Onion River Crossroads: Family Teacher


The primary responsibility of the Family Teacher is to provide program services to intervene with adolescents being served in the group home. The position’s job responsibilities include implementing direct treatment services through use of the agency’s model of care, providing residential care services, and working with adolescents, families, volunteers, and community representatives in the youth home and community settings.


  1. Implement direct treatment services according to an individualized Plan of Care and consistent with the agency’s model of care.

  2. Teach youth a curriculum of skills, including social, self-help, independent living and academic skills.

  3. Develop, to the highest degree possible, a normalized family-style home environment providing teaching, concern, direction, assistance, and support for the youth in care. Develop and participate in creative activities for youths and staff.

  4. Model appropriate moral, ethical, and professional values for youths, colleagues, and the community-at-large.

  5. Regularly seek consultation from appropriate supervisory staff, provide detailed information regarding significant issues affecting youth in care, and accept and implement feedback.

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

  7. Perform daily operational functions such as facility cleaning (interior and exterior) and maintenance, cooking, shopping, supplies inventory, manage financial/budget tasks, and other rotating assignments.

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

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

  10. Provide assistance and support to other program staff in their job responsibilities.

  11. Work a set schedule each month providing coverage of the home as scheduled and on an as-needed or emergency basis.

  12. Provide primary and supplemental coverage, as scheduled by administrators, for shifts other than those primarily assigned. For example, covering others sick or vacation time.

  13. Attend, and take advantage of, regularly scheduled training and specially scheduled training sessions. Take advantage of other professional growth opportunities. Maintain required certifications and re-certifications for job by participating in available training.

  14. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Residential Program Manager and/or Executive director.


Position reports to: Program Manager


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Must be twenty-one (21) years of age; 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college; or, 

  • Associate Degree in related field and one (1) year experience working with client population; or,

  • High School Diploma and two (2) year experience working with client population.

Skills/Working Conditions:

  • Must maintain a valid Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.

  • Must be insurable by Onion River Crossroads insurance carrier. 

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule and shifts including overnights, weekends, holidays, and extended periods of time. 

  • Must successfully complete all phases of training and on-going training, including, but not limited to, physical restraint training, First Aid, CPR, and medication administration. 

  • Must be able to work in high pressure, high stress environment. 

  • Position may experience verbal and/or physical aggression from client population.

  • Possible exposure to infectious diseases.

Physical Requirements:

  • Have the ability to perform physical demands associated with daily operational functions, property management, and client interactions, such as standing, bending, lifting, participation in physical activities, facility cleaning (interior and exterior) and maintenance, cooking, shopping, supplies inventory, and other rotating assignments.

  • Have the ability to comprehend and produce accurate program documentation, including, but not limited to, client treatment plans, progress summaries, manage financial/budget tasks, and community correspondence.

  • Have the ability to communicate professionally with consumers, including, but not limited to, parents, colleagues, and community service providers.

  • Have the ability to provide on-going visual and physical proximity supervision of clients.

  • Have the ability to participate in recreational activities with clients, including, but not limited to, arts, athletics, and outdoor activities.

  • Have the ability to drive large vehicles in all seasons to transport clients.

  • Have the ability to drive for agency related events during the day or night.

  • Have the ability to work over time

CONTACT: Suzanne Smith, Executive Director, Onion River Crossroads, Montpelier, VT – suzannesmith.orc@gmail.com

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