2018 Co-Director Search Profile

CEF is hiring for a new Co-Director to join our team, working alongside Co-Directors Janet Xiao and Jon Young as Maggie West steps down from her position on the team. Learn more about this leadership transition process at CEF here.

2018 Co-Director Search Profile

About Community Empowerment Fund

CEF works with people experiencing homelessness or financial insecurity in Durham and Orange Counties to gain employment, secure housing, and build financial well-being. CEF trains volunteer “Advocates,” many of whom are undergraduate students, to work one-on-one with “Members” with a holistic approach that meets people where they are. We are passionate about sustaining transitions out of homelessness, and combine flexible relationship-based support with innovative matched savings accounts to help Members achieve long-term dreams. Since launching our savings program in 2010, Members have saved over $900,000 to secure stable housing, build emergency funds, purchase vehicles, and even buy their own homes. Our unique, evidence-based model has gained national attention.

CEF is committed to a team-based organizational structure, in which responsibilities and decision-making are shared among staff. We are a growing organization, with 13 staff, 244 volunteer Advocates, and over 1,000 Members. CEF’s FY2018 operating budget is approximately $500,000, with highly diversified financial resources, and a relationship-based fundraising model consistent with our organizational mission. Learn more at www.communityef.org

These guiding principles were collectively discerned by a group of members, advocates, staff and board members in the Spring of 2015. They are a statement of our values as an organization and serve as a compass to guide us in our work.

CEF’S Guiding Principles

People-Centered Relationships: We appreciate and value our differences and are committed to working through relationships built on mutual respect and trust. In doing so, we foster a non-judgmental, welcoming and safe environment focused on relationships that empower individuals.

Active Reflection and Co-Learning: We cultivate an environment where advocates, members, and staff learn from each other. We create organizational space to critically reflect on our work.

Participatory Ownership: We — members, advocates, staff, and board — share ownership of CEF and achieve our organization’s goals through collaborative decision-making.

Financial Independence: We work together towards sustainable financial security for our community.

Community in Power: We contextualize our efforts within systems of power and through member and advocate experiences. We are committed to social justice and pursue local community-level change.

Welcoming Connectors: We are committed to cultivating an open network of people and organizations to holistically serve members’ goals.

Quality and Accountability: CEF strives to be an interconnected and transparent organization that gives and receives feedback for mutual accountability, to ensure quality in all that it does.

Co-Director Position Responsibilities

This position’s primary responsibilities are to steward CEF’s resource development and financial management, and to lead the Chapel Hill team. The position is one of three Co-Directors who work both cooperatively and independently to steward the organization as a whole, and in the Chapel Hill and Durham offices. Each of the three Co-Directors is a designated leader of specific areas of work, while together as a team, they are responsible for fundraising, financial management, organizational development, internal operations and communications for the organization. Additionally, the Co-Directors facilitate collective visioning, and serve as connectors with the broader community. Read more about our Co-Director leadership model and organizational structure here.

Lead development and fundraising activities

  • Steward strong relationships with funders, donors, governmental partners, and other allies.
  • Create and lead achievement of annual and multi-year development plans in close collaboration with Co-Directors.
  • Draft and submit grant applications, letters of inquiry, proposals and reports; coordinate with Co-Directors and staff to gather information and create materials.
  • Coordinate team efforts towards and engage actively in individual donor development, including ongoing communication, gift acknowledgments, and relational connections.
  • Identify and cultivate new funder prospects and maintain donor database.
  • Manage CEF staff, volunteers, and board members engaged in development, including supervision of part-time development contractor.
  • Communicate stories of CEF’s work and community in compelling, powerful ways.

Steward CEF’s operations & programs in Orange County

  • Supervise, mentor, and support the staff and volunteer leadership in CEF’s Chapel Hill office.
  • Develop and maintain impactful and collaborative working relationships with partners and stakeholders.
  • Ensure sufficient daily staffing in our Chapel Hill office.
  • Coordinate with student and Member leaders to create and implement programs and events.
  • Work regularly with Members as an Advocate (an expectation of all CEF staff members).
  • Support and contribute actively to community-driven advocacy for local systems change.

Support organizational vision & growth strategy

  • Engage actively in program design to improve CEF’s outcomes, impact, and methodologies.
  • Support staff development and hiring processes.
  • Guide annual budget development and support ongoing financial management needs of the organization.
  • Support the activities and ongoing development of the Board of Directors.
  • Nurture broad external stakeholder support for CEF and our mission.
  • Participate actively in strengthening the organization; building team connectivity; celebrating in community; and encouraging learning.

Position Qualifications

  • Previous experience in non-profit leadership, including demonstrated success in fundraising and managing budgets of a similar size. 5 years experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, social justice, and trauma-informed care
  • Experience supporting and managing teams and individuals, with an orientation towards distributed leadership and team-based organizational culture
  • Exceptional organizational abilities and attention to detail, with attentive follow-through on many simultaneous projects

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A commitment to shared leadership, embodying CEF’s values and guiding principles.
  • Affirming, empowering, and listening-based leadership style, with a strong sense of self-direction and accountability to the community
  • Creative solution-seeking and adaptivity to changes and challenges, with an orientation towards growth and learning
  • Compelling, authentic and clear verbal and written communication
  • Experience and comfort working with people across abilities and neurological differences, and from diverse racial, socioeconomic, educational, cultural, religious, gender, and ethnic backgrounds and identities
  • Facility with technology, including a willingness to learn new technologies

Salary and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience and education, with a starting annual salary up to $41,000, and an additional $3,330 annually as a healthcare stipend that allows staff to choose their own insurance plan.

A detailed description of employee benefits can be viewed on our website’s Employee Benefits page.

To Apply

CEF is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.

Please send a resume, and cover letter to hiring@communityef.org in order to apply. The position is open until filled. Your cover letter should be 1-2 pages and speak to why you are interested in working with CEF, as well as your experience with and skills in community-based leadership and fundraising. Please contact hiring@communityef.org with any questions. 

Know someone who might love to do this job and work with CEF?
Send them a link to: communityef.org/codirector-search

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