Careers 2018-08-14T13:47:46+00:00


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:

Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week:  Full Time
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description: 

The Executive Director will be responsible for leading a diverse staff and variety of programs for the Howard Area Community Center. The Executive Director has ultimate responsibility for the administration of all programs and business units at HACC, including oversight of government contracts, fundraising, and community outreach. They will directly manage a eight‐member Senior Leadership Team, and report directly to the Board of Directors. Working in collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead the strategic planning process for HACC, including the creation of a long‐range plan for organizational sustainability and growth. The ideal Executive Director must have the ability to understand and speak to a broad array of programs, and to engage with audiences ranging from wealthy donors to newly arrived immigrant clients. The successful candidate will bring a participatory management style, encouraging input from staff while also having the ability to make sound decisions. The Executive Director will work to support a collaborative culture across the various programs of the Howard Area Community Center. They must have a commitment to the mission of the organization as well as the diversity of clients served.

Major objectives: 

The Executive Director will be expected to achieve the following in the first 12 – 18 months in the role:

–Assess the program offerings of Howard Area Community Center to determine the organization’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mission, how resources should best be allocated, and whether new ideas and approaches should be implemented to help achieve HACC’s community‐driven strategic goals.

–Work with the Director of Finance to bring clarity and understanding to the financial processes and reporting for the organization and its various programs.

–Working in collaboration with the Director of Development, establish a planned giving program to support the creation of an endowment fund for HACC.


The Executive Director will have the following primary responsibilities:

–Manage the Senior Leadership team and oversee all HACC program and administrative operations, including the development of new programs in alignment with the community‐driven strategic plan.

–Ensure financial integrity of the agency through general oversight of business office operations and solid management decisions. Prepares the annual budget and accurate monthly financial statements for review and approval by the Board of Director.

–Promote an effective and transparent administrative infrastructure supported by regular communication with the Senior Leadership team and broader program staff.

–Maintain and seek out appropriate governmental contracts (local, state and federal) for services within the scope of the strategic plan.

–Collaborate with the Director of Development and Board to develop and execute a multi‐year private fundraising strategy, monitor its accomplishments, and engage appropriate staff; actively participate in fundraising events and the cultivation of private donors.

–Develop and maintain productive relationships with community partners, civic leaders, government agencies, private funders and people who are able to further HACC’s mission through cooperative efforts.

–Serve as a liaison to funders, along with the relevant members of the Senior Leadership team, and monitor the agency’s compliance with all funding sources, licensing agencies, etc., and Board‐approved agency budgets.

–Support the Board’s decision‐making by communicating effectively and providing timely and accurate information; recommend appropriate activity, policy, and program changes as needed.

–Recruit, engage and retain a qualified, committed and diverse staff; ensure that all personnel practices are consistent with the policies and philosophies of HACC; work with the Human Resources Manager to regularly communicate and implement policies and procedures as well as ongoing professional development opportunities for staff.

–Develop and monitor progress of the agency’s Long Range Plan in collaboration with the Board, staff and key community partners, to ensure a sustainable future for HACC.

–Improve HACC’s visibility and nurture broad external support for the organization and its programs; be aware of trends in the non‐profit sector to ensure that HACC remains responsive to changing community needs.

–Assist in the identification and recruitment of Board Members.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:  

The ideal Executive Director will bring most of the following experiences and characteristics to the role:

–Ten or more years of experience in human services, with a minimum of five years in a leadership role.

–Prior experience managing programs, as well as involvement in fundraising, finance and external relations.

–The ability to align staff across a variety of programs toward a shared organizational goal, fostering a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing.

–Commitment to community‐driven service and the values of HACC, including equity, diversity and inclusion.

-Possess a high level of comfort engaging with diverse, underserved and largely immigrant communities, and be supportive of encouraging that diversity in a client base and community. Must also have the ability to promote the organization’s services to a diverse community.

–A master’s degree in Administration, Social Work or related field is preferred.

How to apply: 

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to: Colleen Rogers Consultant, Executive Search
Phone: (312) 896‐8906

Program/Department: Health and Human Services
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/40 hours a week
Salary: available upon request

Brief Description

This position coordinates the Domestic Violence programs for adults and their children, other case management services, other emergency assistance projects; provides individual and group counseling to domestic violence victims and their children; supervises case managers and social work interns; provides case management services; implements systems and coordinates activities that ensure continuous quality improvement; implements performance standards and quality systems across programs; and, supports program development efforts.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • MSW or MA in Human Services with community programming and interpersonal focus.
  • 2 to 3 years of experience in the field of social work or psychology.
  • Licensure is strongly preferred; if not fully licensed, must be in process of obtaining within 6 months to two years.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and transcripts via email to Maria Kamenaki at

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time/40 hours a week
Salary: available upon request
Location: 7510 N. Ashland, Chicago, IL

Brief Description

NAEYC accredited center in Rogers Park is seeking a Preschool Assistant Teacher to facilitate and teach groups of 3-5 year old children in an early childhood classroom designed for the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children.

Qualified Candidates Have:

  • Appropriately facilitated individual and group care and early learning experiences in mixed-aged (3s, 4s and 5s) preschool classroom;
  • Experience implementing a developmentally appropriate classroom environment to meet children’s social-emotional, cognitive, physical and individual needs within a model of continuity of care;
  • Experience developing and maintaining a respectful relationship with families and co-workers to ensure the optimal overall functioning of the classroom.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have successfully earned a minimum of 60 college level credit hours; a minimum of 15 of those hours must be in ECE specific coursework. An AA in ECE is preferred.
  • Candidates must hold or be eligible for a Gateways Early Childhood Credential.

How to apply:

Please email cover letter, transcripts, and resume to Michelle Patt at 

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 Job 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.

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • 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 and/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 a plus

How to apply:

Please email cover letter, resume and copy of educational credentials to

Program/Department: Early Childhood
Full Time or Part Time/Hours per week: Full Time
Salary: available upon request
Last Date to Apply:  August 31, 2018

Brief Description:

This position will develop and maintain relationships with families and provide quality  case management to ensure that they receive 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 parent involvement.

Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirement listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Bachelors degree in in social work or related field preferred, experience in social service field, and bilingual (Spanish/English) recommended.

How to apply:

Send your resume and transcripts to Megan Lehmann, M.A. at

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 is highly preferred;
  • Certification in CPR & First Aid-pediatric and adult (recommended but not required).

How to apply:

Please email cover letter and resume to Amberle Dekker