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Business and Corporate Office Manager

FIFNC is hiring a full-time (30 hour/week) Business Manager to join our team based in Durham, North Carolina. This position is located in the corporate office of this state-wide nonprofit, just five minutes from downtown on a bus line. You will be responsible to oversee the administrative activities of the organization including Human Resources management, procurement of annual licenses and other corporate admin needs, and office management duries. In addition, this person will work closely with the Executive Director and other leadership. Hours are flexible, great benefits included.

In lieu of phone calls, please send resume and cover letter to jobs@fifnc.org, with subject line "Business and Corporate Office Manager".

Part-Time Resource Navigator

FIFNC is hiring for a part-time Resource Navigator in the northeastern part of North Carolina, available starting May 1st, start date flexible.

First In Families of North Carolina (FIFNC) is hiring for the position of Resource Navigator to support its newest First In Families Chapter, FIF-Eastern North Carolina. The 20 hour per week position is associated with FIFNC's Durham, NC office, but is a hybrid position working largely in the 16 county area of Northeastern NC. The Resource Navigator provides support, referral and linkage to resources for individuals with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and their families; works directly with families, local businesses and community partners to meet the family's request; assists with public awareness and fundraising activities. Must have use of car; regional travel required; must live in one of the 16 northeastern NC counties. Must be able to work independently and with a team; be proficient in Microsoft Office and database entry. Bilingual English/Spanish a plus. Starting Pay rate: $18/hour + excellent Benefits. The position reports to the Regional Quality Manager for the FIF-ENC Chapter.

Email cover letter and resume to Jobs@fifnc.org with subject line: "ENC Resource Navigator". No calls accepted. FIFNC is an equal opportunity employer.

Bookkeeping Assistant


  • Obtain primary financial data for accounting records, including Staff credit card reports
  • Compute and record numerical data
  • Check the accuracy of business transactions
  • Perform data entry and administrative duties, including Accounts Payable


  • Previous experience in accounting, finance, or other related fields
  • Fundamental knowledge of GAAP
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Deadline and detail-oriented
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus

Durham, NC based; free parking; some no cost benefits include life insurance and disability insurance; accruable PTO, 11 paid holidays, option to join Simple IRA plan.

Email cover letter and resume to Jobs@fifnc.org with subject line: Bookkeeper Assistant. No calls accepted. FIFNC is an equal opportunity employer.

Our Mission

First In Families of North Carolina, FIFNC, helps people with disabilities and their families to believe in their dreams, achieve their goals and give back to others.

FIFNC is a grassroots family support initiative founded by families looking for new ways to provide and receive support. FIFNC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, supported in part by funding from the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse services (MH/DD/SAS), Department of Health and Human Services. FIFNC was incorporated in 2001 and obtained its 501(c)3 status in 2003.


First In Families was formed following a state and family stakeholders meeting at the International Parent to Parent Conference in Asheville, NC in 1994. At one planning meeting, a mother was moved to say "North Carolina prides itself on being First in Freedom, First in Flight, and it is time that they are First In Families." Hence, our name was born.

The first two local FIF Chapters were funded in 1996. There are now a total of 14 Chapters covering 49 NC counties. Additional funding through Lifeline Project covers the remaining 51 NC counties.

The manner in which First In Families offers support has changed over time.

At first, the primary function was to give out cash subsidies as a response to applications which were evaluated and rated by local customer-led First In Families Management Teams (governing board of each local Chapter). This was time-consuming as well as uncomfortable to those making the choices. Also, Management Team members realized that funds were limited-a band aid, at best, for the real needs of persons with disabilities and their families.

The FIF Chapters quickly evolved to reaching out to the local communities and their rich resources. This enabled the Chapters to support more people than before, along with "stretching" public dollars further. More importantly, they began building on the strengths of the local community and creating relationships which would be more enduring than any quick cash-subsidized support.

This change represented a shift in focus from a one-time "fix," to a support approach which is more sustainable and based upon longer-term solutions.

In addition to supporting local FIF Chapters, FIFNC promotes self-determination as a philosophy through public education and advocacy efforts. Our Chapters and other programs support people throughout their life span. It is important to us that adults with developmental disabilities are able to design the lives that they want for themselves.

First In Families of NC was incorporated in 2001 and became a tax-exempt not-for-profit in 2003.

Start a First in Families Chapter

If you live in an area that does not currently have a First In Families Chapter, we can help you get one started. Contact our Executive Director, betsym@fifnc.org, at 919-251-8368 ext. 110 for more information.