Aug 31, 2020


  • White's Residential and Family Services
  • Wabash, IN
Full time Entry Level House Parent Ministry Mission Jobs Nonprofit

Job Description

White’s Residential and Family Services

Job Title: Houseparent

Department: Residential Services

Employment Status: Full-time/ Regular/ Non-Exempt

Qualifications: A Christian with strong convictions who is also in agreement with White’s mission statement, Statement of Faith, and Code of Conduct. This person must be 21 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent. The regular Houseparent must function as a positive role model for residents.

Reports to: Program Manager

Job Summary: Houseparents can help youth learn to function in a home-like setting. By example and teaching, Houseparents can offer; healthy values, a safe and secure structured environment, and opportunities for relationship building. Houseparents will work as a full member of a treatment team for cottage of residents. Must demonstrate sensitivity to our service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.

Basic Responsibilities

• Provide clear consistent cottage rules and daily routines for residents through the use of the phase system.
• Supervise student daily tasks/ activities; chores, laundry, homework, meal times, chapel, recreation, athletic games, etc.
• Work with treatment team members and general staff to develop, implement, and review residents treatment plans and quarterly reports.
• Counsel residents: social skills, interpersonal relationships, personal hygiene, domestic skills, work habits, etc.
• Work with families of residents: demonstrate acceptance of families, open and regular communication, and provide counseling when appropriate.
• Provide basic first aid for residents and keep necessary records of residents medical needs.
• Apply universal precautions procedures when exposed to bodily fluids.
• Accompany residents to medical appointments when necessary.
• Keep cottage clean and do routine cottage maintenance (report all major maintenance problems).
• Provide recreation/activities for residents and walk residents to various campus facilities.
• Oversee youth completing their laundry.
• Engage in conflict resolution, intervene in crisis situations, and physically restrain residents when necessary.
• Perform administrative functions: daily reports, requisitions, clothing records, student checkbooks, etc.
• Attend staff meetings, training, review boards, etc.
• Prepare meals for cottage as needed. (Sunday night, breakfast daily, and when cafeteria is closed.
• Complete other duties as required by the Program Manager.

Skill, Supervision, Knowledge, and Ability

• This position requires a person to work independently. Houseparents must be: organized, at work on time, willing to work additional shifts, and able to take on extra job responsibilities.
• This person needs to enjoy working with other staff members and have the ability to get along in a community type environment.
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
• Must be open to different styles of intervening with residents.
• Express a willingness to be involved in training and learning new ways to deal with residents.
• Must demonstrate the needed skills to work with residents: relationship building, structured, flexible, communication, assertiveness, genuineness, patience, and composure in crisis situations.
• Must be able to maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.
• Must be committed to the Mission, Core Values, and Vision of White’s Residential and Family Services.

Physical Demands of Position

• Must be able to be on feet for extended periods of time, do significant walking, and actively supervise cottage recreation.
• Able to perform routine cottage maintenance and cleaning, planting flowers, painting, scrubbing floors, etc.
• Apply the MindSet physical restraint techniques for residents who are in crisis (expected to meet the requirements of MindSet physical restraints).
• Must have energy and stamina to work from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on a regular basis.

Working Conditions

• Work days will be scheduled on a two week cycle. The 50%/183 day schedule has a 2 week rotating schedule where one week requires 48 hours and the next 64 hours for an average of 56 hours weekly.
• Attend work regularly and be on time.
• Flexibility in taking days off may be necessary.
• Will work holidays as scheduled.

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