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

ACCOUNTING CLERK 

Minimum of 3 – 5 years experience in accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll.  Proficiency in Excel; full knowledge of the accounting cycle; strong reconciliation, analytical and problem solving skills, detail oriented and team player.  Competitive salary and benefits.  Send resume to Paula McDermott, Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirecildren.org. AA/EOE.

Family Mobility Mentoring Worker

Full time position – 30 hours per week.  This position promotes mobility to help families:  set and reach goals to move out of poverty; increase family wellness; and network and build relationships.  The right candidate will be able to work with diverse populations, have knowledge of community resources in the area, and be able to connect with families using strength-based approaches.  Ability to meet deadlines, conduct/complete reports, and collect data is required. Some experience working with individuals and families and familiarity for community resources, required.  Some Saturdays and evenings, also required.  Bi-cultural/bi-lingual, a plus.  Lived-experience is strongly preferred.   Competitive pay rate and benefits.  Please send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.  CANDIDATES ENCOURAGED TO SHARE LIVED EXPERIENCE IN THEIR COVER LETTER. AA/EOE

Case Manager/Worker for Safe & Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) – North Adams, MA

Full time, 37.5 hours per week.  Coordinates with clinician, outreach, and mentoring personnel to provide case management and facilitate multi-systemic wraparound services for proven-risk youth within the city of North Adams, MA.  Focuses on preventing, intervening, and suppressing gang involvement and youth violence with program participants.  Candidate must have a Bachelor degree in a human service field; Master degree preferred – with a minimum of 2 year’s post graduate experience in a related field.  Data collection experience a plus.  2 year’s case management experience strongly preferred.  Competitive salary. Send resume and cover letter to:  Paula McDermott at Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org. EOE

Outreach Case Worker for Safe & Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) – North Adams, MA

Berkshire Children and Families’ Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) program’s purpose is to support a community and multi-disciplinary approach to combat gang activity and criminal behavior.  The Outreach Case Worker will work with community partners including the police, and other members of the justice system to prevent, intervene, and suppress criminal activity with youth and young adults in the North Adams, MA community.

 The Outreach Case Worker:

  • will work with local police to identify, engage, recruit, and help young people involved in violent crime in North Adams;
  • will have experience with the criminal justice system and a passion for assisting young people to redirect their lives through education, mental health, and employment services;
  • will have strong ties to the community, and the ability to create new relationships with program participants and community partners with ease; and
  • is a team player, self-motivated, flexible, trustful, and a results-oriented person committed to making a difference with youth and in their community.
  • Associate’s Degree helpful, but not required.
  • Real-life experience is highly-valued.
  • Caring about youth and the community are must-haves.

Competitive salary and benefits.  For an application, contact Paula McDermott, Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org. AA/EOE

Program Director for Safe & Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) – North Adams, MA

Berkshire Children and Families’ Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) program’s purpose is to support a community and multi-disciplinary approach to combat gang activity and criminal behavior.  The Program Director will work with community partners including the police, and other members of the justice system to prevent, intervene, and suppress criminal activity with youth and young adults in the North Adams, MA community.

Reporting to the Senior Director, 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 the 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 North Adams Police Department, the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department, the North Adams Mayor’s Office, the North Adams 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.

Required Skills (continued):

  • 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

 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

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

Cook

Part-time, 8:30-1:30 pm Monday – Friday on call  position.  BCF Child Care facility in Pittsfield is seeking a cook to prepare meals, follow menus, ensure cleanliness of kitchen on an on call basis and be a team player.  Applicants must complete criminal background check.  Experience and ServSafe Certified preferred. Competitive pay. Send resume to Paula McDermott, Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or email  pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.  AA/EOE

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.