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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

FAMILY SHELTER STAFF

The primary responsibilities of Shelter Staff are to assure 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.

CANAL STREET PROGRAM COORDINATOR AND CASE MANAGER

COTS is seeking an experienced and dynamic professional to provide Case Management services to Veterans who are living in COTS Canal Street Veteran’s transitional housing as they work toward securing stable housing.  This may include both single adult veterans and families with an adult veteran.  The Case Manager will provide a full range of direct services to Veteran clients while working as a team within COTS’ programs, Veterans Administration and community partners.  This position is also the primary point of contact and representation for the Canal Street Veteran’s program.

MSW or MA in a related discipline preferred plus 3-5 years of relevant work experience required. Willingness to learn and work with Veterans with mental health, medical, substance abuse, educational and employment issues required.  Good written and verbal communication also required.  Previous experience working with Veterans, homeless population, residential programming, crisis intervention and housing are desirable.

This is a full time position with benefits.  Canal Street Veteran’s Housing and this position are based in Winooski, VT, with occasional travel to Burlington, VT, for meetings required.  To receive best consideration, submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org. Learn more about COTS at http://www.cotsonline.org.  EOE

Part time WAYSTATION 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 assure 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 overnights and weekends. The part time schedule will be determined upon hire.

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

This is a part-time (21 hrs/week) position with limited benefits, including dental and paid time off.  If interested, submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org. COTS is an equal opportunity employer.

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.

FAMILY SHELTER SUBSTITUTE STAFF

COTS Family Shelter is seeking shelter substitutes to help cover staff time off including holidays and last minute absences. COTS Family Shelter has two locations in Burlington that are open 24 hours and house up to 15 families at a time.

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 introduce 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.

Qualified candidates will have the willingness and flexibility to work overnight and weekend shifts.  The ability to work independently as well as part of a committed team is necessary.  Strong communication skills, 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. Please, no phone calls; electronic applications preferred.

FAMILY SHELTER ON-CALL PER DIEM STAFF

In order to provide staffing for our family shelters “24/7″ COTS relies on a pool of on-call per diem staff. These individuals have the flexibility and availability to fill in last minute as needed in our family shelters. On-Call Per Diem Staff members’ primary responsibilities are to ensure the safety and well being of persons and property in the Family 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.

On-call Per-Diem Staff must be available for a minimum of 1 week of coverage per month.  When on-call the Per-Diem staff will be available for last minute coverage on weekdays from 5 pm through 8 am and on weekends, Friday 5pm through Monday 8am.

Qualified candidates must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED, one to three years relevant experience, or a combination of education and experience from which skills needed have been acquired. Strong communication skills, 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.

This is a part-time position, as needed, without benefits. Submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org.

AMERICORPS OPPORTUNITIES

In partnership with the VHCB AmeriCorps program, COTS is offering a 12 month opportunity for 2017-2018.  This AmeriCorps service opportunity requires a twelve month commitment starting in August 2017. Members receive a living allowance, educational award, health insurance and ample training opportunities during their service. VHCB AmeriCorps members apply directly to the site and position they wish to serve.

HOUSING RESOURCE SPECIALIST  

COTS is seeking an innovative and passionate individual for the role of Housing Resource Specialist.  Work with marginally housed individuals and families to stabilize their housing; assist homeless individuals and families in obtaining housing and connections to community partners. Administer in-house resources such as security deposit program and housing retention program funds. Develop protocol for and manage ongoing volunteer support of Housing Resource Room; i.e. client computer, phone and fax access. Candidates must be familiar with social work practices (i.e., confidentiality, boundaries, ethics, etc.) and local social service agencies; be willing to provide hands on support to clients; have strong communication, organizational and computer skills; and be able to work with a diverse client base.

DAYSTATION SUPPORT SPECIALIST  

COTS is seeking an organized, creative and self-directed individual with excellent communication and advocacy skills to work in COTS Daystation.  Focus on building trusting relationships to empower homeless individuals transitioning from homelessness to housing.  Engage homeless adults through one-on-one and group interactions to increase self-esteem coordinate educational and social events and provide for basic needs. An ability to work with a diverse client base, basic word processing and internet skills are also necessary.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT:  http://www.vhcb.org/americorps/menu_events/positions/

ABOUT VHCB AmeriCorps: The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps places members in sponsoring non-profit affordable housing organizations, such as COTS, around the state.  VHCB’s goals are to create more stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape by fostering a greater appreciation of and responsibility for the environment. Learn more at http://www.vhcb.org/AmeriCorps/

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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