Hope this email finds you all well. As you know FII is growing, and we are looking to hire two new positions for the Oakland and Fresno pilots. I have attached a job description for Family Liaison for Oakland and Family Recruiter for Fresno. Please think about those you know that may be interested and share the job descriptions with them. Or alternatively, let me know who they might be and I can contact them.  Feel free to contact me should you need any additional information or have any questions. Thank you. Best,


Michelle Chao

Director of Program and Operations

Family Independence Initiative


Job Description: Family Liaison

The mission of Family Independence Initiative (FII) is 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 directly with families in Oakland to record and verify family initiative and data. The Liaison’s role is to verify what families report, monitor family actions, and document discussions. It is not the Liaison’s role to counsel the families. By declining to advise and direct families the Liaison takes advantage of existing resourcefulness within the family and their community which is key information needed to meet FII’s mission.

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.
  • Convey that Liaison is not there to help the families, but the families are there to help FII. In return families are paid 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 resort.
  • Set an expectation that families have a responsibility to help others and provide lessons to their communities and this country.
  • Identify participants that are interested in FII’s broader mission who can help promote our mission and encourage them to apply for FII Fellowships.
  • 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 actions by FII and available FII resources.
  • Develop a personal awareness of the issues that FII-National is trying to change and then monitor/document participant actions that can be proof points of FII’s mission.
  • Promote the use of technology as a means for families to communicate with other families and FII.
  • Be proficient in gathering and understanding the data and information that FII collects, identify anomalies and provide clarity and accuracy.
  • Conduct interviews with families to audit data reported and to gather stories of family success and challenges.
  • Act as spokespersons for FII and its process.
  • 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 makes sense and is accurate.
  • Technically savvy with strong working knowledge of MS Office and familiarity with Google applications is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize across diverse communities, build strong relationships and network effectively.
  • Excellent communication abilities, both written and verbal.
  • Experience working in and with communities of color is a plus.
  • Bi-Lingual in Spanish is preferred.

This is a part-time consulting position requiring evening and weekend hours with potential of becoming a full-time staff position. The hourly rate is $30-$35 depending on experience. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position is open until filled with an estimated start date of March 1, 2013. These two files should be named by “Full name resume [or cover letter] Family Liaison.” The cover letter must describe your familiarity with working with low-income families and also a paragraph on what you find compelling about the Family Independence Initiative.

Please submit to:

Michelle Chao

1203 Preservation Park Way, Suite 100

Oakland, CA 94612


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