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About us


Hi, we’re the Northwest Center (NWC). We’re a community-based organization rooted in and serving  Belmont Cragin and the greater Northwest side of Chicago.

At the NWC, there's a thread that brings together everything we do. It’s about connection. Human connection. Connecting folks to the right people, the right resources, the right skills, in the form of a listening ear, a helping hand, or a warm hug. We’re about cultivating and sustaining an environment of empowerment. Inclusivity. Justice. Equity. So residents can keep building their neighborhood into the home they want it to be.

As we say to community members, it’s
your neighborhood. Your street. Your family. Your home. And we are here to help ensure that it stays that way. Because at the end of the day, that connecting thread leads right back to you.  


Resident-led |  Community residents are at the forefront of our work, and our team, from our board to our staff, reflects the community.

Relational | Strong relationships advance and enhance our work.

Responsive | We were born out of, and continue to be, responsive to the needs of the community.

Innovative | Innovative programs and organizing campaigns drive our work and differentiate us from others.

Data-driven | We use data from the community to plan and inform all our work.

Racial Equitable |  Our work affirmatively seeks to reduce racial inequity through building the power of residents who, as a result of systemic oppression and racism, face pressing issues and a lack of resources on Chicago's Northwest Side.

At the NWC, you will work with a team of collaborative, thoughtful, trauma-informed, and racial justice-oriented people. You’ll be part of a team that values equity and consensus-based  decision making.

Our office is like a home where guests are always greeted and called by their name, and offered a warm cup of coffee. Our workspace bustles with our team, participants, and community members; youth, parents, older adults. And our people understand that it takes a unified team committed to our values to carry out our work. Our audience is often composed of people who we’re meeting during times of hardship and change. So when we greet folks, pick up the phones, or help a colleague out with refilling the printer paper, we do so with compassion and empathy. Y lo hacemos juntos.

About you

The Pre-Purchase Housing Counselor is part of the Northwest Center’s HUD-Certified Housing Counseling Center (HCC), and joins a team of knowledgeable, empathetic, people who are passionate about helping community members keep their homes. The Housing Counselor conducts one-on-one appointments and group workshops related to foreclosure prevention helping homeowners obtain the information needed to prevent foreclosure.

Title: First-Time Homebuyer Counselor

Status: Full-Time Exempt  

Reports to:  First-Time Homebuyer Program Manager
Start Date: 05/16/22


A knowledgeable, people-oriented, and organized counselor dedicated to helping folks retain homeownership. You understand that you are meeting people often in times of hardship and are willing to bring a trauma-informed, empathetic lens to your work. You are committed to fighting for race equity and social justice for all marginalized communities.






Does this position sound like you? Apply! Do you feel like you don't check every box? Apply! Relevant experience is not limited to work and school. Life experience is valued. For example, personal experience with poverty, public housing, social benefits, or other quality of life issues affecting our community can be taken into consideration.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Northwest Center is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. We strongly encourage diverse candidates– people of color, immigrants, women, gender nonconforming, and people with disabilities, to apply.

Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.