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 assisted thousands of individuals and families affected by homelessness, extreme poverty and recent incarceration each year - serving as a catalyst for self-reliance.
Inspiration Corporation programs are voluntary, and all service needs and goals are participant- driven. Our case management philosophy is strengths-based and trauma-informed. Inspiration Corporation practices harm reduction and focuses on reducing or minimizing the harm associated with high-risk behavior through motivational interviewing.
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
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.
Attend agency All Staff meetings and program meetings.
Ensure appropriate data collection, record keeping and reporting in support of internal program evaluation and management reports, and external funding sources, regulatory agencies and other stakeholder communications. Prepare for and oversee program audits conducted by government entities.
Contribute to the preparation of grant applications for the program.
Design and implement periodic evaluations of the Homeless Outreach Services program.
Provide suggestions to senior staff to develop new or modify existing services, policies and protocols to meet the needs of program participants in alignment with the agency’s strategic directions.
Utilize latest data, evidence-based practices and current thinking within the homeless services and supportive housing field to inform program development and implementation. Attend appropriate workshops and seminars.
Represent the agency with various stakeholders through participation in events and committees, and membership in professional organizations, coalitions, and community organizations. Attend appropriate workshops and seminars.
Case Management Services
Ensure that all annual program goals are met or exceeded.
Engage with people experiencing homelessness in geographic areas covered under contracts.
Build and maintain relationships with participants in Homeless Outreach Services.
Assess the service needs of Homeless Outreach Services participants and use the assessments to develop goal-based service plans that address participants’ needs and support wellness and self-sufficiency.
Identify services of Inspiration Corporation and outside providers to support participants’ goals, educate participants about the resources available, and assist them in accessing relevant services.
Provide advocacy, crisis intervention and problem solving in support of participants’ goal attainment and overall well-being.
Review and monitor progress towards completing goals identified in the service plans with residents and revise action plans when appropriate.
Schedule and oversee outside organizations to provide outreach and education events for Inspiration Corporation participants. These events could include, but are not limited to, financial literacy training, health screenings, employment workshops, and recovery groups.
Build and maintain relationships with community stakeholders.
Interact with all participants in a culturally sensitive, respectful and professional manner.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The following requirements are representative of the education, experience and skills necessary for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related field, or equivalent life experience required. Master’s Degree in Social Work preferred. Three or more years of related experience are required. Strong computer skills are essential, including Windows operating environments, Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, and electronic record-keeping. Experience with reporting on government contracts is also preferred.
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Maintains standard office hours. Attends occasional participant meals in the café. 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: Salary is $40k. Benefits include health, dental, vision & life insurance, 401k with employer match, 12 paid holidays and 24 PTO days per year.
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.