Job Openings

Current Job Openings with Home of the Sparrow
Updated May 10th, 2022

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!

Grant Writer

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt & Part-Time

Reports to: Vice President of Marketing/PR and Development and Grants Manager

Job Purpose: Support agency fundraising activities through the Grants Department

Key Responsibilities:
• Secure and manage funding to sustain agency programs and meet budget goals
• Write proposals to support the work of the agency, submit applications, document awards, ensure grant and report deadlines are met. Keep relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, providing ample time to gather relevant information.
• Maintain timelines for grant applications and reporting deadlines; maintain database of grants that includes local, state, and federal government grants, private foundations, and corporate grants.
• Research industry trends and evidence-based practices to be aware of possible funding opportunities for HOS programs.
• Gather qualitative and quantitative information for existing grants and pursuit of new grants.
• Maintain relationships and requirement of existing grantors and build relationships with new grantors.
• Research potential new funding sources.
• Meet/exceed grant-related metrics including new funding targets, total funding targets, numbers of applications submitted per month, and others relevant to agency budget, program needs, and Board of Directors requirements.
• Attend relevant on-going training specific to the position.
• Complete additional assigned duties.

 

Position Requirements:

• A core understanding of homelessness and how social services work to end homelessness in the community;
• A self-starter who is reliable, deadline-driven, and detail-oriented;
• Strong communication skills, particularly written and English grammar;
• Fostering relationships within the community and funding resource leaders to ensure existing base of resources is maintained while new relationships are developed;
• Serving as a community role model and expressing the core mission and values of Home of the Sparrow in order to develop solutions to end homelessness and poverty;
• Strong computer literacy skills including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel;
• Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communication, Journalism or related field
• Preferred 2+ years experience in grant writing, nonprofit fundraising, or related field

 

Work Conditions:

• Part-time, 20-29 per week, flexible during work hours (M-F, 8:00 – 5:00 pm)
• Hybrid (in-office/remote) work environment available after 90-day introductory period
• Primarily independent work with team collaboration required

Shift Managers at Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores in McHenry & Mundelein

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.

Receiving Stockroom Clerk at the Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store in McHenry

Reports To: Store Management on duty

Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Job Purpose: A Stockroom Receiving Clerk is responsible for receiving, storing, staging & distributing products. Primary focus is the receiving, sorting and storing of donations in the stockroom area.

Responsibilities:
• Ensure that each donor & customer receives outstanding customer service by providing a donor friendly environment which includes greeting, acknowledging & thanking every one, maintaining outstanding standards, solid product knowledge and all other components of customer service.
• Assist in processing and replenishing merchandise through donation acceptance at back door & monitoring floor stock.
• Verify that all Home of the Sparrow, Inc. materials are current and available to donors (sign in sheets, brochures, etc.). Replenish as needed.
• Assist in floor moves, merchandising, display maintenance and store housekeeping.
• Assist in managing the recycling process.
• Adhere to all Company policies, procedures and practices included in the Employee Handbook & Retail Policy & Procedure Manual.
• Communicate customer requests to management in a positive & helpful manner.
• Complete low level maintenance work around store such as replacing light bulbs, cleaning around trash bins outside and hanging merchandise on walls.
• Any other duties as assigned by management.

Knowledge & Skills:
• High School education or higher 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.
• 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 has no supervisory responsibilities.

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.

Qualifications:
• Ability to freely access all areas of the store including selling floor, stock area, and register area.
• Ability to work varied hours/days as business dictates.

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 Home of the Sparrow’s 7 thrift stores across Northern IL, perform move-outs for Home of the Sparrow’s clients, etc.
Must have a High School Diploma, and be able to perform heavy lifting without medical exceptions.