House Parent for High School Program

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Free room and board + small stipend
Nov 18, 2018
Dec 18, 2018
Position Type
Part Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
Not willing to travel
Experience Level

 Better Chance-Strath Haven - House Parent Position

A Better Chance (ABC) is a national nonprofit that provides a residential boarding school experience for high-achieving, lower-income students of color. The ABC scholars live in a co-ed house and attend the local high school.

The House Parents serve as the head of the household, act as a "surrogate parents,” and are responsible for the physical and emotional success of the eight students in the house. Along with the Resident Tutors, the House Parents create a "home-away-from-home" atmosphere with a sense of family unity for those living in the house. The House Parents are not responsible for all aspects of the household and the program. He/she/they are expected to maintain open lines of communication with relevant parties including, but not limited to, board members, scholars' families, and host families.

We are looking for a single applicant to join our existing house parent. You will be roomates with the existing house parent, with your own bedroom and sharing a small appartment space. This position is NOT a full-time position but does require you to live at the house in Swarthmore and to be local most of the school year. It is expected that House Parents hold jobs during the day but are home for dinner and evening activities during the week.

Principal Responsibilities:
- Oversee the daily lives of our scholars, in the same manner that a parent would
- Ensure scholars abide by all program rules and house policies as stated in the Student
- Ensure the safety of the scholars in every way, knowing where they are at all times
- Maintain high standards of personal conduct for the scholars, consistently leading by example
- Supervise the daily activities of the scholars and show genuine interest by attending their
extracurricular activities and supporting their interests
- Maintain regular contact with the Board Committee, House Committee, scholars' families, and
have periodic contact with host families

- Coordinate with Resident Tutors and House Committee Chairperson to ensure coverage at the
house at all times
- Supervise and share responsibility for driving scholars to academic and extracurricular
functions as needed
- Participate in family-style dinners Monday-- Thursday evenings
- Assist scholars with planning and carrying out social and cultural activities
- Manage the household funds, submitting accurate monthly reports to the Treasurer.
- Maintain program, house, and student records, as needed
- Attend monthly Board and Committee meetings

Minimum Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree and relevant professional experience
- Experience working with adolescent youth and possess an understanding of specific issues
facing young students of color
- Maturity, leadership, good judgment, integrity, strong communication and decision-making
skills, as well as a collaborative and respectful nature
- Ability to work a flexible schedule including being in attendance at the house at least 2
weekends per month and Sunday-Thursday afternoons or evenings
- Ability and intent to serve as House Parent for at least two full academic years
- Must have a valid state of PA driver's license and an excellent driving record, both of which
must be maintained during the entire course of employment.
- -Must pass background checks as required by the state of Pennsylvania.


House Parents receive free room and board, as well as a small stipend.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter that describes your interest in the position and your qualifications for this position.