Are you about to graduate college with a nursing, social work or special education degree? Do you feel a particular call from God to work with children with special needs and to love them as Jesus does?
Apply now to gain real-world experience as a Jill’s House Fellow by emailing resume to: email@example.com, please put “Fellowship Application” in the subject line.
About the Fellowship Program
The Jill’s House Fellowship lasts one year, beginning in June, and is a paid, full-time position. Our goal is to help develop a generation of professionals who love Jesus and children with special needs. You live and work with other godly people committed to serving children with special needs. Through our program, you will:
-Care for children with a wide array of disabilities
-Gain hands-on experience
-Deepen your walk by working with these children
-Live in an intentional community
-Receive compensation, benefits, and housing during the year of the program
As a Jill’s House Fellow, you will work primarily as a childcare specialist, providing loving care to a group of children entrusted to us for safe, professional care. Children stay with us during weekend programs, as well as during weeknight programs through our partnerships with local schools. We also offer day camps during the summer and other times throughout the year. The childcare specialist is the face of Jill’s House, and leads a group of one to three children through activities throughout his or her stay. One moment, you may be on the playground with your group; another moment, you may be singing in the music room or reading books. Childcare specialists typically work 40-60 hours per week, including two 8- or 12-hour shifts each weekend.
The work you will do.
Childcare specialists report to a childcare supervisor and are responsible for the guidance and supervision of the children to whom they are assigned. You will perform a combination of basic care and assistance with activities of daily living in a safe, nurturing environment. You will work with children according to their individual needs and encourage their activity and participation while promoting an awesome experience.
In addition to your role as a childcare specialist, you will be given the opportunity to further expand your professional development.
Some of these opportunities include:
-Learn about jobs of interest in advocacy, education, ministry and allied professions (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social work) from industry professionals.
-Spend time shadowing a specific area at Jill’s House including nursing, our program department, or the intake team to gain deeper insight into the day-to-day operations.
-Visit colleges to help us share the Jill’s House story and recruit more great fellows – just like you!
-Participate in a weekly Bible study led by Jill’s House staff to provide spiritual development and further your walk with God.
-Work one-on-one with a mentor to ensure you are gaining all that you can from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
As the fellowship concludes, some fellows may receive full-time offers to continue at Jill’s House, others may launch Jill’s House programs in new places, and many will go on to positions outside Jill’s House as we draw on our deep relationships in the disability community to help you secure a great post-fellowship position.
Where you will live.
Jill’s House provides housing for our fellows in safe, furnished and comfortable apartments. The goal is to create an intentional community where the fellows are growing with one another, encouraging each other and building a strong spiritual community.
The Washington, D.C. area is one of the most exciting cities in the world. While you are here, you will have the opportunity to sightsee and explore our nation’s capital. We are less than two hours from the ocean and, in the other direction, less than two hours from the mountains. We encourage social outings so the fellows can explore everything the Washington, D.C. area offers, including museum tours, sporting events, plays, concerts and dining out.