Child Development Specialist: Infant/Toddler Group Leader

Location: Salt Lake City


House of Hope (HOH) is seeking a full-time Child Development Specialist: Infant/Toddler Group Leader to work with the children of women who are receiving services at House of Hope.

Establishing a positive adult relationship with the infants/toddlers of women working a recovery plan can make all the difference to their social, emotional, and even physical development. The HOH program focuses on helping children heal from abuse, neglect, and trauma by building trust, creating safe spaces, establishing routines, and strengthening resiliency skills. The HOH children live in with their mothers, who are in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders and receive daily (weekday) services at The Hope Center for Children. This position is critical to the continuum of care provided to each family as it includes modeling age-appropriate child development and positive behavioral interventions to help moms improve skills and confidence in parenting.

End each workday with the satisfaction that comes from knowing that your hard work MAKES A REAL, TANGIBLE, AND PROFOUND DIFFERENCE in the lives of children and their families. In our view, there are few “jobs” as important as this.


About House of Hope:

House of Hope, celebrating 70 years in 2023, is a local nonprofit that empowers women, strengthens families, and promotes recovery in our community. As Utah’s oldest treatment center, we have a long legacy of employing staff who are dedicated to hope, healing, and personal growth in our colleagues, our clients, and our organization. We offer a culture of camaraderie, creativity, and collaboration as we work collectively to make a difference in the lives of the families we serve.


Primary Responsibilities:
  • Make a commitment of at least one year (to avoid disrupting healthy attachment with children).
  • Serve as children’s day treatment group leader in the classroom five days per week, M-F.
  • Use creativity and collaboration to problem solve and implement ideas to improve services for the infants/toddlers in our program.
  • Be interested in working with high-risk families and providing direct care in an early childhood setting.
  • Create and implement a daily group curriculum and adapt therapeutic activities with infants and toddlers of various needs and abilities.
  • Communicate proactively with parent(s) regarding each child’s progress and needs and coach “Center Moms” on appropriate child guidance techniques, modeling positive social and life skills.
  • Work with the Hope Center and House of Hope treatment team to create a safe, nurturing, consistent environment for the infant/toddler cohort.
  • Maintain facility supplies, toys, and equipment and ensure children use safely and appropriately.
  • Produce daily therapeutic progress notes on each child indicating measurable progress toward child’s weekly goals.
  • Grow, personally and professionally in the social work, mental health, and child development fields.


Required Qualifications, Experience, and Skillset:
  • Education and/or experience in social work, psychology, child development, or similar field,
  • Competence in working with infants and toddlers and/or high-risk families,
  • Be a person who values creativity, patience, and playfulness, while maintaining the energy to work with infants and young children,
  • Be flexible, try new things, be open to feedback, and handle stress calmly,
  • Be respectfully assertive and a good problem solver,
  • Possess good computer and writing skills for documentation and recordkeeping,
  • Have an understanding of professional ethics and boundaries in the field of Human Services,
  • Demonstrate excellent problem-solving skills, conflict resolution abilities, and, above all, a sense of humor!


Agency Requirements for All Employees:
  • Non-smoking work site
  • 21+ years old
  • Background check and drug test required
  • If in recovery, have at least 2+ years of sobriety
  • Vaccination against COVID-19 and yearly flu strongly recommended
  • Personal, reliable transportation and Utah driver’s license/good driving record required


Education Required:
  • High school diploma or GED equivalency required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required (may accept experience in lieu of college degree)


  • Full-time, 40 hours/week
  • Mon-Fri, hours of 8:00a to 4:30p, may require occasional Tuesday or Wednesday evening 5-7 pm



Wage: $16-18/hour depending on experience and education, plus a full-time benefits package, including:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off (over 30 paid holidays, vacation, and sick days per year)
  • Long-term disability
  • 401(k) dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% (after one year of employment)
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) providing 24/7/365 support
  • Employee recognition, bonuses, paid training, and other incentives
  • Earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential!
  • If you have a bachelor’s degree, we can help you get a social services worker (SSW) license in Utah!


Application Instructions:

Send the following to

  1. BRIEF STATEMENT OF INTEREST/COVER LETTER (may be in body of email)
  3. THREE (3) PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES (please include email address and phone number of each reference)


House of Hope’s MISSION:
  • Treating substance use disorders, rebuilding lives, strengthening families, and empowering women.


House of Hope’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Statement:
  • House of Hope celebrates diversity by elevating empathy, encouraging inclusivity, and challenging inequity through education, awareness, and action.


House of Hope (HOH) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on achieving the HOH mission without regard to race, ethnicity, skin color, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and developmental abilities, physical ability, or religious belief. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.