Warming Shelter Support – $20.00 per hour

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

The position provides support for youth staying in the winter warming shelter. Staff is expected to be active participants in the supported housing community & activities that support youth to achieve their goals. Staff will model effective, appropriate, and timely communication with others regarding resident updates. Timely and accurate completion of record keeping is also essential to the positions.

This position is eligible for a $1,000.00 sign on bonus. This will be paid in two installments: one with the first paycheck and the balance when the shelter closes the end of March providing you are still an active employee. This position is non-exempt and pays $20.00 per hour with a 9% shift differential for hours 12:00 -7:00 am.  This is a temporary position as the Warming Shelter is open November 1st -March 31st. It is an awake position; you cannot sleep during the shifts.

Full Time Overnight Monday – Friday 12:00 am – 8:00 am


Essential Functions

  • Programming
    • Support and encourage youth to set and meet goals, as well as providing referrals to area resources
    • Assist youth in job searches, housing searches, etc.
    • Secure and distribute resident medication
  • Responsible for accurate and timely completion of record keeping including:
    • Individual youth files, notes, daily data entry, documentation of critical incidents in Foothold
  • Daily follow-up with e-mail and voice mail to Spectrum staff, supervisor, etc.
    • Communication and cross over with other staff is expected including the following:
  • Update on the shift and status of all youth
  • Medication, critical information discussed
  • Communicate maintenance needs that arise to the Intake Coordinator
  • Attend and participate at bi-weekly individual supervision and weekly staff meetings
  • Support the training of new staff and respite personnel as assigned
  • Contribute and participate in the overall growth and improvement of the supported housing program
  • Set-up and break-down of the shelter space as needed

 Knowledge and Skills Required

  • High school degree required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum one year experience working with at-risk youth in a residential setting or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development including the following: mental health and substance abuse issues; trauma; attachment issues; complex family dynamics; developmental challenges and educational issues.
  • Knowledge of life skills work including meal preparation, budgeting, cleaning & personal hygiene, job readiness/employment skills.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries and ability to set limits.
  • 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.

Work Environment

This position involves working with youth ages 18-24 in a shelter setting. It requires the ability to build rapport, maintain a safe environment, and communicate with youth and staff alike.  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