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Warming Shelter Support Staff Full Time (Weekdays)

Warming Shelter Support Staff Part-Time (Weekdays)

Director of Finance

Development Coordinator

Young Adult Navigator

Supported Housing Respite Staff

Supported Housing Youth Coach

Food Coordinator – AmeriCorps – St. Albans Drop In

Food Coordinator – AmeriCorps – Burlington Drop In


Warming Shelter Support Staff
Full-Time (Weekdays)

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

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, providing you are still an active employee. These positions also received 5 days of ETO. Please specify the shift you are applying for. The times are below:

Monday – Friday 5:00 pm – 1:00 – 2 positions
Monday – Friday 12:00 – 8:00 am – 1 positions

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, 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 agency code of ethics and all policies and procedures.

Warming Shelter Support Staff
Part-Time (Weekdays)

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.  

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, providing you are still an active employee. These positions also receive 5 days of ETO. Please specify the shift applying for:

Saturday & Sunday 5:00 pm – 1:00 – 2 positions
Saturday & Sunday 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 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, 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 agency code of ethics and all policies and procedures.

Work Environment 

This position involves 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.  


Director of Finance

The Director of Finance is responsible for ensuring the financial integrity of financial information and systems for the organization. Duties include establishing, implementing, and maintaining all systems for recording, reconciling, and monitoring all agency financial transactions; budgeting; internal and external reporting; establishing and monitoring internal controls and oversight of contracts and leases. The Director of Finance shares the responsibility for supporting the IT and facilities needs of the Agency.  The Director of Finance supervises the accounting staff and Human Resources. This position is a member of the Leadership Circle and is an exempt position with an annual salary of $100.000.00.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Accounting and Reporting

  • Initiate, collaborate on, prepare, and issue standard practices relating to accounting policies and cost procedures. Ensure that generally accepted accounting principles and governmental accounting auditing standards are followed.
  • Maintain chart of accounts and oversee the recording of all financial transactions of the agency in accordance with prescribed policies and procedures.
  • Prepare agency monthly financial statements for program directors, board Finance Committee, and full board.
  • Oversee annual independent financial audits and F-990 tax return preparation and funding agency audits of financial transactions and reports.
  • Supervise finance staff responsible for online bank transactions, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, account reconciliations, and multiple other financial responsibilities.
  • Prepare journal entries to record various accounting transactions related to payroll, monthly accruals, restricted net assets, monthly investment activities, and other month-end entries and reconciliations.

Control, Analysis, and Budgeting

  • Ensure that internal controls are adequate and current and are being followed
  • Prepare and interpret financial statements, cost data, and management information, including comparisons with budgeted amounts
  • Prepare the annual operating budget in collaboration with program and department managers
  • Prepare and interpret individual program budgets and meet monthly with all program directors to review results. Work with Executive Director in responding to significant variances.
  • Supervise the processing and accuracy of agency payroll
  • Review all disbursements for propriety
  • Oversee the accounting for a wholly owned subsidiary, including consolidations for reporting

Grants and Contracts Management

  • Coordinate and collaborate with Chief Development & Communications Officers and grant writers in the preparation of private funder grant budgets before grant submissions and grant expenditure reporting per donor criteria.
  • Communicate with state, Federal, and agency funding organizations regarding contract renewals, budgets, and financial reporting
  • Establish and maintain all grant allocation spreadsheets for proper recording in financial reports.
  • Establish and follow a system for monitoring grants and contracts sufficient to meet the requirements of each funder and those of the Agency
  • Prepare financial reports and coordinate with appropriate staff for program reports for timely submission as required by each funding source
  • Monitor and track expenses for compliance with funding source requirements, as well as agency budget and policies

Accounts Receivable, Collections, Cash Management, and Cash Receipts

  • Prepare timely periodic invoices in accordance with requirements of each grant or contract
  • Oversee receipt and recording of all cash receipts and online banking transactions
  • Maintain and manage cash receipt records for all funding sources
  • Monitor cash flow and cash balances

Human Resources

  • Develop and maintain agency employee compensation package, including benefits, to remain competitive in the labor marketplace and add to the agency is a favored place to work
  • Participate in the review of and decisions related to ongoing annual employee benefit contracts 
  • Ensure the proper maintenance of human resource and payroll records
  • Supervise Director of Human Resources

Other Duties

  • Oversee annual worker compensation and property/liability insurance contract renewals and reporting and payments during the year
  • Manage organization licenses and contracts, including copier leases, building leases as lessee and lessor; independent contractor agreements; web and online services
  • With members of the Investment Committee, meet quarterly with investment managers to review portfolio performance and future investment strategy
  • Oversee accounting for an external mentoring program for which Spectrum acts as a fiscal agent
  • Oversee external IT support contractors, including monthly planning meetings. 
  • Hire, train and evaluate the performance of all Finance staff and support their professional development
  • Other duties and projects as assigned

Knowledge and Skills 

  • Minimum four-year degree in accounting or related field, MBA or CPA preferred
  • At least five years of senior management experience in accounting as Controller, Director of Finance, or similar position, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Minimum two years experience supervising finance staff 
  • Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion
  • Proficiency with integrated accounting software and Excel and Word
  • Excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and participate effectively as a team member
  • Ability to organize work and manage time to accomplish tasks and meet deadlines, including the ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to relate to a wide range of people and flexibility to handle diverse job duties
  • Basic understanding of human service financial issues, including government contracting and grant funding
  • Basic understanding of IT systems, designs/configurations

Work Environment 

General office environment with occasional travel required.


Development Coordinator

We are seeking a passionate, committed Development Coordinator to join our Development & Communications team. 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. Please apply by September 30th.  Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. This is an exempt position with an anticipated salary of $45,000 to $55,000 depending on experience.

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

  • 1-3 years experience in nonprofit fundraising or related field preferred—but will train the right person. 
  • 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.

Young Adult Navigator

The Young Adult Navigator will be 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 Young Adult Navigator must be between the ages of 18 and 25.  The Young Adult Navigator will work with young adults to ensure they will have adequate preparation and the necessary support to be productively engaged in the community and will assist in navigating systems and resources in the community.  This is a non-exempt position that pays 20.00 per hour and is eligible for an excellent benefits package. 

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 support 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 and Skills Required

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required with a preference for some college courses in the human services field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues facing the 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 are required. 


Supported Housing Respite 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. 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. This is an evening position. The hours are Saturday – 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 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.


Supported Housing Youth Coach

Respite Staff 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. The wage is $20.00 per hour with a 9 % shift differential between the hours of 1:00 and 7:00 am.

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, providing 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 voice mail
    • 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 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 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 cover letter, resume, & contact info for 3 references.