Cara’s mission is to unlock the power and purpose within our communities and ourselves to create real and lasting success.
Since 1991, Cara has helped people affected by poverty (and often the challenges of recovery, domestic violence, episodic homelessness, and incarceration) to get and keep quality jobs and, more importantly, rebuild hope, self-esteem, and opportunity for themselves and their families in the process. We produce hundreds of jobs each year, at one-year, same-firm retention rates over 20 points higher than national norms and with over 70% of those retained residing in permanent housing in which their families can thrive.
Our results don’t just end with employment. We also maintain market-competitive businesses that create gateway jobs for those they serve and we produce a profound social return on investment, where for every dollar invested in this work, $5.97 is re-invested in society over a five-year time horizon. The work is important, not only because of its clear goal of bringing individuals in need back to the dignity and productivity of employment, but because of its clear mission to transform people’s lives. Families become stronger, relationships are healed, and communities become more vibrant because nothing gives you a positive outlook on life like a job.
For more information on Cara, visit www.carachicago.org.
About the Role
The Contracts and Compliance Manager will oversee the Contracts team related to public, government and donor directed funding. The Manager is responsible for ensuring all performance reporting, contract billing, proposal submissions, and close-outs to government stakeholders are timely and conform to all contract-specific and federal requirements.
The Contracts Team works with public funders to support our mission by ensuring we are meeting all benchmarks and successfully propelling our participants forward. We build and maintain positive relationships with Cara funders while complying with contract guidelines, fulfilling our contractual obligations, and supporting the mission of Cara.
The Responsibilities of the Contracts team
Coordinate and monitor reports and compliance requirements for all grants and contracts received by Cara from government agencies, specifically ensuring budgets, spending, applications and reporting are accurate and in compliance with local, state and federal laws.
Manage fiscal compliance to ensure that expenditures charged to grants match application budgets, with necessary documentation, and coordinate internal communications/reports, including regular communication with the Finance Team regarding restrictions.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and data.
Oversee voucher process, including review of monthly vouchers/bills in accordance with approved budget, and ensuring that government funding processes, operations, tracking systems, and reporting is tightly executed and highly effective.
Lead all government audits and monitoring reviews.
Develop and sustain strong, positive working relationships with government contacts.
Accountability + Communication + Initiative
Excellent attention to detail and commitment to accuracy in deadline-driven role
Outstanding communication skills resulting in strong relationship-building and-maintenance, active listening, and collaboration
Demonstrated work history of resourcefulness and problem solving
Professional experience with government or restricted funding a plus
Knowledge of financial literacy and budgeting preferred
Equal Opportunity Employer
Cara is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Cara does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require reasonable accommodation to complete this application.
To apply: submit cover letter, resume, and salary history. No phone calls please.
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.