Work With Us – Make a Difference in Chicago

You can play a critical role in helping children rebuild their lives and redirect their futures.

If you’re passionate, driven, and eager to make the world a better place, then we want you on our team. The dedicated coworkers at Mercy Home provide healing, guidance, and opportunity to young men and women in need.

At Mercy Home, you will have opportunities every day to help kids envision positive change — by working directly with youth on one of our two residential campuses, through our Community Care team or through work on our advancement or administrative teams that support our mission. Mercy Home offers all the support and resources you need to succeed in your career—and make a difference in the world.

Job Opportunities

To see all of our current job opportunities at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, click below.

Youth Care Worker Openings

If you’re passionate about advocating for children in need and are seeking a career opportunity that offers enriching experience and professional development, then look no further.

Twelve Terrific Years!

For the twelfth straight year, Mercy Home was named one of the top workplaces by the Chicago Tribune.

National Recognition

Mercy Home was also named one of the top workplaces in the nation by USA Today.


  • Appreciation for the Catholic mission
  • A can-do attitude
  • Generosity of spirit
  • Quest for excellence
  • Professionalism

Benefit Highlights

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is not just a workplace; it’s a community dedicated to the growth and well-being of its employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health coverage options, life insurance, disability coverage, a retirement savings plan, paid vacation, and more.

We also understand the importance of work-life balance. That’s why we offer benefits like complimentary lunch, access to health club facilities, and an Employee Assistance Program for you and your immediate family members.

Below is just a summary of a number of the outstanding benefits coworkers at Mercy Home receive*:

Health Insurance

Medical insurance with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, also dental, vision and telemedicine coverage.

Life Insurance

Employer-paid life and long term disability insurance.

Retirement Plan

Optional 403b retirement savings plan with Agency matching-dollar program and annual gift contribution.

Disability Coverage

Short-term disability coverage for $5.50 per pay period.

Paid Holidays

Eleven paid holidays per year.

Pre-Tax Savings

Flexible Spending Account for health care and dependent care expenses.

Sick Time

All co-workers earn sick time.

Paid Vacation

12 days for the first two years and then increasing to 17 days in year three.

Free Lunch

Complimentary lunch (depending on campus & hours worked).

Health Club

Health club facility on both campuses.

Employee Assistance

Confidential Employee Assistance Program for employees and immediate family members.

Weekend Pay Differential

Youth Care Workers receive a 20% pay increase for weekend hours worked.


Tuition reimbursement available up to $3,500 per year with a maximum of $14,000 per employee.

Extended Benefits

Direct care staff receive two additional vacation days per calendar year.

*Benefits and providers are subject to change at any time.

What Our Coworkers Have to Say about Working at Mercy Home

Day in the Life of Our Kids

Internships at Mercy Home

Mercy Home provides a number of learning opportunities for Social Work, Psychology or Ministry students each year. Internships will run for an academic year – September to May. We do not provide January-September or summer block internships.

Potential Placements Include:

  • Youth Care Worker Internship (BSW or 1st year MSW/MA student)
  • Therapy Internship (at least 2nd year Master’s student)
  • AfterCare Care Manager Internship (BSW or 1st year MSW/MA student)
  • AfterCare Therapy Internship (at least 2nd year MSW/MA student)
  • Friends First Mentoring Coordinator Internship (1st year MSW student)
  • Spiritual Development Coordinator Internship (MDiv/Pastoral Ministry student)

Scheduling, Educational and Age Requirements

  • Internships will run for an academic year – September to May. We do not provide January-September or summer block internships.
  • All interns must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Interns must be present 3 days a week for 16+ hours.
  • All interns must have a valid Illinois driver’s license (or hold a different license with the ability to transfer to an Illinois license if offered the internship).

Application, Screening and Interview Process

  • All screening and scheduling of interviews will be coordinated by Director—Internships.
  • Internship applications must include:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Letter of readiness written by the Director of Training or the Field Placement Liaison at the intern’s school
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation from academic and/or clinical staff
    • Writing sample

Email us for more information or to submit your application electronically.

EEO Statement

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.