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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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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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Disclaimer: The YWCA requires that all new staff obtain and provide proof of receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine upon hire. The YWCA reserves the right to rescind all offers of employment should you fail to provide proof of vaccination.

**Increased Hourly Rates**

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Administration

Springfield
Administration
1582_TEMP Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
Department:   Operations

Salary:            $18 per hour

Schedule:        Part time, 20-30 hours/week; Monday—Friday, 9am – 1 or 3pm OR

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

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt

 

**This is a temporary position that extends through December.**

 

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. 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 ages of 17-24. 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. 
  • 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 Administrative Assistant/Receptionist serves as the first point of agency representation to prospective clients, guests, and other community stakeholders. This position serves as an additional source of administrative support to the Executive Director while working closely with Operations and Programs to support the day-to-day coordination of administrative tasks.  

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Open and close the administrative offices of the YW’s Springfield campus.
  • Greet visitors and clients.
  • Transfer all incoming calls and faxes to the appropriate person/program.
  • Log, track, and report client interactions.
  • Ensure client access to program brochures and other agency communications as appropriate.
  • Perform clerical duties in support of the agency’s copying, collating, and meeting room scheduling and set-up needs.
  • Assist with the receipt, storage, and distribution of in-kind donations.
  • Prepare outgoing and distribute incoming mail.
  • Ensure adequate supplies for the front office, boardroom, and office equipment (e.g., copiers, postage meters).
  • Arrange for the annual postage meter inspection.
  • Maintain appearance of front desk and lobby.
  • Provide administrative support to the Executive Director.
  • Draft and/or update administrative standard operating procedures.
  • Provide project support to Operations & Programs as requested.
  • Perform other relevant duties as requested.

Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent work experience with a minimum of 2 years of professional experience;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, computer, and organizational skills;
  • Bilingual language proficiency required (Spanish and English);
  • Must be committed to the YWCA’s mission and be able to actively and responsibly support its vision when working with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Exhibit positive energy, sound judgment, ability to work independently and as part of a team, and be able to work effectively with program staff, leadership, and clients;
  • Must be detail-oriented with ability to develop and adhere to project plans, meet deadlines and achieve objectives;
  • Must have access to reliable transportation, have a safe driving record, and be able to travel throughout Hampden County; and
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

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
Administration
1579_HMIS Data Coordinator_FT

Reports to:                         Data Manager

Schedule:                           Full-time, Monday—Friday, 9am-5pm, with additional hours as needed

FLSA Status:                       Exempt

Starting Rate:                     $50,000

 

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, 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.
    • 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 Homelessness Information Management System (HMIS) is a widespread database used by HUD funded programs to collect and report data on who is receiving services. Since the YWCA is a victim service provider that adheres to strict VAWA confidentiality standards, it is unable to use HMIS directly. Instead, it uses a certified HMIS-comparable database, AWARDS by Footholds Technology. The HMIS Data Coordinator will oversee data entry and management in AWARDS for the YWCA’s HUD funded projects, including Coordinated Entry, Transitional Housing, Rapid Rehousing, and Homelessness Prevention projects. The HMIS Project Coordinator will run quarterly CAPER reports, ensuring all data is entered into the system effectively. The Coordinator will also work with the YWCA’s project partner, Alianza DV Services, to ensure data management on shared projects is entered into Alianza’s HMIS-comparable database effectively. Lastly, the Coordinator will lead continuous quality improvement (CQI) for HUD-funded projects, analyzing data from the CAPER and other pertinent reports to assess overall project effectiveness and the projects response to vulnerable population, such as BIPOC and LGBTQ homeless survivors. On a larger scale, the Data Coordinator will work in tandem with the Data Manager and Vice President of Grants and Compliance to tell the story of the YWCA, through the collection of reliable data. The story that the data tells is integral to the agency’s ability to receive new and ongoing funding.

 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight in the management and tracking of the YWCA’s HMIS data in its data management system, AWARDS by Footholds Technology.
  • Stay up-to-date on HUD reporting requirements and HMIS-comparable database requirements, working with the YWCA’s AWARDS Success Manager to ensure necessary changes are made when outlined by HUD.  
  • Assist the Data Manager in training all YWCA staff that work on HUD funded projects on how to enter data into AWARDS, emphasizing how to use HMIS-specific forms, such as the HMIS income entry, exit and updates. These trainings will be conducted in an ongoing way as needs and challenges arise. These trainings will also be conducted for all new staff hired at the YWCA.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate the integrity of HMIS-data being input into the AWARDS data systems that could affect analytical results.
  • Run the CAPER and PIT count reports and submit to SAGE when requested by funders, quarterly, annually, and any other times throughout the year requested by funders.
  • Liaise with HUD-project staff at partner agency, Alianza DV services, to ensure its data is being entered into its HUD-comparable database, Empower DV. Assist Alianza staff in data entry, reporting, and quality assurance of data. Confirm that the YWCA’s data and Alianza’s data illustrate a comprehensive, accurate picture of the shared TH-RRH project’s goals.
  • With the guidance of the Data Manager, build new forms and reports, such as a vulnerability index, into AWARDS as needed per the projects’ unfolding needs.
  • Maintain a data manual for YWCA HUD-project staff that outlines how to use the system to enter data in an ongoing way for clients.
  • Working with the Director of Homelessness Services, create an Equitable Outcomes Rubric that will outline specific measures to assess equity in the program. The Equitable Outcomes Rubric will include a metric to review disaggregated data by race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability status, immigration status, primary language, HIV status, and other pertinent historically under-represented and marginalized identities. The Rubric will also use an equity lens to look critically at program policies and procedures.
  • Facilitate semi-annual CQI review of the Equitable Outcomes Rubric results with pertinent project staff, including the YWCA and Alianza staff. This review meeting will engage staff in meaningful conversation on successes, challenges, and areas where the Project can improve its practices to meet the needs of historically under-represented clients better.
  • Create a report based on review meeting findings to share with project staff, funders, and the CoC to maximize transparency in the Project's practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Sociology, Public Health, Public Policy, Psychology or related disciplines or a minimum of 3+ years’ experience in data management or analysis.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in professional office software, including Microsoft applications Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, work independently as well as engage in collaborative research in a team setting.
  • High levels of accuracy and organization, and the necessity to meet deadlines working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to analyze, manage and organize large amounts of data.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and recognize situations in which confidentiality is required.
  • Ability to facilitate data presentations, i.e. in person or via a virtual platform.
  • CPR and First Aid certification must be obtained within the Introductory Period.
  • 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 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
1557_Cook_FT

Reports to:                 Director of Adult Residential Services

Schedule:                   Full time, Flexible to work some weekends

FLSA Status:               Exempt

Salary:                        Competitive, Commensurate with Experience

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 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. 
  • 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 Cook is responsible for cooking weekly dinner meal planning and preparation.  The Cook will consult with case managers regarding nutritional needs of residents to ensure health, nutritious meals are part of resident’s daily diets and incorporated into service planning.  In addition, the Cook will be responsible for the inventory and purchasing of food; teaching basic cooking skills to residents; and monitor and assist residents during dinner chores using appropriate modeling to teach independent living skills. 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Weekly dinner meal planning with input from residents.
  • Meal preparation for dinner meals during week.
  • Consult with case managers regarding nutritional needs of residents to ensure health, nutritious meals are part of resident’s daily diets and incorporated into service planning
  • Maintenance of kitchen and food area including appliances.
  • Inventory and purchasing of food
  • Teach basic cooking skills to residents
  • Ensure menu book is update weekly
  • Meal preparation and proper storage of food
  • Serve dinner
  • Cleaning of food prep dishes
  • Monitor and assist residents during dinner chores using appropriate modeling to teach independent living skills
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required
  • Maintain ServSafe Certification
  • Other relevant duties as needed 

Qualifications

    • Must be able to cook cross-culturally
    • Must possess teaching skills and patience
    • Knowledge of Massachusetts Childcare food program a plus
    • Acquire ServSafe Certification within 2 months of hire (Required)
    • ServSafe certification (preferred)
    • Bilingual/Bicultural (preferred)
    • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and a phone
    • 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. 

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.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Springfield
Community Support Programs
1574_Domestic Violence Counselor_FT

Department:                      Community Support Programs                 

Reports to:                        Direct Care Supervisor of CBDV 

Schedule:                          Full time, 37.5 hours/week Monday—Friday_9am-5pm 

FLSA Status:                     Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:                    $17.00/hour 

 2 positions

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 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. 
  • 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 Domestic Violence Services Counselor provides emotional support, individual counseling, safety planning, court advocacy, options counseling, and support groups to survivors of domestic violence. The position also supports community outreach and education efforts.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide individual counseling to survivors of domestic violence in English and/or Spanish for 5-8 sessions with a focus on safety planning and options to satisfy survivor-identified immediate needs.
  • Conduct 2-3 community groups for survivors of domestic violence and survivors of domestic violence with co-occurring/compounding trauma- including a drop-in group and DCF-mandated group.
  • Initiate contact with outside providers and maintain a working relationship.
  • Make appropriate internal and external referrals and follow-up with clients.
  • Complete accurate and timely documentation of services including intakes, assessments, and safety plans using the agency’s Apricot system and manual filing system while adhering to confidentiality standards.
  • Maintain and continually update client records and program files.
  • Complete monthly data collection requirements.
  • Provide court accompaniment to participants as necessary.
  • Attend required meetings and supervision.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Qualifications 

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent education with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a human service field.
  • Spanish language proficiency (Required)
  • Experience with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence and/or stalking.
  • Experience working in collaboration with multiple entities, such as nonprofit organizations, public schools or colleges.
  • Experience in public speaking with both youth and adults.
  • Experience working with a diverse population.
  • 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;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, including strong computer skills.
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.

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.

Domestic Violence Shelter Services (DVSS)

Springfield
Residential Programs
1572_Assistant Director_FT

Reports to:          Director of Adult Residential Services 

Schedule:            Full time, Flexible to respond to crises and meet programmatic needs in addition to sharing responsibility for 24-hour on-call management 

FLSA Status:       Exempt 

Salary:                 $55,000 annually 

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 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

In close collaboration with the Director, the Supervisor provides programmatic leadership, crisis management, and operational support for the YW’s oversight 58-bed emergency shelter. The Direct Care Supervisor models organizational policy and practice, provides guidance to the 20-member Direct Service Advocate team, and engages with shelter guests on a daily basis.  

Essential Responsibilities

  • Must work one day per weekend (Saturday or Sunday)
  • In consultation with the Site Director, support the daily operations of the emergency shelter, including adherence to organizational and programmatic policies, practices, and requirements.
  • Ensure a strengths-based model of service delivery that is mission-driven and respectful and inclusive of a diverse population.
  • Contribute to new employee recruitment, selection, orientation, and ongoing training / professional development.
  • Provide regular supervision to Direct Service Advocate team members, including assistance with staff scheduling and ratio compliance. 
  • Ensure that the kitchen is properly maintained and assist with aspects of facility upkeep.
  • Screen resident and/or staff incidents and/or issues with the Site Director.
  • Develop and maintain the monthly programming scheduling for groups, activities, and other opportunities to enhance residential life.
  • Contribute to crisis response and management in consultation with the Site Director and/or Director of Residential Services.
  • Using Apricot among other means, ensure that resident and program documentation is maintained in accordance with the YW’s Confidentiality policy.
  • Share on-call responsibilities.
  • Liaison with Play Pals and other shelter volunteers and interns.
  • Ensure a strengths-based model of service delivery that is mission-driven and respectful and inclusive of a diverse population.
  • Conduct staff and resident house meetings.
  • Communicate with the Site Director and Director of Human Resources regarding employee concerns and/or incidents. 
  • Attend YW meetings, supervisions, and trainings as required / requested. 
  • Perform other related duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 3-4 years of experience in human services required;
  • Availability to work on weekends;
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) skill preferred;
  • Prior supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to successfully manage projects;
  • 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.

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.

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
1567_Direct Service Advocate_Every Other Weekend_2nd shift

Department:      Domestic Violence Shelter Services (DVSS) 

Reports to:        Site Director, DVSS 

FLSA Status:     Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:    $17.00/hour 

Schedule:          Every Other Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 3pm-11pm

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 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. 
  • 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. 

Summary

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to residents of the YW’s emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The DSA is an important member of a trauma-informed, multidisciplinary team working to address the whole needs of survivors. Additionally, the 3rd shift DSA will answer the YW’s 24-hour, bilingual hotline as well as warmline for homeless survivors.

Duties and 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.
  • Model and promote shelter rules and guidelines.
  • Assist with children’s groups as needed.
  • Regularly engage with residents especially during meals.
  • 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;
  • Full professional proficiency in Spanish;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Prior experience working with survivors of violence and/or those who have perpetrated violence in an intimate partner relationship preferred;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to resolve conflict in appropriate ways; and 
  • 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 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
1566_Direct Service Advocate_Every Other Weekend_1st shift_PT_2 Positions

 

Department:      Domestic Violence Shelter Services (DVSS) 

Reports to:         Site Director, DVSS 

FLSA Status:      Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:    $17.00/hour 

Schedule:           Every Other Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 7am-3pm

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 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. 
  • 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. 

Summary

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to residents of the YW’s emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The DSA is an important member of a trauma-informed, multidisciplinary team working to address the whole needs of survivors. Additionally, the 3rd shift DSA will answer the YW’s 24-hour, bilingual hotline as well as warmline for homeless survivors.

Duties and 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.
  • Model and promote shelter rules and guidelines.
  • Assist with children’s groups as needed.
  • Regularly engage with residents especially during meals.
  • 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;
  • Full professional proficiency in Spanish;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Prior experience working with survivors of violence and/or those who have perpetrated violence in an intimate partner relationship preferred;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to resolve conflict in appropriate ways; and 
  • 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 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
1565_Direct Service Advocate_Every Other Weekend_3rd shift_PT_2Positions

Department:      Domestic Violence Shelter Services (DVSS) 

Reports to:        Site Director, DVSS 

FLSA Status:      Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:    $17.00/hour 

Schedule:           Every Other Weekend, Friday and Saturday, 11pm-7am

URL:                   www.ywworks.org/employment 

2 positions available

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 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. 
  • 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. 

Summary

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to residents of the YW’s emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The DSA is an important member of a trauma-informed, multidisciplinary team working to address the whole needs of survivors. Additionally, the 3rd shift DSA will answer the YW’s 24-hour, bilingual hotline as well as warmline for homeless survivors.

Duties and 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.
  • Model and promote shelter rules and guidelines.
  • Assist with children’s groups as needed.
  • Regularly engage with residents especially during meals.
  • 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;
  • Full professional proficiency in Spanish;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Prior experience working with survivors of violence and/or those who have perpetrated violence in an intimate partner relationship preferred;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to resolve conflict in appropriate ways; and 
  • 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 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
1560_Direct Service Advocate_3rd shift_FT

Department:      Domestic Violence Shelter Services (DVSS) 

Reports to:        Site Director, DVSS 

FLSA Status:     Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:    $17.00/hour 

Schedule:          Sunday-Thursday, 11pm-7am

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 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. 
  • 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. 

Summary

The Direct Service Advocate (DSA) is responsible for providing support, advocacy and role modeling to residents of the YW’s emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The DSA is an important member of a trauma-informed, multidisciplinary team working to address the whole needs of survivors. Additionally, the 3rd shift DSA will answer the YW’s 24-hour, bilingual hotline as well as warmline for homeless survivors.

Duties and 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.
  • Model and promote shelter rules and guidelines.
  • Assist with children’s groups as needed.
  • Regularly engage with residents especially during meals.
  • 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;
  • Full professional proficiency in Spanish;
  • One year of counseling and direct service experience;
  • Prior experience working with survivors of violence and/or those who have perpetrated violence in an intimate partner relationship preferred;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to resolve conflict in appropriate ways; and 
  • 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 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
1519_Relief Direct Service Advocate_All Shifts

Department:     Domestic Violence Shelter Services (DVSS)

Reports to:          Direct Care Supervisor, DVSS

FLSA Status:        Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:      $16.00/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 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.
  • 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.

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.

 

 

 

_______________________________________                 ____________________

Employee Signature                                                           Date

Holyoke Young Parent Program (HYPP)

Holyoke
Residential Programs
1573_Direct Service Advocate_1st shift_FT

Reports to: Program Director

 

Weekly Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours/week; Monday – Friday, 7am-3pm

 

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt

 

Starting Rate:  $17.00

 

 

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 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. 
  • 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 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 bias and structural racism;
  • 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
1571_Direct Service Advocate_Every Other Weekend_2nd shift_PT

 

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:  $17.00

 

 

4 positions available

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 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.
  • 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 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
1570_Direct Service Advocate_Every Other Weekend_3rd shift_PT

Reports to: Program Director

Weekly Hours: Part time, Every Other Friday – Saturday, 11pm-7am

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:  $17.00

 

 

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 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.
  • 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 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 bias and structural racism;
  • 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.

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
1569_Direct Service Advocate_Every Other Weekend_3rd shift_PT

Reports to:                         Program Director

Schedule:                           Every other Thursday-Saturday_10pm-8am (PT)

FLSA Status:                       Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:                     $17.00/hour

URL:                                     www.ywworks.org/employment

2 positions available

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.
    • 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
1559_Case Manager_2nd shift_FT

Reports to:                   Program Director 

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

FLSA Status:                Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:              $19.00/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. 
  • 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

Reporting to the Program Director, the Case Manager is responsible for the case management responsibilities for Young Parenting Program. S/he will empower residents with life skills, employment search, housing, budgeting, and advocacy and community resources to assist them with transitioning into safe appropriate housing.  The Case Manager will assist residents with employment and housing opportunities in the community.  This role follows the agency mission and trauma informed service model to provide the support and advocacy needed for this population.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Nurture and support a milieu approach that is youth-guided, family-driven, strengths-based, trauma-informed and embraces a positive youth development framework.
  • Responsible for pre-intake, intake, assessment, treatment planning and case management for all residents to include Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment, CANS (DCF families), treatment plan, transition plan and child assessment to include developmental screening by EI provider within 45 days of intake.
  • Collaborate and engage with family, peer advocates, Family partners and other involved partners in care of participant to ensure a positive transition into the program.
  • Engage services and activities with input from participant and other member of the participant’s team to identify mutually agreeable and measurable goals and objectives and to promote appropriate and integrated services. 
  • Develop treatment plan within 2 weeks of intake and rewrite plan every 3 months, holding a team meeting for every review and including all involved family and service providers.
  • Refer participants for individual therapy, seek referrals for medication evaluation, and consult clinical team members as appropriate.
  • Develop behavior support plans with participant, family, and staff.
  • Provide crisis counseling as needed.
  • Provide direct assistance to clients by helping them to obtain needed services to enable them to transition to community-to include housing search and advocacy.
  • Monitor and document client progress.
  • Maintain complete and timely participant records.
  • Ensure deadlines are met for AWARDS and other data collection methods in an, accurate, ethical and confidential manner.
  • Provide guidance to clients regarding self-advocacy within the DCF, juvenile justice, school, and legal systems. 
  • Promote child, youth and family involvement at the individual and community levels.
  • Facilitate weekly case review with the team and facilitate team meetings as required.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings.
  • Maintain medication log, prompt residents to take their medication and medicate their children promptly.
  • Know and enforce rules, regulations and policies.
  • Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the facility and property (including, but not limited to:  vacuuming, laundry, loading/unloading groceries, shoveling, raking, mopping)
  • Provide transportation to residents and adhere to all safety laws/policies regarding seat belts, car seat requirements and speed limits at all times.
  • Maintain 1:5 staff to child ratio at all times.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Qualifications 

  • Associates Degree with 3 years of direct experience in human services field; Bachelor’s with 1 year direct experience in human services field preferred;
  • Residential experience and experience with adolescents and/or young parents and children preferred;
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) skill 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.

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
1532_Direct Service Advocate_2nd shift_FT

Job Title:          Direct Service Advocate

Department:      Holyoke Teen Parenting Program (HTPP)

Reports to:       Program Director

Weekly Hours: Monday-Friday, 3pm-11pm

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:  $17.00

 

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 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.
  • 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 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.  

Homelessness Services

Springfield
Community Support Programs
1531_Homelessness Outreach Navigator_ FT

Reports to:                         Director of Homelessness Services 

Schedule:                           Full-Time, 37.5 hours/week; Monday – Friday with rotational responsibility for on-call staffing 

FLSA Status:                      Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:                    $20.00/hour

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. 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, a 24-hour bilingual hotline, counseling, SAFEPLAN court advocacy, community education, supervised visitation, and vocational training for youth ages of 17-24. 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.
  • 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 Homelessness Services Outreach Navigator will have an integral role in connecting homeless survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) who are in crisis to housing and social services supports in the community. The position will support the YWCA Domestic Violence Homelessness Helpline by assessing the needs of callers and providing appropriate, effective, trauma-informed referrals and resources. The Outreach Navigator will work in an on-call capacity including being dispatched virtually or in-person to meet with a survivor following an incident of violence. Once the survivor is referred to the program, the Navigator will use trauma-informed interviewing techniques to screen for diversion, prevention, shelter and/or housing needs, vulnerability/prioritization indices, and program eligibility.   

Essential Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate support for Coordinated Entry System (CES) guiding principles, including fair and equal access, safety planning, referral protocols, and consultation.
  • Collaborate with a network of CES community partners including outreach workers, shelter case managers, housing and other service providers, and understand all roles and responsibilities within the CES.
  • Oversee the YWCA’s DV Homelessness Helpful by responding to calls, making referrals, and helping the caller to create a safety plan.
  • Determine program eligibility and make appropriate referrals for callers who do not meet eligibility criteria. 
  • Serve in an on-call capacity on a rotating schedule to be dispatched virtually or in-person to meet with a survivor immediately following a violent incident at area hospitals, community health centers, police stations, courthouses, or other locations at which physical distancing is possible. Help develop a plan for safety and begin the CE process when appropriate.
  • Engage survivors in-person by observing nonverbal signs of misunderstanding or concern, and build trust with survivors who may be experiencing anxiety, stress, or fear to effectively utilize the Helpline.
  • Participate in CES development and other trainings as they are offered, and will be flexible to the job role evolving as the CES evolves to best meet the needs of the population served.  
  • Perform other duties as requested by the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field or relevant experience;
  • Two years of work experience in housing services, placement, and/or case management;  
  • Spanish language proficiency required;
  • Experience with and knowledge of accessing housing, homelessness, social service, and other community-based resources; 
  • Experience with survivors of violence and exploitation;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Excellent communication, organizational, problem-solving, and computer skills;
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid driver’s license required. 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.

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, 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.

La Vida-Adult Trafficking

Springfield
Community Support Programs
1577_Support Specialist_FT

Department:           Human Trafficking Services                 

Reports to:             Director of Human Trafficking Services 

Schedule:               Full time, 37.5 hours/week, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, with some evening and/or weekend hours 

FLSA Status:          Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:        $17.00/hour 

URL:                       www.ywworks.org/employment

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of intimate partner 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 ages of 17-24. 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. 

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Director of Human Trafficking Services, the Bilingual Support Specialist will provide free, voluntary, and confidential case management, wraparound service planning, individual and group counseling, and systems navigation in support of survivors’ self-identified needs. Highly effective Support Specialists generally have extensive knowledge of community-based services on which to rely when making referrals for mental health, housing, immigration, and education resources.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Conduct intakes, screenings, and assessments of trafficking survivors’ while providing supported referrals for additional services (e.g., health, dental health, legal/immigration advocacy, educational support).
  • Provide confidential case management, wraparound service planning, and systems navigation to assist survivors and their families when interacting with complex social service, health service, criminal justice, and/or immigration systems. 
  • Develop and update, as needed, safety plans with survivors.
  • Ensure survivors’ access to family support and reunification services.
  • In conjunction with case management and advocacy, promote survivors’ continual development of life skills.
  • Ensure survivors’ access to YW resources for food, clothing, and other daily necessities.
  • Provide transportation assistance utilizing agency resources (e.g., program van).
  • Provide interpretation / translation and documentation assistance.
  • Work collaboratively with internal teams and community partners to ensure the communication, documentation, and coordination of service responses while promoting survivor outcomes.
  • Document client interactions in accordance with program guidelines.
  • Contribute to the timely development and submission of regular reports as required by grantors and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Qualifications 

  • Associates Degree with 3 years of direct experience in human services field; Bachelor’s with 1 year direct experience in human services field preferred;
  • Experience working with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Lived experience as a survivor of youth trafficking preferred;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) language proficiency preferred;
  • Strong teamwork, organizational and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of/contacts with youth-based community services;
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; 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 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.

La Vida-Youth Trafficking

Springfield
Community Support Programs
1561_Support Specialist (Bilingual-Spanish/English)_FT

Department:           Human Trafficking Services                 

Reports to:             Director of Human Trafficking Services 

Schedule:               Full time, 37.5 hours/week, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, with some evening and/or weekend hours 

FLSA Status:          Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:         $17.00/hour 

URL:                        www.ywworks.org/employment

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of intimate partner 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 ages of 17-24. 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. 

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Director of Human Trafficking Services, the Bilingual Support Specialist will provide free, voluntary, and confidential case management, wraparound service planning, individual and group counseling, and systems navigation in support of survivors’ self-identified needs. Highly effective Support Specialists generally have extensive knowledge of community-based services on which to rely when making referrals for mental health, housing, immigration, and education resources.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Conduct intakes, screenings, and assessments of trafficking survivors’ while providing supported referrals for additional services (e.g., health, dental health, legal/immigration advocacy, educational support).
  • Provide confidential case management, wraparound service planning, and systems navigation to assist survivors and their families when interacting with complex social service, health service, criminal justice, and/or immigration systems. 
  • Develop and update, as needed, safety plans with survivors.
  • Ensure survivors’ access to family support and reunification services.
  • In conjunction with case management and advocacy, promote survivors’ continual development of life skills.
  • Ensure survivors’ access to YW resources for food, clothing, and other daily necessities.
  • Provide transportation assistance utilizing agency resources (e.g., program van).
  • Provide interpretation / translation and documentation assistance.
  • Work collaboratively with internal teams and community partners to ensure the communication, documentation, and coordination of service responses while promoting survivor outcomes.
  • Document client interactions in accordance with program guidelines.
  • Contribute to the timely development and submission of regular reports as required by grantors and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Qualifications 

  • Associates Degree with 3 years of direct experience in human services field; Bachelor’s with 1 year direct experience in human services field preferred;
  • Experience working with survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation;
  • Lived experience as a survivor of youth trafficking preferred;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) language proficiency required;
  • Strong teamwork, organizational and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of/contacts with youth-based community services;
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; 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 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.

SAFEPLAN

Westfield
Community Support Programs
1578_SAFEPLAN Advocate_Westfield_FT

Department:                      Community Support Programs                 

Reports to:                        Senior SAFEPLAN Advocate          

Schedule:                           Full time, 37.5 hours/week; Monday—Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, with flexibility to meet program needs 

FLSA Status:                      Non-Exempt 

Location:                            Westfield

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 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. 
  • 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 SAFEPLAN Advocate provides safety planning, information about the court process and options, assistance in the drafting of legal documentation, and daily court advocacy to survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking as well as their children. They provide referrals to the YWCA, other domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking programs, criminal justice victim services, community social service programs, and the District Attorney’s office as necessary to meet the needs of survivors.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide daily in-court advocacy and safety planning to survivors of domestic violence and their children at assigned courts for SAFEPLAN.
  • Assists with 209A or 258E application paperwork.
  • Provide information regarding legal options and associated paperwork, including but not limited to, applications for restraining and harassment orders.
  • Provide crisis intervention.
  • Conduct intakes, safety planning and risk assessment using specific safety planning and assessment tools.
  • Provide counseling, support and follow up as well as referrals to the YWCA, other programs, criminal justice victim services, community social service programs and the district attorney’s office as necessary to meet the needs of victims.
  • Communicate regular updates and status of high risk victims to supervisors.
  • Make necessary referrals to the YWCA, District Attorney’s office, Victim Services and other community-based support services.
  • Collaborate with victim witness advocates, agency staff, and other service programs in an effort to provide a continuum of care to victims.
  • Work with MOVA and court/criminal justice personnel to improve services to victims.
  • Ensure ongoing program documentation and evaluation, as well as required SAFEPLAN documentation in accordance with contract obligations and/or best practices.
  • Maintain all files and program records in accordance with ethical and confidentiality standards
  • Submit monthly billing within deadline.
  • Attend all SAFEPLAN scheduled conference calls/meetings
  • Attend staff and supervision meetings as required.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

Qualifications 

  • AA or equivalent education, B.A. preferred;
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a related human service field;
  • Minimum 2 years experience with victims of domestic violence;
  • Familiarity with and ability to navigate legal / court systems, processes, and issues pertaining to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or harassment;
  • Functional knowledge of relevant laws and regulations;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Knowledge of outreach service delivery and community resources;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Experience with networking, collaborating with agencies and other community resources;
  • Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Stalking and SAFEPLAN Certification;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, including strong computer skills;
  • 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
1564_SAFEPLAN Advocate_Springfield_FT

Department:               Community Support Programs                 

Reports to:                  Senior SAFEPLAN Advocate         

Schedule:                    Full time, 37.5 hours/week; Monday—Friday, 8am – 4:30pm, with flexibility to meet program needs 

FLSA Status:                Non-Exempt 

Location:                     Springfield 

Starting Rate:             $20.00/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 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 SAFEPLAN Advocate provides safety planning, information about the court process and options, assistance in the drafting of legal documentation, and daily court advocacy to survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking as well as their children. They provide referrals to the YWCA, other domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking programs, criminal justice victim services, community social service programs, and the District Attorney’s office as necessary to meet the needs of survivors.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide daily in-court advocacy and safety planning to survivors of domestic violence and their children at assigned courts for SAFEPLAN.
  • Assists with 209A or 258E application paperwork.
  • Provide information regarding legal options and associated paperwork, including but not limited to, applications for restraining and harassment orders.
  • Provide crisis intervention.
  • Conduct intakes, safety planning and risk assessment using specific safety planning and assessment tools.
  • Provide counseling, support and follow up as well as referrals to the YWCA, other programs, criminal justice victim services, community social service programs and the district attorney’s office as necessary to meet the needs of victims.
  • Communicate regular updates and status of high risk victims to supervisors.
  • Make necessary referrals to the YWCA, District Attorney’s office, Victim Services and other community-based support services.
  • Collaborate with victim witness advocates, agency staff, and other service programs in an effort to provide a continuum of care to victims.
  • Work with MOVA and court/criminal justice personnel to improve services to victims.
  • Ensure ongoing program documentation and evaluation, as well as required SAFEPLAN documentation in accordance with contract obligations and/or best practices.
  • Maintain all files and program records in accordance with ethical and confidentiality standards
  • Submit monthly billing within deadline.
  • Attend all SAFEPLAN scheduled conference calls/meetings
  • Attend staff and supervision meetings as required.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

Qualifications

  • AA or equivalent education, B.A. preferred;
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a related human service field;
  • Minimum 2 years experience with victims of domestic violence;
  • Familiarity with and ability to navigate legal / court systems, processes, and issues pertaining to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and/or harassment;
  • Functional knowledge of relevant laws and regulations;
  • Ability to represent agency from a management perspective in an active union environment;
  • Knowledge of outreach service delivery and community resources;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Experience with networking, collaborating with agencies and other community resources;
  • Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Stalking and SAFEPLAN Certification;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, including strong computer skills;
  • 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 Young Parent Program (SYPP)

Springfield
Residential Programs
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Job Title:          Direct Service Advocate

Department:      Springfield Teen Parenting Program (STPP)

Reports to:       Program Director

Weekly Hours: Every other Saturday/Sunday_11pm-7am (PT)

FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:  $17.00

 

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 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.
  • 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 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
Residential Programs
1525_Relief Direct Service Advocate_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:     $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 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.
  • 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 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.

Support Housing Program

Springfield
Residential Programs
1581_Support Specialist_FT

Department: Residential Services

Reports to: Director of Adult Residential Services

Schedule: Full time, 37.5 hours/week Monday—Friday, with flexibility to meet program needs including some evening/weekend services

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.
  • 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 Support Specialist ensures the daily operations of the YWCA’s Supportive Housing Program, a 24- month residential program for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, and/or stalking. The Support Specialist plans, provides, facilitates, and/or coordinates services to 20 residential families. Working directly with residents, the Support Specialist provides support, safety planning, crisis intervention, and options counseling.

 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Deliver ongoing case management, advocacy, support, and referrals for all residents; Develop respectful, supportive, trauma-informed relationships with residents while mentoring participants on a range of topics including, but not limited to, the following: tenant law, financial education, employment, housing, and self-care.
  • Empower residents to create individualized goals, which support their ultimate transition to permanent housing;
  • Make referrals to project partners for needs ranging from child care, to vocational training, to substance abuse and mental health counseling;
  • Build relationships with organizations outside of partner agencies that can meet other needs of SHP residents in an ongoing basis;
  • Complete individualized re-housing plans within 2 weeks of program entry using various assessment tools;
  • In creating re-housing plans, make a referral to the YW’s Coordinated Entry program, which acts as the gateway to housing resources for DV survivors in Hampden County.
  • With client’s explicit consent, call together a multidisciplinary team of the Coordinated Entry staff and relevant project partners, pending the resident’s needs, to determine a cohesive approach to meet the holistic needs of each residents. The Support Specialist will convene these meetings and manage releases of information. The resident will be present at these multidisciplinary meetings;
  • Serve in an-on call capacity, in addition to the Director of Adult Residential Services, to respond to emergencies in the THP program, responding when needed to crises as needed;
  • Collaborate with DCF, community-based providers, and other organizational partners in support of a strengths-based approach to service planning;
  • Propose and implement approved program enhancements;
  • Enroll and exit tenants and their children in the YW’s client information management system within 24 hours of the precipitating event;
  • Regularly provide transportation to tenants;
  • Ensure children are enrolled in school and daycare programs;
  • Evaluate, document, and report resident and program outcomes;
  • Attend biweekly case review and supervision meetings;
  • Maintain thorough, accurate, and timely client records and files in the YWCA's data management system;
  • Contribute, as requested, to program reports and funding applications;
  • Perform other duties as requested.

 

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree preferred, with 3 years of experience in human services;
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred;
  • Understanding of Low Income Housing Tax Credit compliance;
  • Familiarity with property management systems / platforms;
  • Knowledge of landlord-side compliance rules with respect to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program;
  • Ability to enforce tenant compliance with all housing programs funders;
  • Experience with and knowledge of accessing resources within the community;
  • Experience addressing the impacts of decisions and actions on multiple communities;
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, including strong computer skills;
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid driver’s license;
  • Must be able to be covered by the agency's transportation 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 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

Violence Prevention Program

Springfield
Community Support Programs
1583_Project Coordinator_FT

 Job Title:  Violence Prevention Project Coordinator

 Department:  Youth, HIV, and Court Services

Reports to: Director of Youth, HIV, and Court Support Programs

 Wkly Hrs: Monday- Friday; 37.5 hours per week; with flexibility to respond to programmatic needs

 FLSA Status:   Exempt

 Salary:  $50,400

 

 

 

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.

Summary

The Violence Prevention Project Coordinator will lead community-level violence prevention and education efforts for youth ages 12-18, who live in the City of Springfield, with a focus on public schools. The Violence Prevention Project Coordinator will also seek to partner with agencies that serve high –risk populations, such as the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Youth Services’ detention program, and the Center of Human Development. Key activities include supervising, planning, designing, facilitating and evaluating youth development, and outreach activities. Lastly, the recruitment, selection, training in bystander intervention and retention of participants for the YWCA’s existing Youth Advisory Board.  

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.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead the YWCA of Western MA’s new violence prevention initiative by acting as a thought leader and strategic planner in the creation of the program’s design, policies and procedures.
  • Supervise two Prevention Instructors who facilitate violence prevention curricula in the schools and co-facilitate sessions both as needed and to increase the program’s capacity.
  • Integrate tenants of violence prevention into the YWCA’s existing policies, procedures, and services toward the goal of bringing a collaborative approach to addressing violence and creating healthy relationship norms.
  • Build and maintain relationship with community stakeholders, such as school systems (public and private) and other youth serving agencies with the intent of partnering to bring violence prevention programming to at-risk youth.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for the violence prevention projecting, including coordination, and scheduling programs and groups.
  • Gather effective data with project evaluators that highlights the project’s success and areas of improvement, conducting continuous quality improvement.
  • With the project’s evaluation partner, guide the development and implementation of assessment tools to determine the quality and pace of participant violence prevention learning.
  • With the project’s evaluation partner, conduct focus groups with young people in the community that will shape the project’s design.
  • Oversee the adoption and adaptation of the project’s TBD central curricula;
  • Conduct some degree of on-site work at local public schools and other agencies, to advance the planning, design, and evaluation of violence prevention learning projects;
  • Based on findings from focus groups, champion youth leadership opportunities such as a Violence Prevention Youth Advisory Board or a youth leadership summit;
  • Ensure the completion of project status reports and/or other documentation for grantors, internal teams, evaluators, and community stakeholders in accordance with timelines and requirements;
  • Participate in regular supervision and project meetings with the Director of Youth, HIV, and Court Support Programs and evaluators.
  • Attend required agency meetings, external meetings and trainings; and
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

Qualifications:

  • Must be committed to the YWCA agency mission and be able to support its vision actively and responsibly in a positive manner within the agency as well as the community.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education with 3 years of experience in a human services and/or public health; or another related field.
  • Experience in collaborating with nonprofit organizations, public schools, and colleges;
  • Experience in working with survivors of teen dating violence, IPV, sexual assault, and/or trafficking;
  • Experience in working with at risk youth that include gang involvement.
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias;
  • Experience in public speaking and/or group facilitation;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • 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 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
1580_Violence Prevention Instructor_FT

 Job Title:  Violence Prevention Instructor

 Department:  Youth, HIV, and Court Support Services

Reports to: Director of Youth, HIV, and Court Support Programs

 Weeklykly Hours: Monday- Friday; 37.5 hours per week; with flexibility to meet programmatic needs; Grant timeline (2 years)

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt

Starting Rate:  $23.00

   

The YWCA of Western MA is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. The YW provides a safe place for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. 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.

Summary

The Violence Prevention Instructor will deliver evidence-based violence prevention curricula to youth ages 12-18, who live in the City of Springfield. The Prevention Instructor will leverage existing YWCA partnerships with area colleges and local high schools while forging new partnerships to deliver the evidence-based curriculum, while exploring evidence-based human trafficking prevention curricula. The Prevention Instructor will forge new partnerships through networking and relationship building with public schools, private schools, and charter schools in Springfield. The Violence Prevention Instructor will also seek to partner with agencies that serve high-risk populations, such as the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Youth Services' detention program, and the Center for Human Development. These programs all serve youth that are especially vulnerable to human trafficking. By partnering with these agencies, the Violence Prevention Instructor will be able to engage youth in critical prevention services, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent exploitation in their lives.

The Violence Prevention Instructor will also organize trainings for the YWCA agency and staff in its various programs, including its emergency shelter, supportive housing program, young parent living programs, rape crisis center, community based domestic violence counseling, HIV/IPV patient navigation, hotline, and human trafficking programs. These staff trainings will cover how these programs, especially those that interact with youth, can embed violence prevention into their policies and procedures and their day-to-day interactions with clients.

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 boundaries, ethics, and strict confidentiality.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Deliver at least 15 groups per year (each with 10-15 participants), reaching around 150-225 youth at various youth-serving agencies and schools.
  • Plan, design, facilitate, and evaluate learning, youth development, and outreach activities.
  • Assess youth participants’ healthy relationships knowledge and behaviors at the start and end of the group experience.
    • Adopt, adapt, facilitate, and deliver the One Love, violence prevention curriculum that educates young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and to practice healthy love. 
    • Adopt, adapt, facilitate, and deliver “Bout That Life” a bystander intervention workshop designed for students of color. The program’s objective is to bring an anti-oppression perspective into sexual violence work.
    • During workshops, help participants identify key terms: victim/survivor, sexual violence, IPV, stalking, consent, bystander, oppression, privilege, intersectionality, barriers in communities of color for intervention.
    • Plan and facilitate a large-scale annual event for youth in the community to interactively engage in violence prevention work, involving the YWCA’s Youth Advisory Board.
    • Initiate, strengthen, and sustain collaborative working relationships with public school, community, and grant partners.
      • Work with the YWCA's existing Youth Advisory Board, a group of college-age students who engage in peer education, to design, plan and execute the event. The Prevention Instructor will lead the Youth Advisory Board in creating a youth-driven event, such as a leadership summit, where the college-age peer educators can educate younger youth in the community on violence prevention.
      • Initiate, strengthen, and sustain collaborative working relationships with public school, community, and grant partners.
      • Connect with the Springfield Police Department's Gang Task Force to leverage its expert knowledge in gang activities in Springfield and Hampden County, organizing an annual agency-wide training.
      • Recruit youth for regular groups by developing and maintain relationships with youth serving agencies in the community.
      • Gather effective data with project evaluators that highlights the project’s success.
      • Attend and participate in required external meetings as well as relevant school and community events.
      • Participate in regular supervision and project meetings with the Director of Youth, HIV, and Court Support Programs and evaluators, as well as required agency meetings and trainings.
      • Perform other duties as necessary.

Qualifications:

  • Must be committed to the YWCA agency mission and be able to support its vision actively and responsibly in a positive manner within the agency as well as the community.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education with 2 years of experience in a human service and/or public health; or another related field.
  • Experience in collaborating with nonprofit organizations, public schools, and colleges.
  • Experience in working with survivors of teen dating violence, IPV, sexual assault, and/or trafficking.
  • Experience in working with at risk youth that include gang involvement.
  • Understanding of both interpersonal and structural racism and bias.
  • Experience in public speaking and/or group facilitation.
  • English / Spanish language proficiency preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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 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.

Young Parent Support Program

Springfield
Community Support Programs
1575_Young Parent Support Counselor

Reports to:                        Director of Teen Residential Services 

Schedule:                          Full time, 37.5 hours/week;Monday—Friday, 9am-5pm with flexibility to meet program needs

FLSA Status:                     Non-Exempt 

Starting Rate:                    $17.00/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 Young Parent Support Counselor provides home visiting and case management services to pregnant and/or parenting young families (through age 23), in Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke, to support them achieve goals in areas such as parenting skills, child development, educational or career goals, health, social connections and meeting basic needs. The Young Parent Support Counselor will also conduct community outreach to collaborate with other organizations and generate referrals to the program, and provide group and/or individual services in area high schools and other community-based settings.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide outreach, case management and home visiting to young parents (mothers and fathers) to 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 (within 2 business days of service) documentation for each family served, including paper and electronic records.
  • Conduct group and individual services in area high schools and other community-based settings, when appropriate.
  • Conduct community outreach to collaborate with other organizations and generate referrals to the program.
  • Meet deadlines for case management, billing and reporting.
  • Attend required supervision, staff meetings and trainings.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

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;
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) skill required;
  • 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;
  • Experience with and knowledge of accessing resources within the community;
  • 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.

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.

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