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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Senior Finance Associate
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 (LCN’s) mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

The Senior Finance Associate’s basic function is to support the daily operation of LCN’s Finance Department, including: contract management, monthly close processing; general ledger management; account reconciliation; preparation for the annual audit; file management; and special projects. Other duties may be assigned to support the overall operation of the Finance Department and to facilitate segregation of duties and internal control.

This is a full-time position with hours Monday to Friday, between 9 am to 6 pm, with occasional evening or weekend hours.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: Manage agency grants and contract effectively by: 

  • Develop contract budgets and budget revisions for all contracts
  • Prepares DFSS, Hudd and IDHS vouchers for all contracts.
  • Upload vouchers to I supplier at least monthly
  • Track and monitor YTD spending and budget verse actual for all grants and contracts
  • Prepare contract utilization reports monthly for the Director of Finance and program managers
  • Collectively with the Director of Finance, meet with program managers monthly to discuss spending and utilization
  • Maintains grants/contracts reporting calendar
  • Enter all contract and grant revenue into fund EZ accurately
  • Ensure personnel and non-personnel expenses are being allocated to contracts according to approved cost allocation plan
  • Generate funder reports

Goal Two: Perform general ledger review:

  • Ensure accounting is completed according to GAAP standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Executes monthly close process
  • Review and maintain general ledger and ensures integrity of data
  • Ensure expenses are coded and allocated correctly to the GL.
  • Reviews and approves bank reconciliations

Goal Three: Support the overall functioning of the Finance Department:

  • Prepare LCN for all contract funder related fiscal reviews and audits
  • Establish, maintain and monitor system of internal controls to ensure accurate accounting and reporting
  • To act in lieu of the Director of Finance when necessary by attending agency meetings or board meetings
  • Supports annual budgeting and planning process
  • Utilizes LCN Fiscal Policies & Procedures to assure proper internal controls are maintained
  • Maintains all finance and grant related documents in collaboration with other Finance Staff
  • Organizes and maintains files so that needed documents are easy to locate
  • Utilizes LCN’s file retention policy to manage the storage of financial documents from previous fiscal years
  • Other tasks as requested to support the overall functioning of the Finance Department

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 monthly 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/or protocols.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or business administration
  • 5 years’ experience working with local, state or federal contracts and vouchering
  • Proficient in Excel (Excel test required)
  • Excellent organizational skills, time-management and detail oriented
  • Energetic self-starter with ability to work independently and in team settings
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal, written, communication and project management skills
  • Strong attention to detail, with analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong ability to organize, prioritize and perform multiple tasks concurrently
  • Manage time effectively and work within stringent deadlines
  • Exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential or sensitive information

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Bilingual Housing Advocate
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 issue 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 occasional 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 Support 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.
  • Perform other duties as required.

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 & Skills: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, or equivalent experience required.
  • SPANISH/ENGLISH BILINGUAL REQUIRED
  • 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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Rapid Re-Housing Program 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.

This is a full-time position working Monday through Friday, with some evening and weekend hours as required by program needs.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To provide management of La Casa Norte’s Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) program.

  • Responsible for overall program implementation and day to day operations of the program.
  • Act as point of contact for issues or concerns regarding LCN’s Rapid Re-Housing Program, including referral, tenant/landlord concerns, and coordination with other LCN programs.
  • To oversee the operations and service delivery for RRH households as well as provide supervision to RRH Case Managers.
  • Provide coordination with other LCN internal services, subcontract services, interns, referral network and any volunteers servicing this program as indicated.
  • Provide leadership for the RRH team, including facilitating team meetings and providing admin/task management and individual supervision.
  • Represent LCN at appropriate community events, committees, etc.
  • Complete all required reporting, audit compliance and documentation for the RRH program.

Goal Two: To assist RRH clients in accessing and maintaining stable, safe, housing by:

  • Working consistently within LCN’s mission, vision, philosophy of service and team approach.
  • Manage the Case Managers who are performing housing location and case management using the progressive engagement model to identify clients’ service needs, strengths and resources to the extent needed.
  • Oversee case managers’ coordination between property management/landlord, both pre-tenancy and tenancy.
  • Manage program activities in order to achieve program outcomes including:
    • Exits to permanent housing
    • Obtaining, maintaining or increasing income, benefits and health insurance
  • Utilize clinical skills and knowledge of youth and family needs and systems to guide Case Managers’ services planning, relational capacity with persons served as well as interventions with persons served in alignment with the principles of Housing First, Progressive Engagement, Harm Reduction, Positive Youth Development and Motivational Interviewing as applicable.
  • Oversee case managers’ delivery of other case management services including linkage, referral and direct support to access identified service needs such as 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.
    • Providing clients with the motivation, support and encouragement needed to empower themselves and become self-sufficient with an emphasis on employment supports and benefits.
    • Oversee the case managers’ delivery of life skills training to address important issues such as increasing income to obtain self-sufficiency, financial literacy, health and nutrition, mental and emotional health, safe sex, etc.
    • Maintaining excellent and open communication with clients to help mediate conflicts, complaints and grievances and following-up with clients in alignment with LCN’s Grievance procedure.
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed.
  • Documenting all services and supervision sessions with case managers in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Utilizing ClientTrack and the Homeless Management Information Systems database to ensure data accuracy and quality, client information and to document 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.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree required, or a MSW with at least 4 years of experience preferred
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle with proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with youth and family systems.
  • Experience working with homeless and at-risk populations.
  • Knowledge of Chicago’s housing and human services system.
  • Knowledge of resources for homeless families such as housing, public benefits, mental illness and substance use.
  • Demonstrable written and oral communication and group facilitation skills.
  • Computer proficiency required.

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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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Finance Associate
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 (LCN’s) mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

The Finance Associate’s basic function is to support the daily operation of LCN’s Finance Department, including: managing accounts payable; managing accounts receivables, balance sheet and bank account reconciliation and special projects. Other duties may be assigned to support the overall operation of the Finance Department and to facilitate segregation of duties and internal control.

This is a full-time position with hours Monday to Friday, between 9 am to 6 pm, with occasional evening or weekend hours.

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: Manage the accounts payable function effectively: 

  • Maintain positive relationships with vendors, pay invoices in a timely manner, investigate discrepancies, verify federal id numbers, issue stop payments, check-supporting documentation and ensure that transactions are coded correctly before and after entering into the accounting system.
  • Provide a weekly AP aging report before checks are processed to the director of finance for review
  • Reconcile credit card statement activity, collect all receipts and supporting documentation before paying invoice. Ensure that credit card expenses are allocated in the accounting system according to the approved cost allocation plan.
  • Process employee reimbursement request
  • Process payroll twice a month
  • Assist senior accountant with identifying expenses for contract vouchers.

Goal Two: Assist Finance Team with administrative & accounting tasks:

  • Completes all monthly and year end journal entries
  • Assist the Senior Finance Associate and the Director of Finance with end of the month and end of year closing process.
  • Supports LCN’s annual independent A-133 audit
  • Supports LCN’s annual budgeting process
  • Reconcile DCFS billing on a monthly basis
  • Reconcile Pierce House tenant invoicing and billing on a monthly basis.
  • Open Finance and Operation safe and reconcile funds weekly.

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 in Accounting or 90 hours of college credit toward an Accounting degree
  • Fund Accounting/non-profit accounting desired
  • Excellent Excel skills (Excel test required)
  • Excellent organizational skills, time-management and detail oriented
  • Energetic self-starter with ability to work independently and in team settings
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal, written, communication and project management skills
  • Strong attention to detail, with analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong ability to organize, prioritize and perform multiple tasks concurrently
  • Manage time effectively and work within stringent deadlines
  • Position at times requires additional hours
  • Exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential or sensitive information

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Current Internships

Property Management 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:

  • Assist Property Manager and Leasing Associate with administrative tasks.
  • Organize and account for all scattered site unit keys in key box.
  • Process check requests and invoices for rent, security deposit, move-in fee, applications, damages, etc.
  • Manage landlord/client spreadsheet, ensure information is up-to-date and accurate.
  • Help maintain all scattered site property management files
  • Locate housing leads for Palante and Rapid Rehousing clients
  • Communicate with landlord and property manager to submit work orders, leases, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Ready and willing to learn, open to mentorship and a wide-ranging property management experience
  • Ability to receive direction with effective time management as well as work independently
  • Be willing to work in a diverse environment and vulnerable population
  • Organized and attentive to detail
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Innovative, forward thinking self-starter
  • Strong computer skills, excel experience preferred

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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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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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