Child Development Specialist: Infant & Toddler Group Lead – FT(36)

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 (36 hours per week) Child Development Specialist: Infant & Toddler Group Lead to work with the children of women in recovery. A positive adult relationship with infants and toddlers makes all the difference to their social, emotional, and even physical development. Our unique program focuses on helping children heal from abuse, neglect, and trauma by building trust, creating safe spaces, and strengthening resiliency skills. Children live in a House of Hope facility or in the community with a parent in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders and receive services at the Hope Center each day. This position is important 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.


The successful House of Hope applicant will:
  • Make a commitment for a minimum of one year (to avoid disrupting healthy attachment with children)
  • Enjoy using creativity and collaboration to problem solve and implement ideas to improve services
  • Have an interest in working with high-risk families and providing direct care in an early childhood setting
  • Have experience working with infants and toddlers and/or with high-risk families
  • Have a skill set of creativity, patience, and energy to work with groups of young children
  • Create and implement a daily group curriculum and adapt therapeutic activities with infants and toddlers of various ages, needs, and abilities
  • Be flexible, try new things, be open to feedback, and handle stress calmly
  • Be respectfully assertive
  • Work as a team to create a safe, nurturing, consistent environment for young children
  • Grow, personally and professionally in the social work, mental health, and child development fields


Do these qualifications match your education, experience, and/or skillset?
  • Education and/or experience in social work, psychology, child development, or similar field
  • Good basic computer and writing skills for documentation and record keeping
  • An understanding of professional ethics and boundaries field of Human Services
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, conflict resolution abilities, and, above all, a sense of humor!


Education Required:
  • High school diploma or GED equivalency – for Infant/Toddler Group Lead


  • Full-time(36), 36 hours/week
  • Between hours of 8:00am to 4:30pm, M-F
  • One evening per week from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday or Wednesday may be required, on rotation


  • $15/hour, with Bachelor’s Degree
  • $14/hour, without degree
  • Full-time(36) benefits package, including:
    • Health insurance (80% of employee’s premium paid by House of Hope)
    • Dental insurance (if desired, available at 100% employee’s cost)
    • Vision insurance (if desired, available at 100% employee’s cost)
    • 2x salary life insurance
    • Long-term disability
    • Health savings plan
    • Flexible spending account
    • 401(k) dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% after one year of employment
    • Employee recognition and other incentives


Agency Requirements:
  • 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 required as well as seasonal vaccination against the flu
  • Personal, reliable transportation and Utah driver’s license required


Application Instructions:

Send the following to

  1. BRIEF STATEMENT OF INTEREST (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.


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.