Criminal Legal Reform Program Officer

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 Hurricane Katrina. While FFL was established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, our founders recognized the need to address the longstanding inequities that have shaped life outcomes for the most marginalized of Louisianans. Our programs grew in response to these needs, and today FFL focuses on racial justice, climate justice, criminal justice reform, economic opportunity, LGBTQ organizing, and support for Louisiana's vibrant arts and culture. 


Since inception, FFL has invested $55 million in more than 250 mission-critical nonprofit organizations working across the state toward building a more just Louisiana. As a social justice philanthropic intermediary, FFL’s work unapologetically advances racial justice while moving Louisiana forward. The foundation engages communities in both program co-design as well as its grant-making process, in order to expand opportunities and move communities towards a more just future. 



Position Overview  


FFL’s criminal legal reform work aims to shift resources away from dehumanizing and discriminatory practices within the criminal legal system towards a justice system that reinforces and sustains strong individuals, families, and communities. We aim to build on previous work and successful partnerships to develop our forward-looking criminal legal reform strategy with an intersectional emphasis on the relationship between criminal legal system involvement, race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and immigration status.  




Who You Are 


The role involves strategy development, facilitation, communication, and writing. The successful applicant should be adept at working with and across diverse audiences in a way that facilitates the full and equitable participation of all people. 


You may have experience as an organizer working on the frontlines of criminal justice reform or have studied law or policy in a formal school setting.  You may have experience working in a policy organization or in a non-profit working on any number of issues under the broad umbrellas of criminal and social justice. Regardless of where you are coming from you have a deep passion for and wealth of content knowledge regarding various issues and areas of practice within the “systems of systems” that is criminal justice. You are comfortable working in complex, frequently shifting contexts and approach your work in a deeply values-centered way. You are able to take and give meaningful feedback, to challenge and be challenged in ways that are generative and productive, and you approach your work with a deep commitment to learning and reflective practice. You are okay with ambiguity; can see, celebrate, and uplift small victories while engaged in generational fights; and are dogged in your belief that a better future is possible.   






Click here for more information or to apply. Please send your resume along with a cover letter to Jamie Schmill, Vice President of Programs, Foundation for Louisiana, via email:  [email protected]


No phone calls please.  


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-08-04 16:54:44 -0400