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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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Crisis Intervention Specialit (Residential)

Summary: Full-time position working in residential programs for children ages 6-18 with emotional and behavioral challenges.  Responsibilities include working as a member of an interdisciplinary team and providing immediate crisis intervention support for children. This staff member is responsible for fulfilling the role of “Campus Supervisor” for the residential treatment programs when unit supervisor is not available.

Four years’ experience in residential treatment and certified at or above the Senior Level Child and Youth Worker through the Missouri Child Care Association.

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Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous experience in residential programs or with troubled adolescents is a plus.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, be insurable on agency’s vehicles
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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES including the following. Other duties may be assigned.

-Plans and prepared lessons and other instructional materials to meet individual need of students, considering state and school requirements, physical, emotional and educational levels of development.

-Works with students to provide consistent reinforcement to learning, continuous assessment of level of functioning and continuous feedback to student for all learning activities.

-Teaches a class or classes of children who are LD or BD or both and who are not able to function in traditional school programs off campus.

-Will work as a member of the treatment team to promote the growth of the children.

-Will maintain discipline in the classroom.

-Will keep adequate records.

-Submits necessary reports to the Educational Director.

-Must have a genuine concern for troubles children and their families and have a desire to work in an organization dedicated to Christian ideals and principles.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year College or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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AfterCare Theapist

The Aftercare Therapist is designed to expedite and assist children and their families as they transition from residential treatment to living in the family home or a community based setting. This intervention is holistic and addresses all aspects of the child and family. The individual in this position will provide assessment, treatment planning and in-home therapy to children and families that have been accepted into the Residential Treatment Aftercare program. They will also provide case management and community connections as part of Wraparound Services for said families and children.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide services designed to expedite and increase the youth’s inclusion into the family and community;
  • Provide assessment, treatment planning and in-home therapy designed to meet the specific needs of each family and each member within the family
  • Clinical services will target trauma recovery as indicated
  • Provide thorough assessment in the home, school environment or other community settings
  • Assess for safety and develop safety plan for each family
  • Provide individual and family therapy specific to the needs of the family and child
  • Provide psycho-education to family related to family functioning, i.e. child development, parenting


  • Complete all intake forms and outcome measure tools with family as required
  • Provide case management as needed specific to each family
  • Help each family identify and develop natural supports through Wraparound Services
  • Prepare reports for external referral sources as needed
  • Maintain effective communication and relationships with child’s team members


  • Assessment, monitoring, and on-going management of a medication regimen;
  • Monitor and evaluate daily activities aimed at increasing healthy functioning for child and family
  • Provide supportive services to help the youth with opportunities to attend and have an educational program;
  • Develop treatment plan specific to the needs of the family, update according to RT Aftercare timeline
  • Complete all paperwork according to RT Aftercare timelines
  • Attend all FST meetings
  • Complete all required training
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications must include, but are not limited to:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work or Counseling.
  • Must be either licensed or provisionally licensed as a Counselor or a Social Worker in the State of Missouri.
  • Two years of therapy experience preferred.
  • Also, prefer experience providing in-home therapy.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license in the State of Missouri


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School- 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

Hours are as follows:


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Summer Programmimg-Perfert Opportunity for Students and Teachers

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 2019). 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
  • 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

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.

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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