Employment

FULL TIME OPPORTUNITIES

President and CEO

The ideal candidate will have 5 to 8 years in the human services/social work/social justice/children and family services, nonprofit sector as a senior manager, director, or in other leadership roles.

Berkshire Children and Families, Inc. (BCF) is a nonprofit family service agency in Western Massachusetts whose mission is to launch children and parents toward success, through partnerships with families, communities, agencies, schools, and funders, for brighter futures and lifetime well-being. BCF has a nearly 130-year history of serving high-priority needs of Western Massachusetts families. Its programs focus on prevention, address challenges, build on strengths, and provide unique opportunities for the development of skills that have the potential to change people’s lives.

Headquartered in Pittsfield, with an office in Hadley MA, BCF works in four key areas: early education and care; child and family well-being; intensive foster care and adoption; and Kids 4 Harmony, an intensive, El Sistema-inspired classical music program for social change. BCF’s goals are to provide services and supports that transform the lives of children, families, and communities by creating opportunities that inspire hope, promote possibilities, foster community, and fulfill dreams.

BCF has an annual budget of $9 million funded with federal, state, and local grants, private donations, and program fees earned by providing low-cost and no-cost services to children and families.

Position

BCF seeks a President and CEO who will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for BCF’s staff, programs, and the execution and expansion of its mission. He or she will oversee a staff of 175 full- and part-time employees, set policies, and responsibly manage a budget of $9 million. This is a highly collaborative position with challenges and opportunities, requiring ongoing interactions with the BCF Board and Committees, staff, community stakeholders and funders, and contacts in the community, region, and state.

Major Responsibilities of the President and CEO

*Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance, administration, fundraising, and communications.

*Prepare and execute strategic and operating plans to ensure that innovative and visionary goals are set and achieved.

*Develop and oversee the budget while simultaneously managing a sound balance sheet.

*Lead, coach, and develop BCF’s senior management team, build on the organization’s existing internal infrastructure, and ensure that programmatic objectives are supported internally.

*Develop and implement the organization’s fund development plan to ensure that all relevant funding opportunities are aggressively and professionally pursued while expanding local revenue-generating activities to support existing program operations and expansion.

*Maintain and enhance the organization’s overall public image, reputation, and key relationships, including relationships with government, media, donors, and stakeholders.

*Strengthen, enhance, and establish collaborations that further the mission of the organization with stakeholders and other non-profits.

*Promote the welfare of children and families in the media, in opinion editorial pieces, and by speaking at conferences and other public awareness events.

*Actively engage board members and support ongoing board development.

Qualifications

The Board seeks candidates with the following qualifications to effectively handle a broad range of responsibilities:

*Master’s strongly preferred, or advanced degree in a relevant field preferred.

*Experience of 5 to 8 years in the nonprofit sector as a senior manager, director, or in other leadership roles, preferably, but not necessarily, in related fields.

*Track record of effective leadership in a growing organization with complex programs and multiple funding sources; demonstrated examples of implementing entrepreneurial initiatives; and knowledge of measuring results and outcomes.

*Familiar with prevention approaches and programs that build skills and capacity; knowledge of the arts, especially music, and the transformational role of the arts.

*Experience in all aspects of fundraising, with expertise in applying for and administering federal and state grants.

*Experience working with a board of directors.

*Experience in developing and using strategic plans.

*Strong written and verbal communication skills, combined with a passion to advocate for BCF’s mission.

*Knowledge of technology in Microsoft Suite.

*Ability to collaborate and inspire diverse groups of people and organizations.

*Enthusiasm, idealism, integrity, imagination, positive attitude, and the ability to be mission- driven and self-directed.

Compensation

BCF offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The salary offered will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate.

To Apply

The ideal candidate will be able to begin in June 2017. Applications should be submitted by April 14, 2017. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to presidentsearch@berkshirechildren.org with “President and CEO” in the subject line.

BCF is an equal opportunity employer and recognizes the value of diversity in the workplace. We make no employment or volunteer decisions based on gender, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other protected class. AA/EOE   Click here for BCF annual report.

Social Services Program Director – Greenfield, MA

Berkshire Children and Families is seeking a dynamic child welfare professional to lead a team of Family Networks staff in partnership with the Department of Children and Families office.   The successful candidate will have a Master’s in Human Services or a related field and significant working knowledge of continuous quality improvement, data management, program development and performance management.  In addition the candidate should have advanced clinical skills, and experience with individual and group supervision.  Candidate should also possess effective organizational and systems skills necessary to manage various information venues. Bi-lingual, bi-cultural candidates encouraged to apply. Competitive salary and benefits.  Send resume and cover letter to Paula McDermott, BCF, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.  AA/EOE  Click here for BCF annual report.

Vice President

[Renamed position – formerly Director of Program Operations]

Senior Leadership opportunity at Berkshire Children and Families, a 130-year-old, innovative social services agency with programs throughout Western Massachusetts.  Responsibilities include clinical and administrative leadership for programs along with cultivation and maintenance of relationships with community leaders and local, state and national private/public funders.  The right candidate will assess community needs, trends, and opportunities for growth, while maintaining an agency focus on practice development and continuous quality improvement. Background in children and family services with a minimum of 5 years’ clinical, operational, fiscal and supervisory experience, required.  Master’s degree required.  Bilingual/bicultural encouraged to apply.  Please 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  Click here for BCF annual report.

Service Coordinator –  Greenfield 

Berkshire Children and Families is looking for a Service Coordinator to work in our DCF Family Networks Lead Agency program in Greenfield. The successful candidate will possess a genuine strength-based perspective in working with youth and families.  Strong case management, organizational, and communication skills are required.  The work environment is typically fast-paced requiring flexibility, solution-focused and collaborative problem solving.  A Bachelor’s degree and at least two years case management experience required; Bi-lingual, bi-cultural a plus.   Responsible for completing and following up on service referrals, monitoring treatment/service implementation and progress, as well as related case tracking and documentation.  Send resume and cover letter to Paula McDermott, BCF, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org AA/EOE  Click here for BCF annual report.

Family Support Worker, Hampshire County

Full-time worker needed for home visiting with families in Hampshire County and lower Franklin County. Support parents to strengthen parenting and increase safety for children. Knowledge of parenting, children and adolescents is important, home visiting experience helpful. Competitive pay rate and benefits. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Reliable car, license and insurance required. Email resume and cover letter to Paula McDermott at Berkshire Children and Families, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.  AA/EOE  Click here for BCF annual report.

Case Manager

Full Time.  Coordinates with Outreach Workers to provide case management and facilitation of multi-systemic wraparound services for young adults (ages 17-24) within city of Pittsfield, MA. Focus on intervention of gang involvement/youth violence.  Bachelor degree in a human service field required.  Data-collection experience a plus.  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  Click here for BCF annual report.

Family Partner (Hadley)

Full time to provide one-on-one support to parents or caregivers of youth who have mental health needs. This is done primarily through the Family Partner joining with the caregiver using their own “lived experience” of also parenting a child with significant mental health needs.  The Family Partner will work collaboratively with the family and other agencies as part of a larger team.  The Family Partner will engage parents in activities that are designed to meet the goals on the youth’s care plan under the guidelines of Mass Health.  The objective is to assist parents in learning how to manage and advocate for their child’s emotional and behavioral needs by improving the capacity of the parent/caregiver to use various services and supports.  Experience as parent/guardian of a child with  significant mental health needs living in your home past or present is required. Bi-lingual preferred.  Must also have experience working with children or families in a more formal way. Flexible hours, occasional evenings. Competitive salary and benefits.  Resumes to Paula McDermott, BCF, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or pmcdermott@berkshirechildren.org.  AA/EOE.  Click here for BCF annual report.

PART TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Live Out Loud Group Coordinator

The Family Resource Center is seeking an experienced, part-time (20 hours/month) Live Out Loud Group Coordinator to facilitate existing youth led, adult supported social group where members meet other LGBTQ youth and allies. The group meets weekly after school with special events and outreach. Must have ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, manage sensitive conversations and complete required administrative duties. Willingness to appropriately share lived experiences and have awareness of LGBTQ specific issues and needs. Ability to travel as needed. Competitive pay rate.  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  Click here for BCF annual report.

Child Care Workers

Child Care Workers for the Family Resource Center will work with a variety of age groups. Applicants should be child-oriented, enthusiastic, and responsible; have the ability to work as part of a team; and possess sound work ethics.   Tasks include, but are not limited to: proper supervision of children at all times; preparing activities or projects; and maintaining a clean and safe environment.  Childcare experience preferred.   Evening and day time hours available.  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  Click here for BCF annual report.

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  Click here for BCF annual report.

Part-time Hourly Workers Needed to Complete Assessments & Adoption Home Studies

Strong clinical and writing skills and experience with children and families required.  Must work well within a team.  Ongoing supervision provided.  MSW, LCSW and bilingual/bi-cultural preferred.  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  Click here for BCF annual report.

Volunteers/Mentors/Interns

Interested in volunteer, mentoring, and/or intern opportunities? Please email pmcdermott@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.  Click here for BCF annual report.