Office & Community Organizer

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Applications are due by Friday, September 30, 2022

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

Position Overview:

This position is responsible for both bottom-lining office operations in the Durham office and leading CEF’s organizing and advocacy efforts with Members in our Durham office. The Office and Community Organizer creates a welcoming, healing-centered office environment that emphasizes each person as creative, resourceful, and whole.

Position Responsibilities:

Office Services: (50%)

  • Welcome staff, Advocates, and Members into the office and orient them to the space (i.e., where bathrooms are, waiting area, meeting spaces, water, coffee)
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written forms with clients, their families, their significant others, coworkers, supervisors, other service agencies, and the community
  • Enforce CEF’s COVID procedures, including ensuring that everyone is masking and surfaces are being sanitized between meetings
  • Make appointments for Members by phone, text, and email
  • Manage CEF’s calendar, reschedule double-bookings, and notify Members of their appointments
  • Answer the Durham office phone and follow-up with all voicemails and messages left on the Durham Office phone and in the Voicemail Slack channel
  • Maintain and organize office records including Orientation materials, Member folders, and Member feedback surveys
  • Make sure Advocates have the materials needed for meetings
  • Maintain systems for mail collection, delivery, and office supply management (pens, paper, toner for printer, tape, staples, stamps, coffee, water)
  • Support basic office operations including faxing, scanning, and printing
  • Process CEF savings account transactions
  • Work with Advocate Program Coordinator and Member Services Coordinator to determine office closures
  • Maintain Member confidentiality at all times
  • Spearhead the Food Pantry including processes around data collection, distribution, and managing the budget
  • Cover the front desk during all of CEF’s office hours, this includes some evening hours
  • This position is an in-office position with some remote work determined with supervisor

Advocacy (40%)

  • Organize and plan activities for community building and monthly advocacy meetings of Members and Advocates (Time + Talents) to strategize around advocacy initiatives
  • Lead Time + Talents in campaign building which includes defining advocacy goals and strategies; planning public events, including marches and rallies, to bring attention to necessary systems change; connecting with local politicians and other organizations to build support for advocacy initiatives; and any other work necessary to bring success to Member-led organizing initiatives
  • Work alongside volunteer Advocacy coordinator to provide supervision and coordinate logistical support for Time + Talents
  • Identify Members who are interested in deepening their engagement in community change work and coordinate skill-building opportunities to build Member power
  • Document events and meetings through social media communications, newsletters to Members, and picture archive
  • Collaborate with and attend (when possible) other housing advocacy efforts such as Durham CAN, Poor People’s Campaign, Durham for All, and other public meetings discussing Durham Housing Authority, housing issues, and eviction diversion
  • Attend CEF Housing team at least once a month
  • Coordinate with Durham Housing team to learn about housing resources, community information, and initiatives

CEF Team Member (10%)

  • Attend and participate in all regularly scheduled team meetings and supervision meetings (remote and in-person)
  • Communicate with team about any office management changes
  • Work collaboratively with team members when necessary
  • Engage actively in leading CEF’s advocacy efforts in Durham
  • Embody CEF values and guiding principles, participate meaningfully in meetings, work collaboratively with coworkers, and engage in CEF in ways that are informed by social justice frameworks
  • Follow CEF financial procedures, including timely reporting of expenses, clear communication around debit card needs, and participation in budget creation

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

  • Excellent communication skills
  • At least 1 year of experience with community organizing or experience leading an advocacy initiative
  • Engaging and collaborative leadership style, with an ability to inspire and motivate volunteers and Members alike
  • Exceptional organizational abilities and attention to detail, with ability to follow-through on many simultaneous projects and tasks; experience with implementing and managing projects 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
  • Bilingual or bicultural skills desirable, but not required
  • Facility with technology, including a willingness to learn new technologies
  • Preferred experience working with underserved communities and people at all levels of abilities
  • Ability to report notes and data in timely, confidential manner
  • Operate and be willing to learn more about from the following philosophies: person-centered approach, trauma-informed care, harm-reduction, patient empowerment, and motivational interviewing
  • Shared commitment to CEF’s mission
  • Applicants with experience of poverty/financial insecurity and/or homelessness are preferred

This is a full-time, salaried position. This position is expected to work an average of 40 hours per week and will be paid $37,000/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 and submit weekly negative test results.

To Apply:

Please submit (1) cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) contact information for three references to with the subject “DU – Office and Community Organizer” by Friday, September 30, 2022. Your cover letter should speak directly to why you are interested in this position, why you are a great candidate for the position, and one goal you would have for advocacy efforts in the first year in this position. The position will begin as soon as possible upon hiring. Please plan to be available for interviews the first week of October.

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.

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