Welcome to The Homestead. We are excited to tell you about employment opportunities with our organization.
If you are looking for a unique challenge where you will learn about a fascinating disability and have a chance to change the lives of children or adults — we think we have something special to offer you.
We are looking for responsible, caring and mature individuals to partner with us in our effort to develop and implement innovative solutions for people with autism.
It will be helpful for you to know a few things about us.
First, if you are hired to join our team we will offer you extensive training on autism and our intervention strategies. You will learn specific skills on how to teach a person served by our organization, along with different policies and procedures to support these wonderful individuals safely and professionally.
Once a person is trained they will be an important part of an interdisciplinary team. Each person we serve is supported by a team that works collaboratively to identify how we will respond to the individual’s strengths and needs. In other words, you won’t be alone in establishing how to handle challenges. And you will play an important role in helping us define our supports.
Our staff will need to learn communication skills. Many of the people we support may not speak using words or their communication skills may be limited in other ways. It will be important that our employees understand these challenges and are open to exploring new ways to listen and speak.
So you see, while it may be helpful, it isn’t necessary that you have extensive experience with autism. It is more important that you are interested in helping others grow and willing to learn.
Before a candidate can begin working at The Homestead we require that each person pass a pre-employment physical which includes a pre-employment drug screen, a physical capacity profile and TB test. The Homestead is a non-smoking business and we require our team members to refrain from smoking in our buildings, grounds and company vehicles. We also require that employees have a method of transportation that gets them to and from work.
All of our positions require that a staff drive individuals served in their personal vehicle or a fleet vehicle. The employee must obtain a chauffeur’s license and provide proof of insurance. We will compensate employees for miles when they use their personal vehicle.
Finally, we ask that each candidate be prepared to dress professionally. Some may be working on the farm or other environments where they may soil their clothes so we don’t need people to wear their best clothing, but we do want our staff to represent those we serve and The Homestead in a professional manner. We frequently interact with other professionals and the general public. We have an obligation to present those we serve in a positive light.
The majority of our new team hires come in one of four general categories. These include the Youth Home, Youth Community Services, Campus Services and Adult Community Services. Of course on occasion we also need to hire staff to help with other administrative functions however these four categories make up the majority of our hires. You can learn more about each of these programs by clicking on the links on our web site.
There are differences between each of these general categories. There are different lengths of work assignments. These departments each offer different starting and ending times for the shift. After giving some thought to these options you can identify your preference, if you have any, when you complete the on-line employment application. We can also help you with any of your questions during the interview process.
We also provide competitive wages and benefits. Employees may qualify for health, dental, vision, life, long term disability, Paid Time Off and a retirement package.
We believe that constant learning generates continuous improvements and innovations. So there are opportunities for staff to obtain support to continue their education through conferences or colleges and universities.
We hope we have raised your interest in applying for a position at The Homestead. What we do isn’t the right job for everyone. There are challenges. The good news is that many people have joined our team and found they have what it takes to help a child or adult obtain significant personal growth and provide a family with hope.
If you want to experience a relationship with individuals who have a unique perspective on our world, we hope to hear from you soon.
Employment At The Homestead
Members of The Homestead staff have the unique opportunity to earn a living while working in a supportive, professional environment where they can truly make a difference every day.
This isn’t a job for the faint of heart. Our staff will be the first to tell you that it is a challenging assignment that requires patience and fortitude. But they’ll also tell you the rewards are too numerous to count.
For more information about our programs, current openings or how to apply, click the links below.