Utah Youth Village: Teaching Parent Couple

Do you and your spouse want to make a difference in the lives of young children? Interested in training and professional growth? Like being part of a team that prides itself on exceptional care & services?

Utah Youth Village is looking for three caring, enthusiastic, self-motivated husband and wife teams to be the primary live-in care takers for up to eight youth. Both husband and wife will be employed full-time by Utah Youth Village. Family Teachers will provide youth with a caring environment in which to grow and learn, model and teach social skills, self-help skills, academic skills, and independent living skills. You will be responsible to foster the moral and spiritual development of youth, administer the day-to-day operations of a large family residence, and supervise and work with other professional Family Teachers in carrying out responsibilities.

Both husband and wife must be at least 21 years old to apply, and any interested couple must have been married for at least one year. In three of the homes, Family Teachers may have their own children. In a fourth home, the Family Teacher couple may not have a child under the age of 14.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Annual Salary: $57,000 per couple

  • Dental and Medical Benefits

  • Room and Board

  • Contributions to a Retirement Fund

  • No-cost life insurance

  • Unique opportunities to participate in outdoor recreational sports and other activities

Youth Populations:

Males ages 5-13 or 14-18 in our Child Welfare division. The youth are placed in care by DCFS; their parents are involved in treatment whenever possible. These homes are in residential neighborhoods in suburbs of Salt Lake City.

Females ages 11-18 at our private residential campus. These youth are placed at our school by their parents and come from all over the nation. The campus is situated in Erda, a rural town west of Salt Lake City.

The youth in both placements display behaviors consistent with major depressive disorders, oppositional defiance, developmental delays and other emotionally disruptive conditions. They may struggle with impulse control, emotional control, maintaining relationships, social skills and other behaviors. The parents of the youth are involved in their treatment. You would be an important part of a caring and supportive team to provide the youth with effective treatment.

Requirements of the Job:

  • Ability and desire to work and live with youth.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Must be married.

  • Prefer that at least one spouse has obtained a Bachelor’s degree.

  • A valid driver’s license with a good driving record.

  • Pass a criminal background check.

  • A concern for youth and a strong desire to work in the human services field.

  • Ability to implement all facets/techniques of the Teaching-Family Model.

  • Ability to model appropriate behaviors and morals.

  • The judgment to work with the children assigned to the group home in a mature, responsible manner.

  • Will not attend college classes for the first year of employment.

  • Will not hold another job outside of Utah Youth Village.

  • Will have a current Tuberculosis (TB) test.

  • Speak well enough to be easily understood in English when teaching skills, giving feedback, discussing strategies, and conversing on the telephone.

  • Physical ability and mobility to track behaviors of youth moving whenever a teenage girl may go throughout the house or the neighborhood, including over fences into the neighboring fields and at night

  • Participate in moderately stressful hiking and camping which would include sleeping on the ground or in tents

  • Climb flights of stairs and get into van.

  • Dexterity to write, cook, and help with arts and crafts and games.

  • Strength to carry groceries, suitcases, and move furniture.

  • Stamina to work eighteen-hour shifts.

  • Stamina to drive for up to three continuous hours and ability to drive at night.

  • The ability to work under adverse conditions such as constant interruptions, inappropriate behaviors.

  • The ability to teach to potential verbal and physical threats from youth which could include the need to physically restrain a youth to prevent injury to the youth or to others.

All interested couples can email their resumes to our recruiter, Brittany Bird, at bbird@youthvillage.org.

We look forward to meeting with you!

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