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 get a second chance. We offer rewarding projects, and a friendly, 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.

To apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@lacasanorte.org with the job position as the email subject, or fax to +1 (773) 342-4253. No telephone calls please.

Current Job Openings

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Youth Empowerment Specialist- Pierce House
Part-Time

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 is a part-time position. This position is designated to work overnights and/or AM & PM shifts on the weekends, based on the needs of the program and residents

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: Help to ensure the safety and security of Pierce House residents and visitors. 

  • Monitors and tracks the inflow and outflow of residents, visitors, vendors and others.
  • Establishes a professional relationships with all residents and guests.
  • Supervises and ensures the safety of the milieu.
  • Communicate in a timely and accurate fashion within the program (e.g. incident reports, shift log entries and other required documentation).
  • Support and implement the policies and philosophies of the program and La Casa Norte included but not limited to Harm Reduction and Trauma Informed Care.
  • Utilize de-escalation and crisis intervention skills when needed in a supportive and caring manner.
  • To work in a team approach to assist residents in achieving service plan goals.
  • Engage youth in discussions relevant to goals, strengths and barriers to stability.
  • Coordinate with other staff to ensure continuity of services.
  • To help youth develop important life skills.
  • Model effective and respectful communication with residents, guests and other staff members while creating a standard of healthy communication for other staff and residents.
  • Create and foster leadership opportunities for youth to encourage their professional development and overall health of the Pierce House community.
  • Take advantage of key “teachable moments” to help youth develop skills in decision making, conflict resolution, time management etc.
  • Provide and coordinate life skills workshops to youth that are focused on personal hygiene, sexuality, financial literacy, understanding tenant and landlord rights, household management, conflict resolution, parenting, anger management and other areas as needed.
  • Implement established structure of support and accountability within the program to allow youth to fully develop in all areas of their life.
  • To implement standards of cleanliness and maintenance by performing duties and requesting repairs
  • Follows the agency’s protocols for the management of emergency situations; e.g. fire, natural disasters, etc.
  • Completes required trainings in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Care annually.
  • Maintain professional boundaries that are clear with tenants.
  • Able to learn or have knowledge of the Pierce house lease, landlord rights (MUN. CODE CH. 5-12-050) and tenant rights (MUN. CODE CH. 5-12-040)

Goal Two: To be an effective member of the Property Management and Support Services Team. 

  • Attends the weekly property management team meeting and contributes to the understanding and of residents’ concerns, issues and problems that may be impacting their housing and personal stability. Also contributes to formulating and implementing intervention strategies to help residents maintain their housing and personal stability.
  • Completes required documentation such as Incident Reports, maintenance requests and daily shift reports.
  • Meets with the Property Manager at least biweekly for an hour.
  • Meets with the Palante Program Coordinator at least biweekly for an hour.
  • Assists with logistics for Tenant meetings.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Participating in on and off-site staff trainings, All staff meetings, workshops and outreach events as needed
  • Participating in LCN’s fundraising events
  • Working in a team approach to deliver existing programs
  • Performing other duties as needed

Qualifications

Experience:

  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with youth, families, and individuals that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, providing appropriate support, motivation and compassion in accordance wiht La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service.
  • Ideal candidate will have at least six months expereince working with at-risk and/or homeless populations, and/or at least six months expereince working with issues of homelessness, affordable housing, and/or housing discrimination.

Knowledge & Skills: 

  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency required.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish /English) verbal communication preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of various Latino & African-American populations
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Desire, creativity, and flexibility to work in a new and fast growing agency
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including weekends and have impeccable attendance

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Youth Empowerment Specialist
Part Time

“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 Casa Corazon Emergency Beds Program is aimed at providing safe and enriching emergency housing for homeless youth, ages 18-24. The program is open 365 days a year from 9pm to 9am and provides immediate housing and other enriching activities to impact the lives of youth and help them achieve their life goals.

This is a part-time position working weekday or weekend overnights.

Expected Goals and Objectives

  • To supervise and monitor resident activities to maintain a safe and stable living environment
  • Maintain professional relationships with all residents
  • Supervise and ensure safety of the milieu
  • Communicate in a timely and accurate fashion within the program (i.e. client intakes, incident reports, contact with youths’ families, facility inventories, and all shift log entries) and complete all required documentation
  • Support and implement the policies and philosophies of the program and of La Casa Norte including but not limited to Harm Reduction and Sanctuary Model frameworks
  • Utilize de-escalation and crisis intervention skills when needed in a supportive and caring manner
  • To work in a team approach to assist residents in achieving service plan goals
  • Conduct intake needs assessment, create initial action place and refer residents to appropriate services
  • Engage youth in discussions relevant to goals, strengths and barriers to stability
  • Coordinate with other staff including Drop-in Case Manager to ensure continuity of servicesTo help youth develop important life skills
  • Model effective and respectful communication with residents and other staff members while creating a standard of healthy communication for other staff and residents
  • Create and foster leadership opportunities for youth to encourage their personal development and the overall health of the community of Low Threshold Shelter Program
  • Take advantage of key “teachable moments” to help youth develop skills in decision making, conflict resolution, time management, etc.
  • Provide and coordinate life skills workshops to youth focused on personal hygiene, sexuality, financial literacy, household management, conflict resolution, anger management, and other areas as needed
  • Implement established structure of support and accountability within the program to allow youth to fully develop in all areas of their life
  • To implement standards of cleanliness and maintenance by performing duties and requesting repairs
  • Leading residents in the upkeep of the Low Threshold Program and working with residents to ensure that necessary tasks are completed
  • Cleaning and sanitizing areas as needed to ensure standard of cleanliness and sanitation is kept up at all times

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Attending bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly staff meetings and other staff trainings as assigned
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events
  • Performing other duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree preferable, but not required with relevant experience
  • Demonstrate desire and ability to work with homeless, runaway and at-risk urban youth
  • Be knowledgeable in the social, economic, and cultural patterns of Latino and African American populations
  • Be willing to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be willing to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance
  • Have the desire, creativity, and flexibility to work in a new and fast growing agency
  • Be subjected to a DCFS background check and complete a medical clearance

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Youth Empowerment Specialist- Drop-In Program
Part Time

“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.

Casa Corazón is aimed at transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk youth, ages 16-24, by providing them with the stability, support, and guidance they need in order to become thriving members of society.  Program participants will receive street outreach and access to a variety of services including a drop in center with youth programming and meals, basic needs such as transportation and toiletries, and case management services focusing on a holistic, strength-based approach, with a focus on housing stability and educational, job readiness and placement.

This is a part-time position. Candidates must have availability Monday through Friday 12pm – 9pm.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To provide comprehensive advocacy and drop-in services to youth ages 16-24

  • Maintain professional relationships with all staff and clients
  • Support coverage and coordinate activities as necessary during drop in hours.
  • Conduct outreach on the west side to: schools, churches, other community service providers and locations that homeless youth congregate both formally and informally.
  • Providing life skills training, counseling, support, and guidance to youth as they work to overcome barriers to housing, employment and education.
  • Take advantage of key “teachable moments” to help youth develop skills in decision-making, conflict resolution, time management, etc.
  • Provide crisis intervention services to Casa Corazon youth as necessary
  • Accurately tracking and documenting all services provided utilizing internal database.
  • Plan a monthly schedule for events, activities, and food menu.
  • Deliver twice weekly psychoeducational programming to youth during drop-in hours.
  • Collaborate with other internal programs to provide assistance to youth

Goal Two: Provide Outreach services to youth ages 16-24

  • Conduct targeted and organized outreach to youth serving entities such as schools, park districts, community based organizations, and law enforcement agencies in order to recruit youth who could benefit from our services.
  • Conduct street outreach to locations where youth experiencing homelessness congregate both formally and informally.
  • Deliver presentations about the services of Casa Corazon to both small and large groups of people in an engaging and informative manner.
  • Maintain an organized outcomes based accounting of outreach efforts and contacts with homeless youth and necessary followup.

Goal Three: To work in a team approach to maintain a positive and safe milieu at Casa Corazon

  • Observes environment to ensure safety of youth and staff by responding to emergencies, building repairs, safety hazards, crisis and incidents.
  • Maintains a safe and healthy environment for staff and Youth through shared responsibilities of cleaning.
  • Maintain on-going dialogue with staff around areas of youth successes and challenges.
  • Follow up with any incident in a timely manner utilizing a strength base approach.

Goal Four: Administrative Responsibilities

  • Will maintain organization and inventory of all toiletries, food, bus cards and other essential items.
  • Teach and implement the declaration of non-violence at Casa Corazon.
  • Intermittently gather and complete data entry for various grant reports and development purposes.
  • Work in conjunction with Program Manager and Drop in Coordinator to meet program outcomes.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all La Casa Norte employees are responsible for contributing to the overall success of La Casa Norte by:

  • Attending bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly staff meetings and other staff trainings as assigned
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events
  • Performing other duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with homeless, at-risk and adjudicated populations, providing appropriate support, motivation and compassion in accordance with La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
  • Ideal candidate will have at least six months experience working with at-risk, homeless and/or adjudicated youth
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of Latino and African American populations.
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance.

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Current Internships

Special Events 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, working approximately 15-20 hours per week. It is located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Occasional late evenings and weekends will be required.

General Function:

Position Responsibilities:

  • Assists with the planning and coordination of meetings and events
  • Assists with on-site event management, including but not limited to set-up and break-down
  • Maintain up-to-date event documents
  • Procure and organize supplies for events
  • Conducts data input into Raisers Edge database system
  • Other general fundraising and admin duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in the nonprofit sector
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Raiser’s Edge or other database experience a plus, but not required

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Development 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: 

  • Participates in prospect research activities on a regular and ongoing basis to identify new corporate and foundation donors
  • Assists with production of donor mail appeals and special events
  • Conducts data input into Raisers Edge database system
  • Assists with submission of major grants and reports
  • Pick up in-kind donations from donors
  • Assemble media packets and other marketing materials
  • Provide support for the Next Generation board activities
  • Other general fundraising and admin duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in the nonprofit sector
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Raiser’s Edge or other database experience a plus, but not required

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Grants 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.

Office hours are Monday to Friday between 9am- 6pm or 10am-7pm; also some evenings and weekend.

General Function:

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Working in coordination with the Director of Development, Grant Coordinator and other LCN staff, participate in the private and public grants process using Raiser’s Edge and other tools, including database tracking, proposal and report creation and editing, and filing protocols.
  • Compile prospect funding profiles for new and existing funding sources (foundation, corporation, organizational, individual and government) using Raiser’s Edge and other tools.
  • Update and compile information for proposal and report submissions
  • Review proposals prepared by program staff for spelling and grammatical accuracy to ensure high quality submissions
  • Prepare other general correspondence, as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of development operations
  • Detail oriented, excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal, written and communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), knowledge of Raiser’s Edge
  • Strong ability to organize, prioritize and perform multiple tasks
  • Exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential or sensitive information

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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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Marketing & Communications 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 the Director of Development.

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

Goals and 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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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 call +1 (773) 276-4900, extension #222 or email jobs@lacasanorte.org.


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