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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.


Peer Outreach Worker
Auto Detailer
Full-Time Seasonal Warming Shelter Staff
Part-Time Seasonal Warming Shelter Staff
Respite Supported Housing Staff


Peer Outreach Worker (POW)

Spectrum POWs are the primary, front line staff in the Drop-In Center. They provide brief interventions, screening, resource coordination, referrals, and informal case management to youth being served in the Spectrum Drop-In Center. The POWs are young adults who are at least 18 years old and need to be healthy role models for the youth being served.

Essential Functions

      • Staffing Drop-In Center:
          • Maintain Drop-In Center as a safe, clean, and accessible space for youth and young adults, ages 14-24.
          • Adhere to the procedures and policies of the agency and of the program.
          • Provide supportive brief intervention based on motivational interviewing.
          • Provide resource coordination, case management, and referrals to other Spectrum and community services as appropriate.
          • Facilitate activities to attract, educate, and empower youth.
          • Advocate for and with youth and assist them to access and utilize resources and services within Spectrum and the community.
          • Assist in the training and mentoring of new POWs and AmeriCorps members.
      • Responsible for record keeping which includes daily logs, meal and people counts, and other data required by funding sources and the Agency.
      • Participate in supervision/staff meetings and trainings as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

      • Must be at least 18 years old.
      • Must be knowledgeable about issues facing target population (homelessness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental health problems, family conflict, physical health issues, criminality, etc.) or be willing to learn.
      • Ability to engage and build rapport with both adolescents and young adults and set effective limits and boundaries with youth.
      • The ability to work independently and as a team member and according to the NASW code of Ethics.
      • Participating in supervision by identifying needs and issues, asking for assistance, support and training, and being able to accept and utilize feedback.
      • Commitment to the values of diversity with respect to gender identity, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion.
      • This position may include driving the Spectrum van and/or transporting clients. Driver’s license may be required.
      • Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

The above duties will be carried out in the Drop-In Center and occasionally transporting clients in the local area. The hours will be between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday and 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

The above duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work performed in this job. They should not be construed as an exhaustive listing of all job duties and responsibilities by employees so classified.

Please forward your resume to tguilbault@spectrumvt.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.


Auto Detailer

Spectrum Youth & Family Services has recently launched Detail Works, a full-service auto detailing shop that hires, trains and supports local at-risk youth in a supported work environment. We employ 8-10 youth for 20 hours per week and teach them the auto detailing business, soft and life skills; our goal is to place them in a higher paying job or educational program.

We are looking for an independent, experienced and motivated lead detailer to work alongside the General Manger and Youth Coordinator.

Qualifications:

      • Must be comfortable working with youth (ages – 18-24)
      • Must have auto-detailing experience
      • Able to adapt to a fast-paced work environment
      • Must have strong attention to detail
      • Strong communication skills are a MUST
      • Must have 3 references
      • Qualified applicants must possess a valid VT driver’s license, have the ability to multi-task and above all, be a team player
      • Must be available Monday through Friday, between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

If this sounds like the job for you, please send your resume to tguilbault@spectrumvt.org.


Full-Time Seasonal Warming Shelter Staff

Spectrum Youth and Family Services is looking for full-time seasonal warming shelter staff members.

Responsibilities of this position include:

      • Willingness to work as a member of a comprehensive treatment team with homeless youth ages 18-24
      • Creating and encouraging a healthy living space and community as well as responsibility for overall safety and daily function of the shelter
      • Daily assessment and face to face interaction with youth
      • Daily documentation via Electronic Medical Record system
      • Creativity, problem solving, and crisis management
      • Utilizing techniques to encourage and motivate youth
      • Attendance and completion of trainings, as assigned

The schedule requires availability between 5pm and 1am, 5 days per week or between 12 am and 8 am, 5 days per week.

A Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field or equivalent work experience is preferred. Experience with young adults who have mental health and substance abuse issues is beneficial.

Position includes medical, dental and vision insurance, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, accrued vacation and sick time, and EAP.

Please email cover letter and resume to wtowne@spectrumvt.org. No phone calls please.


Part-Time Seasonal Warming Shelter Staff

Spectrum Youth and Family Services is looking for part-time Warming Shelter Staff members.

Responsibilities of this position include:

      • Willingness to work as a member of a comprehensive treatment team with homeless youth ages 18-24
      • Creating and encouraging a healthy living space and community as well as responsibility for overall safety and daily function of the shelter
      • Daily assessment and face to face interaction with youth
      • Daily documentation via Electronic Medical Record system
      • Creativity, problem solving, and crisis management
      • Utilizing techniques to encourage and motivate youth
      • Attendance and completion of trainings, as assigned

The schedule requires availability between 5 pm and 1 am, 2 days per week or between 12 am and 8 am 2 days per week.

A Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field or equivalent work experience is preferred. Experience with young adults who have mental health and substance abuse issues is beneficial.

Please email cover letter and resume to: wtowne@spectrumvt.org. No phone calls please.


Respite Supported Housing Staff

We are seeking part-time staff to fill our Respite Pool. Applicants must have availability between the hours of 4 pm–2 am and 1 am–9 am. Please indicate availability in cover letter.

Responsibilities of this position include:

      • Creating and encouraging a healthy living space and community as well as responsibility for overall safety , cleanliness, and function of the House
      • Assessment and face to face interaction with youth, identifying goals and practicing life skill development
      • Documentation via Electronic Medical Record system
      • Creativity, problem solving, and crisis management
      • Utilizing techniques to encourage and motivate youth
      • Attendance and completion of trainings, as assigned

Academic courses in social work or related field and/or equivalent work experience are preferred. Experience with young adults who have mental health and substance abuse issues is beneficial.

Please email cover letter and resume to wtowne@spectrumvt.org.

No phone calls please.


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, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE.