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 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.






Supervisor Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”)



Requirements Accounting degree with at least 3 years of accounting work experience. High skill levels in Excel, Access, and Word. Previous experience in non-profit accounting preferred. Good verbal and written communication skills. Must be willing and able to support the missions of Lydia Home Association (“LHA”) and Safe Families for Children Alliance (“SFA”).


Function The Accountant performs accounting procedures for LHA and SFA under the direction of the CFO and in coordination with other accounting team staff.


Full or Part-time

Chicago, IL

To apply
Email resume and questions regarding the position to





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

Chicago, IL

To apply
Email resume and questions regarding the position to



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.


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


  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



 Residential Child Care Worker. 

Minimum Requirements
The Candidate must be at least 21 years old and must have either a Bachelor’s degree in human services, a Bachelors in any field with 1 year supervised human services experience or 5 years supervised experience in mental health or human services, valid Illinois driver’s license (preferred). In addition, the 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.

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. The 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

To apply
Email resume and questions regarding the position to


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.


  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

Chicago, IL

To apply
Email resume and questions regarding the position to

Human Resources Generalist/Payroll

This  position is within our sister company Safe Families

Classification:   Full-time


Position Summary:

The Human Resources Generalist/Payroll manages and administers payroll operations and performs other assigned administrative functions, all under the general supervision of the Human Resources Manager.

Core Responsibilities:

  1. Set up and maintain employee accounts and manage data involved in payroll, working closely with Paylocity, employees and supervisors to obtain and record timely, complete and accurate information.
  2. Meet deadlines for submitting payroll data twice monthly, to the HR Manager for approval, and then to Paylocity.
  3. Assist employees and supervisors as needed to provide necessary information for payroll, insurance and other employee benefits.
  4. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive and protected information.
  5. In conjunction with IT and the HR Manager, maintain employee files in an orderly, up-to-date, complete and appropriately accessible condition.
  6. Participate as a key player with HR Manager, Accounting personnel, Paylocity, and insurance brokers and carriers in administering open enrollment, employee tax-document preparation, 401(k) communications and other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
  7. Work with Paylocity, First Nonprofit and other organizations to maintain state income tax and unemployment accounts, unemployment claim responses and other payroll-related matters.
  8. Work with Paylocity, IT and others to administer and coordinate those employee orientation functions not performed by the Human Resources Manager directly.


  1. Two years’ experience in payroll administration. Experience with Paylocity preferred.
  2. Familiarity and comfort working with computer spreadsheets such as Excel.
  3. Willingness to support the mission of Safe Families for Children.
  4. Good communication skills with people of various backgrounds.
  5. Self-starter who is able to work independently but also be a team player.


Safe Families’ headquarters is in Chicago, and office space will be available there. If the candidate desires to work remotely, that possibility will be explored.

To apply:

Email resume and questions regarding the position to Safe Families’ HR Manager, Don Dorman, at





Front Desk Volunteer (unpaid position)  


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 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.