Respite Staff

Spectrum Youth & Family Services
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

Respite Staff are covering shifts for full-time Supported Housing Staff and assume the same overall responsibilities. Respite Staff are responsible for the overall safety of program residents and management of the supported housing facility. Staff is expected to support residents to achieve the goals outlined in their service plan while holding them accountable for program expectations. Staff is expected to be an active part of a team and model effective, appropriate, and timely communication with others regarding client updates.  This position has an immediate start date for training, however, is on an as needed basis once trained. Respite staff could be needed any day per week or any combination of days, the hours are always 1:00 am – 9:00 am. The staff member has discretion to accept or deny an offered shift. The wage is $20.00 per hour with a 9 % shift differential between the hours of 1:00 and 7:00 am

Essential Functions  

  • Supervise and engage residents in program expectations:
    • Ensure safety of all residents while on the premises/ in community
    • Uphold and maintain program rules and regulations at all times
    • Perform facility maintenance to uphold a professional atmosphere
      • Assist residents in carrying out daily routines and achieving goals outlined in their service plans
    • Support skill building in life skill areas
    • Adhere to resident medication plans
    • Support residents and/or case managers with move-in and move-out procedures
  • Responsible for accurate and timely completion of record keeping including:
    • Individual client files, logs and daily database entry
    • Daily follow-up with e-mail and voice mail
    • Time sheets, expense reports
    • Documentation of critical incidents
  • Communication and cross over with other staff is expected including the following:
    • Update on the shift and status of all residents
    • Medication, UA, critical information discussed
    • Tasks completed and tasks that need to be completed on next shift
  • It is expected the Respite staff will respond to all requests for coverage to detail if they can take a shift or not. This can be done via email, text or phone calls.



Knowledge and Skills Required

  • High school degree required and Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum of one year experience working with at-risk adolescents.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development and at-risk youth including the following: mental health and substance abuse issues; trauma; attachment issues; complex family dynamics; developmental challenges
    • Knowledge of life skills work including meal preparation, budgeting, cleaning, healthy decision making, conflict resolution, and job readiness/employment skills.
    • Ability to set limits and maintain appropriate boundaries. Model professional conduct in and out of work.
    • Ability to work as an effective team member.
    • Commitment to the value of diversity with respect to gender, race, age, socio-economic level, sexual orientation, and religion.
    • Adherence to agency code of ethics and all policies and procedures.
    • Valid driver’s license preferred.


Work Environment

This is both a field and office position and may require some travel for activities, client appointment, etc. Due to the nature of supported housing work shifts include days, evenings, awake overnights, weekends, and holidays. Schedules and shifts are subject to change.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Youth and adults of all social and cultural identities; including race, religion, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, age, country of origin, immigration status, and mobility; should be treated with respect, dignity, and equity.

Wage or Salary
$20.00 per hour + 9% shift differential