Careers & Internships

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Family Shelter Coordinator

The Family Shelter Coordinator has the creative opportunity to enhance existing programs and to develop and implement new initiatives in shelter.  The Coordinator works collaboratively with the COTS leadership team to integrate services across programs.  The Coordinator also provides staff oversight in conjunction with the Assistant Coordinator, and ensures compliance with health and safety procedures.

This position oversees emergency shelter operations and programs including: training and scheduling of staff; data tracking, program monitoring and development; and maintaining an environment for clients that is welcoming and respectful.  The Coordinator will work with social service providers in order to support guests working to find and maintain stable housing.

MSW or similar degree preferred. A minimum of 5 years of experience working in social services with a minimum of 3 years of supervisory program management required. Experience working with substance abuse, mental illness and individuals with trauma histories desired.  Reliability, independent decision making, computer skills (Excel & HMIS databases), comfort with public speaking, knowledge of community resources and a commitment to COTS mission required.

This is a full time position with benefits.  To receive best consideration, submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@cotsonline.org.

Director of Programming & Social Services

COTS is seeking a Director of Programming & Social Services to lead a dynamic team of program coordinators in supporting our shelter, housing, and prevention services.  This position will oversee all planning and evaluation of our programs, and will collaborate effectively with community partners. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is a critical and integral part of the leadership team. Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field required, as well as a minimum of 5 years of experience supervising social service staff and programs. Demonstrated leadership in program development also required.

This is a full time position with benefits.  Critical thinkers, resourceful problem solvers, and compassion-focused leaders are encouraged to apply. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@cotsonline.org to receive best consideration.

Full Time Shelter Staff

COTS Waystation is a 36-bed shelter for men and women, ages 18 and older located in Burlington.  The Waystation operates 7 nights a week from 5pm to 8am, 365 days a year.

The primary responsibilities of Shelter Staff are to ensure the safety and well-being of persons and property in the Shelter; to sign in and orient residents to shelter life; and to enforce the applicable rules and policies.  Shelter Staff maintain a safe and supportive environment while building trusting relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness.

Qualified candidates must be able to work awake overnights shifts and weekends (exact schedule to be determined upon offer of employment).

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, or commensurate experience working with vulnerable populations required.  Strong communication, crisis management, and problem solving skills and a commitment to COTS mission required.

This could be a part time (approx 21 hours per week) or full time (approx 36 hours per week) position based on applicant pool and shelter needs.  Pay ranges from $14 per hour to $16 per hour depending on experience and shifts worked. If interested, submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org.

COTS is an equal opportunity employer.


Due to pending relocation we will not be able to offer internships for Spring 2017.