Strategic Partnerships Officer

Strategic Partnerships Officer

Organizational Overview

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has been a trusted philanthropic leader in the 13-parish Greater New Orleans region for nearly 100 years. Our vision is to create a vibrant, sustainable, and just region for all, and our mission is to drive positive impact through philanthropy, leadership, and action. As a community foundation, our resources are comprised of more than 900 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.

The Greater New Orleans Strategic Partnerships Officer is a responsive and organized relationship facilitator, proactively identifying opportunities that support Foundation initiatives. The Strategic Partnerships Officer leads grant development in line with budgetary goals and grant requirements, conducting research, writing proposals, and creating supporting presentations. The Strategic Partnerships Officer maintains relationships with external partners, coordinating with colleagues regularly and facilitating connections between external contacts and Foundation content experts as opportunities arise. They maintain a deep knowledge of programmatic initiatives at the Foundation through internal collaboration, initiating partner cultivation, and ensuring adequately funded initiatives. The Strategic Partnerships Officer is an institutional position and reports to the Chief of Staff.

Principal Duties

Partnership Development & Donor Cultivation

  • Collaborate with Foundation leadership to develop annual cultivation, fundraising, and stewardship plan, including short- and long-term strategies.
  • Conduct prospect research for Programs, including ongoing research for all program areas, with support from the VP for Programs, Directors, or Senior Program Officers with outlined recommendations.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for relationships, managing follow-up and coordinating as needed to foster relationships with Foundation colleagues.
  • Gather and pursue relationship-building opportunities referred by colleagues.
  • Partner with Programs and Communications teams to develop collateral for fund development meetings.
  • Coordinate and manage logistics, including prep and follow-up, for development strategy meetings with support from the VP for Programs, Directors, or Senior Program Officers.
  • Monitor progress against annual goals periodically, sharing updates with Foundation leadership and ensuring alignment with the goals of the Development and Programs departments.

Grant Writing & Grant Management

  • Manage the Programs development calendar that includes grant application deadlines, cultivation and stewardship calendar, spending deadlines, and interim and final report due dates for the entire portfolio.
    • Inform colleagues when key stewardship activities need to occur and delegate the next steps.
  • Lead the grant development process, including writing, gathering content, sharing with colleagues for review, submissions, and reporting with support from the VP for Programs, Directors, and Senior Program Officers.
  • Establish fund setup for Programs grants, Agency Funds, Fiscal Sponsorships, and Disaster Grants, documenting routing and follow-up.
  • Manage online portals and serve as primary contact with grants administrators of funding partners.
  • Facilitate grant kick-off and closing meetings, including calendaring, document prep, and follow-up.

Cross-Program and Cross-Departmental Collaboration

  • Maintain deep collaboration between the Development and Programs Departments to ensure fund development goals for programmatic initiatives are reached and relevant updates are shared consistently.
  • Establish periodic check-ins with appropriate colleagues throughout the Foundation to ensure up-to-date expertise regarding Foundation programs and initiatives to inform cultivation and proposal efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Finance Department to help develop budgets and share critical information for grant reporting.
  • Facilitate disaster response funding from Foundation partners and individual donors.
  • Seek opportunities for creating synergies and collaborations between areas, avoiding the isolation of working in a silo.
  • As a member of the Foundation’s Executive Department, provide 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 Strategic Partnerships Officer may, from time to time, be asked to take on other assignments not covered in this position description. Strategic Partnerships Officer is expected to demonstrate openness and flexibility when asked to take on these new assignments.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to cultivate and build lasting relationships with current and prospective external partners, with specific expertise in engaging with foundation and corporate donors.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to simplify and effectively communicate complex topics.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage time and resources to bring daily tasks and projects to completion.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office.
  • A preference for a quick pace of work, while maintaining high levels of detail orientation and accuracy.
  • Participative work style: ability to work well with a diverse range of people.
  • Ability to learn and utilize new technology quickly.
  • Receptiveness to feedback and course correction, and willingness to learn.
  • Honesty, integrity, professionalism, politeness, and courteousness.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Experience & Education

  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s strongly preferred).
  • 5+ years of experience with fund development, including grant-writing, reporting, budget development, and prospecting for multimillion-dollar grants.
  • Experience and strength in managing partnerships and coordinating across initiatives.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.


Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to  Only complete applications will be considered.  A writing sample will be requested for candidates who advance to late-stage interviews.

Application Deadline is at 11:59 P.M. on Friday, August 19, 2022.