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.


ECH Every Child’s Hope is seeking an individual to manage our satellite office in Jefferson City.  This person will oversee the day to day management of the office, act as liaison with St. Louis headquarters, do filing and records maintenance, copy and distribute  confidential documents, central scheduling of meeting rooms and fleet maintenance.  Excellent organizational and communication skills are needed as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office and Outlook.  We offer a supportive work environment, excellent benefits, and competitive salary.

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The ECH School is seeking a full time special education certified teacher.   Great opportunity for teachers who would love to be part of a team that serves children ages 7 to 21 with learning disabilities, behavioral difficulties, and psychiatric disorders. On-site therapists work with students. Competitive salary, excellent benefits, and collaborative work environment.

As a Special Education Teacher you will:

  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests to kindergarten or elementary students with special needs
  • Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise kindergarten or elementary school programs
  • Confer with other staff members to plan or schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual education plans (IEPs)
  • Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students’ behavioral or academic problems
  • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes
  • Develop individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students’ educational, physical, or social development
  • Develop or implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities
  • Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory
  • Encourage students to explore learning opportunities or persevere with challenging tasks to prepare them for later grades

Additional requirements of the Special Education Teacher include:

  • At least 2 years’ experience
  • Possess cross-categorical special education certification
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ECH is seeking a Life Skills Specialist  to 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.  This position requires afternoon and evening hours.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • 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.

Education and/or Experience

Qualified candidates must possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in the area of human services
  • Two years of experience working with adolescents and young adults is preferred.
  • 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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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.

The Infant/Toddler Teacher must possess the following qualifications:

  • 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