In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and housing. Since 1989, Inspiration Corporation has been assisting individuals and families affected by homelessness, extreme poverty and recent incarceration, serving as a catalyst for self-reliance.
At Inspiration Corporation, employees live this mission by demonstrating the following Core Values. Inspiration Corporation believes that these Core Values are what makes the organization one of Chicago’s leading facilitators of personal transformation, and a great place to work:
Act with compassion
Pursue growth and learning
Take care of ourselves so we can help others
Work greater together
Create a fun and productive environment
The Jericho Fund Coordinator & Participant Support Specialist will provide case management, support services, and career counseling to participants receiving education and training-related tuition support from the Lori Jericho Memorial Education Fund and to participants enrolled in Inspiration Kitchens, Inspiration Corporation’s foodservice training program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
Exhibit professionalism and high standards in all aspects of performance.
Ensure the efficient and effective provision of services with dignity and respect in accordance with the agency’s mission.
Work with all departments as appropriate to ensure that the needs of the agency’s participants are addressed.
Participate in all relevant agency activities for training, information sharing, etc.
Implement procedures for selecting recipients of the Fund. Work with selected participants to support them in identifying, choosing, and accessing education/job training programs that are a match with their career goals.
Conduct outreach to identify agencies that might have candidates for the Fund, present information about the program to them, and obtain information from them to evaluate their suitability to be a referral partner. Maintain relationships and communications with agencies selected to be referral partners.
Maintain ongoing contact with participants during their course of study, track their progress, and help them address any challenges affecting their success in and completion of the program. Write case notes detailing participant progress and complete monthly outcome reports.
Maintain contact with participants after completion of their education or training to find out about initial employment outcomes and outcomes up to one year after starting employment.
Document all participant interactions, including feedback on how the Fund has been used, opportunities for improvement, barriers that participants face and how they are addressed, and success stories.
Ensure that participants share in a process for thanking the Fund’s donors and sharing their experiences with them.
Assist with the enrollment process for foodservice training by leading orientations and interviewing participants. Screen participants for eligibility based on funder and agency requirements.
Maintain an active caseload of foodservice training participants. Meet at least monthly with participants to provide case management and support towards achieving goals. Review and monitor progress towards completing goals identified in action plans with participants and revise action plans as needed.
Assess participants’ levels of job readiness, provide career counseling and assist in the development of short and long term goals.
Educate and refer participants to community resources such as substance use treatment, mental health treatment, health fairs, stable housing.
Follow-up with participants after completing training and securing employment. Provide employment retention supports as needed.
Maintain case notes on participants' progress and complete monthly reports.
The following requirements are representative of the qualifications necessary for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: The following requirements are representative of the education, experience and skills necessary for the position. Bachelors in social work or related field preferred. Two years of work experience in case management in a nonprofit environment and/or significant life experience required. Candidates who have worked with homeless or vulnerable populations preferred for position. Experience with college access services or scholarship programs preferred. Proficiency in Windows XP and Microsoft Office required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10-20 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Main office location is 3504 W. Lake Street, Chicago IL 60624. Maintains standard office hours. Attends evening, weekend, and early morning meetings and functions as required.
Inspiration Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.
TO APPLY Please submit Resume & Cover Letter
*Any questions regarding the position should be directed to the HR Generalist. Please do not call or email other Inspiration staff members regarding the position
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include 24 Paid Time Off days, 12 holidays, comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 401k and more!
*Any questions regarding the position should be directed to the HR Generalist. Please do not call or email other Inspiration Corporation staff members regarding the position.
About Inspiration Corporation
In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation assists individuals and families affected by homelessness, extreme poverty and recent incarceration.Inspiration Corporation was founded in 1989 by Lisa Nigro, a police officer who was searching for a personal response to the people she encountered on her beat. Lisa borrowed her nephew's red wagon, filled it with coffee and sandwiches, and pulled it around the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, offering a little dignity and respect to the people she encountered.Over time, the wagon grew into a bus, and eventually a full-service cafe, where men and women experiencing homelessness could sit down, order off a menu, and be served. In the years that followed, Inspiration Corporation expanded its services beyond simply meals, to include case management, supportive services, housing and job training.Inspiration Corporation's mission, core values and dynamic culture create an exciting and rewarding workplace. Join our team, and be inspired.