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Greater New Orleans Foundation: Senior Program Associate for Environmental Programs

October 12, 2023 10:42 AM | Anonymous

Organizational Overview

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has been a trusted philanthropic leader in the 13-parish Greater New Orleans region for 100 years. Our vision is to create an economically and culturally

vibrant, sustainable, and just region for all, and our mission is to champion charitable giving,

strengthen nonprofits, and lead civic initiatives in the Greater New Orleans region. As a

community foundation, our resources are comprised of more than 1000 charitable funds

established by individuals, businesses, and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and

a deep commitment to the Greater New Orleans region. As a civic leader, we bring together

passionate people from nonprofits, business, government, and philanthropy to address our

region’s greatest challenges.

The Foundation is an inspiring, engaging, challenging, thought-provoking, diverse, and dynamic

place to work and advance your career. We pride ourselves on investing in high-quality staff

members and encouraging success by allowing individuals the opportunity to both contribute and

enhance their skills and talents as well as to share their unique perspectives as we address

community challenges. Our workplace environment nurtures a diverse team and results in a

broad base of staff knowledge and talent.

Position Overview

The Greater New Orleans Foundation Senior Program Associate for Environmental Programs

supports the Program Department’s Environmental Programs to increase Louisiana’s

sustainability and mitigate environmental challenges. This position is essential in sustaining

Environmental Programs, supporting relationship-building with stakeholders, convening planning

and delivery, and grantmaking support. The Senior Program Associate for Environmental

Programs reports to the Director of Environmental Programs, supporting coordination with

internal and external stakeholders and acting as a representative and ambassador of the


Principal Duties

Project Management

● Ensures coordination and organization of the Foundation’s various environmental projects.

● Collects and analyzes data and presents results to the Director of Environmental


● Manages the convening calendar in partnership with the Director of Environmental


● Works with the Program Assistant to help schedule convenings and manage workshop and

convening logistics, including arrangements for food/drink and room set-up.

● Captures notes and next steps, summarizing and developing an understanding of how

specific meetings fit within the context of the overall work.

● Manages budgets for the environmental project grants and communicates updates with the

Director of Environmental Programs.

● Manages CRM data updates, including adding contacts and ensuring adequate follow-up.

● Manages convening RSVPs and reminders, coordinating with the

Communications team to develop emails and convening materials.

Relationship Management and Communication

● Supports the development of trusting relationships with various stakeholders.

● Manages and coordinates with cohorts and advisory groups.

● Coordinates with consultants to support environmental projects and activities and manages

related administration, including reviewing proposals, preparing contracts, and processing


● Manages content development environmental communications - including social media

posts, web copy, blogs, newsletters, e-blasts, Foundation collateral, and meeting materials

- with the Director of Environmental Programs and the Foundation Communications team.

External and Internal Convening Support

● Supports convening agenda development process, proposing content and activities to

guide participants toward desired outcomes, ensures stakeholder alignment with the

convening approach, and acts as a thought partner with the Director of Environmental

Programs to design convenings.

● Facilitates convenings within the Environmental Program priority areas, leading

discussions, answering questions, and guiding participants.

Grantmaking Support

● Communicates with nonprofits on funding opportunities within the Environmental Program

priority area.

● Reviews grant applications and reports and shares relevant data as directed by the

Director of Environmental Programs.

● Supports the development of recommendation write-ups with guidance and supervision

from the Director of Environmental Programs.

● Serves as a point of contact with grantee partners within the Environmental Program

priority area.

Grantwriting and Reporting Support

● Conducts research and tracks data to contribute to the grant writing and reporting

processes in support of the Director of Environmental Programs and Strategic Partnerships


Cross-Program and Cross-Departmental Collaboration

● Supports additional programmatic efforts as funding dictates.

● Seeks opportunities for creating synergies and collaborations between areas, avoiding the

isolation of working in a silo.

● As a Foundation’s Programs Department member, provides occasional support for special

projects and initiatives in other program areas or departments.

Remain Flexible about Work Assignments

Because of the fluid and evolving nature of work at the Foundation, the Senior Program Associate

for Environmental Programs may occasionally be asked to take on other assignments not

covered in this position description, including filling in for the front desk at the

Foundation. The Senior Program Associate for Environmental Programs is expected to

demonstrate openness and flexibility when asked to take on these new assignments.

Required Qualifications

● Has an understanding of environmental challenges in our region, including various

constituent perspectives.

● The ability to coordinate and execute effective and engaging convenings.

● The ability to facilitate small groups (e.g., 5-6 people), conduct one-on-one meetings with

stakeholders to align on convening strategy, and adapt to dynamic shifts during the


● Expertise in managing and analyzing budgets.

● Excellent oral and written communication skills, including simplifying and effectively communicating complex topics.

● Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including vendors, nonprofits, board members, and foundation partners.

● Demonstrated ability to effectively manage time and resources to complete daily tasks and projects and make clear and timely decisions.

● Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office, experience with data management, the ability to quickly learn and utilize new technology, and an enthusiasm for working in a tech-enabled organization.

● A preference for a quick pace of work while maintaining high levels of detail orientation and accuracy.

● Receptiveness to feedback and course correction and willingness to learn.

Experience & Education

● Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience).

● 3-5 years experience working in a professional office setting (non-profit or philanthropy-related field preferred).

● Familiarity with project management best practices, including tools like Asana.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience; salary range starts at $65,000. This position is exempt, and the employee will be eligible for the Foundation’s competitive health and benefits plan including paid leave and employer-paid retirement.

Application Instructions and Additional Information:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to For more information, you may reach out to the email provided above. Only complete applications will be considered.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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