Financial SELF Empowerment Facilitator, Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Posted by Drexel University on May 4, 2015

Job Title: Financial SELF Empowerment Facilitator
Project Name: The Building Wealth and Health Network

About The Center
The Center for Hunger-Free Communities, established in 2004, is a research, service and policy/advocacy center of Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA. The Center for Hunger-Free Communities offers the same multi-faceted research and action that has characterized the work on hunger and poverty at Drexel with the goal of developing innovative, empirically-tested solutions to the challenges of hunger and economic insecurity.

About The Network
The Building Wealth and Health Network (The Network) is a research study at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities. The Network is an official TANF demonstration project that seeks to investigate how access to conventional banking, financial literacy, group savings and group support may improve the economic security of low-income caregivers. The goals of this project are to improve economic security for low-income caregivers, make a positive impact on family health and well being, and to transform the existing welfare system.

Posting Summary:
The Center seeks a Financial SELF Empowerment Facilitator to execute and deliver both financial education and Sanctuary ® trauma-informed groups within the Building Wealth and Health Network. They will co-facilitate groups focused on Sanctuary Model’s S.E.L.F (Safety, Emotion, Loss, and Future) curriculum and our Financial Empowerment curriculum focus on access to banking, financial literacy, and group savings.

The Center employs the Sanctuary Model in its implementation of programs. The Sanctuary Model is an evidence‐supported, trauma‐informed practice designed to facilitate the development of structures, processes, and behaviors on the part of staff, clients and the community‐as‐a‐whole that can respond to the wounds of traumatic experiences and extended exposure to adversity of program participants. This person should have some knowledge and/or interest in learning about this organizational culture model.

The Financial SELF Empowerment Facilitator will be responsible for co-leading groups of 10-12 participants per week, including facilitation, post-group surveys, data entry, and referrals to the program social worker for needed services. The Facilitator will report to the Project Coordinator of The Network.

The Center seeks a dynamic individual who is committed to ending poverty and hunger in the US. This person should have experience in financial services and group facilitation.
– Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience
– At least 3 years professional experience conducting one-on-one or workshops on the subjects of money management, financial planning, credit, debt, financial products and services, etc.
– Minimum of 2 years of experience in group facilitation or community outreach
– Able to enthusiastically facilitate discussion and connect with individuals in a group environment
– Excellent public speaking, organizational, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
– Adaptable to work in a fast-paced and collegial environment
– Computer literate and able to enter data accurately in electronic data management system
– Proficient in Microsoft Office suite
– Must be able to work independently and work with minimal supervision in the field
– Able to adhere to confidentiality laws and handle sensitive information
– Provide ethical and sound judgment when advocating and servicing clients in need
– Experience working with underserved, diverse ethnic and socio-economic populations
– Ability to work a flexible schedule and non-traditional (evening) hours is preferred
– Basic knowledge of TANF system and of those living in poverty a plus
– Familiarity to Sanctuary Model or other trauma-informed approaches a plus
– Previous experience with financial service industry a plus
– Bilingual (Spanish/English) a plus

Essential Functions:
– Attend trainings on Sanctuary model, trauma theory, financial literacy and group facilitation
– Facilitate various Financial SELF Empowerment groups per week in the field
– Implement groups and other outreach activities consistent with the Network’s mission and strategic plan
– Provide one-on-one, post-session, support for participants as needed
– Identify participants with emergent needs in order to refer to Center’s Resource Specialist/Social Worker
– Assist with outreach, recruitment and retention of Network participants
– Ensure accurate timely and complete documentation in computerized record system
– Support the training of other staff members in the area of group facilitation, finance and curriculum review, as needed
– Provide occasional backup to other facilitators, e.g. conducting additional groups during colleagues’ vacation or illness
– Other duties as assigned

Supplemental Information
This is a full-time position that will be located in the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel’s School of Public Health. The position will work directly with and will be supervised by the Building Wealth and Health Network (The Network) Project Coordinator. This position is grant-funded with potential for extension pending additional support. Pay commensurate with experience.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is proactively committed to diversity and inclusion in all of its policies, practices and services. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the varied diversity and excellence of the academic community, and all of its complements.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made.

Employment will be contingent upon the University’s acceptance of the results of the background investigation.

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