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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 www.communityef.org.

Open Positions:

Advocate Program Coordinator (Durham)

Applications are due by January 19th, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Position Announcement: Advocate Program Coordinator
Hours: Full-time (40 hours/week)
Location: Durham office
Term: Permanent
Start Date: Feb. 1, 2020

About the Community Empowerment Fund:

CEF is a non-profit organization in Durham and Orange Counties that supports people experiencing homelessness or financial insecurity. We work alongside approximately 250 Advocate volunteers and 1,100 Members in their pursuit of employment, secure housing, and financial stability. Our approach combines relationship-based support with innovative matched savings accounts, referral networks, and programmatic support to help Members achieve long-term dreams. Learn more at communityef.org

About the Advocate Program Coordinator (APC) position:

This position leads recruitment, training, coordination, and support for the activities of 50+ volunteer Advocates for CEF Durham programs. This position collaborates, ideates, and creates with its counterpart program coordinator in the CEF Chapel Hill office, as well as serves as a key leader for overall programming and organizational development in Durham.

Advocate Training & Management

  • Manage the recruitment, screening, and selection of CEF Advocates (volunteers)
  • Develop and adapt the content and pedagogy for fast-paced, interactive trainings for all Advocate training programs, including those for new Advocates, returning Advocates, Advocate leadership retreats, and summer interns
  • Coordinate office orientation, onboarding, and shadowing for new Advocates and staff
  • Coach and mentor Advocates, act as an available and accessible source of support in troubleshooting challenges, connect Advocates to resources, and cultivate organizational vision
  • Manage the recruitment, screening, selection, hiring, and support processes for CEF summer interns and seasonal staff members during academic breaks

Advocate Leadership Support

  • Train and support teams of Advocate leaders who drive the organization’s operations, including communications, Member services, and resource development
  • Cultivate Advocates’ analysis of structural inequities, oppression, and trauma by fostering ongoing opportunities for reflection and active learning
  • Onboard and train volunteer leaders and new staff in using multiple technology platforms including Google Suite, Slack, Asana, and Salesforce
  • Facilitate extensive program visioning and development alongside staff and volunteer leaders
  • Communicate key organizational vision and strategy between staff and volunteer leadership
  • Conduct annual evaluation and feedback processes for Advocate leadership

Office Coordination & Support

  • Coordinate office hours sign ups, absences, and coverage for Advocates
  • Serve as a strong in-person support for CEF Advocates and staff to provide quality service delivery to Members; promote office policies and boundaries, especially regarding emotional and physical safety, and provide support to Advocates and
    Members in situations when policies are broken
  • Facilitate weekly case-conferencing to ensure quality Member services and Advocate learning, growth, and retention
  • Promote high-quality volunteer-powered data collection

CEF Team Member

  • Work regularly with Members as an Advocate and on staff support, an expectation of all CEF staff members
  • Collaborate with the staff team, attending weekly staff meetings and supporting operations, strategic visioning, and community-building
  • Lead the organization towards racial equity, trauma-informed care & social justice frameworks
  • Support program evaluation processes to improve outcomes, impact, and methodologies
  • Support growing collaborations with partner organizations in Durham County
  • Embody CEF values and guiding principles and participate meaningfully in meetings

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 with project management duties and creative and effective administration preferred
  • The ability to work well with people across race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, education level, religion, and other diverse identities and experiences
  • 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 desirable but not required

To Apply:

Please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) contact information for three references to hiring@communityef.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of January 19th. 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.

Position Details:

Salary is commensurate with experience and education, with starting salary in a range from $30,000 – $32,000. The position includes leave benefits and an annual Defined Contribution Health Plan (DHCP) stipend of $6,000. A detailed description of Employee Benefits can be viewed here. CEF is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants. Thank you for your interest! Please contact hiring@communityef.org with any questions.

Intern (Chapel Hill)

Applications are due by January 19th, 2020.

About the CEF Internship (Chapel Hill):

Summer Interns work with CEF in a full-time capacity for 11 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.

Key Dates:

  • Internship start: Tuesday, May 26th
  • Summer Intern Orientation: May 26th-27th
  • Internship end: Friday, August 7th

Requirements:

  • Interns must be able to start and end on the given dates and attend both full days of summer intern orientation
  • Interns must have no additional major obligations during the summer such that they can fulfill a 35-hour weekly workload
  • Both current/returning 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 (7-10 hours/week)
  • Work one-on-one with CEF members as an Advocate to assist individuals in gaining income, housing, and savings (10-15 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; find more details here):
    • Housing Services
    • Income & Employment Services
    • Legal Services
    • Latinx Services
    • Advocacy
    • Coding & Programming (Connect development)
    • Communications (social media, photo/audio/video, short- and long-form writing & storytelling)
  • Participate in and lead weekly summer staff meetings and discussions
  • Lead and support the planning of CEF’s annual Financial Independence Day, a special community event held in early July

To Apply:

Please fill out the application found here. Applications have a deadline of January 19th, 2020. 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.

Intern (Durham)

Applications are due for returning Advocates on February 15th, 2020. Applications are due for new Advocates on February 22nd, 2020. We generally only consider summer internship applications from existing CEF Advocates. The application for Spring 2020 Advocate Training can be found on the “Become an Advocate” page of our website.

About the CEF Internship (Durham):

Summer interns work with CEF in a full-time capacity (32 to 40 hours per week) for 11 weeks over the summer. Interns spend roughly half of their time supporting members as Advocates and the other half supporting and participating in program and resource development via meetings, discussions, activities, and project work. Interns are also able to explore self-directed opportunities for leadership development and community involvement as part of their hours. Included below is a more detailed hourly breakdown and list of possible roles.

Key Dates:

  • Internship start: Tuesday, May 26th
  • Summer Intern Orientation: May 26th-27th
  • Internship end: Friday, August 7th

Requirements:

  • Interns must be able to start and end on the given dates and attend both full days of summer intern orientation
  • Interns must have no additional major obligations during the summer such that they can fulfill a 32-hour weekly workload
  • Both current/returning/graduating students and non-students are eligible to apply
  • Some evenings and weekends required (varies week-to-week)

General Responsibilities:

  • 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
    • Development & Fundraising (requires year-long commitment) 
    • Communications 
    • Advocacy
    • Transformative Justice & Circle Work 
    • Tax Services Integration
    • Mental Health Resources & Programming
    • 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 February 15th, 2020 except for new Advocates whose deadline is February 20th, 2020. Reach out to Jess McDonald (jessm@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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