Acres of Hope is a spiritually-based renewal center serving homeless women with children by providing them with a home and an environment of structured programming. Acres of Hope’s unique approach allows residents to live onsite for up to two years while staff and volunteers provide encouragement, practical life-skills training, job skills, mentoring and spiritual direction.

WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR:

Children’s Program Coordinator

The Children's Program Coordinator organizes and supervises the trauma informed childcare program at Acres of Hope, a faith based, residential renewal center. The primary goal of our childcare program is to give children a safe place to heal and learn the social-emotional skills they will need to be successful in life. The coordinator engages daily with children who have experience trauma to assess their on-going needs and carry out individualized plans to support their recovery and development. This coordinator also recruits, trains and supervises volunteers and interns. The coordinator must be comfortable playing on the floor, getting messy, having structure yet staying flexible, taking risks and learning the Theraplay approach healing.

Will train the right person

SPECIFIC DUTIES

Provide daily supervision of child care center and outdoor recreation areas creating a safe, clean, calm environment conducive to the growth and development of families who are utilizing the program.

Care for children newborn-10 years old that have come from hard places and/or are in the process of reunification. Some children have language, motor skills delays, sensory issues and/or struggle with dysregulation

Implement Trauma Informed Practices including those use throughout the program – TBRI and The Sanctuary model. Training will be provided.

Practice continuous quality improvement, evaluating curriculum, and implementing changes as needed.

Maintain a daily routine implementing social-emotional curriculum, theraplay activities and sensory play

Lead children in prayer, Christian songs and Bible stories

Work in a fully transparent environment that is observed throughout the day by parents and staff

Assist in the development and implementation of the program curriculum and activities. Plan weekly theme activities, projects, take home activities and seasonal field trips. Coordinator should be able to make use of materials that are on hand and maximize free resources. Coordinator should also be able to source donations from the community.

Prepare the learning environment, set-up centers, prepare materials and gather supplies. Rotate items regularly so that the childcare center is not overly full at any time.

Help children meet their social-emotional goals by assigning one-on-one time with staff and volunteers to practice assigned skills

Communicate with parents in a cooperative, empowering manner. Develop and distribute parent communications printed and electronic. Assign families family play ‘homework’ activities that reinforce social emotional skills being taught in childcare

Instruct and model social-emotional skills throughout the day

Recruit, train and coach volunteers and interns. Coordinate with partner churches and organizations to grow our volunteer base.

Plan and execute activities for the whole family such as seasonal arts and crafts projects or mommy and me classes. May be called on to lead a parenting or child development group discussion.

Attend staff meetings, retreats and training programs. Meet the monthly 2-hour training requirement

Maintain required records and files. Compile reports for family services team and county agencies on children’s progress as needed

Maintain flexibility and be prepared to make good use time as child/ adult ratios fluctuate day to day

Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES

Must be able to relate to the residents in a grace-based manner while still being firm on expectations. Able to hold healthy boundaries and be a safe person

Able to regulate your own emotions and committed to working on your own emotional intelligence

Experience and/or understanding of at-risk populations helpful (addiction, homelessness, domestic violence or mental illness)

College degree in a related field preferred; at least 2 years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified

Basic computer skills: internet, email, word processing

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Proven ability to effectively manage multiple deadlines and priorities

Flexibility, adaptability and ability to work in a changing environment with an ability to work independently

Exceptional organizational skills with attention to detail

Ability to analyze and solve problems

Must have knowledge of proper classroom behavior, developmentally appropriate lesson planning and understanding of and sensitivity to culturally diverse populations

Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments

Ability to follow through on assigned tasks to completion

Ability to regularly lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds

Ability to climb, jump, kick and ball, run and crawl

Hold a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a standard passenger vehicle

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES and VALUES

Ability to maintain an atmosphere of confidentiality with resident and staff information.

Ability to maintain an atmosphere of professionalism with respect shown to all.

Be in agreement with the vision, mission, values and beliefs of Placer Family Housing.

Have a teachable spirit and be committed to team participation.

Must have a keen desire to help children ages birth through 10 and the ability to relate to them in a positive, patient, sensitive and nonjudgmental manner.

Must have the ability to empathize with mothers regardless of their personal history and be accepting.

A sense of humor, wonder and excitement is ideal.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $14.00 to $15.00 /hour

PLACER FAMILY HOUSING BENEFITS

Qualified positions receive paid sick leave, paid vacation leave and a paid dental insurance plan. Qualification is based on the number of regularly scheduled hours per week for each position. For some benefits, 30 hours per week is considered full time. Placer Family Housing does not offer a medical health insurance plan.

HOW TO APPLY

Download Employment Application

Please download a position description and application. Resumes without a completed application will not be considered. Completed applications should be submitted to:

Acres of Hope

Attention: Human Resources

By mail: PO Box 238, Auburn, CA 95604

By fax: (530) 878­-8009

By email: office@acresofhopeonline.org