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
As part of the Housing Team, the Employment Navigator works one-one-one with participants in Inspiration Corporation’s transitional housing programs to access education/training and secure employment.
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 meals 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 department and agency meetings.
Maintain case notes on participants' progress and complete monthly reports.
Contribute to the development and evaluation of the navigator model.
Contribute to appropriate data collection and reporting as required by funders, government entities and internal evaluation needs. Complete funder-specific monthly and quarterly reports.
Contribute to the preparation for program audits conducted by government entities.
Represent Inspiration Corporation to the community through events, committees, collaborations and involvement in the communities that Inspiration Corporation serves.
Attend appropriate workshops and seminars for professional development.
Employment & Placement
Assess housing participants’ level of job readiness, provide career counseling and assist in the development of short-term and long-term employment goals.
Use Labor Market Information to help participants in their assessment of employment and training opportunities.
Meet at least monthly with program participants to review and monitor progress towards completing short-term and long-term goals identified in work plans and revise work plans when appropriate.
Educate program participants about education/job training programs and help program participants’ access those resources when applicable.
Assist participants in identifying, choosing, and accessing education/job training programs and supports which best fit their personal and career goals.
Meet with participants in one-on-one meetings to assist with resume development, discuss job search strategies, and connect them directly to employment opportunities.
Establish meaningful relationships with education/job training programs to deepen understanding of the workforce development system and to ensure successful participant referrals.
Coordinate services with housing staff to ensure participant supportive service needs are fulfilled without duplication.
Communicate participant progress on employment goals regularly with housing staff.
Conduct group and one-on-one information sessions about employment navigation services for interested housing participants.
Follow-up with participants and workforce development providers regarding training outcomes and employment status. Provide follow-up supports as needed to ensure participant success.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: The following requirements are representative of the education, experience and skills necessary for the position. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required. One year of experience in workforce development and candidates who have worked with individuals experiencing homelessness or similar populations are preferred for this position. Proficiency in Windows XP and Microsoft Office required. Valid driver’s license required and access to personal vehicle 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. It is expected that one maintain standard office hours, attend evening, weekend, and early morning meetings, and participate in other 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: Additional Salary Information: Benefits include Medical, 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.