Job Openings

Current job openings with Home of the Sparrow
Updated as of October 26th, 2021

Please email your resume and job application to humanresources@hosparrow.org

Once HOS’s Human Resource Department has received our application and resume, they will follow up with you on the status of your application. Thank you!

Shelter Case Manager

Status: Full-Time, 2:30-11:00 PM, Monday-Friday

Job Purpose: The Case Manager will provide Case Management, Client Centered Consultation and Community Support to clients at the McHenry Shelter.

Key Responsibilities:
• Meets with the Shelter Manager at least monthly for supervision.
• Upholds Home of the Sparrow Rules, as defined by the Shelter Rules and Philosophy document.
• Follows emergency procedures as needed.
• Relates positively to the community, representing HOS in a positive manner at all times.
• Assists in preparing rooms, binders etc. for resident move-ins and move-outs as directed by the Shelter Manager.
• Attends and fully participates in all scheduled trainings as required by the agency.
• Follows client’s Individual Plans carefully.
• Provides Case Management, Client Centered Consultation, and Community Support Services to assigned clients weekly (and/or as needed). Involves other providers as needed, and also provides referrals and linkages as needed, and provides discharge planning and coordination.
• Documents and bills all client interventions appropriately in client charts.
• Provides aftercare services upon client request.
• Upholds HOS guidelines for client savings accounts.
• Advocates on behalf of clients when indicated.
• Provides transportation for clients as it pertains to their Individual Plans.
• Completes Employment/Education Forms weekly and turns them in to the Employment/Education Coordinator.
• Completes all weekly shelter duties as assigned by the Shelter Manager.
• Adheres to specific shelter responsibilities/assignments as directed by the Shelter Manager (i.e. Book Buddies, Child Care Volunteers, Thursday Night Programming, House Meetings, HOS vehicle maintenance, HMIS data entry, Chart Reviews, scheduled grocery shopping trips etc.)
• Conducts daily Safety and Maintenance Inspections.
• Counts Petty Cash daily.
• Helps ensure that the shelter is clean, safe and in good repair.
• Submits work orders through Property Ware when necessary.

Knowledge & Skills:
• Good written and verbal skills.
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
• Ability to work independently, as well as with a team.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree required
• Previous experience working with high barrier populations required

Employment Education Specialist

Status: Full-time, Flexible Schedule; 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday

Job Description: An essential part of exiting homelessness is obtaining a job at a livable wage and being able to meet the costs of fair market rent. Participants in this program will be exposed to job development skills that will help them on their employment journey. Through employment training, paid internships and virtual classes; the goal of this position is to help the client achieve job readiness and employment. This position will need to understand homelessness and the trauma associated with it. Women who come to Home of the Sparrow often have to overcome the stigma and lack of self-esteem associated with becoming homeless. Additionally, they will have barriers to obtaining employment like: childcare and transportation which are huge barriers to independence. Over 73 % of the women have a history of domestic violence where they have been physically and mentally beaten down. This position will provide the necessary balance of working through the barriers and trauma associated with the effects of homelessness. The Employment Specialist will help them not only overcome childcare and transportation issues but will help them achieve self-esteem, self-worth and self-sufficiency that will lead to a healthy work/home-life balance for a sustainable future.

Responsibilities:

• Assess candidate career goals and related experience, education, and work history.
• Determine a plan for employment needs of clients.
• Help with resumes and cover letters
• Be able to determine who eligible for internship
• Provide soft skill and job readiness services to candidates.
• Work collaborative with our partners for employment opportunities.
• Maintain files according to program compliance requirements.
• Attend local job fairs, and network future employment opportunities

Requirements: Minimum of 1 year of verifiable, recruiting experience for positions and/or providing career coaching in an educational or community setting, along with excellent verbal & written communication skills. Basic computer skills are also required.

Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.

Temporary Case Manager

Status: Temporary (8 months), Full-Time, Flexible Schedule; 40 hours per week, Mon.-Fri. *Possible opportunity at end of temporary term to be hired as a regular full-time or part-time employee.

Based at: Home of the Sparrow Administrative Office at 4209 W. Shamrock Lane, Unit B, McHenry, IL 60050

Job Purpose: This program is designed to prevent or shorten episodes of homelessness through prevention efforts, advocacy, connections with and community resources. The Navigator staff takes calls and provides referrals and follow up for homeless or imminently homeless individuals with the goal of stabilizing them in current housing or assisting them in finding safer living conditions. This program helps clients who have been affected by COVID and are behind in the rent and utilities bills and are at risk for eviction. The Navigator also helps landlord and clients apply for rental assistance.

Key Responsibilities:
• Assist clients and landlords in filling at the rental assistance application
• Assist clients and landlords in gather required documentation for the applications
• Provide information to client and landlord regarding program guidelines
• Answer community and client phone calls and emails within 1 business day.
• Assist clients in completing rental assistance applications and required documentation.
• Facilitate connection to local emergency shelters if appropriate.
• Provide advocacy, emergency services and referrals.
• Document client interventions and billing entries in a timely manner.
• Meet monthly set billing targets.
• Network and market program with community landlords.
• Collaborate and coordinate with HOS caseworkers
• Network and market program with other community partners.
• Meet with the Supervisor weekly for supervision, or as determined by the Vice President of Program Services.
• Attend and fully participate in all Team Meetings and scheduled trainings required by agency.
• Relate positively in the community, representing Home of the Sparrow in a positive manner at all times.
• Provide information and statically data reports to the Development Department for grant purposes

Knowledge & Skills:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
• Good working knowledge of community resources.
• Computer and software knowledge

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Physical Demands:
• Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
• Balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling and reaching are required.
• Sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor Degree in Social Service
• 1 to 2 years working with high barrier individuals.
• Case management experience
• Good working knowledge of community resources in McHenry County

Weekend Shelter Staff

Status: Part-time, 2:30-11:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday

Job Purpose: Shelter Staff provides client centered consultation and community support to clients at the Transitional Shelter.

Key Responsibilities:
• Meets with the Shelter Manager at least monthly for supervision.
• Upholds Home of the Sparrow Rules, as defined by the Shelter Rules and Philosophy document.
• Follows emergency procedures as needed.
• Relates positively to the community, representing HOS in a positive manner at all times.
• Assists in preparing rooms, binders etc. for resident move-ins and move-outs as directed by the Shelter Manager.
• Attends and fully participates in all scheduled trainings as required by the agency.
• Follows clients Individual Plans carefully.
• Provides Case Management, Client Centered Consultation, and Community Support Services to assigned clients weekly (and/or as needed).
• Documents and bills all client interventions appropriately in client charts.
• Advocates on behalf of clients when indicated.
• Provides transportation for clients as it pertains to their Individual Plans.
• Completes all weekly shelter duties as assigned by the Shelter Manager.
• Conducts weekly Safety and Maintenance Inspections.
• Counts Petty Cash each shift.
• Helps ensure that the shelter is clean, safe and in good repair.

 

Knowledge & Skills:

• Excellent written, verbal and communication skills;
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people;
• Ability to work independently, as well as with a team.

 

Qualifications:

• Previous experience working with high barrier populations preferred.
• Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field preferred.

Payroll Specialist

Reports To: Vice President of Finance

Based at: Home of the Sparrow Administrative Office at 4209 W. Shamrock Lane, Unit B, McHenry, IL 60050

Status: Part-Time (15-29.5 hours per week)

Description: The Part-Time Payroll Specialist is responsible for ensuring that employees are paid on time and that their paychecks are accurate. The Payroll Specialist positions also includes filing taxes, voluntary deduction’s, ACA reporting, IL Secure Choice Reporting, Tax Credits, updating company payroll procedures, managing health insurance and any additional tasks assigned by management.

Job responsibilities:
• Process bi-weekly payroll, including garnishments, benefits and taxes consistent with federal and state wage and hour laws. Quarterly/Yearly reporting in both Illinois and Pennsylvania.
• Maintain employee benefits programs and inform employees of benefits by studying and assessing benefit needs; recommending benefit programs to management.
• Maintain ERISA and HIPPA, via third party administrator.
• Process bi-weekly payroll, including garnishments, benefits and taxes consistent with federal and state wage and hour laws. Quarterly/Yearly reporting in both Illinois and Pennsylvania.
• Process ACA, IL Secure Choice, FSA and EEOC, via third party administrator.
• Should have an understanding of Payroll and PTO accrual journal entries.
• Audit W-4s, payroll balance sheets, YTD earnings, etc.
• Manage year end W2’s & 1099’s
• Ensure the processing of new hires, temporary workers, transfers, promotions and terminations are accurate and timely.
• Critically review and analyze current payroll, benefits and tax procedures in order to recommend and implement changes leading to best-practice operations
• Communicate actively with all department heads to review cross-departmental impact/HOS Spreads
• Ensure systems are set-up and updated to reflect our current employee base, including wages, benefits, sick and vacation time in line with current policies.
• Manage regular preparation of relevant management reports, including weekly, monthly, quarterly and year-end reports (gross payroll, hours worked, vacation accrual, tax deductions, benefit deductions, etc.)
• Help department heads with the payroll budget.
• Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
• Travel between stores when needed.

Knowledge & Skills:
Above average organizational skills, proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word, knowledgeable of QuickBooks – NFP preferred, able to perform accounting functions in accordance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), advanced knowledge of a variety of office practices and procedures, able to maintain confidentiality of employee and client records and information and great interpersonal skills.

Physical Demands:
• Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
• Balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling and reaching are required.
• Sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time

Qualifications:
• Must have QuickBooks Knowledge and class coding within Quickbooks.
• Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) preferred
• Must have Microsoft and Excel Knowledge (Spreadsheet & Document)
• Office Equipment & Operation
• Problem Solving
• Customer Service & Relations
• Filing & Data Archive

Shift Managers at Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores in Palatine, McHenry, & Woodstock

Part-Time: Shift Manager, includes evenings and Saturdays (Closed Sundays).

Job Purpose: The Shift Manager is part of the supervisory team in the store. He/she has opening & closing responsibilities & possesses a key to the store. The Shift Manager is responsible for establishing and maintaining customer service. He/she is responsible for the various tasks involved in the overall operation of a store including maximizing sales/profitability by developing staff, controlling expenses and all aspects of donation acceptance & pricing.

Key Responsibilities:
• Ensure that each customer and donor receives outstanding customer service by providing a customer friendly environment which includes greeting and acknowledging everyone, maintaining outstanding standards, solid product knowledge and all other components of customer service.
• Supervise and ensure task completion by staff. Adequately manage both staff and volunteers in absence of Store Manager & Assistant Manager.
• Opening and closing responsibility.
• Assist in floor moves, merchandising, display maintenance and store housekeeping.
• Assist in processing and replenishing merchandise through donation acceptance at back door & monitoring floor stock.
• Help manage the recycling process.
• Stay current and responsive to agency correspondence and email.
• Adhere to all Company policies, procedures and practices included in the Employee Handbook & Retail Policy & Procedure Manual.
• Daily sales detail input along with deposits, payroll and other needed documentation.
• Maintain accuracy and integrity of the seasonal bin transfer and storage process through use of the inventory tracking forms.
• Any other duties as assigned by management.

Knowledge & Skills:
• High School education or higher required.
• Retail experience preferred.
• Supervisory experience required.
• Ability to process information/merchandise through register system.
• Baseline computer skills to access, input and process electronic information.
• Ability to read, count and write to accurately complete all documentation; including sales detail spreadsheets.
• Ability to communicate appropriately with associates, customers and donors.
• Ability to operate and use all equipment necessary to run the store.

Supervisory Responsibility: This position is responsible for supervising all thrift store staff and volunteers in absence of Store Manager & Assistant Manager.

Physical Demands:
• Ability to move and/or handle merchandise throughout the store generally weighing 0-50 pounds safely.
• Balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling and reaching are required.
• Sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time are required.

Accounting Specialist

Reports To: Vice President of Finance

Based at: Headquarters

Status: Part-Time (15-29.5 hours per week)

Job Purpose: The Accounting Specialists is an all-encompassing role which will provide general administrative accounting and support to all of Home of the Sparrow Departments in a developing capacity. This is a split position with the Accounting Coordinator

Key Responsibilities:
Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Daily Retail Store Sales, Daily Retail Store Cash Register Reconciliations, Bank Deposits, Cash and Petty Cash Management, Gift Card Management, Bank
Reconciliations, Internal invoicing (Grants & Rental Units).

Knowledge & Skills:
Above average organizational skills, proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word, knowledgeable of QuickBooks – NFP preferred, able to perform accounting functions in accordance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), advanced knowledge of a variety of office practices and procedures, able to maintain confidentiality of employee and client records and information and great interpersonal skills.

Supervisory Responsibility: Non-Supervisory position

Physical Demands:
• Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
• Balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling and reaching are required.
• Sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time

Qualifications:
• Must have General Accounting Knowledge
• Must have QuickBooks Knowledge
• Must have Microsoft and Excel Knowledge (Spreadsheet & Document)
• Office Equipment & Operation
• Problem Solving
• Customer Service & Relations
• Filing & Data Archive

Cashiers at Third Lake Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store

Job Title: Cashiers

Status: Part-time, approximately 15-18 hours per week (must have Saturday availability; Closed Sundays)

Have fun while working for a great cause! If you’re friendly, extremely reliable, customer service oriented and have good attention to detail, this position could be for you! Previous cashier and/or customer service experience a plus.

Mover

Logistics Department: Mover
Status: Part-time, 20 hours
Must be able to work Saturdays, Closed Sundays.
Mover position needed to pick up donations of furniture from inside homes, deliver furniture to stores, perform move – outs, etc.
Must have a High School Diploma, and be able to perform heavy lifting without medical exceptions.