Careers & Internships

Are you interested in working for an organization whose mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness?

Our team of over 80 employees is highly qualified, motivated and committed to helping people transform their lives and the communities they live in. We are looking for people who share the same passion and a commitment to our Acuerdos (Core Values) of working collaboratively, demonstrating empathy, cultivating mutual respect, providing access to resources and opportunities, and creating a just experience for all. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, along with a welcoming and supportive work environment.

La Casa Norte is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, walk up and down stairs, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

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Current Internships

Network Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

About the Anti-Hunger Corps:

The Anti-Hunger Corps VISTA program aims to reduce hunger and, poverty, and build the capacity of the agencies that address these issues. Members will build the capacity of the organization to assist unemployed and under-employed people obtain job training, job placement, and financial literacy services; improve access to food from government and nonprofit sources for targeted populations in particular and food insecure people in general; enable residents of food deserts to access healthier foods through farmers markets and community gardens; help more low-income children to obtain free school breakfasts and summer meals; enable  nonprofit groups fighting hunger and poverty to raise more money and recruit and manage more volunteers, particularly high-impact and skilled volunteers.

About the Northwest Food Partners Network

Since 2009, the Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN) has been a coalition of emergency food providers, social service providers, healthcare providers, shelter services, and other community organizations allying to fight and end hunger on the Northwest side of Chicago. La Casa Norte is the lead organization of NFPN, and La Casa Norte has historically hosted the NFPN VISTA. In an effort to expand the reach of the network further on the westside of Chicago and surrounding suburbs, Beyond Hunger is joining as VISTA host this year.  Beyond Hunger will provide strategic expansion, and data mapping oversight, while La Casa Norte will provide day-to-day supervision and continue to oversee monthly network meetings. Currently, NFPN has member organizations in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, Avondale, East Garfield Park, and West Town. The network has recently been expanding its membership and external partnerships, particularly in response to COVID-19 and the food insecurity the pandemic has caused.

For more information about NFPN, visit our webpage here: https://nfpnchicago.org/

For more information on Beyond Hunger, visit our webpage here: https://www.gobeyondhunger.org/

For more information on La Casa Norte, visit our webpage here: http://www.lacasanorte.org/

Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN)/Beyond Hunger in partnership Hunger Free America is seeking a full-time VISTA member to serve as the Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN) Network Coordinator.

About the Network Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunity

The NFPN Network Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA supports anti-hunger capacity-building efforts in our community. The role entails both short term and long-term responsibilities. On a day-to-day basis, the VISTA is responsible for maintaining communications within the network and with the network’s external connections and partners. Throughout their service year, they will be expected to implement new procedures, create new internal and external connections, organize new programs and events, apply for funding and other opportunities, and devise any other means of bolstering the network’s capacity and sustainability.

The goal of the NFPN VISTA position is to build the short- and long-term sustainability of the network and its member organizations.

  • Structural Sustainability: The VISTA will help build and maintain internal (i.e. between NFPN members) and external (i.e. between NFPN and other community organizations/networks) connections and partnerships.
  • Procedural Sustainability: The VISTA will document existing network procedures and any new procedures they create.
  • Programmatic Sustainability: The VISTA will help ensure the sustainability of the network’s programming. VISTA will also brainstorm and lead implementation of new anti-hunger programming ideas, and if those ideas are able to be implemented successfully, they will make efforts to ensure the sustainability of such programming.
  • Funding Sustainability: The VISTA will seek and apply for funding that the network could use to improve anti-hunger programming and capacities.

Short Term Capacity Building Task Examples:

  • Organizing, communicating, preparing for, and leading the network’s Monthly Meetings
  • Sharing frequent updates with the network regarding funding opportunities, new hunger-related services, changes to SNAP and other hunger-oriented government programs, hunger-related events, and other developments
  • Coordinating food, in-kind, and monetary donations to the network
  • Updating the network’s Facebook page and website

Long-Term Capacity Building Task Examples:

  • Helping network members implement the network’s 2020 Strategic Plan and draft the 2021 Strategic Plan
  • Recruiting new community organizations and businesses to join NFPN and collaborate with other NFPN members
  • Increasing NFPN participation and visibility in other community, city, state, and national organizations, associations, and network
  • Creating and implementing new procedures for communication and collaboration between NFPN members
  • Recruiting and coordinating a Community Advisory Council comprised of community members with lived-experience of food insecurity
  • Finding and applying for funding opportunities for NFPN
  • Revising the network’s website to improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Time Commitment:

This is a one year, full-time position beginning October 26, 2020. You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, there are restrictions on outside full-time employment, along with some restrictions on political and religious activities.  For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here – http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM.

Housing:

You are responsible for finding your own housing.

Program Benefits:

  • $513.94 bi-weekly Living Allowance
  • Segal Education Award ($6,195) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,800)
  • Health benefits*
  • Housing assistance for one-month rent
  • Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • One-year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

How to Apply:

 https://www.gobeyondhunger.org/jobs Please include a cover letter and resume.

*For more information on health coverage provided through CNCS, visit:  http://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service#health_coverage

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Outreach & Data Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

About the Anti-Hunger Corps:

The Anti-Hunger Corps VISTA program aims to reduce hunger and, poverty, and build the capacity of the agencies that address these issues. Members will build the capacity of the organization to assist unemployed and under-employed people obtain job training, job placement, and financial literacy services; improve access to food from government and nonprofit sources for targeted populations in particular and food insecure people in general; enable residents of food deserts to access healthier foods through farmers markets and community gardens; help more low-income children to obtain free school breakfasts and summer meals; enable  nonprofit groups fighting hunger and poverty to raise more money and recruit and manage more volunteers, particularly high-impact and skilled volunteers.

Position Description:

Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN)/Beyond Hunger in partnership Hunger Free America is seeking a full-time VISTA member to serve as the Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN) Outreach and Data Coordinator.

About the Northwest Food Partners Network

Since 2009, the Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN) has been a coalition of emergency food providers, social service providers, healthcare providers, shelter services, and other community organizations allying to fight and end hunger on the Northwest side of Chicago. La Casa Norte is the lead organization of NFPN, and La Casa Norte has historically hosted the NFPN VISTA. In an effort to expand the reach of the network further on the westside of Chicago and surrounding suburbs, Beyond Hunger is joining as VISTA host this year.  Beyond Hunger will provide strategic expansion, and data mapping oversight, while La Casa Norte will provide day-to-day supervision and continue to oversee monthly network meetings.  Currently, NFPN has member organizations in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, Avondale, East Garfield Park, and West Town. The network has recently been expanding its membership and external partnerships, particularly in response to COVID-19 and the food insecurity the pandemic has caused.

For more information about NFPN, visit our webpage here: https://nfpnchicago.org/

For more information on Beyond Hunger, visit our webpage here: https://www.gobeyondhunger.org/

About the Outreach & Data Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunity

The NFPN Outreach & Data Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA) supports anti-hunger capacity-building efforts in our community. The role entails both short term and long-term responsibilities. On a day-to-day basis, the VISTA is responsible for coordinating the activities of the model Client Advisory Council (CAC) and for outreach to expand the network. Throughout their service year, they will be expected to create new procedures for CAC including network-wide operationalization, create new internal and external connections, organize new programs and events, apply for funding and other opportunities, and devise any other means of bolstering the network’s capacity and sustainability. The goal of the NFPN VISTA position is to increase food security in Chicago by building the short- and long-term sustainability of the network and its member organizations.

  • Structural Sustainability: The VISTA will help build and maintain internal (i.e. between NFPN members) and external (i.e. between NFPN and other community organizations/networks) connections and partnerships.
  • Procedural Sustainability: The VISTA will formalize the structure for the model Client Advisory Council.
  • Programmatic Sustainability: The VISTA will help ensure the sustainability of the network’s programming by providing a critical data source for members: hyperlocal Meal Gap Map.
  • Funding Sustainability: The VISTA will seek and apply for funding that the network could use to improve anti-hunger programming and capacities including funding for data collection/survey research.

Short Term Capacity Building Task Examples:

  • Organizing, communicating, preparing for, and leading the model Client Advisory Council (CAC) meetings
  • Engaging the CAC in NFPN meetings and events
  • Engaging people who have entered the emergency food space during COVID through “pop-up” pantries, private food distributions, and mutual aid work in NFPN’s on-going anti-hunger work
  • Sharing frequent updates with the network regarding funding opportunities, new hunger-related services, changes to SNAP and other hunger-oriented government programs, hunger-related events, and other developments

Long-Term Capacity Building Task Examples:

  • Building a “Hunger Gap Map” with GIS Software to guide network strategic planning
  • Enhancing members understanding of impact measurement and data collection
  • Creating a formal structure for Community Advisory Council to serve NFPN
  • Recruiting new community organizations and businesses to join NFPN and collaborate with other NFPN members, specifically targeting the westside of Chicago and surrounding suburbs
  • Increasing NFPN participation and visibility in other community, city, state, and national organizations, associations, and networks

Time Commitment:

This is a one year, full-time position beginning October 26, 2020. You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, there are restrictions on outside full-time employment, along with some restrictions on political and religious activities.  For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here – http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM.

Housing:

You are responsible for finding your own housing.

Program Benefits:

  • $513.94 bi-weekly Living Allowance
  • Segal Education Award ($6,195) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,800)
  • Health benefits*
  • Housing assistance for one-month rent
  • Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • One-year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

How to Apply:

 https://www.gobeyondhunger.org/jobs Please include a cover letter and resume.

*For more information on health coverage provided through CNCS, visit:  http://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service#health_coverage

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Marketing & Communication Intern

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

The Marketing & Communications Intern will assists in the coordination of marketing, community relations, advertising and competitive and marketing intelligence to promote La Casa Norte and all of its programs and services. The Marketing & Communications Intern hours are Flexible and Part-time as scheduled with assigned supervisor (on-going as needed).

This internship position is unpaid. It will be located in the west neighborhood of Humboldt Park.

General Function:

Goals & Objectives

Outreach

  • Coordinate and assist with outreach efforts as determined by the Director of Development.
  • Assist with management of the organizational Communications Calendar.
  • Prepare press releases, with the approval of the Director of Development
  • Work with staff to identify potential media opportunities and stories.
  • Assist with developing the organization’s quarterly newsletter, including the timing of publication; content, with staff input; layout and design; and printing.
  • Assist with coordinating communications and advertising as needed.
  • Assist with creating and distribute email “blast” communications.
  • Assist with creating organization’s presence on social networking sites.

Marketing

  • Assist with creating and updating all printed materials.
  • Assist with keeping website content current, and the appearance of the site user-friendly, professional and attractive.
  • Recommend and assist with the execution of social media activities across platforms, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. including creating relevant content
  • Assist with the maintenance of social media calendars.
  • Assist with the production of social performance reports for La Casa Norte and benchmark brands.
  • Advocate for La Casa Norte in social media spaces, engaging in dialogues, and answering questions. Stay informed of trending topics and social media trends to leverage and/or communicate accordingly.
  • Assist with Search Engine Optimization and tracking, examining, and reporting website analytics.
  • Responsible for the layout, execution and management of email communications and campaigns.
  • Contribute to idea generation, product development, and marketing research (as needed).

Events

  • In coordination with the Director of Development, serve on event committees.
  • Work closely with the Director of Development on event planning.
  • Assist with the preparation of sponsorship and marketing materials for events.
  • Work at major events as assigned, which may include weekends and evenings.

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled and actively seeking degree in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism, or other media related field.
  • Available for a minimum of 15-hours per week between 10 AM and 7 PM.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines
  • Be willing to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and effectively produce accurate written, digital, and verbal information.
  • Able to work both on and off-site and clearly communicate with supervisors about work progress.
  • Ability to take initiative and self –direct
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite, knowledge of basic HTML coding, and social media preferred.

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Finance Intern

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

This internship position is unpaid. It will be located in the west neighborhood of Humboldt Park.

General Function:

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Support the Finance Department
  • Learn to work with Fund Accounting
  • Perform administrative tasks
  • Perform accounts payable tasks
  • Prepare journal entries
  • Assist in Government Contract vouchering

Qualifications:

  • In pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor or Graduate degree at an Accredited Insistitution.
  • Current Class standing of sophomore or above (30 credits)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Previous work experience in an office environment
  • Ability to take direction and manage time effectively, as well as independently
  • Organized and attentive to detail
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Creative Self-starter
  • Excellent computer/Excel skills
  • Desire to work in a not-for profit setting

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Operations Intern

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

This internship position is unpaid. It is located in the west neighborhood of Humboldt Park.

General Function:

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Perform administrative tasks
  • Collecting supporting documentation for processing from department heads and staff.
  • Perform fundamental Human Resource functions including benefits, personnel files, assists in the coordination of new-employee orientation, data entry, maintain and create filing systems, editing, proofreading, payment requests and other business related forms and documents.
  • Assists with meetings, conferences and other organizational activities and select special events.
  • Data processing operations and management information services.

Qualifications:

  • Ready and willing to learn, open to mentorship and a wide-ranging business operational experience
  • Ability to receive direction with effective time management as well as work independently
  • Organized and attentive to detail
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Innovative, forward thinking self-starter
  • Strong computer skills

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La Casa Norte is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, pregnancy or related conditions, or disability.

If you are interested in an Internship at La Casa Norte, please email jobs@lacasanorte.org.


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