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ECH Every Child’s Hope is looking for a qualified Youth Care Specialist – Job Summary:

This person provides behavioral intervention, overall supervision, and assists in carrying out the service plan for children and youth who live in a group setting in a residential treatment program.

  • Provide overall supervision and accountability of youth
  • Ensure safety of all children and youth
  • Be an active participant of the treatment team
  • Provide on-going assistance to children and youth
  • Provide life skills instruction to youth
  • Ensure buildings and vehicles are clean and well-maintained
  • Ensure communication of information between the unit and the treatment team
  • Demonstrate professionalism

Company Information:
ECH Every Child’s Hope is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian social service agency, serving troubled adolescents and their families. We provide a broad range of services including residential, day treatment, early education, group homes, transitional and independent living, and outpatient counseling.
Must be at least 21 years of age. Previous relevant experience required.


  • High school diploma or equivalency required.
  • Bachelors degree preferred. Previous experience in residential programs or with troubled adolescents required.

ECH Every Child’s Hope offers one of the highest salaries in the industry.


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Steppingstone, a transitional living program (TLP) for adolescents ages 16 – 21, is actively recruiting for current and future openings at our Kansas City, Missouri campus. As a 24/7 operation, a variety of shift schedules may be available at any given time, including evenings, overnights, and weekends.

Youth Care Specialists supervise adolescents in a highly individualized transitional and independent living program. Responsibilities include providing transportation (agency vehicle provided), administering medication; providing life skill instruction, offering support in non-crisis situations, completion of daily logs, attendance at trainings and/or staff meetings, and basic computer skills.

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, or one to two years related experience and/or training, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have a strong desire to work with adolescents, a clean driving record, ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen, and be at least 21 years old.

Steppingstone pays a competitive wage, based on education and experience, offers a lucrative benefit package including three weeks’ vacation during the first year of employment, health, dental and vision insurance with low premiums, life insurance, 401(k) matching, and more.

Do you have a passion for working with at-risk youth? Do you want to make a difference in our community? Do you want to work directly with older youth by teaching them the life skills they need to be self-sufficient? If you answered yes, then Steppingstone might be the place for you. If this challenging, yet rewarding opportunity sounds right for you, please e-mail your resume to for consideration.

Steppingstone is a program offered through Every Child’s Hope, a St. Louis, Missouri non-profit organization. Visit and to learn more.

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Infant/Toddler Teacher
ECH is seeking an Infant/Toddler Teacher to work in our Early Education Center.

Job Description
The Infant/Toddler Teacher provides a warm, nurturing, safe and loving environment where self-concepts are enhanced, independence encouraged, and individuality respected. The Infant/Toddler Teacher reports to the Early Education Director.

Job Duties

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain a safe, clean, care-giving environment; practice good personal hygiene and hand washing, and assure the well-being and safety of all the children in your care.
  • Maintain an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child and family.
  • Maintain a positive, calm attitude and a pleasant, soothing voice.  Model this attitude and voice for parents and others working or volunteering in the program.
  • Encourage each child’s family to be actively involved in the Early Head Start program.
  • Promote feelings of security and trust in infants and toddlers.
  • Promote parent-child bonding and nurture parent-child relationships.
  • Assure that each infant and toddler is warmly greeted upon arrival, each infant is held, and each child is assisted to gradually become part of a small group.
  • Respond quickly and consistently in a soothing and tender manner to infants’ cries or calls of distress.
  • Implement individualized feeding plans for children; respect individual preferences and eating styles; sit with toddlers and share family-style meals; model manners and good nutrition.
  • Tend to children’s personal hygiene needs, remaining especially attentive to them during routines such as diaper changing, cleaning, feeding, and changing soiled or wet clothes.
  • Respects infants’ curiosity about each other and ensure that children treat each other gently.
  • Organize each day’s activities to provide children with a variety of experiences and opportunities that allow them to develop curiosity, initiative, problem solving skills, and creativity as well as a sense of self and a feeling of belonging to the group.
  • Complete daily health checks, feeding logs, diaper changing log, daily activity log for parents, and other documentation necessary for providing quality service.
  • Provide for the physical safety of each child from arrival time until departure time.
  • Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs, and report these signs immediately to the Center Director or person in charge.
  • Plan activities for children with special needs with training and technical assistance from disabilities and mental health specialists; implement individual education plans, behavior management plans, and/or individualized services or activities outlined for these children.
    Attend staff meetings, conferences, and the required training programs.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Infant/Toddler CDA
  • Associates Degree (preferably Early Childhood Education)
  • Additionally, there are professional organizations that work towards the development of children in their early days. Teachers are expected to participate in programs conducted by such organizations.  The Infant/Toddler Teacher must also be or become First Aid/ CPR certified and complete 12 clock hours per year.
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Associate Director of Performance Improvement


Assist Performance Improvement Director in leading ECH efforts to foster high quality and continuously improving services. In support of this task of this task, model a quality improvement ethic, employ specialized knowledge and skills, and manage quality improvement infrastructure and activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain working knowledge of accreditation and regulatory requirements for which ECH is accountable.
  • Interpret external requirements for applied purposes. Articulate ECH’s expression of requirements in ongoing administrative and service delivery operations.
  • Develop processes that strengthen operations relative to requirements, minimize risk and promote
  • best practices
  • Collect and assimilate Information from a variety of sources, including established data sets, constituent feedback, and incidental occurrence to monitor and evaluate performance of administrative and service delivery operations.
  • Manage demographic, utilization and outcome data from source collection to reporting.
  • Assist staff interpreting evaluative information and prioritizing opportunities to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of operations.
  • Assist staff in developing and implementing short and long-term plans to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of operations.
  • Monitor improvement plans for fidelity and closure;

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to solve problems within a system’s framework informed by data.
  • Ability to conceive structure-process-outcome relationships; standards-practices-outcome relationships; cause-effect relationships.
  • Ability to interpret regulatory and technical standards and academic literature for applied meaning.
  • Knowledge of child welfare best practices and trends influencing future practices.
  • Knowledge of clinical record databases. Ability to design low burden user-interfaces that support best practices and result in compilation of required data.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheets.
  • Ability to design spreadsheets that support analysis and reporting of data.
  • Ability to write technical and policy-level documents and explanatory narratives.
  • Ability to organize towards and satisfy deadlines of routine workflow and ongoing special projects.
  • Ability to interact with a wide variety of staff and influence positive participation in quality improvement activities.

Educational and Experiential Requirements

Master’s degree in relevant field and two years of relevant experience.

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Foster Care Case Manager -St. Louis

Summary: Provides case management services, with the goal of establishing permanency, to children in the foster and adoptive care system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide case management services to children and their families in foster and adoptive care system.
  • Formulate permanency goals for assigned children.
  • Formulate concurrent plans for assigned children.
  • Assess risk of child abuse/neglect and on-going safety of children.
  • Assess child and family functioning, family strengths, family needs, stressors and coping mechanisms.
  • Research and refer children and families for needed services.
  • Evaluate the impact of services.
  • Testify on behalf of assigned children in court.
  • Provide parent education.
  • Participate in on-call rotation.
  • Comply with all required contractual documentation standards.
  • Provide face-to-face meetings with assigned children and out-of-home care providers according to prescribed time frames.
  • Schedule, coordinate and facilitate FST meetings within prescribed time frames.
  • Secure appropriate and least restrictive out-of-home placements for assigned children.
  • Arrange for medical and dental exams, medications, treatment testing or routine health services for assigned children in out-of-home placements.
  • Assist families in meeting the cost of care expenses.


Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) in social work, psychology, counseling or a related human service field. A minimum of one year of previous experience providing family and children services, plus reliable transportation.

Job Type: Full-time

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Family Finding Specialist -

Summary: Searches for, locates, and engages relatives of children involved with the child welfare system and who are currently living in out-of-home care. The goal is to establish connections for youth and families to create permanent life-long connections with caring adults for youth.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • To discover at least 40 family members and important people in the child’s life through an extensive review of a child’s case file, through interviewing the youth (if appropriate) in addition to family members and other supportive people.
  • To provide this discovery information with CM and provide written and verbal reports to Supervisor;
  • To engageas many family members and supportive adults as possible through in-person interviews, phone conversations, and written letters and emails with the goal of identifying the child’s extended family;
  • To assist the Case Manager in planning for the successful future of the child with the participation of family members and others important to the child;
  • To complete the Missouri CD Home Safety Checklist and to submit background checks on those relatives who may be an appropriate placement for the child;
  • To provide follow-up supports to ensure that the child and his/her family can access and receive informal and formal supports essential to maintaining healthy connections and/or permanency for the child;
  • Assist staff members in developing skills to engage family members and other natural support systems;
  • Prepare, track and monitor data related to Family Finding (new referrals, cases staffed, number of family members identified, success/progress and barriers);
  • Arrange and facilitate planned training to ECH direct case management staff, supervisors and other identified staff;
  • Identify and engage external community partners to further collaborative efforts and be available to provide training/presentations to external providers;
  • Work towards meeting both emotional and legal permanency goals set by Agency.
  • Work towards meeting program outcomes of the 40 relatives/resources discovered during Family Finding intervention, 70% of cases with at least 5 relatives/resources committing to ongoing relationships, and 40% of cases with at least 1 relative/resource committing to Adoption or Guardianship.

Education and/or Experience 

Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in Social Work, Psychology or related field and 2 years experience in child welfare or human services.

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Family Connections Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)


The individual in this position will serve as office support to all the programs in ECH Family Connections.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greeting clients and directing to appropriate person
  • Intake for all Family Connections programs
  • Front office for Outpatient Psychiatric Services including; scheduling, height and weight, triaging messages, manage prior authorizations, facilitate prescription refills, etc.
  • Back office for Foster Care Case Management including; filing, preparing cases for return to Children’s Division, copy court orders, maintain schedule for court hearings
  • Manage and stock paperwork for various programs (fax cover sheets, informed consent, client satisfaction surveys, etc.)
  • Keep CD forms updated and organized
  • Filing
  • Car scheduling/Key fobs/desk and door keys
  • Inventory and order supplies
  • Keep resource table organized and up to date
  • Update Family Connections phone list
  • Keep Fax and phone #’s updated
  • Update weekly visitor lists
  • Organize mail room, updating mail slots, etc.
  • Distributing mail, readying outgoing mail, Certified mail
  • Keep paper in fax and copy machines
  • Daily runs to main campus and Missouri Alliance for mail and supplies as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Computer and Mathematical Skills:

Must be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, and Word a plus.


Ideal candidate will have high school diploma and one year office experience.

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Teacher Assistant


Assist teachers in classroom dynamics, lessons and preparation as instructed.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES including the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

Respond quickly and efficiently to teacher requests in the work environment

-Escort students to Time Out room and bathroom breaks.

-Substitute for teacher in their absence from school or during meetings.

-If desired by teacher, take up to two classes during the school day.

-Supervise lunch and breakfast.

-Remove students from the classroom that need one-on-one assistance academically or behavior support.

-Co-teach with teacher.

-Remain in assigned classroom unless otherwise directed by teacher.

-Participate in lessons.

-Grade student’s assignments.

-Keep track of student work and academic functioning level.

-Provide support to students to keep them on track while in the classroom.

-Work one-on-one with students while in the class.

-Rotate around room to ensure all students are on track.

-Provide crisis intervention in the classroom as an alternate to using Time Out.

-Implement social skills while interacting with students.

-Keep in close communication with teacher about student issues.

-Maintain student point sheet.

-Any and all other reasonable request by the classroom teacher.

Associates Degree (A.A.) or equivalence of two years of college credit earned

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For additional questions you can use the following contact information:

Human Resources
8240 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Louis, MO 63114