Thank you for considering employment with Propeller. To learn more about employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for available positions to join our team at Propeller:
- Executive 360 Degree Evaluation, Request for Proposals
- Investment Counselor
- Programs Coordinator
- Propeller Incubator Host, Work Trade
- Senior Development Manager
- Accounting and Operations Intern
- Neighborhood Business Program Associate
Propeller is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Women and candidates of color are encouraged to submit applications.
Executive 360 Degree Evaluation, Request for Proposals
Propeller is in search of a consultant to conduct a 360 degree/multi-rater assessment of their senior employee(s). This assessment will be a pilot that Propeller hopes to extend to all internal customer-focused positions (e.g., human resources roles, communications roles, etc.).
We anticipate the following steps:
- Develop a survey to assess senior employee(s) in core competency areas.
- Gather feedback from internal and external stakeholders.
- Compile results into an actionable report for the senior employee(s).
- Produce a list of best practices and factors to consider when designing a 360 degree process for the organization.
- Experience having conducted similar assessments, preferably at nonprofit organizations.
- 2-3 references from past clients that have received a similar deliverable.
To be considered:
- Propeller is interested in learning more about executive-level assessment and what is standard for a nonprofit organization of our size. Therefore, we are open to all proposals and feedback. Please include:
- Detailed scope of work
- Evaluation timeline
- 2-3 references from recent clients with a similar deliverable
Interested parties should submit their proposals to Monique Thomas, Propeller’s Talent and Culture Coordinator, at email@example.com.
We are seeking an Investment Counselor with Nonprofit Investment Advising experience to support Propeller’s Executive Director, Business and Operations Manager, and Finance Committee in overseeing Propeller’s investment selections and portfolio and evaluating the goals and performance of Propeller investments in conjunction with potential shifts in goals and needs of the organization. Responsibilities may include and are not limited to:
- Reviewing Investment Policy and suggesting revisions to Investment Policy
- Advising Executive Director and Business and Operations Manager on type of investment selections and on the composition of Propeller’s Investment Portfolio that will help achieve Propeller’s goals and strategic plans
- Assessing returns of Propeller’s Investment Portfolio to determine if Propeller’s Investment Portfolio needs to be changed at least twice a year
- (min) 4 to 6 years of Investment experience
- (preferred) 2 to 4 years of Nonprofit Investment experience
- (preferred) CFP, CFA, or similar certification
- Very strong listening and communication skills
- Ability to get things done in a timely manner
- Track record of effectively managing projects and estimating amount of time needed to complete projects
(preferred) Consulting or Advising experience
Start and End Date: March 2018 to at least March 2019
Estimated time per year: 35 to 40 hours per year
- Note: The applicant can propose more hours if he/she determines it is necessary.
Application Deadline: March 16, 2018 or until position has been filled; we recommend early applications and may fill the contract position before the deadline.
Please provide the following information here:
- Please provide three references of past or current nonprofit (preferred) or for profit investment clients.
- Please provide a cover letter explaining your approach to nonprofit investing and consulting.
- Please provide an estimated annual contract cost or cost range proposal to provide the investment services described above.
Propeller Incubator Host, Work Trade
As a host, you will be the first point of contact for our members, guests, and curious community members who come into the space. Your job is to orient all stakeholders to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of Propeller Incubator, our community and resources.
- Front Desk: We ask that host greet visitors, answer co-workers’ questions, collect and distribute mail, answer the telephone, provide tours of the incubator, and process payments for Day Passes, Punch Cards, and Events. Hosts will also be expected to assist with opening, closing, and daily operations tasks.
- Propeller Project: We ask that hosts develop and implement a community project during their time here. Examples of community projects include organizing yoga classes, working on an Incubator member spotlight blog, pop-up breakfasts, round table discussions, happy hours, etc.
- Event Hosting; Propeller Incubator hosts off-hour and weekend events. Hosts are able to serve as building hosts for these events to maintain the security of Propeller Incubator facilities, assist with janitorial needs, support event registration, building opening and closings. Event staffing needs will be communicated at least one week before the event.
- Greet everyone who comes through the door, including members and guests. Direct everyone to appropriate locations throughout the building. Give tours to potential new members and curious folks who wander in.
- Keeping Propeller clean and well stocked. Propeller has biweekly janitorial service, but we rely on our members and staff to clean up after themselves in between. This means you will be expected to occasionally take out the trash, empty the dishwasher, clean up spills, make coffee, restock the bathrooms and kitchen, clear off conference tables, etc. as needed.
- Administrative and tech support for members; including receiving and distributing mail, installing printer drivers and troubleshooting printing issues, assisting with projectors and event set-up, etc.
- Answering the Propeller Incubator office phone and getting calls and messages to the appropriate staff members.
- Answering questions from members and guests about the building, neighborhood, Propeller services, other organizations, etc.
- Building community through member introductions and your special project. Interacting with members in the common areas and facilitating connections between members.
- Understanding members’ businesses and needs and finding potential resources for them within the network.
- You are welcome to bring other projects to work on while you are at Propeller, however we ask you prioritize your propeller host duties while you are on shift.
- Commitment to Excellence: Propeller Incubator Host Program is a reflection of our commitment to excellence. We ask that hosts call within 24 hours of shift to cancel, reschedule monthly hours when needed, and be punctual for their shifts.
- Hosts who do not fulfill expected duties and hours, or act outside of Propeller Incubator’s standards of conduct will be asked to forfeit their 24 hour access card to the Incubator Manager.
As a host we ask you to commit to working 15 hours per month for a 2 – 6 month time frame.
During 2- 6 months of your hosting, you will receive a co-working membership with 24/7 access, introductions and mentoring from Propeller staff when requested, references from Propeller team members, and access to meeting and event spaces for your own activities if needed.
Senior Development Manager
The Senior Development Manager works as a part of a dynamic team to support and execute on the annual development strategy and work closely with the Director of Impact and Development and Executive Director to achieve Propeller’s fundraising goals. The focus of the Senior Development Manager will be to continue to effectively steward our existing and prospective institutional funders, to both ensure we are meeting the expectations and needs of our funders and that we continue to have robust and quality programming.
Major Responsibilities & Outcomes
Accountable for the long-range (2+ year) visioning, conceptualization, planning, implementation, deliverables, and achievement of results of Propeller’s broad fundraising strategies with a strong focus on our institutional relationships. Duties include:
Development Strategy and Donor Relations
- Clear Development Plan: Implements development plan and calendar that include a clear statement of internal organizational and external community needs that Propeller seeks to address, as well as fundraising goals that reflect those needs: both dollars and target dates, and selected fundraising strategies. Donors report an excellent philanthropic experience with minimal critiques.
- Advanced Budget Raise: Obtains full weighted pipeline of new asks in “Convince” stage, with a minimum goal of raising 50% of the $2.5 million 2019 budget by the end of the calendar year.
- High-performing Capital Campaign: Develops and executes plan to reach capital campaign goal between $220,000-$500,000.
- Thriving Venture Fund Pipeline: Maintains list of 10 potential impact investors in active cultivation mode for Propeller’s Social Venture Fund.
- Exceptional Donor Cultivation: Prepares for all donor meetings in line with standard operating procedures, makes compelling presentations and pitches, and leads all cultivation communications for prospects $250,000 and below to earn the respect and trust of donors.
Grant Writing and Management
- Mission-Driven, Knowledgeable, and Accurate Communication: Effectively articulates the mission, priorities, and special initiatives of Propeller to a broad range of stakeholders, highlighting past successes with fluency. Develops and executes a communications strategy to support fundraising and institutional revenue growth. Proofs all written fundraising materials, including reports and acknowledgment letters, with close attention to detail, producing no errors.
- Driven and Well-Executed Writing: Develops compelling, factual, quality, timely, relevant, and comprehensive grant proposals with few, if any, edits needed. Accountable for the drafting and submission of all public and private foundation grant proposals – approximately $5 million in requests per year. Supports the drafting and submission of government proposals, as needed.
- Collaborative Mindset: Coordinates across departments as necessary to organize proposals and campaigns, as well as drive revenue. Supports the Director of Impact and Development and the Executive Director in building and sustaining a culture of philanthropy within Propeller and with Propeller’s partners.
Administration and Evaluation
- Organized and Thorough Calendar Management: Manages a grants calendar of letters of intent and grants. Ensures that all deadlines are met in a timely manner. Required grant evaluation is developed and conducted to achieve outcomes.
- Proactive Evaluation: Ensures smooth reporting by leading the determination of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods for grant requirements in advance. This includes determining outcomes, benchmarks, methods of measurement, logic models, etc.
- Stakeholder-Wide Development Transparency: Implements systems and tools that ensure all relevant funders, board members, staff, policymakers, thought leaders, and partners in fundraising/revenue development have the tools they need to support Propeller’s development.
- Written and verbal fluency in the history of structural racism in the US and its current manifestations in New Orleans and nationally. Ability to convey compelling racial justice analysis to external stakeholders.
- Proven and consistent track record of identifying, cultivating, and stewarding institutional funders.
- Proven and consistent track record developing compelling, data-driven grant proposals to foundation and government funders, resulting in funding.
- Strong writing and editing skills, particularly focused on data-driven value propositions.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills in managing external relationships, building trust with high-level stakeholders, and conveying compelling opportunities through public speaking engagements, networking events, and other opportunities for relationship development.
- Self-motivated, innovative, and can work with considerable independence within the context of an overall strategy, team environment, and variety of diverse stakeholders.
- Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
- Ability to handle a variety of projects in a fast-paced environment while maintaining accuracy and completion in a timely manner.
- Commitment to Propeller’s mission, vision, and values.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent knowledge + 5 – 7 years’ relevant experience, or Master’s or equivalent knowledge + 3 – 5 years’ relevant experience, and 1 – 3 years’ supervisory experience.
- (Preferred) Experience raising funds from institutional donors in areas of racial justice and/or economic development.
Travel with some evening and weekend work required. This is a salaried and exempt position.
Compensation: $62,000+ annually, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Propeller also offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, retirement, paid time off, and professional development.
Start Date: April 2018
Priority Application Deadline: April 6, 2018; we recommend early applications and may fill the position before the deadline.
Application Directions: Apply here by presenting your resume and responses to the questions below:
- Why are you passionate about racial justice, nonprofit development, and cultivating institutional relationships?
- What do you think will be your greatest strength in this role? In what way do you think you will need to grow the most to be successful in this role?
- What do you find gives you the most energy in your current work?
- What drains your energy the most in your current work?
- What are your salary requirements?
Accounting and Operations Internship
The Accounting and Operations Intern will work closely with Propeller’s Accounting and Operations Coordinator to support the organization’s financial and operations management. This internship would be ideal for an extremely detail-oriented, organized, and efficient self-starter interested in learning how a local non-profit works from the ground up. As an incubator for local entrepreneurs Propeller offers interns an excellent opportunity to network and learn about the start-up community here in New Orleans.
Compensation: Unpaid Internship
Start Date: As soon as possible
Hours: 15-20 hours a week – 3- to 6-month commitment preferred
Expectations: A successful intern is expected to demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and a genuine interest in the administrative and financial functions of a non-profit organization.
Assist with financial management
- Assist with ad hoc financial reports and financial analysis
- Assist with journal entries
- Assist with month end procedures
- Assist with scanning in financial paperwork and documentation
- Any other duties as needed
- Assist with developing and implementing an efficient and effective File and Office Organization Plan
- Assist with Salesforce, a Data Management Software, projects and tasks
- Organize and inventory office supplies ensuring that basic supplies are always available. Notify Accounting and Data Coordinator if new supplies need to be ordered.
- Any other duties as needed
Key Competencies and Experiences
- Exceptional attention to detail, organized, efficient, and desire to get things right. Does not let important details slip through the cracks
- Strong project management and administrative skills with demonstrated ability to set concrete goals, organize, and prioritize
- Proactive – asks questions, takes initiative and brings new ideas to the company
- Efficient – able to produce results with minimal wasted effort
- Quick learner who is committed to constant improvement
- Passion for Propeller’s mission
- Experience or willingness to learn organizational software and platforms (i.e. Salesforce, Dropbox, Quickbooks, etc.)
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018; we recommend early applications and may fill the position before the deadline.
Application Directions: Please submit your resume and answers to the questions below here. When applying, be sure to select the “Accounting and Operations Internship” option when prompted to choose a specific internship.
1. Why do you want to intern at Propeller?
2. Why are you interested in non-profit accounting and administration?
3. What are your professional goals and how will this internship help you reach them?
This position is responsible for supporting program management to oversee Propeller’s programmatic policies, logistics, processes, events, and timelines. The mission of this position is to achieve the smooth execution of programmatic events; high satisfaction in the mentor, pro bono, and subject matter expert networks; and high value-add alumni programming. This position reports to program management and works closely with fellow members of the programmatic team.
Salary: $37,000+; benefits (health, dental, vision) package
Start Date: February 2018 (or earlier); full-time
Executive Mentor, Pro Bono, and Subject Expert Programs
- Recruitment, retention, and engagement of pro bono and paid consultants, especially in high priority areas (legal, accounting, bookkeeping, graphic design).
- Recruitment, retention, and engagement of Executive Mentors and management of mentor office hours.
- Recruitment, retention, and engagement of subject matter experts, including contract management.
- Timely and appropriate matching of pro bono and paid consultants, Executive Mentors, and other resources to ventures with oversight to ensure projects are completed.
- Oversight of consultant contracts to ensure accuracy in billable hours, scope of work, and payment.
- Relationship management with members of Propeller’s consultant network, ensuring desired levels of satisfaction and engagement for all members.
Propeller Alumni Programming
- Timely and satisfactory connection of alumni ventures with relevant Propeller resources including but not limited to consultants, executive mentors, and stakeholder meetings with 90% venture satisfaction/value add.
- Implementation of alumni strategic plan, which includes but is not limited to: alumni community-building activities (potlucks, happy hours, etc.), venture showcase events, and facilitation of access to Propeller resources.
Accelerator and PitchNOLA Logistics
- Supports Impact Coordinator in managing data collection, analysis, and reporting on venture impact during Accelerators via monthly and annual impact surveys to current and alumni ventures.
- Positive stewardship of mentors and external partners through regular communications with development team on impact and program deliverables.
- Supports program management on the execution of all Accelerator logistics including but not limited to: scheduling meetings, room setup, coordinating with vendors, and setup of audio/visual equipment as needed.
- Oversees planning, preparation, and execution of partnership-based workshops and other events.
- Ensures satisfactory responses from relevant staff members to external inquiries regarding Propeller programming in a timely manner
- Oversees AmeriCorps VISTA onboarding and training within Programs Department.
- Organization and planning – Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets time in an efficient, productive manner. Focuses on key priorities.
- Team coordination – Able to “manage up” and “manage laterally”.
- Risk management – Able to anticipate potential issues and create solutions and contingencies before issues arise.
- Analytical skills – Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it.
- Relationship management – Able to tune into others’ feelings, thoughts, and motivations and earn trust by consistently demonstrating integrity (honesty, consistency, and reliability) and professional competence.
- Follow-through on commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal cost.
- Attention to detail – Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.
- Persistent & proactive with a strong work ethic.
- Open to feedback.
(preferred) We strive to be highly effective in serving all aspects of the New Orleans community. To do so requires expertise and deep knowledge. Preference will be given to candidates with significant
personal and/or professional experience working with low-income or underrepresented communities of color (African-American, Latino American, Native American or Vietnamese American).
Application Deadline: January 19, 2018; we recommend early applications and may fill the position before the deadline.
Application Directions: Apply online here by presenting your resume, cover letter, and responses to the questions below. In your cover letter, please explain how you heard about Propeller and your interest and qualifications in the position.
- Why are you passionate about social entrepreneurship, project management, and relationship building?
- What do you think will be your greatest strength in this role? In what way do you think you will need to grow the most to be successful in this role?
- What do you find gives you the most energy in your current work? What drains your energy the most in your current work?
- What are your salary requirements?
Neighborhood Business Program Associate
The Neighborhood Business Program Associate will be responsible for designing and implementing systems and materials that will expand the program capacity, outreach, and community presence of Propeller The Associate will play a critical role in growing the funding for and number of neighborhood businesses served in Propeller’s South Broad Business Initiative. The mission of this position is to positively impact New Orleans’ economic disparities by improving Propeller’s systems around programming, interdepartmental effectiveness, and operations in the area of economic development.
Application Deadline: March 18, 2018
Start Date: April 2018
Term: 1 Year *There may be an option to serve for an additional year.
Salary: Volunteer Stipend of $11,848 annually
- Up to $550 relocation assistance (if moving more than 50 miles from previous home location)
- Mileage reimbursement for move (if moving more than 50 miles from previous home location)
- $ 1, 500 end of service stipend (if $5,550 Education Award is not needed)
- $5,550 Education Award
- Major Medical Health Insurance
- Student Loan Forbearance or Deferment
- Personal and Professional Development Training and Networking
- Child Care Assistance if child is under the age of 13
- Possible GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Fee Reduction
- Education Award Match at participating Colleges and Universities
- Non- competitive eligibility status for Federal Government Employment
- 10 Annual Days
- 10 Sick Days
- 10 Propeller Holidays
Major Responsibilities & Outcomes
Sector Advocacy, Policy, and Research
- Support Neighborhood sector advocacy and policy.
- Research best practices for Neighborhood community outreach and potential community partners.
- Advocate for neighborhood businesses by forming relationships with and connecting them to the larger business ecosystem.
- Support the growth of Propeller’s Neighborhood network.
- Form partnerships with key Neighborhood partners to co-host events.
- Plan, execute, and facilitate neighborhood and community meetings, events, and event series.
- Support in the planning/implementation of Neighborhood accelerator and convenings.
- Set up the systems necessary to repeat these events and maintain these new partnerships.
- Set up systems to gather feedback from event panelists, guests, and neighborhood residents.
Sector Strategy Support
- Development of a comprehensive database of community Neighborhood organizations and their programming/best practice.
- Develop documents on Propeller Neighborhood activities including reports, case studies, and fact sheets.
- Develop a database for resources and funding opportunities for the neighborhood sector.
- Revise and expand existing Neighborhood outreach strategy and systems based on community feedback.
- Develop systems to improve integration of Neighborhood accelerator into Propeller’s existing programmatic scheme.
- Exceptional attention to detail, organized, efficient, and desire to get things right. Does not let important details slip through the cracks.
- Exceptional creative and analytical writer who can express complex principles in clear, simple and compelling language to a variety of audiences.
- Highly developed proofreading skills to ensure all written materials are 100% accurate and grammatically correct.
- Strong project management and administrative skills with demonstrated ability to set concrete goals, organize, and prioritize.
- Attention to detail – Precision and quality focused, methodical, with great patience and attention to detail. Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.
- Organization and planning – Able to meet deadlines and handle and prioritize multiple simultaneous requests. A documented history of successfully and efficiently driving projects to completion. Strong time management skills and ability to communicate production timelines on multiple projects. Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets time in an efficient, productive manner.
- Follow-through on commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal cost. Reliable. Motivated by meeting deadlines.
- Proactive – Must be able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision.
- Work ethic – Possesses a strong willingness to work hard to get the job done. Has a track record of working hard.
- Openness to criticism and ideas. Solicits feedback, admits mistakes, and reacts to criticism positively, with an eye to continual improvement.
- Experience with community outreach, event planning, and/or community organizing. Familiarity with community development principles and tools that strengthen community participation.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution, consensus building, and intuitive listening.
- (preferred) We strive to be highly effective in serving all aspects of the New Orleans community. To do so requires expertise and deep knowledge. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with low-income or underrepresented minority (African-American, Latino American, Native American or Vietnamese American) communities in New Orleans.
March 18, 2018; we recommend early applications and may fill the position before the deadline.
Apply here by presenting your resume and responses to the questions below:
● Why are you passionate about Community Building, Programming, and Equitable Economic Development?
● What do you think will be your greatest strength in this role? In what way do you think you will need to grow the most to be successful in this role?
● What do you find gives you the most energy in your current work?
● What drains your energy the most in your current work?
Propeller hires and works with unpaid interns in order to provide growth and learning opportunities to students in high schools, universities, colleges, and trade schools and/or to provide volunteer experience to non-students.
We accept applications for internships year-round. Selection is based on the applicant’s interest and Propeller’s need. We accept applications for internships in all departments: programs, fundraising and development, marketing, business and operations, and incubator management.
We ask that our interns commit at least 5 hours per week for 5 weeks in order to gain the most meaningful experience.