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 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

Manage agency grants and contracts effectively: 

  • 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

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

To support 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 training.
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events.
  • Working in 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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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 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

Effectively manage accounts payable: 

  • Maintain positive relationships with vendors, pay invoices in a timely manner, investigate discrepancies, 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

Effectively manage accounts receivable functions:

  • Apply electronic and cash receipt payments correctly to open invoices in fund ez, ensure cash receipts are allocated and coded properly, ensure deposits are entered into the accounting system within 48 hours. Track billing verse’s actual receipt and investigate and resolve all discrepancies.  Discrepancies should be reported to the director of finance.
  • Provide the director of finance with a cash flow balance report weekly
  • Complete bank reconciliations monthly
  • Completes all monthly and year end journal entries
  • Performs all balance sheet schedules and reconciliations
  • Assist the Senior Finance Associate and the Director of Finance with end of the month closing process.
  • Supports LCN’s annual independent A-133 audit
  • Support and manage fiscal audit/s
  • Supports LCN’s annual budgeting process with applications and credit/background checks.
  • Developing educational pieces and providing workshops to clients on tenant rights and responsibilities, financial literacy, household management and apartment leasing application processes.
  • Conduct follow-up with tenants and landlords after housing placement; assist case management staff in mediating any landlord-tenant issues that may arise.
  • Offering technical assistance to landlords to support them in maintaining safe and decent housing for tenants and remaining in compliance with fair housing laws.

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 training.
  • Participating in La Casa Norte’s fundraising events.
  • Working in team approach to develop new programs and/or protocols.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree preferable
  • 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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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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Rapid Rehousing 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 Rapid Re-housing program (RRH) assists people experiencing homelessness in transitioning into permanent housing. This is a Full Time position working Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am-6pm or 10am-7pm. Eligible applicants will be available to work some evening hours and one Saturday per month as needed.

Expected Goals and Objectives

To assist clients in obtaining stable, safe, affordable housing. 

  • Work collaboratively with families and individuals experiencing homelessness to assist them in obtaining and maintaining permanent, independent housing.
  • Work within LCN’s mission and philosophy of service, using Harm Reduction and Trauma Informed frameworks.
  • Using standard assessment tools, assess eligibility for RRH services and service level needed.
  • Conduct pre-housing assessments.
  • 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.
  • Refer clients to other supportive services as needed, including food pantries, clothing closets, legal aid services, substance abuse and mental health services; coordinating these services as needed to obtain wrap-around support for clients.
  • Connecting clients to other LCN services, such as technology training, food programming, and youth services.
  • Assist households in increasing income through employment and/or benefits.
  • Provide budgeting and financial counseling to assist clients in becoming financially self-sufficient and in assuming responsibility for housing costs.
  • Provide counseling and life skills training to assist clients in making positive changes in their lives.
  • Work collaboratively with LCN’s Housing Location staff to assist clients in locating appropriate housing and developing positive relationships with landlords.
  • Attend apartment viewings and other appointments with clients.
  • Conduct independent home visits once clients are placed in housing.

To administer financial assistance to stabilize housing

  • Request financial assistance for security deposits and rental assistance as appropriate.
  • Conduct re-certification for households requiring more than three months of financial assistance.
  • Work with property owners and Housing Location staff to obtain all necessary documentation to support financial assistance requests.
  • Complete applications for other financial assistance with utilities, transportation, etc.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all financial assistance payments.
  • Mediate issues between tenants and landlords.

To create successful transition plans with households exiting the program

  • From point of intake, work with households to identify necessary steps to allows households to transition to permanent housing and assume all housing costs; create individualized service plans to pursue that goal.
  • Regularly review with clients’ progress toward self-sufficiency and identify any changes needed to service plan.
  • Educate clients on tenants’ rights and responsibilities
  • Conduct follow-up activities after clients exit the program to ensure that client remains stably housed.

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
  • Working in team approach to develop new programs and/or protocols
  • Assisting with data collection and completion of program reports
  • Performing other duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or Counseling.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  • Must be available to work Saturdays and evenings.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Computer proficiency required

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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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Southside Drop-in 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.

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 opening is for the Southside office of Casa Corazon located in the Back of the Yards community.  This is a full time position working Monday 1pm-10pm, Wednesday 9am-7pm Friday 9am-7pm. These hours may change slightly from week to week so please be flexible.  Eligible applicants must be available to work evenings.

Expected Goals and Objectives

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

  • Maintain professional relationships with all staff and clients
  • 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.
  • Assist Program Coordinator in the management of appropriate program development and effective service delivery.
  • In partnership with participants to assess all barriers to safe and stable housing and provide referrals and access.
  • 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 effective case management services to program participants utilizing a “strength-based” case management model and monitoring participants progress through modeling, mentoring and positive relationship building
  • Referring youth 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 shelters, landlords, employers, and other agencies or institutions.
  • Provide crisis intervention services to Casa Corazon youth as necessary
  • Accurately tracking and documenting all services provided utilizing LCN Tracking system and Client Track.
  • Plan a monthly schedule for events, activities, and food menu.

Goal Two: Work in a team approach to maintain 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.  Encourage Youth to share in cleanliness of space through shared responsibility.
  • 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-based approach.

Goal Three: Case Management Duties

  • Provide intake and assessment services.
  • Assist with applying to public aid benefits and obtain any necessary documentation.
  • Provide short term case management, including budgeting assistance, service planning, advocacy and referrals.
  • Use discretion to distribute CTA pass to youth if transportation is needed for employment, housing, appointments, or chore completion.
  • Identify housing opportunities for youth, (shelter, apartment, supportive housing program etc).
  • Document all services in HMIS, Client Track, and paper file.
  • Collaborate with other internal programs to provide assistance to youth.

Goal Four: Administrative Responsibilities

  • Provide the overall leadership and planning to operate drop-in services.
  • Coordinate staffing, workshops, food and programming.
  • Supervise all Drop-in staff, interns and volunteers.
  • 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.
  • Provide clinical supervision to MSW and other graduate student interns as appropriate
  • Intermittently gather and complete data entry for various grant reports and development purposes.
  • Work in conjunction with Program 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 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.
  • Perform 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
  • Bachelor’s degree required with 2 years relevant experience
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) Preferred
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with youth experiencing homelessness, , LGBTQ and at-risk urban 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, religion, age, sexual orientation and gender.
  • Valid Driver’s License and own vehicle (Required)

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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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Current Internships

Nutrition Center Intern

Program/Department: Community Engagement

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

This is a paid internship that starts Monday, June 3, 2019 and ends Friday, July 26, 2019. This is a full-time position that requires the student to be present at La Casa Norte’s nutrition center 40 hours a week.

Students applying for this position may be: A currently enrolled undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a full-time sophomore, junior or senior in the fall of 2019.

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 Nutrition Center Intern will contribute to the expansion of La Casa Norte’s Nutrition Center Programs, including the Food Pantry, Hot Meal Program, and Nutrition Education.

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

  • The intern will work with the Community Engagement Coordinator and Nutrition Center Assistant to identify opportunities for expanding Nutrition Center community outreach initiatives and programs.
  • The intern will engage directly with under-served community members during food program hours at La Casa Norte’s Nutrition Center. The intern will direct clients to the proper resources when necessary, and collaborate with LCN staff and volunteers to ensure all clients feel welcomed and supported in our space.
  • The intern will identify on-site and off-site community outreach opportunities and develop strategies that engage community-based organizations to best spread the word about Nutrition Center services and programs.
  • The intern will support the Community Engagement Coordinator and the Nutrition Center Assistant in implementing community outreach efforts.
  • The intern will support Food Pantry and Hot Meal programs during operating hours, which could include: conducting client intake interviews, data entry of client information, volunteer scheduling and oversight, meal planning, and coordinating nutrition education programming.

Community Impact

  • La Casa Norte is located in Humboldt Park, a neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago.
  • In Humboldt Park, 52% of the population is Hispanic/Latino and 40.9% of the population is Black. Humboldt Park is a community in which 62% of the population is low-income, and 32% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.
  • In 2017, 46% of the Humboldt Park community experienced food insecurity – the highest of the 9 Chicago community areas surveyed – yet just 30% of the Humboldt Park community accessed emergency food that same year (Sinai Community Health Survey).
  • The intern will directly contribute to the mission of La Casa Norte’s Nutrition Center, which aims to address food insecurity in Humboldt Park by providing healthy food and qualified nutrition education. LCN nutrition programs will meet community need while ensuring client dignity and eliminating barriers to access.

Applicant Strengths and Qualities

Required:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to treat all clients with dignity, compassion and respect
  • Possess accurate and informed understanding of cultural and urban realities, especially as related to the homeless population
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
  • Experience working directly with under-served populations strongly preferred
  • Training in food safety or food service experience desirable
  • Applicant should be preparing for a career in: nutrition, social work, public health, health care, non-profit management, community organizing or related field.

 

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Community Engagement 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 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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Marketing & Communications Intern

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

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 , serve on event committees.
  • Work closely with the Development Director & Development 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.

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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