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  • Coordinator of Shelter Guest Development

    Posted: 03/04/2021

    Lazarus House is a homeless shelter located in downtown Saint Charles, IL. We are a 24-7 facility that serves men, women, and children in need of a safe place to stay. We provide shelter, meals, showers, laundry, case management, as well as educational and employment classes to all who enter our doors. We have an emergency shelter & a transitional living program and homeless prevention services.
    Work week: 20-hours; flexible schedule; some hours would be on weekends and evenings.
    This position is responsible for utilizing trauma-informed care in the development, implementation and delivery of both educational and employment opportunities in collaboration for and with our guests.

    For Guest Education:
    1. Implement and deliver programs that foster guest self-sufficiency and independent living by:

    •  Developing and facilitating groups
    •  Acting as the liaison for the community groups meeting at Lazarus House
    •  Assessing and developing the life skills and educational needs of guests
    •  Researching and purchasing curriculum materials and supplies that support identified life skills and educational needs
    2. Identify and establish community training/education resources.
    3. Collaborate with LH staff in order to provide guests with the guidance, coaching, care and encouragement needed to help each individual guest attain their goals.
    4. Provide resources and support for guests needing GED services, English proficiency classes and/or college class enrollment.
    5. Document and communicate group attendance with case management staff.
    6. Review and update the focus of each group focus, as needed.
    7. Attend internal and external training development courses as required.

    For Guest Employment:
    1. Implement and deliver programs that foster guest self-sufficiency and independent living by understanding the employment needs of shelter guests.
    2. Develop, implement, monitor and enhance processes that foster employment:
    • Providing guests internal and external group employment assistance such as employment counseling, resume writing, mock interviewing, job search support, introductions, career counseling, etc.
    • Identifying and establishing community job training/education resources
    3. Work with case managers to provide guests with guidance, coaching, care and encouragement to assist in attaining individual employment goals of individual guests through case conferencing.
    4. Report Outcomes on Employment document on server for case management/grant requirements.
    5. Prepare guests for, and take guests to, job fairs and other job search opportunities in the area at the discretion of the case manager.
    6. Facilitate and build relationships with prospective employers. Stay current on local job opportunities and trends.
    7. Attend internal and external training development courses as required.
    Other duties as required. Complete job description available upon request.
    Applicant Education & Experience
    - High School Degree or equivalent required. Graduation from an accredited college/university with Bachelor of Science in Education or related field preferred.
    - Preferred minimum of three years’ experience in Education or Human Resources and facilitating groups or equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
    - Background in Mental Health and/or Addiction Recovery a plus.
    - Preferred experience working with the economically disadvantaged, and/or those with mental health illnesses and/or addiction.
    - Bi-lingual in Spanish a plus.

    Applicant Skills & Abilities
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Demonstrate intermediate skills with the standard features of various personal computer work processing and spreadsheet software (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook and the Internet).
    • Ability to speak, read and write English fluently and clearly.
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the guests, employees, agencies and other non-profit organizations, and the public, using strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Ability to work with professional independence within the policies established by the Board of Directors and Lazarus House.
    • Ability to use sound judgment in crisis situations and to make wise decisions when unable to contact a supervisor or someone else for guidance.
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and in a timely manner.
    • Ability to handle confidential material and information in an ethical, professional manner.
    • Ability to assess needs, track results, and revise programs as needed.
    • Possession of a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
    To apply, please email your resume to Info@LazarusHouse.net.
    Thank you!

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