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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Director of Social Services & Programming

COTS is seeking a Director of Social Services & Programming to supervise and support our shelter, services and housing teams. This position will coordinate planning and evaluation for our programs, and collaborate effectively with community partners. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is a critical and integral part of the leadership team. Masters Degree in Social Work or related field required, as well as a minimum of 5 years experience managing social service staff and programs.  Demonstrated leadership in program development also required.

This is a full time position with benefits.  Fearless critical thinkers and resourceful problem solvers will receive best consideration. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@cotsonline.org.

Housing Resource Center Coordinator

COTS is looking for a seasoned leader with a business or real estate background to build on the successes of our Housing Resource Center.  This program oversees homeless prevention and re-housing initiatives along with a portfolio of financial tools for those in need of housing assistance.  The HRC Coordinator’s primary responsibilities are to: oversee and manage program staff and budget; identify emerging trends and develop strategies to meet them; collaborate with a broad network of state and local partners; enhance our network of local business and landlord relationships; expand and oversee the range of tools for those with little or no credit or poor landlord references; and advocate for prevention funding and legislative support to legislators, philanthropic foundations and corporate partners.

The ideal candidate will have an outstanding track recording in business or real estate, with demonstrated success in building strong teams and developing new programs.  Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline is required, plus four to six years’ experience in business, project management, budgeting and finance, and knowledge of housing issues and resources.  The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit and excellent public speaking skills; experience managing teams and a commitment to the 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.

Daystation Peer Support Staff

COTS is recruiting for a dynamic, organized individual to serve as Peer Support Staff in our daytime drop-in program for single adults who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes. This position provides consistent, on-going support to clients by upholding a safe and positive program environment; coordinates and facilitates the noontime meal; and creates opportunities for social engagement through informal activities (i.e. garden project, softball games) and formal groups (i.e. job support, nutrition).

The position also performs preliminary assessment of client basic needs and priorities; makes appropriate referrals as needed; assists clients in advocating for their needs and accessing community resources; provides an outlet for clients to express themselves and their frustrations and model productive communication; supports clients in the transition from homelessness to housing.

Bachelor’s degree plus one to three years of direct service experience working with the homeless population required. Strong communication; ability to set clear limits, model positive and constructive behavior; problem solve; and deescalate crises also required. Experience with computer systems and databases, required and Trauma Informed and/or Motivational Interviewing, preferred. Ability to work independently and as a positive member of a cooperative team and a commitment to the COTS mission required.

This is a Full time 40 hour per week position. If interested, submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org.

COTS is an equal opportunity employer.

Family Shelter Staff

Join the creative and dedicated team at the Committee on Temporary Shelter! COTS is currently recruiting for a dynamic, organized individual who is committed to our mission to work in our Family Shelters.

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

Bachelors in Social Work or commensurate experience working in homeless direct service preferred. The ability to work independently as well as part of a committed team is necessary. Strong communication, sense of fairness and human dignity, and crisis management skills are a must. Because our shelters are open 24 hours, ability to work overnight and weekend shifts required. 

This is a full-time (30 hrs/week or more) position with benefits. Submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org.

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

COTS is an equal opportunity employer.

Family Shelter Support Specialist

Join the creative and dedicated team at the Committee on Temporary Shelter!  COTS Family Shelter is currently recruiting a dynamic and organized individual who is committed to our mission to provide emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont.

As a member of the Family Shelter Staff Team, the Shelter Support Specialist maintains a safe and supportive environment while building trusting relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition to Family Shelter Staff duties, the Shelter Support Specialist serves as the general support person regarding maintenance issues, supplies, and various shelter needs as they arise. Additional responsibilities include providing occasional courier services between COTS properties and other local organizations.

Bachelor’s Degree and/or relevant work experience required. Social or Human Services background is a plus. The ability to work independently as well as part of a committed team is necessary.  A strong candidate would possess excellent skills in the areas of office administration, inventory upkeep, and basic maintenance. Excellent communication, sense of fairness and human dignity, and crisis management skills are a must. Reliable transportation is required. Candidate must be able to lift 50 lbs. Because our shelters are open 24 hours, ability to work overnight and weekend shifts may be required.

This is a full-time (30 hrs/week or more) position with benefits.  Submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org.

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

COTS is an equal opportunity employer.

Housing Retention Specialist

The Housing Retention Specialist works with families and individuals who are at risk of losing their housing due to non-payment of rent. The Housing Retention Specialist will assist clients and landlords to develop affordable payment plans, with incentive offers, while using community resources to stabilize clients in housing.

Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience in housing, financial counseling, knowledge of federal and state housing subsidies, familiarity with creating budget plans and managing money, demonstrated experience developing and presenting educational materials, ease with in-depth interviewing of clients and demonstrated ability to present to individuals and groups and a commitment to the COTS mission. Candidates must have reliable transportation.

This is a 40 hour per week position, with benefits, and is currently funded by a one year grant.

Interested candidate should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org.

COTS is an equal opportunity employer

Substitute Shelter Staff – Part Time/As Needed

COTS is seeking short- and long-term shelter substitutes to help cover staff vacations, holidays and last minute absences.  COTS shelters include:

  • COTS Family Shelter, with two locations in Burlington open 24 hours, housing up to 15 families at a time;
  • COTS Waystation, a 36 bed emergency shelter facility for single adults in Burlington, open nightly 5pm-8am.

The primary responsibilities of Shelter Staff are to ensure the safety and well being of persons and property in the shelter; to support shelter residents in their search for permanent housing; 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 will have the willingness and flexibility to work awake overnight and weekend shifts.  The ability to work independently and as well as part of a committed team is necessary.  Strong communication, sense of fairness and human dignity, crisis management skills, and a commitment to the COTS mission are a must.  Experience working in homeless direct service preferred.

These positions are part-time, as needed, without benefits. Submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org.  Candidates should specify “Family Shelter Substitute Staff” or “Waystation Substitute Staff” in the subject line.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Due to pending relocation we will not be able to offer internships for Spring 2016.

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