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24-hour domestic violence/sexual assault hotline
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800.223.5001

In 2009, 14 women in Massachusetts were killed in an intimate relationship. In one 24-hour period in 2009, 2,018 victims were served by domestic violence programs in the state. The numbers don’t lie: domestic violence is a deadly problem that’s not going away. That’s why we’re here for you, 24 hours a day, every day, with our domestic violence hotline numbers. So you can get the help you and your children need, when you need it most, to move from being victims to survivors.

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We’ve helped meet the needs of Western Massachusetts for over 140 years. Today, we’re leading the change in the way our community responds to domestic violence and in the resources available to victims of discrimination. And more than ever, we’re changing women’s lives by helping them reach their fullest potential.

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24 HOUR
domestic violence/
sexual assault hotline
(413) 733 - 7100 (TTY/V)
(800) 796 - 8711 (TTY/V)
Llamanos
Spanish-language
(800) 223 - 5001
24 HOUR
domestic violence/
sexual assault hotline
Llamanos
Spanish-language

Employment

The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is looking to add to its staff of caring professionals. The current openings are listed below by program and location. Job listings are updated regularly, so please visit our site often for current employment opportunities. The YWCA offers excellent benefits, including health, dental, life, and disability insurance; generous time-off; and a retirement plan.

The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Springfield
Residential Programs
1365_Child Support Specialist_Domestic Violence Shelter Services_Monday-Friday_10am-6pm_(FT)

Department:           Domestic Violence Shelter Services (DVSS)                 

Reports to:             Assistant Program Director   

Schedule:               Full time, 37.5 hours/week; Monday—Friday, 10am – 6pm 

FLSA Status:          Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:       $16.00/hour

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, and vocational training for youth. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and others.
  • Perform quality work within program guidelines and deadlines.
  • Work effectively as a team contributor and foster a positive working environment.
  • Work independently while understanding the need for communication and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Director of Adult Residential Services, the DVSS Child Support Specialist is responsible for providing case management services to pregnant and/or parenting families to support them in achieving goals in areas such as parenting skills, child development, educational or career goals, health, social connections, and meeting basic needs. The Child Support Specialist will also conduct community outreach to collaborate with other organizations and generate referrals to the program, and provide group and/or individual services in shelter.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Coordinate referrals from DTA/DHCD and arrange transportation to the shelter.
  • Orient families to shelter operations by reviewing the placement agreement, policies, and other expectations within 24 hours of arrival.
  • Complete safety plans with shelter guests within 3 days of arrival.
  • Collaborate with Support Specialist to create re-housing plans within 2 weeks for families;
  • Provide outreach, case management and assist them in parenting, relationship skills, and life management;
  • Maintain a caseload of 15-20 participants;
  • Conduct initial and periodic assessments of each family to determine the appropriate level of services;
  • Complete and collect documentation and data required by funder, including but not limited to developmental screening, literacy screening, and mental health/substance abuse screening;
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation for each family served, including paper and electronic records;
  • Conduct parenting groups and individual services based on client needs;
  • Work with the families, building positive relationships and supporting their parenting roles;
  • Conduct community outreach to collaborate with other organizations and generate referrals to the program;
  • Meet with shelter guests on a weekly basis to gauge progress in support of shelter guests’ child-identified goals and re-housing plans;
  • Assist with school / daycare enrollment for children in shelter;
  • Provide child care as needed;
  • Provide transportation to shelter guests and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times;
  • Provide follow-up services to families on caseload who exit shelter and remain in local community;
  • Ensure that children’s files are complete and properly maintained;
  • Complete assessments according to deadlines specified in child files;
  • Ensure data is entered into the data management system in a timely fashion;
  • Maintain the facility and property (including but not limited to vacuuming, laundry, loading/unloading groceries, shoveling, raking, mopping);
  • Attend weekly case review and monthly staff meetings;
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in early childhood development or related fields such as social work, human services or community health, or equivalent professional experience;
  • Knowledge of child development and an understanding and appreciation of the family’s social, economic and cultural background.
  • Residential experience and experience with adolescents and/or young parents and children preferred;
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) language proficiency required;
  • Strong teamwork, organizational and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of/contacts with community agencies;
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Springfield
Workforce Development
1364_Workforce Success Coordinator_Monday-Friday_9am-5pm_(FT)_2 Positions

Reports to:               Director of Homelessness Services 

Schedule:                 Full-time, 37.5 hours/week, Monday—Friday, 9am-5pm 

FLSA Status:            Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:          $20.00/hour 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and homelessness. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, 24-hour bilingual hotline, counseling, SAFEPLAN court and medical advocacy, HIV education and intervention, and supervised visitation. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YW’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YW in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions as well as personal and systemic biases when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Communicate openly and contribute to the development of others.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.

Position Purpose

The Workforce Success Coordinator will provide work readiness programming, case management, and employment and/or vocational placement. and retention services to an annual minimum of 45 adults of all ages with limited access to professional networks, opportunities, and financial means throughout Springfield. The Coordinator’s effectiveness will be determined in part by participant and program outcomes including development of work readiness skills, attainment of self-identified professional goals, employment and/or vocational training placement, retention, and number and strength of employer and community partnerships.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Co-recruit and provide case management, training and/or work placement, and retention support to a minimum of 45 participants annually that recognize and address barriers to educational, vocational, and/or employment participation.
  • Administer diagnostic TABE tests to gauge participants’ skills and aptitudes guiding participants in a dynamic process to develop, pursue, and attain their professional goals, interests, networks, and opportunities.
  • Develop respectful, supportive, trauma-informed relationships with participants while mentoring participants in work readiness, interview preparation, financial life skills, and other professional practices.
  • Work with participants to illuminate their strengths and areas for professional development while positioning participants for success across varied industries such as construction, health care, manufacturing, and technology.
  • Place participants in paid and unpaid training and/or work experience, including internships, pre-apprenticeships, job shadowing, and volunteer opportunities in accordance with their self-identified goals.
  • Using the Signal Success workforce readiness curriculum and Allstate Moving Ahead financial education curriculum, co-lead employment readiness workshops and skills building activities.
  • Serve as a point of contact and coordination for work, training, and internship site supervisors.
  • Assist participants to apply for individual training accounts from MassHire or otherwise obtain vocational funding.
  • Build and cultivate partnerships with area employers as well as county and statewide occupational skills training programs including MassHire.
  • Maintain systems and documentation to consistently and accurately track participant engagement and achievement.
  • Prepare and produce program reports and outcome narratives.
  • Regularly communicate program and participant status.
  • Represent the YW at community, grantor, and other stakeholder meetings.
  • Attend YW staff and supervision meetings.
  • Perform other duties as requested.

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree in Human Services or equivalent work experience;
  • Experience providing workforce development-focused case management, employment readiness support, and/or counseling;
  • Experience working with adults of all ages with significant trauma histories and limited access to professional networks, opportunities, and financial means;
  • Experience in group facilitation and the ability to teach work readiness and financial education;
  • Knowledge of and existing relationships with Hampden County area employers and vocational training and educational opportunities;
  • Strong interpersonal, problem-solving, and technology skills including proficiency with MS Office suite;
  • Bilingual language proficiency preferred;
  • CPR and First Aid certification must be obtained within the Introductory Period;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Springfield
Workforce Development
1363_Bilingual Adult Basic Education Instructor_Homelessness Services_Monday-Friday_9am5pm_(FT)

Reports to:               Director of Homelessness Services 

Schedule:                 Full-time, 37.5 hours/week, Monday—Friday, 9am-5pm 

FLSA Status:            Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:          $23.00/hour

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and homelessness. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, 24-hour bilingual hotline, counseling, SAFEPLAN court and medical advocacy, HIV education and intervention, and supervised visitation. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YW’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YW in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions as well as personal and systemic biases when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Communicate openly and contribute to the development of others.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.

Position Purpose

On an annual basis the Bilingual Adult Basic Education (ABE) Instructor will work with a minimum of 45 adult learners of all ages, with limited access to professional networks, opportunities, and financial means throughout Springfield, to achieve their high school credential. The Instructor provides both remote learning and on-site instruction as well as ABE support services. The Instructor’s effectiveness will be determined in part by participants’ basic skill development in subjects such as reading, writing, and math as well as High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) completion rates. The Instructor will work closely with two Success Coordinators who provide case management, training and/or work placement, and retention services. 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Create and sustain an educational environment that respects, recognizes, and responds to adult learners of diverse learning abilities, identities, languages of origin, and cultures.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and teach all aspects and activities associated with HiSET courses to two cohorts on a daily basis.
  • Propose and establish learning objectives and agreements in cooperation with adult learners.
  • Work with participants to illuminate their strengths.
  • Adopt instruction for participants’ learning needs, priorities, and preferences.
  • Assist participants in navigating obstacles to educational achievement.
  • In consultation with the Director of Homelessness Services, coordinate program and organizational responses to urgent situations.
  • Assess participants’ HiSET readiness while arranging for additional tutoring and/or resources to address gaps in understanding.
  • Leverage existing and recruit new technologies and tools in support of both remote and on-site instruction.
  • Coordinate ongoing testing for both the HiSET and TABE exams.
  • Collect, document, and report participant engagement and achievement outcomes as requested by internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintain systems and documentation to consistently and accurately track participant engagement and achievement.
  • Regularly communicate program and participant status.
  • Represent the YW at community, grantor, and other stakeholder meetings.
  • Attend YW staff and supervision meetings.
  • Perform other duties as requested.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in teaching or group facilitation with adults;
  • Ability to teach mathematics, science, social studies, reading comprehension and/or writing to adults whose educational experiences have been interrupted or impacted by institutional racism, limited financial means, marginalization, and/or trauma;
  • Familiarity with the TABE, HiSET, and other standardized assessments;
  • Bilingual language proficiency required;
  • Knowledge of and existing relationships with Hampden County area employers, vocational training, and educational opportunities;
  • Strong interpersonal, problem-solving, and technology skills including proficiency with MS Office suite;
  • CPR and First Aid certification must be obtained within the Introductory Period;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. 

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Springfield
Administration
1362_Facilities Manager_Facilities_Monday-Friday_8am-4pm_(FT)

Reports to:           Director of Facilities 

Schedule:             Full time, 37.5 hours/week, 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday—Friday, beginning and ending each work day at the Springfield location 

FLSA Status:        Exempt 

Salary:                 Commensurate with abilities, knowledge, and skills 

URL:                     www.ywworks.org/employment 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and homelessness. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, 24-hour bilingual hotline, counseling, SAFEPLAN court and medical advocacy, HIV education and intervention, and supervised visitation. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YW’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YW in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions as well as personal and systemic biases when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Communicate openly and contribute to the development of others.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.

Position Purpose

The Facilities Manager both performs and oversees the daily operations of the Facilities department including general maintenance duties regarding plumbing, electrical, heating, and carpentry across 3-4 buildings located in Springfield, Holyoke, and Northampton. The Manager provides assistance, direction, and evaluation of a diverse custodial team of five or fewer staff. Also, the Manager coordinates and completes annual inspections of systems and equipment while serving as the primary point of contact for various vendors.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Conduct general maintenance duties involving plumbing, electrical, heating, and carpentry across 3-4 buildings located in Springfield, Holyoke, and Northampton.
  • Provide supervision to a diverse custodial team of five or fewer staff.
  • Regularly purchase supplies and maintain a 30-day product inventory for all building and locations including items specific to the YW’s 58-bed emergency shelter such as linens, cribs, and children’s formula.
  • Coordinate and provide guidance to subcontractors about specific building systems including the boiler, chiller, and AC handlers and units.
  • Accompany subcontractors during inspections of fire alarms, extinguishers, sprinklers, environmental health, emergency lighting, and other equipment while preparing and maintaining necessary records.
  • Use and maintain the key system, including the cutting, distribution, collection, and storage of agency keys.
  • Maintain outside parking lots, sidewalks, and facility entrances by removing snow, applying salt when necessary, and clearing debris.
  • Ensure the health and appearance of green spaces including lawns, plants, and the clearing of leaves.                                       
  • Ensure the return of YW vehicles and equipment to the Springfield location at the end of the work day.
  • Provide emergency on-call assistance after business hours, using the YWCA-issued mobile phone, in response to weather or other unforeseen events.
  • Communicate regularly with senior leaders regarding the status of major works.
  • Perform other related work as required.

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • Specialized knowledge of heating, ventilating equipment, plumbing, electrical, and building envelop systems
  • Relevant industry and workplace safety certifications preferred;
  • Prior supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to successfully manage projects;
  • Prior experience as the primary point of contact for multiple vendors;
  • Experience working in residential setting preferred;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Excellent communication, organization, and technology skills including proficiency with MS Office suite;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Springfield
Residential Programs
1361_Direct Service Advocate_Domestic Violence Shelter Services_Monday-Friday_12pm-8pm_(FT)

Department:      Domestic Violence Shelter Services (DVSS) 

Reports to:        Assistant Program Director, DVSS 

FLSA Status:      Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:    $14.00/hour 

Schedule:           Full time, 37.5 hours/week; Monday—Friday, 12pm-8pm 

URL:                   www.ywworks.org/employment  

The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. For nearly 150 years, the YWCA has served our region, guided by its founding principle: to provide shelter, support services, and tools for self-sufficiency for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. We do this through a variety of programs and services designed to promote safety, build skills for employment and financial stability, and strengthen relationships between parents and children.

Expectations of all Employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Foster a positive working environment.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.

Summary

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen, and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Answer hotline as needed.
  • Conduct shelter screenings and intakes as needed.
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed.
  • Help residents become acquainted with shelter and other residents upon arrival.
  • Provide counseling to resident upon arrival and as needed throughout their stay.
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, shoveling, mopping).
  • Ensure residents are following shelter schedule, including wake up times as applicable.
  • Enforce shelter rules and guidelines.
  • Assist with children’s groups as needed.
  • Engage with residents at meal time and ensure that residents clean up their area prior to leaving dining area.
  • Ensure completion of chores as applicable.
  • Complete all required paperwork.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Ensure parents / guardians supervise children, including at bedtime as applicable.
  • Prepare rooms for residents including washing, drying and putting away linen.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Provide transportation to residents and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent education or experience in a human service field;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence;
  • Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day introductory period.

Holyoke
Residential Programs
1327_Direct Service Advocate_Holyoke Teen Parenting Program_Monday-Friday_4pm-12am_(FT)

Department:                      Holyoke Teen Parent Program

Reports to:                        Program Director

Schedule:                          Monday - Friday, 4pm-12am (FT)

FLSA Status:                      Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:                    $14.00/hour

URL:                                 www.ywworks.org/employment

 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Foster a positive working environment.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
  • Maintain full compliance with EEC annual training hour requirements; full-time staff are required to complete a minimum 24 hours of training, part-time and per diem are required to complete a minimum 12 hours of training.
  • Maintain full EEC compliance with Background Record Check processes, including renewal of the BRC every three years. 

Position Purpose

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations. 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Nurture and support a milieu approach that is participant-guided, family-driven, strengths-based, trauma-informed and embraces a framework of empowerment and encouragement, engaging with 100% of individuals and families that are on-site each shift.
  • Encourage and support the development of life skills, positive parenting and improved parent-child interaction- 1:1 or group format to include recreational, educational, cultural or those that promote family engagement.
  • Follow and encourage the programs daily schedule and facilitate resident participation and community responsibilities, taking into account individualized plans for each participant.
  • Ongoing individual resident support with 85% of time on shift in direct service role providing face to face contact and interaction.
  • Ensure program procedures, rules, regulations and policies are followed to ensure a safe and supportive living environment including completion of 100% of all required safety sweeps (minimum of four times) each shift to ensure premises including alarms, doors, windows, appliances and bedrooms are all safe.
  • To facilitate integration into the program, provide orientation and emotional support to participants upon arrival and complete intake paperwork with 100% of participants within 24 hours of arrival.
  • To ensure participants are properly welcomed to the program, prepares rooms for new families within 1-2 shifts from previous exit.
  • Required documentation and daily program communication including case notes, resident files and communication logs, completing 100% of all documentation prior to the end of shift.
  • Perform regular job duties to be observed by new staff during the job shadowing portion of program orientation.
  • Engage with residents during meal times and ensure that participants clean up the dining area prior to leaving as well as kitchen prior to cooking.
  • Assist with child care as needed to support service planning goal activities completion.
  • Conducts safety checks on residents and children as needed and completes 100% of all required safety checks.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings, supervisions, and trainings.
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to: vacuuming, laundry, loading/unloading groceries, shoveling, raking, mopping, preparation of bedrooms) including ensuring 100% of chores were completed properly before signing off on the chore list.
  • Provide transportation to residents and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times to include ratio of 1:5.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.  

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent education or experience in a human service field;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence;
  • Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs. 

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Holyoke
Residential Programs
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Reports to:          Site Director 

Schedule:            Full time, 37.5 hours/week ; Monday—Friday, 3pm-11pm 

FLSA Status:       Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:     $14.00/hour 

URL:                     www.ywworks.org/employment

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Foster a positive working environment.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
  • Maintain full compliance with EEC annual training hour requirements; full-time staff are required to complete a minimum 24 hours of training, part-time and per diem are required to complete a minimum 12 hours of training.
  • Maintain full EEC compliance with Background Record Check processes, including renewal of the BRC every three years.

Position Purpose

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Nurture and support a milieu approach that is participant-guided, family-driven, strengths-based, trauma-informed and embraces a framework of empowerment and encouragement, engaging with 100% of individuals and families that are on-site each shift.
  • Encourage and support the development of life skills, positive parenting and improved parent-child interaction- 1:1 or group format to include recreational, educational, cultural or those that promote family engagement (3x per week for TPP DSA and minimally once weekly for NB and DVSS DSA).
  • Follow and encourage the programs daily schedule and facilitate resident participation and community responsibilities, taking into account individualized plans for each participant.
  • Ongoing individual resident support with 85% of time on shift in direct service role providing face to face contact and interaction with participant’s and their children in order to support.
  • Ensure program procedures, rules, regulations and policies are followed to ensure a safe and supportive living environment including completion of 100% of all required safety sweeps (minimum of four times) each shift to ensure premises including alarms, doors, windows, appliances and bedrooms are all safe.
  • To facilitate integration into the program, provide orientation and emotional support to participants upon arrival and complete intake paperwork with 100% of participants within 24 hours of arrival.
  • To ensure participants are properly welcomed to the program, prepares rooms for new families within 1-2 shifts from previous exit.
  • Provide daily information as it relates to data collection and outcome measurements through the completion of 100% of Client Track Services logs prior to end of shift.
  • Required documentation and daily program communication including case notes, resident files and communication logs, completing 100% of all documentation prior to the end of shift.
  • Perform regular job duties to be observed by new staff during the job shadowing portion of program orientation.
  • Engage with residents at 100% of all meal times and ensure that participants clean up the dining area prior to leaving as well as kitchen prior to cooking.
  • Ensure thorough communication of staff from shift to shift.
  • Assist with child care as needed to support service planning goal activities completion.
  • To support children’s safety and well-being, ensure mothers supervise children at all times and offer support to moms during a crisis or periods where they may be overwhelmed.
  • Conducts safety checks on residents and children as needed and completes 100% of all required safety checks.
  • Answer phones and provide information and referral; answer hotline as needed (DVSS DSA’s only).
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings, supervision and trainings as required.
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, loading/unloading groceries, shoveling, raking, mopping, preparation of bedrooms) including ensuring 100% of chores were completed properly before signing off on the chore list.
  • Provide transportation to residents and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times to include ratio of 1:5 (ratio applies to TPP only).
  • Perform other related duties as needed. 

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent education or experience in a human service field;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Experience working in residential setting preferred;
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence;
  • Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Springfield
Community Support Programs
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Reports to:              Director of Community Support Programs 

Schedule:                Every other Saturday/Sunday_11pm to 7am (PT) 

FLSA Status:           Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:         $16.00/hour 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, and vocational training for youth. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Foster a positive working environment.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.

Position Purpose

The Llamanos Hotline Advocate provides support, advocacy and crisis response on our 24-hour hotline for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking, significant others, and professionals. Hotline Workers are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, and outside connections to best serve those calling our hotline. 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide trauma-informed, strengths-based telephone interventions that incorporate safety planning and assessment of immediate needs.
  • Answer 24-hour Llamanos Hotline Line within the first 3 rings.
  • Ensure bed-update system receives a login and updates/changes within the 1st hour of each shift and again as space changes.
  • Conducts shelter and community-based counseling intakes.
  • Complete hotline logs, case notes, incident reports, logs, and service tracking logs prior to the end of shift.
  • Complete overnight checklists.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Attend supervision, trainings, and staff meetings.
  • Assist with staffing shelter during crisis situations or in times where support is needed.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.
  • Provide back-up support to the YW’s new Homelessness Helpline by responding to calls, helping the caller to create a safety plan, and making referrals to the Outreach Worker or Case Manager.

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree plus 1 - 3 years of experience in human services;
  • Spanish language proficiency required;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, including computer skills;
  • Ability to resolve conflict in appropriate ways;
  • Prior experience working with survivors of violence and/or those who have perpetrated violence in an intimate partner relationship preferred;
  • Experience and knowledge of child development and impact of domestic violence on children preferred;
  • Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Must have knowledge of/contacts with community agencies;
  • Experience with and knowledge of accessing resources within the community;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Springfield
Residential Programs
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Reports to:           Assistant Program Director 

Schedule:             Part-time;Saturday/Sunday, 3pm-11pm; 15 hours bi-weekly

FLSA Status:        Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:      $14.00/hour 

URL:                      www.ywworks.org/employment

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, and vocational training for youth. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Foster a positive working environment.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.

Position Purpose

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen, and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Conduct shelter screenings and intakes as needed.
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed.
  • Help residents become acquainted with shelter and other residents upon arrival.
  • Provide counseling to resident upon arrival and as needed throughout their stay.
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, shoveling, mopping).
  • Ensure residents are following shelter schedule, including wake up times as applicable.
  • Enforce shelter rules and guidelines.
  • Engage with residents at meal time and ensure that residents clean up their area prior to leaving dining area.
  • Ensure completion of chores as applicable.
  • Complete all required paperwork and maintain client records.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Provide transportation to residents and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree plus 1 - 3 years of experience in human services;
  • Experience working in residential setting preferred;
  • Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Excellent written and organizational skills including computer skills;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence;

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Holyoke
Residential Programs
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Job Title:  Direct Service Advocate

 

Department:  Holyoke Teen Parenting Program (HTPP)

Reports to: Program Director

 

Weekly Hours: Every other Saturday/Sunday_7am to 3pm(PT)

 

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt

 

Starting Rate:  $14.00

 

 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 hours of training annually in accordance with Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) mandates.
  • Successfully complete the EEC mandated Background Record Check process every three 3 years.

Position Purpose

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Nurture and support a milieu approach that is participant-guided, family-driven, strengths-based, and trauma-informed and embraces a framework of empowerment and encouragement;
  • Encourage and support the development of life skills and positive parent-child interaction through recreational, educational, and cultural or those that promote family engagement groups and individual sessions;
  • Promote a safe and supportive living environment by modeling organizational policy and guidelines as well as completing all safety checks;
  • Provide daily information as it relates to data collection and outcome measurements through the completion of Apricot logs prior to end of shift;
  • Assist with child care as needed;
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, shoveling, mopping);
  • Provide transportation to residents while adhering to all safety laws/policies;
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings, supervision and trainings as required; and
  • Perform other related duties as needed. 

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent education or experience in a human service field;
  • One year of counseling, direct service experience, and/or residential experience;
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence and survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Strong Communication and computer skills;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

BENEFITS

The YWCA offers a wide range of competitive benefits including health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, generous paid time-off, and an employer matched retirement plan.

STATEMENT OF EQUALITY

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.  

Holyoke
Residential Programs
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Job Title:  Direct Service Advocate

 

Department:  Holyoke Teen Parenting Program (HTPP)

Reports to: Program Director

 

Weekly Hours: Every other Saturday/Sunday_3pm to 11pm(PT)

 

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt

 

Starting Rate:  $14.00

 

 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 hours of training annually in accordance with Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) mandates.
  • Successfully complete the EEC mandated Background Record Check process every three 3 years.

Position Purpose

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Nurture and support a milieu approach that is participant-guided, family-driven, strengths-based, and trauma-informed and embraces a framework of empowerment and encouragement;
  • Encourage and support the development of life skills and positive parent-child interaction through recreational, educational, and cultural or those that promote family engagement groups and individual sessions;
  • Promote a safe and supportive living environment by modeling organizational policy and guidelines as well as completing all safety checks;
  • Provide daily information as it relates to data collection and outcome measurements through the completion of Apricot logs prior to end of shift;
  • Assist with child care as needed;
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, shoveling, mopping);
  • Provide transportation to residents while adhering to all safety laws/policies;
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings, supervision and trainings as required; and
  • Perform other related duties as needed. 

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent education or experience in a human service field;
  • One year of counseling, direct service experience, and/or residential experience;
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence and survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Strong Communication and computer skills;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

BENEFITS

The YWCA offers a wide range of competitive benefits including health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, generous paid time-off, and an employer matched retirement plan.

STATEMENT OF EQUALITY

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.  

 

Springfield
Parent and Youth Support Programs
1342_Relief Visit Monitor_Supervised Visitation_All Shifts

Department:             Parent & Youth Support Programs

 Reports to:              Direct Care Supervisor of Supervised Visitation 

Schedule:                 Per Diem 

Location:                  All Supervised Visitation Sites 

FLSA Status:            Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:          $16.00/hour 

URL:                         www.ywworks.org/employment 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and others.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Perform quality work within program guidelines and deadlines.
  • Work effectively as a team contributor and foster a positive working environment.
  • Work independently while understanding the need for communication and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.

Position Purpose

The YWCA’s Supervised Visitation Program allows parents in high conflict or high risk situations to spend time parenting their child in a safe, structured, and supportive environment. Trained Visit Monitors support the non-custodial parent in developing a healthy and loving relationship with their child while following all policies and guidelines designed to ensure safety.  The Relief Visit Monitor is also responsible for communicating regularly with the Lead Visit Monitor regarding the status of visits and any concerns.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Assist with set up and closing of center to include setting up of rooms and cleaning up at end of the day.
  • Get briefing on visiting families prior to their arrival from Lead Visit Monitor or Direct Care Supervisor.
  • Assist in ensuring non-residential parents are received 20 minutes before each visit and are waiting in the designated area, supervised by security. Similarly, assist in ensuring that non-residential parents are held back an additional 20 minutes at the end of each visit.
  • Ensure the preparation of documents to be used during the visit with a focus on any known safety concerns.
  • Provide residential parents and visiting children with a focused plan and preparation for a positive and safe transition to visit.
  • Conduct monitoring and observation of non-residential parent visits with children while keeping accurate and detailed factual notes, documenting interactions on observation forms for visits, and noting child’s appearance and apparent readiness for visit.
  • Coordinate visitation activities with security or Lead Visit Monitor as necessary.
  • Model appropriate parenting behavior and encourage healthy parent child relationships.
  • Ensure parties are referred as necessary to outside referral sources for domestic violence, batterer’s treatment, counseling, financial assistance, etc.
  • Ensure compliance with center rules and policies while making interventions as necessary.
  • Communicate in a timely manner with Lead Monitor on any incidents and issues.
  • Ensure that transportation of children at exchanges and visits adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts and car seats.
  • Monitor visits at other Visitation Center sites if needed for coverage.
  • Attend supervision, trainings and staff meetings as required.
  • Other relevant duties as necessary.

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent with 2 years of relevant experience in human services field.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to resolve conflict in appropriate ways.
  • Prior experience working with survivors of violence and/or those who have perpetrated violence in an intimate partner relationship preferred.
  • Experience and knowledge of child development and impact of domestic violence on children preferred.
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities.
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias.
  • Bilingual (Spanish-speaking) preferred.
  • Experience with and knowledge of accessing resources within the community.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy.
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Springfield
Residential Programs
1340_Relief Direct Service Advocate_Springfield Teen Parenting Program_All Shifts

Department:        Springfield Teen Parent Program                 

Reports to:          Director of Teen Residential Services 

Schedule:            Per Diem for All Shifts (Minimum of 3 Shifts per Month) 

FLSA Status:       Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:     $14.00/hour 

URL:                    www.ywworks.org/employment

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Foster a positive working environment.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
  • Maintain full compliance with EEC annual training hour requirements; full-time staff are required to complete a minimum 24 hours of training, part-time and per diem are required to complete a minimum 12 hours of training.
  • Maintain full EEC compliance with Background Record Check processes, including renewal of the BRC every three years.

Position Purpose

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Nurture and support a milieu approach that is participant-guided, family-driven, strengths-based, trauma-informed and embraces a framework of empowerment and encouragement, engaging with 100% of individuals and families that are on-site each shift.
  • Encourage and support the development of life skills, positive parenting and improved parent-child interaction- 1:1 or group format to include recreational, educational, cultural or those that promote family engagement (3x per week for TPP DSA and minimally once weekly for NB and DVSS DSA).
  • Follow and encourage the programs daily schedule and facilitate resident participation and community responsibilities, taking into account individualized plans for each participant.
  • Ongoing individual resident support with 85% of time on shift in direct service role providing face to face contact and interaction with participant’s and their children in order to support.
  • Ensure program procedures, rules, regulations and policies are followed to ensure a safe and supportive living environment including completion of 100% of all required safety sweeps (minimum of four times) each shift to ensure premises including alarms, doors, windows, appliances and bedrooms are all safe.
  • To facilitate integration into the program, provide orientation and emotional support to participants upon arrival and complete intake paperwork with 100% of participants within 24 hours of arrival.
  • To ensure participants are properly welcomed to the program, prepares rooms for new families within 1-2 shifts from previous exit.
  • Provide daily information as it relates to data collection and outcome measurements through the completion of 100% of Apricot Services logs prior to end of shift.
  • Required documentation and daily program communication including case notes, resident files and communication logs, completing 100% of all documentation prior to the end of shift.
  • Perform regular job duties to be observed by new staff during the job shadowing portion of program orientation.
  • Engage with residents at 100% of all meal times and ensure that participants clean up the dining area prior to leaving as well as kitchen prior to cooking.
  • Ensure thorough communication of staff from shift to shift.
  • Assist with child care as needed to support service planning goal activities completion.
  • To support children’s safety and well-being, ensure mothers supervise children at all times and offer support to moms during a crisis or periods where they may be overwhelmed.
  • Conducts safety checks on residents and children as needed and completes 100% of all required safety checks.
  • Answer phones and provide information and referral; answer hotline as needed (DVSS DSA’s only).
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings, supervision and trainings as required.
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, loading/unloading groceries, shoveling, raking, mopping, preparation of bedrooms) including ensuring 100% of chores were completed properly before signing off on the chore list.
  • Provide transportation to residents and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times to include ratio of 1:5 (ratio applies to TPP only).
  • Perform other related duties as needed. 

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent education or experience in a human service field;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence;
  • Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Holyoke
Residential Programs
1339_Direct Service Advocate_Holyoke Teen Parenting Program_Every Other Thursday-Saturday_10pm-8am_(PT)

Reports to:          Program Director 

Schedule:             Every other Thrusday-Saturday_10pm to 8am (PT) 

FLSA Status:        Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:      $14.00/hour 

URL:                     www.ywworks.org/employment

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Foster a positive working environment.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
  • Maintain full compliance with EEC annual training hour requirements; full-time staff are required to complete a minimum 24 hours of training, part-time and per diem are required to complete a minimum 12 hours of training.
  • Maintain full EEC compliance with Background Record Check processes, including renewal of the BRC every three years.

Position Purpose

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Nurture and support a milieu approach that is participant-guided, family-driven, strengths-based, trauma-informed and embraces a framework of empowerment and encouragement, engaging with 100% of individuals and families that are on-site each shift.
  • Encourage and support the development of life skills, positive parenting and improved parent-child interaction- 1:1 or group format to include recreational, educational, cultural or those that promote family engagement (3x per week for TPP DSA and minimally once weekly for NB and DVSS DSA).
  • Follow and encourage the programs daily schedule and facilitate resident participation and community responsibilities, taking into account individualized plans for each participant.
  • Ongoing individual resident support with 85% of time on shift in direct service role providing face to face contact and interaction with participant’s and their children in order to support.
  • Ensure program procedures, rules, regulations and policies are followed to ensure a safe and supportive living environment including completion of 100% of all required safety sweeps (minimum of four times) each shift to ensure premises including alarms, doors, windows, appliances and bedrooms are all safe.
  • To facilitate integration into the program, provide orientation and emotional support to participants upon arrival and complete intake paperwork with 100% of participants within 24 hours of arrival.
  • To ensure participants are properly welcomed to the program, prepares rooms for new families within 1-2 shifts from previous exit.
  • Provide daily information as it relates to data collection and outcome measurements through the completion of 100% of Client Track Services logs prior to end of shift.
  • Required documentation and daily program communication including case notes, resident files and communication logs, completing 100% of all documentation prior to the end of shift.
  • Perform regular job duties to be observed by new staff during the job shadowing portion of program orientation.
  • Engage with residents at 100% of all meal times and ensure that participants clean up the dining area prior to leaving as well as kitchen prior to cooking.
  • Ensure thorough communication of staff from shift to shift.
  • Assist with child care as needed to support service planning goal activities completion.
  • To support children’s safety and well-being, ensure mothers supervise children at all times and offer support to moms during a crisis or periods where they may be overwhelmed.
  • Conducts safety checks on residents and children as needed and completes 100% of all required safety checks.
  • Answer phones and provide information and referral; answer hotline as needed (DVSS DSA’s only).
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings, supervision and trainings as required.
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, loading/unloading groceries, shoveling, raking, mopping, preparation of bedrooms) including ensuring 100% of chores were completed properly before signing off on the chore list.
  • Provide transportation to residents and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times to include ratio of 1:5 (ratio applies to TPP only).
  • Perform other related duties as needed. 

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent education or experience in a human service field;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence;
  • Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Holyoke
Residential Programs
1328_Relief Direct Service Advocate_Holyoke Teen Parenting Program_All Shifts

Reports to:          Site Director  

FLSA Status:       Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:    $14.00/hour 

Schedule:            Per Diem for All Shifts (Minimum of 3 Shifts per Month) 

URL:                    www.ywworks.org/employment 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and others.
  • Perform quality work within program guidelines and deadlines.
  • Work effectively as a team contributor and foster a positive working environment.
  • Work independently while understanding the need for communication and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
  • Maintain full compliance with EEC annual training hour requirements; full-time staff are required to complete a minimum 24 hours of training, part-time and per diem are required to complete a minimum 12 hours of training.
  • Maintain full EEC compliance with Background Record Check processes, including renewal of the BRC every three years. 

Position Purpose: 

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations. 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Nurture and support a milieu approach that is participant-guided, family-driven, strengths-based, trauma-informed and embraces a framework of empowerment and encouragement, engaging with 100% of individuals and families that are on-site each shift.
  • Encourage and support the development of life skills, positive parenting and improved parent-child interaction- 1:1 or group format to include recreational, educational, cultural or those that promote family engagement (3x per week for TPP DSA and minimally once weekly for NB and DVSS DSA).
  • Follow and encourage the programs daily schedule and facilitate resident participation and community responsibilities, taking into account individualized plans for each participant.
  • Ongoing individual resident support with 85% of time on shift in direct service role providing face to face contact and interaction with participant’s and their children in order to support.
  • Ensure program procedures, rules, regulations and policies are followed to ensure a safe and supportive living environment including completion of 100% of all required safety sweeps (minimum of four times) each shift to ensure premises including alarms, doors, windows, appliances and bedrooms are all safe.
  • To facilitate integration into the program, provide orientation and emotional support to participants upon arrival and complete intake paperwork with 100% of participants within 24 hours of arrival.
  • To ensure participants are properly welcomed to the program, prepares rooms for new families within 1-2 shifts from previous exit.
  • Provide daily information as it relates to data collection and outcome measurements through the completion of 100% of Client Track Services logs prior to end of shift.
  • Required documentation and daily program communication including case notes, resident files and communication logs, completing 100% of all documentation prior to the end of shift.
  • Perform regular job duties to be observed by new staff during the job shadowing portion of program orientation.
  • Engage with residents at 100% of all meal times and ensure that participants clean up the dining area prior to leaving as well as kitchen prior to cooking.
  • Ensure thorough communication of staff from shift to shift.
  • Assist with child care as needed to support service planning goal activities completion.
  • To support children’s safety and well-being, ensure mothers supervise children at all times and offer support to moms during a crisis or periods where they may be overwhelmed.
  • Conducts safety checks on residents and children as needed and completes 100% of all required safety checks.
  • Answer phones and provide information and referral; answer hotline as needed (DVSS DSA’s only).
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings, supervision and trainings as required.
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, loading/unloading groceries, shoveling, raking, mopping, preparation of bedrooms) including ensuring 100% of chores were completed properly before signing off on the chore list.
  • Provide transportation to residents and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times to include ratio of 1:5 (ratio applies to TPP only).
  • Complete 100% of urine screen collections on designated days for collection assigned by DCS.(applies to NB DSA only).
  • Perform other related duties as needed. 

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent education or experience in a human service field;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Experience working in residential setting preferred;
  • Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Excellent written and organizational skills including computer skills;
  • Must have knowledge of/contacts with community agencies;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence;

EEO STATEMENT:

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT:

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include non-exempt positions.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS:

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD:

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

Springfield
Community Support Programs
1233_Relief Llamanos Hotline Worker_Community Support Programs_All Shifts

Reports to:               Director of Community Support Programs 

Schedule:                 Per Diem for All Shifts (Minimum of 2 Shifts per Month) 

FLSA Status:            Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:          $16.00/hour 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and interrupt assumptions, personal and systemic biases, and sources of power when interacting or communicating with colleagues, clients, and external partners.
  • Support policies, practices, and decisions that demonstrate our shared accountability for racial equity.
  • Foster a positive working environment.
  • Coordinate efforts across teams, programs, and partner organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality. 

Position Purpose

The Llamanos Hotline Advocate provides support, advocacy and crisis response on our 24-hour hotline for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking, significant others, and professionals. Hotline Workers are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, and outside connections to best serve those calling our hotline. 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide trauma-informed, strengths-based telephone interventions that incorporate safety planning and assessment of immediate needs.
  • Answer 24-hour Llamanos Hotline Line within the first 3 rings.
  • Ensure bed-update system receives a login and updates/changes within the 1st hour of each shift and again as space changes.
  • Conducts shelter and community-based counseling intakes.
  • Complete hotline logs, case notes, incident reports, logs, and service tracking logs prior to the end of shift.
  • Complete overnight checklists.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Attend supervision, trainings, and staff meetings.
  • Assist with staffing shelter during crisis situations or in times where support is needed.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.
  • Provide back-up support to the YW’s new Homelessness Helpline by responding to calls, helping the caller to create a safety plan, and making referrals to the Outreach Worker or Case Manager.

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree plus 1 - 3 years of experience in human services;
  • Spanish language proficiency required;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, including computer skills;
  • Ability to resolve conflict in appropriate ways;
  • Prior experience working with survivors of violence and/or those who have perpetrated violence in an intimate partner relationship preferred;
  • Experience and knowledge of child development and impact of domestic violence on children preferred;
  • Experience with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Must have knowledge of/contacts with community agencies;
  • Experience with and knowledge of accessing resources within the community;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy; and
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.  

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.

 

Springfield
Residential Programs
1192_Relief Direct Service Advocate_Domestic Violence Shelter Services_All Shifts

 

 

Department:       Domestic Violence Shelter Services (DVSS)

Reports to:          Direct Care Supervisor, DVSS

FLSA Status:        Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:      $14.00/hour 

Schedule:             Per Diem (Minimum of 3 Shifts per Month) 

Post Date:           Evergreen   

URL:                    www.ywworks.org/employment   

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering survivors. We provide a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our programs and services include crisis shelter and transitional housing for survivors and their families, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, HIV education and testing, and vocational training. The YWCA provides services at several sites, including Holyoke, Northampton, Westfield, and our primary Springfield campus.

Expectations of all Employees

In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s social justice mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
  • Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and others.
  • Perform quality work within program guidelines and deadlines.
  • Work effectively as a team contributor and foster a positive working environment.
  • Work independently while understanding the need for communication and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
  • Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.

Summary

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to adult, teen, and child program participants living in the YWCA’s residential programs. DSA’s are part of a team model working with peers, supervisors, clinicians and outside connections to best serve program participants. DSA’s support the agency mission and trauma informed service model in order to provide safe, consistent and quality services to vulnerable populations. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Answer hotline as needed.
  • Conduct shelter screenings and intakes as needed.
  • Provide crisis intervention as needed.
  • Help residents become acquainted with shelter and other residents upon arrival.
  • Provide counseling to resident upon arrival and as needed throughout their stay.
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, shoveling, mopping).
  • Ensure residents are following shelter schedule, including wake up times as applicable.
  • Enforce shelter rules and guidelines.
  • Assist with children’s groups as needed.
  • Engage with residents at meal time and ensure that residents clean up their area prior to leaving dining area.
  • Ensure completion of chores as applicable.
  • Complete all required paperwork.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Ensure parents / guardians supervise children, including at bedtime as applicable.
  • Prepare rooms for residents including washing, drying and putting away linen.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Provide transportation to residents and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times.
  • Perform other related duties as needed. 

Qualifications

  • A.A. or equivalent education or experience in a human service field;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Familiarity with issues of domestic violence;
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and telephone; and
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.

EEO STATEMENT

It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. 

DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. 

AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT

The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include select, non-exempt positions.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA. 

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD

All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day introductory period.

 

 

 

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