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Employment Counselor - AmeriCorps

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Housing Forward


This position is through the AmeriCorps program; whose mission is to come together to tackle our nation's most pressing challenges. At Housing Forward, the AmeriCorps volunteer will be part of our Career Passport program on a part time basis. This role encompasses working with homeless clients from the point of intake, through job searching, and with post hire retention services.

Career Passport Duties:

  • Conduct outreach activities to identify and encourage enrollment
  • Facilitate individual and group intakes
  • Conduct individual assessments with potential participants
  • Facilitate the month-long intensive phase of Career Passport with other Supportive Service Staff
  • Work with clients both individually and in groups to identify career interests, skills, and personal challenges
  • Develop trusting relationships with clients
  • Provide job retention services with the Job Developer

General Responsibilities:
  • Complete all documentation requirements
  • Enter client demographics and service information in HMIS (Homeless Management Information System)
  • Participate in clinical team meetings for effective client intervention and service planning
  • Participate in administrative meetings
  • Crisis intervention when needed
  • Other duties as assigned.

AmeriCorps Program Benefits
  • Living Allowance: $7,600 annually distributed bi-weekly
  • Education Award: Upon successful completion of 900 hours of service, receive an $3,097.50 education award
  • Student Loan: forbearance during term of service
  • Health and dental care insurance for the AmeriCorps member
  • Childcare assistance if needed
  • Networking sessions and professional development
  • Leadership development trainings
Volunteers are required to have an Associate's degree or High School Diploma + 1 year relevant experience.
Teaching experience or Bachelor's degree in social service related field preferred.
**Must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination**

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About Housing Forward


1851 S. 9th Ave, Maywood, IL 60153, US

Mission Statement

Housing Forward's mission is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability.


Since 1992, we have transformed the lives of more than 11,000 people by helping them meet their immediate housing and crisis needs, addressing their health and income needs and transitioning them back to housing stability. Today, we’re having long-term impact on the communities of west suburban Cook County by 1.) preventing the loss of housing before it occurs, 2.) alleviating the need for long-term shelter, 3.) moving people into sustainable permanent housing solutions and 4.) improving housing retention.

To learn how we are responding to the current pandemic and read COVID-19 updates, please go to

Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


211 N Oak Park AveOak Park, IL 60302



  • Crisis Intervention
  • Data Entry
  • Program Management
  • Group Facilitation
  • Career Counseling / Coaching
  • Community Outreach




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of 900 hours annually
  • Must officially apply through

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