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


• 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


• 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


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
  • Minimum Experience