• Excellent writing and grammar skills and general communications abilities both written and verbal are required.
• Excellent skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, working with databases and internet research; knowledge of Photoshop and other publishing tools are a plus.
• Awareness of, and commitment to, working in a wide range of social justice areas including criminal justice reform including mass incarceration, racial equity, LGBTQ rights, coastal resiliency, disaster preparedness and response.
• Experience writing grants and developing fundraising campaigns

• Prior work experience in a non-profit organization a plus.
• Bilingual (particularly in Spanish or Vietnamese) is a plus.
• Knowledge of social media management is a plus.
• Background in organizing or social justice advocacy.

Please send a resume and salary history, along with the letter of intent as described below to Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Associate Director of Programs and Planning via email: jobs@foundationforlouisiana.org. No phone calls please. Deadline for applications is Friday, July 28, 2017.

LETTER OF INTENT: The Letter of Intent is your opportunity to demonstrate the type of work you have engaged in and how this work relates to your values and those of Foundation for Louisiana. It also serves as your writing sample and your cover letter. In no more than three pages, we’d like to know both who you are and what type of work you have done.
• Introduce yourself and why you’re qualified to do this work.
• Describe your theory of change.
• Outline your values in terms of community work and organizing.
• Share your knowledge of Louisiana’s history, people and places.
• Explain what you think the biggest challenges facing Louisiana are.
• Summarize your professional [both paid and unpaid] background and skills, including any experience conducting presentations, creating information packages, working with multiple stakeholders and organizing events.
• Describe your relevant past or current work in disasters [academic or practical knowledge/experience].