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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Community Engagement Coordinator
Full 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.

La Casa Norte’s Community Engagement Initiative addresses a variety of issues of interest to La Casa Norte’s stakeholders, including food security, homelessness & housing, violence prevention, and civic engagement. We address these issues on 3 main levels: coalition building between community organizations and residents; advocacy; and direct service programming. We focus our work in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Back of the Yards, and their surrounding neighborhoods.

This is a full time (exempt) position working Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Some weekend availability may be required.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Community Engagement:

  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies around issue areas impacting LCN clients and LCN interests – homeless services, affordable housing, food security & hunger, health care access, safety and violence prevention, etc.;
  • Represent LCN at various events, working groups, and collaborations impacting the key neighborhoods of Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Back of the Yards, and surrounding communities;
  • Manage outreach efforts on behalf of all LCN programs (Community Engagement, as well as housing and supportive service programs) through supervision of LCN’s full-time Information & Referral Specialists, development of outreach materials, and evaluating where outreach activities will benefit LCN programs and interests;
  • Develop civic engagement strategies to increase knowledge, skills, and engagement of two groups: 1) youth and families served by LCN’s housing and case management programs, and 2 community residents in LCN’s key neighborhoods;
  • Develop leadership on key issues through one-on-ones and leadership meetings; and
  • Build power by partnering with other organizations addressing issues of housing, food security, safety, and human capital development in Humboldt Park and other key communities for LCN.

Goal Two: Oversee the staffing and activities of the Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN); a coalition that unites organizations in the mission to provide quality food, promote self-sufficiency and wellness, and build a bridge between emergency food providers and community issues.

  • Maintain and develop relationships with food pantries and food programs in the neighborhoods of Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa, East Garfield Park and Belmont Cragin.
  • Supervise AmeriCorps VISTA, fellows, interns and volunteers in their work on NFPN projects.
  • Coordinate implementation of Northwest Food Partners Network two-year strategic plan focusing on three main areas:
    • Growing and managing shared capacity,
    • Outreach to new partners and audiences
    • Maintaining and improving food rescue efforts
  • Support under-resourced NFPN partners through the sharing of funding opportunities, resources and volunteers.
  • Maintain communication with LCN Leadership team and staff to ensure knowledge sharing and project progress updates.

Goal Three: Manage the development and implementation of La Casa Norte’s Nutrition Center and food security programming.

  • Oversee the successful operations of La Casa Norte’s new client choice food pantry and community café programs.
  • Supervise staff and fellows in their day-to-day work with food acquisition and distribution, interacting with clients, and managing a high-traffic food pantry and meal space.
  • Provide high-level guidance on policies around food handling, collecting and reporting of client data, and training and management of volunteers.
  • Manage the implementation of nutrition education classes and workshops by community partners, student interns and service learners.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with other organizations to continue expanding nutrition education programming.
  • Analyze current LCN client food needs across all programs, and develop potential solutions.
  • Keep current on best practices in food security and nutrition programming, affordable food resources and other reports/studies around food security, community nutrition and health.
  • Maintain and build relationships with current and potential funders.
  • Assist VP of Strategy & Programs with tracking progress toward goals and reporting to funders.

Goal Four: Administrative Tasks

  • Develop annual work plan that encompasses discovery period, development of NFPN, and identifies leaders.
  • Develop and maintain tracking tools to report on progress and utilize applicable databases or systems.
  • Create monthly, quarterly and annual reports as determined by VP of Strategy & Programs.
  • Manage program budgets and distribution of program materials.
  • Maintain membership list, Constant Contact e-mail list, Facebook page and NFPN website (nfpnchicago.org).
  • Develop reports to funders as needed.
  • Document meetings, distribute notes and follow up with members on activities/tasks.
  • Develop postings, LCN promotion and marketing materials, and update list servs.
  • Remain current and informed across programs and departments.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Bilingual (English/ Spanish) preferred
  • Strong relational skills, communication (verbal and written)
  • Ability to plan and coordinate projects
  • Flexibility in work schedule
  • Strong member organizational development skills and relationship management
  • Ability to take initiative and self – direct
  • Knowledge and literacy in basic computer skills
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise staff, interns, and/or volunteers
  • Community organizing experience
  • Knowledge of popular education methods preferred
  • Familiarity with Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and Back of the Yards and surrounding communities preferred

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Housing Advocate/Case Manager
Full 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.

La Casa Norte’s (LCN) Housing Advocacy Program provides bilingual case management, housing location, and income support services to families who have an open child welfare case and are homeless or at-risk.  Our services focus on helping families obtain stable housing and avoid family separation.

This is a full-time position working Monday to Friday. Eligible applicants must be available to work some evenings and Saturdays. In order to be considered, an applicant must have a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and a reliable vehicle in order to conduct home visits within the entire City of Chicago and adjoining suburbs.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To provide case management services and access to cash assistance to families who are involved with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and who are experiencing a housing crisis by: 

  • Working in partnership with clients to assess all barriers to safe, stable, and affordable housing, and to identify steps needed to address these barriers.
  • Working consistently within LCN’s mission, vision, philosophy of service, including Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Care frameworks.
  • Use Motivational Interviewing techniques to facilitate positive behavioral change.
  • Providing life skills training, counseling, support, and guidance to clients as they work to overcome barriers to housing.
  • Linking clients to other LCN services and programming including Housing Location services, technology training, youth services, etc.
  • Referring qualified families to subsidized housing through DCFS Family Unification Program.
  • Assisting clients in applying for cash assistance through DCFS or other sources.
  • Maintaining close and productive communication with DCFS case workers and supervisors.
  • Referring clients to other supportive services as needed, including food pantries, clothing closets, legal aid services, parenting classes, substance abuse and mental health counseling, etc.; coordinating these services as needed to obtain wrap-around supportive services for clients.
  • Advocating for clients as needed to CHA, landlords, employers, and other agencies or institutions.
  • Providing support to clients in the community through providing apartment inspections, home visits, and accompanying clients to appointments when appropriate.
  • Accurately tracking and documenting all services provided.
  • Completing required billing and documentation as described in contract.

Goal Two: To assist clients in obtaining and maintaining stable housing by: 

  • Providing education on tenant rights and responsibilities.
  • Preparing clients for apartment search and for negotiations with landlords.
  • Conducting housing searches in conjunction with client and with housing location staff via internet search, partnership with community based organizations, and neighborhood outreach.
  • Follow up with clients once housed; assist with mediating any potential housing problems.
  • Attending CHA meetings and appointments with clients as needed.

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 weekly staff meetings and other staff trainings
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events
  • Participating in on- and off-site staff trainings, workshops and outreach events as needed.
  • Collaborating in a team approach to develop new programs and expand existing services.
  • Performing other duties as needed.

Qualifications

Experience

  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with homeless and at-risk youth and families, providing appropriate support, motivation and compassion in accordance with La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service.
  • Ideal candidate will have at least one year’s experience working with homeless and at-risk youth.
  • Experience or willingness to work in outcomes-based case management

Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters Degree in social work, psychology or counseling preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, or equivalent experience required.
  • Spanish/English Bilingual Preferred
  • Strong computers skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet browser, etc.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledgeable of the social and cultural patterns of Latinos & African Americans
  • Ability to work independently and creatively
  • Desire, creativity, and flexibility to work in a new and fast growing agency
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed
  • Ability to handle various projects concurrently

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Bilingual Case Manager for Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program
Full 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 full-time position working Monday through Friday, with one Saturday per month and some evening hours required, including on-call responsibilities.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To assist clients in maintaining stable, safe, affordable housing by:

  • Working consistently within LCN’s mission, vision, philosophy of service, including Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Care frameworks.
  • Use Motivational Interviewing techniques to facilitate positive behavioral change.
  • Performing intensive case management to identify clients’ service needs, strengths and resources.
  • Perform case management while conducting independent home visits to sustain clients’ ongoing stability.
  • Developing and implementing service plan with client outlining clear goals and tasks along path to clients’ housing stability and financial self-sufficiency.
  • Utilize clinical skills and knowledge of family systems to guide case management sessions and to intervene or refer as appropriate.
  • Providing clients with the motivation, support and encouragement needed to empower themselves.
  • Counseling and mentoring clients in both individual and group settings.
  • Conduct regular life skills assessments.
  • Delivering life skills training through both formal and informal techniques to address important issues such as conflict resolution, financial management and budgeting, health and nutrition, mental and emotional health, safe sex, etc.
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed.
  • Maintaining excellent and open communication with clients and following-up with clients on a regular basis
  • Participate in On-Call rotation to provide crisis support to clients during nights and weekends.
  • Documenting all services in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Utilizing Homeless Management Information Systems, Client Track, and other database systems as required to enter client information and to document services.

Goal Two: To connect clients to community resources

  • Conduct client advocacy via in-person, phone, and/or letter for various participant needs; conduct advocacy to third party public benefit and service providers such as IDHS, Social Security, doctors, schools, etc.
  • Referring clients to other supportive services as needed, including housing, food pantries, clothing closets, legal aid services, substance abuse and mental health counseling.; coordinating these services as needed to obtain wrap-around support for clients.
  • Provide quality internal referrals for employment, education, housing location, or other LCN services as needed.
  • Educating clients regarding positive uses of financial institutions & credit, payday loan alternatives, and credit repair services.

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 weekly staff meetings and other staff trainings
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events
  • Working in team approach to develop new programs
  • Assisting with data collection and completion of program reports
  • Performing other duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters Degree in social work, psychology or counseling preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.
  • Must be available to work one Saturday a month and some evenings.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with family systems.
  • Experience working with homeless and at-risk populations.
  • Knowledge of Chicago’s housing and human services system.
  • Knowledge of resources for homeless or at risk families such as housing, public benefits, mental illness and substance use.
  • Demonstrable written and oral communication and group facilitation skills.
  • Computer proficiency required.
  • Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and access to a vehicle

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Overnight Shelter Worker
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.

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 (ie. 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 plan 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 services.

To 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 sanitations 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

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferable, but not required with relevant experience
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with homeless, runaway and at-risk urban youth.
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of various Latino & 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
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance
  • 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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Weekend Overnight Youth Empowerment Specialist for Solid Ground Supportive Housing
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 Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program is aimed at transforming the lives of homeless, at-risk male youth, ages 16-21, by providing them with the stability, support, and guidance they need in order to become thriving members of society. Program participants will receive comprehensive case management services focusing on a holistic, strength-based approach, as well as educational and vocational training.

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

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: 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. 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.

Goal Two: 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
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, case review meetings, and other meetings as instructed by the Program Manager.
  • Follow through with specific service plan goals as outlined by Case Manager and provide referrals and support where needed.

Goal Three: To 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 Solid Ground.
  • 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.

Goal Four: To implement standards of cleanliness and maintenance by performing duties and requesting repairs

  • Leading residents in the upkeep of Solid Ground and working with residents to ensure that necessary tasks are completed.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing areas as needed to ensure standard of cleanliness and sanitations 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

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferable, but not required with relevant experience
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with homeless, runaway and at-risk urban youth.
  • Bilingual Preferred
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of various Latino & 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
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance
  • 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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Current Internships

Development Intern

Program/Department: Development Department

Location: 2845 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

This is an unpaid internship position and is open for Summer, Fall/Spring.

Students applying for this position may be: either undergraduate or graduate.

General Description:

“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.

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:

  • 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

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Marketing & Communications Intern

Program/Department: Development Department

Location: 2845 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

This is an unpaid internship position and is open for Summer, Fall/Spring.

Students applying for this position may be: either undergraduate or graduate.

General Description:

“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).

Goals & Objectives:

Outreach:

  • Coordinate and assist with outreach efforts as determined by the Director of Development & Communications
  • Assist with management of the organizational Communications Calendar.
  • Prepare press releases, with the approval of the Director of Development & Communications
  • 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.
  • Assist with the preparation agenda for Marketing Committee and attend meetings as needed.
  • Recommend and assist with the execution of social media activities across platforms, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, 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 Development Director & Development and Fundraising Manger, serve on event committees.
  • Work closely with the Development Director & Development and Fundraising Manager with 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

Program/Department: Finance Department

Location: 2845 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

This is an unpaid internship position and is open for Summer, Fall/Spring.

Students applying for this position may be: either undergraduate or graduate.

General Description:

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

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

Applicant Strengths and Qualities

Required:

  • In pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor or Graduate degree at an Accredited Institution.
  • Current Class standing of sophomore or above (30 credits)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

Preferred:

  • 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

Schedule: Hours are available Monday- Friday 9AM – 7PM.

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Community Engagement Clinical Intern

Program/Department: Community Engagement & Food Initiatives

Location: 2845 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

This is an unpaid internship position and is open for Summer, Fall/Spring.

General Description:

La Casa Norte serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We deliver services using Harm Reduction, Trauma-informed, and person-centered frameworks.  La Casa Norte is the lead agency for the Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN), a coalition that unites organizations in the mission to provide quality food, promote self-sufficiency and wellness, and build a bridge between emergency food providers and community issues.

The purpose of this internship is to support adults who access emergency food from La Casa Norte’s Northwest Food Partners Network, by providing community referrals and services to clients of food pantries and free hot meal programs.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Research and learn about LCN’s service frameworks; gain an understanding of homelessness and hunger as they impact adults and families.
  • Meet one-on-one with clients who access food pantries and free hot meal programs within the Northwest Food Partners Network, conduct needs assessments and provide information and referrals to services that those programs do not provide.
  • Research community resources and mental health strategies to best address the needs expressed by clients.
  • Assist NFPN member agencies in developing programming to support clients with mental health and family concerns such as domestic violence and PTSD.
  • Learn and implement Motivational Interviewing strategies to help clients reduce risky behavior and to progress toward their individual goals.
  • Effectively work with highly vulnerable individuals and families who have experienced hunger, poverty, trauma, and mental illness.
  • Document all services as required by LCN’s data entry policy; assist staff with obtaining documentation of all outcomes achieved.
  • Assist with other tasks related to Community Engagement and the Northwest Food Partners Network as needed.
  • Assist with LCN special events and fundraising efforts as needed.

Applicant Strengths and Qualities

Required:

  •  Previous social service experience (including volunteer and internship experience)
  • 1st year graduate student, enrolled in a Clinical Social Work, Psychology, or other equivalent program, or BSW student seeking clinical placement
  • Ability to engage with and build rapport with participants
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate a non-judgmental attitude, a person-centered approach, and a strengths-based perspective.
  • Willingness to use a harm reduction approach to risky behaviors
  • Comfortable working with LGBTQ individuals
  • Willingness to provide services at several sites throughout Chicago’s Northwest side after receiving training

Preferred:

  • Spanish/English bilingual
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of various Latino & African-American populations
  • Access to a car

Schedule: Hours are available Monday- Friday 9AM – 8PM. Some availability on Wednesday afternoon/evenings is required. Occasional weekend hours may be required.

Additional Requirements:

All La Casa Norte interns are expected to follow and abide by the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) and the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Code of Ethics. In addition, Interns are expected to abide by the policies of La Casa Norte including but not limited to; rules governing confidentiality, dual-relationships, honesty, and integrity. All interns are expected to always act in good faith and in keeping with the mission and values of La Casa Norte. Interns must have an overall commitment to serving the participants of La Casa Norte, and to contributing to a positive, respectful and accepting environment at La Casa Norte.

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Community Referral Intern

Program/Department: Community Engagement

Location: 2845 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

This is an unpaid internship position and is open for Summer, Fall/Spring.

Students applying for this position may be: either undergraduate or graduate.

General Description:

La Casa Norte serve youth and families confronting homelessness. La Casa Norte is the lead agency for the Northwest Food Partners Network (NFPN), a coalition that brings together people and organizations on Chicago’s Northwest side who are interested in reducing community hunger and improving residents’ quality of life.

The purpose of this internship is to support adults and families who access food pantries and free hot meal programs within the NFPN by connecting them to social services, health care, housing and other resources to increase self-sufficiency and wellness.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Support Community Referral Program clinical staff in one-on-one meetings with clients where they provide information and referrals to wraparound services according to client needs.
  • Conduct intake assessments with clients in a food pantry or free hot meal setting.
  • Research community resources and mental health strategies to best address the needs expressed by clients.
  • Document all services as required by LCN’s data entry policy; assist staff with obtaining documentation of all outcomes achieved.
  • Learn and implement Motivational Interviewing strategies to help clients reduce risky behavior and to progress toward their individual goals.
  • Effectively work with highly vulnerable individuals and families who have experienced hunger, poverty, trauma, and mental illness.
  • Research and learn about LCN’s service frameworks; gain an understanding of homelessness and hunger as they impact adults and families.
  • Assist with other tasks related to Community Engagement and the Northwest Food Partners Network as needed.
  • Assist with LCN special events and fundraising efforts as needed.

Applicant Strengths and Qualities

Required:

  • Ability to engage with and build rapport with participants
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate a non-judgmental attitude, a person-centered approach, and a strengths-based perspective.
  • Willingness to use a harm reduction approach to risky behaviors
  • Comfortable working with LGBTQ individuals
  • Willingness to provide services at several sites throughout Chicago’s Northwest side after receiving training

Preferred:

  • Previous social service experience, including volunteer and internship experience
  • Spanish/English bilingual
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of various Latino & African-American populations
  • Access to a car

Schedule: Hours are available Monday- Friday 9AM – 6PM.

Additional Requirements:

All La Casa Norte interns are expected to follow and abide by the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) and the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Code of Ethics. In addition, Interns are expected to abide by the policies of La Casa Norte including but not limited to; rules governing confidentiality, dual-relationships, honesty, and integrity. All interns are expected to always act in good faith and in keeping with the mission and values of La Casa Norte. Interns must have an overall commitment to serving the participants of La Casa Norte, and to contributing to a positive, respectful and accepting environment at La Casa Norte.

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Development Intern – Special Events

Program/Department: Development

Location: 2845 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

This is an unpaid internship position and is open for Summer, Fall/Spring.

Students applying for this position may be: either undergraduate or graduate.

General Description:

Primary Tasks and 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 Raiser’s Edge database system.
  • Other general fundraising and admin duties as assigned.

Applicant Strengths and Qualities

  • 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.

Schedule: Available for 15-20 hours per week between 9a-7pm. Some late evening and weekend will be required.

Additional Requirements:

Interns are expected to abide by the policies of La Casa Norte including but not limited to; rules governing confidentiality, dual-relationships, honesty, and integrity. All interns are expected to always act in good faith and in keeping with the mission and values of La Casa Norte. Interns must have an overall commitment to serving the participants of La Casa Norte, and to contributing to a positive, respectful and accepting environment at La Casa Norte.

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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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