04/11/2018 9:18 am
The Rockford Area Case Management Initiative (RACM) provides a community-wide approach to deliver individualized, strength-based, and person-centered support services that helps participants achieve specific, self-defined outcomes leading to self-sufficiency. RACM was developed by a planning team of local nonprofits and is given ongoing strategic support by a Steering Committee whose members hail from over a dozen local human service organizations.
In June 2017 the first large-group RACM training opportunity was held, featuring nationally-recognized case management expert Dr. Beverly Ford. Nearly 120 case managers from over 40 organizations participated in two full days of training, and twelve local case managers and supervisors received an additional day of training in order to prepare them as a team of local trainers. This team will provide ongoing large-group foundational training and has prepared topical training modules.
RACM was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
Empower People for Change: Making Case Management Work focuses on the foundation principles of Dr. Beverly Ford’s person-centered, outcome-based case management journey to self-sufficiency. The training will change the way you deliver case management by actively engaging participants in setting and achieving THEIR goals. This approach focuses on strengths and moves away from “doing for” participants what they can and should do for themselves. Participants become the lead partner and you are the backup partner. Participants become responsible for change because ultimately they are the only ones who can decide to make change happen.
Case Managers and Supervisors (or the front-line staff with the relevant job duties at your organization, regardless of title) are encouraged to attend; organizations sending more than 4 staff members only pay for the first 4 ($80 max/organization). Certificate of Completion for attendance will be awarded, and CEUs for social workers are available.
The next large-group training of 2018 will be held in early fall 2018. Check back for updates!
Quarterly events will be held to increase knowledge on specialized topics, share information and best practices for the field of case management in general, and provide an opportunity for networking among local case managers.
Meetings in 2018, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.:
Topical training modules will be presented by trainers who are (or have been) case managers themselves and who have received in-depth instruction from case management expert Dr. Beverly Ford. Select from one or more of the following sessions and a trainer will work with a group of case managers at your organization to develop specific skills.
Topical training modules can be offered to a small group or the full case management staff at your organization, on site at your organization or at another appropriate location of your choosing. Each module will last approximately 2 hours. Training costs $100/module. To schedule a training opportunity at your organization, please contact Pam Clark Reidenbach, Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence, 815.753.8733 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Available Training Modules (click each title to view description):
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This module serves as the introduction on how utilizing Making Case Management Work – Empowering People for Change can influence participants to take the journey toward self-sufficiency and achieving their goals. As a Case Manager your strategies should actively promote self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency means you want participants to take more ownership and responsibility for their lives. Gain the skills explored in this module because, you cannot just hope self- sufficiency will happen!
During this training module participants will learn the philosophy and process of Case Management as developed by Dr. Beverly Ford, which aims to encourage greater self-sufficiency. The training will introduce participants to the major tasks, strategies, techniques and resources case managers can utilize to empower participants to prepare for and manage change. The training will also address the qualities of an effective case manager. The module will provide a basic overview of case management skills and techniques which will be further developed during future trainings.
The process of assessment is done with Participants, not for them. Participants need a clear picture of where they are to determine how to make change happen. Acquire how to navigate your clients “Now” so that you can influence them to change.
Together, you’ve identified the participant’s motivators, completed the assessment process, and built a plan; this module will help you to identify and arrange resources from both the Participant and the Case Manager to support the participant’s plan, and strengthen their motivation to move towards self-sufficiency. You will continue to build a partnership while learning to efficiently and effectively utilize the resources the participant brings to the table, and the resources available to you, the Case Manager.
This module explore strategies for applying principles of Case Management with specific populations. These include mandated participants, dislocated workers, at risk youth, refugees and older workers. Effective Case Managers have a “bag of tricks”, a broad range of skills and strategies they can use to apply the process to the particular population they serve.
During this module case managers will learn the strategies they can employ to engage participants in the planning process and build personal ownership and commitment. This training will explain how to help your participants organize and structure their plans and how to use questions to encourage thinking, decision making and action. Learn how to engage your participants in planning for roadblocks. Gain skills to manage problems including participant inaction, excuses or limited time and resources.
Active Listening is a skill, maybe even an art. In order to build a rapport and a partnership with participants, it is important that we do not just hear what they are saying, but that we are listening to understand. This workshop with teach case managers how to actively listen to their participants so that they can understand how the world looks from their
participants point of view.
This module focuses on the change process and how case managers can help facilitate change within our participants. We discuss motivation and tools for finding a participants motivation and utilizing that motivation in the change process.
This module explores the different way we ask questions and how they influence the way someone sees themselves, how they act and the knowledge you gain. It provides suggestions on when to ask “Yes” and “No” questions, how to reword the questions you ask to get the participant thinking, and when it might be good to just listen. Learning and developing these skills assist us in moving the participant to greater independence.
Participants display behaviors (i.e. profanity, inappropriate dress, tardiness, lack of follow through, etc.) you believe could keep them from reaching their goals and outcomes of the program. Learn to use confrontation as a tool to make participants aware of non-productive behaviors and help them change these behaviors and move toward self-sufficiency.
Self-Disclosure can be a useful and important tool for building and maintaining a partnership with your participants during the case management process. Self-disclosure can also be difficult to utilize effectively. This chapter will help you examine the
potential benefits and pitfalls of self-disclosure, and will also help you consistently identify opportunities to use self-disclosure constructively to build partnerships and offer insights in order to help participants figure out how to manage their own lives.
This module provides information the technique of summarizing in case management practice and how this technique can be used to encourage and to focus.
This module explains how doing for someone can give the participant the belief that they are not able to accomplish things and how we, as case managers, can show participants that they can do more than what they think. It reminds us that the problems are not ours and shows us how we can teach participants to get from point “A” to point “Z”, a skill that helps all of us
accomplish our goals.
It is imperative that supervisors provide effective tools and resources to help case management staff achieve outcomes. This module explores the role of the supervisor and how to help staff be most effective.
02/23/2017 4:00 pm
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Position Title: Grants Accountant
Organization: Prairie State Legal Services
Job Description: Prairie State Legal Services is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. Prairie State focuses services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. It is the only legal aid organization in the majority of its service area. Prairie State has a staff of approximately 150. The Administrative Office is in Rockford, Illinois. The annual budget of $13 million is largely supported by federal and state grants. The organization has excellent fiscal controls and is rated a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator. More information is available on our website at www.pslegal.org.
Grant Accountant is a new position for Prairie State and reports to the Director of Finance; the position will be based in the Administrative Office in Rockford. The Grant Accountant will assist in the financial aspects of grant development and reporting along with support for all accounting functions. The major areas directed are:
• Responsible for setting up a process to manage, track, and report the staff time and cost allocation to Prairie State grants and offices
• Identify the specific requirements of each existing grant which require data collection, tracking, and reporting
• Work with the grants department to understand and document the unique features of grants which require special reporting
• Interact with attorneys in the field offices to understand how they are setting up their time recording/reporting for grant and office purposes
• Work with the grants department to determine the budget and reporting requirements of any new and existing grants
• Analyze grants to ascertain if the budgets are accurate for the work we are expected to perform
• Prepare projections at key time periods in specific grants to ensure fulfilling the grant criteria/obligations
• Train new staff on grant reporting protocols as related to financial aspects of the grants
• Participate in the annual audit as needed
• Along with the other accounting staff members, provide back-up on other accounting functions, such as payroll, procurement, accounts payable and receivable, along with benefits administration.
• 2 – 3 years of Accounting with specific experience in Cost Accounting
• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
• Excellent analytical skills; sound understanding of accounting principles
• Clear communicator in writing and orally
• Familiarity with database software and proven track record of creating and modifying software to produce results
• Computer Literate – strong Excel skills and the ability to use Access, Outlook, and Word
• Flexibility in dealing with colleagues
• Well organized; good time management skills
• Ability to meet deadlines consistently
Travel throughout Prairie State’s 36-county service area and evening/weekend work will be required from time-to-time. Prefer experience in working with state and federal grants and the financial controls related to such grants.
This full-time position offers salary starting at $50,000/year depending on experience, and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, retirement, training and education, and generous leave time.
To Apply: Please indicate “Grants Accountant” in the subject line and e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
• Human Resources Director Jessica Hodierne at email@example.com
• Program Administrator Connie Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: June 30, 2018
Ad Posting Date: June 11 , 2018
Posting to be Removed: June 30, 2018
Position Title: Volunteer and Communications Coordinator
Organization: Shelter Care Ministries
Job Description: Provide a connection to Shelter Care Ministries through effective communication and fulfilling volunteer experiences. Supervise volunteer scheduling, coordinate donations from members of the community, maintain relationships with clients and staff, and communicate the impact of Shelter Care’s work to a variety of audiences, including the general public, donors and other stakeholders, staff, and clients.
For more information or to apply visit this site.
To Apply: Apply at Indeed (link above) or send cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Ad Posting Date: June 4 , 2018
Posting to be Removed: July 3, 2018
Position Title: Growth Strategist
Organization: Local Giving Mall, LLC
The Local Giving Mall, LLC is a web based shopping mall designed to promote “Donations from the Cloud”. This new innovative program, developed by LGM is designed to connect local non-profits with local retailers and independent merchants. This connection is in the form of a percentage of purchase cause marketing agreements between both parties. This connection will revolutionize the non-profit industry.
A key element to the success of this new innovative model is having passionate Growth Strategist
that want to help local non-profits raise monetary donations. Typically, non-profits spend up to 40% of the funds raised to raise additional funds. The Donations from the Cloud provided by the LGM cost the non-profit zero dollars. A full 100% of the donations pledged by the retailers is deposited in the non-profits pay pal account.
The Growth Strategist (GS) is responsible for introducing and supporting local non-profits, merchants and consumer groups by revealing the benefits of LGM’s Donations from the Cloud, program. This socially responsible program is totally supported by the LGM web page. The GS will focus on the monetary benefit this program offers to the non-profit as well as the increase market exposure this model provides for leasing storefront owners. Consumer advocacy work will be in conjunction with providing direction for the storefront owner to capitalize on this model and know the direct benefit it provides to those that serve, the local non-profit.
Please view the full job description HERE.
To Apply: Michael Sullivan
Local Giving Mall, ILLC
Rockford, IL 61109
Visit us at: www.localgivingmall.com
Reference: Careers Page / Please Send Resume
Ad Posting Date: May 16 , 2018
Posting to be Removed: June 16, 2018
Position Title: Regional Manager of Giving Programs
Organization: The Salvation Army Central Division
Job Description: KEES has been exclusively retained by The Salvation Army USA Central Territory in its search for two Regional Managers of Major Giving Programs at its Territorial Headquarters in the Chicago suburbs. The Central Territory is in the middle of a five-year aggressive plan to grow and invigorate its major gifts program, and these new roles have been created to provide leadership and consultation to a team Donor Relations Directors (DRDs aka: Major Gifts Officers) within the Central Territory.
The position requires an innovative and skilled manager with superb communication talents and an inherent ability to establish one’s presence and become a highly visible resource. The Regional Managers will participate with other senior leadership to develop major gift strategy, communication plans and donor prospects. The Regional Manager will train, support and coach a team of approximately 15 members, taking a proactive and goal-oriented approach with the right balance of professional supportiveness and healthy accountability. Responsibilities will include ensuring that each DRD has a qualified caseload, understand goals, methods and delivers results and information in a timely manner.
This position offers a robust benefits package, and relocation assistance may be offered. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.
The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority / Female / Disabled / Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act, if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for this position, please call 847-294-2166. The Salvation Army Central Territory does not participate in unemployment compensation programs. The Salvation Army, as a church, is exempt from participation in federal and state unemployment insurance programs.
Specific Requirements Include:
• Passion for The Salvation Army’s mission, coupled with a strong commitment to know and understand the Army’s history, mission and structure, as well as its services, policies and procedures.
• Bachelor’s Degree; Advanced degree and/or CFRE credential preferred.
• Minimum of 8 years of experience in a nonprofit fundraising role or comparable experience in a corporate environment with a proven track record of major gifts success and a strong working knowledge of strategy development and moves management systems in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship processes.
• 3 or more years of experience providing leadership to fundraising professionals.
• Highly effective interpersonal, conversational and presentational skills, demonstrating an emotional intelligence and situational awareness, in tandem with excellent writing abilities and strong case development and sales pitch skills.
• Demonstrated expertise in developing and maintaining positive relations with diverse individuals, including executives, high-level volunteers and wealthy donors, as well as internal stakeholders and leadership.
• Must embrace, support, and reflect well on The Salvation Army’s mission and values through one’s professional responsibilities and behavior at all times.
• Willingness and ability to travel. Valid driver’s license required. The role initially requires as much as 50% travel. As additional Regional Managers are hired, travel will reduce to approximately 35%.
• Experience working independently in a fast-paced environment without extensive administrative support and exceptional organizational abilities with fluency in managing multiple projects and competing priorities with professionalism and grace.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite. Additional experience Salesforce is preferred.
To Apply: To apply, candidates should submit their cover letter and resume and complete the online application at https://alfordexecutivesearch.applicantstack.com/x/openings
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. No applications will be accepted via email.
This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President/CEO and Sue Bultman, Senior Consultant of KEES. Questions may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ad Posting Date: May 4 , 2018
Posting to be Removed: June 30, 2018
Position Title: Therapists
Organization: Family Counseling Services of Northern Illinois
Description: Family Counseling Services of Northern Illinois is seeking therapists to work 4-25 hours per week. LCSW’s and LCPC’s are preferred but we’ll also consider LSW’s, LPC’s. This is a great opportunity for therapists who are:
· Working in other areas of the field and desire individual, couples or family counseling experience.
· Seeking part-time, flexible hours e.g. parents, caregivers etc.
· Considering retirement but not quite ready to retire completely.
· Looking to make a real difference in the lives of kids and adults in our community
· Seeking flexibility, we have daytime and evening hours available with no weekends or on-call work.
Clinical supervision toward clinical licensure is available.
Family Counseling Services was founded in 1877 and provides professional counseling for mental health and family issues to children and adults in northern Illinois. We’re committed to providing quality counseling to anyone in need of help regardless of socioeconomic status so a sliding fee scale is available to our clients.
Our main office is in Rockford, with small satellites in Rochelle and Belvidere.
To Apply: Apply to:
Eileen Liezert, Executive Director
Family Counseling Services of Northern Illinois
210 N. Longwood St.
Rockford, IL 61107
Ad Posting Date: April 16 , 2018
Posting to be Removed: June 18, 2018
Please fill out the form in its entirety.
11/16/2016 12:30 pm
10/31/2016 11:47 am
Nonprofit executives are faced with the same management issues as their for-profit counterparts — with the added difficulty of limited time and financial resources.
The targeted assistance of an expert adviser is often a practical and cost-efficient method for addressing internal issues such as:
NICNE has assembled a team of highly-skilled consultants and professionals with a wide variety of experience and expertise who are ready to create a customized plan to assist you and your organization. Please contact us today to discuss the needs of your organization and to initiate contact with an expert whose knowledge and skills will best address those needs.
Click on each advisor’s name to read their profile and see their areas of expertise!
10/31/2016 11:25 am
Stronger management translates into stronger mission performance. NICNE offers extensive programming in many key areas of nonprofit management and capacity building. Please see our Programs for details about these offerings.
CEUs available for licensed social workers. Each NICNE course hour is equal to one CEU. CFREs are also available for select programs thanks to partnership with AFP – Rockford Chapter.
Take advantage of technical assistance provided by university staff. Utilize NICNE’s expansive collection of resources including:
Connect with peers to develop and share solutions. Linking organizations to one another not only provides nonprofits access to potential collaboration and partnerships, it builds a sense of community and support which makes our entire community stronger.
Each of the following links connect you to highly informative websites from reputable organizations and sources.
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“From informative seminars, unique community insights, and extensive research and advice…NICNE specializes in helping nonprofits thrive.”Sherry Pitney
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Membership provides you with the information and connections you need to build a strong board and a healthy organization. NICNE Membership provides an UNLIMITED number of your board and staff with all the benefits of membership, which include:
An annually-renewable Membership extends from January to December and rates are based on the annual operating budget of your organization. Questions about Membership? Contact us!
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Not only nonprofit leaders are committed to community improvement — we know that for-profit leaders also recognize that the health of our regional economy depends heavily on the ability of all residents to thrive. With the support and partnership of the business community, our capacity to convene leaders from all sectors to address significant community outcomes is greatly increased.
Corporate Members become partners with dozens of other agencies in our region, and we recognize your investment in several ways:
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Our core programs are designed to increase the management capacity of nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit capacity building refers to activities that improve and enhance a nonprofit organization’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time. One of the many benefits of Membership with NICNE is a discount on our capacity-building programs. By taking advantage of these discounts, your Membership may pay for itself!
Be sure to view our Events page for an up-to-date list of all upcoming programs.
This program is designed to support the changing demands on nonprofit leaders to enhance their management skills and operate more effectively. The five courses (one offered in the Fall, four in the Spring) will strengthen participants’ abilities in Leadership and Governance, Marketing, Human Resources, Financial Management, and Fund Development, and would be valuable to a wide range of nonprofit participants: employees, managers, board members, new leaders, as well as those seeking to transfer from the for-profit to nonprofit world.
Each fiscal year NICNE offers a board training opportunity. In 2016 we welcomed internationally known speaker and author Kim Klein for a seminar titled, “Don’t Leave Money on the Table: Creating an Upgrading Team.” These workshops are designed for current board members, potential board members, and nonprofit executive staff members interested in current information for changing times and effective governance.
NICNE offers two and four hour sessions at your site that are customized to your organization’s particular needs. These trainings (offered at the time and location that is convenient for your board) help keep your board of directors current, cohesive, and on target with your mission.
Join us for discussion and an open exchange of information and best practices related to volunteerism. All are welcome to join this free, self-facilitated group on the first Wednesday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in room 204 of the NIU – Rockford building (8500 E. State Street). Sign up for our email updates and select “Exchange on Volunteerism” as an interest area to get updates about this group, and visit our Events page to see what topics are coming up!
The Rockford Area Case Management Initiative (RACM) provides a community-wide approach to deliver individualized, strength-based, and person-centered support services that helps participants achieve specific, self-defined outcomes leading to self-sufficiency. Large-group foundational training, topical training modules, and a Case Management Community of Practice are the key components of this initiative. Learn more at the RACM webpage.
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Weather-related Class Cancellation: All courses/programs will be held during inclement weather unless Rockford University closes its campus. If the Center cancels a program due to weather, the program will be made up during the same semester or an opportunity will be offered for registrants to make up a program the next time it is offered by the Center. Failure to attend due to inclement weather does not entitle a registrant to a refund or make-up session.
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