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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 Youth Coach-two positions available

Join the Spectrum team as a Supported Housing Youth Coach! Support youth residents in our housing program to build and achieve their goals. Be an active participant in residential activities that encourage youth to build relationships, develop autonomy, and care for themselves and their spaces. Model effective communication skills.

SALARY & BENEFITS

This position is ideal for people interested, or starting out, in the social work or human services field. It pays $17 per hour, with a 9% increase ($18.53 per hour) between the hours of midnight and 7am and includes an excellent health, dental, and vision healthcare package, accrued vacation time and unlimited sick time, a 403b retirement plan, 3 months paid parental leave, and tuition reimbursement. There is also a $1,000 sign-on bonus. (Paid $500 in the first pay check and $500 after 90 days of continued employment.)

It is an opportunity to work with a team of experienced human services professionals that are passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice for all young people in our local community. This position is 4 days per week, Saturday – Tuesday 4 pm – 2 am.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Willingness to work as a member of a comprehensive treatment team in a residential setting with homeless youth ages 16-23
  • Creating and encouraging a healthy living space and community as well as responsibility for overall safety and daily function of the House
  • Daily assessment and face to face interaction with youth, identifying goals and practicing life skill development (cooking, laundry, budgeting)
  • Daily documentation via Electronic Medical Record system
  • Creativity, problem solving, and crisis management
  • Utilizing techniques to encourage and motivate youth
  • Organization and facilitation of group activities with youth
  • Attendance and completion of trainings, as assigned

Participation in regular meetings, as well as strong communication with fellow team members

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • High school degree required.
  • Interest working with at-risk youth in a residential setting.
  • Knowledge or understanding of 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, and 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 appointments, etc.

To apply for this position, click here.


Mentoring Program Associate  – Part Time

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. They will ensure that the program is following best practices according to the Elements of Effective Practice and striving to meet the enhanced guidelines. The Program Associate will assist the 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.

SALARY & BENEFITS

This is a part time position consisting of 24 hours per week and is paid 17.00 per hour.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

  • 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.

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, manages 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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This is an office and field position.