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 Alejandra Hernandez in Human Resources at ahernandez@lydiahome.org. You may also mail your application materials to: Personnel Department, 4300 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641 or fax to (773) 736-1033. Please also be sure to include the job code.

 

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 a professional appearance and attitude with all families/children to which services are provided to.
  • Assist case managers and Administrative Assistant as directed.
  • Confer with a 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

Bilingual Therapist

Part-time

 

Lydia Counseling Center is focused on serving children and families in the community, especially those with limited resources who are struggling with issues such as trauma, adoption, substitute care, and child behavior problems. Additionally, we provide individual and marital counseling from a faith-based perspective. Our clinicians use a strengths-based approach to provide individualized care to clients. 

Therapist Responsibilities:

  • Establishes positive, trusting rapport with clients.
  • Diagnoses and treats mental health disorders.
  • Creates individualized treatment plans according to client needs and circumstances.
  • Meets with clients regularly to provide counseling, treatment, and adjust treatment plans as necessary.
  • Conducts ongoing assessments of client progress.
  • Involves and advises family members when appropriate.
  • Refers clients to outside specialists or agencies when necessary.
  • Maintains thorough records of client meetings and progress.
  • Follows all safety protocols and maintains client confidentiality.
  • Contributes to the counseling center by accomplishing related tasks as needed.
  • Contributes to counseling center by participating and contributing as a member of counseling team

 

Therapists establish their own work hours in accordance with their availability and client need. Therapists determine their caseload, with a minimum availability of 4 weekly client sessions.   Liability insurance and office space are provided. This is a part-time position that does not include benefits. 

Therapist Qualifications/Skills:

  • Strong clinical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize tasks

 

Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or related field
  • Current with all state licensing requirements, including LCSW, LCPC and LMFT
  • Previous clinical experience

Full or Part-time
Part-time

Location
Chicago, IL

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


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 Ahernandez@lydiahome.org.

 


Position: Intact Family Services Case Worker

Supervisor: Intact Family Services Supervisor

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work or in a related field
  • Preferred 2-3 years of human services or child welfare experience (paid or volunteer)
  • Must be willing and able to support the mission and Christian values of Lydia Home 
  • Must effectively communicate and work with diverse staff, clients, organizations and communities 
  • Must possess high level of computer literacy, organization, initiative and follow-through 
  •  Must have a valid driver’s license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance. Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties including climbing at least 4 flights of stairs each day for home visits and occasionally carrying up to 25 lbs. for things like clothes, bedding, toys, car seats for families.  
  • Must successfully complete all DCFS Training and successfully pass all required DCFS licensure and exams (takes about 3 weeks).
  • Knowledge preferred of guiding regulations, includingIllinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) Rules and Procedures, including Part 302.388 Intact Family Services and Part 401 Licensing Standards for Child Welfare Agencies, as well as Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456).  

Function Each Intact Case Worker is responsible to assist families to function and care for children, free from abuse or neglect, keeping the family intact, rather than children entering the foster care system. It necessitates hard work, creativity and persistence to link the family members with the necessary services and provide the needed encouragement and accountability along the way.

Responsibilities

  1. Maintain a high quality of personal and professional integrity in all interactions and thoroughness of the documentation.
  2. Develop a positive working relationship with families and work effectively with parents/caregivers to help them improve their parenting skills and fulfill the service plan to effectively care for their children. 
  3. Ensure the safety and welfare of the children through timely visits, the frequency of which is determined by DCFS contract and the needs of the family. 
  4. Provide and document Integrated Assessment and Service Plans. 
  5. Provide and document ongoing support/referral services to the family including all required home visits, crisis intervention, parenting classes, domestic violence services, substance use intervention, and mental health services. 
  6. Meet weekly and work closely with the supervisor in all decision-making meetings, including quarterly staffing and Child and Family Team Meetings 
  7. Effectively move cases towards case closure within 6-12 months
  8. Pursue on-going professional development through participation in training, seminars and course work.

Full or Part-time
Full-time

Location
Chicago, IL

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


Position: Intact Family Services Supervisor

Supervisor: Director of Programs

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work or an equivalent Master’s degree in a human services field
  • Minimum of one year of full-time supervised experience in the child welfare field. CWEL and professional casework/case management experience is preferred. 
  • Must be willing and able to support the mission and Christian values of Lydia Home. 
  • Must have knowledge of guiding regulations, includingIllinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) Rules and Procedures, including Part 302.388 Intact Family Services and Part 401 Licensing Standards for Child Welfare Agencies, as well as Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456).  
  • Able to effectively communicate and work with diverse staff, clients, organizations and communities. 
  • Must possess high level of computer literacy, organization, initiative and follow-through. 
  • Requires possession of a valid driver’s license, daily access to an automobile, and proof of vehicle insurance. Requires physical, visual and auditory ability to carry out assigned duties including climbing 4 flights of stairs each day for home visits and occasionally carrying up to 25 lbs of things like bedding, car seats, clothes or toys for the families. 
  • Position necessitates serving on 24 hour “on call” duty for occasional emergencies with staff and clients.
  • Position will require completion of DCFS Foundation training and successfully passing all required DCFS licensure and exams

Function The intact family supervisor is responsible for the success of the Intact program to assist families to function and care for children, keeping the family intact, rather than entering the foster care system. They do this by training and guiding the case management staff to provide excellent care to all children and their families and linking them with needed resources.

Responsibilities

  1. Maintain a high quality of personal and professional integrity in behavior and thoroughness of documentation.
  2. Provide strong leadership to the assigned team and create a sense of teamwork and cohesiveness among team members.
  3. Closely monitor case management team’s documentation in SACWIS and ongoing support services to Intact family clients (e.g., crisis intervention, parenting classes, domestic violence service, mental health services, etc.).
  4. Conduct weekly supervision with case managers and monitor case managers to ensure that case manager performance is consistent with DCFS and Lydia Policies and Procedures, especially in regards to contact with biological parents and children, service providers, completeness of case files; and documentation of all activity.
  5. Review and sign-off on all necessary documents, including Integrated Assessments, Service Plans, Administrative Case Reviews.
  6. Ensure scheduling and participate in all decision-making meetings, including quarterly staffings and Child and Family Team Meetings. 
  7. Help staff stabilize families to avoid disruptions by training staff how to intervene to prevent a crisis situation and how to de-escalate situations.
  8. Participate in staff hiring interviews and provide input to the Director. Provide program orientation and any required program-related onboarding training of newly hired staff and ongoing professional development.
  9.  Actively coach, guide and train each staff and complete annual performance evaluations and professional improvement plans (PIPs) for each team member. 
  10. Meet regularly with Director of Programs for supervision, keeping s/he appraised of significant situations.
  11. Provide 24-hour on-call crisis services to Intact staff and families.
  12. Help staff move cases to case closure by providing necessary training, monitoring, and supervision of staff.
  13. Participate in Program Quality Improvement (PQI) and Risk Management activities.

   Other duties as assigned.

Full or Part-time
Full-time

Location
Chicago, IL

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


Foster Care Case Manager

Minimum Requirements
Applicant must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a 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 forwards 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)


Position Kitchen Worker- Lead Cook

Supervisor Director of Health Care Services, Head Cook or Cook on duty

Minimum

Requirements Desire to work and do a good job.  Must be able and willing to support the mission of Lydia Home Association (LHA).

Function Maintain a clean and orderly kitchen work environment.

Responsibilities

  1. Maintain DCFS standards
  2. Ability to send and receive email
  3. Order from suppliers
  4. Manage stakeholders such as pest control, food suppliers, kitchen staff, residential staff input, individuals who donate meals etc.
  5. Prioritize compliance with DCFS inspections.
  6. Ability to cook meals for up to 60 people
  7. Help with general kitchen cleaning as directed.  
  8. Maintain menu for residential staff 
  9. Have or the ability to obtain food service certification
  10. Able to lift up to 50 lbs .
  11. Keep control of inventory and receiving food service orders
  12. Team player 
  13. Occasional availability on weekends
  14. Ability to introduce new menu items
  15. Able to unload trucks and carry cases of food downstairs
  16. Team player with the ability to work independently
  17. Other duties as assigned 
  18. Create and maintain an inviting atmosphere

Location
Chicago, IL

Job Code
Kitchen lead

Send your resume to ahernandez@lydiahome.org