BLUEBONNET IS CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR NEW HOUSEPARENTS. SEE JOB DESCRIPTION BELOW.
For those who qualify and are interested, please contact our Program Director, Stephen Jaquez at (361) 293-3546 or (361) 772-2129.
To apply, please complete our Employment Application and mail to Bluebonnet Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 90, Yoakum, Texas 77995 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reports To: Administrator
Basic Function: Responsible for providing, on a live-in basis, an environment of consistent structure, guidance, and nurturing in the home; for implementing facility’s structured childcare program.
- Participate as a member of the treatment team to meet the physical, emotional, social, educational, and spiritual needs of residents, as outlined in each resident’s plan of service.
- Provide environment that encourages positive growth, stimulates self-confidence, trust, and love for others. Remain attentive to the physical emotional, social, educational, and spiritual growth of children in our care.
- Utilize daily schedule, level system, and other components of facility’s structured childcare program to improve residents’ self-image and daily living skills. Maintain an awareness of children’s needs and remain attentive to creative changes in the program.
- Monitor and coordinate children’s activities, behaviors, and locations.
- Assign and supervise daily chores.
- Prepare and serve balanced meals. Maintain menus and production records of food served. Maintain food and medical supply. Inventory food items at month-end.
- Make sure children in your care have suitable clothing.
- Facilitate individual and group devotion times.
- Provide transportation as needed.
- Maintain cottage, including staff living quarters and yard, in a clean and orderly manner. Make repairs to cottage and equipment as necessary. If assistance is needed, report to the administrator.
- Report immediately any suspected child abuse or neglect to the administrator.
- Learn the chain of command and follow it in regard to any problems or concerns.
- Participate in staff meetings and training to develop and enhance childcare skills.
- Keep daily log. Document behaviors & activities. File incident reports when necessary.
- Dispense medication as directed. Log dosage as required.
- Minimum 21 years of age.
- High School diploma or GED.
- Husband/wife team preferred.
- One year experience working with children in a residential setting preferred.
- Must pass criminal history background check.
- Commitment to Christian principles and teachings, both professionally and personally. Weekly church attendance is a requirement for staff and children.
- Personality attuned to the requirements of meeting needs of children.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers.
- Ability to deal with a variety of adults and children with a range of personalities and problems; maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks, be energetic and innovative.
- Ability to motivate people.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to function in parental role by performing responsibilities and tasks on a live-in basis.
- Ability to perform duties with moderate supervision. Supervisor is usually available. Most tasks are governed by standard practices, but not always.
Innovative thinking is required.
- Ability to recognize differences in sound, such as voices/noises that are loud and playful instead of angry and combative; and ability to differentiate tones and volumes in conversation.
- Ability to recognize differences in sound generated by equipment or machinery, which may indicate operating problems or safety concerns.
- Willingness to take CPR, First-Aid, and Behavior Intervention training.
- Valid Texas driver’s license.
- Ability to drive assigned vehicle(s), must be eligible for coverage under facility’s auto insurance policy.
- Position requires bending, stooping, twisting, turning, reaching, lifting, carrying, pulling, climbing, and kneeling; walking or standing 50–75% of the time.