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Hours Full-time
Location Plainfield, New Jersey

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Milton Hershey School (MHS) is one of the world's best private schools, where approximately 2,100 pre-K through 12th grade students from disadvantaged backgrounds are provided a cost-free home and education. Thanks to the generosity of Milton and Catherine Hershey, the school is fully endowed, with the resources to ensure every child is provided the opportunities to succeed. Since 1909, the school has prepared almost 12,000 graduates to lead fulfilling and productive lives and is expanding to serve more students in the coming years.

MHS is hiring married couples to be houseparents. Houseparents are couples who reside in campus homes, overseeing the home and guiding and nurturing the eight to thirteen students residing there. Houseparents provide a consistent family-like structure that students can rely on. Houseparents also teach skills and values outside of the classroom. Houseparents have a lifetime impact - a career that’s worth every minute!

Houseparent work a schedule of nine days on followed by three days off. Each morning they prepare the students for the school day. During the school day, houseparents have some meetings and trainings, as well as personal time. After school time is busy with extracurriculars, chores, meals, homework, and more. Weekend time includes rest & relaxation, recreation, and Sunday chapel service attendance with students . Houseparents have a three week paid summer vacation.

Houseparents collaborate extensively with students’ families and other MHS staff to foster student success and build a community of caregivers. They also handle responsibilities such as driving, administering medication, budgeting, reporting, etc. Houseparents are responsible for all aspects of student development including spiritual well-being. Couples lead students in daily devotions and take students to Judeo-Christian Sunday chapel services. More info about is available via this link. (Proselytizing is prohibited.)

Today the community is made up of a large diverse, population of students and houseparents from a wide range of backgrounds and faiths, united by a shared commitment to the School’s values: commitment to mission, integrity, positive spirit, and mutual respect.

Houseparents are first hired in a flex role in which couples provide coverage in different student homes until they’re assigned their own home.

Benefits include:

  • Salary of $42,903 per person (a total estimated compensation package of $150,000 per couple which includes housing, meals while on duty, utilities, comprehensive benefits, and a combined pre-tax salary)
  • Relocation assistance and paid training are provided.

You can learn more by:

Registering for a webinar:

Attending an Open House:

Receiving E newsletters:

  • Experience working or volunteering with youth, preferably youth from under-served settings.
  • This is a two-person job for couples who have been legally married for at least two years.
  • Both spouses should be age 27 or older.
  • No more than two dependent children may reside in the student home.
  • Abide by a smoke free and weapon free campus. No alcohol is permitted while on duty.
  • Limitations on pets. Only fish or one dog of approved breeds permitted.
  • Valid driver’s license in good standing and an ability to become certified to drive student home vans.
  • Skills include leadership, interpersonal, organizational, administrative, computer, budgeting, flexibility, and persistence.
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a high degree of integrity as all MHS staff are role models for students.
  • Please note - both spouses must complete an individual employment application to be considered.