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NOW HIRING: Economic Development Manager

To apply: Send an email to with a subject line that reads Job Title, Last Name, First Name. Attach your resume and cover letter.

This position is open and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you are interested, please apply immediately.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is a 501(c)(3) environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the state’s oil refineries and chemical plants. We use grassroots action to create an informed, healthy society that holds the petrochemical industry and government accountable for the true costs of pollution to hasten the transition from fossil fuels. Our vision is a Louisiana that is a healthy, prosperous, pollution-free and just state where people and the environment are valued over profit.

Purpose of Position: The petrochemical industry has a hold on Louisiana because of the industry’s inflated jobs claims and promises. The purpose of the Economic Development Manager (EDM) is to catalyze and create economic opportunities that do not rely on dirty industries. The EDM will collaborate with Louisiana Bucket Brigade staff and committees, community partners and local government officials to develop an economic development program in the River Parishes.  

Reports to: Executive Director

Job Status: Full-time (40 hours/week) 

Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), Paid vacation, Paid time-off, Training & Education. Relocation expenses paid.

Salary: $70,000 annually

Location: This person will be located in the River Parishes – St. John, St. Charles, St. James or Ascension. They will travel to meetings as necessary in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and elsewhere in the region. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This work will be done within the framework of our three identified opportunities in the fields of renewable energy, cultural resources and government relations. Other opportunities in emerging fields with economic potential (for example, marijuana, hemp and other emerging agricultural industries) will be included.

1. Research and program development

a. Research and provide exemplars of economic development models that could be implemented in the River Parishes
b. Conduct demographic and asset analysis of the area of focus
c. Conduct a feasibility study of various community advocacy projects, including buying Formosa land, clean energy ideas, cooperatively owned businesses
d. Create materials, presentations, collateral to share with local officials, stakeholders, and funders to spur economic development 

2. Community engagement

a. Maintain relationships with Louisiana Bucket Brigade community partners
b. Identify Urban Planning Firms for visioning sessions
c. Collaborate with community members to plan and implement visioning sessions
d. Collaborate with community partners to conduct a review of assets and needs in their districts
e. Develop relationships within each parish (for example, River Parish Community College) to create opportunities

3. Cultural resources

a. Collaborate with community partners to identify and advertise Black-owned businesses and points of interest
b. Collaborate with Louisiana Bucket Brigade staff to identify cultural economy possibilities

4. Government relations

a. Develop and maintain relationships with parish officials, including council members, planning commission members, economic development committees and staff
b. Collaborate with community partners to ensure parish government is providing equal services
c. Coordinate with designated partners to understand opportunities for federal and state funding
d. Assist parish staff in applying for such funding
e. Understand the use of Opportunity Zones and Enterprise Zones in target areas
f. Research and understand parish zoning and land use plans


Experience and Qualifications

  • Seven or more years experience leading successful economic and business development initiaves, and/or business/industry attraction, retention and expansion programs, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to travel locally and regionally
  • Self-starter with a track record of creating successful programs
  • Interest in and ability to connect with people in the River Parishes
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Builds strong relationships with partners and stakeholders
  • Shares knowledge and experience and actively works towards continuing personal learning and development
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
  • Ability to propose new approaches which expand the range of programming
  • Focuses on impact and results
  • Responds positively to feedback
  • Written communication skills


  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to provide proof of vaccination status.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply: Send an email to with a subject line that reads Job Title, Last Name, First Name. Attach your resume and cover letter.

This position is open and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you are interested, please apply immediately.