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 our Human Resources Department at HR@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.

 

 


Job Description

Position

Foster Care Case Manager Supervisor

Supervisor Foster Care Program Director

Minimum

Requirements Master’s degree in Social Work or a similar degree from an accredited university. 3-4 years of recent experience in Child Welfare. 1-2 years prior Foster Care experience required. At least 1 year supervisory experience preferred. Must be CWEL licensed and be able to effectively communicate and work with staff, foster parents, applicants, and the community at large. Must possess high level of computer literacy. Must support and follow the mission and Christian values of Lydia Home.

Function              Supervises case managers toward achieving the following outcomes: Children in traditional and home of relative foster care; will live in safe home environments; will maintain a stable placement that assures their well being; and will achieve a permanent living arrangement. The supervisor oversees the placements and progress toward permanency. The supervisor develops staff and teaches them the skills needed to accomplish program outcomes. The supervisor provides clear expectations, regular supervision, reinforcement of positive performance and corrective discipline. The supervisor promotes and provides strong leadership to the assigned team and creates a sense of teamwork and cohesiveness among team members. The supervisor represents the program to participants, outside providers and within the Agency; and ensures a customer service approach is consistently utilized by staff.

Responsibilities

  1. Maintain a high degree of personal and professional integrity in serving the children, families, staff and community. 
  2. Maintain a high level of timeliness, quality and thoroughness of documentation.
  3. Provide day-to-day direction, training support and supervision of placement service staff overseeing foster care cases; collaborate with external stakeholders and staff to ensure proper management and care of caseloads. 
  4. Monitor case management team’s documentation; ongoing support services to foster parents, youth in care and biological family members (e.g., crisis intervention, parenting classes, domestic violence service, mental health services, etc.) and ensure their performance is consistent with DCFS and Lydia Home Foster Care Policies and Procedures. 
  5. Review and sign-off on all court reports, referrals, ACR documentation, and related documents.
  6. Attend court hearings, ACRs, family visits and other meetings in the absence of case managers and when support or assistance, is necessary.
  7. Provide monthly supervision with staff and document in SACWIS. 
  8. Ensure scheduling and participate in all decision-making meetings, including quarterly staffings, CIPP’S, and Child and Family Team Meetings. 
  9. Help staff stabilize foster homes to avoid disruptions by training staff how to intervene before crisis escalation.
  10. Complete annual evaluations for each team member.
  11. Meet weekly with Foster Care Program Director for supervision. 
  12. Communicate and meet with DCFS as directed by Foster Care Program Director.  
  13. Provide 24-hour on-call crisis services to foster parents.
  14. Help staff moves cases to permanency by providing necessary training, monitoring, and supervision of staff.
  15. Participate in quality assurance/quality improvement activities.
  16. Other duties as assigned.

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

 


Job Description

Position

Licensing Representative/Recruitment Specialist

Supervisor Licensing Supervisor/Director of Foster Care

Minimum

Requirements Bachelor’s degree required.  Demonstrated skill in the following areas:  public relations/public speaking, networking, recruitment and training, and administration and organization.  The worker must have experience with the foster care system, and either possess or pass Rule 402 Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes, the Child Care Act, and CERAP certification within 3 weeks of starting.  The ability to schedule one’s time and to work autonomously is imperative.  Must provide own transportation and have valid State of Illinois driver’s license.  Must be willing and able to support the mission and Christian values of Lydia Home Association.

NOTE: Candidates coming with CWEL, 402, and Child Care Act successful exam completion will be paid a signing bonus in the first paycheck of $1000 for each one of these 3 and $5000 if all 3 are already being in place. 

Function The Licensing Representative/Recruitment Specialist is responsible the recruiting, training, retaining, and tracking of all families who serve as foster families at Lydia Home.

Responsibilities 1. Develop, maintain, and evaluate tracking systems for all information pertinent to licensing and recruitment.

  1. Develop, implement, and facilitate recruitment strategies for long-term, emergency/ respite foster and adoptive homes.
  2. Network and present at suburban and urban churches for recruitment.  Network with other agencies and participate in LAN and other committees and organizations specific to foster- and adoptive-parent recruitment and licensing.
  3. Develop and present the ministry of foster care and adoption to churches and in other appropriate settings.
  4. Screen prospective foster parents using the intake/referral tool.
  5. Conduct initial home visits to prospective foster parents to explain the licensing process and provide the initial application packet.
  6. Conduct compliance visits to current foster parents.
  7. Develop, implement, and facilitate training for foster and adoptive parents.
  8. Participate in the planning and development of foster parent events, including an annual foster care picnic.
  9. Maintain current knowledge pertaining to foster parent licensing, recruitment, and training; continue professional development through seminars and conferences.
  10. Participate in all LHA staff functions, weekly foster care meetings, and supervision.
  11. Participate in quality assurance/quality improvement activities.
  12. Participate in fundraising activities. 
  13. Perform other duties as assigned.

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


Position Accounting Support Specialist

Supervisor Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”)

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge of basic accounting skills.  Several classes in accounting preferred. Must be willing and able to support the missions of Lydia Home Association (“LHA”) and Safe Families for Children Alliance (“SFA”).

 

Function The Accounting Support Specialist performs the daily financial operations for LHA accounts payable.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Process and enter into Fund-EZ all accounts payable invoices and check requests including assigning account distribution and obtaining required purchase orders and approvals when necessary.  Contact vendors for adjustments as required.
  • Print all checks, attach invoices, forward to controller CFO for signature and disburse checks. 
  • Reconcile credit card statement(s) to receipts and maintain a file of credit card receipts.
  • Maintain files of all paid invoices and transfer files each fiscal year-end.  
  • Maintain files of all journal entry work papers and cash receipts.
  • Record goods-in-kind entries.
  • Provide financial support to all levels of staff where required.
  • Assist outside auditor with various reports and reconciliations for the year-end audit.
  • Participate in quality assurance/quality improvement activities.
  • Complete other duties as assigned, including but not limited to Audit/Reconciliation, Credit Card Reconciliation, General Support, Cell Phone Administration, Bank Acct Reconciliation, Misc. Close Entries, Oregon Accounting, Couns. Ctr. Accounting, Credit Card Management, Off-site Document storage, Issue 1099s, manage Contracts.

Full or Part-time
Full- time

Location
Chicago, IL

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

 


Job Title:Recruiter / HR Clerk
Company: Lydia Home Association
Requirements: 

  • Associate degree or Bachelor’s degree preferred in Human resources. 
  • 2 years of office experience, preferably in the area of human resources.  
  • Routine knowledge of HR practices, employment laws and regulations, and their implementation.
  • Word/data processing and excellent computer skills.
  • Recruiting and onboarding, indeed the experience is a plus.

 

Responsibilities

* Recruitment and On-Boarding
* Orientation programs for new employees
* Keeping records, filing, and maintaining filing systems for Federal and DCFS compliance.
* Training programs
* Employee communication
* Compensation and benefits administration
* Organizing activities or reviewing policies related to new staff
* Assisting with the daily operations of the HR department

 

Full or Part-time
Part-time

Location
Chicago, IL

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

 


Position: Residential Case Manager

About the Program:
The mission of the 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, mental health treatment, wrap-around services, and case management support.

Job Description: The Residential Case Manager is responsible for case coordination, engaging the client’s support network, and advocating on the youth’s behalf within the context of consultations, court, staffings, and Administrative Case Reviews. The Residential Case Manager must complete case-related documentation and ensure they maintain communication with parties internal and external to the agency. The Residential Case Manager guides the transition process as the child navigates through residential treatment to their next placement setting.

Location: Chicago, IL

Minimum Requirements: Must have a Bachelor’s degree/meet qualifications to be a mental health professional (MHP). Must have good writing and social skills. The case manager must have an interest and concern for children and their families. It is also necessary to be able to communicate and work with all members of the child care team. Must be willing to support the mission of Lydia Home Association (LHA).

To Apply: Submit resume with cover letter to Dr. Heather Baranowski, Residential Director, by email to hbaranowski@lydiahome.org.

 


Job Description

Position

Lead Kitchen Cook

Supervisor Director of Programs

Minimum Requirements

Foodservice experience as a cook or chef is required.  Must have or obtain, as a condition of employment, required food service certifications. Must be able and willing to support the mission of Lydia Home Association (LHA). Must be organized and have a warm, welcoming, and engaging personality. Ability to lift 50-pound boxes and carry up/downstairs

Function

Ensure smooth functioning of the kitchen and the serving of 60 nutritious and appealing meals 3x/day for children who live at Lydia Home, keeping in compliance with all regulations. Cook at least one meal daily. Schedule and supervise kitchen staff and cover for staff vacations and sick days.  Maintain a clean and orderly kitchen work environment. 

Responsibilities

  1. Ability to plan menus and cook nutritious and appealing meals for up to 60 people
  2. Maintain compliance with Health Dept and DCFS standards
  3. Proficiency with email and web use to order food and supplies 
  4. Manage stakeholders including pest control, food suppliers, kitchen staff, residential staff,and individuals who donate meals.
  5. Ensure and help with general kitchen cleaning
  6. Keep control of inventory and receiving food service orders.
  7. Able to unload trucks and carry cases of food downstairs.
  8. Collaborate with residential leadership.
  9. Other duties as assigned 

Applicants can complete application on Lydia website or send resume to jebersole@lydiahome.org

 


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.


 

 

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

 


 

 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.

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. 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
Part-time

Location
Chicago, IL

To apply
Email resume and questions regarding the position to Ahernandez@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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