Join the ECH Every Child’s Hope family! It’s such a great place to work, you will find many staff who have worked here for 20, 30, even 40 years!

Join us as we continue caring for those who need us most. With competitive benefit plans, friendly work environments, and continuing education opportunities, ECH is a great place to grow your career.


Summary Plans, organizes, and directs treatment approved recreation program for residents in institutions by performing the following duties.


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

  • Directs and organizes a variety of activities/techniques including sports, games, arts and crafts dance and movement, music, and community outings to assist residents to develop interpersonal relationships, to socialize effectively, and to develop confidence needed to participate in group activities.
  • Regulates content of program in accordance with residents’ capabilities, needs and interests.
  • Instructs residents in relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, concentration, and other activities, to reduce stress and tension.
  • Instructs residents in calisthenics, stretching and limbering exercises, and individual and group sports.
  • Assists youth in reducing depression, stress, and anxiety in an effort to reduce the effects of their mental health challenges.
  • Organizes and coordinates special outings and accompanies residents on outings such as ball games, sightseeing, or picnics to make residents aware of available recreational resources.
  • Prepares reports for case managers and other members of treatment team, reflecting residents’ reactions and evidence of progress or regression.
  • Trains youth care specialists in techniques of recreation therapy.
  • Provides units with activities and recreational opportunities that staff can implement in the absence of the Recreational Therapist.
  • Prepares and submits requisition for needed supplies.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities necessary.



Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university and one to two years related experience and/or training.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Certification in Recreational Therapy preferred


Other Qualifications

Valid Driver’s License and insurable by Agency insurance company.

The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


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Every Child’s HopeUS-MO-St. Louis

Job Description

Are you looking for that perfect summer job? Individuals needed to work in residential program with youth ages 6-18 for the summer (mid June through mid August 2016). Responsible for assisting with a fun, organized Summer Program.

Most positions offer flexible, 8 hour shifts. Must be 21, have high school diploma or equivalent, driver’s license, and enjoy working with young people. Relevant experience a plus! Salary is commensurate with experience.

Job Requirements

Hiring the following positions:

  • Individuals with social work experience to work with youth in residential programs
  • Certified Lifeguard (25 hours per week at $12 per hour)
  • Individual with recreational or physical education experience to administer sports program
  • Individual with experience in art or art therapy to administer arts and crafts activities

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time/Part-Time

Job Type Nonprofit – Social Services, Education

Education High School

Experience At least 1 year(s)

Manages Others No

Relocation No

Industry Not for Profit – Charitable, Recreation, Social Services

Required Travel Not Specified

Job ID Summer positions


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Job Description:
Full-time position available managing residential unit for adolescents ages 10-17 with emotional and behavioral challenges. Responsibilities include oversight of daily operations of unit; supervision of permanent staff and PRN pool; supervision of residents; participation in treatment meetings; and facilitating communication between treatment team members.

Must possess bachelor’s degree in one of the human services and possess 2-4 years of experience working in residential programs for adolescents.  Management experience is also preferred.

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Every Child’s Hope is seeking an Apartment Life Specialist.   This position will provide life skills services to youth ages 16-21 who are living in a transitional living program.  The youth served are either in foster care, are homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless.


  • Demonstrate ability to be courteous, empathetic, and tactful with clients, families, referral sources, and other team members.
  • Develop positive, professional relationships and boundaries with youth.
  • Keep confidential all information collected and shared regarding clients and families.
  • Assist youth with the following life skills: cooking, shopping, transportation, filling out job applications, budgeting, and how to upkeep living environment.
  • Assist and counsel youth with developing educational and vocational plans.
  • Assist youth with developing resumes, filling out job applications, preparing for interviews, etc.
  • Work effectively and professionally while under pressure.
  • Document through case notes all direct and indirect contacts regarding youth within Agency standard timelines.
  • Provide supervision to youth who are in foster care or homeless in a group living setting in the community.
  • Provide youth assistance and encouragement in their school work and other pursuits.
  • Coordinate with the professional staff including therapist, psychiatrist, legal guardian, and others to implement and monitor the treatment plan.
  • Provide instructions to youth regarding desirable health and personal habits.
  • Provide assistance in the event of a crisis or emergency.
  • Maintain minimum Agency standards for continuing education and training.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred from a four-year college or university in the area of human service
  • Preferably two years of experience working with adolescents and young adults
  • Must be of good moral character and able to serve as a positive role model for youth; sometimes work under stressful situations and seek on-the-job training.
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ECH Every Child’s Hope announces an outstanding opportunity for a skilled individual to serve as Communications Specialist in our St. Louis office.  This is a full-time, salaried position.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Writing/editing appeals, brochure/fact sheets, and annual report;
  • Spearheading events for Hope for Tomorrow, young professionals for ECH;
  • Email blast/communication and website management;
  • Volunteer coordination, including tours and work projects;
  • Media relations;
  • Auction solicitation and events.

Qualifications must include but are not limited to:

  • A minimum of three years experience in development, communications, or related field;
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited four year university or college;
  • Strong communications skills, written and verbal;
  • Must be a “people” person willing to be part of a team effort
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These rewarding positions are within residential programs serving children with moderate to severe behavioral challenges. Full and part-time positions are available.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be able to pass an extensive background screen including a clean driving record and drug screen
  • Must also be willing and capable of becoming Safe Crisis Management (SCM) certified
  • Must possess high school diploma or equivalency
  • Experience in social work, child welfare, mental health or working with youth is helpful

Full time benefits include:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition assistance through Bachelors degree
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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 reports to the Early Education Director.  The goal of the teacher is to provide a warm, nurturing, safe and loving environment where self- concepts are enhanced, independence encouraged, and individuality respected.

Job Duties
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain a safe, clean, care-giving environment, practice good personal hygiene and hand washing, and assures the well- being and safety of all the children in that are in the environment.
  • 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 parent 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 infant and toddlers.
  • Promote parent-child bonding and nurturing 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; 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 as may be deemed 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 reports 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 (preferred Early Childhood Education)

Additionally, there are professional organizations which 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; complete 12 clock hours per year

of training; keep all credentials current; and be aware of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) code of ethics.

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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