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House Manager - Our Brother's Home
Our Brother's Home
Mountain View, California, United States
Date Posted: 03/22/2012
Categories: Church/Ministry - House Parent
Job Type: Full-Time
Our Brother’s Home Board of Directors
Our Brother’s Home (OBH) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that provides safe, assisted housing for up to two years for men who struggle with various addictions, homelessness, or related challenges. Our Brother’s Home is located in Mountain View, CA, in a four bedroom house. The residents attend Peninsula Bible Church. Most of them are U.S. military veterans who have completed programs at the V.A. Hospital in Menlo Park.
The House Manager for Our Brother’s Home manages the residents and operation of the house to maintain a safe, Christ-centered living environment in which residents can grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and experience successful long-term recovery.
We trust that the House Manager is a born-again believer as described in John 1:13, I John 4:7-10, and I Peter 1:18-23. Upon commencement of employment, he will be expected to become actively involved at Peninsula Bible Church, with a heart for those in recovery and a calling from the Lord to minister to them with teaching, shepherding, and discernment.
The House Manager must be committed to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord through the knowledge and study of His Word; to fellowship with the church body; to be accountable to the Board of Directors of Our Brother’s Home and other ministry leaders; to personal discipleship; to a lifestyle of biblical integrity; and to an ongoing ministry of prayer.
As the primary caretaker for the residents, the job of the House Manager is to ensure that those living in the house are growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ and becoming stable members of society. These responsibilities include the following:
• Interview new potential candidates for residency
• Monitor all residents’ behavior and enforce observance of all agreed upon program fees, house rules, curfews, and individual resident growth plans
• Conduct quarterly reviews and growth plan meetings with each resident, keep track of all meeting outcomes and resident progress, and suggest to the OBH Board of Directors process changes
• Counsel and pray with the residents when needed
• Maintain positive, trust-filled relationships with residents, while creating and respecting healthy boundaries
• Be available to house residents during the full time of duty
• Manage and resolve conflicts between residents, helping residents learn effective conflict avoidance and resolution skills
• Perform drug testing on residents if suspicions arise or when scheduled
• Keep and organize a case file for each resident including introductory forms, signed agreements and paperwork throughout duration of stay, and exit plans
• Terminate a resident’s stay for serious violation of house rules
• Bring all uncertain matters to the attention of the OBH Board of Directors
The House Manager is also responsible for keeping the house in good running order, which includes the following duties:
• Live in the house or adjacent apartment within the same property
• Make sure the house is secure in the evenings
• Coordinate with the landlord for major house repairs and/or maintenance such as plumbing, electrical, pest control, etc.
• Perform or coordinate minor repairs around the house
• Monitor energy usage in the house
• Collect a small monthly fee from each resident used to purchase common house items such as toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, napkins, and cleaning supplies
• Create a chore list, assign chores to residents on a rotating basis, and confirm all chores are performed satisfactorily
• Assign laundry days/times to residents
• Assign and distribute keys to new residents after acceptance of Rules and Fee Agreements
• Lead a weekly dinner and house meeting for all residents
• Coordinate and assign a cooking schedule for weekly dinners
• Attend and actively participate in OBH Board of Directors meetings
• Develop partnerships and alliances with other agencies to provide a more robust set of resources (education/training, employment, healthcare assistance, counseling), and establish a fund to expand or acquire improved facilities to serve more men
The House Manager will be deeply involved in the lives of the men living in the house, therefore a trust and bond should be formed between the House Manager and the residents. To facilitate better understanding between these parties, the following experience is necessary:
• Have overcome or currently in recovery from previous addiction of drugs, alcohol, etc.
• Working knowledge of the 12 steps of recovery
• Wisdom, growth, and spiritual maturity from experience in recovery
• Previous residence at the house with OBH a plus
• Experience in counseling a plus
• Prior attendance at Peninsula Bible Church a plus
• Minimum five years sobriety a plus
• Pastoral or shepherding qualities
• Administrative skills a plus
• Confidence and wisdom to handle complex, difficult, and/or stress-inducing situations
• Proven ability to manage and resolve interpersonal conflict
• Ability to resolve verbal or physical conflicts between residents in a calm and fair manner
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