Anchor House Family Teacher

Anchor House · Spartanburg, South Carolina
Department Anchor House
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Job Title: Family Teacher (Anchor House)


Qualifications: Bachelor degree in social sciences, education or related field from


accredited institution and minimum one year of experience working with children; or a


similar combination of education and experience. Experience in Teaching-Family Model


preferred. A valid SC driver’s license and acceptable driving record is required.


Job Description: This position reports to the Anchor House Program Supervisor. Through


use of the Family Teaching Model, the Family Teacher applies his or her knowledge,


training and experience to recommend and execute individualized treatment for each


resident and a therapeutic daily schedule that meets the needs of all residents. This


includes ensuring compliance with organization policy and procedures. This full-time,


salaried (exempt) position requires flexibility but typically requires working an “eight days


on, six days off” (Monday to Monday) schedule. During the eight work days staff is


typically required to sleep at the residence.


Positions Supervised: The position provides supervision to volunteers who work with


residents to ensure that interactions are appropriate and impact treatment in a positive way.


The Family Teacher Floater directs Relief Family Teachers (but do not directly supervise)


in problem solving and executing the individualized treatment for each resident, which is


developed by the treatment team which includes the Family Teacher, guardian, etc.


Family-Teacher Responsibilities:


• When requested, begin the treatment process for each resident by meeting with SC


DSS caseworkers and/or law enforcement in conjunction with the youth to do all


necessary intake paperwork and assess and document the initial trauma needs of


each youth.


• Provide daily teaching that results in the development of social, academic, emotional


and independent living skills for each child served. Ensure that daily teaching ties to


the overall treatment plan of each child and recommend updates as appropriate.


• Complete weekly progress summary notes on assigned children and ensure that they


correspond to the individual skills and treatment plan as recommended by you


(Family Teacher) and the treatment team.


• Complete discharge summaries outlining individualized treatment needs based on


training and experience.


• Assess and respond to children’s needs specifically related to trauma, and apply


knowledge, training and experience to develop and individualized course of


treatment to address the effects of trauma.


• Apply knowledge, training and experience to develop a natural, supportive,


structured home environment and build close relationships with youth, using his or


her discretion and judgment to adapt based on individualized resident needs.


• Work toward professional certification in the Teaching Family Model.


• Provide and execute all elements of the Teaching-Family Model program as trained


and work with the team of Family Teachers to implement the program as trained.


• Execute the individual course of treatment for each resident, as developed by the


Family Teacher and other treatment team members, by working with parents,


teachers, mental health workers, guardians, Guardian Ad Litems and other adult


supports to ensure each remains connected with maximum supports and


resources.


• Remain informed through the Program Supervisor and Child Advocate about


local, state, federal and Teaching-Family Association standards and regulations


pertaining to the provision of services to children and their families.


• Actively make individualized treatment plan recommendations for residents


according to Family Teacher’s training, knowledge and experience and direct this


treatment on a daily basis.


• Provide transportation for residents to and from personal appointments, religious


services, place of employment, and other activities that are a part of the residents’


individualized courses of treatment, including establishing and maintaining long


term relationships that may create normalcy and long-term supports for each child


served.


• Implement organization policy and procedures as written.


• Complete all paperwork in a timely fashion, per organization policies, using


organization forms.


• Keep track of expenditures related to the cottage, following the organization fund


management policy.


• Provide daily teaching around life skills through individualized teaching


interactions and by modeling the skill(s).


• Ensure that residents are supervised, even when volunteers are present, unless the


legal guardian has authorized sole volunteer supervision in writing.


• This position is an integral part of the PQI process for HCFC through duties


which include but are not limited to:


a. Recording output data including supplemental education hours and family


visits.


b. Completing necessary assessments on clients within specified time frames


c. Completing other duties as assigned on the PQI Grid


d. Completing and reporting on critical incidents


e. Inputting information into KaleidaCare as trained


f. Completing comprehensive care plans and the Casey Life Skills assessment


per the PQI grid and HCFC policy


• Other duties as required to meet treatment needs.


 


Necessary characteristics: Must be committed to positive changes in children. Must be


able to develop strong relationships with girls between 11 and 19 years old and good


understanding of issues impacting girls and children in foster care; must have good


problem solving skills and perseverance in advocating for the best interests of each child


served. Must exhibit a desire for professional growth as evidenced by accepting and


responding to constructive feedback. Strong customer service, team leadership and


critical thinking skills are essential.

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  • Location
    Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Department
    Anchor House
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level