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Mooseheart is about schedules, consistency, and the kids. It is nice to work at a place that really does put the kids first. Everything that happens here is for the benifit of the kids. We don't always get it right but we certainly give it our all.
Living on campus with room and board is also nice. You get 9 days off a month and floating holidays. You get plenty of personal and vacation days. You make your own schedule with your coworker.
This is a hard job. Period. You can not slack. You can not get away with not doing your job. You will get feedback constantly and you will not agree with it 100% of the time. You will struggle and cry. You will want to quit multiple times a year. You will have to suck it up and fight to stay here. You will have to put blood, sweat, and tears into raising these children as they may rarley thank you and often swear at you. And you will be shocked at the amount of joy you feel when a child you work with finally learns how to tie their shoes; or a middle schooler listens to you without rolling their eyes; or a high school student gets accepted to collage.
This job is not for everyone. It is for intelligent, competent, adaptable people whom know how to take care of themselves and whom have enough drive, patience, and love to raise children with difficult lives.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Mooseheart Child City & School (Mooseheart, IL) in January 2010.
I printed off an application from their webpage, completed it and sent it in. I was contacted by the recruiter who did a great job of trying to explain the enormity of the job. After a phone interview, they contacted my references before offering me an interview date. It's a LONG day- 1-on-1 interview with recruiter, then an interview with 2 supervisors. (During this 2 person interview you will be given "feedback" of some sort. It's usually a comment about your attire not being nice enough or something. This is there on purpose to gauge your reaction to feedback and criticism. If you want the job, just say "Okay.") Then lunch with a member of the staff that will report back their impression of you. If you pass all of that, you go in for a few hours of psychological testing. (MMPI, and the Diana screen, as well as a little "chat" with a psychiatrist.) After that you usually spend an hour or so in a home, observing. During this time the youth will all greet you, 2 youth will take you on a tour of the home, then you will have a little time of conversation with the youth. It's really sweet!
So it's a very full day. I flew in from out of state and they covered the cost of the hotel and transportation to and from the airport, as well as arranging my transportation to and from campus.
You leave without an answer or an offer. (unless, of course, the answer is no and they already know it.) You are told that they might terminate the interview process at any point without giving you a reason. They wait on a final "score" from your interview, your psych testing results, background check, etc. It took at least another week before I was offered the job. The recruiter called me with an offer, which I accepted and then I got a written offer in the mail.
Mooseheart lists their pay scale on their web page, so negotiation isn't really an option. It's completely based on education and experience.
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