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House Parent Job Description

Job Description

The role of the house parent is to act as a parent, advocate, life skills teacher, and role model for the youth of The Refuge for DMST. He or she is responsible for ensuring safety at all times through close supervision and high interaction with youth and for implementing agency policies, procedures, and philosophy.   

HOUSE PARENT

Job Description

The role of the house parent is to act as a parent, advocate, life skills teacher, and role model for the youth of The Refuge for DMST. He or she is responsible for ensuring safety at all times through close supervision and high interaction with youth and for implementing agency policies, procedures, and philosophy.   

 

FLSA Status: Exempt

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provides a safe, structured and nurturing learning environment for youth.
  • Provides constant supervision for youth on the Ranch, during recreational activities and outings.
  • Provide one-on-one supervision to youth when safety concerns are noted.
  • Ensure individual service plan goals, objectives, and strategies are implemented on a daily basis.
  • Be responsible for timely and accurate communication within program (e.g. incident reports, verbal reports, shift documentation).
  • Advocate for youth by working closely with school personnel, therapist, physician, psychiatrist, and other key professionals to ensure youth’s needs are being met.
  • Assist youth with homework and independent living activities, such as learning to cook.
  • Distribute psychotropic medication to youth as needed, documenting in the Medication Administration Record (MAR).
  • Assist in preserving youth’s culture by implementing their youth’s traditions or cultural activities.
  • Consult daily with other caregivers to ensure needs of youth are being met.
  • Provide daily documentation noting the events during shift, and complete documentation for any Serious Incident.
  • Participate in trainings, conferences, meetings, projects, and other events provided by The Refuge for DMST.
  • Attend meetings and individual supervision to discuss youth and program-related issues.
  • Be a positive role model for youth and co-workers while promoting a positive work environment.
  • Must be willing to give and receive constructive feedback for professional development.
  • Participate in supervisory meetings/trainings appropriate for job function.
  • Must be able to work flexible schedule.
  • Responsible for obtaining and maintaining confidential information.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Promote the development of life and academic skills to all youth in the home.
  • Consistently implement daily schedule that creates life skills teaching opportunities.
  • Ensure individual service plan goals, objectives, and strategies are implemented on a daily basis.
  • Be responsible for timely and accurate communication within program (e.g. incident reports, verbal reports, shift documentation).
  • Coordinate, implement, and engage with youth in family-oriented recreational activities, promoting family fun and healthy lifestyles, such as yoga and equine therapy.
  • Provide transportation for residents to legal and medical appointments, activity outings, etc.
  • Be present to celebrate with the youth during all key holidays and personal achievements, such as birthdays, Christmas, Easter, graduations, etc. 
  • Participate in supervisory meetings/trainings appropriate for job function.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to live on campus at The Refuge Ranch for the duration of the assigned shift.
  • Thorough knowledge of the policies and procedures of The Refuge for DMST and DFPS Minimum Standards for Residential Treatment Centers.
  • Demonstrated competence and consistent implementation of the core components of our treatment program as taught in pre-service and in-service training, ability to maintain current knowledge of the treatment plan and special needs of each assigned child; to ensure the implementation of each assigned child’s treatment plan; to ensure documentation of progress of the children for their treatment plans; to provide leadership in the ongoing assessment of assigned children.
  • Ability to prioritize and respond to the needs of the children and assigned staffers; to effectively use time to ensure assigned tasks are completed within designated timeframes.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and productively with supervisor, subordinates, co-workers and volunteers; to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team; to maintain professional relationships; to resolve conflicts appropriately and use the proper chain of command when communicating.
  • Ability to demonstrate advanced leadership skills in working with children and coworkers.
  • Ability to provide constructive and developmental feedback in a professional manner that demonstrates the concept for change and gives examples and suggestions to the employee receiving the feedback.
  • Ability to grow professionally and learn new skills; to accept constructive feedback and modify behavior accordingly.
  • Ability to lead other in working in a stressful and sometimes unpredictable environment; skill in handling crisis situations without overreaction or loss of objectivity.

 

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent; bachelor’s degree in human services field, preferred.
  • At least 1 year experience working with adolescents and families and/or at-risk youth, preferably in a residential treatment setting.
  • Must be willing to give and receive constructive feedback for skill development.
  • Maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Must be physically able to use authorized Crisis Intervention techniques.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, have a good driving record which allows insurance coverage by The Refuge for DMST’s auto insurance policy, be able to pass a drug screening, and obtain a recent tuberculosis test or chest X-ray verifying no active tuberculosis.
  • Must authorize The Refuge for DMST to check employment references and to conduct a background check in accordance with requirements of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.

 

Must look out for the safety and wellbeing of the youth in care by reporting any issues of abuse or neglect suspected at any time to your immediate supervisor and to the DFPS Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.

This job description in no way implies that the duties listed here are the only ones the employee will be required to perform. The employee may be expected to perform other tasks, projects, and training as requested by his or her supervisor. 

 

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TO APPLY: please send resume and cover letter to info@therefugedmst.org