Child Development Specialist: Preschool Group Leader – FT
Location: Salt Lake City
House of Hope (HOH), a local nonprofit, 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 the mission of spreading hope, nurturing healing, and encouraging 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.
We are seeking a full-time Children’s Development Specialist: Preschool Group Leader to work with the children of women in recovery. Are you looking for an opportunity to utilize your skills and experience to develop programs for young children? Are you seeking a career path that includes strengthening high-risk families, working in the non-profit sector or helping children heal from abuse, neglect, and trauma? House of Hope utilizes the trauma-informed psycho-educational approach with small groups of young children who are residing with their mothers in residential treatment or attending our outpatient program. The group leaders collaborate with the clinical team to create age-appropriate interventions and therapeutic groups for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children in our children’s day treatment program.
The successful House of Hope applicant will:
- Make a commitment for a minimum of one year (to avoid disrupting healthy attachment with children)
- Implement a daily group curriculum and adapt therapeutic activities with children of various ages, needs, and abilities with focus on 6-12 preschool- and school-age children (ages 3-8)
- Demonstrate experience/training in social skill building, infant development, childhood trauma, or children’s mental health
- Be self-motivated and show initiative; be able to work independently with intermittent supervision
- Show leadership abilities and competence in teaching/coaching group assistants to implement goals and curriculum
- Have a desire to grow personally and professionally in the social work, mental health, and child development fields
- Possess skills of creativity, patience, energy, and ability to help children learn skills in an engaging, nurturing manner
- Be open to feedback and handle stress calmly
- Be respectfully assertive in their communication skills with children, parents, group assistants, and other staff
- Demonstrate the ability to work as a team to create a safe, nurturing, consistent environment for young children
Do these qualifications match your education, experience, and/or skillset?
- Experience working with young children (three to eight years old) and high-risk families
- Good basic computer and writing skills for clinical documentation and record keeping
- An understanding of professional ethics and boundaries in the human service field
- Above average problem-solving skills, conflict resolution abilities, and above all, a sense of humor!
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, human development (or similar field); work toward licensure as a Social Service Worker (SSW) over 2–3-year period (see dopl.utah.gov)
- Full-time, 36 hours/week
- Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 4:00pm (4:30pm on Mondays)
- One evening per week from 5-7 pm on Tuesday or Wednesday may be required, on rotation
- $16/hour, with Bachelor’s Degree; $18/hour with 3+ years experience with children in groups
- Full-time(36) benefits package, including:
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- 2x salary life insurance
- Long-term disability
- Flexible spending account
- 401(k) dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% after one year of employment
- Employee recognition, bonuses, paid training and other incentives
- Employee assistance program services
- We will help you become licensed!
- May be eligible for some types of student loan reimbursement
- Employee recognition and other incentives and bonuses occasionally offered
- 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 recommended as well as seasonal vaccination against the flu
- Personal, reliable transportation and Utah driver’s license/good driving record required
Send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- BRIEF STATEMENT OF INTEREST/COVER LETTER (may be in body of email) indicating which position you are applying for with explanation of why this position interests you and the skills/talents/interests that would make you a good candidate
- THREE (3) PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES
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.