Join our team

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 Erin Zorns

    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

Full Time

Spanish Speaking Applicants Encouraged to Apply

Part Time

3rd shift

Family Specialist

Family Specialist provides support to Crisis Nursery families and their children aged birth-3 through parenting education, group-work, home-visiting, coordination with crisis/respite care, and community outreach. Family Specialist works with families facing child maltreatment risk factors, including perinatal depression, with the intention of strengthening the family unit and improving family stability. Candidate must have experience working with children and families, strong public speaking skills, experience with diverse populations, and experience in planning and leading support groups and play groups. Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some nights/weekends.
Email resume, cover letter (optional), and applicable experience to

Essential Duties

Case coordination

  • Identifies and serves families deemed eligible for Prevention Initiative and Beyond Blue services.
  • Utilizes the Baby TALK model for service delivery
  • Build and maintain positive, cooperative and effective relationships with families and colleagues.
  • Facilitates Parent-Child Interaction Groups, Parent Education classes, and support groups.
  • Perform home visits and provides crisis counseling for clients with the goal of child safety, family stability and parent education.
  • Make referrals and build relationships with other service providers to support client and monitor progress
  • Sets up respite plans for families, as appropriate and monitors time used
  • Maintains complete client files with referrals and case notes
  • Administers all necessary surveys (Edinburgh & Program Outcome Surveys)
  • Administers Ages and Stages Development and Social Emotional Assessment services
  • Enters program data into Crisis Nursery databases

Outreach and Collaboration

  • Represents the organization at speaking engagements, meetings and outreach events
  • Collaborates with other community agencies and organizations
  • Provides tours to the community and shares about Crisis Nursery services and programs
  • Attends staff and team meetings
  • Writes testimonials about work with clients for use in publications and reports


  • Education and Training
    - Master’s degree in Social Work, Human Services Field, Child Development, Early Childhood Education from an accredited school or equivalent preferred
  • Experience
    - Three to five years work experience with children, at least two of which are in institutional or other residential group care programs or equivalent
  • Knowledge
    - 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
  • Skills
    - Excellent 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 skills in cultural and linguistic sensitivity
    - Excellent skills in protecting extremely confidential information and quickly processing information
    - 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

Lead Children's Specialist

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.  This position reports to the Director of Programming.
Email resume, cover letter (optional), and applicable experience to

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.

Physical 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
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