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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.


Housing Program Staff

This position provides support for, and encourages, residents to achieve the goals outlined in their service plan. Staff is expected to be active participants in the supported housing community & activities that support residents to achieve their goals. Staff will model effective, appropriate, and timely communication with others regarding resident updates. Timely and accurate completion of record keeping is also essential to this position. The hours for this position are Saturday through Monday, 4:00 pm to 2:00 am, and Tuesday 3:00 pm-1:00 am.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Programming
    • Support and encourage residents to carry out daily routines and achieve goals outlined in their service plans.
    • Take residents on activities, job searching and or to volunteer opportunities.
    • Administer resident medication. 
  • Responsible for accurate and timely completion of record keeping including:
    • Individual client files, chronologs, daily data entry, documentation of critical incidents 
    • Daily follow-up with e-mail and voice mail
    • Time sheets, expense reports 
  • Communication and cross over with other staff is expected including the following:
    • Update on the shift and status of all residents
    • Medication, UA, critical information discussed        
  • Participation and attendance is expected at bi-weekly individual supervision and weekly staff meetings
  • Support the training of new staff and respite personnel as assigned.
  • Contribute and participate in the overall growth and improvement of the supported housing program.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  1. High school degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum one year experience working with at-risk youth in a residential setting or equivalent experience. 
  2. 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.
  3. Knowledge of life skills work including: meal preparation, budgeting, cleaning, & personal hygiene, job readiness/employment skills.
  4. Maintain appropriate boundaries and ability to set limits.  
  5. Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion. 
  6. Adherence to agency code of ethics and all policies and procedures.
  7. Valid driver’s license preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This position requires flexibility and travel for activities, client appointment, etc. Due to the nature of supported housing work shifts include days, evenings, awake overnights, weekends, and holidays. Schedules and shifts are subject to change. It is the employee’s responsibility to find adequate respite coverage in advance of approved time-off requests.   

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Warming Shelter

These positions provide support for youth staying in the winter warming shelter. Staff is expected to be active participants in the supported housing community & activities that support youth to achieve their goals. Staff will model effective, appropriate, and timely communication with others regarding resident updates. Timely and accurate completion of record keeping is also essential to this position. Please specify the position you are applying for. 

These are temporary positions, as the Warming Shelter is open November 1st – March 31st

  • Part Time Evenings • Saturday & Sunday 5:00 pm and 1:00 am   2 positions 
  • Part Time Overnight  • Saturday & Sunday 12:00 am – 8:00 am 1 position
  • Full Time Evenings • Monday – Friday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, 2 position
  • Full Time Overnight • Monday – Friday 12:00 am – 8:00 am 1 position

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1.   Programming

  • Support and encourage residents to carry out daily routines and achieve goals outlined in their service plans.
  • Take residents on activities, job searching and or to volunteer opportunities.
  • Administer resident medication. 

2.   Responsible for accurate and timely completion of record keeping including:

  • Individual client files, chronologs, daily data entry, documentation of critical incidents 
  • Daily follow-up with e-mail and voice mail
  • Time sheets, expense reports 

3. Communication and cross over with other staff is expected including the following:

  • Update on the shift and status of all residents
  • Medication, UA, critical information discussed        

4.   Participation and attendance is expected at bi-weekly individual supervision and weekly staff meetings.

5.   Support the training of new staff and respite personnel as assigned.

6. Contribute and participate in the overall growth and improvement of the supported housing program.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  1. High school degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum one year experience working with at-risk youth in a residential setting or equivalent experience. 
  2. 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.
  3. Knowledge of life skills work including: meal preparation, budgeting, cleaning, & personal hygiene, job readiness/employment skills.
  4. Maintain appropriate boundaries and ability to set limits.  
  5. Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion. 
  6. Adherence to agency code of ethics and all policies and procedures.
  7. Valid driver’s license preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This position requires flexibility and travel for activities, client appointment, etc. Due to the nature of supported housing work shifts include days, evenings, awake overnights, weekends, and holidays. Schedules and shifts are subject to change. It is the employee’s responsibility to find adequate respite coverage in advance of approved time off requests.   

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Jobs Clinician

The JOBS Clinician is responsible for assisting a select number of Spectrum clients who need specialized employment support and mental health services.  This includes care coordination, all case management functions, job support and advocacy, job development, employment skill-building, creating treatment plans and clinical assessments, providing mental health support, assessment of and assistance with client strengths and support needs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Serve as either lead clinician or a support member of the youth’s case management team at Spectrum.
  • Collaborate with other treatment providers in developing treatment plans to address potential obstacles to successful job acquisition and performance i.e., poor interpersonal skills, behavior problems, mental health issues, work ethic issues, etc. This includes creating treatment plans and clinical assessments
  • Work with team to assess support needs in all areas including clinical, mental health, independent living, employment, and education. 
  • Provide information, consultation, and employment-related expertise to case manager and all team members.
  • Provide supported employment services to appropriate Spectrum clients.
  • Assess each youth in all areas of job-readiness, interpersonal skills, interests, strengths, job history, time management skills, areas of competency, etc.
  • Develop a positive, respectful, and trusting relationship with each youth.
  • Provide instruction and skill building in areas of job application and resume preparation, proper interview techniques, and other job-seeking skills that lead to successful job acquisition and job maintenance.
  • Match each youth with appropriate employment opportunities and provide necessary training, coaching, skill building, education, and follow-up support services once job has been acquired.
  • Develop, utilize and maintain excellent collaborative relationships with Howard Center, Vocational Rehabilitation, DCF, other supported employment programs and employment-related programs,  area service providers and organizations
  • Attend regular meetings at Howard Center, attend regular meetings with Vocational Rehabilitation program liaison, attend Spectrum team meetings, and other collaborative meetings as needed.
  • Attend appropriate trainings and workshops through Howard Center, Spectrum, and Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as other relevant offerings in the community.
  • Develop working understanding of VT system of care, collaborating agencies and area resources.
  • Provide and maintain appropriate paperwork needed for youth served.
  • Complete and maintain all paperwork necessary for client involvement in the JOBS Program, including opening paperwork for Spectrum, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Howard Center.
  • Document and maintain all Medicaid billing, adhering to state, federal and CARF regulations and guidelines.
  • Maintain all necessary program data collection, timely reports, client records and grant requirements.
  • Develop and maintain effective, positive and productive relationships with potential employers and community business members.
  • Develop employer paid job opportunities in the community for appropriate Spectrum clients.
  • Act as a liaison between the employer, employee, and others involved.  This includes: Problem-solving,  mediation, crisis intervention, coordination of employment-related services and advocacy. 
  • Educate area employers about Spectrum services, supported employment services, and the youth Spectrum serves.
  • Offer consultation and employment expertise and resources (within confines of job description and when appropriate) to Spectrum staff and all youth served by Spectrum.
  • Assist in the support of newly hired JOBS Clinicians
  • Participate in agency-wide committees, activities and functions provided to maintain the overall health and    growth of the organization.
  • Contribute to the overall improvement and quality of the work environment and agency policies or practices.
  • Develop an understanding of diversity and its issues as it relates to both clients and staff.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Master’s degree in the mental health filed preferred.  Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in human services required.
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant work experience, with a minimum of 2 years working with adolescents and a minimum of 1 year working in the employment field.  Knowledge and experience writing mental treatment goals and clinical assessments.
  • Commitment to the values of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation and religion.
  • Excellent written, verbal, listening and problem-solving communication skills.
  • The ability to build trust and rapport with adolescents.
  • Experience with crisis intervention desired.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Knowledge of community resources related to employment and area businesses desirable.
  • The ability to ask for assistance, support and training, and to solicit, accept and utilize feedback.
  • The ability to work independently and to participate as an effective team member.
  • The ability to set effective limits with self and others.
  • Valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.
  • The ability to personally, professionally and programmatically adapt along with a client population and the ever changing needs of the agency and community environment.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to professional and agency code of ethics.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This is both a field work and office position and travel may be required, including client transport.  Flexible work hours may include weekend and evening hours in order to best meet the responsibilities of this position.

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.

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