Employment Opportunities

Life Skills Instructor/Advocate

The Life Skills Instructor/Advocate is a professional support position with responsibilities to provide positive behavioral interventions for children and adults with varying disabilities through direct care work. The instructor will work with team members to develop and implement individual goals/ objectives and track behavior data information. The instructor will instruct individuals in functional reading, writing and life skills through the use of a variety of assistive technology devices, to assist students in achieving their life skills and educational goals. The instructor will compile and input all data to be submitted in timely reports. The advocate is responsible to implement the Social Skills Program during school vacation and for creating and implementing monthly programs for individuals and families in our children’s program. Previous experience working with Autism is preferred, as is experience with behavior management or implementing behavior plans.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Service and/or Psychology with a minimum two years successful work in a human service field
  • The ability to work a flexible work schedule in order to accommodate the needs of consumers
  • Specific skill-based competencies are required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job; these include analyzing data, effective listening, facilitating meetings, monitoring activities, planning and problem solving and a working knowledge of computers and basic computer programs
  • The knowledge base competencies required are age appropriate activities and behaviors, technical writing, defining issues and drawing conclusions, treatment modalities and assessments
  • Valid driver’s license and availability of a private vehicle

To apply, email Ctaci Killela at ckillela@ucpberkshire.org with your résumé and references.


Speech/ Language Pathologist or Assistant
(part-time: 30 hours per week)

The Early Intervention Speech/Language Pathologist Assistant will provide direct treatment to children with significant speech and language delays through developmental individual treatment and in groups using a family-centered approach, under the direct supervision of the Speech/Language Pathologist.

 Qualifications:

  • Minimum Associate’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from an accredited university
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid, including a program that specifically addresses treatment of infants and toddlers
  • Experience in early childhood assessment and programming is preferred
  • Familiarity with specialized treatment, i.e. deaf/hard of hearing, cleft lip and palate, oral motor dysfunction, communication disorder
  • Demonstrated interest in pediatrics and professional development
  • Must be able to meet the medical requirements included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Early Intervention Operational Standards, including physical examinations, vaccinations and infectious disease testing

To apply, email Ctaci Killela at ckillela@ucpberkshire.org with your résumé and references.


Caregiver

UCP’s Adult Family Care Program is seeking a caregiver who is willing to open their home and heart to one of our members. Currently we are seeking a caregiver to open their home to a pleasant 20-year-old man who requires supervision and cueing with his ADLs, and help with planning and scheduling of his daily routines and activities.  This man enjoys fishing, hiking, biking, flea markets, tag sales and playing basketball. This young man is seeking a caregiver who will assist him learning independent living skills and will support his desire to visit with family and friends. He likes pets, but not reptiles. He would prefer to live in the Adams, Cheshire area.

The role of the caregiver would be to provide assistance with ADLs, supervision and oversight of daily routines, general health maintenance around attending medical appointments and medication management, and community integrations.

All caregivers must be at least 18 years old and pass a CORI background check. Experience working with people with disabilities and with people in the mental health field would be helpful. A single bedroom must be available within your home.

UCP provides a monthly stipend, trainings, monthly visits and on-going support by a Case Manager and RN.

For more information, contact  Sue at 413-664-9345, ext. 36 or sbushika@ucpberkshire.org.

 

Children’s Programming Aide

Leads group activities, as directed by agency program staff. Insures the health and safety of all children. Teach communication, life skills, social skills, adaptive sports, arts and crafts and music as assigned. Assist in implementation of individual goals.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED or equivalent)
  • One to three months related experience working as an aide for children
  • Training or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations

To apply, email Ctaci Killela at ckillela@ucpberkshire.org with your résumé and references.

 

Developmental Specialist

(part-time: 25-30 hours per week)

The Early Intervention Developmental Specialist functions as an educator and case manager to children, birth to three years old, and their families, providing assessments and developmental, therapeutic services to children, both individually and in groups, using a family centered approach.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a major or concentration in education or special education, and at least 300 hours of practicum or work experience with young children. Experience with infants, toddlers and families is preferred. Transcripts of degree work or subsequent transcripts must reflect successful completion of at least 4 approved three-credit courses that focus on infants, toddlers, and families.

Or

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least 300 hours of practicum or work experience with young children.  Experience with infants, toddlers and families is preferred.  Transcripts of degree work or subsequent transcripts must reflect successful completion of at least 4 approved three-credit courses that focus on infants, toddlers, and families.

  • Certification as an Early Intervention Specialist by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), or eligible to be certified within three years of employment in a MDPH certified Early Intervention Program.
  • Attend a two-day orientation training offered by the Department of Public Health’s Training Center vendor within the first years of employment.
  • Experience with family therapy; behavioral change programs; autistic/PDD population; parenting concerns and issues.
  • Familiarity with specialized treatment approaches to families of disabled children (i.e. grief therapy, crisis intervention, group facilitation, individual and group counseling, family dynamics, psychosocial development, family adaption’s, community and financial resources).
  • Ability to design and facilitate parent support group/s; sibling groups, etc.
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development.
  • Must be able to meet the medical requirements included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Early Intervention Operational Standards, including physical examinations, vaccinations and infectious disease testing.
  • Ability to work flexible hours by nature of the program.

To apply, email Ctaci Killela at ckillela@ucpberkshire.org with your résumé and references.

 

Developmental Specialist

 

The Early Intervention Developmental Specialist functions as an educator and case manager to children, birth to three years old, and their families, providing assessments and developmental, therapeutic services to children, both individually and in groups, using a family centered approach.

Qualifications:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a major or concentration in education or special education, and at least 300 hours of practicum or work experience with young children. Experience with infants, toddlers and families is preferred. Transcripts of degree work or subsequent transcripts must reflect successful completion of at least 4 approved three-credit courses that focus on infants, toddlers, and families.

Or

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least 300 hours of practicum or work experience with young children.  Experience with infants, toddlers and families is preferred.  Transcripts of degree work or subsequent transcripts must reflect successful completion of at least 4 approved three-credit courses that focus on infants, toddlers, and families.

Certification as an Early Intervention Specialist by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), or eligible to be certified within three years of employment in a MDPH certified Early Intervention Program.

  • Attend a two-day orientation training offered by the Department of Public Health’s Training Center vendor within the first years of employment.
  • Experience with family therapy; behavioral change programs; autistic/PDD population; parenting concerns and issues.
  • Familiarity with specialized treatment approaches to families of disabled children (i.e. grief therapy, crisis intervention, group facilitation, individual and group counseling, family dynamics, psychosocial development, family adaption’s, community and financial resources).
  • Ability to design and facilitate parent support group/s; sibling groups, etc.
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development.
  • Must be able to meet the medical requirements included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Early Intervention Operational Standards, including physical examinations, vaccinations and infectious disease testing.
  • Ability to work flexible hours by nature of the program.To apply, email Ctaci Killela at ckillela@ucpberkshire.org with your résumé and references.

 

United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County is an equal opportunity employer.