Are you dedicated, compassionate and interested in helping children thrive and families flourish? Then take a look at the career opportunities listed below to see if there’s one that’s right for you. We post new opportunities regularly, so please check back often. Thank you for your interest in Hephzibah Children’s Association!

Working at Hephzibah

Our multicultural team of approximately 150 full-time and part-time employees is passionate about our mission, which makes Hephzibah a dynamic and rewarding place to pursue or advance your career.

How to apply

1. Fill out the Hephzibah Employment Application (writable PDF)
2. Submit your signed application to Hephzibah Children’s Association via email, fax, or mail.

For more information about employment or internship opportunities, please contact Human Resources at or 708.649.7140 or fax us at 708.649.7095.


Open Positions

Full Time Education Coordinator

Full time position available for  an Education Coordinator to work as a liaison between Hephzibah and District 97.  The coordinator will access the educational needs of the children, provide ongoing review and support, work in consultation with the district Director of Special Education to determine classroom and school fit, monitor academic performance and make recommendations.

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Illinois Type 75 Administrative Certificate and Illinois Teaching Certificate required
  • Two years of relevant experience in education
  • Technical expertise to access educational needs and determine educational programs
  • Experience working with special needs children
  • Collaborative problem solving ability
  • Ability to work in a confidential atmosphere
  • Effective communication skills
  • excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise discretion and judgment in dealing with colleagues


Jim Woywod, Director of Group Homes

Executive Director

The Executive Search Committee of the Board of Directors has selected Koya Leadership Partners to lead the search for the Executive Director.

The job profile and application process is outlined on the Koya website at:


Marissa Martin and Turner Delano of Koya Leadership Partners

Full Time Head Start Teacher

The Head Start Program at Hephzibah is accepting applications for an Early Childhood Teacher to provide curriculum and care of 3-5 year old children. The days and hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am–4:00pm during the school year.

Qualified applicants will be warm, caring, nurturing, creative, organized individuals who meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or degree with coursework relating to early childhood education & experience teaching preschool age children
  • Previous experience working with children required
  • Must be proficient in typing, data entry and using basic smart phone applications
  • Effective communication skills
  • Bilingual preferred


Melissa Smith, Director of Head Start

Full-Time Social Worker Family Based Services

Full-time Social Worker position is available in the Family-Based Services Program to provide services for children and families in our foster care program. The Social Worker’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, family assessments, planning and implementing recommended services, testifying in Juvenile Court proceedings, preparing written reports, and supervising visits with children in placement with natural families.

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or a related field preferred.
  • Previous experience in a child welfare agency is preferred.
  • Child Welfare Licensure preferred.
  • Spanish speaking preferred.
  • Must have a valid IL Driver’s License to do home visits in various communities.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours and be available for emergencies.
  • Sensitivity and responsiveness to the cultural differences in the staff and client population.


Julie Dvorsky, Director of Family Based Services

Hourly Therapist – Family Based Services

The Family-Based Program has an hourly therapy position available in the Foster Care Program to provide family and individual therapy services late afternoon, evenings and/or Saturdays. Therapy would be provided to foster children who have a history of trauma and their families who are in need of therapeutic intervention.  Hours will vary depending on caseload.

  • LCPC or LCSW or LMFT.
  • Previous experience with children in foster care is preferred.
  • Experience providing therapy to children who have experienced trauma.
  • Must have a valid IL Driver’s License.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours.
  • Sensitivity and responsiveness to the cultural differences in the staff and client population.


Julie Dvorsky, Director of Family Based Services

Therapeutic Mentors

The therapeutic mentors program offers a parent/caregiver the opportunity for a break from the daily responsibilities of caring for a child with special needs, with the goal of keeping the family stable. The caregiver serves as a mentor and role model to facilitate the goals of the child in the home or community for four hours weekly. Mentoring services are provided to individual children and focus on skill development and/or recreational activities to address the child’s individual goals.

A mentor will be paired with one child, between the ages of 5 and 18, to provide services after school or on weekends, and will receive a stipend of $12 – 15 per hour, depending on experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous experience working with special needs or at-risk children.
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Valid Illinois drivers license
  • Access to a reliable automobile and current auto insurance
  • Patience, flexibility, energy, punctuality, organization and sensitivity to children’s needs
  • Ability to commit to a consistent weekly time to mentor a child for at least a year


Margaret Motto, Recruitment and Support Specialist

Hephzibah is an equal opportunity employer.

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