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House Parents (Married Couple)

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House Parents

SailFuture is a sailing-based foster care agency in St. Petersburg, Florida. We are looking for adventurous married couples who want to help raise teenage boys in foster care into strong and capable young men. 

Our innovative model does not look or feel like foster care. We take pride in bringing a different, modern approach to fostering high-risk teens. 

House Parents go on expeditions on a high-performance racing sailboat, teach carpentry and mechanics, and live and work alongside a strong co-parenting team.

Our continuum of services includes placement, case management, residential care, challenging sailing experiences, a private school, job training, and behavioral health services. 

By working as a family to create a family, we provide a seamless continuum of services that meet the complex needs of the children we serve. 

Who we’re looking for:

Similar to PeaceCorps, House parents make a two-year commitment to love, parent, and teach 6 teenage boys how to grow into responsible young men.

SailFuture’s house parents are married couples without children who are eager to become parents and role models to 6 teenagers in foster care.

SailFuture House Parents raise children in a team environment. We are on duty at the house 4 days a week, and off 3. We work alongside a Program Director, licensed mental health counselor, a USCG Captain, and Change Agents.

Together we leverage all of our love, strengths, and life experiences to help our teens grow into capable young men.

Twice per year, we embark on 50-day sailing expeditions through the Americas, leading youth through self growth, experiential learning challenges, and service projects.

Meeting the needs of 6 teenage boys is a lot like conducting an orchestra, 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. You'll lead workshops and trainings, like helping the boys prepare resumes and get their first jobs. 

You'll manage chaotic and stressful situations, like breaking up fights or de-escalating a child who in that moment wants to harm themselves.

Throughout it all, the boys will come to you for emotional support and guidance. 

You'll become their support system and their rock. You'll have the opportunity to fundamentally alter their life trajectory.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead youth through (2) 50-day international sailing journeys throughout the Americas each year
  • Work with mental health, education, and case management teams to ensure consistency across youth’s individual treatment and case plans
  • Assist with with job searches and applications
  • Teach basic life skills: laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.
  • Home management: maintenance, landscaping, etc. 
  • Grocery shopping
  • Daily room checks for cleanliness
  • Nightly bed checks 
  • Administer and log medication
  • Schedule medical and dental appointments
  • Assist with general transportation needs
  • Assist with school operations and academic instruction
  • 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
  • Implement treatment plans and coordinate with all other teams
  • Other responsibilities as determined by the Program Director

Qualifications:

- Married for at least 2 years 

- No children 

- Ready to become parents

- Passionate about foster care and/or at-risk youth

- Team player committed to doing whatever it takes for youth in their care

- Excellent communicator and problem solver

- Passion for adventure

- Sailing experience a plus, but not required

Our Commitment to You:

This will be one of the hardest “jobs” you ever have. Our kids and your colleagues will push and inspire you to grow personally and professionally in ways that few other settings can. 

We’re a small organization and treat each other more like family than colleagues. We live together, travel together, work together, and play together.

House Parents leave this role with some of the most meaningful relationships of their lifetime, and invaluable management, leadership, and conflict mediation skills. 

Total Compensation: $84,600 per couple per year

Salary: $60,000 per couple 

Benefits: $30,600 per year

  • $500 monthly health insurance contribution per couple
  • 10 days PTO
  • 4 day work week
  • Global Travel
  • Access to SailFuture fleet of dinghy sailboats, kayaks, and powerboats
  • Housing Provided ($1,000 / month value)
  • Most Meals Provided ($400 / month value)
  • 401k with 3% employer match

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Perks and Benefits

  • 401k with 3-6% employer match

  • Paid Time Off and Sick Days

  • $250 Monthly Health Insurance Contribution

  • Access to sailboats, powerboats, and kayaks

  • Part of dynamic and integrated teams

  • Flexible Work Schedules

Who We Are

We're a small but mighty agency with a 'whatever it takes' mentality.

Our approach to social work is complex and requires dynamic, passionate leaders to bring all their skills to the table.

We're committed to each other as much as we are to our kids, and protect the family dynamic within our motley crew.

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