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BCHFS Employment Opportunities

Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services (BCHFS) is a Christ-centered organization seeking servant-minded people who are seeking a great mission career opportunity!  Compensation is based on position and experience. Eligible employees are offered a benefit package which may include insurance (medical, dental, vision, and life), retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days, and holidays.

To apply for a position at Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services:

Read Statement of Belief and job description.

Download and complete an BCHFS employment application.

Send your completed application and resume to

Interested in joining our team?  Click on the position listing to see the job description and requirements.

Executive Director


Position Summary:        

Manage the Illinois Baptist Children’s Home and Family Service Programs to achieve the highest service delivery possible with available resources while adhering to the core beliefs of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

Qualifications and Standards:

  • Degree/ Experience
    • A Master’s of Social Work degree from an accredited school of social work and three years’ work experience in social work administration; or
    • A Master’s degree in human services field from an accredited school and five years’ work experience in hu man services administration; or
    • A Master’s degree in Business Administration or Health Administration and five years’ experience in administration
  • Complete a criminal background check at the request of BCHFS.
  • Complete a financial background check at the request of BCHFS.
  • Maintain active membership with a Southern Baptist Church in Illinois and uphold and maintain core beliefs and practices of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
  • Provide a personal statement of faith and commitment to adhere to Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
  • Exhibit strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Capable of diligently and effectively managing BCHFS budget.
  • Maintain strong leadership, collaborative, fiduciary and administrative skills and duties.
  • Perpetually demonstrate personal qualities that foster healthy relationships with clients, board of trustees, staff and donors.
  • Uphold DCFS licensure requirements for this administrative position and BCHFS agency.


Position Accountabilities:

  1. Lead Illinois Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services (BCHFS) to keep its mission and vison clearly focused on the needs of those it serves, while conveying the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
  2. Collect and process records, research data, and feedback regarding the needs/wants of the churches and families in the Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA); use collected data in planning and evaluation.
  3. Serve at the will of the BCHFS Board of Trustees.  Attend all board and committee meetings.
  4. Develop long-range strategic plans; assess existing programs regularly; recommend annual programs, calendar, and operational budget; administer approved plans.
  5. Serve as a member of the Coordinating Council of the Illinois Baptist State Association. Attend the Board of Director meetings and the Annual Convention Meeting.
  6. Serve as the Investment Officer for the Agency.
  7. Design, conduct, and evaluate programs and projects to deliver services to IBSA churches and families. Consistently communicate services to churches and donors.
  8. Multiple speaking/preaching engagements are required in order to stay engaged with IBSA churches.
  9. Build and maintain reciprocal relationships with other denominational and governmental agencies for the benefit of children and families.
  10. Recommend and administer an effective and efficient staff organization.
  11. Select, train, develop, supervise and evaluate staff.
  12. Develop, maintain, and manage the use of facilities and property owned by Illinoi s Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services.
  13. Raise funds, as well as, prepare and administer BCHFS budget within approved guidelines; record and report on all funds.
  14. Develop and administer work systems and procedures and adhere to Illinois BCH FS policy and bylaws.
  15. Evaluate the work of Illinois BCH FS annually in light of the following key result areas:
  • Fund Raising
  • Number of persons receiving care
  • Annual operations within budget guidelines
  • Identifiable improvement in quality of services rendered


To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to:  Rebecca Whittington, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at

Interim Executive Director


Position Summary:        

Manage the Illinois Baptist Children’s Home and Family Service Programs to achieve the highest service delivery possible with available resources while adhering to the core beliefs of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

IL Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services (BCH FS) is looking for an Interim Executive Director until a permanent Executive Director is in place. BCH FS is a Licensed Child Welfare Agency whose mission is to “Provide Christ-centered services that protect, heal and restore”.  The agency has a rich history of providing care for children and families in crisis for over 100 years.

BCHFS has an annual budget of $3.9 million and provides care annually to 1300-1400 child ren and adults through various programs including; residential care, maternity care, adoption services, counseling services and a pregnancy resource clinic.

The Executive Director has the responsibility to manage the program services to achieve the highest service delivery possible with the available resources; lead the agency to keep its mission and vision clearly focused; raise funds for operation and future endowment; prepare and administer annual operating budget; select, train and supervise staff; develop, maintain and manage use of BCH FS facilities and properties; and develop administer and evaluate services to children and families through strategic planning.

The Executive Director is responsible to the BCHFS Board of Trustees. The agency is responsible to the I L Baptist State Association in annual session.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to:  Rebecca Whittington, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at


Adoption Specialist

Position Summary:

Promote adoption services; recruit, train, and license adoptive families; monitor adoptive placements for the Faith Adoption ministry of BCHFS.


  1. Serve as a member of the adoption team of BCHFS.
  2. Maintain a high level of expertise in the area of adoption, home study/licensing services, and post-placement/post-adoption supervision.  Maintains awareness of current licensing standards and adoption laws, domestic and international.
  3. Recruit and educate adoptive parents regarding adoption.
  4. Coordinate regularly scheduled information seminars.
  5. Conduct training to prepare adoptive parents.
  6. Provide home study and post-placement/post-adoption services for adoptive families.
  7. Completes interviews, writes home studies, and investigates prospective adoptive families to ensure they meet both BCHFS as well as IDCFS, Interstate, and International requirements, when applicable. This process is to be completed in a timely manner to ensure the family can either move forward in the process or be directed to a different option.
  8. Identifies unresolved issues of infertility, unrealistic expectations, etc. to evaluate the appropriateness of adoptive parents.
  9. Monitors adoptions following the placement of the child and create post-placement reports, as required.
  10. Travel to prospective adoptive parents’ homes for initial home study investigation, renewals, and post-placement monitoring.
  11. Maintain accurate licensing files and service delivery reports.
  12. Assist in selecting, training, developing, supervising, and evaluating contractual home study providers and adoption clerical staff.
  13. Assist in counseling with prospective birth parents planning adoption.
  14. Work as a liaison between birth parents and adoptive parents.
  15. Report directly to Supervisor of Adoption Services.



  1. Bachelor or a Master’s degree in social work or related field- Illinois licensure of LSW or LCSW beneficial.
  2. Certified by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to provide home study Services.
  3. Demonstrate ability to be detailed oriented, coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously, and do both against a timeline.
  4. Outstanding writing skills combined with strong interpersonal skills and a self-initiating work ethic.


Angels' Cove Transportation Coordinator / Program Case Manager

Position Summary:

The transportation Coordinator and Program Assistant will provide transportation for Angels’ Cover residents and will also assist with program operation.  The position is a 35.5 hour work week, Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with a required one-hour unpaid lunch break, and Friday 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.  The position is eligible for full-time benefits.  The position reports to the Angels’ Cove Program Manager.

Position Location:  This position is located at Angels’ Cove in Mt Vernon, Illinois


  •  Provide individual case management to clients in maternity center weekly.
  • Schedule required incoming client appointments to meet DCFS standards.
  • Set case management goals with client and review goals on a monthly basis.
  • Assist clients in scheduling and recording appointments and record appointments in cottage appointment book.
  • Advocate for clients with other professionals to aid client in completion of case management goals.
  • Network and seek local resources and new services for clients as needed.
  • Coordinate transportation needs for residents throughout the week.
  • Provide transportation to medical, court, or other required appointments.
  • Provide instruction and assistance in obtaining medical transports and public transportation to assist with self-sufficiency upon discharge.
  • Assist in daily program operation when not performing transportation responsibilities.
  • Perform special tasks as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED, bachelor’s degree in social services preferred
  • Good oral, written and interpersonal skills
  • Good computer skills including Microsoft Office, electronic healthcare database, and email
  • Possess a valid State of Illinois Driver’s License
  • Meets and maintains all State, Licensure, and Agency eligibility requirements to drive residents and possess required State Driver licensure endorsements
Development Officer

Position Summary:
Regionally based to serve as the liaison and proponent for BCHFS to Baptist churches and Associations–responsible for identifying and cultivating both new and current investors for the ministry of BCHFS.


  1. To cultivate church relationships through visits to churches, pastors and Directors of Missions within a particular region.
  2. To visit major individual investors and prospects for the purpose of cultivating new gifts, repeat gifts and planned giving promotion.
  3. To promote the ministry of BCHFS by speaking to churches and other groups.
  4. Other duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelors degree

  1. Experience: several years experience in Southern Baptist denominational work, preferably in Illinois.  Fundraising, sales-marketing, public relations experience preferred.
Licensed Counselor - Metro East Outpatient Location

Position Summary:
Masters level Licensed Counselor in our Metro-East outpatient location.  Applicant should have experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families.  The position offers flexibility working with a team of supportive and skilled professionals.


Education:  Masters Degree

1. Credentials: LCPC, LCSW, LMFT, or equivalent, will consider LPC

2. Experience: Counselor should have experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families.

Houseparents - Carmi Campus

Position Title:  Houseparents

Position Location: Baptist Children’s Home, Carmi Campus

Position Summary:

Provide Christian guidance and supervision to youths in a group home setting.  The Carmi campus treats youths ages 12-18 years old, who have experienced trauma and/or are experiencing issues at home and/or school.  This position would require living on campus during your shifts. The houseparents serve the residents in a family environment to promote student/houseparent bonding.  Shifts are 7 days on 7 days off.  This is a full-time position with benefits which include insurance and housing.  On-campus, off-duty housing is included in the benefits package.  However, Houseparents may choose to live in their own accommodations off-campus during their scheduled time off.


Must be 21+

Have a high school diploma/GED

Have a valid Driver’s License

Married husband and wife


  • Serves as the primary caregiver to assigned children in care.
  • Provides supervision, both on an individual and group basis, to assigned children in care.
  • Provides spiritual guidance and serves as a good Christian Role Model.
  • Establishes structure in the cottages that enable the children to learn responsibilities, self-regulation, and to become functioning members of the cottage.
  • Generates an atmosphere that helps the child feel accepted and respected as a group member.
  • Provides encouragement and participation in school activities, assistance with homework, and educational planning and contact with teachers by serving as a mentor and coach for children in care.
  • Encourages children to plan, set, and achieve personal goals and provides positive direction for children in care.
  • Maintains a safe home environment.
  • Provides transportation for children to events, including but not limited to school, work, church, and medical appointments.


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House Mother - Angels' Cove - Mt. Vernon

Position Summary:

To fulfill the mission of BCHFS and provide a Christ-centered residential
home and needed support services resulting in positive life changes for young women who are
experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

The position is a 7 consecutive day live-in position with the following 7 consecutive days off
duty. The position is full-time and eligible for benefits.

The position will be supervised by the Maternity Programs Manager.

Position Location: The position will be located at Angels’ Cove Cottage in Mt. Vernon, IL.

Position Accountabilities:

  • Attend a local Illinois Baptist State associating church each Sunday with residents.
  • Maintain a high level of expertise and guidance in the theory and practice of maternal-child
  • Daily serve, support, love and supervise young women, modeling a healthy, spiritual, and
    moral home.
  • Set and maintain healthy boundaries and loving relationships for residents within a family
  • Have a vision for life-change and positive transformation for each resident.
  • Build and maintain reciprocal relationships with the community, social service agencies, and
    church units for the benefit of residents.
  •  Maintain residential facilities, including cleanliness.
  • Manage resources to provide high quality care within approved budget.
  • Provide for daily needs of residents: food, clothing, shelter, transportation, etc.
    Implement Bible studies in the home.
  • Administer medications and maintain a daily log for each resident.
  • Prepare and follow the cottage schedule and assist residents in following the schedule.
  • Document daily progress or notes in electronic record system.
  • Provide thorough information during shift change so oncoming shift can best meet the
    needs of residents.
  • Perform fire and tornado drills as required.
  • Obtain appropriate food sanitation credentials as required.
  • Interact with the residents and help them, when needed, in completing tasks.
    Interact with volunteers and donors as requested.
  • Attend staff meetings, trainings, and special functions.
  • Coordinate and supervise volunteer work activities: mentoring, crafts, special classes, etc.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Position Qualifications:

  • Minimum level of high school diploma or GED and 21 years of age or older.
  • Capable of providing leadership and spiritual guidance to each of the residents according to
    her specific needs.
  • Ability to recognize natural teaching opportunities and act upon them.
  • Physically able to fulfill all responsibilities of the position.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record.
  • Meets and maintains all State, Licensure, and Agency eligibility requirements to drive
    residents and possess required State Driver licensure endorsements.
PRN Houseparents

BCHFS is seeking houseparents to serve on an “as-needed basis” to help cover vacations and days off for the primary houseparents.

Statement of Belief

  • We value and affirm life from conception to natural death.
  • We believe that children should live in a safe and stable home environment and should be given the opportunity to thrive with loving parents.
  • We offer residential care, when needed, which nurtures the whole child – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • We work to strengthen the family unit and build family and community supports with the goal of reunification of the family.
  • We promote life through alternatives to abortion including residential care for pregnant women, life-skills training and Christian counseling, and/or adoption as set out below.
  • We believe that marriage is ordained by God and revealed in the Bible to be a covenant relationship between one man (biologically male at birth) and one woman (biologically female at birth).
  • We serve Christian, heterosexual-married couples (meaning of opposite biological gender at birth) in our adoption ministry and services, including those services we offer in support to outside adoption providers.
  • When we cannot assist through our Christian ministry programs, we offer referral assistance to outside agencies.
  • We offer all our services regardless of ability to pay and regardless of racial or ethnic backgrounds.

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BCHFS Human Resources
Phone: (618) 382-4164 ext. 1111


Attn: Employment Applications
949 County Road 1300 N
Carmi, Illinois 62821

Why Choose Us?

We are mission minded!
Our mission

Our mission is to provide Christ-centered services that protect, heal, and restore hurting children and families.  As part of our team, you will join in the mission to serve individuals in crisis situations and help them find hope through the love of Christ.

Employee Benefits

Full-time employees of the BCHFS are eligible for employee benefits.  Benefits may include paid vacation, sick days, and holidays; insurance (medical, dental, vision, and life). Residential Houseparents in either the Baptist Children’s Home – Carmi location, or Angels’ Cove -Mt. Vernon Location are live-in opportunities that provide housing to the employee.  Off duty living quarters available but houseparents are not required to stay on campus during their off time.  

Why Carmi?

Carmi is located in the southeastern portion of Illinois. The City of Carmi has a great informational website that introduces you to the community if you are not familiar with it.  


Even though Carmi is rurally located, major cities and all the accompanying amenities are less than 3 hours away.  

  • Evansville, Indiana is 50 miles to the east, and is the largest city in Southern Indiana with a population of over 100,000.  It has all the amenities of shopping, entertainment, and family activities when you are looking for a day trip.
  • St Louis, Missouri is approximately 2 hours to the west.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana is approximately 3 hours to the northeast.
  • Nashville, Tennessee is approximately 3 hours south.


Outdoor Adventures

Carmi is located within 50 miles of the Shawnee National Forest with camping, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, and much more.