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Come join a team of passionate, committed, and fun people who are dedicated to making sure teens, and young adults can get help when they need it most. At Spectrum, our goal is to create an environment where employees feel supported and healthy, can do their best work, and have time to enjoy their lives outside of work.

Spectrum’s culture is inclusive, collaborative, and outright fun at times. Last year, our employees voted Spectrum one of Vermont’s best places to work! Join us. You can help make the lives of our youth better and have a career you love.

Benefits: Employees are eligible for 27 days of combined vacation and holiday time (pro-rated for part-time employees), unlimited health leave, a 403b retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, a four-week sabbatical every six years, and a free yoga membership at Sangha.

Full-time employees (over 30 hours/week) are eligible for dental, vision, and health insurance. Spectrum pays 80% of the premium for all levels of insurance (individuals, couples, and families).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 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.

For Human Resource information, please email us here: HumanResources@Spectrumvt.org.

Career Opportunities


Mental Health and Substance Use Counselor
Warming Shelter Support Staff
Development Coordinator
Supported Housing Respite Staff
Burlington Drop-In Center Youth Coach
Supported Housing Youth Coach
Food Coordinator – AmeriCorps – St. Albans Drop In
Food Coordinator – AmeriCorps – Burlington Drop In


Mental Health and Substance Use Counselor

Riverstone Counseling, Spectrum’s outpatient counseling program, is seeking to hire a full-time licensed/licensed eligible mental health counselor or social worker for our outpatient mental health and substance use counseling program. This is an exempt position with an annual salary of $53,000.00. This position includes excellent health, dental, and vision insurance, 27 days of combined vacation and holiday time, unlimited health leave, a 403b retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and a free yoga membership at Sangha. Substance use licensure or certification preferred. This position is responsible for providing comprehensive mental health and substance use screening, assessment, and integrated co-occurring individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and young adults aged 12-30.

Essential Functions

  • Perform screening, orientation, and assessment to complete program admissions and facilitate appropriate referrals. 
  • Create client-driven treatment plans using specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals. 
  • Manage and sustain a caseload that meets program productivity standards. 
  • Provide clients with individual, group, and/or family counseling services. 
  • Utilize Feedback Informed Treatment consistently with clients.  
  • Respond to client crises as needed and act as an after-hours on-call counselor when assigned.
  • Keep accurate and timely documentation within the designated electronic health record (EHR) that adheres to the counseling program’s policy. 
  • Attend individual and group supervision regularly, as well as all-staff meetings and required training. 
  • Maintain positive professional relationships with resources, agencies, and providers to coordinate services. 
  • Engage in continuing education to support professional development and ensure high-quality of care.  
  • Maintain professional licenses, including completing necessary CEU’s.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Counseling Program Manager or supervisor.  
  • Licensure in mental health counseling, social work, or alcohol and drug counseling.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with evidence-based practices, such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy/stress reduction, Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality.  

Working Environment

A general office environment may require going up and down stairs multiple times daily.  This position is eligible for an excellent benefits package, including health, HRA, dental, vision, life insurance, STD, LTD, accrued vacation, unlimited health leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan. Spectrum is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. We place a high value on workforce diversity. People of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.


(2) Warming Shelter Support Staff

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. These are non-exempt positions that pay $20.00 per hour with a 9% shift differential for hours worked from midnight through 7:00 am. These are awake positions.

The Warming Shelter is open from November 1 – March 31st.

These positions are eligible for a $1,000.00 sign-on bonus. This will be paid in two installments; one with the first paycheck and the balance after 90 days, provided you are still an active employee.

These positions also receive 5 days of ETO. Please specify the shift applying for

Monday – Friday 5:00 pm – 1:00 – 2 positions

Monday – Friday 12:00 – 8:00 am – 1 position

Essential Functions

Programming

  • Support and encourage youth to set and meet goals, as well as provide referrals to area resources
  • Assist youth in job searches, housing searches, etc.
  • Secure and distribute resident medication

Responsible for accurate and timely completion of record keeping, including:

  • Individual youth files, notes, daily data entry, documentation of critical incidents in Foothold

Daily follow-up with e-mail and voice mail to Spectrum staff, supervisor, etc.

Communication and cross-over with other staff are expected, including the following:

  • Update on the shift and status of all youth
  • Medication, critical information discussed
  • Communicate maintenance needs that arise to the Intake Coordinator
  • Attend and participate in 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
  • Set up and break down the shelter space as needed

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • High school degree required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum one year of experience working with at-risk youth in a residential setting or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development include the following: mental health and substance abuse issues; trauma; attachment issues; complex family dynamics; developmental challenges, and educational issues.
  • Knowledge of life skills work including meal preparation, budgeting, cleaning & personal hygiene, job readiness/employment skills.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries and ability to set limits.
  • Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • Adherence to agency code of ethics and all policies and procedures.

Work Environment

These positions involve working with youth ages 18-24 in a shelter setting. It requires the ability to build rapport, maintain a safe environment, and communicate with youth and staff alike. 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.

Spectrum is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. We place a high value on workforce diversity. People of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Development Coordinator

We are seeking a passionate, committed Development Coordinator to join our Development & Communications team. This is an exempt position with a salary of $45,000 to $55,000 depending on experience. The position includes excellent health, dental, and vision insurance, 27 days of combined vacation and holiday time, unlimited health leave, a 403b retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, a 4-week sabbatical every six years, and a free yoga membership at Sangha. This position is focused on prospect research, meeting preparation and follow-up, drafting key correspondences, managing mailings, and supporting our annual cycle of fundraising campaigns and events. Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the appeal and newsletter mailing process, working with team members and external vendors. 
  • Establish and maintain complete and accurate tracking processes & systems to recognize, cultivate, acknowledge, and communicate with past and current donors.
  • Research new major gift donor prospects and support the chief development officer and executive director in their stewardship and cultivation of major donors. 
  • Provide professional assistance and interaction with donors via phone, computer, and face-to-face.
  • Work collaboratively with the executive director and team to best support donor stewardship, solicitations, and events. 
  • Other duties as needed to help the organization reach its annual goals.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements

  • Qualified individuals will have 1 or more years of relevant experience in the fundraising field, or if applying without fundraising experience, a combination of at least 2 years of education and work experience. Transferable skills include, but are not limited to: compelling written skills, demonstrated project management talents, proven collaboration and relationship skills, effective online research, and exceptional attention to detail.  
  • Exceptional attention to detail, well-organized, focused, and goal-oriented, with a high level of initiative, energy, and problem-solving skills.
  • A love of tracking and organizing data and keeping systems organized and people on task.
  • Technically proficient, with an ability to learn new software quickly and easily.   
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to represent Spectrum with donors and the general public.  
  • Prior experience with databases preferred particularly Raiser’s Edge. 
  • A high degree of commitment and passion for the mission of Spectrum, and a commitment to continuous learning of best practices in fundraising and communications. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Candidates without this degree but with significant experience in the field are encouraged to apply. 
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion.

Supported Housing Respite Staff

This is a non-exempt position that pays $20.00 per hour with a 9% shift differential for hours worked from midnight through 7:00 am. It has excellent health, dental, and vision insurance, 27 days of combined vacation and holiday time, unlimited health leave, a 403b retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and a free yoga membership at Sangha. Supported Housing Respite Staff 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. This is an evening position. The hours are Saturday through Monday: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am and Tuesday 3:00 pm-1:00 am.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • High school degree required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum one year of experience working with at-risk youth in a residential setting or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development include the following: mental health and substance abuse issues; trauma; attachment issues; complex family dynamics; developmental challenges and educational issues.
  • Knowledge of life skills works including meal preparation, budgeting, cleaning, & personal hygiene, and job readiness/employment skills.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries and the ability to set limits.
  •  Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • Adherence to the agency code of ethics and all policies and procedures.
  • Valid driver’s license preferred.

Work Environment

This position requires flexibility and travel for activities, client appointments, etc. Due to the nature of supported housing work shifts include days, evenings, awake overnights, weekends, and holidays.


Burlington Drop-In Center Youth Coach

Youth Coaches are the primary, front line staff in the Drop-In Center. They provide brief interventions, screening, resource coordination, referrals, and case management to youth being served in the Burlington Drop-In Center. The Youth Coaches are young adults who are at least 18 years old and need to be healthy role models for the youth being served. This is a nonexempt position which pays $20.00 per hour and is eligible for an excellent benefits package.

Essential Functions

  • Staffing Burlington Drop-In Center:
    • Maintain Drop-In Center as a safe, clean, and accessible space for youth and young adults, ages 14-24.
    • Provide basic needs to youth who access Drop-In services.
    • Adhere to the procedures and policies of the agency and of the program, assisting in programmatic policy updates as needed.
    • Provide supportive engagement and brief interventions based on Motivational Interviewing.
    • Use appropriate crisis intervention techniques in the space to deescalate youth and maintain a safe space for all community members.
    • Provide resource coordination, case management, and referrals to other   Spectrum and community services as appropriate.
    • Provide formal Recovery Coaching to interested youth.
    • 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 by maintaining partnerships with other programs and agencies.
    • Participate in regular outreach efforts to engage youth outside of the space.
    • Assist in the training and mentoring of new Youth Coaches and AmeriCorps members.        
  • Record Keeping:
    • Perform formal intake process with each new youth to the space.
    • Keep daily logs of youth and services provided.
    • Conduct appropriate screenings and provide data for funding requirements.
    • Track youth interactions and progress through detailed notes in agency database and inter-program lines of communication.
  • Participate in weekly supervision and staff meetings, and trainings as needed.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • 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.
  • Must be knowledgeable or willing to learn about area resources available to youth and young adults and be able to dispense that information as needed to youth seeking services.
  • Ability to engage and build rapport while setting 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 offer, 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. 
  • Willingness to become certified as a Recovery Coach in the state of Vermont within 6 months of hire.
  • 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 are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday.


Supported Housing Youth Coach

This position pays $20.00 per hour with a 9 % shift differential between the hours of 1:00 and 7:00 am. The position includes excellent health, dental, and vision insurance, 27 days of combined vacation and holiday time, unlimited health leave, a 403b retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and a free yoga membership at Sangha. are covering shifts for full-time Supported Housing Staff and assume the same overall responsibilities. The respite Staff is responsible for the overall safety of program residents and management of the supported housing facility. Staff is expected to support residents to achieve the goals outlined in their service plan while holding them accountable for program expectations.

Staff is expected to be an active part of a team and model effective, appropriate, and timely communication with others regarding client updates. This position has an immediate start date for training, however, is on an as-needed basis once trained. Respite staff could be needed any day per week or any combination of days, the hours are always 1:00 am – 9:00 am. The staff member has the discretion to accept or deny an offered shift.

This position is eligible for a $1,000.00 sign-on bonus. This will be paid in two installments; one with the first paycheck and the balance after 90 days, provided you are still an active employee.

Essential Functions 

  • Supervise and engage residents in program expectations:
    • Ensure the safety of all residents while on the premises/ in the community 
    • Uphold and maintain program rules and regulations at all times 
    • Perform facility maintenance to uphold a professional atmosphere
      • Assist residents in carrying out daily routines and achieving goals outlined in their service plans 
    • Support skill building in life skill areas 
    • Adhere to resident medication plans 
    • Support residents and/or case managers with move-in and move-out procedures 
  • Responsible for accurate and timely completion of record keeping including:
    • Individual client files, logs, and daily database entry 
    • Daily follow-up with e-mail and voicemail
    • Timesheets, expense reports 
    • Documentation of critical incidents 
  • Communication and cross-over with other staff are expected including the following:
    • Update on the shift and status of all residents 
    • Medication, UA, and critical information discussed 
    • Tasks completed and tasks that need to be completed on the next shift 
  • It is expected the Respite staff will respond to all requests for coverage to detail if they can take a shift or not. This can be done via email, text, or phone calls. 

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • High school degree is required and Bachelor’s Degree is preferred. Minimum of one year of experience working with at-risk adolescents. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development and at-risk youth including the following: mental health and substance abuse issues; trauma; attachment issues; complex family dynamics; developmental challenges
    • Knowledge of life skills including meal preparation budgeting, cleaning, healthy decision-making, conflict resolution, and job readiness/employment skills. 
    • Ability to set limits and maintain appropriate boundaries. Model professional conduct in and out of work. 
    • Ability to work as an effective team member. 
    • Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion. 
    • Adherence to the agency code of ethics and all policies and procedures. 
    • Valid driver’s license preferred. 

Work Environment

This is both a field and office position and may require some travel for activities, client appointments, 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.

This position is eligible for a $1000 sign-on bonus. It will be paid in two installments, one with the first paycheck and the second after 90 days of continuous employment. 


AmeriCorps Food Coordinator – St. Albans Drop-in

From the AmeriCorps site: The VYDC-Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps Member serves at our St Albans Drop-In Center focusing on food security, activities, & support for youth, including – (1) plans meals, grocery shops, manages food donations & the Meal Train. (2) organizes & maintains kitchen. (3) cooks & serves food to youth. (4) plans & implements healthy cooking, nutrition, & food prep class for youth. (5) manages kitchen volunteers and strives to increase the number of volunteers & meal donations. (6) coordinates the Drop-In space, providing supportive engagement and referral services to youth. (7) plans & engages youth in physically healthy activities (hiking, basketball, etc.). (8) builds community partnerships that maintain food access for those impacted by COVID-19. Knowledge of healthy food preparation, nutrition, and kitchen safety is required. Minimum Age 22. Travel: Local & monthly to Montpelier for AmeriCorps training; valid license. Send a cover letter, resume, & contact info for 3 references.


AmeriCorps Food Coordinator – Burlington Drop-in

From the AmeriCorps site:  The VYDC-Spectrum Food Coordinator AmeriCorps Member serves at our Drop-In Center providing all things related to food, meals, and the kitchen. The member (1) plans meals, grocery shops, manages food donations & the Meal Train; (2) organizes & maintains kitchen; (3) cooks & serves food to youth; (4) plans & implements healthy cooking, and nutrition, & food prep class for youth. (5) manages kitchen volunteers and strives to increase the number of volunteers & meal donations; (6) coordinates the Drop-In space, providing informal counseling, support, & referral services to youth; (7) plans & engages youth in physically healthy activities (hiking, basketball, etc.); & (8) builds community partnerships that maintain food access for those impacted by COVID-19. Minimum Age: 22. Knowledge of healthy food preparation, nutrition, & kitchen safety required. Travel: Local & monthly to Montpelier for AmeriCorps training; valid license. Send a cover letter, resume, & contact info for 3 references.