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Why Crisis Nursery?

At Crisis Nursery, you will be making a difference in the lives of others and will work as a part of a team, no matter your job description!

Employment opportunities at the Nursery may include:
Family Specialist Do you want to work with families? Our Family Specialists work within our Strong Families program. They spend their time working directly with families through home visiting, play groups, and support groups.
Lead Children's Specialist Do you want to work directly with the children we serve? This position is for you! As a part of our Safe Children program, Lead Children's Specialists are out on the floor with the children who are in our care.
Crisis Support Specialist & Crisis Advocates Do you want to be on the "frontlines" of the Nursery? Our Crisis Support Specialists and Crisis Advocates do exactly that. They are the first point of contact when someone calls our crisis line and when they come in to the Nursery.
Administration Our administrative team is multifaceted! These positions include everything from donor communications to volunteer coordination, finance to event planning, and marketing to programming.

Let us introduce you to the members of Our Team!

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How to Apply

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    Check out our open positions below!

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    Email your resume to Stephanie Record

    Include the position you are applying for in the subject line. Include any applicable experience. Cover letter optional.

Don't see a position available that suits your strengths? Check back again later or, become a volunteer!

Openings on our team

Director of Programming

An exciting opportunity to lead the Safe Children and Strong Families Programs at Crisis Nursery. We are looking for our next Director of Programming to make a positive impact on children and families. Seeking candidates to lead the overall programming of the organization while providing leadership, direction and support to all program staff.

Job Description

Oversees the daily operations of the Safe Children and Strong Families Programs, compliance with grant deliverables and outreach. Provides administrative oversight related to programming, including grant reports, statistical analysis and program evaluation. Represents the Nursery in the community through speaking engagements, special events, and presentation. Reports to the Executive Director and supervises program staff.

Essential Duties

Program Management & Development

  • Develops and implements innovative initiatives for Crisis Nursery programming
  • Oversees development and implementation of programming for groups
  • Assists with development and implementation of training for staff and interns
  • Assists with providing on-going training of CN-PIWI philosophy (Crisis Nursery-Parents Interacting with Infants) for program staff
  • Manages programming services aligned with Baby TALK and Mothers & Babies curriculums
  • Maintains and analyzes statistics and other requirements of funding agencies; develops program statistics for annual report
  • Oversees licensing standards for the organization and responds to changes accordingly

Grants Compliance

  • Manages grant compliance with deliverables, benchmarks and deadlines
  • Develops outcome measures and metrics to accurately reflect the impact of Nursery services
  • Drafts quarterly and end of year grant reports
  • Oversees data collection and maintenance

Staff and Intern Management

  • Oversee staffing activities of the organization, including recruiting, training, mentoring, and evaluating program staff.
  • Performs periodic evaluations of staff to remain in compliance with DCFS license
  • Develops and implements program policies and procedures to ensure programs are implemented efficiently and in a fiscally sound manner
  • Determines and schedules staffing for Crisis Nursery programs and 24/7 on-call supervision coverage while remaining within budget
  • Serves as on-call supervisor
  • Supervises and collaborates with Safe Children Coordinator to ensure program is managed efficiently and effectively.
  • Supervises Program Coordinator to ensure accurate tracking of program statistics and outcomes
  • Communicates with staff and interns through weekly team meetings, bi-weekly supervision meetings, and bi-monthly all staff meetings

Outreach and Collaboration

  • Represents the organization at speaking engagements and meetings and collaborates with other community agencies and organizations
  • Develops and oversees Program Advisory Committee
  • Contributes to organizational publications through program articles and testimonials

Skills & Abilities             

Education and Training:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Human Services Field, Child Development, Early Childhood Education from an accredited school or equivalent work experience


  • Demonstrated ability to organize, direct, plan and coordinate operations in a multi-unit organization.
  • Leadership skills, including negotiation, problem-solving, decision-making and delegation.
  • Three to five years work experience with children, at least two of which are in institutional or other residential group care programs or equivalent


  • Advanced level of knowledge of early childhood development principles and practices
  • Advanced knowledge of database management
  • Advanced level of knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Intermediate level of knowledge of early childhood laws, regulations, and licensing
  • Basic knowledge of principles of continuous quality improvement


  • Demonstrated competency and ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships staff, community groups and other related agencies.
  • Demonstrated skills in diversity, inclusion, cultural and linguistic sensitivity
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise professionals and other staff/volunteers
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent skills in identifying and managing measurable goals and objectives
  • Excellent skills in verbal and written communication, problem solving, and multi-tasking
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills and the ability to prioritize
  • Excellent database knowledge and data entry skills
  • Ability to manage changing and conflicting priorities
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning

Psychological Considerations

  • 24/7 availability in emergency situations
  • Fast paced environment
  • Changing priorities
  • High stress level
  • Large volume of interruptions

Shifts at Crisis Nursery

Crisis Nursery works a two-week rotating schedule. Exact shift times may vary for full vs part time positions.

1st Shift Hours: 6:45 am - 3:15 pm
2nd Shift Hours: 2:45 pm - 11:15 pm
3rd Shift Hours: 10:45 pm - 7:15 am

Lead Children's Specialist

2-week rotating schedule.

Job Description

Lead Children’s Specialist provides direct client care for children, newborn through six years of age, who are voluntarily placed by guardians at Crisis Nursery.  They will engage in intentional, developmentally and trauma-informed interventions to prevent child abuse and neglect, provide security, and provide care that helps children and strengthens families.  The Lead Children’s Specialist reports to the Director of Programming.

Essential Duties

  • Provide direct care for children in a healthy and nurturing care environment.
  • Plan and implement social-emotional, educational, and recreational age appropriate activities for children.
  • Assist children to develop safe and appropriate ways of interacting and expressing their feelings.
  • Manage children’s behavior with the purpose of reinforcing positive behaviors and de-escalating challenging behaviors while processing the situation and providing alternatives in a positive manner.
  • Maintain accurate placement of logs of child’s daily activities meals.
  • Prepare for shift by reading children’s files, admission information, parent identified goals and other relevant information.
  • Complete other duties as assigned to meet agency needs.

Organizational Expectations             

  • Model healthy, professional behavior while working with children, families, staff and volunteers you come into contact with at the Nursery
  • Communicate effectively with other staff, supervisors, and volunteers.
  • Work as part of a team to complete duties and meet agency needs.
  • Work with diverse economic, cultural, and racial backgrounds.


  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • 2 years college credit or 2 years of experience in early childhood education required
  • CPR / First Aid certification, or be willing to complete certification
  • Skills needed to succeed:
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to make decisions under pressure in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.
    • Ability to work with other staff on shift to ensure proper care of children and that daily duties are completed.
    • Ability to communicate effectively.
    • Passionate about the Nursery’s mission and values.

Psychological Considerations

  • Ability to bend from a standing position
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to sit on the floor and rise quickly
  • Ability to hear a child speaking or crying

On-call requires that you are able to come in if called with-in 30 minutes to help cover the shift and care for children. Pay is time and a half your hourly rate if called in to work.

Full-Time - 1st Shift

Copy of Schedule 3rd Shift (2)

Full-Time - 3rd Shift

Copy of Schedule 3rd Shift (3)

Sample schedules. Subject to change.

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