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NOW HIRING Austin Site Director

Lead and Sustain Project with Family Partners

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FII-Austin Site Director

The Organization

The Family Independence Initiative is a national organization developing a platform for social and economic mobility, which over this last decade has demonstrated that investing in people’s strengths and initiative delivers stronger, more sustainable and cost-effective outcomes for low income families. Our strength-based approach is inspired by the historical successes of low income communities in the U.S.

FII has proven that galvanizing social networks in low-income communities, honoring the self-determination of individual families, and leveraging existing capacities results in dramatic community improvement. Our multi-city demonstrations deliver measurable results for families, funders, and policy makers to break the cycle of poverty.

The Position

Under the direction of the CEO, the FII-Austin Site Director will lead and
sustain project site; coordinate office systems; serve as a liaison to families
and advisory bodies; and supervise staff, fellows and consultants as

General Duties:


  • Oversee the operation of the project site
  • Act as primary Liaison with the Supporters, Policy Makers, etc.
  • Coordinate with Vice President/Northern California Director on operational matters such as payments to contractors, families, etc.
  • Assist in planning, coordinating and facilitation of meetings with supporters as needed.
  • Coordinate the work of other consultants, partners or staff hired by the project.
  • Supervise FII Liaison, and provide oversight to FII Fellows
  • Ensure accounts payables are processed in a timely manner
  • Ensure documentation and files are up to date and provided to National Office.
  • Assist to define any other positions needed. Coordinate hiring process.

Family and Community

  • Responsible for family growth through recruitment and selection of families
  • Develop communication system with families and assure its implementation
  • Provide oversight and management for family supported initiatives
  • Oversee family group’s monthly & quarterly audit meetings with families
  • Support FII’s documentation projects through reports on family stories and activities relating to social and economic development
  • Develop and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations that can provide opportunities for FII families
  • Create venues for networking between all FII stakeholders

Fundraising and Partnerships

  • Lead local fundraising efforts to support, sustain and grow the site.
  • Maintain relationship and communications with current individual donors, foundations, and partners.
  • Identify new donors and foundations to support organizational work.
  • Lead site communications with key stakeholders and family partners.
  • Identify and engage with new organizational partners (gov’t, ngo’s, or private).

Tracking and Evaluation

  • Oversee FII Liaison with technology systems to track and analyze family data
  • Assist in analysis of the experiences of families to identify policy and practice changes as needed.
  • Assist with analysis of the progress/activities of the families and assure the dissemination of all information

Capacities and Qualifications

  • The candidate for appointment should combine as many as possible of the following characteristics:
    • Experience with oversight and management of multiple projects, and tracking and building project budgets.
    • Ability to adapt the FII approach and to day-to-day work of site and external partnerships.
    • Resourceful person who can work both independently and as a part of a diverse team of staff, board, families, and FII Stakeholders
    • Excited and energized by a dynamic and changing environment, and by the chance to learn from others
    • Demonstrated ability to organize across diverse communities, and network effectively.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituents including low-income families, FII staff, board members, and supporters.
    • Strong management skills, excellent organizational skills, and meticulous with details.
    • Skilled “generalist” capable in analytical work and writing as well as community advocacy and action.
    • Highly developed people and communications skills, both oral and written, which are compelling and effective across a broad spectrum of different participant communities and cultures, as well as with funders, policy makers and opinion leaders.
    • Demonstrated leadership qualities and managerial skills suited to a very flexible and non-hierarchical internal management culture which not only permits but requires senior staff initiative and creativity.
    • A keen intellect coupled with the demonstrated capacity to think strategically over the horizon, to help develop organizational goals
      and objectives, and to lead an organization or unit to their achievement.
    • Deep belief in the capacity of low-income people and families to lead themselves and make the decisions that are best for them.
    • Instinctive trust in the innate capabilities of low income families and communities, together with the qualities necessary to earn their trust.
    • Technically savvy with strong working knowledge of MS Office, familiarity with Google applications, and fluency with Internet applications.
    • Experience working with communities of color is a plus.


This is a full-time position with a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision, 401(k), and vacation. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

To be considered for this exciting opportunity please submit a resume and cover letter via email, with subject line “Director” to Michelle Chao: michelle@fii.org. Your cover letter should outline how your work history and personal contribution would make a difference for FII.


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