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

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 14 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 clients’ 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
  • 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 position requires:
  • Valid driver’s license with an acceptable safe driving record and current auto insurance.
  • CPR and First Aid or the ability to maintain certifications within 90 days of hire.
  • Pass pre-employment drug screen and investigative background inquiries.
  • Transporting students and members in both a Vista vehicle and personal vehicle

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 Instructors

We are currently seeking 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’s clients’ independent living needs. He/She must be able to teach evaluate, problem solve and implement compensatory strategies. The successful candidate must be able and willing to work with clients in a variety of settings including within the Vista campus and the community.

The Life Skills Instructor will mainly be working within Vista clients' 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 clients a variety of skills according to the individual client’s 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 clients.
  • 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.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum-High School Diploma, an Associate’s Degree preferred.
  • All positions require a valid driver's license, pre-employment drug screen

Experience:

  • 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 Life Skills Instructor candidate must:
  • Transport students/members in personal vehicle and company vehicle.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid.

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

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.

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

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

Quality of Life Instructor

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.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum-High School Diploma, an Associate’s Degree preferred.
  • All positions require a valid driver's license, pre-employment drug screen

Experience:

  • Must have a minimum of 1 year of related experience in human services, recreational activities, or in a related field.
  • Experience with individuals with disabilities preferred.

In addition the successful Quality of Life Instructor candidate must:
  • Transport students/members in personal vehicle and company vehicle including min vans and 15 passenger vans.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid within 90 days of hire.
  • 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
  • Generous paid time off and much more

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

Student Support Counselors

We are currently seeking full and part-time Student Support Counselors.

We currently have the following part-time vacancy available:

Sunday: 3-10 pm
Monday-Wednesday: 5-10 pm
Total: 22 hours/week

The successful 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 clients while displaying a positive and professional demeanor. The supports include, but are not limited to, transportation, dormitory chores, room organization, meal preparation and client social supports.

He/She must be able to teach, evaluate, problem solve and implement compensatory strategies. The successful candidate must be able and willing to work with clients 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 clients in a timely and safe manner.
  • Train and teach clients a variety of skills according to the clients’ individual needs.
  • Work as part of a team with staff, clients 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.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a High School Diploma; Associate’s Degree preferred.
  • All positions require a valid driver's license and pre-employment drug screen
  • 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 Student Support Counselor candidate must:
  • Transport students/members in personal vehicle and company vehicle.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain CPR and First Aid.

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.

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

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