Available Positions

Housekeeper (full-time 30 hours per week) ( Apply )

To provide housekeeping services to all UMCH facilities, both owned and leased


  • Maintain the cleanliness of all buildings, interior and exterior, Daily cleaning will include restrooms, floors, trash, kitchens/kitchenettes and general dusting.  Less frequent cleaning will include windows, furniture, deep cleaning, etc.
  • Keep restrooms and kitchens/kitchenettes stocked with supplies.


  •  High School Diploma or equivalent
  •  Previous housekeeping experience preferred

Bright Start Cook (full-time 30 hours per week) ( Apply )

To cook meals, grocery shop and maintain cleanliness of kitchen/kitchen equipment


  • Cook = Prepare meals as planned for daycare
  • Menu= Follow menu and make corrections only when necessary
  • Grocery Shopping= Placing online food orders with food supply companies or purchasing @ local supermarkets
  • Inventory= Maintain inventory of food items and kitchen supplies
  • Cleaning= Maintain kitchen and kitchen equipment in a clean/orderly manner as outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Stocking= Assist with keeping staff restrooms and kitchen/kitchenettes stocked with supplies
  • Other= Other duties as assigned by Director or designee


  • Minimum of 19 years of age
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Current Food Sanitation License
  • Previous experience preferred

Residential Therapist ( Apply )

Provide direct service to youth within Residential program to meet their treatment needs. Provide counseling services to ensure that established goals are being addressed and documented in various systems.


  • Provide individual, group and family therapy with assigned clients
  • Ensure counseling sessions are individualized to meet the treatment goals and interventions suggested by the DSM-IVR for the specific diagnosis of each youth
  • Responsible for creation of Individual Treatment Plan
  • Attend all clinical and case management staffings as necessary
  • On-going treatment planning for youth with consultation of Residential Treatment Team
  • Completion of Medicaid Service documentation  for services provided
  • Confer with Case Manager to ensure proper information is being shared for the completion of court summaries, Progress Reports, Individual Treatment Plans, Mental Health Assessments and other documentation required by the agency
  • Complete Mental Health Assessments and annual re-evaluations as prescribed
  • Complete quarterly review or revision of Individual Treatment Plans related to staffing and Mental Health Assessment outcomes.
  • Participate  in on-call rotation schedule as QMHP to provide necessary support, decision-making and counsel in crisis situations

Qualifications/Licensing Requirements: Masters Degree in Human Services required

Best Beginnings Nurse Home Visitor ( Apply )

The Nurse Home Visitor is responsible for providing comprehensive community health nursing services to women and their families eligible for the Nurse-Family Partnership program. The Nurse Home Visitor is responsible for maintaining highest standards in clinical practice and adherence to the NFP model. The Nurse Home Visitor is responsible for adherence to policies, procedures, guidelines and standards of NFP and the lead agency.


  • Valid  (state RN license required)
  • BSN (preferred)
  • Valid CPR required
  • Two years recent experience in maternal/child health, public health, home visiting or psych nursing preferred

Helping Hands Skilled Tradesmen ( Apply )

Helping Hands Home Improvement provides handyman, construction, painting, carpentry, cleaning, electrical, plumbing, and other home improvement needs. This person will join our experienced crew in providing these services to meet customer demands.

Primary Duties:

  • General carpentry (decks, wheelchair ramps)
  • Installation (cabinets, windows, doors, siding)
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Drywall finishing        
  • Assist with general maintenance of UMCH properties/grounds
  • Other handyman services as necessary
  • Provide basic instruction/supervision to construction assistants

Qualifications/Licensing Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent with sufficient formal or informal training to assure the successful completion of duties. General working knowledge of carpentry, electricity, plumbing, and grounds keeping.

Bright Start Positions Available Apply )

Bright Start Child and Family Education Center accepts applications for the following positions:

  • Part-Time Receptionist - To provide assistance to the Director and Assistant Director by completion of general/specialized duties and coordination of projects. Minimum of 19 years of age, High School Diploma or equivalent. ( Apply )
  • School Age Teacher / Pre-K Assistant Teacher - This individual will be responsible for curriculum planning for school-age children and will also assist the lead teacher in the ISBE Pre-K classroom. ( Apply )
  • Lead Teacher - Must be at least 19 years of age.  Have 60 hours of college credits from an accredited college with at least 6 hours in courses related to child care, child development or early childhood education for ages birth to six years. Associate degree or higher in Early Childhood Education preferred.
  • Subsitute Teacher - These are PRN positions that will be utilized to cover openings for teachers/assistants during vacation, illnesses, maternity leave and personal days.
  • Assistant Teacher - Must have 30 hours of college credits from an accredited college with at least 6 hours in courses related to child care, child development or early childhood education for ages birth to six years (or) have a high school diploma or GED and one year of child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten or licensed day care center.
  • Classroom Assistant - This position will be responsible for assisting a classroom teacher in the general supervision and management of a classroom.
  • Floater - This position will provide breaks to the teachers and assistants, assist with minor cleaning and kitchen duties.

Professional Foster Parent ( Apply )

Our Professional Foster Parents provide stabilized care to a child between the ages of 12-16 years old who has special needs, which may range from routine to highly complex. In addition to providing a safe, healthy and nurturing environment, the professional foster parent will meet the developmental and emotional needs of the child to include maintaining and promoting a healthy relationship with the child's biological parents. Position requires:

  • Requires a High School diploma or equivalent, some college desirable
  • 5-7 years of proven, quality experience in social services preferred
  • Current or previously licensed foster care providers preferred

Full-Time Mental Health Specialist ( Apply )

MHS's provide direct supervision and treatment to youth with emotional / mood disorders in our Residential Treatment and Transitional Living programs. Position requires:

  • High School Diploma
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Valid Illinois Driver's License

All candidates must be 21 years of age (unless otherwise noted), possess a valid Illinois Drivers license and pass all required background checks & drug screening.

United Methodist Children's Home does not discriminate against race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap. UMCH is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information on employment opportunities or if you have questions about the application process, please contact Human Resources Director Barb Richardson at (618) 242- 1070 ext. 229 or email.