*paid at $250 per month per couple following successful completion of 90 day period in good standing
GAP Ministries is seeking child loving, missionary-minded married couples. Live in our spacious, beautiful homes and provide a Christ-centered, safe, temporary family for children and teens in foster care. Up to $80,000 per couple/yr! FREE Rent/Utilities/Meals. Medical and free dental, vision and life insurance. Matching retirement plan. Wellness/rewards program. Use your unique giftings to be a vibrant part of changing children’s lives.
Our group homes are located in NW Tucson. We currently have 8 homes that provide loving care for children who have been abused or neglected. We provide a safe place for children to grow physically, spiritually, and academically while learning to honor God. The children in our homes are from 3-18 years old and are placed in our care by the Department of Child Safety. Each home cares for an average of 10 children and the length of stay varies case by case but the typical stay is about one year. Some may stay only two weeks and others more than five years.
Being authorized to work in the United States is a precondition of employment. We do NOT sponsor employment visas.
House parents are part of a larger Christ-centered management team with high expectations for biblical character and values including: honesty, integrity, respect for all peoples, high levels of trust and regard for teammates; and they create and model for children in care and for all staff the fruit of the Spirit.
SALARY & BENEFITS: GAP Ministries offers an excellent salary package for full time employees that includes medical, vision, dental and life insurance benefits, rewards wellness program, matching 403b (401K) retirement program, free room and board; and 17 days of paid leave in the 1st year. The salary for House Parent positions is approximately $35,000 to $40,000 per person per year paid on an hourly basis.
MISSION AND SERVICE:
Exemplify and support the Mission, Mission Statements and Core Values of GAP Ministries.
Demonstrate GAP Ministries’ attributes of an effective culture champion which include servant leadership, communication, respect, accountability, integrity, teamwork and positive attitude.
Comply with GAP Ministries’ Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics and HIPAA privacy and confidentiality requirements.
ESSENTIONAL FUNCTIONS: Include, but are not limited to, the following:
Living in the SPLASH home is a condition of employment. Living in the house must be accepted to properly perform the essential functions of this position. This function is waived under these circumstances:
DCS investigation for child maltreatment or other.
Change in position of one or both house parents.
Provide direct care of children and steward a home for the children in care by creating a safe, nurturing environment while teaching basic life skills and implementing positive behavior plans and behavior modifying techniques following GAP’s Behavior Management Plan, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) strategies, and state regulatory requirements.
Successfully use TBRI strategies and techniques to redirect child behavior. Maintain calm yet playful demeanor when interacting with children in care. Build trust with children and co-workers.
Responsible for keeping the SPLASH House and its grounds neat and clean daily to ensure the home is inspection ready per Arizona Department of Child Services Office of Licensing and Regulation physical plant monitoring tools at all times.
Implement the daily schedule for the children, engage in activities of the group or with individual children within the group, as their needs require, often implementing these tasks without other support staff. Assist children with homework, providing appropriate workspace and guidance to complete tasks.
Engage with the children in an appropriate manner following the GAP Ministries Behavior Management Plan and trauma model (TBRI), CPI strategies and state regulatory requirements.
Follow outlined policies and procedures for dealing with children and duties. As well as GAP Ministries’ employee policies and procedures.
Transport children to appointments when needed.
Implement the Night schedule for the children; help to supervise morning activities of the group or with individual children within the group.
Conduct and document regular, intermittent bed checks per agency policy. Pray for children during Night Watch hours.
Agree to get up in the middle of the night if a child is in need of assistance/sick.
Ensure records are maintained in compliance with federal/state/local regulations. Complete all paperwork in a prompt and careful manner, keeping records confidential. This includes but is not limited to the following:
Monthly Spending Ledgers & House Budget
Accurate and truthful NSLP counts
Accurate and real-time timecard (see Employee Handbook for details)
Time off requests
Misc. including: report cards, etc.
Prepare meals and snacks, following posted NSLP menu and follow sanitary guidelines.
Represent GAP/SPLASH to the public in a positive, responsible manner.
Agree to flexible hours and rotation of homes. Primary purpose is to provide coverage in peak time periods until night support is scheduled. Flexibility and reliability is critical in facilitating appropriate relationship with all staff; reliability includes checking schedule/calendar multiple times a day.
Follow agency chain of command in a responsible and supportive manner.
Receive and implement constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Personally grow in leadership and spiritual life to exemplify the characteristics of a cultural champion.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: Include, but are not limited to:
Must be 22 years old.
Lawfully married, at 2 years preferred.
At least a high school diploma or equivalency diploma (GED), and one year experience in working with children.
Successful clearance of Criminal Background Check(s), Central Registry in Arizona and any state(s) lived in within 5 years of hire, Driving Record Check, Tuberculosis (TB) screen, Drug screen, physical examination (fit for duty), and verification of legal ability to work in the United States.
Have 3 supportive personal reference checks as well as employment verification of last 2 years of most recent employment.
Successfully complete staff training courses.
Must have a valid driver license in effect for at least 5 years, meet the insurability requirements of GAP Ministries and driving requirements of DCS regulatory contract, and provide a 60-month safe driving record (MVR) from Department of Motor Vehicles.
Have a safe, reliable vehicle that has adequate heating and cooling, insured at DCS mandated levels, and may be used to transport children in the event the agency vehicle is unavailable. Auto insurance must meet DCS minimum coverage requirements.
Able to utilize own or company vehicle, including 15 passenger van, for transporting children, shopping, etc.
If living in a SPLASH home, children of employee must have proof of current immunizations at all times, as outlined by the CDC Immunization Schedule.
Have manual dexterity; auditory and visual skills and be able to perform various physical tasks.
GAP Ministries, a social service nonprofit serving Southern Arizona since 1999, stands in the GAP for those in need in three core areas: Family, Community and Ministry.
Our mission is simple: Standing in the GAP for those in need. Bringing help to children, healing to families and hope to the community.
Our 5 Core Values are:
FAITH: We are faith driven, choosing to seek God first and pursue wisdom from heaven that will produce creative solutions for the personal and social issues we all face.
EMPOWERING: We are empowering, realizing that people are more important than projects. We will make a significant effort to create a sustainable community, where we develop people not just programs.
COMPASSIONATE: We are compassionate, learning to love our neighbor and serve rather than being served, realizing there are needs that are always greater than our own, so being faithful to give even when it does not seem there is enough to give.
COLLABORATIVE: We are collaborative, setting aside our own agenda to work with each other and other like-minded organizations with common purpose.
ADVENTUROUS: We are adventurous, wild, fun and slightly crazy, pushing the boundaries and expecting God to move in extraordinary ways.