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 Substitute Teacher

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Preschool Program Director

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
  • Must be certified in CPR & First Aid
  • Must have six semester hours of college credits related to child care from ages birth to six
  • Must be able and willing to support the mission of Lydia Home Association

The substitute teacher must wear modest clothing and practical shoes that are conductive to participating with children in various activities, and a watch. Daily wearing a watch is vital to maintaining the daily schedule.

The substitute teacher’s assistant provides assistance to the teachers and children in the early childhood program and school-age program.


  1. Assist and help teachers implement the program for the class in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the center.
  2. Facilitate children’s play, and learning experiences.
  3. Teach children appropriate ways to handle conflict and help children learn problem-solving skills.
  4. Serve each child and each family with dignity and respect and guard the families’ confidentiality.
  5. Be prepared to lead a group of children in academic skills – letters, number, gross and fine motor skills when needed.
  6. Assist with the general housekeeping of the classrooms.
  7. Assist in record keeping and documentation.
  8. Assist the teachers in the production of learning resources.
  9. Attend and assist with all children’s performance program and parent meetings (including Christmas program, open house and parent teacher conferences).
  10. Assist in all aspects of field trips/off-campus outings.
  11. Read staff communication log before beginning shift.
  12. Administer first aide to children and document any treatment given for program and parents’ records.
  13. Participate in quality assurance/quality improvement activities.
  14. Complete 15 training hours, including CPR and first aid each year.
  15. Assist school-age children in their daily homework after school if needed.
  16. Drive to drop-off and/or pick-up school-age children from school if needed.
  17. Assist and facilitate children’s play.
  18. Work as a team to keep the classroom in an ordered appearance.
  19. Report any concerns about children or program to preschool director.
  20. Using smiles, loving and appropriate touch, and voice inflection, create and maintain a warm, loving and secure atmosphere for each child.
  21. 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.

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