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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Director of Finance
Full Time

“La Casa Norte is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for homeless and abandoned people, where they will benefit from a comprehensive program of education, guidance and counseling in a community setting.”  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, 9AM- 6PM and/or 10AM- 7PM. Eligible applicants will be available to work some evening hours as needed.

Expected Goals and Objectives

As a member of the leadership team, provides fiscal oversight to the organization. In conjunction with the Executive Director & other members of the leadership team, assists in the day-to-day management of the organization, including problem-solving, planning actions/initiatives and envisioning further activities. Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Director of Finance is responsible for the development of the financial management strategy and contributes toward the development of the organization’s strategic goals.

Responsibilities: 

Strategy & Vision

  • Advises the Executive Director and other key members of the senior management team on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and operational policy matters.
  • Serves as the management liaison to the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee.
  • Contributes to the development of the strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization, maintaining continuous lines of communication and keeping the Executive Director informed of all critical issues.
  • Represents the organization externally, particularly in relationships with core vendors, legal counsel, public accountants, auditors, and other operational partners.

Team Development & Leadership

  • Oversees, directs, and organizes the work of the finance team.
  • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Ensures staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development.
  • Establishes and monitors staff performance and development goals by assigning accountability, setting objectives, and conducting annual performance appraisals; mentors staff using a supportive and collaborative approach.

Finance

  • Oversees and directs accounting, budgeting, audit, and long-range forecasting activities.
  • Appraises the organization’s financial position, providing timely and accurate financial and operating reports to the Executive Director, the senior management team, and the Board of Directors.
  • Plans, coordinates, and executes annual budget development and forecasting process.
  • Provides analytical support to the senior management team, including the development of necessary reporting capabilities and formats.
  • Works to continuously improve the quality and efficiency of operational accounting services such as accounts receivable, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.
  • Formulates and recommends sound fiscal policies, systems, procedures, and forms. Oversees the development of and adherence to internal control policies.
  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory tax filings and audit requirements.

Qualifications

  • A finance executive with operational experience and a proven track record of creative problem-solving and change management.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Accounting, ideally with a MBA, CPA, or related professional degree.
  • A minimum of 7 years of comparable work experience, preferably in a nonprofit or philanthropic setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting, including experience in budgeting, financial reporting, audit, and federal grants management.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including skills in negotiation and conflict resolution; must possess strong mentoring and coaching skills with experience in leading a team with diverse levels of expertise.
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and operational initiatives.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills as well as the ability to effectively interface with senior management and the Board of Directors.
  • Shared commitment to the organization’s mission.

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Leasing 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.

This is a full-time position working Monday through Friday, 9AM- 6PM and/or 10AM- 7PM. Eligible applicants will be available to work some evening hours as needed.

Expected Goals and Objectives

To link clients to affordable housing options by: 

  • Building and maintaining relationships with private landlords and other housing providers; expanding LCN’s landlord portfolio.
  • Connecting with landlords via neighborhood outreach, internet search, and networking events.
  • Creating and maintaining a housing resource database containing available market-rate and affordable housing.
  • Locating potential permanent housing that are appropriate for the client’s need.
  • Accompanying clients and/or transporting clients to apartment viewings.
  • Performing Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections, rental calculations, environmental reviews, rent reasonableness assessments and other required assessments as required by funders.
  • Negotiate lease terms and amendments; review leases for accuracy and adherence to Chicago’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance, and communicate with landlords about unit deficiencies.
  • Advocating for clients to landlords regarding rental barriers, such as prior evictions, poor credit, and criminal history.
  • Establishing positive relationships with clients in assessing their housing needs.
  • Educating landlords about LCN’s role in supporting tenants, including rental assistance, rental subsidies, and supportive services.
  • Supporting landlords in providing all necessary paperwork to participate in LCN programs.

To help clients remain stabilized in permanent housing by:

  • Interviewing clients to determine housing needs and working in conjunction with clients during the housing search, which includes assisting
  • 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.

To partner with the Palante Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Re-Housing program staff to meet housing location needs and housing related outcomes. 

  • Participating in weekly program meetings with the Palante Permanent Supportive Housing Program and provide updates regarding leasing, housing location, unit deficiencies/client housing concerns and the plan to address them.
  • Participating in weekly program meetings with the Rapid Re-Housing Program to provide updates regarding housing location and meeting the 30/60 day housing outcome expectation.
  • Participating in trainings such as: housing first, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, the Violence Against Women Act etc.
  • Providing updates to program staff regarding housing location and leasing updates as they arise.
  • Updating program tracking spreadsheets to ensure follow-up and continuity of housing location and property management services.

To contribute to the overall success of La Casa Norte by: 

  • Attending weekly staff meetings and case review meetings
  • Participating in on- and off-site staff trainings, workshops and outreach events as needed
  • Participating in LCN’s fundraising events
  • Working in a team approach to deliver existing programs and to develop new 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 with La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service.
  • Ideal candidate will have at least six months experience working with at-risk and/or homeless populations and/or at least six months experience working with issues of homelessness, affordable housing, and/or housing discrimination.
  • 1-2 years of property management experience and/or experience working with affordable or supportive housing programs.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Bachelors degree preferable
  • Bilingual strongly preferred (Spanish and English)
  • Knowledge of fair housing laws and the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance
  • 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 as needed and have impeccable attendance
  • Must have a car and valid drivers license
  • Ability to handle various projects concurrently

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Overnight Shelter Worker
Part Time

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

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

Expected Goals and Objectives

To supervise and monitor resident activities to maintain a safe and stable living environment

  • Maintain professional relationships with all residents.
  • Supervise and ensure safety of the milieu.
  • Communicate in a timely and accurate fashion within the program (ie. client intakes, incident reports, contact with youths’ families, facility inventories, and all shift log entries) and complete all required documentation.
  • Support and implement the policies and philosophies of the program and of La Casa Norte including but not limited to Harm Reduction and Sanctuary Model frameworks.
  • Utilize de-escalation and crisis intervention skills when needed in a supportive and caring manner.

To work in a team approach to assist residents in achieving service plan goals

  • Conduct intake needs assessment, create initial action plan and refer residents to appropriate services.
  • Engage youth in discussions relevant to goals, strengths and barriers to stability.
  • Coordinate with other staff including Drop-in Case Manager to ensure continuity of services.

To help youth develop important life skills

  • Model effective and respectful communication with residents and other staff members while creating a standard of healthy communication for other staff and residents.
  • Create and foster leadership opportunities for youth to encourage their personal development and the overall health of the community of Low Threshold Shelter Program.
  • Take advantage of key “teachable moments” to help youth develop skills in decision making, conflict resolution, time management, etc.
  • Provide and coordinate life skills workshops to youth focused on personal hygiene, sexuality, financial literacy, household management, conflict resolution, anger management, and other areas as needed.
  • Implement established structure of support and accountability within the program to allow youth to fully develop in all areas of their life.

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

  • Leading residents in the upkeep of the Low Threshold Program and working with residents to ensure that necessary tasks are completed.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing areas as needed to ensure standard of cleanliness and sanitations is kept up at all times.

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

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

Qualifications

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

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Weekend Overnight Youth Empowerment Specialist for Solid Ground Supportive Housing
Part Time

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

The Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program is aimed at transforming the lives of homeless, at-risk male youth, ages 16-21, by providing them with the stability, support, and guidance they need in order to become thriving members of society. Program participants will receive comprehensive case management services focusing on a holistic, strength-based approach, as well as educational and vocational training.

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

Expected Goals and Objectives

Goal One: To supervise and monitor resident activities to maintain a safe and stable living environment

  • Maintain professional relationships with all residents
  • Supervise and ensure safety of the milieu
  • Communicate in a timely and accurate fashion within the program (i.e. incident reports, contact with youths’ families, facility inventories, and all shift log entries) and complete all required documentation.
  • Support and implement the policies and philosophies of the program and of La Casa Norte including but not limited to Harm Reduction and Sanctuary Model frameworks.
  • Utilize de-escalation and crisis intervention skills when needed in a supportive and caring manner.

Goal Two: To work in a team approach to assist residents in achieving service plan goals

  • Engage youth in discussions relevant to goals, strengths and barriers to stability
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, case review meetings, and other meetings as instructed by the Program Manager.
  • Follow through with specific service plan goals as outlined by Case Manager and provide referrals and support where needed.

Goal Three: To help youth develop important life skills

  • Model effective and respectful communication with residents and other staff members while creating a standard of healthy communication for other staff and residents.
  • Create and foster leadership opportunities for youth to encourage their personal development and the overall health of the community of Solid Ground.
  • Take advantage of key “teachable moments” to help youth develop skills in decision making, conflict resolution, time management, etc.
  • Provide and coordinate life skills workshops to youth focused on personal hygiene, sexuality, financial literacy, household management, conflict resolution, anger management, and other areas as needed.
  • Implement established structure of support and accountability within the program to allow youth to fully develop in all areas of their life.

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

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

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

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

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferable, but not required with relevant experience
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with homeless, runaway and at-risk urban youth.
  • Bilingual Preferred
  • Knowledge regarding the social, economic, and cultural patterns of various Latino & African-American populations
  • Be willing to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed and have impeccable attendance
  • Desire, creativity, and flexibility to work in a new and fast growing agency
  • Be subjected to a DCFS background check and complete a medical clearance

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Current Internships

Development Intern

Program/Department: Development Department

Location: 2845 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

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

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

General Description:

“La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.” La Casa Norte’s mission and philosophy of service is to impact the social issues of homelessness at the individual and community levels.

This internship position is unpaid.

Position Responsibilities:

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

Qualifications:

  • Available for a minimum of 15-hours per week between 10 AM and 7 PM.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines
  • Be willing to work in a diverse environment in regards to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and gender.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and effectively produce accurate written, digital, and verbal information.
  • Able to work both on and off-site and clearly communicate with supervisors about work progress.
  • Ability to take initiative and self –direct

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Finance Intern

Program/Department: Finance Department

Location: 2845 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

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

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

General Description:

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

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

Applicant Strengths and Qualities

Required:

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

Preferred:

  • Previous work experience in an office environment
  • Ability to take direction and manage time effectively, as well as independently
  • Organized and attentive to detail
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Creative Self-starter
  • Excellent computer/Excel skills
  • Desire to work in a not-for profit setting

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

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Development Intern – Special Events

Program/Department: Development

Location: 2845 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

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

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

General Description:

Primary Tasks and Responsibilities

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

Applicant Strengths and Qualities

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

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

Additional Requirements:

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

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La Casa Norte is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, pregnancy or related conditions, or disability.

If you are interested in an Internship at La Casa Norte, please call +1 (773) 276-4900, extension #222 or email jobs@lacasanorte.org.


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