Teaching Family Consultant: Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes

Job Title: Teaching Family Consultant

Department:  Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes

Job Status:  Active

FLSA Status:  Exempt 

Reports To: Director of Care Team 

Grade/Level:  Manager/Supervisor  

Amount of Travel Required:  30%

Job Type:  Full Time

Positions Supervised:  Teaching Parents 

Work Schedule:  Work a flexible work schedule each month and other periods of coverage of the home.

Position Summary:

The position is responsible for the on-site administration and supervision of program operations of the assigned group home(s). Responsibilities include programmatic supervision of the group home(s), as well as management of the homes’ budgets, staff, delivery of program services, coordination of volunteers, and relationships with service professionals, clients and their families, neighbors of the home and the general community.  Effective consultation, coaching and supervision to Teaching Parents is a central function of the position.  

Essential Functions:

  • Provide on-site administrative oversight to all residential and programmatic activities (including budgetary, property management, personnel, staffing, training and client service issues) connected with the group home(s).

  • Provide on-site programmatic supervision to all home staff and 24-hour emergency supervision and/or back-up coverage for the group home staff to ensure delivery of appropriate client services.

  • Ensure the delivery of direct treatment services according to an individualized service plan and consistent with the Teaching Family Model.

  • Develop, to the highest degree possible, a normalized family-style home environment providing counseling, concern, direction, assistance, and support for the youth in care.

  • Oversight of scheduling, healthcare, documentation, medication disbursement, and areas of healthy living.

  • Drive agency vehicles for the purpose of transporting youths and operating all facets of the treatment program. Transport residents for routine home activities, court appointments, medical appointments, family visits, other required appointments, and emergency situations.

  • Regularly seek consultation from appropriate supervisory staff and provide detailed information regarding significant staff issues, and accept and implement feedback.

  • Ensure the performance of daily operational functions, such as facility cleaning (interior and exterior) and maintenance, cooking, shopping, supplies inventory, and other rotating assignments.

  • Actively monitor all aspects of the physical property. Maintain all property in clean, safe, and attractive manner. Comply with guidelines for property maintenance and management.

  • Establish and maintain positive and effective relationships with all program consumers, including but not limited to, youths, parents and families, school personnel, neighbors, referral agencies, administrators, etc.

  • Participate in the development, implementation, and maintenance of quality improvement processes, including the collection of program reports, monitoring and outcome data.

  • Maintain program practices and operations to meet all applicable accreditation standards.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement:  To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

Non-Essential Functions: 

  • Answers phones as needed

Competency Statements:

  • Coaching and Development - Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help others strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas.

  • Decision Making - Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures.

  • Initiative - Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal.

  • Management Skills - Ability to organize and direct oneself and effectively supervise others.

  • Team Builder - Ability to convince a group of people to work toward a goal.


  • Acquisition of TFA accreditation by May 2020.

  • Positive outcomes measures for consumers in care.

  • Well-trained, confident Teaching Parents who achieve Lighthouse certification according to opportunity and ability.



 Knowledge of:

  • Teaching Family Model and the role of consultant

  • Virginia Department of Social Services Minimum Standards for licensed Child Caring Institutions and Licensed Child Placing Agencies

  • Effective management and supervisory practices

  • Best Practice Standards for at risk youth


  • Excellent communications skills both orally and in writing

  • Coaching skills as a TFA consultant

  • Organizational skills

  • Conflict management skills

  • Basic technological skills: using computers, fax machines, and telephones


  • To coach, mentor and manage employees

  • To implement effective TFA and PHFS policies and procedures

  • To make informed, objective decisions with integrity


  • Bachelor’s degree in the Human Services field and Experience as stated below, or

  • Associate’s degree with 5 years of experience as a Teaching Parent, or

  • High School degree with 5 years of experience as a Teaching Parent plus documented ability to coach and supervise a team of Teaching Parents.


  • 5 years experience in child welfare and preferably residential care

  • 2 years experience as a TFA Teaching Parent preferred

Computer Skills:

  • Effective knowledge and use of Google and MSFT applications

Certification & Licenses:

  • Non restraint and restraint training

  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification

  • TFA Consultant certification (to be acquired within one year)

  • Medication Administration Standards of Implementation

Other Requirements: 

Languages: Must be able to effectively communicate both orally and written word in the English language

Office or other equipment: Normal use and understanding of basic office equipment including the computer and its related software, copiers, and fax machines as well as word processing, spreadsheet, Internet, and database applications

Must have a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record


N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this position. 

O (Occasionally) Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day) 

F (Frequently) - Position requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day) 

C (Constantly) - Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)


Stand:  F Walk: F   Sit:  F

Manually Manipulate  F Reach Outward   O Reach Above Shoulder  O

Climb O Crawl N   Squat or Kneel  F

Bend O Grasp O   Speak  F

Other Physical Requirements:  

Vision (Near, Distance, Color, Peripheral, Depth) -- required for driving 

Sense of Sound – required

Sense of Smell -- not required

Sense of Taste -- not required

Sense of Touch -- required for safety issues

Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Not required 

Sense of Balance -- required for ambulation


Ability to work effectively and safely in normal office environment and cottages in multiple locations

The company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and the company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the company may deem appropriate.  

Michele Boguslofski