Family Independence Initiative (FII) aims to highlight the capacity, resilience, and resourcefulness of low-income families in their home communities. By capturing families' data and stories, FII challenges stereotypes of low-income people. Utilizing these examples of family and community initiative, FII advocates for policies and practices that allow families to create their own solutions to achieving independence.
FII is looking for an individual who will work with families in the Chicagoland area to extract, record, and analyze family initiative and data. The Liaison will verify the information families report, support family actions, and document stories and discussions.
The responsibilities of the Liaison include:
Orient enrolling families about FII’s mission of overcoming stereotypes and that they will help FII test processes and benefits that could be helpful to the broader set of low income families and communities.
Convey that Liaison is not there to help the families, but the families are there to help FII. In return families are compensated for reporting actions they take and for testing resources that FII develops. FII is not a social service program but a partnership.
Challenge and encourage families to take steps to improve their lives and validate these actions.
Push families to turn to their own social networks for the expertise and help needed for events, trainings or any other actions they initiate. Provide referrals and act as support staff to actions being taken by families ONLY as a last and necessary option.
Set an expectation that families have a responsibility to help others and provide lessons to their communities and this country.
Identify families that are interested in FII’s broader mission who can help promote our mission and encourage them to apply for FII
Act as a communication link and infrequent facilitator so that families are updated on actions other families take as well as to update families on FII and available FII resources.
Develop a personal awareness of the issues that FII is trying to change and then monitor/document family actions that can be proof points of FII’s theory of change.
Promote the use of technology as a means for families to communicate with other families and with FII.
Be proficient in gathering and understanding the data and information that FII collects, identify anomalies and provide clarity and analysis.
Schedule and conduct interviews with families as part of the nomination process and to audit data reported and to gather stories of family success once enrolled.
Act as spokespersons for FII and its mission.
Other duties and projects to be developed over time.
Capacities and Qualifications:
Someone who believes in the capacity of low-income families to lead their own change and make decisions that are best for them.
An understanding of financial data and an ability to assure that the data being reported by families makes sense and is accurate.
Able to resist the natural urge to help and instead encourages families to help themselves and one another.
Highly organized with the ability to handle multiple projects and priorities with attention to detail
Ability to thrive in a very lean and busy environment.
High degree of professional maturity. Possess the ability to work independently, have a high bandwidth, and a high degree of grit (not easily stressed or overwhelmed).
Technically savvy with strong working knowledge of MS Office, familiarity with Google applications, and fluency with Internet
Demonstrated ability to organize across diverse communities, build strong relationships and network
Excellent communication abilities, both written and verbal
Someone who will be highly flexible and able to work up to 3 to 4 evenings per week and 2 to 3 Saturday’s per month in order to meet with individual families, small groups, and represent the organization at recruitment events. This role has non traditional hours as most of our family partners are available during evenings and weekends.
Experience working in and with communities of color
Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
Ability to lead and manage responsibilities independently
Bi-lingual in Spanish is highly desired
This is a part-time consulting position that will begin at approx. 25 hours per week growing to approx. 35 to 40 hours per week beginning in January 2020. The ability and willingness to work the evening and weekend hours listed above is a requirement. The hourly rate is $25 to $27. Position is open until filled with an immediate start date.
Upload a cover letter and resume addressed to Ebony Scott, Chicago Director. The cover letter must describe your familiarity with working with low-income families, story and data collection and analysis. Submissions that do not include a tailored cover letter and resume will not be considered.
About Family Independence Initiative Chicago
As a nation, we have missed an opportunity to invest directly in the initiative and strength of low-income families working toward economic mobility. 75% of low-income families move above the federal poverty line within four years. Yet, 50% slip back under within five years. Under the current system, families struggle to build the necessary assets to weather the next crisis and aren’t rewarded for their initiative in doing so. FII is changing this resource gap for low-income families by partnering with, learning from, and investing directly in families.