Our houseparents are a critical part of our residential treatment team. We value and will support you every step of the way as you begin to apply your education in a work setting. This position offers a salary, benefits, housing and opportunities for personal and professional growth in a team environment. This is an experience you will never forget.
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 a Bachelor’s degree preferred; must possess a current driver’s license with a positive driving record. The employee must be a positive role model for residents, a great team player, athletic, have a servant heart, and be willing to share their faith. Must demonstrate sensitivity to our service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.
Reports to: Compass Rose Academy Program Director
Job Summary: The residential staff is the backbone and blessing of Compass Rose Academy. It is through these life-on-life relationships that residential staff are able to communicate wisdom, directives, hope, and encouragement to the young people that live at Compass Rose Academy. The relationship formed between residential staff and residents provides a bridge of communication that supports, sustains, and brings effectiveness to the counseling arena and program activities. This relationship further creates an atmosphere of love and acceptance of a child that is longing to work through difficult circumstances in hopes of returning home as soon as possible. We ask that each residential direct care staff pour their life into our kids, working with and through difficult situations, giving them a taste of the character of God, and giving them a part of your life. It is our desire that each young person will be given a new hope, new direction, and a new start in life, as a result of the quality, professionalism, and personal relationships, demonstrated by each residential staff. This position also provides assistance and support in ensuring the mission of the organization is carried out; understands primary duties and responsibilities cited below which provide a framework but may not be inclusive of appropriate activities required of this position for efficient functioning of the organization.
Supervision of Residents
- Responsible for supervising residents in a residential setting, this includes but is not limited to the following: direct supervision of kids (know where they are at all times), ensure their health, safety, care, and well being.
- Adheres to State Standards and Compass Rose Academy Policy guidelines in the area of supervision
- Ensures that staff/child ratio is always at 1:6
- Works to reach the goals of seeing effective spirit of ministry to residents, appropriate and constant communication with house director, deepening relationships within and among the other residents, and dignity, support, and encouragement to all employees and residents. Will offer respect to each resident, and participates in developing an arena of respect among the residents.
- Adheres to guidelines received in training and outlined in Compass Rose Academy Policy in regards to the consistency of operation in the houses (pharmaceuticals, discipline, cleanliness, menus, reporting, state standards, etc.)
- Follow weekly schedule.
- Has received and knows cottage rules, adheres, and enforces them with residents.
- Works as a team player: Provides co-staff with clear, articulate communication over recent events with kids, voices concerns, and takes initiative with input and directives.
- Oversees and participates in work projects each week, ensuring the completion of them and the safety of the residents.
- Follows the weekly menu and purchases the accompanying shopping list.
- Insures that the house is functioning at the standard set by Compass Rose Academy chore list for residents which insures all required duties and functions are being accomplished on a daily basis; checking chores, picking up kids from school, getting kids to programs on time, meals, purchasing kids needs, house needs, operation of house alarm; provides appropriate support, education, and assistance for residents to facilitate individual success and positive group outcomes.
- Understands that both they and the residents they supervise may be assigned tasks [e.g. cooking, cleaning, moving tables/chairs, etc.] in conjunction with retreats.
- Maintains a level of cleanliness consistent with Compass Rose Academy standards in the house, outside the house, and in their personal rooms.
- Participates in all programmed events and leads different programmed activities as appointed by Program Director.
- Participate, direct daily and weekly recreation activities as programmed. Our program is designed around a high level of daily activity that promotes healthy living and a relational environment. We see recreation as a therapeutic component of our program where students and staff build relationships, learn teamwork, build self confidence, and teach discipline.
- Staff will participate and direct students in activities such as but not limited to: running, swimming, biking, canoeing, ropes courses, horseback riding, boating, camping, weight lifting, varying aerobic activities, yoga, basketball, softball, volleyball, Frisbee golf etc.
- Responsible for obtaining and forwarding all receipts required for appropriate fiscal management to the program Director within 24 hours of activity or service; each receipt must have who/what it was for clearly marked on it when turned in (receipts for resident expenses – such as personal needs, health care expenditures; receipts for house expenditures – group activities, equipment/vehicle supplies or repairs; petty cash expenditures).
- Initiates a daily Evening Update on each resident in program assigned to; this is a communication tool to communicate to counseling/leadership staff issues resident’s are dealing with on a daily basis, how resident’s are spending their time, progress [or lack thereof] resident’s are making toward achieving goals, or any issue regarding the residential program the staff would like feedback or input on; this report is completed at end of shift each night.
- Utilizes a Parent Communication Report to document any remarkable conversation with a parent; this report is forwarded to the resident’s therapist.
- Provides the treatment team and resident’s primary therapist with resident information appropriate for development of Plan of Service and Reviews; reads and signs same for each resident directly involved with each time same is initiated or updated
- Responsible for orienting new resident’s to the facility and the Compass Rose Academy residential living and the program as a whole.
- Assists the treatment team in development of appropriate work projects residents may be assigned as a part of the discipline process; assists as appropriate in oversight of work projects.
- Meets with the treatment team and residents weekly to explore house issues and concerns that have either been identified by residents or staff; documents appropriately regarding same.
Skill, Supervision, Knowledge, and Ability
- A personal relationship with the Lord that is displayed in word, deed, and action, and is evident in day to day dealings with residents, staff, parents, and co-workers.
- This person will possess knowledge and skills in ministry and interaction with adolescents and their families.
- Possesses a sound working knowledge of Compass Rose Academy policies regarding resident discipline, education, safety, and medical issues, all requirements and responsibilities as detailed in the Policy and Procedure Manual regarding Residential living.
- Possess a sound working knowledge of Compass Rose Academy Statement of Confidentiality and strictly adheres to guidelines congruent with same as well as applicable law.
- Possesses a sound working knowledge of Compass Rose Academy policies regarding safety issues and emergency procedures and implements appropriately when needed.
- Possesses a sound working knowledge of Compass Rose Academy Education Policy and implements it appropriately; may be assigned by the Academic Director to serve as an academic monitor for residents of the program. This person is a liaison position between the resident, academic coordinator, and teachers.
- Possesses a sound working knowledge of maintenance requirements of the cottage they are assigned to; performs maintenance in accordance with same and documents accomplishments of tasks in log book.
- Possesses a sound working knowledge of Compass Rose Academy Medical Policy and implements same appropriately; uses reasonable judgment when an injury is sustained by a resident or fellow staff member or a medical emergency occurs – with a goal of erroring on the side of caution if need be, realizing that it is better to have a medical evaluation done on perhaps a minor injury than to miss a problem that requires timely intervention.
- Possesses a sound working knowledge of the purpose of Compass Rose Academy Program: Programmed events, activities, and themes (Process Group, Devotions, Didactics, Growth Model, Grace and Truth, Volunteerism, Spiritual Life Group, Parent Weekend).
- Possesses a sound working knowledge of the purpose of Compass Rose Academy philosophy and mission statement.
- Maintains a courteous, Christian attitude in dealing with others within the context of Compass Rose Academy, as well as the general public; presents self in a manner consistent with moral issues outlined in Compass Rose Academy policy regarding same; represents the organization in a manner consistent with its mission and philosophy.
- This person must have demonstrated abilities in relating well with others in a group setting (i.e. organized group activities such as school/church associated clubs, organizations, or sports teams, etc.) and must possess good organizational skills. This person must possess a working knowledge of organizational dynamics and team player concepts. Additionally, this person must possess good communication skills, verbal, and written.
- Time management and conflict resolution skills.
- Organizational skills in handling office management and day-to-day scheduling of work priorities and activities.
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.
- Houseparents may be required to live on campus.
- Houseparents are on a 16 hour day rotation.
- Flexibility in taking days off may be necessary in order to maintain balance across work and life functions.
- Will work holidays as scheduled.
You, Houseparent, must be able to...
- Model Christian Living at all times
- Display & teach healthy coping strategies
- Build & maintain strong relationships with teens, families & staff
- Demonstrate conflict resolution skills
- Believe in the power of spiritual & therapeutic change
- Provide warmth, consistency & safefty
Statement of Faith
Remaining true to our Quaker heritage and Josiah White’s vision, White’s Residential and Family Services’ primary reason for existence is to offer hope and transformation to children and families through Christ. As such, we have firm beliefs about the Christian faith and how we must act in accordance with our beliefs.
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. White’s Residential & Family Services’ board of directors serves as White’s highest, human interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application for the purposes of our agency’s faith and beliefs, practice, policy and discipline at work.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God (II Timothy 3:15).
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 10:30).
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:33), in His virgin birth (Luke 1:35), in His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), in His miracles (John 2:11), in His atoning death through His shed blood (Ephesians 1:7), in His bodily resurrection (John 11:25), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19), and in His personal return in power and glory (Revelation 19:11).
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 3:16-19).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christ-follower is enabled to live a Godly life (Romans 8:13-14).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, that they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28).
We believe that children are a heritage from God and a blessing from His hand. We are therefore accountable to Him for raising, shaping and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom and to humanity. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps 139).
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24).
We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25).
As Christians living out our faith, it is unsurprising that our beliefs influence our behavior, attitudes and lifestyle choices. As Christian professionals, we will not compromise our commitment to our professional code of ethics while providing superior care to our clients who possess differing values or beliefs.
I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Statement of Faith. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Statement of Faith.
Code of Conduct
As a distinctly Christian ministry, for over 165 years our mission has been to enrich the lives of children and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. We are best able to achieve this through Christian staff who constantly strive to demonstrate the love of Christ through their actions, words and overall lifestyle.
It then follows that all employees who serve as members of White’s community agree to uphold certain foundational standards through their behaviors, attitudes and lifestyle choices at work and in their personal lives. Living in accordance with these standards shall serve to unify us as a “community of believers.” As a member of White’s “community,” we believe employees should strive to live in harmony with the following foundational standards as evidence of their life committed to growth in Christ and sound judgment based on Christian principles:
We believe as followers of Jesus Christ, we are responsible for our faith journey and strive to pursue a life of service to Jesus Christ in our personal life and while at work. We believe the investment in our spiritual life is critical and we strive to make time regularly for prayer and communion with God. Opportunities for Christian fellowship, worship, learning, and celebration while at work are opportunities not to be overlooked, but to be sought out as ways in which we can demonstrate our commitment to growing in our faith as part of the White’s Community.
We believe every human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions. Therefore, we must seek ways to act out of love and respect for each other, encouraging and building up one another, not causing one another to stumble. We believe that to achieve this, employees must practice a lifestyle that demonstrates purity to those around them (Romans 13-14 & I Corinthians 10:31-11:1).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect,and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.
We believe there is great power in the spoken word and therefore all lying, profanity, gossip, obscenity, and other negative uses of language diminishes our work with the children, families and our coworkers.
We believe employees must demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, a willingness to live contentedly under authority, and a commitment to follow the Matthew 18 principal when an issue arises with fellow employees or management.
We believe in the power of our example and that our minds and bodies should be used in God-honoring ways, living our lives as Christian role models and conducting ourselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding our Christian testimonies. Because our example is powerful and because most of our service population is impacted by some form of substance abuse, we especially recognize the dangers and negative implications of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse among staff. Therefore, we seek to minimize or refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco and we agree to completely abstain from the illicit or non-medical use of drugs, narcotics and other harmful substances. When an employee is representing White’s or is in the course of representing White’s business, he or she is expected to refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco.
We believe our life serves as a Christian Witness to the children and families we serve and our commitment to expressing Christian values is critical even when making entertainment and recreational choices outside of work. Therefore, we actively avoid forms of leisure, entertainment and recreation that are incompatible with holy living and seek activities that are consistent with our pursuit of Christ- like living.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrew 13:4).
We further believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) and that activities that give the appearance of sexual immorality should be avoided by staff.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of White’s Residential & Family Services as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the White’s Residential & Family Services clients, fellow staff members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by White’s Residential & Family Services in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement (Mathew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; I Thessalonians 5:22).
I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with White’s Residential and Family Services’ Code of Conduct. I understand that my employment at White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Code of Conduct.