Careers

Howard Area Community Center is always seeking dedicated and compassionate people who want to help Rogers Park community members build better futures.

Employee benefits may include the following:

  • Generous paid time off
  • Twelve paid holidays
  • Extended medical bank
  • Health insurance (Humana HMO and PPO)
  • Dental insurance (Humana HMO and PPO)
  • Vision insurance (Humana HMO and PPO)
  • Life insurance (Humana Mutual of Omaha)
  • Short term disability
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 403(b) retirement account
  • Family and medical leave

*HACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Current Openings:

Program/Department: Youth Development Services
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full-time, 40 hr/week salaried position
Salary:$28,000 – $32,000

Brief Description: 

The Youth Job developer of the Career and College Readiness Program (CCRP) will work directly with the program coordinator and the case manager in order to provide intensive employment support to youth who are enrolled in program. The Youth Job Developer will build relationships with community businesses and potential employers, research job fairs, openings, and opportunities, provide career counseling, compile and present statistics on youth employment for outreach initiatives, facilitate one-on-one and group job-readiness training, assess the specific employment needs of youth enrolled in the program, and direct efforts for youth job placement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain contacts with community businesses and potential employers.
  • Assist youth customers with career planning and job preparedness.
  • Assist youth customers in identifying and addressing their individual barriers to employment.
  • Assess the employment and training needs of each youth customer.
  • Refer employment services to youth customers within the one-stop system as appropriate, or to other community resources when necessary.
  • Provide job development training and counseling to youth customers.
  • Provide employment references and appropriate job referrals to youth customers.
  • Conduct follow-up services with customers regarding their job search and/or work experiences.
  • Assist in organizing and/or leading group participation in job fairs, trade shows, and other appropriate community events.
  • Assist in organizing and/or facilitating employment workshops (resume building, interview skills etc.)
  • Compile statistics regarding youth placement for the CCRP.
  • Present information about the employment services of the CCRP program during various outreach opportunities, including opportunities with educational institutions, businesses, contractors, funders, and non-profit organizations.
  • Participate in outreach, public relations, and recruitment efforts for new youth customers.
  • In the absence of the program coordinator, orient potential customers to the services and eligibility requirements of the CRRP in both group and one-on-one settings. Facilitate the enrollment process for new youth customers.
  • If necessary, refer youth to outside Youth Service Providers for additional assistance.
  • Monitor youth performance outcomes in regards to the pursuit of individual employment goals.

Case Management:

  • Interviews and enrolls eligible and suitable youth in program.
  • Conducts one-on-one counseling and group education/support sessions to clients.
  • Provides follow up on an as-needed basis through phone calls, home visits and school visits.
  • Assures all youth are supervised during program hours
  • Completes case notes, keeps accurate written records and database (IWDS) information on participants, and prepares reports.
  • Supports positive youth development by encouraging youth to achieve success in academics as well as in a specific profession.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to provide positive, outstanding customer service to youth enrolled in the program.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with youth customers and to serve as a mandated reporter.
  • Knowledge of the job search process, especially as it relates to high-school youth living on the north side of Chicago.
  • Ability and willingness to conduct research on innovative employment programs, strategies, and opportunities in the Chicago-land area.
  • Willingness to network and be sociable with community businesses and potential employees.
  • Knowledge of job-matching systems, Child Labor laws, federal work eligibility, and other items related to youth employment in Chicago.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a team environment and providing support to fellow team members.
  • Problem-solving skills, organizational skills, time management skills, record keeping skills, creativity, openness, and excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.
  • Proficiency in a variety of computer software applications is required, including Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, email and internet applications.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

4-year degree

How to apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to Robert Conlon youth@howardarea.org.

Program/Department: Health and Human Services
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full-time, salaried position
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description: 

Provides case management services to domestic violence survivors and other clients.  Provides counseling services. Provides one-on-one and group healthy relationships and HIV prevention sessions. Conducts one on one sessions and provides needed referrals. Conducts domestic violence adult and/or children’s group. Provides supportive services such as emergency assistance, energy assistance, rental assistance and more. Keeps accurate written records on participants. Attention to detail, resilience.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

Masters of Social Work, Counseling or Psychology and 3 years experience. Licensure strongly preferred.

How to apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter via email to Kessa Frantz at kfrantz@howardarea.org. Position will be filled ASAP.

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: 40 hours a week; this is a 12 month position
Salary: available upon request

Qualified candidates have:

  • Experience in primary care-giving practices, and have a working knowledge of the continuity of care model;
  • Appropriately facilitated individual and group early learning experiences in infant, toddler, and twos classrooms;
  • Effective skills for observing, documenting, assessing, sharing and planning for  children’s development;
  • Experience implementing a developmentally appropriate classroom environment to meet children’s social-emotional, cognitive, physical and individual needs;
  • Experience developing and maintaining a respectful relationship with families and co-workers to ensure the optimal overall functioning of the classroom;
  • Ability to effectively manage time and resources for the physical and emotional challenges of working with young children and their families.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • AA degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development;
  • Existing Infant Toddler Certificate (or willing to be in progress for one);
  • 2 years of experience in an infant-toddler setting;
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish required;
  • Certification in CPR & First Aid-pediatric and adult (recommended but not required).

How to apply:

Please email cover letter and resume to Amberle Dekker adekker@howardarea.org.

Program/Department: The Home Visiting Program, Department of Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: 40 hours a week; this is a 12 month position
Salary: Available upon request

Brief Description:

Provides family-based direct services, including weekly home visits, comprehensive caseload management, curriculum planning and implementation, and facilitation of group socializations, to a diverse community of low-income families with children under the age of three and expectant mothers.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Strong case management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and skills in working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Strong presentation, public speaking, and facilitation skills
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and with inputting information into online databases
  • Flexible schedule that may include some evening or weekend hours

Education or Experience:

  • Minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Work or related field
  • Experience working with pregnant women and families with young children
  • Experience in Early Head Start preferred
  • Own transportation

How to apply: 

Please email cover letter, resume and copy of educational credentials to jquinones@howardarea.org.

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full-time
Salary: Available upon request
Last Date to Apply: Filled as soon as possible, posted October 2016

Brief Description: 

Bilingual Family Support Worker (Spanish/English) to plan, implement and supervise a comprehensive family support program that reaches all families of the Center; provide direct case management services to own caseload of children and families.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:  

BA in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Early Childhood Education is required. Candidate must have completed 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours of course work in Infant Development, Child Development, and working with families. Candidate must have two years previous experience as a case manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Supervise Family Support staff for the Family Center.
  • Develop and sustain meaningful, productive relationships with families
  • Refer and link children and parents to needed services
  • Work in partnership with other FC Campus staff to monitor, track and coordinate services for children and parents
  • Assist parents with understanding and implementing the Family Partnership Agreement in order to encourage and promote their overall development including achievement of self-sufficiency as well as positive developmental outcomes for their children.
  • Collaborate with Education Staff to facilitate children’s transitions
  • Collaborate with Mental Health Coordinator to ensure social emotional needs of infants, children and families are addressed
  • Collaborate with Community Partnership Coordinator in conducting community outreached efforts to identify and develop relationship with community –based organizations that provide other needed services to families.
  • Collaborate with Health Coordinator to ensure health and nutrition needs of infants, children and families are addressed
  • Communicate with education staff regarding all children’s progress in the classroom
  • Implement protocols to follow up on child absenteeism
  • Encourage parent participation in parent meetings, trainings/education and Policy Council
  • Plan, conduct and promote parent meetings as part of Family Support Team
  • Conduct periodic home visits with classroom teachers to assess family resources and need
  • Develop and maintains thorough understanding of the program policies, procedures, curriculum guidelines, and communicate these to parents
  • Maintain records and document services in COPA in a timely manner for case load of approximately 35 families
  • Attend appropriate CYS meetings on a regular basis
  • Participate in the evaluation of Head Start and Early Head Start services, and ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards
  • Attend Family Support team meetings, Family Center staff meetings, professional development training and all agency meetings
  • Develops understanding and knowledge of licensing standards, eligibility requirements and record keeping procedures, including federal, state, city and center procedures and regulations.
  • Familiarizes self with funding sources’ regulations, including CYS and head Start Performance Standards to ensure compliance for program components
  • Complete Monthly tracking each month in a timely manner on tracking form
  • Participate in staffing of all families on caseload
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

How to apply: 

Please submit cover letterresume and proof of education or transcripts to skoliarakis@howardarea.org.  Applications without all three pieces of requested documentation will not be considered.

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full-time
Salary: Available upon request

Brief Description: 

The family support worker will develop and maintain relationships with families and provide quality  case management to ensure that families receive the full scope of comprehensive services though their participation in our Head Start/ Early Head Start/ Prevention Initiative program.  Responsibilities also include developing and  implementing a comprehensive program of shared governance and acting as coordinator of the program’s parent led governing body.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:  

Bachelors degree in Human Services or equivalent with coursework in Family Studies.  Must be able to submit transcripts with application.  Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) is required.  Computer knowledge, including Excel, Microsoft Word, and use of the Internet are required. Also required are excellent writing and record-keeping skills and the ability to work independently, with a team and leading parent committees.

How to apply: 

Complete applications include a cover letter, a copy of all educational transcripts, and resume.  Email to skoliarakis@howardarea.org.  Only applicants with all 3 documents in their application packets will be considered.

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full-time, year-round, daily schedule dependent on program needs
Salary: $48,000 plus generous benefits package
Last Date to Apply: Currently open for applications

Brief Description: 

Facilitates and teaches groups of children in an early childhood classroom designed for the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children; develops and maintains a respectful relationship with families and coworkers; assumes full responsibility for the optimal functioning of the classroom; leads the classroom team; is the designated representative of the classroom and classroom team.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:  

BA degree in Early Childhood Education with PEL in ECE; ESL/Bilingual (Spanish) Endorsement (current or in process); Previous experience in an Early Childhood setting;  Certification in CPR and First Aid (pediatric and adult) a plus.

How to apply: 

Complete applications include a cover letter, resume, and copy of PEL with Endorsement.  Email to mpatt@howardarea.org.  Only applicants with all 3 documents in their application packets will be considered.

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full-time or part-time

Brief Description: 

Developing and implementing a comprehensive program of parent engagement for a variety of programs that support families with young children and expectant parents.  Responsibilities include managing the day to day operations of the Family Literacy Program, including direct supervision of the Family Literacy Specialist and the Home Visitor.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:  

  • Experiential knowledge of developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant practices for birth-5 year olds and their families
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and computer skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to build supportive relationships with families
  • Knowledge of and skills in working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred

Education and/or Experience:  

  • BA/BS in Early Childhood Education or Child Development; BA/BS in social work or psychology with at least 12 course hours in ECE
  • Experience working with diverse families and children
  • Previous workshop planning and presentation experience

How to apply: 

Please email cover letter, resume and copy of educational transcripts to jquinones@howardarea.org.

We are looking for an undergraduate student! 

The intern will be able to learn how to assist with: emergency food, Food Pantry, Circuit Breaker, emergency assistance, and referrals to services within and outside the Howard Area Community Center.