PT – Children’s Development Specialist – SLC

Location: Salt Lake City

We are seeking a part-time Children’s Development Specialist 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, 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 Specialists collaborate with the clinical team to create age-appropriate interventions and therapeutic groups for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young school-aged children (6 mos – 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. House of Hope has eight facilities in SLC and Provo.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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
  • Rotate as needed between the infant/toddler and preschool-aged groups to maximize coverage where needed
  • 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
  • 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 able to 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


Qualifications, Experience, and Skillset:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, human development, or similar field PREFERRED
  • 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
  • Great problem-solving skills, conflict resolution abilities, and above all, a sense of humor!


Agency Requirements for All Employees:

  • Non-smoking work site, no tobacco use during entire work day at any facility
  • 21+ years old
  • Background check and drug test required
  • If in recovery, have at least 2+ years of sobriety
  • Personal, reliable transportation and Utah driver’s license/good driving record required.


Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, human development (or similar field) preferred



  • Part-time, 28 hours/week
  • Between the Hours of 9am to 2 pm, T-F, 9-4 on Mondays.
  • Two Evenings per week from 5-7 pm on Tuesdays or Wednesday 


  • $16-$20/hour, depending on experience and education 
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) providing free 24/7/365 support on a variety of issues employee recognition and other incentives offered.


Application Instructions:

Send the following to

  1. BRIEF STATEMENT OF INTEREST/COVER LETTER (may be in body of email)


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.