Join Our Team

Our goal is to be an equitable employer of choice that offers career depth and career mobility for as long as we have the good fortune of having you on our team. We want your experience at Cara to be one that excites you, invigorates you, and prepares you for the career you hope for over the long-term. Here’s some of what you can expect:

TEACH AND LEARN

We are all works in progress. We strive to be better every day through the collective wisdom of our community. While you’re here, we want to share our learnings with you and have you share yours with us as well. Together, we help each other to grow.

CULTIVATE TALENT

Great talent attracts great opportunity. As a result, we recognize we are but one stop on your robust career journey. For the time we are lucky enough to have you, we want to give you career development experiences that feed you professionally and help you unlock your power and purpose.

BUILD COMMUNITY

People come to work for a great mission. They stay to work with a great team. To keep our team connected, we focus on fun, on seeing joy even in the rough spots, and on ensuring our colleagues are seen for who they are and the unique gifts that they bring.

Culture and Values

A culture true to its name, Cara is the Irish word for “friend” and like all good “caras,” we work together, celebrate together, and stand together. We align on our core values of Motivation, Affirmation, Community, Intentionality, and Equity to make this mission sing while uplifting one another along the way.

Inclusive Workplace

The Cara community is diverse, reflecting the vibrancy of different people, personalities, practices, and pressures. With an outward mission to help other employers become more inclusive, we too hold the mirror to ourselves in recognition of two truths: we can be a great place to work, and still have work to do. And we remain steadfast in advancing towards equity and building a more inclusive workforce for all.

Employee Benefits

We currently provide the following industry-competitive
benefits:

  • Robust Insurance Package (medical, dental, vision, basic life and AD&D, supplemental life, short and long-term disability) 
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with immediate full vesting of employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Pre-tax Transportation Options 
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement
  • Generous Holiday and PTO/Vacation Plan

95
People on staff

29%
Staff members who are Cara graduates
56%
Leadership roles held by POC
4.75 Years
Average tenure for a Cara Collective staff member

Our Colleagues

We are so proud to work with colleagues who share their stories or this mission with the world. Check out a few of our teammates and their recent accolades and opportunities.

Sara Wasserteil

Sara Wasserteil, Managing Director of Expansion and Integration of Cara Plus, has been accepted into the Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2023! The LGC Cohort represents a cross-section of 53 professionals from the corporate, nonprofit, government and education sectors.

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Robyn Lustbader

Robyn Lustbader, our Senior Engagement Officer, has joined the Board of Directors at LYNX Project – which connects diverse communities to professional art song performances and educational experiences
while celebrating the breadth of human experience through art song.

Liana Bran

Liana Bran, our Director of Expansion Strategy, recently joined the board of Calculated Genius, an organization that helps underrepresented youth explore and connect to the world of engineering.

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Maryam Arbaboon

Maryam Arbaboon, one of our Individual Development Specialists, earned her LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, further deepening her capabilities in coaching our participants in their employment journey.

Julie Chiu

Julie Chiu, our Participant Development Specialist, was a featured guest on the Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio podcast. In the discussion, Julie shared her strategy for the file management system she built and implemented across our entire enterprise.

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