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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Scattered Site Housing 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 Scattered Site Supportive Housing Program provides permanent housing and supportive services to vulnerable youth and families.

This is a full-time position working Monday through Friday, with one Saturday per month and some evening hours required.

Expected Goals and Objectives

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.

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.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters Degree in social work, psychology or counseling preferred.
  • LCSW or an MSW with at least 4 years of experience preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Must be available to work Saturdays and 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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Bilingual 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

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.

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 training.
  • 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 needed.

Qualifications

  • 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
  • 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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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

Alliance to End Hunger- AmeriCorps Vista

Program/Department: Community Engagement

Location: 3533 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

General Description:

La Casa Norte serves youth and families confronting homelessness.  We deliver services using Harm Reduction, Trauma-Informed Care, and Person-Centered frameworks.  The purpose of this internship is to engage community members in La Casa Norte’s key communities, with a particular focus on hunger and food security.  Through this AmeriCorps VISTA position, applicants can help La Casa Norte work to eliminate hunger in our community. The VISTA will support a Hunger Free Community coalition that is still in the development stage by implementing a capacity assessment and guiding the coalition through growth-oriented tools and resources.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Research and learn issue areas impacting the quality of life in the communities of Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Back of the Yards, and surrounding neighborhoods, including but not limited to: hunger and food insecurity, affordable housing, gentrification, public safety, and health disparities.
  • Cultivate the growth of a Hunger Free Community coalition by engaging community leaders and food insecure community members to implement a plan to increase community food security
  • Evaluate the Hunger Free Community’s capacity to take on the task of community change and make recommendations for the long-term sustainability of the coalition.
  • Establish tools and processes by which the goals of the Hunger Free Community can be monitored and evaluated to ensure progress towards the end hunger plan.
  • Ensure the sustainability of the Hunger Free Community’s work by recruiting and training volunteers that can be maintained with minimal oversight by program staff
  • Work with the supervisor to develop and implement a sustainable fundraising plan to increase funds and in-kind support for the continued work of the Hunger Free Community end hunger plan.
  • Ensure ongoing community engagement and empowerment by strengthening the collaboration of the coalition with low-income community advisers.

Program Benefits:

  • Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
  • Health Coverage Stipend
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Living Allowance
  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Training & Education award upon successful completion of service.

Program Details: 

  • Start Date: May 13th,  2019
  • End Date: May 14, 2020
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Age Requirement: 18 years
  • Accepting Applications from: 3/20/19 – 5/30/19

Applicant Strengths and Qualities

Required:

  • Ability to engage with, and build rapport with community members and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated interest in community development and engagement
  • 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
  • Comfort working with people who identify as LGBTQ
  • Strong computer skills

Preferred:

  • Previous experience in social services (either work, intern, or volunteer)
  • Spanish/English bilingual
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of various Latino & African-American populations

Schedule: Hours are available Monday- Friday 9AM – 6PM. Some evening and weekend availability is preferred.

Interested candidates should apply through the AmeriCorps website at:

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=80508&fromSearch=true

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Community Engagement Intern

Program/Department: Community Engagement

Location: 3533 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL

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 serves youth and families confronting homelessness.  We deliver services using Harm Reduction, Trauma-Informed Care, and Person-Centered frameworks.  The purpose of this internship is to engage community members in La Casa Norte’s key communities, with a particular focus on hunger and food security.  This is a non-clinical placement appropriate for students with a focus on community organizing, advocacy, public policy, or similar.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Research and learn issue areas impacting the quality of life in the communities of Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Back of the Yards, and surrounding neighborhoods, including but not limited to: hunger and food insecurity, affordable housing, gentrification, public safety, and health disparities.
  • Research public sources of data and conduct literature reviews to gain a broader understanding o these issue areas.
  • Support La Casa Norte’s Food & Nutrition initiatives through various activities, including stakeholder engagement, meeting facilitation, coordinating food donations and rescue, developing and implementing community food drives, assisting with donation pick up and drop off, and emergency food distribution.
  • Learn about La Casa Norte’s housing and supportive service programs, Philosophy of Care, and service frameworks (including Harm Reduction and Trauma Informed Care).
  • Represent La Casa Norte at various community events, including health fairs, block parties, advocacy group meetings, etc. Provide information about La Casa Norte’s programs and resources.
  • Engage with participants through formal and informal activities; build rapport; model healthy relationships; create and maintain professional boundaries.
  • Assist La Casa Norte participants in developing testimonials and other advocacy pieces to demonstrate the impact of LCN’s services and the need for housing and support services.
  • Document all services and activities as required by LCN’s data entry policy; assist staff with obtaining documentation of all outcomes achieved.
  • Assist with LCN special events and fundraising efforts as needed.

Applicant Strengths and Qualities

Required:

  • Enrolled in a Social Work, Psychology, Public Policy, other equivalent program
  • Ability to engage with, and build rapport with community members and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated interest in community development and engagement
  • 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
  • Comfort working with people who identify as LGBTQ
  • Strong computer skills

Preferred:

  • Previous experience in social services (either work, intern, or volunteer)
  • Spanish/English bilingual
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of various Latino & African-American populations

Schedule: Hours are available Monday- Friday 9AM – 6PM. Some evening and weekend availability is preferred.

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Special Events Intern

Program/Department: Development

Location: 3533 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

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 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

Schedule: Available for 15-20 hours per week between 9a-7pm. Some evenings and weekend availability 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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