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 lschwenk@lydiahome.org. 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.

Human Resource Manager 

About the Program 

The mission of Lydia Home Association is to care for children and strengthen families. The residential program at Lydia Home Association serves youth ages 6-17, who are involved with the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). The youth reside at Lydia Home and are provided with a structured living environment in addition to mental health treatment that focuses on skill-building, regulation, and the trauma/neglect they endured.

Minimum Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree and seven years’ experience in human resources
  • High skill level with MS Office, especially Excel
  • Ability to maximize use of technology and software (HRIS); Paylocity a plus
  • Must be willing and able to support the mission: Lydia Home Association is a national Christ-honoring organization whose mission is strengthening families to care for children and caring for children when families cannot.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain all personnel policies and procedures and secure approval from the Boards of Directors for any policies requiring their approval.
  • Annually review and maintain an employee handbook that is consistent with company policies and procedures and obtain a receipt from each current and new employee indicating that they have read and understand the handbook.
  • Maintain compliance with all federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations as well as all DCFS, COA and all other applicable licensing agencies’ regulations regarding employment and employee training.
  • Maintain all employee personnel files and, where required, provide duplicates of required files to program locations.
  • Maintain all payroll and benefit related records and process all time reports and other required information to provide timely and accurate paychecks to all employees.  Coordinate with program directors to maintain up-to-date and accurate employee compensation and benefits.
  • Maintain all records of sick, PTO, vacation and other paid time off and require proper approvals for the employee’s use of these benefits.
  • Maintain records of all overtime pay and work with program directors to keep overtime to a minimum.
  • Maintain records of employees’ driver’s licenses and vehicle insurance as required by company liability insurance and state program licensing.
  • Administer employee benefit plans and programs–medical, dental, life insurance; credit union; tuition reimbursement; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; unemployment; workers’ compensation and any other programs provided by Lydia Home Association/Safe Families for Children Alliance.  Provide all information required for federal and state compliance under ERISA and other applicable regulations.
  • Reconcile with the general ledger and benefit providers all payroll withholdings for employee’s benefit programs and approve all benefit plan invoices for payment.
  • Coordinate with program directors regarding recruitment and retention of employees through effective use of job posting procedures both internally and externally, on our web site and in the community.
  • Work with program directors to maintain complete and accurate records of all performance evaluations and disciplinary actions.  Follow up with program directors on all missing documentation.
  • Coordinate with employees and mangers to properly orient new employees prior to start and to follow up with exit interviews for all terminated employees to secure all necessary information, documents, keys and equipment before the employee’s final paycheck.  Work with terminating employees to provide all necessary information regarding COBRA benefits upon termination.
  • Maintain files of all employee job descriptions and remind program directors that they need to remain current.
  • Participate in risk management and quality assurance/quality improvement activities and meetings.
  • Complete all other duties assigned by the Chief Financial Officer.

Location

Chicago, IL

To Apply

Submit resume with cover letter to Jeff Isola by email to jisola@lydiahome.org.


Maintenance Worker 

About the Program 

The mission of Lydia Home Association is to care for children and strengthen families. The residential program at Lydia Home Association serves youth ages 6-17, who are involved with the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). The youth reside at Lydia Home and are provided with a structured living environment in addition to mental health treatment that focuses on skill-building, regulation, and the trauma/neglect they endured.

Responsibilities

Experience in custodial jobs and general types of building and machine repairs.

Must be able and willing to support the mission of Lydia Home Association (LHA).

  1. General Cleaning of the buildings and grounds
  2. Maintenance
  3. Participate in quality assurance/quality improvement activities
  4. Physically capable of lifting 50 pounds
  5. Clean and property store equipment
  6. Participate in projects and renovations
  7. Clean and maintain outdoor areas including mowing grass and shoveling snow
  8. Other duties as assigned

Location

Chicago, IL

To Apply

Submit resume with cover letter to Jeff Isola by email to jisola@lydiahome.org.


Preschool Program Teacher (Co-Teacher)

Supervisor: Preschool Program Director 

Minimum Requirements:

The qualified candidate for this position must be 19 years and have at least a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED).

The candidate must have a minimum of sixty semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six semester (or 9 quarter hours) in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six; or one year (1560 clock hours) of child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten or licensed day care center and 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of credits from an accredited college or university with six semester (or nine quarter hours) in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six.  See the Department of Child & Family Services section 407.140 (https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/aboutus/notices/documents/rules_407.pdf) for a third alternative.

The candidate must show sensitivity and maturity and be able to relate well with preschool children and adults.

Must have:

  • The ability to lift 50 pounds up to 10 times a shift
  • The ability to lead physical activities
  • The ability to participate in outdoor activities throughout the year
  • Vision corrected to 20/30
  • Hearing adequate to function in a classroom setting
  • A fitness level which allows you to fully participate in activities for an entire shift including sitting in small chairs or on the rug.
  • Physical and mental health that do not interfere with child care responsibilities
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Sensitivity to children’s socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, as well as individual needs and capabilities
  • A valid driver’s license and a good driving record if applicable or valid state ID
  • Must be able and willing to support the mission of Lydia Home Association

Dress:   Teacher will wear modest clothing and practical shoes that are conductive to participating with children in various activities, and a watch or other timekeeping device.  Daily wearing a timekeeping device is vital to maintaining the daily schedule.

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

Responsibilities:

  1. Using smiles, loving and appropriate touches, and voice inflection, create and maintain a warm, loving, and secure atmosphere for each child.
  2. Plan and prepare early childhood programs in accordance with the policies and philosophies of the school.
  3. Develop units and daily activities that are developmentally appropriate and that implement the goals for each age level, considering individual children’s needs.
  4. Maintain the daily schedule, which includes time for cooperative play, various small group learning activities, gross motor play, meal times, rest time, and smooth transitions.
  5. Assist and facilitate children’s play.
  6. Use positive discipline and guidance techniques.
  7. Teach children appropriate ways to handle conflict and learn problem solving skills.
  8. Treat each child and each family with dignity and respect and guard the families’ confidentiality.
  9. Be responsible for the ordered arrangement, appearance, décor, and learning environment of the classroom.
  10. Assume an equal share of housekeeping responsibilities for the classroom and play areas.
  11. Attend all staff meetings.
  12. Attend two yearly staff clean up days.
  13. Implement methods for effectively utilizing the use of teacher’s aides.
  14. Establish clear communication with all staff, parents, and children.
  15. Keep accurate daily attendance records.
  16. Maintain ongoing assessment of each child’s development and progress in their service plan. This includes updating the service plan quarterly, and documenting a monthly progress note based on daily observations.
  17. Set goals and plan activities based on ongoing assessments.
  18. Greet parents and make them feel welcome.
  19. Assist in all aspects of field trips/off-campus outings.
  20. Lead children’s performance programs and conduct parent meetings (including Christmas program, open house, and parent-teacher conferences).
  21. Distribute memos, calendars, and children’s projects to parents.
  22. Comply with health department and state regulations about licensing standards and required training, including Mandated Reporter Training.
  23. As a mandated reporter, report any suspicions of child abuse to DCFS.
  24. Complete a minimum of 20 training hours per year.
  25. Complete and maintain CPR and first aid certification.
  26. Administer first aid to children and document any treatment given for program records and for parents.
  27. Comply with philosophy, policies, and procedures instituted by program.
  28. Report any concerns about children or program to Preschool Director.
  29. Participate in quality assurances and continuing quality improvement activities.

Submit resume with cover letter to Acting Director Jaime Vruggink at jvruggink@lydiahome.org


Teacher’s Assistant

Supervisor: Preschool Program Director 

Minimum Requirements:

The qualified candidate for this position must be 19 years and have at least a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED).  The candidate must show sensitivity and maturity and be able to relate well with preschool children and adults.

Must have:

  • The ability to lift 50 pounds up to 10 times a shift
  • The ability to lead physical activities
  • The ability to participate in outdoor activities throughout the year
  • Vision corrected to 20/30
  • Hearing adequate to function in a classroom setting
  • A fitness level which allows you to fully participate in activities for an entire shift including sitting in small chairs or on the rug.
  • Physical and mental health that do not interfere with child care responsibilities
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Sensitivity to children’s socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, as well as individual needs and capabilities
  • A valid driver’s license and a good driving record if applicable or valid state ID
  • Must be able and willing to support the mission of Lydia Home Association

Dress:   Teacher will wear modest clothing and practical shoes that are conductive to participating with children in various activities, and a watch or other timekeeping device.  Daily wearing a timekeeping device is vital to maintaining the daily schedule.

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

Responsibilities:

  1. Using smiles, loving and appropriate touch, and voice inflection, create and maintain a warm, loving, and secure atmosphere for each child.
  2. Assist and help teachers implement the program for the class in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the center.
  3. Maintain the daily schedule, which includes time for cooperative play, various small group learning activities, gross motor play, meal times, rest time, and smooth transitions.
  4. Assist and facilitate children’s play and learning experiences.
  5. Teach children appropriate ways to handle conflict and help children learn problem-solving skills.
  6. Serve each child and each family with dignity and respect and guard the families’ confidentiality.
  7. Be prepared to lead a group of children in academic skills – letters, numbers, gross and fine motor skills – when needed.
  8. Assist with the general housekeeping of the classrooms.
  9. Assist in record keeping and documentation.
  10. Assist the teachers in the production of learning resources.
  11. Attend and assist with all children’s performance programs and parent meetings (including Christmas program and open house).
  12. Assist in all aspects of field trips/off-campus outings.
  13. Comply with health department and state regulations about licensing standards and required training, including Mandated Reporter Training.
  14. As a mandated reporter, report any suspicions of child abuse to DCFS.
  15. Complete a minimum of 20 training hours each year.
  16. Complete and maintain CPR and first aid certification.
  17. Administer first aid to children and document any treatment given for program and parents’ records.
  18. Work as a team to keep the classroom in an ordered appearance.
  19. Comply with philosophy, policies, and procedures instituted by program.
  20. Report any concerns about children or program to Preschool Director.
  21. Participate in quality assurance and continuing quality improvement activities.

Submit resume with cover letter to Acting Director Jaime Vruggink at jvruggink@lydiahome.org


Front Desk Volunteer (unpaid position)  

Description 

We are looking for a few volunteers to serve as administrative support at our front desk. We are hoping to cover a total of 40 hours a week between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Shifts would be 4-8 hours long, depending on volunteer availability.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include greeting guests, answering the phone, organizing mail, updating calendars, and maintaining office supplies.

(This could be an ideal position for a retired person who wants to spend a few hours a week doing meaningful and essential work).

This is an unpaid volunteer position.

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Case Aide

Minimum Requirements

Minimum high school diploma or equivalent, valid drivers license, good problem-solving skills, familiarity with the city and its services, flexible, good sense of humor, likes and gets along well with children. Must meet Agency and DCFS driver approval standards.  Must be willing and able to support the mission of Lydia Home Association.

Function

Support Foster Care Team with adjunct services that enhance and augment the program.

Responsibilities

  1. Read and comply with the guidelines described in the Case Aide Handbook.
  2. Transport foster care children and/or biological parents to visits and appointments.
  3. Maintain professional appearance and attitude with all families/children which services are provided to.
  • Assist case managers and Administrative Assistant as directed.
  • Confer with case manager and supervisor immediately if/when an incident occurs while monitoring a visit or transporting foster children.
  1. Document all contact w/clients i.e.: children, Bio parents, foster parents.
  2. Other duties as assigned

Child Care Worker

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.

Responsibilities
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
Part-time

Location
Chicago, IL

To apply
Email resume and questions regarding the position to hbaranowski@lydiahome.org.


Foster Care Case Manager

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.

Responsibilities
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
Full-time

Location
Chicago, IL

Job Code
FC Case Manager (49)