Since 1991, Cara Chicago has placed over 5,800 at?risk individuals into permanent, quality jobs at average wages $1.50 higher than Illinois minimum wage and 71% one?year retention rates (21 points higher than national one?year employment retention rates for similar industries). As a social enterprise and staffing arm of Cara Chicago, Cara Connects is looking to continue to diversify its client base and grow revenue in order to meet and surpass budget.
Northwest Side Housing Center (NWSHC) is a HUD?certified, community based, nonprofit organization that engages, educates and empowers the community. We accomplish our mission through housing counseling, financial education, community organizing, outreach, advocacy and supportive services.
Purpose: To complete necessary business operations and assist in the placement of staffing candidates into quality, temporary and permanent jobs by collaborating with NWSHC and other established Cara Connects employment/referral partners.
Assist the Director of Cara Connects in driving business operations by sourcing skilled candidates and securing quality employment opportunities to set them up for ongoing, long?term success that will complement NWSHC’s FOC model.
Assist the Director of Programs from NWSHC to facilitate the workforce development component of NWSHC’s FOC model.
Steward an active network of established Cara Connects employment partners using strong concierge level relationship-building skills, and sourcing capable candidates to meet their hiring needs.
Work in tandem with foreclosure prevention, rental, and financial counselors for recruitment of staffing candidates.
Complete the onboarding process with new staffing candidates including tax paperwork, timesheet training, employee handbook, etc. and interface effectively with community partners to coordinate candidate referrals.
Work with candidates to review job requirements and other employer expectations.
Collaborate directly with the Placement team through effective communication and a teamwork mentality.
Complete accurate and timely data-entry into Salesforce.
Assist payroll by collecting timesheets from workers and worksites and entering hours accurately into ADP as needed.
Draft various documents as assigned (certificate of assignment, employment verification, etc.).
Place calls with employment partners to ensure payments are collected in a timely manner as needed.
Uphold Cara’s mission and values.
Bachelor’s degree and two to five years of experience, workforce development training (ex. Front Line Focus Institute), sales or business background preferred.
Proficiency in MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. Salesforce experience preferred.
Bilingual/Bicultural candidate preferred.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed for workshops and events.
Shows initiative to follow?up with candidates and employment partners in a timely manner.
Has demonstrated ability to be well?organized and prioritize tasks.
A positive attitude that is driven by a focus on possibilities and not on limitations.
Must enjoy working with an adult population from challenged backgrounds and experiences.
Organizational skills with the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of unexpected obstacles.
Effective communication skills to deliver corporate goals, respond to market trends and meet unexpected challenges involved with functioning in a fast paced sales environment.
Cara Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.