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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.

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.

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.


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