White’s Residential and Family Services JOB DESCRIPTION
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.
• 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.
• 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.
White's Residential and Family Services is a Christ-centered organization committed to enriching the lives of children and families through emotional healing, personal development, and spiritual growth.