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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 www.communityef.org.

Open Positions:

Member Assistance Funds Manager (Durham & Chapel Hill)

Priority deadline August 31, 2022 – open until filled 

Position Overview:

The Member Assistance Funds Manager (Funds Manager) will be responsible for managing processes and use related to CEF’s direct Member assistance funds including the Housing Assistance Fund, Housing Debt Assistance Fund, Eviction Debt Assistance Fund, First-time Homebuyers Fund, and support requests for assistance from community partners. The Funds Manager will be responsible for tracking and documenting fund use, supporting CEF Members in obtaining funds, and maintaining relationships with community partners for referrals and funding. The Funds Manager will hold office hours at both CEF offices and work directly with Members to identify goals and the best fit for assistance. In addition, the Funds Manager will be responsible for maintaining all records related to the Assistance Funds and will work with the Director of Development and Finance on reporting for grants and contracts. The Funds Manager will also work closely with Program Staff and volunteer Advocates to ensure Members are accessing full program benefits including CEF’s Financial Coaching and First-time Homebuyer resources. The Funds Manager will report to the Executive Director.

Position Responsibilities: 

Fund Management

  • Create and maintain systems for eligibility for all internal and external assistance funds
  • Train staff and volunteer Advocates on eligibility criteria and how Members can access funds
  • Meet directly with CEF Members to determine eligibility, gather information, and connect to financial assistance
  • Ensure Member compliance with fund rules – including participation in Financial Coaching and other programming, if required
  • Work with Communications Team to create an ongoing communications strategy to ensure Members and partners are aware of fund availability and use requirements
  • Maintain close relationships with partner organizations to share details about fund availability, request referrals, and develop additional funding opportunities
  • Maintain all documentation related to fund use (including communication with landlords, invoices, receipts, other qualifying documentation, and proof of eligibility)
  • Track use of assistance funds and maintain up-to-date fund balances
  • Work closely with Director of Development & Finance on grant reports and provide all necessary documentation for reports

Staff Support

  • Provide 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
  • When in office, support general office operations including mail, phones, walk-ins, scheduling, member surveys, Safe Savings transactions, etc.
  • Contribute to weekly case-conferencing at team meetings, with an eye on how Fund availability may support Members with immediate needs
  • Provide excellent relationship-based care coordination for CEF Members

CEF Team Member

  • Actively participate in CEF staff meetings, racial caucuses, book clubs, retreats, and organizational decision-making
  • Develop new programs & funds in alignment with the strategic direction of the organization and other leadership team members

Position Qualifications (Required unless indicated as “preferred”): 

  • 3+ years of project management
  • Strong aptitude with Microsoft Office/Google Suite including proficiency with spreadsheets
  • Strong experience with financial processes, budget creation, and expenditure tracking
  • Exceptional organizational skills including documentation, file management, and tracking
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage many simultaneous projects with different qualifications and criteria
  • Clear analysis and understanding of racial equity, structural racism, socioeconomic inequity, and white supremacy culture, particularly in relation to communications and nonprofit organizational structure preferred
  • Comprehensive knowledge of necessary technology, including a willingness to learn new technologies (CEF uses Salesforce CRM, Google for Nonprofits, Slack, Asana, WordPress, Zoom, and Canva)
  • Commitment to CEF’s mission 

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A commitment to shared leadership, embodying CEF’s values and guiding principles
  • Affirming, empowering, collaborative, and listening-based leadership style, with a strong sense of self-direction and accountability to the community
  • Compelling, authentic, and clear verbal and written communication
  • Ability to take initiative and complete duties independently, while knowing when to ask for support 
  • 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
  • Experience with work management software (ex. Asana, Slack)

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time, salaried position. The Funds Manager is expected to work an average of 40 hours per week and will be paid $52,000 annually. This position is also eligible for 100% employer-paid health insurance; a 401(k) plan with 4% 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 and submit weekly negative test results. This position is expected to start on October 1, 2022.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter outlining why you are a great fit for this position, resume, and 3 professional references to hiring@communityempowermentfund.org with the subject “Member Assistance Funds Manager.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of August 31 and will remain open until filled. 

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. 

Member Resource Specialist (Chapel Hill)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis – open until filled

Position Summary:

The Member Resource Specialist (MRS) is a full-time position focused on cultivating resources that supplement our Member Services in targeted content areas. In addition to providing in-office support for CEF Members and Advocates as a member of the Chapel Hill team, the MRS will be responsible for leading our efforts to grow targeted program services focused on housing and employment. In the future, the MRS may focus on additional services including financial coaching, resource development, and longitudinal data tracking. This position will have responsibility onsite in CEF’s Chapel Hill office with flexibility for off-site work and will report directly to the Chapel Hill Member Services Coordinator.

Responsibilities:

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

  • Provide 8-10 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.
  • Support general office operations with other staff members including mail, phones, walk-ins, scheduling, member surveys, etc.
  • Contribute to weekly case-conferencing at team meetings to provide support when navigating complex or crisis situations.
  • Provide excellent relationship-based care coordination for CEF Members.

Fair Chance Hiring Project (20%)

  • Manage a partnership with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) centered around the Fair Chance Hiring Certification Program (FCHCP) in Orange County.
  • Plan and host educational events for both employers, like-minded organizations, and community members to learn about Fair Chance Hiring practices and our specific program.
  • Conduct outreach to local business owners and employers to spread the word about the FCHCP and grow our network of local businesses committed to Fair Chance practices.
  • Check in regularly with businesses to ensure Fair Chance practices are being implemented and to provide additional resources and educational opportunities to business owners and employers.

First-Time Homebuyers Pilot Project (20%)

  • Work with CH Member Services Coordinator to create and maintain relevant partnerships that will strengthen the program.
  • Recruit participants for a first-time homebuyer cohort in Orange County. 
  • Organize monthly first-time homebuyer education workshops – including scheduling presenters, gathering materials, confirming attendance, and providing snacks.
  • Follow-up with participants in between monthly workshops to ensure they are receiving the support services they need, including scheduling regular meetings with CEF to participate in financial coaching sessions.
  • Track participant attendance and progress towards savings goals.
  • Communicate with savings team when a participant has met all of the requirements for their savings match.

Resources and Financial Coaching (RFC) Team (10%)

  • Participate as a member of the Resources and Financial Coaching (RFC) Team, the team responsible for building and updating new Member Goals and financial coaching modules in our Salesforce system, Connect. 
  • Attend biweekly meetings to test and case conference updates to Member Goals and resources in our Resource Database, discuss development priorities, and write and review soft code for upcoming updates. 
  • Take lead on managing the development status and testing of content-specific Member Goals and resources such as the Working on Employment Member Goal.

Workforce and Income Team (10%)

  • Coordinate and facilitate biweekly meetings with a Workforce and Income Team (WIT) of 3-4 Advocates where you will deliver employment and training-related programming.
  • Empower WIT Advocates to support employment resource building and development while managing their progress and addressing their questions.
  • Author and organize a biweekly newsletter with job and training opportunities for Members.
  • Form and deepen relationships with like-minded organizations to advance shared employment-related missions.

Direct Member Employment Support Coordination (5%)

  • Manage a list of 50+ Members who are actively searching for employment opportunities by conducting bi-weekly check-in calls to update how best to provide individualized support.
  • Maintain accurate employment search updates on Member’s profiles to track continued progress and inform Advocates for their meetings with Members.

CEF Team Member (10%)

    • Actively participate in CEF staff meetings, caucuses, retreats, board meetings, and organizational decision-making.
    • Participate in Chapel Hill staff meetings, as well as all-staff meetings.

Relevant Skills & Qualifications:

  • Exceptional organizational abilities and attention to detail; ability to follow through on simultaneous projects, including daily tasks and long-term projects.
  • Experience managing projects and case-management responsibilities in collaboration with internal and external partners.
  • The ability to work well with people across race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, education level, religion, and other diverse identities and experiences.
  • An aptitude for database management and technical skills with an ability to learn how to soft code.
  • Availability for regular evening and weekend hours to accommodate volunteer schedules.
  • Experience with technology and willingness to learn new technologies including but not limited to Salesforce, Google Suite, Slack, and Asana.
  • Creative, comfortable taking initiative, and works well independently.
  • Bilingual or bicultural skills are preferred but not required.

Compensation​:

This is a full-time, salaried position. This position is expected to work an average of 40 hours per week and will be paid $36,000/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 hiring@communityef.org with the subject “Member Resource Specialist”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will remain open until filled. 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 hiring@communityef.org with any questions.

Advocate (Durham)

CEF Durham is accepting new Advocate applications for our Fall 2022 cohort August 15-Sept 11. Check back here for a link to the application.

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 provide long-term, relationship-based support through challenges and barriers, and celebrate achievements. The Advocate role is a volunteer position and is unpaid.

Responsibilities

  • Work one-on-one or two-on-one with CEF Members toward 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 strive for continual learning and reflection
  • Resourceful, collaborative, and creative problem-solver
  • Experience and comfort working with people across abilities, neurological, and/or 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 in-person mandatory CEF Advocate Training
    • Sat, Sep 24th 10am – 2pm
    • Sun, Sep 25th 10am – 2pm
    • Sat, Oct 1st 10am – 2pm
  • Attend mandatory monthly ongoing learning opportunities 
  • Hold two weekly Advocate hours for a minimum of two years 
  • Attend a 15-minute pod meeting before every shift

Reach out to jadam@communityempowermentfund.org with questions. 

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. 

Advocate (Chapel Hill)

CEF Durham is accepting new Advocate applications for our Fall 2022 cohort August 15-Sept 4. Check back here for a link to the application.

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 with CEF Members and a Co-Advocate in weekly meetings to provide long-term, relationship-based support through challenges and barriers, and celebrate achievements. The Advocate role is a volunteer position and is unpaid.

Responsibilities

  • Work two-on-one with Members toward 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 strive for continual learning and reflection
  • Resourceful, collaborative, and creative problem-solver
  • Experience and comfort working with people across abilities, neurological, and/or 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 in-person mandatory CEF Advocate Training
    • Sat, Sep 24th 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    • Sat, Oct 1st  12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    • Sat, Oct 8th  12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Attend two mandatory trainings per Fall and Spring seasons (4 total per calendar year)
  • Hold two weekly Advocate hours for a minimum of two years 
  • Arrive to all meetings at least 5 minutes early

Reach out to tylerh@communityempowermentfund.org with questions. 

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. 

CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

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

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