PT-Children’s Development Specialist (Afternoon) – Provo

Location: Provo


House of Hope (HOH) is seeking a part-time (approximately 25 hours per week) Child Development Specialist to work at the Hope Center for Children to work with the children of women in recovery at HOH’s Provo campus. 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, and/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 Child Development Specialist collaborates with the clinical team to create age-appropriate interventions and therapeutic groups for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young school-aged children (6 months to 8 years) in our children’s day treatment program.


About House of Hope

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.


The successful House of Hope applicant will:

  • Make a commitment for a minimum of one year (to avoid disrupting healthy attachment with children)
  • Serve as primary contact between The Hope Center for Children and the clinical team of HOH to formulate appropriate interventions and ensure each child’s overall wellness.
  • Implement a daily group curriculum and adapt therapeutic activities with children of various ages, needs, and abilities.
  • Be prepared to work with small groups of children from ages 6 months to 8 years requiring flexibility in adjusting to a range of age-appropriate interventions.
  • 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 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 flexible, willingness to try new things.
  • Be open to feedback and handle stress calmly.
  • Be respectfully assertive in their communication skills with children, parents, 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?

  • Bachelor’s degree REQUIRED; field of social work, psychology, human development, or similar field PREFERRED with agreement to work towards an SSW or SUDC license while employed (we will provide the supervision to do so).
  • Experience working with young children (6 months to eight years old) and high-risk families PREFERRED.
  • 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!


Agency Requirements for All Employees:

  • Non-smoking/vaping/tobacco work site
  • Must be 21+ years old
  • Background check and drug test required.
  • If in recovery, have at least 2+ years of sobriety.
  • Vaccination against COVID-19 and seasonal vaccination against the flu recommended.
  • Personal, reliable transportation and Utah driver’s license/good driving record required.


Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree REQUIRED
  • Prefer degree in social work, early childhood, psychology, human development (or similar field)



  • Part-time, approximately 28 hours/week
  • Hours of 12:30-4:30 pm, M-F; also monthly staff meeting at 2:30-4 pm Mondays; all staff training 2nd Tuesday of each month 2-4 pm, staff take turns supervising child visits on Tuesdays evenings, 5-7 pm.



  • $16-$18/hour
  • Dental & vision insurances available, if desired (premiums paid by employee).
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) available beginning at 90 days.
  • 401(k) dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% after one year of employment.
  • Employee recognition and other incentives offered.
  • We will help you get licensed!


Application Instructions:

Send the following to

  1. 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 (2-3 paragraphs sufficient)


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 compassion, education, awareness, and action.



House of Hope 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.