LYDIA employees fulfill a higher calling, which is embodied in Psalm 82:3 — “Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.” If you would like to live out this passion for service through your vocation, please review the following job descriptions and consider whether any are a good fit for your experience and gifts. LYDIA is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for a position listed below, please fill out an employment application and email the application, along with your resume and cover letter, to the contact listed in the job for which you are applying. If a contact is not listed, please send all application materials to Lon Schwenk in Human Resources at You may also mail your application materials to: Personnel Department, 4839 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641 or fax to (773) 736-1033. Please also be sure to include the job code.


Preschool Program Teacher

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Job Description: The teacher takes the responsibility for planning and implementing all aspects of the early childhood program.

Full or Part-time:  Full-time

Location: Chicago, IL

Minimum Requirements:  The qualified candidate must be at least 21 years old and have earned a high school diploma or equivalent certificate (GED).  The candidate must have a minimum of an associate degree in childhood development or early childhood education or the equivalent (defined as 64 semester hours in any discipline with a minimum of 21 semester hours of college credit in child development, early childhood education or early childhood special education.)  Must show sensitivity and maturity and be able to relate well to both preschool children and adults.  The candidate must be willing and able to support the mission of Lydia Home Association.

Job Code:  Preschool Program Teacher (50)

Child Care Worker

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Job Description
The residential program at LYDIA services youth ages 6-17; many of whom are involved with the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). The youth reside at LYDIA and are provided a structured living environment in addition to treatment that focuses on skill-building, regulation, and the trauma/neglect they endured. Opening is for a child care worker to facilitate group activities for boys ages 13-17. Role includes: enhancing clients’ daily living skills; monitoring clients at all times to ensure safety; participation in training; assisting clients in growing emotionally and socially through informal counseling and facilitating skill-building groups; encouraging clients in education by monitoring and assisting with homework, teacher communication, school behavior, and special school activities; planning, supervising, and participating with clients in recreational activities; documenting mental health services provided.

Full or Part-time

Chicago, IL
Minimum Requirements
Candidate must be at least 25 years old, have a Bachelor’s degree in human services or a minimum of five years supervised experience in mental health or human services, valid Illinois driver’s license (preferred). In addition, candidate must have experience with at-risk/challenging youth; open to supervision and able to work as part of a team; role model appropriately; nurture, teach, and structure the daily living setting; and willing to support the mission of LYDIA.

To apply
Email resume and questions regarding the position to

Foster Care Case Manager

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Job Description
Coordinate all services for wards of the state and their families. Conduct regular home visits to foster homes. Move cases toward permanency in juvenile court. Arrange sibling visitation, etc.

Full or Part-time

Chicago, IL

Minimum Requirements
Applicant must have Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field. Must become licensed by IL Department of Children & Family Services by passing the CERAP, CCA, 402 and Child Welfare exams. Must have strong organizational skills and good oral and written communication skills. Must have own transportation and current IL driver’s license. Must be willing to support the mission of LYDIA. Bi-lingual in Spanish a plus.

Job Code
FC Case Manager (49)

Residential Therapist

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Job Description
The Residential Therapist/Child Welfare Worker bears major responsibility for the therapy and coordination of services for children living on residential units.  Duties of the Residential Therapist/Child Welfare Worker may include but are not limited to: providing individual therapy, facilitating group therapy, documenting therapeutic services and providing clinical leadership to the treatment team.

Full or Part-time

Minimum Requirements
Must be a qualified mental health professional and have a master’s degree or doctoral level degree from an accredited school of psychology or social work or an equivalent degree in a human services field. Must posses skills to work effectively with children and their families.  Must demonstrate good writing and social skills in order to communicate and work cooperatively with members of the child care team and the various systems and agencies in the community.  Must be willing and able to support the mission of Lydia Home Association (LHA).

To Apply: Submit resume with cover letter to Dr. Heather Baranowski, Clinical Director, by email to

Kitchen Volunteer

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Goal of Position
To assist in the kitchen preparing food.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Washing and prepping of food to be cooked.
  • Assisting the cooks as required.
  • Help with clean-up.

Skills and Knowledge Required

  • Physically able to perform required tasks (for your safety and the safety of others).
  • Ability to communicate with others (staff, volunteers).
  • Ability to cooperate with others.
  • Punctual.
  • Enthusiastic!

Reports to
Carlos Sanchez, Food Services Director

Time Required

  • 4 hour shifts or longer
  • Monday to Saturday
  • April 3rd to April 29th

Hours of operation
Monday to Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Orientation and Training Provided

Other Resources and Support
Support and advice from other volunteers and staff members.

Benefits to the Volunteer

  • Opportunity to acquire skills in many aspects of handling of food.
  • Opportunity to socialize with other volunteers in a safe and comfortable area.
  • Possible reference for resume, if enrolled in culinary program.

To apply
Email resume and/or call with questions regarding the position to