Seasonal Overflow Shelter – Coordinator

Reports to: Director of Operations

Classification: Full-time: Temporary, Exempt

Work site: Winston Prouty Campus

Summary

The SOS Coordinator is a temporary, full time position with an average of 40 hours per week, beginning in October 2017 and ending in May 2018. The Coordinator will support gaps in service provision, which may include opening/closing the shelter, filling shifts, client intake, on call duties, and supporting volunteers. The SOS coordinator is part of team that ensures the safety and wellbeing of persons and property in the shelter. Shelter staff will support a safe and supportive environment while building trusting relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness.

Primary responsibilities

Staffing

  • Opening/closing shelter
  • Shift coverage as needed
  • Shared on call duties with Team Leader

Daily Operations

  • Client support
  • Triage support for staff
  • Back up meal team support
  • Transportation with company vehicle
  • Primary SOS contact

Data Entry

  • Track Seasonal Overflow Shelter usage
  • Enter intake/assessment data
  • Produce reports as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • BA in Human Services or related field
  • Experience in working with vulnerable populations with considerable crisis/triage background
  • Exceptional computer skills required, experience with HMIS a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required
  • Nights and weekends are required, highly flexible schedule

Key Competencies

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work without direct supervision
  • High level of understanding of area resources and systemic barriers
  • Extremely reliable
  • Specific training and/or education regarding addiction and mental health concerns

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to rkendrick@groundworksvt.org.

 

 

Seasonal Overflow Shelter – Team Leader

Reports to: SOS Coordinator

Classification: Full time: Exempt, Temporary

Work site: Winston Prouty Campus

Summary

The SOS Team Leader is a full time position overseeing the daily operations of the Seasonal Overflow Shelter, covering regular shifts, responding to crisis needs, and working with the SOS Coordinator to support the SOS team, beginning in October 2017 and ending in May 2018. The SOS Team Leader is part of team that ensures the safety and wellbeing of persons and property in the shelter. Shelter staff will support a safe and supportive environment while building trusting relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness.  This position will primarily cover nights and weekends, with some daytime meetings with the organization.

Primary responsibilities

Staffing SOS

  • Shift coverage
  • Staff support and training
  • On call duties

Daily SOS operations

    • Client support
    • Triage support for staff
    • Back up meal team support
    • Transportation with company vehicle

Data Entry

    • Track Seasonal Overflow Shelter usage
    • Enter intake/assessment data
    • Produce reports as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • BA in Human Services or related field strongly preferred, will consider related experience
  • Experience in working with vulnerable populations with considerable crisis/triage background
  • Exceptional computer skills required, experience with HMIS a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required

Key Competencies

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work without direct supervision
  • High level of understanding of area resources and systemic barriers
  • Extremely reliable
  • Specific training and/or education regarding addiction and mental health concerns

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to rkendrick@groundworksvt.org.

 

 

Seasonal Overflow Shelter – Shelter Advocate

Reports to: SOS Coordinator

Classification: Part time: Non-exempt, Temporary

Work site: Winston Prouty Campus

Summary

The SOS Shelter Advocate is a part time position covering evening and weekend shifts, supporting clients, and ensuring the smooth operation of the Seasonal Overflow Shelter, beginning in October 2017 and ending in May 2018. The SOS Shelter Advocate is part of team that ensures the safety and wellbeing of persons and property in the shelter. Shelter staff will support a safe and supportive environment while building trusting relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness.  This position will primarily cover nights and weekends, with some daytime meetings with the organization.

Primary responsibilities

Staffing SOS

  • Shift coverage

Daily SOS operations

    • Client support
    • Regular cleaning and laundry tasks
    • Transportation with company vehicle

Data Entry

    • Track Seasonal Overflow Shelter usage
    • Enter intake/assessment data

Desired Qualifications

  • A.A. in Human Services or related field preferred, will consider all applicable experience
  • Experience in working with vulnerable populations with considerable crisis/triage background
  • Exceptional computer skills required, experience with HMIS a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required

Key Competencies

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative
  • High level of understanding of area resources and systemic barriers
  • Extremely reliable
  • Specific training and/or education regarding addiction and mental health concerns

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to rkendrick@groundworksvt.org.

 

 

Weekend Shelter Advocate

Reports To:      Shelter Director

Classification:  Part- Time, Non-Exempt

Work Site:        Groundworks Shelter

Summary

The Weekend Shelter Advocate is responsible for checking in with residents and maintaining a calm atmosphere.  As part of living at the shelter, each resident is working with a case manager, and the Advocate can support their work by helping to complete housing applications and search, job search, move-in and out, plus more.  Residents may sometimes need support with interpersonal conflicts, and creating a community within the shelter, especially on weekends when there is limited staff support available.

Primary Responsibilities

Supervise Shelter

  • Maintain an orderly and safe environment by enforcing shelter rules and mediating conflicts between residents  
  • Support residents with daily chores, and complete weekend cleaning projects as needed
  • Assist Case Managers with resident case management, including: check-ins to monitor resident well-being; assisting residents in meeting goals
  • Maintain and supervise resident access to medication
  • Attend staff and support meetings, including:  weekly staff meeting; weekly clinical supervision; and daily shift change meeting

Data Entry

  • Maintain case notes on a daily basis using shared Google Drive documents.
  • Screen (via telephone or face-to-face) individuals and families seeking shelter at Groundworks Shelter, and maintain complete and accurate screening information.   

Desired Qualifications

  • Education:  BA (preferred) social work, psychology, human services, counseling, or other relevant field, combined with significant experience; or MA with some experience.  
  • Experience:  1-3 years’ experience working in human services with diverse populations and/or working with at-risk/traumatized clients.  Computer experience necessary.  Experience working with homeless populations or in the substance abuse field highly desirable.  
  • Skills: Strong interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to effectively work as part of a collaborative team, effectively manage stressful situations, work well with people of different backgrounds and education levels, and effectively communicate with other agencies and professionals.
  • Licensure/Certification: Social work, counseling, education, and substance abuse counseling licensure/certification are desirable.
  • Valid Driver’s License, and registered, insured, and reliable vehicle required

Key Competencies

  • Must demonstrate respect for people of different backgrounds (education, social, economic, and cultural) and life experiences
  • Must have the ability to exhibit empathy while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Flexibility and the ability to multi-task in a fluid and fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to actively listen and accurately record resident feedback.

Hiring Process:

  • Successful candidates can expect to interview with the Shelter Director and a variety of other Groundwork’ers.
  • Selected candidate will then “shadow”over the course of 2-3 full shifts.

Compensation:

  • This hourly position pays  $12-15 per hour
  • Seltzer and access to The Snack Drawer

Schedule:

  • The office is staffed from 8am-11pm, 365 days per year, however  this position is scheduled for 8am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.  

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to ltrapeni@groundworksvt.org.

AmeriCorps Member – Volunteer and Service Coordinator

Groundworks Shelter, Brattleboro VT

This position is part of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps (VHCB AmeriCorps). The VHCB AmeriCorps program supports the innovative dual-goal approach to creating stable affordable housing opportunities for Vermont residents while preserving the natural and working landscape. VHCB is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit housing or land and energy conservation organizations around the state.

Groundworks Shelter is a program of Groundworks Collaborative, whose mission is to provide ongoing support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities. The goal of this position is to enhance the services available by recruiting and organizing volunteers, supporting shelter residents, and creating programming opportunities for the shelter.

Essential Duties of Position:

  • Provide residents with on-going support as they work towards achieving their goals, including some resume writing, budgeting and completing housing applications.
  • Contact Residents at regular intervals after they have left the shelter to collect data on impact of shelter stay on sustainable housing.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers to support shelter operations.
  • With direction from Case Management team
  • Complete housing applications
  • Support residents with daily chores
  • Maintain and supervise resident access to medication
  • Attend staff and support meetings, including: weekly staff meeting; weekly clinical supervision; and daily shift change meeting
  • Maintain case notes on a daily basis using shared Google Drive documents.
  • Screen (via telephone or face-to-face) individuals and families seeking shelter at Groundworks Shelter, and maintain complete and accurate screening information.

Marginal Duties of Position:

  • Implement new programming and service projects for residents including peer support groups, life skills and recreational groups. Examples of workshops include resume writing, check balancing, walking club.
  • Assist with intake process, forms and record keeping as needed.
  • Assist with outreach special events.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Must demonstrate respect for people of different backgrounds (educational, social, economic and cultural) and life experiences.
  • Human services experience, especially working with low income or diverse populations.
  • Must be self-directed and comfortable working in a dynamic environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, especially ability to work effectively as part of a creative team.
  • Flexibility, patience, openness and a sense of humor are a must.
  • Proven ability to handle stressful situations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be US citizen or have permanent resident status (call with questions about this);
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation (there is no upper age limit), or 17 years of age with written parental permission that has been verified by phone;
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards their GED as part of service-year. A candidate may not drop out of high school to join AmeriCorps. If a member has a documented medical reason/professional opinion why they cannot finish high school, they might be eligible; call in this case;
  • Has not been convicted of murder or sexual assault and is willing to undergo an National Service Criminal History Check
  • Be committed to the VHCB AmeriCorps program, and its ethic of service and personal and professional development of its participants;
  • Have the ability and enthusiasm to drive to, attend, and participate in required trainings and events, and be prepared to drive up to 2-3 hours each way.
  • Willingness to participate in support and collaborate with fellow VHCB AmeriCorps members, and members from other AmeriCorps Programs.
  • Willingness to participate in a self-designed Independent Service Project and other VHCB AmeriCorps Program Initiatives.

Additional Information:

Service Conditions: This position location is in our full time year round homeless shelter and work will be completed in the office, community house space, resident rooms, in the grounds surrounding the shelter, and in the community.

Position begins September 11th, 2017 and ends August 10th, 2018.

This position is Full Time: Requires 1,700 hours and serves approximately 40 hours per week for 11 months. Member will receive a living allowance of $17,850 (pre-tax), and an education award of $5,815 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training opportunities.

This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).

To Apply : http://www.vhcb.org/americorps/menu_events/positions/

Application deadline: August 16th, 2017

Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at www.americorps.org.

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) is sponsoring this AmeriCorps position through their AmeriCorps Program. VHCB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Positions are open to all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status, religion or creed.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Business activities such as hiring, promotion and compensation of employees, are all conducted without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age and any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.   In respecting and valuing the diversity among our employees, and all of those with whom we do business, all Groundworks staff are expected to ensure a working environment that is free from all forms of harassment.