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Seeking for the following open positions:


Open Position:  Grant Writer

Status:  Full-Time

Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain database of grants; meet application and reporting deadlines for all grants: private, corporate, and government.
  • Ensure all reports to funders are done within their specified time frame.
  • Work closely with Program Services staff to understand needs and implement grant funding for program needs. Continual research for innovative grant funding resources that include foundation, corporation, federal, state or local opportunities.
  • Work closely with Finance department to understand fiscal needs of the agency now & in the future, and collaboratively work with personnel on financial information required for grant applications.
  • Work with Volunteer Management to partner on possible grants.
  • Research industry trends and evidence-based practices to be aware of possible funding opportunities for HOS programs.
  • Utilize HMIS reporting tools and other client information to gather data necessary for existing grants and pursuit of new grants.
  • Assist if necessary government Website information: System for Award Management (SAM), ESNAPS, ELOCCS, Illinois Homelessness Report, IDHS, Illinois Centralized Repository Vault (and others as added)
  • Potential to take a lead role with the CoC and other community organizations connected with homelessness; promote HOS mission throughout the county.
  • Communicate with funders as needed to maintain relationships or foster new relationships
  • Assist with monthly billings associated with grant funding as needed.
  • Work with marketing team to produce quality products that relay HOS mission and efforts.
  • Attend relevant on-going training specific to the position.
  • Complete additional assigned duties as assigned.


Position Requirements:

  • A core understanding of homelessness and the means by which social services can work to end homelessness in the community.
  • The position involves detailed management and follow-through on paperwork and grant applications.
  • Monthly Accounts Receivable Billing functions as well as additional duties to ensure all billing activities are completed in a timely manner.
  • This individual will foster relationships with community and funding resource leaders to ensure existing base of resources is maintained while new relationships are developed.
  • This individual will act as a community role model and express the core mission and values of Home of the Sparrow in order to develop solutions to end homelessness and poverty.


Skill Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Financial acumen
  • Time management
  • Project management
  • The ability to tell compelling stories in grant applications
  • Strong computer skills; including Word, Excel, and Outlook



  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communication, Marketing, Journalism, or related field.
  • Two to five years of work experience in relationship building, writing, and project management, preferably in grant writing, fundraising, or donor/community relations


Home of the Sparrow offers the following benefits to eligible employees:

  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • 30% employee discounts

If interested, please send resume and cover letter to: humanresources@hosparrow.org


Open Position:  Assistant Store Manager; Mundelein Sparrow’s Nest

Status:  Part-Time, Non-Exempt Employee (approx. 32 hours per week)

Reports To:  Store Manager

Job Purpose:   The Assistant Store Manager is responsible for managing the operations of the store in the absence of the store manager. This includes establishing and maintaining customer service. He/she is responsible for the various tasks involved in the overall operation of the 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.
  • 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 Agency 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 the Store Manager.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • High School education or higher required.
    •Retail experience required.
    •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.
  • Ability to work varied hours/days, including some Saturdays, as business dictates.

If interested, please send resume and cover letter to: humanresources@hosparrow.org