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Program Staff (Part-time)

Sarah's Circle is a non-profit organization with a mission of serving women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. Located in Chicago's Uptown Community, Sarah's Circle has provided support for thousands of women since 1979.

Currently Available Shifts:

Monday - Friday; 9 am - 1 pm

Monday - Friday; 1 pm - 5 pm


Program staff is responsible for fostering a safe and trauma informed environment. This includes welcoming all clients, providing information about services, and maintaining a respectful culture. When working at the front desk, program staff oversees administrative duties and clients activities. Assistance with meals and support of volunteers is required. Specific work hours are determined based on program need and related flexibility.


Services (approximately 90% of the time)

  • Welcome clients: greet all individuals that enter the program; address immediate needs such as food, clothing, and medical attention; during initial visits, provide a facility tour and facilitate introductions with other staff (these activities might take place during multiple visits, depending on client’s stated priority)
  • Provide information: provide a program orientation; provide copies of client rights and responsibilities and the grievance procedure; assess for language barriers
  • Maintain a respectful culture: respond to requests within a reasonable timeframe; interact with clients that are in distress without immediately giving consequences; use nonjudgmental language; listen and validate a wide range of emotions expressed by clients; assist with de-escalation within program space
  • Complete administrative duties and client activities: answer the phone; monitor program entrance; organize and distribute mail; provide hygiene items; assist with laundry; oversee phones, computers, clothing closet; complete bed assignments (applies to Interim Housing)
  • Volunteer Collaboration: welcome volunteers to the program; share information about services; provide guidance as needed; request that they sign in/out; communicate with the Volunteer Coordinator about volunteer activities
  • Assistance with cooking and providing meals is occasionally required

Administration (approximately 10% of the time)

  • Maintain program related data
  • When facility repairs are needed, ensure complete reporting to the designated staff member


  • Attend staff meetings and supervisory meetings as instructed by supervisor
  • Attend staff trainings as instructed by supervisor (minimum of 3 per year)
  • Attend and participate in significant Sarah’s Circle events including Winter Walk
  • Maintain current knowledge base by participating in educational or training opportunities, reading relevant publications, and maintaining professional networks
  • Perform other duties, as assigned by supervisor
  • The Interim Housing Program(s) are open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Program Staff may be required to work on weekends and holidays as instructed by supervisor.


  • Dependability: attends work regularly, submits accurate documentation, and seeks guidance when needed
  • Teamwork: establishes collaborative relationships with staff and volunteers
  • Receptiveness: accepts feedback and identifies areas of growth
  • Interpersonal Skills: communicates clearly (both written and verbally), seeks solutions, and demonstrates flexibility
  • Integrity: keeps sensitive information confidential and adheres to personnel policies
  • Initiative: brings questions to supervisor and seeks opportunities for further development



  • High school diploma required; Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or related social service field preferred

Job Experience

  • At least one year of experience in social services required
  • Experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness and/or a history of trauma preferred

Health and Safety Requirements

  • Food sanitation license may be required
  • Ability to lift approximately 20lbs
  • Follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) through administrative updates compliant with federal law

Sarah's Circle is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, sex, age, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $15.20 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid time off


  • 8 hour shift

COVID-19 considerations:
COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all employees. Accommodation requests will be considered in compliance with applicable laws. This position requires interaction with clients. Masking and daily temperature checks are required.

Application Question(s):

  • How many years of experience do you have working with individuals experiencing homelessness and/or a history of trauma?


  • High school or equivalent (Required)

Work Location: One location

Sarah's Circle
Salary Range
$77,000.00 - 107,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Chicago, IL 60640, US