Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Organizing and supporting the Northern Berkshire community for over 34 years!

There are currently four employment opportunities at nbCC!

 

Submissions are due by August 31. Mail to Amber Besaw at 61 Main Street, Suite 218, North Adams, MA 01247. Please include a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references.

 

 

 

Job Description for Neighborhood Development Associate

 

The Neighborhood Development Associate works under the supervision of the Neighborhood Development Coordinator to manage the programmatic and logistical usage of the UNO Community Center, promote neighborhood and community development, and develop and maintain meaningful, healthy, and empowering relationships with Northern Berkshire residents involved in nbCC projects.

 

Reports to: Neighborhood Development Coordinator

Hours: 1 FTE

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

 

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

 

Responsibilities:

• Support and assist the Neighborhood Development Coordinator with the following programs and events; Community Outreach Volunteers, Community Recognition Awards (Neighborlies), National Night Out, nbCC Forums (as assigned), and any neighborhood specific events or leadership development trainings.

• Assist with note taking, record keeping, and report writing.

• Write short articles on program activities for the monthly newsletter and other internal and external reports.

• Coordinate transportation for activities and events, when applicable.

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

• Participate in the following regular meetings

• Other administrative duties as assigned.

 

Outreach Worker/Family Resource Center Program

• Support and assist the Family Resource Center program with outreach efforts in the specific neighborhoods of North Adams, as well as within surrounding towns of north Berkshire

• Be a referral source for youth and families to the Family Resource Center program through work within the neighborhoods of north Berkshire and at the UNO Community Center site.

• Provide on-site support for coverage of site hours for the Family Resource Center program, when needed.

 

UNO Community Center Manager:

• Vet potential programs and facilitators (unaffiliated with an agency/organization).

o Direct interested facilitators to fill out a Program Proposal for future programming. When there are calendar openings, review existing Program Proposals.

o Work with Coordinator to determine potential facilitators group management and presentation skills; mitigate potential issues with Coordinator and facilitator

o Coordinate the completion of CORI forms with the Executive Director or Business Manager for any facilitators, presenters, etc., when applicable.

• Manage the events and programs schedule:

o Schedule programs when there are openings, ensuring no double-bookings, while encouraging self-management of the calendar by facilitators.

o Register program participants and make reminder phone calls when required.

o Check-in with facilitators a week before scheduled programs.

o Manage rental use

* Meet with potential renters: go over Rental Use Agreement Form, expectations for use of space, parking, trash disposal, pay structure, and opening & closing times.

* Collect signed Rental Use Agreement Form, appropriate rental & deposit fees.

* Coordinate the opening & closing of the Center, with Steering Committee help, when the Center is being utilized, as well as manage the keys to the center.

• Manage volunteer staffing of the UNO Community Center.

• Manage UNO Community Center social media and marketing of events and programs.

• Outreach to community residents, social service agencies and community organizations.

• Facilitate the UNO Steering Committee, which is responsible for building use oversight.

• Encourage greater neighborhood participation in programming and decision-making involvement.

• Develop opportunities for social interaction amongst neighbors.

• Determine childcare needs of registered participants and coordinate appropriately with established volunteers, when required.

• Ensure the community center maintains a respectful atmosphere at all times (space is picked up, language is appropriate, and everyone is treated with respect).

• Manage supplies, purchasing, and maintenance needs of the center.

• Be responsible for the evaluation of internal programs.

 

Qualifications:

• College degree preferred, but not required.

• A graduate of the Community Outreach Volunteer Training a plus.

• 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.

• 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.

• Cultural competence.

• 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, as well as attend trainings and mandatory meetings as required by funders.
  • 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.

 

 

 

Job Description for Neighborhood Development Coordinator

 

The Neighborhood Development Coordinator will enable and assist the development, growth, and sustaining of stronger neighborhoods throughout the Northern Berkshire area.

 

Reports to: Executive Director

Hours:  Full Time

Exempt Status: Exempt

 

Responsibilities: (include but are not limited to)

 

Neighborhood Development Work:

  • Coordination and facilitation of the Community Outreach Volunteer program including training, tracking of community involvement, and updates for new and existing Outreach Volunteers, and administration of Outreach Volunteer efforts.
  • Supervise the Neighborhood Development Associate, volunteers, and interns, when applicable.
  • Enable the continued growth of leadership development within neighborhoods through informal and formal means for the Coalition.
  • Enable residents to utilize skills, obtain resources and take action to improve their neighborhoods, while helping residents to overcome barriers by providing them with referrals, linkages, and support.
  • Support neighborhood groups and attend neighborhood meetings, when applicable.
  • Assist neighborhood/community groups in the development of programs and events that will help to sustain and strengthen their neighborhood/community.
  • Encourage neighborhood residents’ participation in wider community life.
  • Where feasible develop new neighborhood/community groups or projects.
  • Convene residents and leaders from a variety of neighborhoods as well as our Community Outreach Volunteers to address any crucial concerns.
  • Develop and support links between neighborhood groups and residents with the entire community.
  • Educate the community as to the positive influence that strong neighborhoods can have on community life.
  • Coordinate events along with volunteer groups that support community participation that may include Community Recognition Awards, National Night Out and others.
  • Serve as Coalition liaison to Community Connections Program of the MA Department of Children and Families by serving as a link between natural helping systems and the DCF office, and other initiatives as requested by DCF staff.
  • Serve as a representative of nbCC on various community committees, Boards, task forces, etc.. when applicable.
  • Manage programmatic budgets with assistance from the Business Manager and Executive Director.
  • Provide information for the nbCC monthly program reports, newsletter, public health e-zine and nbCC Annual Report.
  • Support the Executive Director in program development, grant writing, and day-to-day operation of the Coalition as needed and designated by the Director.
  • Assist and participate at the monthly coalition meetings.
  • Assist with other administrative duties, reports (DCF/Community Connections & UNO Center) and with the evaluation process as needed.

 

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

• A minimum of 3 years of related experience in the field of community organizing and outreach.

• Strong written and communication skills.

• Demonstrated openness to learn from and with residents about ways to empower and support leadership.

• Experience and comfort working with all types of people in a variety of groups.

• Cultural competence

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

• Creativity and initiative in developing activities and programs.

• Ability and desire to work in a team environment.

• Experience with supervision of direct care staff within a human services setting.

• 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, as well as attend trainings and mandatory meetings as required by funders.

• 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.

 

 

Job Description for Bilingual Family Support Worker

 

The Family Support Worker is responsible for providing support and educational services to families who have engaged with nbCC.  The Family Support Worker will provide services at The Family Place site, in the community, and in the homes of families, when applicable.

 

Reports to: Family Support & Education Coordinator

Hours: 1.0 FTE

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt

 

Responsibilities: (are based on the position’s FTE and include but are not limited to)

• Partner with each family to assess strengths, identify areas of need, and to provide support needed for the family to improve their stability and for the parents to have the resources needed to meet the needs of their children and family.

• Develop and maintain supportive and trusting relationships with families served.

• Assist families with completion of intake paperwork or other supportive documentation, as appropriate. Obtain a signed release of information for all collateral contacts, prior to making any disclosures of private or confidential information.

• Schedule in person visits (frequency and location) with each family as agreed upon by the family. Maintain phone or email contact, as designated by the family, between appointments as needed.

• Connect and support access for any family with community resources, parenting classes, food pantries, mental health providers, budgeting information, etc.

• Assist families in connecting with appropriate groups and/or programs to enhance social connections.

• Facilitate groups and/or other parent support or education programming as required.

• Work independently and within a team on special non-recurring and any ongoing projects.

• Provide assistance in planning and organizing events, groups, workshops, or ongoing programs, including attendance and publicity when needed.

• Maintain an organized calendar schedule of appointments and tasks, maintain accurate documentation of client records, mileage, and expenses, and complete all documentation as required by the Family Support & Education Coordinator.

• Attend individual and group supervision sessions as scheduled by the Family Support & Education Coordinator.

• Comply with nbCC policies and procedures; attend nbCC staff meetings when required.

 

Requirements:

• High School Diploma or equivalent with a minimum of 4 years of experience with the identified population; or higher education degree in human services related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience working with the identified population. Experience working with children and parents, as well as home visiting, preferred.

• Bilingual, English/Spanish, preferred.

• Experience and comfort working with all types of people in a variety of groups.

• Cultural competence.

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

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

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

• Ability to understand concepts of confidentiality and privacy.

• Technical capacity and comfort with computer.

• 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, as well as attend trainings and mandatory meetings as required by funders. (Negotiable)

• 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.

 

 

Job Description for Family Resource Center Clinician

 

The Family Resource Center (FRC) will provide Comprehensive Mental Health Assessments, including the Family Strengths and Needs Assessment (FSNA) assessment; short term treatment; and Care Planning to Youth and Families of the FRC.

 

Reports to: Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services @ The Brien Center

Hours:  Full Time Equivalent

Exempt Status: Exempt

 

Essential Job Functions:

• Complete diagnostic mental health/substance abuse assessment and provide treatment in individual, family and group.

• Provide assessment to each family referred.

• Provide referral services to appropriate services as indicated by the clinical assessment and FSNA.

• Deliver treatment and assessment to families and youth at the FRC and in the families’ home if indicated

• Deliver treatment in sub-contractors facilities and the designated Family Resource Centers.

• Develop a Care Plan and Family Support Plan for all Children Requiring Assistance (CRA) referred Youth.

• Maintain client records, completing all necessary paperwork in a timely manner including required State documents and authorizations.

• Coordinate treatment components and communicate with all collateral agents and The Contractors for FRC.

• Follow policies of the FRC and the Lead Agency administering the FRC RFR.

• Provide treatment, if needed, within guidelines established by the Brien Center and the FRC

• Follow all policies or the Brien Center and the FRCs

• Provide consultation to community agencies on mental health/substance abuse issues upon request

• Consult to sub-contractors on treatment planning

• Provide Wraparound care planning for all youth and families

• Participate in Milieu activities as indicated by the FRC.

 

Other Responsibilities:

• Maintain client records, completing all necessary paperwork in a timely manner

• Maintain required productivity level

• Complete all documentation and reporting to the State as directed by the FRC

• Participate in regularly scheduled supervision

• Consultation and supervision to BA level staff, Family Partners, Family Support Workers and/or graduate or undergraduate students

• Attend required meetings and agency trainings

• Other duties as assigned by supervisor and the FRC

 

Qualifications:

• Current licensure and 5 years experience as a licensed Clinician required

• CANS certification is required within first week of employment

• Experience working with Children and their Families in a clinical setting

• Diagnostic and treatment knowledge and skill

• Knowledge of services and human service agencies in Berkshire County

• Extensive knowledge of the dynamics of mental health/substance abuse treatment, intervention and education

• Experience in providing individual and group mental health/substance abuse and family counseling

• Knowledge of community resources

• Ability to work on interdisciplinary team

 

Skills:

• Excellent oral & presentation skills

• Leadership talent and the ability to delegate effectively

• Working knowledge of computers

• Knowledge of community resources

 

Other Requirements:

• Support and maintain the principles and policies of the agency and of the FRC

• Flexibly respond to program scheduling needs, this may include some evening work to meet the needs of families and of the FRC

• Communicate a sense of hopefulness and respect for consumer rights, including Family and Youth Voice and Choice

• Represent the agency in a professional manner in all community contacts

• Demonstrate a commitment to the Agency’s mission, the mission of the FRC and community mental health principles

 

Working Conditions:

• Works in office; temperature regulated and outreach sites including client’s homes and sub-   contractors buildings

• Facilitate groups in other community locations

 

Physical Conditions:

• Manual & visual dexterity; correctable

• Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions

 

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