Careers at Vista

Vista Life Innovations is a nationally recognized, post-secondary program for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other related disabilities. We offer a community-based training program designed for individuals who would like to succeed in work and independent living, and who are seeking a non-traditional program to address their needs. Vista's philosophy looks at each individual holistically.

Our mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success. We have two main campuses in Madison and Westbrook serving communities along the shoreline in south central Connecticut.

Many exciting and rewarding employment opportunities are available at Vista Life Innovations. We offer positions with flexible schedules. If you are interested in exploring employment opportunities with Vista, click the Contact Us button to submit a letter of interest and resume.

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Please note that all positions posted may not be available due to on-going hiring. We update this page often, so please check back periodically.


Vista Life CT - Schools For Learning Disabilities - Equal Opportunity Employer

Current Employment Opportunities

Administrative Support

We are seeking a full-time Administrative Support that will provide professional administrative support primarily for Human Resources and other departments as needed to facilitate and ensure efficient operations for the organization. The administrative assistant position requires excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize multiple tasks and handle sensitive information confidentially. Must be proficient using Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

In addition, it is expected that the Administrative Support:

  • Organize, compile and update company personnel records and documentation which include filing paperwork, recording data on each current, terminated or exiting employee.
  • Update and maintain human resources and related databases with required employee information.
  • Organize paperwork and documentation required for new employee orientation, onboarding, and staff training programs.
  • Maintains the Human Resources filing system, both hard copy and electronic.
  • Reviews, edits and formats draft and finalized materials ensuring completeness and accuracy.
  • Attend and record minutes at assigned meetings and maintain office and administrative systems as assigned.
  • Be an excellent role model for Vista students/members and peers in the workplace.
  • May assist with overflow work and fill-in for other Administrative staff as needed.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple tasks/projects and achieve deadlines set by management.
  • Proactively initiate projects and routine activities.
  • Work autonomously, yet be part of a team and must explore and carry out creative solutions with the team.
  • Provide professional administrative support to identified departments within the organization.
  • Learns and masters new computer programs as required.
  • Professional communication in all interactions with employees, students, members, and external customers

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Associates degree in general business or a related field and a minimum of 3 years of administrative support experience or High school diploma and 5 years of related administrative support experience.
  • Proficiency using the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid within 90 days of hire.
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen and investigative background inquiries.

We offer a full benefits package including:

  • Health and dental benefits for you and your eligible dependents-several packages to choose from
  • Retirement plan 403 (b)
  • Life insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Generous paid time off
  • EAP (employee assistance program)
  • Employee discounts

Work hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Madison, CT

We invite you to explore your future with Vista Life Innovations and we look forward to meeting with you!

We are a drug-free, Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Direct Service Instructor

We are currently seeking full and part-time Direct Service Instructor in our Westbrook Campus for the available shifts: 

Full Time position 1

Sunday-Thursday - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Total – 40 hours/week

Full Time Position 2

Tuesday - Saturday; 2:00 PM-10:00 PM

Total - 40 hours/week

Part Time Position 1

Sunday; 3:00 PM-10:00 PM

Monday-Wednesday; 5:00 PM-10:00 PM

Thursday; 5:00 PM-11:00 PM

Total - 28 hours/week

Part Time position 2

Monday – 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Friday – 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Total – 16.5 hours/week

Part Time position 3

Friday and Saturday; 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Total - 10 hours/week

*Please indicate the position(s) you would like to be considered for in your cover letter.*

The successful Direct Service Instructor candidates must be able to work in partnership with others to support, train and assist with all of the daily activities of Vista’s residential campus and students/members while displaying a positive and professional demeanor. The supports include, but are not limited to, transportation, dormitory chores, room organization, meal preparation and students/member social supports.

Candidate must be able to teach, evaluate, problem solve and implement compensatory strategies. The successful candidate must be able and willing to work with Vista students/members in a variety of settings, including in their homes, on Vista campuses and within the community.

Successful candidates must:

  • Role model good social skills, leadership skills, communication skills, conflict resolution skills and problem solving skills.
  • Provide consistent and quality instruction.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly residence and Vista vehicles.
  • Provide transportation to students/members in a timely and safe manner.
  • Train and teach students/members a variety of skills according to the individual needs.
  • Work as part of a team with staff, students/members and community members to support good communication and consistent training.
  • Must be able to make pertinent decisions and proactively problem solve issues that may arise.
  • Must be flexible and able to respond to the needs of the students/members.
  • Multi task and easily transition from one task to the next.
  • Must be willing and able to demonstrate any given support or instruction.
  • Must be able to complete all written documentation in a clear, professional and timely manner.
  • Effectively utilizes a team approach with all staff to carry out the mission of the organization.
  • Utilize technology, including computers for instruction, communication and administrative purposes.
  • Must be able to drive continuously for extended periods of time.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma; Associate’s Degree preferred.
  • All positions require a valid driver's license with acceptable safe driving record and current auto insurance.
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of related experience in human services, or in a related field.
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities required.

In addition the successful candidate must:

  • Transport students/members in personal vehicle and company vehicle.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid within 90 days of hire.
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen and investigative background inquiries.

We offer a full benefits package including:

  • Health and dental benefits-several packages to choose from
  • Retirement plan with match 403 (b)
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Life insurance
  • Generous paid time off and much more

Please submit a resume if you are interested in exploring employment opportunities with Vista and indicate the positions you would like to be considered for in your cover letter.

We look forward to meeting with you!

Vista is a drug-free, Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Fill-in Staff

We are currently recruiting for Fill-in positions.

The Fill-in position at Vista is an employee who is not assigned a regular number of hours per week, but works hours needed by Vista as a substitute for a regularly scheduled employee or for additional assignments. Fill-in employees must work a minimum of 20 hours per month to maintain employment with Vista.

Fill-in staff must be flexible to work any assigned site and work within a variety of settings, including in Vista student and members’ homes, on Vista campuses and within the community. Under the direction of a Management Team Member/Supervisor, fill-in staff provide support and assist in staffing all direct service needs as well as administrative needs. Specific hours vary to accommodate the programmatic and administrative needs within Vista.

Successful Fill-in candidates must have:

  • Knowledge in disability issues.
  • Basic skills instruction and counseling.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work successfully in both a one-to-one basis and group setting with students/members.
  • Strong organizational skills as well as basic math and computer skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use computer and other electronic devices as deemed necessary for job function.
  • Ability to evaluate a given situation, develop goals, break down goals into specific action steps and monitor students/members progress.
  • An understanding and a commitment to the basic philosophy and mission of Vista Life Innovations and a belief in the potential of its students/members.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a high school diploma, an Associate’s degree preferred.
  • All positions require a valid driver’s license, with an acceptable safe driving record and current auto insurance.
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of related experience in human services, or in a related field.
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities required.

In addition, the position requires:

  • Transporting students and members in both a Vista vehicle and personal vehicle
  • CPR and First Aid or the ability to maintain certifications within 90 days of hire.
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen and investigative background inquiries.

Please submit a resume if you are interested in exploring employment opportunities with Vista.

Vista is a drug-free, Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer

Life Skills Instructor

We are currently seeking Full-time and Part-time Life Skills Instructors.

The successful Life Skills Instructor candidates must be able to work in partnership with others to implement systems that support Vista students/members independent living needs. Candidate must be able to teach, evaluate, problem solve and implement compensatory strategies. The successful candidate must be able and willing to work with students/members in a variety of settings including within the Vista campus and the community.

The Life Skills Instructor will mainly be working within Vista students/members homes and throughout the shoreline towns in south central Connecticut. Life Skills services include household, time, food, medication and money management as well as self-care, community integration, health, safety, and companion services. The Life Skills Instructor must have a general knowledge of how to perform basic life skills related tasks such as cooking, money management and cleaning.

Successful candidates must:

  • Role model good social skills, leadership skills, communication skills, conflict resolution skills and problem solving skills.
  • Provide consistent and quality instruction.
  • Train and teach students/members a variety of skills according to the individual needs.
  • Must be able to make pertinent decisions and proactive problem solve issues that may arise.
  • Must be flexible and able to respond to the needs of the students/members.
  • Must be willing and able to demonstrate any given support or instruction.
  • Must be able to complete all written documentation in a clear, professional and timely manner.
  • Work autonomously, yet be part of a team and must explore and carry out creative solutions with the team.
  • Utilize technology, including computers for instruction, communication and administrative purposes.
  • Effectively utilizes a team approach with all staff to carry out the mission of the organization.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma, an Associate’s Degree preferred.
  • All positions require a valid driver's license, with an acceptable safe driving record and current auto insurance. 
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of related experience in human services, or in a related field.
  • Experience with individuals with disabilities required.

In addition the successful candidate must:

  • Transport students/members in personal vehicle and company vehicle.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid within 90 days of hire.
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen and investigative background inquiries.

 

We offer a variety of flexible schedules. Typical schedules include evening hours until 8 pm and at least one weekend day.

Sample Full time Life Skills Instructor schedules:

Sunday through Thursday – average of 8 hours between the hours of 7am-8pm

Tuesday through Saturday – average of 8 hours between the hours of 7am-8pm

Sample Part-time Life Skills Instructor schedules:

Monday through Friday – 7am-10am and/or 3pm-8pm

                                      Or

Saturday and/or Sunday – 8 hours between 7am-8pm

We offer a full benefits package including:

  • Health and dental benefits-several packages to choose from
  • Retirement plan with match 403 (b)
  • Life insurance
  • Generous paid time off and much more.

We invite you to explore your future with Vista Life Innovations.

Please submit a resume if you are interested in exploring employment opportunities with Vista and indicate the positions you would like to be considered for in your cover letter.

We look forward to meeting with you.

Vista is a drug-free, Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer

Program Instructor

The successful candidate for the Program Instructor position in our Discover program must be able to work in partnership with others to implement curriculum-based lessons using a variety of instructional methods, facilitate groups, evaluate and communicate students/members progress in functional skills, and implement systems that support Vista’s students/members independent living needs. The Discover Program Instructor must provide quality training while displaying a positive and professional demeanor.

In addition, it is expected that the Discover Program Instructor must be able to:

  • Follow Vista’s mission and demonstrate ethical and professional behavior and sound judgment that supports Vista’s services and programming to Vista students/members.
  • Work with students, members and co-workers, with willingness and flexibility that supports effective team function.

The successful candidate must have an awareness of disability issues and have general knowledge across core curriculum areas: social/cognitive, community and life skills. In addition, the Discover Program Instructor must:

  • Work within a team setting and continue to foster and encourage team communication and creative solutions.
  • Evaluate a student/member’s progress and provide appropriate training interventions.
  • Have and utilize proficient computer skills for facilitating group(s) and/or individuals.
  • Follow/implement individualized strategies to help the student gain independence in life skills, community integration, and social/cognitive areas.
  • Use identified assistive technology to assist students with independence.
  • Be an excellent role model for students so they can learn the necessary social skills in any given environment.
  • Develop a rapport with students so they feel comfortable in their learning environment. Develop relationships with families by attending assigned meetings/events so families report a level of satisfaction with program instruction.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills and strong organization skills.
  • Be flexible and adaptable in terms of scheduling.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Associates Degree in a related field OR a High School Diploma plus 1 year of related experience
  • All positions require a valid driver's license, with an acceptable safe driving record and current auto insurance.
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen, background checks, and references.
  • May be required to obtain a public service license.
  • Transport students/members in a personal vehicle and/or company vehicle.

 

Full time Positions available

(1) Sunday - Thursday (40 Hours/week)

     Sun. 10:00 AM -6:00 PM and Mon-Thurs. 11:00 AM -7:00 PM

(2) Tuesday - Saturday; 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM (40 hours/week)

(3) Tuesday - Saturday (40 hours/week)

      Tues.-Fri. 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, Sat. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

 

We offer a full benefits package including:

  • Health and dental benefits-several packages to choose from
  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Generous paid time off and much more
  • Employee Discount Programs

 

We invite you to explore your future with Vista Life Innovations

Please submit a resume if you are interested in exploring employment opportunities with Vista.

We look forward to meeting with you!

Vista is a drug-free, Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Quality of Life Instructor (Recreation)

We are currently seeking a Recreation Instructor, known at Vista as a Quality of Life Instructor.

The successful Quality of Life Instructor candidate must be able to work in partnership with others to facilitate Recreation services including but not limited to recreational activities, physical fitness/sports, meal prep, and transportation supports while displaying a positive and professional demeanor.

 

Successful Quality of Life Instructor candidate must:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in meal preparation skills and the ability to facilitate activities in a group setting
  • Have good time management skills and the ability to be flexible and organized.
  • Plan and lead recreational group activities and community outings.
  • Develop, plan and lead ongoing and new clubs throughout the year.
  • Plan and lead ongoing sports activities including but not limited to basketball, softball, and soccer.
  • Support students/members in accessing the community wellness facilities and assist them in reaching their wellness goals.
  • Plan and cook family-style meals in a group setting while encouraging peer-to-peer socialization.
  • Exhibit creativity in facilitating the engagement of students/members in Quality of Life services.
  • Attend monthly team meetings and proactively communicates the strengths and areas that need improvement.
  • Communicate necessary information to the team of staff for each student/member assigned to their caseload.
  • Use identified assistive technology to assist students with independence.
  • Complete all necessary documentation utilizing the computer and applicable systems so all systems run smoothly and timely.
  • All assigned tasks are completed in a timely and accurate manner so the student/member’s individual systems are maintained and timely.
  • Be an excellent role model for students/members so they can learn the necessary social skills in any given environment.
  • Develop rapport with students/members so they feel comfortable and are in their learning environment.

Shifts available: 

Part time 1

Saturday and Sunday - 8 hours/day

Three nights during the week; 5:00-8:00 PM

Total: Approx. 25 hours/week

Part time 2

Saturday and Sunday - 8 hours each day

Total:16 hours/week

Part time 3

Sunday (8 hours) plus one night during the week; 5:00-8:00 PM

Total: 10-11 hours/week

Part time 4

Saturday (8 hours) plus two nights during the week; 5:00-8:00 PM

Total: 12-14 hours/week

 

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma; Associate’s Degree preferred.
  • All positions require a valid driver's license with acceptable safe driving record and current auto insurance.
  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of related experience in human services, or in a related field.
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities required                                                     
In addition the successful Quality of Life Instructor candidate must:
  • Transport students/members in personal vehicle and company vehicle including mini-vans and 15 passenger vans.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid within 90 days of hire.
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen and investigative background inquiries.
  • Be able to obtain a Public Service License within 90 days of hire.

We offer a full benefits package including:

  • Health and dental benefits-several packages to choose from
  • Retirement plan with match 403 (b)
  • Life insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Generous paid time off and much more

 

Please submit a resume if you are interested in exploring employment opportunities with Vista.

We look forward to meeting with you!

Vista is a drug-free, Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer