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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.

Intake Clinician

Building Maintenance & Custodian

Multicultural Youth Program Young Adult Navigator

Multicultural Youth Program Coordinator

Youth Development Coordinator

Mental Health Counselor

Supported Housing Respite Staff

Supported Housing Youth Coach


Intake Clinician

This position is responsible for coordinating referrals, facilitating intakes, and completing clinical biopsychosocial assessments for the Riverstone Counseling program.  It requires the coordination of a variety of services revolving around a youth’s access to treatment and supporting the youth to be successful. Communicating progress to multiple service providers in a timely manner is essential to the position.  This position includes procedural and documentation of all incoming referrals, as well as providing clinical assessment, connecting youth to community resources, and communicating with Riverstone Counseling staff.  The ability to multitask, be flexible, maintain attention to detail, and complete paperwork in a timely manner is essential. This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position starting at $45,000.00 annually and will be available for an August 1st start date.

Essential Functions

  • Provide intake and assessment for the Riverstone Counseling Program
    • Receive and upload referrals
    • Create youth profile in electronic health record system
    • Communicate with original referral contact
    • Screen for appropriateness for the program
    • Support and work with youth to complete all necessary intake paperwork
    • Assess youth’s needs utilizing a biopsychosocial model and make recommendations regarding recommended level of care
  • Communicate with Riverstone Counseling staff regarding referrals
    • Develop detailed overview of each referral
    • Schedule, organize and facilitate meetings with Riverstone Counseling staff
    • Attend all program staff meetings
    • Monitor & communicate progress related to the referrals and waitlists
  • Maintain youth files and databases in an accurate and timely manner
  • Act as a community resource regarding referrals and placements for youth
    • Be knowledgeable about all Spectrum Programs available
    • Make appropriate community referrals based on client’s needs. 
  • Participate in weekly supervision
  • Compile and deliver data for grant reporting as assigned by supervisor
  • Contribute to the overall improvement and quality of the programs work environment, and in all service coordination and work with residents

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field from an accredited program.
  • Licensed or license eligible in mental health counseling, social work, or alcohol and drug counseling.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development and at-risk youth including mental health and substance abuse issues; trauma; attachment issues; complex family dynamics; developmental challenges
  • Strong clinical writer and ability to keep accurate and timely documentation. 
  • The ability to work independently but also as an effective team member
  • Embraces collaborating with others and enjoys working in an open, supportive, and committed team that is dedicated to supporting youth and their well-being. 
  • Commitment to the value of diversity including gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • Adhere to professional & agency Code of Ethics as well as agency policies & procedures

Work Environment

A general office environment may require the ability to go up and down stairs multiple times daily.   The above duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work performed in this job.


Building Maintenance & Custodian

This is a full-time position consisting of 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and is responsible for performing daily cleaning and basic maintenance & repairs across several locations.  Daily cleaning is expected to represent approximately half of this position. Weekly cleaning and additional “deep cleaning” are also required at other Burlington locations.  More locations may be added in the future.  General maintenance will include basic maintenance such as moving small furniture or items up to 50 lbs., replacing lighting, painting, minimal maintenance/building exterior maintenance, maintaining fixtures, consulting with building/maintenance items, and coordination with outside vendors on larger projects. This is a non-exempt position which pays $20.00 per hour and is eligible for an excellent benefits package.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Custodial

  • Daily cleaning at the Burlington Drop-in, Pearl Street Residence, and the Landing.  Included but not limited to vacuuming, trash, surface cleaning, mopping, bathrooms, and offices.
  • Weekly extended cleaning at the Burlington Drop-in, Pearl Street Residence, and the Landing
  • Weekly cleaning at other Burlington properties
  • Take a proactive approach to the cleanliness and appearance of all Spectrum properties and spaces
  • Custodial duties expected to be approximately 20 hours per week

Maintenance

  • Perform basic maintenance & repairs to Spectrum property, spaces, furniture, or on behalf of staff
  • Tasks will include but are not limited to:
    1. Maintaining and prioritizing staff maintenance request
    2. Furniture assembly
    3. Painting
    4. General building maintenance
    5. Delivery of packages & furniture between locations
    6. Minor landscaping/exterior building cleaning
    7. Coordination with outside vendors on larger building or maintenance projects

Knowledge and Skills Required 

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in general construction or minor repairs & maintenance 
  • A valid driver’s license

Additional Qualifications 

  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Strong organizational, record-keeping and fiscal monitoring skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively 
  • Ability to organize work and manage time to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines, including the ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to stoop, kneel, bend, push/pull, and lift
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs regularly and 80 lbs occasionally
  • Ability to push/pull up to 50 lbs regularly and 80 lbs occasionally

Work Environment 

Upbeat and fast-paced environment.  This position frequently works independently.  The position requires standing a large portion of the day and frequently walking and/or driving between locations in downtown Burlington.  

The above duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work performed in this job. 


Youth Development Coordinator

The Youth Development Coordinator (YDC) reports to the Youth Development Program Manager. They provide activities and services to assist youth in DCF/state custody as they transition to adulthood and acquire the skills to be self-sufficient adults in a community setting.

The YDC will achieve this goal by assessing and assisting youth in identifying their goals; developing a strengths-based plan of care to help them meet their goals; and identifying life-long connections and support.  

Case management services will emphasize accessing housing, jobs, education, and the development of strong ties with natural support networks, including families, local community organizations, and other significant adults. This is an full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position located in St Albans, VT with a salary starting at $41,600.00 annually.  

Essential Functions 

  • Maintain a case load, providing direct services to approximately 25 youth monthly.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation in client files, completion of monthly web-based data reporting, and providing other program information as outlined in the grant.
  • Assist clients in developing individualized comprehensive plans for making the transition from state custody.
  • Outreach to DCF and youth in care, collaborating with existing custodial guardians, attending DCF case plan reviews, and consulting and contributing to the development of the DCF case plan.  
  • To provide case management including efforts to:
    • Assist youth in identifying their goals.
    • Conduct formal assessment of the youth’s preparation for adulthood.
    • Assist youth in developing a plan that uses their strengths to help them meet their goals.
    • Assist youth in attaining sustainable employment.
    • Assist youth in identifying their goals to complete secondary education and prepare, enroll, and complete post-secondary education.
    • Assist youth in accessing and maintaining affordable housing.
    • Assist youth in accessing health care.
    • Assist youth in identifying and developing lifelong connections and support from caring adults.
  • Create and support of opportunities for youth to participate in community service and leadership activities, including the state Youth Development Committee.  
  • Provide access to the supports and services called for in Act 74, the Youth in Transition Law and its associated rules.  
  • Attend monthly network meetings with statewide YDCs.
  • Enter client data, HSP billing packets, checking and credit card ledgers by the 10th of the following month.
  • Create appropriate schedule and maintain calendar. Update at least bi-weekly for payroll. 
  • Track personal mileage and submit monthly for reimbursement.
  • Manage and update client lists monthly.
  • Attend weekly group supervision with YDP staff and bi-weekly individual supervision with Youth Development Program Manager.

Knowledge and Skills Required 

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field required.
  • One year of experience working with adolescent and young adults.
  • Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic 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.
  • 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.
  •  Ability to work independently and also as an effective team member.

Work Environment 

This is a field position and frequent travel is required, including client transport.  Reliable transportation and comprehensive insurance is required. 


Multicultural Youth Program Young Adult Navigator

The Young Adult Navigator is responsible for providing assistance to young adults living in Chittenden County, ages 12 years old to 22, within the target population of the Youth in Transition (YIT) Program. This position will assist young adults to secure information and connect to existing community services and resources. The Navigator will work with young adults to ensure they will have adequate preparation and the necessary supports to be productively engaged in the community and will assist in navigating systems and resources in the community. The Young Adult Navigator must be between the ages of 18 and 25. This is a full-time, nonexempt position which pays $20.00 per hour.

Essential Functions 

  • Provide outreach to transition-age young adults, focusing on multi-cultural youth, including the refugee, immigrant and asylee population, in need of, information, resources and support through transitions
  • Work in concert with MYP Program and the YIT Leadership Team to identify existing community resources and provide supports and services as needed
  • Use Facebook and other social networking sites in order to reach out and provide support and information to young adults
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the ImpactVT.org website, the online resource guide created for transition age youth in the community
  • Prepare data and detailed descriptions of all activities performed quarterly to include in the quarterly progress report and participate in the YIT Affiliation Meetings
  • Participate in the development of leadership training for young adults and create young adult advisory groups.  
  • Provide opportunities for young adults to take on leadership roles, become peer supports, and create and participate in healthy, pro-social activities
  • Participate in training activities, and other events as requested. 
  • Participate in MYP Programming including the Multicultural Help Desk in various School Districts.

Knowledge & Skills Required 

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required with a preference of some college courses in the human services field
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues facing target population (homelessness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental health problems, family conflict, physical health issues, criminality, etc.), as well as challenges and barriers related to multi-cultural youth
  • Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation and religion
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively with young adults, parents, community members, service providers, and state agency personnel
  • Experience working in a peer support capacity
  • Ability to work independently and also as an effective team member
  • Willingness to participate in supervision by identifying needs, asking for assistance, support and training and being able to accept and utilize feedback
  • Ability to manage time and set priorities to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines, including the ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to set limits with self and others
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office functions, particularly Outlook, Word and Excel

Work Environment 

This is a field position and frequent travel is required, including client transport.  Reliable transportation and comprehensive insurance is required. 


Multicultural Youth Program Coordinator

This position is responsible for providing program co-coordination and assisting in the continuing development of the Multicultural Youth Program (MYP). Under the supervision of the MYP Manager, the MYP Coordinator will provide support in the areas of community outreach and program co-development.

The coordinator will have knowledge and connections to various community resources and partners that provide services to the various and existing multicultural communities. 

The coordinator will participate in a team setting and/or on a partnering level with the MYP Manager to implement logistical and informational elements that will assist in finalizing the structure of the Multicultural Youth Program. In addition to this, the coordinator will also provide educational support and assistance to multicultural youth who use the MYP space. This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position with an annual salary starting at $41,600.00. 

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the development of program aspects structure of the Multicultural Youth Program.
  • Act as Volunteer Coordinator, including recruitment and training of volunteers.
  • Coordinate and schedule meetings with possible community partners that will benefit the work    done by the Multicultural Youth Program.
  • Be responsible for taking and maintaining meeting notes from MYP team meetings.
  • Support and assist youth in an educational context.
  • Participate in staff meetings, and trainings as scheduled.
  • Advocate for youth-identified resource needs to support healthy growth and development within the agency and in the community.  
  • Assist in the development of specific training for staff and volunteers. 
  • Provide agency and community resources orientation and training. 
  • May be required to provide interdepartmental support.
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Knowledge & Skills Required 

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or counseling preferred or relevant experience. Minimum 1 year experience in social work or counseling field and coordinating experience preferred but not required.
  • Must be knowledgeable about issues facing target population (e.g. information specific to cultural groups identified as being at-risk, 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 and others.
  • Ability to work independently, as a team member, and abide by the NASW code of Ethics.
  • Willingness to participate in supervision, identify needs and issues, ask for assistance, support and training, and be able to 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.

Work Environment 

The above duties will be carried out in a variety of settings including on-site, various community meeting settings, schools and public gatherings. This is a full-time position, and the working hours will correspond to the operation and needs of the program.


Mental Health 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. 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. This is an exempt position with an annual salary starting at $48,000.00. Please submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. 

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 afterhours 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 trainings. 
  • 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.  

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Master’s degree in counseling, social work, or related field from an accredited program.
  • Experience in providing client-centered, developmentally appropriate services to adolescents, young adults, and their families experiencing complex and varied mental health and substance use concerns.
  • Understanding of the complex impact of trauma and has experience of providing trauma-informed care. 
  • Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, ability, and religion. 
  • Crisis intervention skills, including suicide risk assessment, safety planning, and resourcing. 
  • Knowledge of human development; with special attention to adolescent and young adult biopsychosocial development and family systems.
  • Prior experience and/ or willingness to work with evidenced based practice.
  • Embraces collaborating with others and enjoys working in an open, supportive, and committed team that is dedicated to supporting youth and their well-being. 
  • Strong clinical writer and ability to keep accurate and timely documentation. 

Knowledge and Skills Desired

  • 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 which may require ability to go up and down stairs multiple times daily.  


Supported Housing Respite Staff

Respite Staff are covering shifts for full-time Supported Housing Staff and assume the same overall responsibilities. Respite Staff are 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 discretion to accept or deny an offered shift. The wage is $20.00 per hour with a 9 % shift differential between the hours of 1:00 and 7:00 am.

Essential Functions 

  • Supervise and engage residents in program expectations: 
    • Ensure safety of all residents while on the premises/ in 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 voice mail
    • Time sheets, expense reports 
    • Documentation of critical incidents 
  • 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 
    • Tasks completed and tasks that need to be completed on 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 required and Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum of one year 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 work 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 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 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.

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. 


Supported Housing Youth Coach

The Youth Coach 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 a full time non-exempt position which pays $20.00 per hour. The shift is Monday – Friday, 1:00 am – 9:00 am with a 9% shift differential for the hours of 1:00 – 7:00 am. 

Essential Functions

  • 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, daily data entry, documents 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 and Skills Required

  • High school degree required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum one year experience working with at-risk youth in a residential setting or equivalent experience. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.