House Parents are caregivers and role models who work in a traditional family setting and are the “front-line” individuals of our organization. House Parents have the general responsibility of supervising and meeting the daily needs of the children in their cottage and therefore have a vested interest in every aspect of each child’s life.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Primary House Parents work in conjunction with Relief House Parents to care for and nurture up to ten children in a cottage.
Responsibilities include meeting the material, physical, spiritual, emotional and disciplinary needs of the children.
Administers and documents medications dispensed.
Provides transportation for residents in Youth Homes’ vehicles.
Completes all required documentation and reports.
Observes guidelines outlined in the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes Policy and Procedure manual.
Reports children’s illnesses and accidents to Social Services Coordinator and Resident Director.
Responsible for the cleanliness and appearance of the assigned cottage and surrounding area. Reports maintenance needs promptly and is responsible for the security of the cottage.
Assure that children are appropriately dressed and observe children for deficiencies in personal hygiene, addressing deficiencies.
Reports childrens’ school discipline and academic performance problems to Social Service Coordinator/Resident Director.
Maintains an open line of communication with each child.
Purchases clothes, school supplies and personal items for children.
Perform any other duties directly or indirectly related to the child care operation and management as assigned by the Resident Director.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Must be at least 23 years of age.
Must have a high school education or its equivalent
Two years of work experience working with children or as a caregiver.
PHYSICAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Due to the nature of the House Parent position, documentation from a licensed physician that employee can physically perform the duties is required within 30 days of employment. Employees must be able to perform all duties of a House Parent. The following physical requirements are necessary in order to meet the physical demands of the job:
Must be able to drive a vehicle.
Must be mobile; able to walk, stand, lift (up to 30 pounds), carry, reach , climb and stoop.
Must be physically able to perform household chores within the cottage: cleaning (including mopping, sweeping, dusting, lifting objects) and cooking (including purchasing food, preparing food and cleaning kitchen).
Must be physically able to drive children to and from doctor’s appointments, school functions and other activities.
In case of a medical emergency involving a child, staff must be able to lift or move the child and to perform CPR and First Aid.
Employees must be able to see, talk and hear.
*Will be required to perform other duties as requested, directed or assigned