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Do you have a passion for serving the community? FICS is always looking for motivated individuals to join our team! The postings below reflect our current openings. Please review the job description and fill out the application completely! Do not forget to include your resume! If you have any questions, email us at jobs@ficsinc.org. Note: Please do not send your application via email, all applications must go through our website. We look forward to meeting with you!

A member of our team personally reviews every application. Be sure to check your email frequently as we send status updates throughout the application process.

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Our Core Values

Service to Others

Service that is predicated on empowering others; engendering self-help, self-determination, and self-sufficiency versus charity.

A Commitment to Social & Economic Justice

Working towards better opportunities for communities who have been the most dispossessed, the most needy and forgotten people in their society. (fairness and equality)

Tolerance & Acceptance

An essential ingredient for success in organizing diverse forces to achieve social change, create community, and actualize democracy is the tolerance and acceptance of all people; an absolutely indispensable necessity to the well-being of this country.

Respect for Community, Family, Culture, and Environment

Respect that holds as sacred the community, the importance of our families and cultures, and the land.

Innovation

A creative capacity to find practical strategies and tactics to resolve problems and situations often seen overwhelming to others.

Our Leadership Team

Dr. Alayne Unterberger

Executive Director

Alayne is a co-founder of FICS, which grew out of a series of initiatives with community leaders, students, professors and activists from across the state. She is passionate about FICS’ motto: CARE. It stands for Community, Activism, Research and Education. These four pillars emerged from community participatory research and reflect our belief that communities know their strengths and needs best. We work to develop community voices to advocate for solutions that create the conditions for success. Dr. Unterberger possesses a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Florida and currently serves as a Adjunct Professor of Public health at the University of South Florida. 

Scott Schneider

Director of Technology

Scott has been with FICS since 2019 where he began as FICS’ webmaster. Scott lead the creation of the current FICS website and worked on the modernization of FICS’ online presence. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he led the development of virtual FICS through Zoom and other virtual tools. Today, Scott continues to volunteer with FICS serving as IT Manager. Scott possesses an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Polk State College and is currently finishing his Bachelors of Healthcare Administration. 

Carlton Lewis

Chairman of the Board

Education:  Bachelor of Arts, Human Resource Management, Saint Leo University

Awards and Honors:

  • Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year 2005
  • Hillsborough County, Florida Citizenship Award 2004
  • Hillsborough County of Children Services Citizenship Award 2003
  • Hillsborough County Moral Courage Award, Timberlane Crime Watch 1993
  • Honor Graduate, Cum Laude, Saint Leo College, Delta Epsilon Sigma 1993
  • Veteran of 20 years United States Army, Military Intelligence, 1991

History

FICS was founded in 2001 by a diverse group of community activists, students and researchers to bridge the gaps between communities and needed programs and services. We moved to Town n Country and remodeled a dollar store in a strip plaza to create, with the community, the FICS Multicultural Family Center in April 2005. In 2012, we opened the FICS Casita Multicultural in Ruskin to serve South Shore. In 2018, we inaugurated Morgan Woods Recreation Center into a Multicultural Wellness and Arts Space in Town n Country. We have just received our second grant from the Arts Council for “All Things Culture.”

Our Model

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FICS serves as a facilitator in assisting community by working across partners and groups in a way that allows youth, parents, researchers, community members, educators and professionals to interact, exchange information and knowledge to create solutions.

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Mission

To PARTNER with communities across Florida to help them achieve their goals through research, education, training, services and the arts. FICS believes that communities know their strengths and gaps better than anyone else. We work to build on the strengths to close gaps through active partnerships.

FICS Board of Directors

Carlton Lewis, Chair

Cloe Cabrera
Dr. Georgina Rivera-Singletary PhD
Pablo Sierra
Vanessae Vazquez
Laura Wright

Equal Opportunity Statement

FICS does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.