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: Development Department
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full-time
Salary: $33,000- $40,000

Last Date to Apply: Rolling

Brief Description: 

The Annual Fund Coordinator will grow individual giving at Howard Area Community Center through Direct Mail Appeals, Events, and Stewardship. The ideal candidate will have 2 to 4 years of experience working in fundraising. They will have experience with direct mail appeals, fundraising event planning, a donor CRM database, and an understanding of the fundraising cycle and “donor pipeline.” Exceptional abilities in writing, speaking, and building real relationships are critical for success in this position.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:  

Experience working in the nonprofit sector
Understanding of the fundraising process
Commitment to supporting the mission of Howard Area Community Center

Preferred

Master’s Degree or equivalent experience.
2 to 5 year of experience in fundraising
Experience with direct mail appeals, fundraising event planning, a donor CRM database, and an understanding of the fundraising cycle and “donor pipeline”
Exceptional abilities in writing, speaking, and building real relationships are critical for success in this position
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Proven excellent stewardship skills including follow through and extreme attention to details

How to apply: 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 1 to 2 page writing sample to Elizabeth Ulion, Director of Development, at eulion@howardarea.org. Phoning or dropping by will disqualify you for the position.

Program/Department: Adult Education and Employment Department
Full-Time or Part-Time/Hours per week: Full-time, 40 hr/week
Salary:Available upon request

Brief Description: 

Great opportunity for those looking to make a difference in people’s lives and the community! Howard Area Community Center is seeking a Job Developer to:

  • Provide employment resources, particularly to those with barriers to employment such as limited literacy, limited work histories, and/or those that are in the process of re-entering from incarceration.
  • Develop and enhance partnerships with area businesses.
  • Identify job needs and provide expertise on local and regional employment trends; network and develop job leads accordingly.
  • Act as a liaison for HACC to the workforce community
  • Support the mission of the Employment Resource Center at Howard Area Community Center

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

A minimum of an associate’s degree in Education, Social Work or a related field, and/ or 2+ years of experience related to employment services; excellent communication skills; flexibility; patience; the ability to work in a diverse environment. Strong conflict resolution skills, flexibility, patience, self-initiative, professionalism, and the ability to work in a diverse environment.  An understanding of the needs and experiences of those with limited education, little or no employment experience, and/or a criminal record required. Knowledge of the local labor market and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act helpful.

How to apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to Jason Kaiser at jkaiser@howardarea.org.

Program/Department: Family Literacy Program, Dept. of Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Part time, 9am-1pm Mondays-Fridays
Last Date to Apply: Currently open for applications

Brief Description: 

Provide quality child care for families participating in Adult Education and Family Literacy programs.  Provide developmentally appropriate educational activities and routines following the Creative Curriculum model.  Meet the individual needs of children.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:  

Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to work as part of a team
Ability to build supportive relationships with children and their families
Knowledge of and skills in working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations
Bilingual preferred
Minimum of High School Diploma or equivalent
Experience working with a diverse families and children
Previous infant toddler or preschool teaching experience

How to apply: 

Please email cover letter and resume to rconner@howardarea.org

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 Endorsement (current or in process); Bilingual (Spanish) a plus; 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 rconner@howardarea.org.  Only applicants with all 3 documents in their application packets will be considered.

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: 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

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.

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.