The #1 reason survivors stay in or return to abuse is because they can’t afford to leave or stay safe. FreeFrom, a Los Angeles-based organization with a national agenda, is working to dismantle the nexus between gender-based violence and financial insecurity so that survivors can thrive and live free from abuse.
FreeFrom uses new technology, social enterprise models, policy advocacy, and cross-sector collaborations to respond to the financial needs of survivors. We take a holistic, 3-pronged approach to our work:
1. Capacity Building / B2B – Integrating financial capacity building services into the existing movement against domestic violence, e.g., through our Survivor Wealth and Wellness Train the Trainer Program and Survivor Wealth Summit.
2. Innovation / B2C – Providing financial capacity building services directly to survivors through technology and innovation, e.g., through our online Self-Help Compensation Tool and social enterprise online store, Gifted by FreeFrom.
3. Systems Change – Removing structural obstacles to survivors’ financial security, e.g., through policy advocacy and creating industry-wide guidelines and best practices for banks, financial institutions, credit card companies, and credit reporting agencies.
Visit our website to learn more about FreeFrom – www.freefrom.org
FREEFROM’S WORK CULTURE:
FreeFrom is a proudly queer, feminist and people of color-led organization. Our staff includes survivors who bring unique experiences, insights, and a drive to our work to end the cycles of violence. Our work is tailored to meet the needs of diverse communities of survivors, understanding that by making programming accessible to the most marginalized folks, our work is all the more effective for everyone. FreeFrom is a start-up with a culture of innovation. So, we are constantly iterating and evolving as we work. However, our dedication to healthy collaboration, personal and professional growth, and wellness remains constant. We work remotely all over LA and when we meet, we share a co-working space. On a typical FreeFrom office day, you can find us: sharing our wins, challenges, and ideas for innovation; wearing stuffed animal slippers; sipping on tea, water, and coffee; talking astrology, art, literature, movies, healing, new research, and feel-good things; taking breaks to play with our tiniest officemate (an 11-month old baby); testing tech, local food, client products, and theories; and collaborating on exciting projects.
FINANCIAL CAPACITY & TRAINING ASSOCIATE:
FreeFrom is looking for a deeply committed, dynamic, and creative Financial Capacity & Training Associate to join our team. This individual will be responsible for supporting and growing our financial capacity building training for organizations working to end gender-based violence.
FreeFrom has developed a robust and holistic, survivor-informed financial capacity building curriculum to be offered to staff of organizations working to end gender-based violence so that they can integrate this work into their direct services for survivors. The training consists of e-learning modules, one-on-one financial coaching, lending circles, and one year of technical assistance. The ideal candidate for this position will be able to support, develop, and innovate this program as it expands nationally in 2020.
The ideal candidate for this position is a highly dedicated, resourceful, and organized self-starter with the ability to juggle many different partnerships and projects. The ideal candidate will have strong people skills and community-based training and facilitation experience.
● Supporting FreeFrom’s financial capacity building training and technical assistance program;
● Building strong relationships with trainees and partner organizations;
● Tracking success of the program;
● Supporting the team in executing annual Survivor Wealth Summit;
● Supporting the team in all matters relating to financial capacity building;
● Supporting the Lending Circle formation and application processes;
● Creating training content and resources related to financial capacity building;
● Working as a member of the FreeFrom team, collaborating with other FreeFrom programs and staff.
● At least 2 years of relevant community-based financial literacy and services experience;
● Strong people skills and emotional intelligence;
● Training, coaching, and/or facilitation experience;
● Outstanding speaking and interpersonal communication skills (written and oral)
● Commitment to FreeFrom’s mission, innovation, and the highest standards of professionalism;
● Knowledge and understanding of trauma and the dynamics of gender-based violence;
● Experience delivering culturally responsive services to trauma survivors and populations who have experienced oppression and discrimination based on country of origin, race, sexual orientation, and other demographic factors;
● Understanding of budgeting, credit building and repair, debt, income building, entrepreneurship, and financial trauma;
● Excellent organizational skills, with high accuracy and attention to detail;
● Must be able to be flexible and adaptive to new ideas, programs, and strategies;
● Solid computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite; and
● Strong advocacy skills and an egalitarian, feminist, survivor-centered philosophy.
● Los Angeles, CA
● Applications reviewed on rolling basis, beginning on October 1, 2019
● Anticipated start date: October 31, 2019
● Exempt, full-time position
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
● Excellent benefits and work perks, including flexible work from home time, 6 hour office day, unlimited paid vacation, paid sick leave, access to a variety of health insurance coverage options, optional dental, vision and life insurance, and 401(k) plan.
POSITION REPORTS TO:
● Director of Partnerships and Education
Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, people of color, parents, are/have been system impacted, have different abilities, immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and gender-based violence are encouraged to apply.
Send descriptive cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Tannia Ventura (she/her/hers) at [email protected] Please ensure to include your name and preferred pronouns in all documents. Additionally, please combine all of the required items into a single PDF attachment.