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DU Staff 2017 and CH Staff 2016

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About the Community Empowerment Fund
CEF is a non-profit organization operating in Durham and Orange Counties that is working to end the racial wealth gap by supporting people experiencing homelessness or financial insecurity. We work alongside approximately 250 volunteers and 1,100 members in their pursuit of employment, secure housing, and financial stability. We are valued by Members and partners for our ability to meet people where they are and walk alongside each individual to achieve personal goals, as well as our collaborative approach to address systemic racism and oppression which causes gaps in our local communities. We are passionate about sustaining transitions out of homelessness, and combine flexible relationship-based support with innovative matched savings accounts, referral networks, resource databases, and programs to support Members in achieving their long-term dreams. Learn more at www.communityef.org.

Open Positions:

Advocate (Durham)

Applications are due Friday, February 5th at 11:59 PM. 

About the CEF Advocate position:

Advocates are volunteers trained to walk with Members in achieving their goals, often related to housing, employment, or financial independence. Advocates are not experts, but are curious, empathetic, and highly dedicated team players who commit to holding two Advocate hours per week for a minimum of two years. CEF Advocates work 1-1 or 2-1 with CEF Members to  celebrate achievements and provide long-term, relationship-based support through challenges and barriers. The Advocate role is a volunteer position and is unpaid.

Responsibilities

  • Work one-on-one or two-on-one with CEF Members towards their goals
  • Actively engage in ongoing learning opportunities to grow as an Advocate
  • Support the management of office hour operations, including scheduling Member appointments and directing the flow of Member service activity in the office 
  • Properly use the CEF Connect database and other systems that help provide efficient and high-quality services to CEF Members, maintaining a high level of confidentiality
  • Communicate proactively with staff and volunteer leaders around wellness, attendance, tardiness or other concerns

Qualifications

  • Clear commitment to CEF’s mission and eager to commit to the full two years (and more!) 
  • Awareness of institutional oppression
  • Actively strives for continual learning and reflection
  • Resourceful, collaborative and creative problem-solver
  • Experience and comfort working with people across abilities, neurological/cultural differences
  • A deep understanding of authentic and empowering relationships 
  • Possesses many of the skills (active listening, empathy, vulnerability, trust) that are necessary to form relationships with Members
  • Flexibility, tendency to take initiative, and a commitment to being a team player
  • All majors and career interests are encouraged to join
  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus

Core Advocate Commitment: 

  • Attend all sessions of mandatory CEF Advocate Training
  • Attend mandatory ongoing learning opportunities (Monthly in DU, 2x/season in CH) 
  • Hold two weekly ‘Advocate’ hours for a minimum of two years
  • (Durham) Attend a 15 minute pod meeting before every ‘Advocate’ hours shift

Please fill out the application here. Applications have a deadline of February 5th, 2021. Reach out to Leah Whitehead (leahw@communityef.org) with questions. 

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

2021 Summer Intern (Durham)

Applications are due Friday, February 5th at 11:59 PM. 

About the CEF Internship (Durham):

Available Positions:

Full-Time Internship (3 open positions)

Duration: 11 weeks
Schedule: 32 hours/week (includes paid lunch)
Compensation: $10/hour (paid monthly on the last day of the month). Monthly paid sick and vacation leave.
Content: 50% Supporting CEF Members as Advocates and Pod Leaders through 1-1 Member meetings and office support.

50% Working collaboratively with staff on a relevant project that matches their interests, skills, and passion areas. See below for a list of possible project areas.

Note: Vacation leave can be taken at times agreed upon by you and your staff supervisor.

Part-Time Internship (1-2 open positions)

Duration: 11 weeks
Schedule: 15-20 hours/week
Compensation: $10/hour (paid monthly on the last day of the month).
Content: 75% Supporting CEF Members as Advocates and Pod Leaders through 1-1 Member meetings and office support.

25% Supervision and Team Meetings

Key Dates:

  • Internship start: Monday, May 24th, 2021
  • Summer Intern Orientation: May 24th-May 25th
  • Internship end: Friday, August 6th

Requirements:

  • Interns must be able to start and end on the given dates and attend both full days of summer intern orientation. 
  • This is not a remote internship. All applicants must be available to work in-person and abide by the COVID-19 procedures laid out below.
  • Full-Time Interns must have no additional major obligations during the summer such that they can fulfill a 32-hour weekly workload
  • Non-student community members are encouraged to apply
  • Some evenings and weekends may be required (varies week-to-week)

COVID-19 Specific Updates:

General Responsibilities:

  • Work one-on-one with CEF Members as an Advocate to assist individuals in gaining income, housing, and financial stability
  • Participate in and lead weekly meetings, discussions, and activities
  • (Full-Time Only) Work collaboratively on a team, with staff support, to coordinate CEF programs and services in one or more of the following areas (see here for more information):
    • Housing Access & Homelessness Services
    • Advocacy and Organizing
    • Resource Stewardship
  • (Full-Time Only) Explore self-directed opportunities for leadership development and community involvement. Examples include attending cultural events and community gatherings with CEF-relevant themes such as justice, healing, trauma, etc.; learning via books, podcasts, and webinars; meditation and mindfulness activities; Spanish lessons; attending trainings or conferences; volunteering at partner orgs; etc.

To Apply:

Learn more about the internship, click here. Complete the application found here. Applications have a deadline of February 5th, 2021. Reach out to Leah Whitehead (leahw@communityef.org) with questions.

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

2021 Summer Intern (Chapel Hill)

Applications are due January 24th at 11:59 PM. 

About the CEF Internship (Chapel Hill):

Full-Time Interns: Interns work with CEF in a full-time capacity for 10 weeks over the summer. Interns spend roughly half of their time (~20 hours/week) supporting members as specialized Advocates and Pod Leaders, and the other half (~15 hours/week) working collaboratively with staff on a relevant project that matches their interests, skills, and passion areas. Included below is a list of possible roles. Interns are paid $10 / hour.

Part-Time Interns: Interns spend roughly half of their time (~10 hours/week) supporting members as specialized Advocates and Pod Leaders, and the other half (~6 hours/week) working collaboratively with staff on a relevant project that matches their interests, skills, and passion areas. Included below is a list of possible roles. This internship is unpaid.

Key Dates:

  • Internship start: Tuesday, June 1st
  • Summer Intern Orientation: June 1st and June 2nd
  • Internship end: Friday, August 6th

Requirements:

  • Interns must be able to start and end on the given dates and attend both full days of summer intern orientation
  • Full-Time Interns must have no additional major obligations during the summer such that they can fulfill a 35-hour weekly workload
    • Part-Time Interns can have additional obligations that will not conflict with set office hours and staff meetings
  • Both current/returning/graduating students and non-students are eligible to apply
  • Some evenings and weekends required (varies week-to-week)

General Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a Pod Leader in the Chapel Hill office supporting members and advocates assigned to that Pod and monitoring data for members of the Pod 
    • Full-Time Interns: 7-10 hours/week
    • Part-Time Interns: 3-5 hours/week
  • Work one-on-one with CEF members as an Advocate to assist individuals in gaining income, housing, and savings 
    • Full-Time: 10-15 hours/week
    • Part-Time: 5-7 hours/week
  • Work one-on-one with CEF Members as an Advocate to assist individuals in gaining income, housing, and savings (10-16 hours/week)
  • Work collaboratively with staff to coordinate CEF programs and services in one or more of the following areas (depending on scope of project area; details included below) (8-12 hours per week):
    • Housing Access & Homelessness Services
    • Workforce & Income Services
    • Legal Services
    • Latinx Services
    • Development / Communications 
    • Community Outreach
    • Community Organizing & Advocacy
    • Connect Database Development
    • Pitch your own project 
  • Participate in and lead weekly meetings, discussions, and activities (2-4 hours per week)
  • Explore self-directed opportunities for leadership development and community involvement. Examples include attending cultural events and community gatherings with CEF-relevant themes such as justice, healing, trauma, etc.; learning via books, podcasts, and webinars; meditation and mindfulness activities; Spanish lessons; attending trainings or conferences; volunteering at partner orgs; etc. (0-5 hours/week)
  • Lead and support the planning of CEF’s annual Financial Independence Day, a special community event held in early July (time varies based on week and role)

To Apply:

Please fill out the application found here. Applications have a deadline of January 24th, 2021. Reach out to Kristina Smith (kristinas@communityef.org) with questions.

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

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

Chapel Hill: 919-200-0233 Durham: 919-797-9233

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