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About the Community Empowerment Fund
CEF supports people experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness to gain employment, secure housing, and build financial stability. CEF trains and pairs volunteer “Advocates,” many of whom are undergraduate students, to work one-on-one with Members. We are valued by Members and partners alike for our ability to meet people where they are and walk alongside each individual to achieve personal goals, with a particular focus on financial empowerment. 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. Learn more at

Open Positions:

NC LiteracyCorps Member (Financial Coaching Specialist) — Aug/Sept 2017 until July 2018

Position Title Financial Coaching Specialist

North Carolina LiteracyCorps Member, Aug 2017-Jul 2018


Financial Coaching Program Leadership:

  • Deliver person-centered, empowerment-based financial coaching directly to CEF Members
  • Provide on-site coaching support to Members and Advocates, and coordinate with staff at Families Moving Forward, a partner emergency shelter serving families  
  • Manage specific financial coaching projects, including the building and roll-out process of new Financial Coaching content
  • Manage and conduct research of community resources for Members, and integrate into interactive Financial Coaching curriculum content
  • Build capacity for financial coaching program to be offered in Spanish, in coordination with Latinx Services leadership teams
  • Facilitate bi-weekly Resources & Financial Coaching staff team meetings
  • Develop outreach and introduction materials and strategies for the Financial Coaching program
  • Monitor and manage program engagement, metrics, and data quality
  • Assist Advocate Program Coordinator with volunteer trainings and support on Financial Coaching topics and program delivery
  • Create Advocate support materials, including supporting volunteers in resource research

NC LiteracyCorps:

  • Attend SCALE trainings, and integrate relevant material into CEF’s adult education practices
  • Attend all required AmeriCorps and NC LiteracyCorps training and meetings conducted by SCALE
  • Participate in National Identity Days such as the 9/11 Day of Service, Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference, Make A Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, National Literacy Action Week, Global Youth Service Day, and AmeriCorps Week

CEF Team Member:

  • Work regularly with members as an Advocate, an expectation of all CEF staff members, and provide staff support in CEF’s Durham office and at on-site office hours with community partners
  • Engage actively in program design to improve CEF’s outcomes, impact and methodologies
  • Support CEF’s growing collaborations with partner organizations in Durham
  • Embody CEF values and guiding principles, participate meaningfully in meetings, works collaboratively with co-workers, and engage in the organization in ways that are informed by racial equity and social justice frameworks

Position Qualifications

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural skills highly desirable
  • Engaging and collaborative leadership style, with an ability to support and motivate volunteers
  • Exceptional organizational abilities and attention to detail, with ability to follow-through on many simultaneous projects; experience with project management duties preferred
  • Experience and comfort working with people across abilities and neurological differences, and from diverse racial, socioeconomic, educational, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Clear analysis of structural racism and socioeconomic inequity, and willingness to learn and grow
  • Availability for regular evening hours 1-2x/week, to accommodate student schedules and office hours
  • Facility with technology, including willingness to learn new technologies
  • Experience working with volunteers, undergraduate students, and/or in underserved communities
  • Shared commitment to CEF’s mission
  • 11-12 month commitment to this position and completion of 1,700 hours of service by July 31, 2018
  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Legal Permanent Resident

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

Details About the AmeriCorps Position through NC LiteracyCorps:

The NC LiteracyCorps is a program of the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE).  This program serves to support the capacity and sustainability of local campus and community-based literacy organizations by placing members around the state to recruit, train and support literacy volunteers.  It also provides individuals interested in entering the field of education at the community level an opportunity to gain training and hands-on experience in the field, helping to create a more social justice oriented workforce.

The Financial Coaching Specialist position is a one-year full-time AmeriCorps volunteer position. Selection is competitive and runs through August, but applications are reviewed and candidates selected on a rolling basis. We encourage applicants to submit applications early. The AmeriCorps volunteer will receive training, a modest living stipend (up to $12,630), health benefits, and upon completion of a full year of service are eligible to receive a $5,815 education award through AmeriCorps.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Your cover letter should speak directly to why you are interested in this position and why you are a great candidate for the position. Applications received before Friday, August 4 will be prioritized. Please don’t hesitate to contact with any questions. For more information about NC LiteracyCorps, visit: or contact Nureena Faruqi at Thank you for your interest!

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

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