JOB POSTINGS

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) is the membership organization that provides a unified voice and support to the poverty fighting network of Community Action Agencies.
Director of Community & Economic Development

 JOB TITLE: Director of Community & Economic Development
STATUS: Exempt 
REPORTS TO: President/CEO
DATE: November, 2021 

Position Summary: 
Responsible for providing assistance to member Community Action Agencies in deal structuring: identifying potential projects; garnishing project support, initiating funding applications; and securing financial resources, grants, or loans for prospective development projects and other ICADC activities. Provide asset management on existing projects under the umbrella of the Development Corporation. Provide direct technical assistance to members as it relates to housing and economic development projects ensuring projects remain in compliance and adequate reserves and working capital are available. Responsible for evaluating training needs within the network. Maintain and manage Illinois Community Action Development Corporation (ICADC) owned real estate. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provides assistance in the development of short and long term goals of ICADC, as well as the gathering of information and preparation of studies, reports, and recommendations to achieve such goals 
  • Directs economic development initiatives to achieve the goals and objectives outlined by the Strategic Plan that is guided by the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation Board of Directors 
  • Actively seeks funding opportunities to provide resources for all ICADC activities 
  • Maintains a liaison with various local, State, and Federal agencies, coordinating projects with agencies as deemed necessary and appropriate, i.e. Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), Federal Home Loan Bank, Illinois Facilities Fund (IFF), and Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) 
  • Provides information and/or makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups, businesses, individuals, city councils, and the general public on economic development issues, programs, projects, and plans 
  • Trains CAA network on housing and community and economic development 
  • Prepares grant proposals and applications, contracts and other necessary documents as may be required for necessary community and economic development projects 
  • Assists with negotiation and the management of professional service contracts and economic development oriented negotiations 
  • Prepares an annual budget and work plan for all economic development activities for submittal to the funding source 
  • Serves as a member of various staff committees, as assigned 
  • Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of economic development, and to represent the interest of the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation on matters related to economic development 
  • Works with member agencies to market and promote innovative approaches to community and economic development, prepares project plans, and funding requests and obtains financial resources for various projects 
  • Oversees third party property managers for ICADC owned properties 
  • Insures compliance with tax credit housing regulations and funding requirements 
  • Proposes goals and objectives for housing developments in which the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation has an ownership interest 
  • Assists in the preparation and approval process of property operating budgets 
  • Reviews operating statements of all projects 
  • Reviews monthly operating statements for ICADC 
  • Researches economic and community development statistical data for prospective projects 
  • Provides expertise and technical support for the development of marketing publications inclusive of the company’s annual report and website 
  • Drafts regular reports regarding Development and Housing Development as required by supervisors and funding sources 
  • Responds to informational requests from the Board of Directors and ICADC Membership 
  • Supervises the positions of Program Specialist 
  • Serves as committee staff on the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) Housing Committee of the Board of Directors 
  • Serves on IACAA Leadership Team 

Additional Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assists in the coordination of special projects, as needed 
  • Assists with conferences 
  • Other duties as may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position 

Work Relationships and Scope: Reports to the President/CEO. Regular interaction with all employees of IACAA. Has frequent interaction with CAA members. Interacts with architects, engineers, contractors, financial consultants, builders, local governments and government authorities (IHDA, HUD, and Housing Action IL). 

Performance Expectations: Quality, accuracy, thoroughness, reliability and timeliness of work performed. Responsiveness to CAA members and outside contacts and their satisfaction with service received. Positive promotion of services provided by the Agency where possible and appropriate. Effectiveness of communications and development of good working relationships with management, co-workers, members and outside resources. Clarity, courtesy and tact in interpersonal contacts. Maintenance of confidential business information and ethical conduct. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning and economic development, public policy, public administration, business administration, social sciences, political studies, or other related fields with a minimum of five years of housing and economic development experience that has included involvement in developing and successfully implementing diverse and innovative strategies for obtaining major funds from corporations, foundations, individuals and government agencies. Preferred certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional or Economic Development Finance Professional or equivalent 
  • A basic understanding of poverty, its causes and conditions and its impact on individuals and communities is essential. A good understanding of Community Action Agencies is preferred 
  • Demonstrated ability and experience with communications including writing, public speaking, meeting facilitation, training and small group presentations highly desired 
  • Ability to work effectively with persons at all levels of the organization (fellow employees, member agency executives and staff, partners, state and federal agency officials, etc.) 
  • Experience working with governmental agencies, financial institutions, U. S. Congress and state general assemblies 
  • Proficiency in the use of office software including word processing and spreadsheets as well as use of the internet for the purposes of communications and transmission of data 
  • Demonstrated ability and experience with using the media is highly desired 
  • Demonstrates professionalism, diplomacy and composure and is flexible and able to adapt to a variety of situations 
  • Possesses strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate complex activities, prioritize conflicting demands and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to train adult learners in area of housing, community and economic development 
  • Must be highly motivated and able to work independently 
  • Can apply long-term vision of the organization to daily activities 
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively and accurately in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects and stringent deadlines 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of underwriting process for permanent financing on affordable housing projects, community organizing, advocacy, and public policy development 

Working Conditions: Work is performed largely in a pleasant office environment with minimal chance for personal injury. This position generally works 40-45 hours a week with occasional evening hours to attend meetings. This position requires a safe driving record and current driver’s license. The ability to travel extensively throughout Illinois, with some evening, weekend and/or overnight duties, is required. 

General: This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employee assigned to this position. It does not state or imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job. The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by the President/CEO. All requirements are subject to change over time, and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability. 

Director of Utility & Energy Programs

 JOB TITLE: Director of Utility & Energy Programs
STATUS: Full-time, Exempt 
REPORTS TO: President & CEO
DATE: November, 2021 

Job Description: 
The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies is seeking to hire an Energy Program Manager to join our team. This position will be the in-house expert on Weatherization, LIHEAP and other energy programs and will work closely with our membership agencies throughout the State of Illinois through the management of the income-eligible utility programs. This position will work closely with our program partners in assuring the goals and objectives of the program are met. In addition, this position will coordinate member-requested peer-to-peer technical training as needed and required by the program. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Manage the income-eligible Weatherization program, serve as the point-person to all Community Action Agencies (CAAs) for training and assistance, track CAA performance against metrics, and ensure all necessary protocols are followed 
  • Serve as lead staff for IACAA in communications with program partners 
  • Leverage best practices and continuous improvement to implement long-term solutions in partnership with the CAAs and program partners 
  • Coordinate education, training, and coaching to CAAs to minimize fiscal findings, failed inspections, mitigate faulty workmanship, and remedy failures when they occur 
  • Build and maintain collaborative partnerships with participating member Community Action Agencies 
  • Encourage and facilitate agencies sharing staff and collaborating on purchasing 
  • Oversee market analysis and activity for agencies participating in collaborative group procurement 
  • Travel to meetings and trainings state-wide at member agencies up to 30% of the time 
  • Coordinate with DCEO on fiscal and/or program quality control findings, reports and assist agencies with training or mentoring resources to remedy issues 
  • Generate weekly, monthly, and ad hoc reports to document status of contract deliverables 
  • Actively track industry trends and insights related to the IHWAP program to maintain IACAA’s awareness of program changes and communicate any relevant changes that may be required 
  • Assist with planning of any CAA network convening related to energy programs 
  • Coordinate regional meetings of CAAs as needed for energy program operations 
  • Attend and represent IACAA at utility and energy meetings 
  • Assist with IACAA Annual Learning Conference as needed 
  • Maintain active certifications (participate in required continuing education, maintain and submit paperwork for certification continuation/ renewal, etc.), if applicable 
  • Provide weekly program updates to President & CEO 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • College Degree preferred, minimum of 3 years’ experience in energy efficiency, housing or related field 
  • Knowledge of Weatherization, LIHEAP and other energy programs preferred 
  • Knowledge of procurement processes is required 
  • General knowledge of the building trades preferred 
  • General project management experience is preferred 
  • Driver’s license, safe driving record, and ability to travel throughout the State of Illinois 
  • Ability to pass criminal background check 
  • Knowledge and respect for diverse cultures/lifestyles and problems of poverty in the community 
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions with minimum supervision 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally 
  • Ability to function professionally in stressful situations 
  • Ability to work as a team member 
  • Ability to implement concepts learned from training 
  • Ability to organize time effectively and to set work priorities 
  • Ability to apply detailed knowledge of organizational procedures to make independent decisions and serve as a credible resource for senior management team 
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word and Excel 

Competencies: 

  • Problem Solving/Analysis 
  • Project Management 
  • Decision Making 
  • Ethical Conduct 
  • Time Management 
  • Professionalism 

Work Environment: 
Work will include traveling to member agencies within the State of Illinois. This position generally works 40 hours per week with occasional evening or weekend hours to attend meetings or assist with events. Attendance at training conferences to stay current with regulatory requirements may require periodic out-of-state travel. 

General: 
This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this position. It does not state or imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job. The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by the President & CEO. All requirements are subject to change over time, and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability. 

Community Development Training Specialist

JOB TITLE: Community Development Training Specialist
STATUS: Exempt 
REPORTS TO: Director of Professional Development
DATE: November, 2021 

Position Summary: 
Primary responsibilities are the provision of training and technical assistance in the areas of family and community development with an emphasis on data analysis. This position will assist IACAA and the Community Action Network in performing data analysis as needed. This position will also provide support to the Director of Professional Development. This position reports directly to the Director of Professional Development. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

Training: 

  • Presents and conducts training sessions relevant to the outreach of the Illinois Community Action Network 
  • Assists in the development of learning competencies across trainings to ensure a high level of education, standardization and credibility 
  • Markets and promotes trainings to like-minded organizations 
  • Maintains grade records, files and other materials related to trainings 
  • Creates and responds to pull-out trainings, as requested by the Illinois Community Action Network 
  • Implements focus groups to assess the need for membership trainings and to determine future needs, utilizing in- and out-of-network participants 
  • Creates curriculum and/or identifies potential trainers to provide training to the Community Action network 
  • Aids in the development of training materials and technical assistance publications 

Statistical Data Analysis: 

  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to help IACAA and member agencies make business decisions 
  • Create and maintain data sets for data mining and predictive analytics 
  • Pull and manipulate data from multiple sources 
  • Perform trend analysis over time 
  • Works collaboratively with organizations and other entities to provide data analysis trainings to Illinois agencies working with low-income and at-risk populations 
  • Routinely analyses data, internal and external, to determine the needs of the network and the association 
  • Creates, distributes and analyzes data and data gathering instruments such as surveys, assessments and other processes 
  • Coordinates research and reports development on poverty-related concerns dealing with community development 
  • Serves as a liaison with DCEO’s STARS data system and any emerging data systems that the Illinois Community Action Network may use to gather and analyze data 

Other: 

  • Provides staff support to standing committees and task forces as assigned 
  • Aids in the coordination of special projects 
  • Assists with grant writing and editing of official IACAA documents 
  • Creates invoices for billings of trainings 
  • Communicates with the Director of Membership and Executive Services training announcements and registrations 

Additional Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Represents the President/CEO and/or other personnel, as needed 
  • Other duties as may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position 

Work Relationships and Scope:
Reports directly to the Director of Professional Development. Regular interaction with all employees of IACAA. Frequent interaction with CAA members, community groups and governmental authorities. 

Performance Expectations:
Quality, accuracy, thoroughness, reliability and timeliness of work performed. Responsiveness to CAA members and outside contacts and their satisfaction with service received. Positive promotion of services provided by the Agency where possible and appropriate. Effectiveness of communications and development of good working relationships with management, co-workers, members and outside resources. Clarity, courtesy and tact in interpersonal contacts. Maintenance of confidential business information and ethical conduct. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in data analysis, community development, or adult education 
  • Certifications in ROMA and FCD strongly encouraged. ROMA Trainer certification must be obtained within two years of employment 
  • Work towards the Professional Community and Economic Development certification (a three year process). 
  • Requires at least two years of adult training experience 
  • Ability to develop materials and agendas 
  • Research and writing skills required 
  • Familiarity with personal computers required, knowledge of desktop publishing, Excel, Word, and database software 
  • Strong presentation skills required 
  • Experience developing curriculum and maintaining student attendance records 
  • Effective written and communication skills 
  • Experience in public speaking or small group presentations required 
  •  Knowledge of governmental structures required 
  • Strong understanding of poverty, its causes and conditions and its impact on individuals and communities is essential. A good understanding of Community Action Agencies is preferred 
  • Ability to work effectively with persons at all levels of the organization (fellow employees, member agency executives and staff, partners, state and federal agency officials, etc.) 

Working Conditions:
Work is performed largely in a pleasant office environment with minimal chance for personal injury. This position generally works 40-45 hours a week with occasional evening hours to attend meetings. This position requires a safe driving record and current driver’s license. The ability to travel at least seven to ten working days per month throughout Illinois, with occasional out-of-state travel. 

General:
This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employee assigned to this position. It does not state or imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job. The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by the President/CEO. All requirements are subject to change over time, and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.  

Finance Specialist

The FS1 position is a full-time, 40 plus hours per week position in Vermilion County. This position is responsible for performing a variety of finance and budgeting functions and transactions including but not limited to preparing, processing, analyzing, interpreting, reconciling, maintaining, and verifying the correctness of a variety of finance and budgeting data, records and reports related to accounts payable, accounts receivable, disbursement, member billing, collection, budgeting, and financial reporting activities. The FS1 also responds to inquiries from State and Federal funders, employees, and outside agencies, including vendors and tax authorities. FS1 provides support for accounting and administrative functions within the Agency’s finance department. 

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in an accounting related field. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of working experience in accounting and strong interpersonal communication skills. Applicants must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check. 

To apply for this position, please email your resume to: 

Ms. Beth Badger, Executive Assistant 
Email: bbadger@comaction.org 
Contact Number: (217) 554-9122 

Job Opportunity Closing Date: When position is filled. ECICAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Affirmative Action Employer. 

Weatherization Assessor Final Inspector

Shawnee Development Council Inc. is seeking Assessors and Final Inspector for FY 22

Shawnee Development Council, Inc., located in Karnak, IL and serving the counties of Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union is accepting proposals from other community action agencies and individuals with the qualifications needed to work in the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program for grant year 2022.  Specifically, we are in need of assessment and final inspector services.  

Shawnee Development Council, Inc. will conduct an informational meeting on August 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. for all interested parties.  This meeting will be held at 530 W. Washington, Karnak, IL  62956.  All interested parties must call our office at 618-634-2201 by 4:00 p.m. on August 11, 2021 to register for this meeting.  Only those attending the meeting on August 12th are qualified to submit a proposal.

Shawnee Development Council, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and provider.  Small, minority, and women-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.

More information.

Finance Director

Full Time Position 
Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials is a non-profit agency, serving Adams, Brown, Pike, and Schuyler counties in Illinois, whose mission is to grow stronger and more positive communities through relationships. As a connected community of individuals, families, businesses and government; we focus on supporting the basic needs of our community, fostering resiliency and developing economic opportunity for all. 

We are accepting applications for a Finance Director. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for all finance and accounting needs of a multi-million-dollar agency 
  • Lead the agency in financial planning to support strategic direction 
  • Manage annual agency budget, individual grant budgets, and grant reporting procedures 
  • Manage computerized financial systems including all program grant portals 
  • Advise the Executive Director on all matters affecting the financial operations of the agency 
  • Support agency strategic goals in collaboration with senior leadership and stakeholders 
  • Ensure that information is identified and shared across the agency to build capacity, support effective use of resources, increase information flow, and inform departments’ programming efforts 
  • Recruit, supervise, and evaluate all department staff 
  • Responsible for providing contracted services for the WIOA program 

Qualifications 

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting or other related field with 3 years of hands-on experience in fiscal management required 
  • Master’s degree in accounting and experience in fund accounting preferred 
  • Accounting software expertise and computer literacy including proficiency with Microsoft Office 
  • Related management experience preferred 
  • Good oral and written communication skills 
  • Must be able to multi-task & prioritize duties 
  • Ability to work with a diverse population in various settings 

Salary 
$45,000 – $50,000 – Dependent on qualifications 

Benefits 
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Flexible Spending Account, Paid Vacation, Generous Holiday Schedule, and Deferred Compensation Plan with employer contribution 

How to Apply 
Please see the job listing on Indeed.com