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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 supports 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 alike 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 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 programmatic support to help Members achieve long-term dreams. Learn more at

Open Positions:

AmeriCorps VISTA Workforce Development Fellow (Chapel Hill)

Priority applications are due by April 22nd, 2019 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

About the AmeriCorps VISTA Workforce Development Fellow (Chapel Hill):

 The Workforce Development Fellow will focus on 1) building capacity in workforce development services, 2) integrating financial capability into CEF’s services and partnerships, and 3) supporting special projects. Areas of work will include the following:

  • Improve the employment services provided by CEF’s Advocates by creating new partnerships, enhancing advocate training, and building new resources
  • Strengthen relationships with area employers to promote hiring of CEF Members, especially those who are justice-involved
  • Provide support across other areas of CEF’s work, including legal and housing services
  • Support CEF’s strategic priorities through work on special projects in partnership with CEF’s Co-Directors
  • Build the capacity of a countywide coalition of workforce development service providers in Orange County
  • Support partnerships integrate CEF’s financial coaching and matched savings accounts with workforce development providers, as well as build collaborations with partner organizations
  • Train volunteers and student leaders to support CEF Members in securing employment and accessing CEF’s matched savings accounts
  • Work regularly with members as an Advocate, an expectation of all CEF staff members
  • Engage actively in program design to improve CEF’s outcomes, impact and methodologies
  • Embody CEF values and guiding principles, participate meaningfully in meetings, work collaboratively with co-workers, and engage in the organization in ways that are informed by racial equity and social justice frameworks


Position qualifications:

  • Exceptional organizational abilities and attention to detail, with ability to follow-through on many simultaneous projects
  • Engaging and collaborative leadership style, with an ability to inspire and motivate volunteers
  • 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
  • Experience navigating inter-agency partnerships and collaborations
  • Bilingual/ bicultural skills desired but not required
  • Facility with technology, including willingness to learn new technologies
  • BS/BA degree required by Americorps VISTA
  • Shared commitment to CEF’s mission


To Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of Monday, April 22nd. Your cover letter should speak directly to why you are interested in working with CEF and why you are a great candidate for the position. The Americorps online application will be available early summer, but for purposes of recruitment and placement, CEF is seeking applications prior. We will ask selected candidates to complete the online application for Americorps at a later date.

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