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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

HOUSING NAVIGATOR

The Housing Navigator works directly with COTS clients who are without homes or at imminent risk of becoming homeless to assist them in transitioning to stable housing.  Responsibilities include direct assistance with completing housing and subsidy applications; addressing credit challenges, connecting families/individuals to any available resources that will expedite or stabilize housing.

BSW or BA in a related field required, plus three to five years of relevant experience. Master’s Degree preferred. Previous experience with homeless families/individuals preferred, as well as knowledge of federal and state housing subsidy programs.

This is a full time position with benefits.  Submit resume and cover letter to jobs@cotsonline.org.

EOE

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

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.

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.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING SPECIALIST AMERICORPS

The Children’s Programming Specialist AmeriCorps Member supports the youth staying in COTS Emergency Family Shelter by connecting them with valuable resources, and planning healthy and fun activities for the children and for the families to participate in together. The member will supervise volunteers who dedicate their time to supporting children’s activities to provide scale and depth to the programming. The goal of the member is to afford the youth normal activities of childhood and positive role models, enriching their stay in emergency shelter.

TO APPLY, VISIT: www.vermontyouthamericorps.org

AmeriCorps service opportunities require a yearlong commitment starting in September 2017 and ending in August 2018.  Members receive a living allowance, educational award, health insurance and ample training opportunities during their service year. VYDC AmeriCorps members apply directly to the site and position they wish to serve.

ABOUT VYDC AmeriCorps: The Vermont Youth Development Corps AmeriCorps State Program (VYDC) is a statewide national service program whose members serve at innovative, youth-focused organizations that address critical community issues, supporting prevention and intervention programs that help youth thrive and ultimately become healthy, engaged citizens. Through their efforts, members help communities embrace and value targeted, results-driven investment in youth initiatives.

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

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