Part Time Position - Lev Respite Staff

Lev Respite Staff

Libenu is seeking part-time Respite Workers for children and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities; M-Th from 3:45pm -7:15pm for our Lev Respite program.

Lev Respite provides desperately-needed assistance to families who have children and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities by offering professional, dependable, well-structured respite services in a safe, nurturing environment. Lev’s activities are person-centered and designed to maximize each child’s potential. Lev participants develop social, emotional, communication, and life skills through an experiential curriculum that includes art, music, movement and play activities that are rooted in best practices.

The Respite Worker will:
• Maintain the well-being and safety of participants
• Participate in planning and implementing developmentally and age-appropriate social, recreational, and learning activities for participants
• Support and assist with activities of daily living (may include lifting, dressing, walking, feeding, toileting and diaper changing)
• Provide 1-1 and small group support for participants
• Supervise and direct volunteers as needed
• Maintain a Covid-safe environment by following all Covid protocols for the program.
• Support children and volunteers in maintaining social distancing, frequent hand sanitizing, and cleaning surfaces
• Implement established behavior plans and academic goals
• Assist with set up and clean up, disinfecting, and organizing the classroom space before and after the program
• Participate in paid staff trainings and supervision
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job:
• Ability to closely observe participant in care.
• Ability to run, walk, stand, sit on the floor, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, jump, listen, hear, and talk.
• Ability to reach with hands and arms.

• Ability to support weight of up to 40 pounds of a client (i.e., carry a child, assist with
lifting an adult).
• These activities are performed both outdoors and indoors throughout the year.
• During COVID, staff are provided and required to wear/use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks, face shield, hand sanitizer, etc.
Work Environment

Lev Respite is located on the north side of Chicago. The work environment characteristics are representative of those an individual would encounter in a school setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Employees may encounter participants who demonstrate difficult behaviors, including but not limited to crying, tantrums, kicking, screaming, and verbal and/or physical aggression.

• Must be 18 years of age or older.
• Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, college preferred
• Direct Service Professional (DSP) preferred
• Minimum of 1 year experience working who have individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities
• Ability to accept and engage in supervision
• Must meet physical demands of the position
• Must successfully complete a background check
• Familiarity with Jewish customs and traditions preferred

Salary: $15 – $18 per hour, commensurate with experience.

This list of position functions is not all-inclusive and may be supplemented or modified. Libenu’s mission is to provide residential, vocational, and respite opportunities for people with disabilities to live with dignity and respect, as fully included members of their community. Libenu is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative not-for-profit organizations in the United States. Libenu uses person-centered planning to provide a gold standard of care in all of its programs. Libenu is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to building a diverse workforce and positive working environment.

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Full Time Positon - Direct Service & Policy Advocacy Associate

We are currently seeking a Corps Member to join the Chicago cohort and work at the intersection of direct service and policy advocacy as the Direct Service & Policy Advocacy Associate at our partner, Libenu, for the 2021-2022 program year. Scroll down to learn more about the specific position!

Avodah’s Jewish Service Corps is a program for young adults ages 21-26 to spend a year fighting for social and economic justice. During their service year, participants live and learn at the crossroads of activism and Jewish life while contributing full-time to organizations working on crucial justice issues.

Spend a year serving for justice at a leading anti-poverty organization while living and learning at the crossroads of justice and Jewish life. As a member of the Jewish Services Corps, you will:

  • Build real-world expertise with critical, hands-on work experience. You’ll be placed with one of Avodah’s partner organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Washington, DC, or our newest city, San Diego. Through on-the-ground direct service work, you’ll contribute meaningfully to our partners’ work on crucial justice issues such as immigration, food insecurity, education, healthcare, criminal justice, and much more.
  • Develop activist chops and Jewish social justice insights. Avodah’s trusted, innovative curriculum examines the causes and effects of domestic poverty, develops practical skills, and looks at justice work with a Jewish lens. Programming will deepen, contextualize, and nourish your day-to-day work while preparing you stay in social and economic justice movements for the long haul.
  •  Live and learn in the dynamic Avodah community. Home-cooked meals, late night conversations, and holiday celebrations make living communally in the bayit (house) memorable and meaningful.
  • Access activism, professional development, and Jewish opportunities for life. Over a thousand social justice leaders across the country serve as active, engaged members of our alumni community. They’ll help you with everything from apartments hunts to job references to holiday meals invites.
In addition to a year of professional and personal growth, Corps Members receive a monthly living stipend, health insurance, travel allowance, and subsidized housing. The 2021-2022 program starts in late August, but we will be accepting Corps Members for this year’s program through the end of September.

Avodah is committed to building a service corps that inclusively represents the diverse Jewish Community. Sephardi Jews, Mizrahi Jews, Jews of Color, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBT2QIA people, and people who come from poor or working class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!


The Direct Service & Policy Advocacy (DSPA) Associate holds a unique position with the organization at the intersection of the work we do and advocacy for policies that best serve our clients.  This DSPA will spend significant time working with adults and children with disabilities, as well as interfacing with their families, in order to understand their needs and the opportunities and challenges they face.  Time outside of this direct service work will be spent applying what the DSPA has learned towards policy advocacy to help promote policies and legislation that will benefit our clients’ and their families’ needs and well-being. This is a role that truly combines direct service work with informed policy change on behalf of individuals with disabilities.


Policy advocacy working directly with the Jewish United Fund, including activities such as:

o   Conducting research and develop background briefs, factsheets, and support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities policies.

o   Virtually attending coalition meetings and meetings with state legislators and state agencies.

o   Analyzing, tracking, and drafting state legislation and assist with Springfield Advocacy Mission

o   Reviewing state agency proposed rules and draft comments for submission in coordination with Libenu.


Performing direct service with Libenu to children and adults with disabilities, including activities such  as:

o   Afterschool respite programming (with potential to do daytime respite as needed with families).

o   Engaging in Direct service to adult clients with disabilities in our day program; including leading and designing programs based on the Associate’s interests and/or skills.

o   Building awareness for Libenu’s mission and clients in new communities.



· A combination of teamwork and independent work

· The role is structured

· Initiate projects with supervisors approval

· Implement existing projects under supervision

· Pace will fluctuate

· Fulfilling work that is highly rewarding

· Immediate and significant impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their families

· Requires Associate to be an ambassador for Libenu


·  Passion for our mission and our clients

· The ability to be patient and empathetic

· Energy and enthusiasm

· The ability to stay calm in difficult situations

· Strong communication skills, verbal and written

· Good at time management

· Self-starter/independent

· Confidence

· Someone with creative talent or interest (i.e. music, baking, art, etc.)

· Responsible and responsive

·  Strong problem solver

· Is able to see the value in all people, regardless of ability or need

· A kind heart

· Insightful

· Ability to maintain a sense of humor in a challenging situation

·  Be charismatic in public situations

· Sensitivity to the diversity of Jewish practice of our clients

Details at a Glance

    Full Time Schedule


Corps members earn a monthly living allowance in addition to receiving health insurance, a travel subsidy and subsidized housing.


You will receive a monthly living stipend plus health insurance, subsidized housing, transportation stipend, professional and leadership development.