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POSITION: Chief Operating Officer (COO)
JOB TYPE: Full time, Exempt
REPORTS TO: CEO/President and Board of Directors
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana


Foundation for Louisiana’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a new leadership position created at a pivotal moment in the organization’s growth and maturity as a statewide community foundation and strategic grantmaking intermediary. The COO will ensure that the organization has the internal leadership, infrastructure, and culture in place to achieve its goals. A strategic partner to the CEO/President and Board of Directors, the COO will be responsible for the internal operational, staffing, and strategic learning functions for Foundation for Louisiana.

The COO will co-create and implement a vision of success for the organization that inspires staff and creates holistic, adaptive systems to support the organization’s mission and values. The COO will serve as the senior-most management officer and will be responsible for ensuring that FFL continues to effectively innovate and adapt in order to achieve its mission. This person will be a partner, coach, and manager to leaders directing the organization’s internal systems, including operations, HR, finance, IT, programs, and grants management. At the same time, the COO will serve as the primary steward of the organizational values and culture – championing Foundation for Louisiana’s commitment to justice, transparency, excellence, equity, and inclusion.

The ideal candidate is a sophisticated leader with a talent for inspiring, developing, and empowering teams. Furthermore, this person must have genuine passion for FFL’s mission and will bring vision and practical wisdom to all facets of the organization. As a deeply experienced, people-focused problem solver, the COO will possess sharp adaptation skills; a proven track record of balancing creativity with rigor; and a talent for implementing clear, manageable, and equitable practices.


Organizational Leadership & Design

  • Refine organizational systems and structures in order to promote cross-team collaboration, communication, and commitment.
  • Lead, develop, and empower team leaders and foster a culture of collaboration, learning, creativity, and respect.
  • Lead and optimize the effectiveness of all internal management functions, ensuring staff are working in alignment with FFL’s core values and strategic vision.
  • Ensure effective communication of priority issues and projects, oversee the production of monthly All Staff meetings, and promote learning across the organization.
  • Administer regular planning, prioritization, and capacity assessments; assess organizational growth needs; and lead major organizational redesign strategies.
  • Conduct special projects on behalf of the CEO in partnership with the board and/or senior staff that prepare Foundation for Louisiana for the future.


  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the operations of the institution.
  • Own the vision and accountability for the annual performance of FFL’s operations team, promoting customer service, systems, and processes that reflect equitable best practices and enable FFL to deliver on its mission.
  • Manage the organization’s risk management, audit, and compliance responsibilities, ensuring the organization adheres to public charity regulations.
  • Ensure the necessary technology, security protocols, and office infrastructure are in place to support a growing, complex organization.
  • Oversee the development and management of other funds or legal vehicles necessary to advance the overall mission.

People, Culture, Programs & Place

  • Lead, mature, and fully integrate all aspects of FFL’s HR functions, ensuring the necessary supports are in place to meet its mission.
  • Promote FFL’s core values of justice, freedom, and equity; and support a coaching culture that engenders continual development and growth.
  • Lead, model, and embed diversity, equity, and inclusion across all areas of FFL, working through board, senior management, and all staff.
  • Carry out initiatives on best practices in organizational management, performance management, leadership development, workforce planning, program development, and design.


  • Deep passion for strengthening social justice philanthropy and comfort working alongside diverse communities across Louisiana.
  • Significant management experience overseeing operations, human resources, finance and programs; MBA, law degree, or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Experience and passion for managing, developing, and coaching teams; prioritizes building authentic and respectful relationships with all colleagues within an organization.
  • Effective and persuasive communicator, both oral and written, with exceptional emotional intelligence.
  • Experience implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Experience with utilizing financial forecasting, budgeting, and reporting as management decision tools, along with a record of success implementing strategic goals and priorities across an organization.
  • Working knowledge of philanthropy and nonprofit management, including knowledge of best practices in operations, programming and grants management.
  • Strategic, analytical, and tactical thinker, with a demonstrated capacity to successfully problem solve, plan, and facilitate growth in a complex environment.
  • Confidence and capability to adapt and lead in a fast-paced, changing environment while also navigating change inherent to a dynamic organization.
  • Possess unquestionable personal and professional integrity and courage.


  • Salary starts at $100,000 and depends on experience.
  • Generous benefits package includes: 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision premiums; up to $50,000 employer-paid life insurance; and a 403(b) employer match.
  • Generous PTO package includes: Vacation (80 hours/year) and Sick Leave (5 days/year).

HOW TO APPLY Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 28.

The Foundation for Louisiana is committed to a diverse workplace, seeking voices and expertise from people from across the political spectrum. Our board and staff are reflective of Louisiana’s people. The Foundation for Louisiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer, where we encourage candidates of all ages, color, ethnic backgrounds, countries of origin, religions, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions to apply.

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