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Community Integration and Vermont Department of Corrections Services Manager

 

It is the policy of Pathways Vermont that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment in employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, veteran status, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identification, or disability. Pathways Vermont is committed to a diverse workplace that reflects the communities we serve, and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people including people with military experience, individuals with disabilities, and people of color.  

 

The Company: Pathways Vermont is a dynamic nonprofit agency committed to permanently ending homelessness and offering innovative mental health services.  Pathways programs include: Housing First – ending homelessness and institutionalization through the provision of permanent housing and support services; Rapid ReHousing – ending homelessness through immediate access to housing and short-term intensive support; Specialized Support Program – permanent supportive housing with an intensive team model for individuals who have experienced extended periods of hospitalization for psychiatric services; Alternative Mental Health – several programs that utilize a “peer model” of mental health services to assist individuals experiencing mental health distress or challenges.

 

The Role: The Community Integration Manager supports a program that serves individuals who are under the supervision of the Vermont Department of Corrections (DOC) to exit incarceration and thrive in the community.  As a new position in an expanding project we anticipate changes in the roles and responsibilities for this position.  Pathways utilizes a Housing First approach to services providing individuals exiting incarceration with an apartment that is integrated into the community and service supports provided by Pathways’ Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) team. The Community Integration Manager is responsible for ensuring excellent, consistent, and equitable services that meet program goals, funding requirements and agency expectations.  The manager will participate in funding oversight, monitor quality and outcomes, engage with project partners – specifically Department of Corrections staff, and work in collaboration with teams and agency leadership to suggest and implement changes and improvements.

 

Location: Statewide service range; In-person reporting required occasionally in Chittenden county

 

Supervised by: Director of Housing First Programs

 

Responsibilities:

  • Program Communications
    • Conduct monthly meetings with regional leadership of DOC Community-Based Facilities in: St. Albans, Burlington, Middlebury, Barre, Springfield, Rutland, Brattleboro, Morrisville, Bennington
    • Act as primary point of contact for community-based DOC leadership
    • Monitor referral and community placement of program participants and report utilization to DOC Leadership
    • Anticipate and resolve challenges faced by local Community-Based Facilities and Pathways in program implementation
    • Develop and maintain key partnerships with local community justice centers and re-entry programs
  • Staff Support
    • Supervise program staff working statewide:
      • Direct supervision of Forensic Peer Specialist
      • Indirect supervision and support offered to Intake Specialists – support with challenges related to enrollment, collection of necessary documentation, eligibility assessment, etc.
      • Review participant service plans and assess:
        • Consistency across program
        • Achievement of desired goals
        • Service plan alignment with program outcomes
        • Necessary updates are timely and complete
      • Review program incidents; plan appropriate staff training or support; submit incidents to funder when necessary
      • Facilitate quarterly program meetings

 

    • Program Support and Quality Improvement
      • Participate in agency and program specific quality improvement activities
      • Participate in service and utilization review processes
      • Ensure timely and accurate program reporting utilizing the Offender Management System (OMS) and Foothold databases 
      • Review and assist with updates to program and agency policies and procedures 
    • Training and Staff Development
  • Participate in delivery of training materials in various modalities
    • Work with teams and individual staff to navigate challenging service relationships and improve their comfort and capacity to participate in work duties
    • Participate in development and execution of annual training calendars (by program, within agency, etc.) including selection of content, modalities, attendance tracking
    • Develop, identify and present training and resources specific to supporting individuals involved with Department of Corrections and extended periods of absence from community including:
      • Supporting persons with sexual offenses
      • Best Practices in community reintegration after extended periods of institutionalization
  • Direct Service
    • Participate in weekly clinical meetings to review service delivery, challenges, and develop support plans for individuals struggling or in need of more intensive supports
    • Occasional visits with service recipients to provide intensive supports or assist with service planning in various locations throughout the state 
  • Participate in program leadership on-call support for urgent or emergency situations
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Requirements:

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to Pathways’ mission
  • Knowledge of psychiatric alternatives and psychosocial approaches to mental health and wellbeing
  • At least three years of management or leadership experience
  • Patience, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and sensitivity to diverse populations including people of color, persons with disabilities, individuals who have experienced trauma, and persons who have been oppressed
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – the ability to network with area service providers, funders, and community stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Valid driver’s license, a reliable personal vehicle available for work purposes and current automobile insurance
  • Personal experience of homelessness, mental health, incarceration, extreme states or other life challenges considered an asset

 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Almost constant operation of a computer and other office machinery.
  • Regular, repetitive movement of hands and fingers including substantial movements of wrists, hands and fingers for typing and/or writing, grasping paperwork, using technology equipment and other tasks.
  • Frequent talking and participation in exchanging ideas through spoken word as well as ability to hear and receive detailed information through oral communication.
  • Mostly sedentary work in a seated position.
  • Occasional standing, walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching, reaching with hands and arms and light lifting.
  • Rarely lifting and carrying 20-30 pounds for participating in community events, happenings at Soteria house, etc.
  • Frequent utilization of close visual acuity and reading from a computer screen, must be able to read information captured in type and free hand form.

Benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Long Term Disability/Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (accrual of 210 hours per year to start)
  • All-Staff days off 
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Longevity Recognition Rewards

Compensation:

  • Full time, exempt salaried employee
  • 35-40 hours per week
  • $50,000-$55,000 annually

 

To apply send cover letter and resume to employment@pathwaysvermont.org