Feb 08, 2021

Live-In Child and Youth Houseparents -- $1500 Incentive Bonus

$40,000 - $50,000 yearly
  • GAP Ministries
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
Full time Christian Teacher Ministry Missionary Nonprofit Social Work

Job Description

Be a vibrant part of changing the lives of children going through a difficult season by using your unique parenting qualities. GAP Ministries is seeking mature, compassionate husband and wife teams with a heart for ministry. At GAP they will provide supervision, structure and assistance in meeting abused and neglected children’s physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs while modeling Christ and teaching them life skills. It is a wonderful ministry opportunity to invest in the lives of children and youth by serving foster children and youth in a group home in beautiful northwest Tucson, Arizona.

As a live-in parental guidance couple you will strive to provide a safe, Christ-centered temporary home for children in your care. You are part of a larger Christ-centered management team with high expectations for biblical character and values focused on creating and modeling these behaviors of love, hope and peace for the children and for all staff.

Full Time Benefits, valued at over $9,500 annually (first year), include: matching 401K (403b); employee no cost dental, life, medical, and vision insurance plans; and 17 days paid leave. (Multiple employee medical plans with or without dependent coverage are also available at additional cost.)

Salary: $80,000 to $100,000 annually per couple (I.E. $40,000 to $50,000 annually per person) based on a 50 to 65 hour work week. Plus $1,500 incentive bonus per full time couple, paid at $250 per month per couple following successful completion of 90 day period in good standing.

Employment Type: Full-Time (50 to 65 hours weekly) or Part-Time (hours/schedule varies by couple)

Schedule: Requires weekends with 2 days off earlier in the week.

GAP Ministries also has several other city-wide and community ministry opportunities for you while you are a houseparent. Learn more at www.gapmin.com.

Hear from some of our houseparents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5yFJkD68MM

Being authorized to work in the United States is a precondition of employment. GAP Ministries does NOT sponsor employment visas.


Why Work At GAP Ministries?

"Everyone cares about each other and is open to share their thoughts. The CEO has an open-door policy and is always open to sit and discuss anything that you would like to bring up. The company runs like it is a big family and every person is a key person in this environment. This is by far the most fulfilling job I have ever had."

The leadership of GAP Ministries is genuine, authentic and committed. The mission of this agency is "for real".”

"Serving every day in a ministry that gives back to the community, reaches out to help where it is
needed and loves children who desperately need it.

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.

Job Description:

THIS IS NOT THE FULL AND COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION. One can be provided upon request prior to hire. Candidates must read and understand the full and complete Job Description contents and understand it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job.

Essential Functions: The primary duties and responsibilities 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.
    • Employment separation.
  • 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 trained 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 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.
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • Personally grow in leadership and spiritual life to exemplify the characteristics of a cultural champion.

Learn more at gapmin.com or visit our YouTube channel.


  • Be physically fit to perform job duties. Be emotionally able to display warmth and able to enjoy and be comfortable with active, often aggressive and disorganized children in an intimate, integrated living situation.
  • Have manual dexterity; auditory and visual skills.
  • Have personal attitudes, conduct and standards representing those qualities and values, which children can respect and emulate.
  • Proficient in the use of a personal computer and corresponding programs; preferably experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail and Google Calendar or similar web-based and computer programs.
  • Be able to respect and work cooperatively with a variety of persons, including coworkers, members of the boards, and representatives of social service agencies, the public, volunteers and parents of the children.
  • Have the required skills and knowledge for the task at hand or being willing to self-teach it or seek training to learn.
  • Able to work well with ever changing priorities and or situations. Have the ability to stay calm in tense situations and utilize common sense and logic.

Requirements include but not limited to:

  • Must be 22 years old.
  • At least a high school diploma or equivalency diploma (GED), and one year experience in working with children; or one-year post-high school education in a program leading to a degree in the field of child welfare or human services.
  • Successfully pass FBI fingerprint clearance check and procure a Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  • 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. GAP Ministries is a drug-free workplace and requires drug screening of all new employees as well as random screenings to ensure enforcement of this policy.
  • Verify last 2 years of employment.
  • Must have a valid driver license in effect for at least 5 years,
  • Have a safe, reliable vehicle that has adequate heating and cooling,
  • Able to utilize own or company vehicle, including 15 passenger van, for transporting children, shopping, etc. (Mileage is reimbursed by agency when using personal vehicle).
  • Children 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, including but not limited to the following:
    • Lifting of up to 50 lbs.
    • Have the physical strength to separate two or more fighting children.
    • Lift and/or carry a sleeping/sleepy child alone (i.e. eight year old girl needing restroom help in the middle of the night.)
    • Lift and/or carry bags/boxes of groceries, house wares, and furniture with and without assistance.
    • Kneel, bend, stoop and lift freely and without risk of injury as needed to keep unit clean, interact with children, etc.
    • Cooking meals, cleaning rooms, etc. May require standing for extensive periods of time.
    • Drive automobiles.
    • Ability to navigate residences which may not be ADA accessible.
    • Children of employee must have proof of current immunizations at all times, as outlined by the CDC Immunization Schedule.
    • Human Resource package completed.
    • Able to obtain medical release/permission to fulfill all physical tasks should any health issue develop or emerge during employment.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to see, talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently drive a vehicle and transport children to/from multiple locations according to a schedule. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus, as well as those required for reading, writing, typing, and driving. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.


A job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Inability to perform the responsibilities of the full and complete Job Description could be cause for termination or reassignment.

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