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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 3,000 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

To discourage practices of negotiating that have historically reinforced larger systems of inequality, CEF posts the amount we are able to offer for each position. All employees have the opportunity to earn raises based on increased competencies in their positions and all employees will receive a 2% annual cost of living increase. Please do not apply to a position if the compensation listed does not meet your requirements.

In addition, CEF anonymizes all applications in order to create a more equitable hiring process. This means that the hiring committee does not know the name or contact information of candidates. CEF also redacts the names of educational institutions that candidates have attended. Internal candidates are always welcome to apply to posted positions. Their experience with CEF will not be redacted which means that hiring committee participants may be able to identify these candidates. For internal candidates, you should expect that your work or volunteer experience at CEF will be considered in the candidate evaluation process. CEF is committed to maintaining a fair and equitable hiring process for all candidates.

Open Positions:

Advocate Program Coordinator (Chapel Hill)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis, priority deadline June 14, 2023  – open until filled

Position Summary:

The Advocate Program Coordinator (APC) is a member of the core program staff in the CEF Chapel Hill office. This position leads recruitment, training, coordination, and support for the activities of 60-80 volunteer Advocates and 3+ volunteer leadership teams. The APC serves as co-lead of the Chapel Hill office with the Member Services Coordinator (MSC) and collaborates closely with its counterpart in the CEF Durham office to steward a trauma-informed, anti-racist Advocate program centered around relationship-based support.


Advocate Program Stewardship & Supervision (45%)

  • Recruit, select, support, and retain dedicated Advocate volunteers, summer interns, and seasonal staff to support CEF leadership teams.
  • Develop, adapt, and lead interactive training content to share CEF’s foundational practices in relationship-based support; cultivate awareness of structural inequities, anti-racism, and trauma-informed care; and foster ongoing opportunities for reflection and learning.
  • Coordinate office hour sign ups, absences, and coverage for Advocates, including supporting Advocates with self-care and co-care practices.
  • Serve as a conduit between Advocates and organization-wide visioning and development.
  • Steward the Advocate accountability process to increase volunteer retention and ensure volunteers have the support they need to show up fully in their Advocate hours.
  • Supervise 2-5 full-time and part-time summer interns.
  • Provide empowering mentorship and general support to Advocates.
  • Supervise the following Advocate Leadership Teams:
    • Advocate Training Team
    • Outreach & Communications Team
  • Co-supervise Member Advocate Coordination (MAC) Team.
  • Co-Teach Social Work 490: Tools for Financial Coaching and Economic Justice through the UNC School of Social Work. 
  • Collaborate with the Durham APC to conduct annual program evaluations and guide Advocate Program strategies and priorities.
  • Onboarding for all Advocates.
  • Coordinate the annual CEF-CH Spring Graduation Celebration.

In-Office Support for Members and Advocates (25%)

  • Provide a minimum of 10 hours per week of in-office staff support to support Advocates and Members, ensure delivery of quality Member services, and promote office policies and boundaries, especially regarding emotional and physical safety.
  • Provide support to Advocates & Members in situations when policies are broken.
  • Co-facilitate weekly case-conferencing to ensure quality Member services and Advocate learning, growth and retention.
  • Provide excellent relationship-based care coordination for CEF Members.
  • Promote high-quality data collection through the administration of Member surveys.

CEF Team Member (25%)

  • Work regularly with Members as an Advocate, an expectation for all staff.
  • Actively participate in CEF staff meetings, caucuses, retreats, professional development training, board meetings, and organizational decision-making.
  • Be an active member of the Member Services Leadership Team.
  • Serve as Chapel Hill Technology Lead responsible for onboarding and training volunteers and staff to technology platforms including Google Suite, Slack, Asana, and Salesforce.
  • Review Advocate notes on a regular basis to insure clarity and quality of information gathered and shared in the agency database.
  • Co-facilitate weekly staff meetings with the CH Member Services Coordinator.
  • Co-coordinate office closures and practices with the CH Office & Community Organizer and ED.

Relevant Skills & Qualifications:

  • Exceptional organizational abilities and attention to detail; ability to follow through on simultaneous projects, including daily tasks and longer-term visioning.
  • Experience managing projects.
  • The ability to work well with people across race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, education level, religion, and other diverse identities and experiences.
  • Fosters a culture that promotes anti-racism practices and equity.
  • Strong skills as an engaging trainer and facilitator.
  • Engaging and collaborative leadership style with empowering mentorship for volunteers.
  • Availability for regular evening and weekend hours to accommodate volunteer schedules.
  • Facility with technology, including willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Creative, comfortable taking initiative, and works well independently.
  • Bilingual or bicultural skills preferred but not required.


This is a full-time, salaried position. This position is expected to work an average of 40 hours per week and will be paid $42,000/year. This position is also eligible for 100% employer-paid health insurance; a 401(k) plan with employer match; optional employee-paid dental and vision; paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave; and a professional development stipend. See an outline of CEF’s benefits here. All CEF staff are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit weekly negative test results

To Apply:

Please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) contact information for three references to with the subject “CH – APC”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of June 14th. Your cover letter should speak to: your interest in working with CEF; one goal you would have for your first year in this position; and the experiences and qualities that will make you a great fit.

CEF is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQI identified people, and people with lived experience with homelessness or poverty. Thank you for your interest! Please contact with any questions.

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

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