Rural Empowerment Fellowship
Financial Beginnings Oregon (FBOR), in partnership with Polk County, is recruiting a young leader to be a Rural Empowerment Fellow in Dallas, Oregon.

In partnership with the Polk County Family & Community Outreach Department (FCO), FBOR is recruiting an aspiring young leader to be a Rural Empowerment Fellow, who will build their own financial literacy and professional skills while expanding the reach of FBOR financial literacy programs. The commitment can be part time (15-20 hours per week) or full time (35-40 hours per week).

What Does a Fellow Do?
Fellows will be trained to teach FBOR's financial education classes, and will build a professional network through ongoing outreach and partner stewardship.
Fellows will be supported to cultivate and steward partnerships with schools and community partners to whom they will deliver financial literacy education.
Complete Projects
Fellows will have the opportunity to work with both FBOR and FCO on strategic projects and better serve Oregon's rural communities.
Build Professional Capacities
Become a financial education expert; learn public speaking skills; gain practical nonprofit and government work experience.
Benefits of a Fellowship?
A cornerstone of the Fellowship is to contribute to the professional development of emerging young leaders from historically underserved communities. A fellow can expect to gain substantive work and skills development training, build relationships with local organizations, schools and businesses, and receive ongoing coaching and mentorship. Additionally, the Fellow will receive:
Monthly stipend
A pre-tax payment of $2,900 each month (full time) or $1,450 (part time), as well as professional development allowance.
Transportation reimbursement
Reimbursement for the cost of traveling
Health insurance
Full medical and dental insurance for the participant.
A Computer & Phone allotment
Laptop for use during Fellowship, and $60/month toward cell phone bill.
Time Commitment/Location
Fellows are expected to follow FCO's regular office schedule and work within the hours of Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, with flexibility depending on work. The fellow will work in the office of the Polk County Family & Community Outreach Department at 182 SW Academy Street, Dallas, Oregon, with frequent travel across Polk County and occasional travel in Marion County and to Portland. Fellow must have their own reliable transportation.
Who Should Apply?
This fellowship opportunity is open to all interested applicants that are interested in financial wellness and have experience living in or working with rural communities. We are committed to building a diverse team to broaden and deepen our work in the communities we serve. We strongly encourage candidates from communities of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, linguistically diverse populations, and low-income communities to consider applying. No prior experience is necessary, you must only bring a forward-looking attitude, willingness to share and learn from others, and a sense of humor. Fellow must be willing to work and travel across Polk County.
Why a Fellowship?
We know that communities learn better when the person teaching them reflects their lived experience. The Fellowship model allows us to collaborate with and help develop community leaders to then bring financial literacy back into their own communities. By working with young leaders from the communities we serve, and giving them opportunities to share their own lived experience with and understanding of personal finance in the classroom, we can create a more engaging, community-driven educational experience. This increases equity and inclusion within the financial education space and will allow us to incorporate student voices into the ongoing development of our financial education program model.
About Us
Financial Beginnings Oregon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to empower youth and adults to take control of their financial futures by providing free and unbiased financial education. We partner with schools and nonprofits across the state to provide free financial education so that Oregonians can see their own finances as a tool to realize their dreams and contribute to a healthy economic system. Each year, we partner with more than 100 organizations and schools to reach more than 15,000 Oregonians with our programs. Questions and inquiries can be emailed to [email protected]