House Parents

Published on 05/16/2024Glenwood Academy - Glenwood, IL
$32,000 per yearFull TimeFully on-site


Position Reports to: Director of Residential Services

Supervisory Responsibilities: None


The House Parent position is responsible for providing a safe and a home like environment within the general policies and guidelines of the Agency for the students entrusted in their care. Use of effective verbal and written communication with staff, students and families. Frequent use of computer. Maintains flexibility to adjust work schedule according to Agency needs.


  • Daily care and supervision of students entrusted in their care.
  • Attend to student’s health, nutrition and rights while in their care.
  • Maintain a professional and nurturing relationship with student, parents/guardians, and staff.
  • Both Houseparents are to be present and engaged with students at all times during Residential hours.
  • Work as part of a team to ensure high standard of care.
  • Participates in team meetings and uses other meetings/trainings to accomplish the objectives the agency has for students and families.
  • Maintain regular communication with supervisor.
  • Monitor safety, health conditions in assigned cottage.
  • Maintain cottage integrity.
  • Plan and implementation of recreation, social activities, and special events for students.
  • Ability to work effectively with students and staff in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Reinforce positive social and behavioral skills, through everyday encounters.
  • Active communication with internal and external team members.
  • Complete all necessary reports, forms, and documentation accurately and timely.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous quality improvement in all aspects of the position.


  • Teach positive social behavioral and educational skills, through everyday encounters and family meetings and by setting goals and charting progress.
  • Promote and maintain discipline at all times.
  • Maintains flexibility to adjust work schedule according to Agency needs
  • Participate in agency seminars and in-service programs as designated by administration.
  • Ensure that health and safety procedures are observed.
  • Attend regular statutory training as well as role-specific training.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Hiring team of two people.
  • Minimum education level is a high school diploma or GED.
  • Experience working with children and youth.
  • Must have valid Illinois driver’s license with no suspensions in effect within the previous three (3) years of hire.
  • Must have personal vehicle or access to one and provide proof of automobile liability insurance.
  • No history of child abuse or neglect.
  • Employees of Glenwood Academy must be fully vaccinated against Covid.


  • Undergraduate Degree in human service field (i.e. Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, etc.).
  • Previous work experience in a residential/boarding environment working with children ages 7-18.


Residential (Cottage) Environment.  Houseparent live and work with the students in their care.  Workday can be long, fast paced, and challenging.  Houseparents must have a high stress tolerance. Workday is a split shift, working early morning and returning to work late afternoon when students return after school dismissal.  Position may require off site travel and attendance at outside events on days and times outside of the normal workweek schedule.  Houseparent’s workweek begins Sunday evenings; ending Friday evenings.   


Standing, sitting, walking, talking or hearing.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

This position meets the FLSA requirements for Exempt.

About Glenwood Academy

Glenwood Academy eradicates poverty, injustice, and inequity through the power of residential education.

Glenwood Academy is a revolutionary private residential school that provides a supportive learning community for students grades 2-8, with a high school option at three local partner schools. Working hand-in-hand with parents and caregivers, the Glenwood experience builds the platform children need to be successful students and become outstanding citizens. We provide life-changing solutions for students who come from challenging solutions, and who have been impacted by poverty, violence, inadequate educational systems, as well as a lack of basic resources, such as food and shelter.

Glenwood Academy nurtures and educates good children from challenging situations by inspiring excellence, building character and strengthening community.  


Location500 w 187th st, Glenwood, IL 60425

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