Residential Change Agent/House Parent
SailFuture’s Change Agents provide love, support, and accountability to six youth living in a Group Home. Their primary responsibility is to build meaningful and impactful relationships with each youth and help steer them through their journey through foster care. Three Change Agents and a Program Director live with six youth in a 4,500+ square foot home located in St. Petersburg, FL. Several months a year, Change Agents participate in 45-day sailing journeys through the pristine waters of Central America and the Caribbean, leading youth through self growth, experiential learning challenges, and service projects. Meeting the needs of 6 teenage boys is a lot like conducting an orchaestra, or ring-leading a circus. It requires an enormous amount of teamwork, planning, and leadership. You can expect the typical 'parenting' responsibilities: waking the boys up for school, helping them prepare breakfast, and getting them from Point A to Point B.
On some days you'll be assisting the academic team as a tutor or vocational instructor, teaching geometry through woodworking or physics through sailing. You'll lead workshops and trainings, like helping the boys prepare resumes, conduct a job search, and get their first job.
Throughout it all, the boys will come to you for emotional support and guidance. They'll scream in your face when they're mad, and cry in your arms in their moments of vulnerability. You'll manage chaotic and stressful situations, like breaking up fights or de-escalating a child who in that moment wants to harm themselves. You'll become their support system. In this position, you have the opportunity to become one of the only people that's ever stuck around long enough for them to trust. You'll have the opportunity to fundamentally alter their life trajectory.
- Work with mental health, education, and case management teams to ensure consistency across youth’s individual treatment and case plans
- Assist youth with job searches and applications
- Teach youth basic life skills: laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.
- Home management: maintenance, landscaping, etc.
- Grocery shopping and preparing meals
- Daily room checks for cleanliness
- Nightly bed checks
- Administer and log medication
- Schedule medical and dental appointments
- Assist with general transportation needs
- Be a fully integrated team player across all areas of the SailFuture continuum (sailing, school, job training, residential, and mental health)
- Participate in SailFuture sailing journeys
- Assist with instruction and behavior management at the SailFuture school
- Assist with job training operations and vocational instruction
- Work with the mental health, education, and residential teams to create individual treatment plans for all youth
- Help implement treatment plans and coordinate with all other teams
- Other responsibilities as determined by Program Director
- Team player committed to doing whatever it takes for youth in their care
- Experience working with at-risk youth, specifically teenagers
- Excellent communicator and problem solver
- Passion for adventure
- Sailing experience a plus, but not required
- First Aid / CPR (provided by SailFuture, if not already certified)
- De-escalation tactics (provided by SailFuture)
- Behavior management (provided by SailFuture)
- Risk management (provided by SailFuture)
- Offshore sailing competency course (provided by SailFuture)
- Lifeguard certification (provided by SailFuture)
- $46,000 Total annual salary
- $2,400 monthly pay (pre-tax)
- $250 monthly health insurance contribution
- Housing Provided ($1,000 / month)
- Most Meals Provided ($250 / month)
We are currently hiring six new change agents.
Please visit our careers website to apply. Please have your cover letter and resume ready. The site is: careers.sailfuture.org