Houseparents are an integral part of both a child’s day their entire lives, modeling grace, patience and compassion. Those serving live on our historical campus with six to eight children, either boys or girls, providing care around the clock.
Responsibilities include duties in health and wellness and family management, providing a nurturing environment and supportive relationships for children in residence. This role is highly rewarding and sometimes daunting, but houseparents don’t do it alone thanks to our established support network. For position specifics, please see the complete houseparent job description .
** NOW HIRING RELIEF HOUSEPARENTS**
Position: Relief Houseparent
Definition: In accordance with the Hutton Settlement values, mission and vision, serves as a team-based parental figure within a cottage family unit. Provides a nurturing environment and supportive relationships for children in residence.
Supervisor: Campus Director
Schedule: Full-time (8 days on, 3 days off): Houseparents must reside on-campus during shifts
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Responsible for the development of resonant relationships with each assigned child, exercising major responsibility for the development of earned security and social- emotional growth through attachment-based parenting methods. Counsels children to alleviate and address personal and family difficulties.
Participates in Circle of Security parent consultations and related development practices for personal awareness and growth
Promotes a sense of belonging for children in care through active participation in campus and community engagement activities.
Teaches and encourages assigned children in the development of good habits and values through the implementation of a balanced cottage program, including clear expectations and approved discipline according to the agency discipline policy and primary houseparents’ cottage plan.
Plans, supervises, and participates in the daily activities of cottage children including social/ leisure time, recreation, chores, school, and spiritual activities.
Teaches health principles, and monitors and directs children’s personal hygiene. Prepares balanced, nutritional meals for assigned children.
Monitors children’s medical and dental needs to include documentation of medication given. Assists with attendance at children’s counseling, medical, or dental sessions as needed.
Assists with the planning and implementation of weekly menu plan.
Implements housekeeping program as defined by the primary houseparents, with the assistance of age appropriate children for the development of a healthy work ethic and responsibility. Maintains standards of cottage cleanliness daily.
Promotes sense of community contribution with children in care through assistance with maintaining the exterior grounds around the cottage and within determined areas of responsibility on campus.
Assists with inventories and inspects entire cottage regularly, reporting all deficiencies to the Campus Director for replacement or repair. Conducts monthly fire drills.
Organizes, encourages, assists, and supervises children’s educational activities within the cottage. Supports children in finding and expressing their gifts. Refers assigned children for remedial education as needed.
Serves as a member of the houseparent team to assist with cottage decision-making and promote clear, consistent communication.
Maintains healthy, supportive relationships and connections with children’s family and professional staff.
High school diploma or equivalent degree. College degree preferred.
Two years of experience working or living with children and/or families.
Willingness to live full-time in an intentional community setting.