Employment

Berkshire Children and Families is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and cultural diversity.  People of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and multi-/bi-lingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

FULL TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Toddler / Preschool Teachers 

Toddler and Preschool Teacher positions available in family-centered early childhood program.  EEC certification required; BA preferred.  Candidates enrolled in a college/EEC Certification program considered.  Pay rate commensurate with experience and education.  Competitive benefits.   Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.  AA/EOE

Executive & Office Manager

Serves as direct executive assistant responsible for a broad variety of administrative tasks for the President & CEO, including: managing an extremely active calendar of appointments; communicating with major donors and overseeing fund development processes; and coordinating all Board of Directors and committees activity. This position is also directly responsible for the administrative and organizational management of the office (and provides support to the Director of Development and Senior Executive Team, as necessary). The ideal candidate will be: experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks; exceedingly well organized and flexible; and should enjoy the administrative challenges of managing an office of diverse people and programs. Must be able to function effectively (both independently and as part of teams) under minimum supervision in a variety of roles within a dynamic environment. Critical and creative thinking are a must.

Minimum requirements:

  • College degree (B.A. in human services/related field preferred; relevant certificates and extensive experience will also be considered).
  • At least 3-5 years’ proven experience providing administrative support and managing a mid-sized office, including supervisory experience (this role supervises and schedules 2-3 reception staff).
  • Proven professionalism and ability to provide exceptional customer service.
  • Advanced Board, Committee, and Fund Development coordination knowledge/experience.
  • Solid knowledge of office supply & equipment procurement.
  • Knowledge of various office machines/equipment and practical ability to troubleshoot.
  • Telephone systems and audio-visual proficiency (for business/office environments).
  • Knowledge of mail processes.
  • Experience monitoring a budget.
  • Problem-solving, trouble-shooting, and strong communication skills
  • Proficiency in Office 365 (including Teams, SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher).
  • Ability to create briefs, reports, and presentations as needed.

Competitive salary and benefits.

Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.   AA/EOE

Director of Grants & Outcomes (Project Manager)

This full time project manager role will advance our mission and strategic priorities by driving the quality and timely completion of deliverables for all grants and program contracts.  The role will write proposals and manage agency-wide data collection/reporting for tracking progress towards goals; continuous improvement of programs and operations; and demonstration of program impact.  The right candidate will be an extremely detail-oriented, organized, and systematic project manager able to keep multiple projects moving on schedule.  Candidate must have reliable transportation/be willing to travel weekly/as needed between Pittsfield and Hadley, MA offices. Qualifications and requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in project management, technical writing, fund development, communications, or other related field.  Substantial experience with a track record of success as a project manager may be substituted. Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook; and experienced with entering data and building/extracting reports from systems/programs. Must possess demonstrated, excellent writing skills (cover letter required with application and writing sample will be requirement of the interview process.)

Competitive pay rate and benefits.   Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, BCF, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.  AA/EOE.

Program Director – Pittsfield Community Connection (PCC)

Berkshire Children and Families’ Pittsfield Community Connection program’s  purpose is to support community, regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang activity, trauma, and violence through coordinated programs for prevention, intervention, and suppression with at-risk or proven risk youth and young adults. PCC is funded by the Shannon Grant Initiative and the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) in conjunction with the requirements set forth in the agreement between the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), and the Pittsfield Police Department.

Reporting to the PCC Program Function Manager, the right candidate for this position must possess a combination of tested leadership, management, and community engagement abilities – along with the following skills to:

  •  Maintain considerable knowledge of the purpose and goals of both the Shannon Grant and SSYI legislation and complete compliance with their reporting, administration, and budget requirements (will also have familiarity of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency).
  • Collaborate and communicate with the Pittsfield Police Department, the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department, the Mayor’s Office, the Pittsfield School Department (and other Berkshire County school and related entities, as applicable), school resource officers, criminal justice personnel, social services, and all other potential relevant partners to develop a process for identifying at-risk youth and connecting them with the proper programs.
  • Effectively and positively engage clients as individuals across a spectrum of racial, cultural, age, education, criminal involvement, and socio-economic circumstances.
  • Understand and articulate the risk factors contributing to gang involvement and local gang activity, including community dynamics and history, racism, poverty, trauma, and unemployment.
  • Work with law enforcement/city officials to provide immediate community response to gang-related incidents and direction/guidance around prevention, interventions, and suppression tactics.
  • Understand and work within complex systems and engage with program personnel at different levels of responsibility/from a variety of sectors including:  law enforcement, education, social services, justice, government, and community outreach.
  • Manage program operations and services including: supervising staff; administering program funds within financial protocols; meeting deadlines; reporting and writing content for grants; public speaking; advocacy; and representing the program at community/public meetings.
  • Supervise, engage, support, guide, and motivate program staff (inclusive of staff with lived experience/those who may have inconsistent work history or experience with traditional employment environments). Ensure that staff have training to support and advance their effectiveness.
  • Avoid and manage crises effectively; promote and support the well-being and safety of program staff before and after crises while providing appropriate supports to clients.
  • Work collaboratively internally with Berkshire Children and Families staff, departments, and programs to accomplish agency and program mission and goals. Communicate and coordinate across the scope of the agency’s programs to serve clients and their families as appropriate.
  • Carry out and oversee data collection and analysis protocols, as well as read, interpret, synthesize, and clearly explain data – verbally and in writing – to a wide range of audiences.
  • Facilitate groups and meetings; manage conflict and difference of opinion; build common ground; and effectively address inflammatory and emotional topics.
  • Develop, recommend, and coordinate long- and short-term program plans for implementation.

Qualifications and Requirements: 

  • B.A. or higher in human services or related field required; MSW or equivalent, strongly preferred; LSW or LICSW, preferred.
  • Minimum of 4 years’ supervisory and program leadership experience required; including working with local community agencies and employers in a human services capacity.
  • Proven outreach, intervention, and mediation experience with at-risk youth required; gang intervention/prevention experience, strongly preferred. Lived experience and individuals representative of the community served are encouraged to apply.
  • Equipped to understand the impact of racism and poverty, and ability to incorporate culturally sensitive approaches to build equity and access, required.
  • Valid MA Driver’s License and reliable transportation, required.
  • Strong computer and internet skills, including Microsoft Office 365, required.
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, drawing conclusions from, and reporting program data, required.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to present publicly in front of large audiences, media sources, etc., required.
  • Ability to work a flexible, variable schedule that will include some evening and weekend work, as well as attending community held events, required.

Competitive salary and benefits.  Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org. AA/EOE

PART TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Child Care Substitute Teachers

Substitute teachers for infant through school age groups. Child-oriented, enthusiastic, responsible, able to work as part of a team.  CORI check required. Competitive pay rate. Send resume and cover letter to Paula McDermott, Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.  AA/EOE

Contract Workers Needed to Complete Assessments & Adoption Home Studies

Strong clinical and writing skills and experience with children and families required.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct adoption assessments and home studies.
  • Complete adoption home-studies of families interested in adopting through foster care.
  • Ability to work within complex systems with a high degree of professionalism
  • Collaborate with multiple provider agencies to obtain necessary information

Must work well within a team. Ongoing supervision provided. MSW, LCSW and bilingual/bi-cultural preferred. MA Social Work license or equivalent licensure required.  Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.   AA/EOE

Volunteers/Mentors/Interns

Interested in volunteer, mentoring, and/or intern opportunities? Please email Paula Buxbaum, Volunteer Coordinator at pbuxbaum@berkshirechildren.org. Even if there is not an immediate opening/need, we want to hear from you so that we can reach out when needs arise.