Spectrum is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which youth and adults of all diverse identities are treated with respect, dignity, and equity, and a community that is free from the weight of hate, discrimination, and fear. To read our entire Diversity Statement, click here.
Part-Time Peer Outreach Worker
Multicultural Youth Program Peer Outreach Workers are responsible for identifying and reaching out to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth from multicultural backgrounds in the community.
- Develop and implement community outreach strategies, activities, and events to attract, engage, educate, and empower youth. This includes helping youth access community resources to support healthy growth, development and progress toward positive life goals.
- Support and assist youth in accessing and utilizing resources and services within Spectrum Youth & Family Services and in the community. This includes providing resource information and referrals in a way that is culturally appropriate to individual and family needs.
- Provide case management services and brief intervention using motivational interviewing and other evidence-based intervention strategies. Case management services may include helping youth access health care, crisis intervention, problem-solving skill building and support, decision-making skill development, education about resources, referral to mental health and substance abuse services, connection to community resources for employment, education, food, clothing, housing, etc.
- Collaborate with other Spectrum Youth & Family Services agency staff to coordinate services, treatment, and case management plans; attend staff meetings and team meetings as needed.
- Help multicultural youth and families navigate different cultural norms and expectations in order to increase their access to resources and support.
- Participate in supervision, staff meetings, and trainings as scheduled and needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Must be knowledgeable about issues facing target population (e.g. homelessness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental health problems, family conflict, physical health issues, criminality, and issues specific to cultural groups identified as being at-risk), or be willing to learn.
- Must be knowledgeable about and/or have experience with language and interpretation services relevant to target populations.
- Ability to engage and build rapport with both adolescents and young adults and set effective limits and boundaries.
- Ability to work independently and as a team member, and abide by the National Association of Social Workers code of ethics.
- Willingness to participate in supervision, identify needs and issues, ask for assistance, and accept and utilize feedback.
- Commitment to the values of diversity with respect to culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation and religion.
- This position may include transporting clients. Reliable transportation and comprehensive insurance may be required.
- Bilingual in English and language of identified target population (e.g. Nepali, Somali, etc.) or ability to identify and navigate language differences through use of interpreter services.
Part-Time Youth Development Coordinator
The Youth Development Coordinator supports youth ages 14–23 in the Department for Children and Families (DCF)/state custody as they transition to adulthood and acquire the skills needed to be self-sufficient adults. This position is 20 hrs/week. Hours are somewhat flexible but typically are between the hours of 9:00 am–5:00 pm for 3 days per week; either Monday–Wednesday or Tuesday–Thursday.
- Providing direct case management services to approximately 15 youth monthly
- Maintaining comprehensive client files, monthly data reporting, and financial tracking of Medicaid money spent
- Collaborating with DCF, foster parents, residential programs, schools, and community agencies to assist youth in developing a comprehensive plan for making the transition from state custody
- Creating and maintaining a very fluid schedule to meet with youth, community partners, and Spectrum programs in the community, home, and office
- Be able to work independently with youth and collaborate effectively with our team
- Providing case management by:
- Completing intake assessments, supporting youth in setting and achieving personal goals in the areas of education, employment, housing, transportation, relationships, enrichment, normalcy, health, identification and basic needs
- Creating a service plan with youth and providing life skill instruction, making appropriate community referrals, and utilizing Medicaid funds to support youth in achieving their goals
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
- Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field
- One year of experience working with adolescents and young adults
- Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, and religion
- Knowledge of adolescent and young adult development
- The ability to build trust and rapport with adolescents
- Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
- Maintaining client files through daily entry in Electronic Health Records
- Monthly Medicaid database entry and accurately tracking Medicaid money spend
- Skill in coordinating services with other agencies and professionals
- The ability to utilize supervision by asking for assistance, support and training, and accepting and utilizing feedback
- Ability to manage time and set priorities to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines, including the ability to adapt to changing priorities
- This is a field position and frequent travel is required, including client transport. Reliable transportation and comprehensive insurance is required.
Part-Time Mentoring Program Associate
Approximately 20 hours per week
The Mentoring Program Associate will work with the Mentoring Program Manager to provide high quality, effective programming and support for mentors as well as mentees and their parents/guardians. Mentoring program Associate will ensure that the program is following best practices according to the Elements of Effective Practice and striving to meet the enhanced guidelines. Program Associate will assist Mentoring Program Manager in growing the mentoring program to meet the need in the community. Implementation and participation in grant related deliverables and activities; data collection and reporting as indicated is also part of this position.
- Support Spectrum’s existing Mentoring Program matches. Assist with recruitment, screening and training new mentors/mentees as needed and identified. Adhere to healthy protocol for match closures.
- Provide ongoing check-ins for all matches, also plan and execute periodic events.
- Responsible for continued communication with referral sources, community partners and coordination with programs in the Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN).
- Ensure mentors are accessing the mentoring database to log mentoring time and are offered assistance as needed. Other documentation/reporting as indicated.
- Work with all Spectrum programs to facilitate and match identified clients/youth with mentors.
- Participate in any relevant staff meetings and supervision pertaining to essential functions of the job.
- Other duties as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
- Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Social Work or related field necessary.
- Experience being a mentor or working with mentor programs preferred
- Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development including the following: mental health and substance abuse issues; trauma; attachment issues; complex family dynamics; developmental challenges and educational issues.
- Maintenance of professional relationships and boundaries with mentors/mentees and community partners
- Ability to work independently, manage time effectively, meet deadlines, set priorities, and adapt to changing priorities.
- Self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team
- Strong organizational and record-keeping skills
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in person
- Ability to work according to the NASW code of Ethics.
- Participate in supervision by identifying needs and issues, asking for support and training, and being able to accept and utilize feedback.
- Critical thinker, considering creative ways to problem solve and improve the functionality of the program
- Commitment to the values of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation and religion.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.
To apply for a position, please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Spectrum offers medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, life insurance and a generous time off policy. We are an equal opportunity employer. We place a high value on workforce diversity. People of color; multilingual speakers; women; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.