Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Organizing and supporting the Northern Berkshire community for over 33 years!

Job Description for Prevention and Recovery Program Associate

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC)

The Program Associate will work under the supervision of nbCC’s Director of Prevention and Wellness to support the advancement and programming of nbCC work related to prevention, treatment, and recovery from addiction. The Associate will spend half of their time working to advance the establishment of the Beacon Recovery Community Center (BRCC), a new community based initiative facilitated by nbCC, dedicated to supporting the recovery community. The other half will be spent on youth prevention and promoting addiction prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery in the north Berkshire community. Please note: this is a one-year position with future employment subject to continued funding. Send resume, cover letter and 3 references to Wendy Penner, nbCC, 61 Main Street, Suite 218, North Adams, MA  01247 or e-mail at by Thursday, November 1st. nbCC is an equal opportunity employer. See complete job description below.

Reports to & Supervised by: nbCC’s Director of Prevention and Wellness

Hours: 37.5 hours weekly

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

Responsibilities: Responsibilities for this position will include, but are not limited to the following;

Community Based Support Responsibilities:

• Support and assist the Director of Prevention and Wellness with promoting addiction prevention, treatment, harm reduction and recovery in the community.

• Assist with note taking, record keeping, planning, programming, and report writing for prevention and addiction related efforts of nbCC.


Beacon Recovery Community Center Responsibilities:

• Help lead and facilitate process of BRCC to implement strategic priorities including:

• Provide support in convening and conducting regular meetings of BRCC membership

• Provide support to BRCC members in creation of foundational documents

• Support operation of a temporary location out of which part time programming will be held according to agreement with host organization.

• Support BRCC in creation of policies and procedures

• Support creation of leadership development plan and training opportunities for BRCC leaders and members.

• Support BRCC Steering Committee and Peer Advisory Council

• Support creation of member driven programming.

• Support social media and marketing of events and programs, with direction from BRCC and nbCC.

• Support outreach to community residents, treatment providers, social service agencies and community organizations to promote BRCC offerings.

• Support efforts to identify and apply for long term funding, and to search for a long term space for a permanent full time center.

• Monitor activities at the community center to ensure they are in accord with code of ethics, policies and procedures.

• Direct members to resources to address any concerns about adherence to above.

• Monitor and manage supplies, purchasing, and maintenance needs of the BRCC space.


Youth Prevention and Wellness Responsibilities:

• Assist in coordinating the biannual Prevention Needs Assessment Survey in Northern Berkshire County schools with 8th, 10th and 12th graders.

• Assist in analysis and presentation of data to schools and community stakeholders

• Assist in implementation of community based prevention strategies.

• Submit data and narrative information in a timely fashion to Director of Prevention Programs for reporting to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS).

• Collaborate on the BSAS program budget and ensure that spending and billing is done within the fiscal year.

• Provide information for the nbCC monthly program reports, newsletter, public health e-zine and nbCC Annual Report.



• Lived experience pertaining to addiction and recovery is a strong qualification for doing this work.

• College degree preferred, but not required.

• Excellent time management, attention to details, organizational skills, and ability to problem solve is a must.

• Demonstrated maturity and self-awareness as it relates to working 1:1 with individuals in the community and within a professional setting.

• Understanding and compassion for the needs, limitations, barriers, and capacities of the identified population.

• Ability to understand concepts of confidentiality and privacy, as well as create and maintain healthy boundaries.

• Comfort in working with all types of groups and people.

• Commitment to working in the community to help individuals address key issues.

• Technical capacity and comfort with computers.

• Strong written and communication skills.

• Adept at process of making referrals to other agencies as appropriate.

• Creativity and initiative in developing activities and programs.

• Ability and desire to work in a team environment.

• Flexibility in scheduling with availability for some evenings and weekends, as needed.


Work Requirements:

• Valid driver’s license and insured automobile. Ability and willingness to drive in inclement weather and in rural locations in the northern Berkshire region.

• This is an active role, including but not limited to the following activities: lifting and carrying objects and materials; rearranging furniture as needed for events and programming on site and in the community at a variety of locations, and light snow removal.


General nbCC Responsibilities:

• Manage interns and volunteers as assigned.

• Write short articles on activities of interest.

• Assist with grant writing and review when applicable and appropriate.

• Participate in the following regular meetings: Monthly nbCC Forums, Rx Heroin, Youth Prevention, and regular staff and supervisory meetings.

• Other administrative duties as assigned.

61 Main Street, Suite 218  |  North Adams. MA 01247  |  Tel: (413) 663-7588  |  Fax: (413) 663-9877