House Parent

The role of House Parent is directly concerned with the welfare and enjoyment of overseas junior students. This requires the post-holder to supervise and coordinate students in an on-site residence of the designated summer school and offer constructive assistance as required to all aspects of the summer school operation including activities and excursions.

  • Salary: $470 per week
  • Location: LAL Boca Raton, Lynn University or LAL New York, Fordham University
  • Division: LAL USA
  • Contract length: Summer Job

Location: (To be discussed at interview and upon job offer)  

LAL Boca Raton                                                       LAL New York                                 

Lynn University                                                       Rose Hill Campus                 

Boca Raton                                                              Fordham University                                  

FL, 33308                                                                  NY, 10458      

Line Manager:                     

Welfare Manager / Leisure Manager / Assistant Welfare Manager 

Hours of Work/Employment Agreement Type:

Your normal hours of work are 48 per week over a five and a half day week. You may be required to work additional hours when requested to meet the needs of the school. This position involves working on weekends and other unsocial hours.  

Responsibilities & Tasks

    • To live on-site (in shared accommodation), board and lodging provided as part of the salary package, from three days prior to the start of the course until the last contracted day (which will include the night after students have left).
    • To participate fully in all aspects of the induction period prior to the start of the course. This may include the unpacking, inventorying and setting up of all summer school offices.
    • To participate fully in the closing down of the summer school the day after all students have left.
    • To carry out all tasks concerned with the setting up, administration and closing down of the center as advised by line management.
    • To assist students in all aspects of personal hygiene, including laundry, maintaining order and cleanliness and the upkeep of their accommodation.
    • To assist the Welfare Manager in all elements of pastoral care, especially making arrangements to benefit students who are unwell, homesick or otherwise inconvenienced.
    • To manage the residence, ensuring that it is a welcoming and functioning environment and assisting in allocating students to rooms.
    • To be responsible for security within your designated residence.
    • To supervise the laundering of students’ clothes.
    • To protect the property and equipment of the designated Summer School and LAL, maintaining security and avoiding loss and/or damage in the residences.
    • To assist students in getting up, being on time for meals, lessons, transport arrangements and all planned activities.
    • To assist in ensuring students go to bed on time and that order is kept at night times.
    • To actively discourage students from engaging in improper behaviour to include sexual liaisons, bullying, rowdiness, or any other activity which could be of harm to other students or bring LAL or the Summer School into disrepute.
    •  To assist and participate in the leisure program, including leading students on excursions.
    • Attend a daily briefing scheduled to take place at the end of every working day (approximately 11pm).
    • To actively encourage students to take a full part in the leisure program.
    • To act in a seemly and professional manner with all of LAL’s agents, clients and staff and not to engage in any activity which may bring LAL or the designated Summer School into disrepute.
    • To dress in a manner commensurate with the roles demanded of the position; appropriate clothing for activities/sports and excursions. Any uniform supplied by LAL is to be returned at the end of the course.
    • To carry out any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Center Manager, Welfare Manager or Leisure Manager.
    • To deal with all student, IGL and University representatives’ issues, complaints and suggestions in a positive and effective manner and in adherence with the relevant LAL policies and procedures.
    • To read and be fully conversant with the staff handbook, relevant Child Protection issues and all pertinent CEA requirements prior to the start of the period of employment (documents supplied prior to start of employment). 

                           

                                        Person Specification:

                                        The letters in brackets denote how LAL will establish if you meet our criteria and how that will be determined. The letters have the following meaning: (A) = Application Form, (I) = Interview, (R) = Reference and (T) = Test. 

                                        E.g. understanding of children’s welfare will be determined by the information provided by the candidate on the application form (A) and through questions at Interview (I) 

                                        Essential

                                        Education, Training and Knowledge

                                        a) A good understanding of children’s welfare (A/I/R)

                                        b) Good knowledge of either sports and/or arts & crafts/performing arts (A/I)

                                        c) A strong command of English (A/I)

                                        d) Some knowledge of foreign cultures (A/I)

                                         Relevant Work Experience

                                        a) Experience with and a responsible approach to working with young people (A/I/R)  

                                        Skills and abilities

                                        a) Dynamic ‘can do’ approach to work (A/I)

                                        b) Endless energy and enthusiasm (A/I)

                                        c) Ability to work under pressure and be adaptable (A/I)

                                        d) Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team (A/I)

                                         Other Attributes

                                        a) Excellent communication skills (A/I)

                                        b) Satisfactory criminal background check or equivalent (A/R)

                                         Desirable

                                        Education, Training and Knowledge

                                        a) High School Diploma, GED or equivalent (A)

                                        b) Good working knowledge of at least one foreign language (A)

                                        c) First Aid Certificate/Life Guard Certificate (A)

                                        d) Computer literate (A/I)

                                        e) Driving License (A)  

                                        Relevant Work Experience

                                        a) Experience in a Summer School environment (A/I)  

                                        Skills and Abilities

                                        a) Ability to speak and write in languages other than English (A/I) 

                                        In the event of a successful interview, the applicant will be offered the position and a reply in the first instance either by email or in writing will be required.

                                        House Parents will be required to attend a First Aid Course (paid for by LAL) unless they can provide a valid First Aid Certificate. 

                                        A formal offer, confirming location, hours, dates and remuneration will be sent upon receipt of your email acceptance of the position. This will need to be signed and posted and/or scanned and emailed by return.

                                        Any offer of work is subject to a face-to-face interview on arrival, a satisfactory background check or equivalent and favorable references (all references will ask specifically whether there is any reason why you should not be employed in situations where you will have responsibility for, or substantial access to, persons under 18). 

                                        An electronic version of the employee handbook, containing the general terms and conditions of employment, will be made available in advance, with acceptance of these terms to be signed at induction on your first day. 

                                        Employment Agreement is considered fulfilled upon completion of an appraisal and all requisite feedback forms.

                                        Applications have now closed for this position.

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