Career Opportunities



Executive Director

After nearly a decade Bruce Otto, Executive Director of H.O.M.E., informed the Board of Directors last year that he would be retiring in 2018. He does not have a firm date for retirement and has committed to serving until a new Executive Director is named and fully on board. To that end, the Board of Directors has engaged Anchor Advisors to conduct the search for H.O.M.E.’s new Executive Director. Please read his letter here if you would like more information.

The Ideal Candidate

You are an inclusive builder of vision, teams, strategies, and service with a demonstrated track record of leadership that results in a strong, growing organization and satisfied clients.  You are able to balance the tension of being both a business and a charity with strong financial acumen and a values-based, transparent approach to allocating resources that ensures budgets reflect priorities.  From your collaborative and consensus-driven style, every member of your team is respected and engaged and results are achieved.  Your fundraising success demonstrates your strengths in relationship building and communication; you are as comfortable with a grant maker as you are with a client.


Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) is a one-of-a-kind Chicago organization that seeks to foster joy, connection, and independence for Chicago’s low-income seniors. H.O.M.E. is a bright spot for all who know it.  H.O.M.E. helps low-income seniors in Chicago maintain their independence by providing a home upkeep and repair service, shopping bus, moving assistance, and three affordable apartment buildings where seniors can live comfortably in an intergenerational environment. Characterized by a warm and caring culture, solid programs and financials, a committed staff and board—all while receiving less than 10% of its operating budget from state and federal sources—H.O.M.E. is well-positioned for the future, including its growth-focused strategic plan.  

The Opportunity

The Executive Director, in collaboration with board and staff, leads in executing the vision, mission and strategy of H.O.M.E.  Success in this role means achieving the strategic goals while embodying H.O.M.E. values of service to the elderly, dignity, community, independence, and trust.  The Executive Director will display a deep knowledge of nonprofit best practices, including governance, fundraising and communications; will balance long-term strategic vision with short-term implementation; and will demonstrate a growth mindset coupled with the ability to execute.  At H.O.M.E., fostering a strong culture matters; the executive director will have a proven record as a team-builder, an inclusive manner of making decisions and resolving conflict, and a sense of humor coupled with humility.


  • At least 15 years of proven success in nonprofit management; at least 10 years of senior management experience, including working with a board of directors and volunteers to achieve goals
  • A track record of fundraising success, having directly participated in fundraising; capital campaign experience preferred
  • Experience working in organizations with affordable residential real estate
  • Strong technical skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and experience managing and using client and fundraising databases
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • A passion for the mission and vision of H.O.M.E., including respect and care for low-income seniors

Along with salary, this full time professional role offers a generous benefit package, including health and dental benefits. To apply, go to:


Resident Assistant (Part-time)

Job Summary

Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E.) is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income seniors maintain their independence by providing a home upkeep and repair service, a shopping bus, affordable housing and moving assistance.

The Good Life Senior Residence seeks an energetic live-in Resident Assistant to work in exchange for full room and board (including a private room, meals, electricity and some household supplies). This is not a paid position. 

Responsibilities and Duties

Duties include:

  • Serving meals
  • Cooking two weekend days’ monthly
  • Assisting residents with cleaning and laundry
  • Picking up food and other supplies
  • Planning and implementing activities
  • Helping our unique intergenerational community to function in myriad ways

Qualifications and Skills

H.O.M.E. offers fantastic opportunities to engage with the nonprofit world.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license in good standing.

We seek a compassionate and outgoing person with above-average cooking skills; previous experience with vulnerable populations and some college is a plus.

Applicants interested in the fields of human/social services, psychology, gerontology, medicine and nursing are encouraged to apply, though we do hire applicants from a broad array of disciplines and backgrounds.


Full room and board (including a private room, meals, electricity and some household supplies).

Required education:

  • Some college preferred.

Required license or certification: Driver's License

To find out more and apply for this position, please click the button below.

Tell me about being a Resident Assistant


The internship program at H.O.M.E. supports the development, delivery and maintenance of programs to clients, and helps build an engaged community around the principles of H.O.M.E. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Support the delivery of programs in the field
  • Support the advancement of the organization through management, communications, and/or development activities
  • Provide support to appropriate projects and assigned tasks to promote accountability and ownership
  • Engage with the organization’s guests via volunteer activities or community events

Activities may include:

Program Implementation

  • Site visits to clients’ homes with case managers, program coordinators, and/or home repair specialists
  • Assist with daily paperwork and program activities
  • Arrange monthly  Good Life Senior Residences outings
  • Attending community and agency meetings
  • Develop and lead activities with residential clients

 Marketing and Communications

  • Manage social media accounts (including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and blog)
  • Record personal stories of client and staff experiences for use in newsletters, appeal letters, and other marketing tools
  • Develop and implement marketing plans and tools (including brochures; marketing to potential clients, donors, and volunteers; and preparing presentations to community groups/aldermen)


  • Attend board and staff meetings
  • Participate in strategic planning process
  • Data entry of satisfaction survey results
  • Provide staff support to one committee of the board


  • Research aging population and best practices
  • Prospect research of potential donors: foundations, major donors, and corporations
  • Organize Young Professionals Board activities


  • Ability to effectively explain and present concepts in one-on-one and group situations in an engaging, compelling, and energetic manner.
  • Positive attitude, strong interest for working with people in a fun environment.
  • Prior experience in nonprofit, human services, or senior programming a plus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Candidates must exhibit initiative and openness to new ideas.
  • Good academic standing.
  • Trustworthy, with strong professional ethics.
  • Ability to follow directions and collaborate in a team-centric environment.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Amber Martin at