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Penquis, a social services agency serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox counties for over 50 years, is seeking a part time House Parent and per diem House Parents to work at the Penquis Journey House (PJH), a maternity group home in Dexter, Maine.

  • The part-time position consists of one 24-hour shift per week (17  paid hours – sleep time not paid)
  • Per diem staff cover shifts as needed; which may include a 48hour shift (33 paid hours – sleep time not paid)

The House Parent will provide in-home support to pregnant and parenting female residents, ages 16-21.  They assist in the development of residents’ individual service plans and provide the supervision needed to assure service plans are followed.  The House Parent oversees residents in the nurturing of their infants and/or young children and supports their efforts in learning proper self-care and gaining independence.  The House parent will assist with the development of meal plans and meal preparation, assure that curfews and study times are followed, and assure resident safety.  The House Parent will work with a team of co-workers to meet the various needs of the residents.

Required qualifications include a high school diploma, training and education in adolescent behavior, family dynamics, child development and three years related work experience; knowledge and experience with healthy meal preparation, house cleaning, proper hygiene, and infant care; OR a Bachelor’s degree in social work, health, child and family development or related field and one year related work experience and a valid Driver’s license and a licensed, registered and insured vehicle.  Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in a maternity group home setting. Upon hire and periodically thereafter, must have background check results that are satisfactory to Penquis and indicate no previous or current record of involvement with child abuse, neglect or exploitation and no disqualifying criminal record or motor vehicle record as outlined in current contract provisions. Position starts at $13.80/hour.

An application form and job description are available from Penquis, 262 Harlow Street, P.O. Box 1162, Bangor, ME  04402, Tel: 973-3500; TDD: 973-3520, from our offices in Dover-Foxcroft, Lincoln, and Rockland, or applicant may apply online at  Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.  Please specify whether you are seeking the part-time or per diem position when applying. 

In accordance with federal regulations, Penquis does not discriminate.  Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.  Penquis is a tobacco and smoke free workplace.

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