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Meet the Cara Collective Team
At Cara Collective, we believe in the idea of “one band, one sound,” meaning we are at our best and strongest when we work together as a community. Born out of the concepts we consistently saw when evaluating what we do and why we see results, these are the values that keep us grounded and guide us in our decision making as an organization.
Motivation propels. We identify, instill, and hold onto it. Where there is a desire to succeed, there is an opportunity to transform thought into action.
Affirmation reinforces. We celebrate instances of progress, understanding that the journey in the right direction is just as, if not more, important than the final destination.
Community connects. We actively build networks that strengthen us all. If we can get each other, we can serve each other best.
Structure improves. We practice the discipline of operating within a larger framework. When the rules of the game are clear and well-understood, creativity and innovation can flourish.
Intentionality aims. We focus on the endgame during planning and design. In doing so, we build roadmaps to real, lasting success and avoid deriving validation from a quick win.
Our Executive Team is a motley crew of entrepreneurs, educators, fundraisers, and career flippers who bring a combined 50 years of Cara experience, and fervently believe they are still just getting started.
Our mission-driven staffing firm, Cara Connects places top talent in temp-to-perm positions with leading Chicago companies.
Our flagship social enterprise, Cleanslate transforms the landscape of our communities by providing transitional employment in exterior maintenance.
Development & Marketing
Our Development Team amplifies the mission of Cara through engagement opportunities, special events, fundraising, and marketing initiatives.
Our Employment Services Team manages the relationships with Cara’s employment partners while working with job seekers on finding the best job for them.
Finance/Contracts & Compliance
Our Finance and Contracts & Compliance Teams ensure the financial viability of our organization while overseeing public, government, and donor-directed funding.
HR & Operations
The HR & Operations Team supports the entire Cara Collective from managing the day-to-day of our campuses to payroll and benefits services to ensuring our staff continues to grow and thrive in their Cara careers.
Our Recruitment Team works tirelessly to find, interview, and onboard the newest jobseekers who join our Cara community.
Retention & Advancement
Our Retention & Advancement Teams work with and coach our participants on every step of their journey to gainful employment and beyond.
The Solutions Team evaluates, develops, and maintains Cara’s technological toolset and shared knowledge base in order to increase operational cohesion and provide teams with sustainable solutions to meet their goals.
Our Supportive Services team offers free resources like financial coaching, digital literacy training, job search assistance, tax preparation, and so much more.
Our Training Team works with Cara participants in developing the personal and professional skills that will ensure long-term success.
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