Date:  1/9/2019

Job Title:  Life Skills Instructor/Advocate

Department:  Family Support

Status:  Full-time (37.5/hr. per week)


As part of the UCP affiliate network, United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County offers a variety of community programs and services for persons with disabilities and other similar service needs, including Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Individual and Family Support, and Adult Family Care. UCP has two offices in the Berkshires, located in Pittsfield and North Adams. Learn more at


Job Description: 

Are you an experienced direct care provider looking for rewarding work with children or adults with disabilities in the community?  The Life Skills Instructor/Advocate will work with team members to develop and implement multi-faceted interventions to assist individuals in meeting their specific goals and objectives and provide instruction in life skills, reading, functional math, health and wellness. The Life Skills Instructor/Advocate is also responsible for implementing monthly and school vacation programs for individuals and families in the children’s program.

United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County offers a competitive benefits package to regularly scheduled employees including 403(b), health insurance after 60 days, PTO, 12 holidays and employer paid life and disability benefits.



  • A bachelor’s degree in Human Services or Psychology with at least two years’ work experience in a human services field; an additional three years of work experience may substitute for a bachelor’s degree depending on funding source requirements

  • Understanding of treatment modalities and assessment

  • Prior experience working with individuals with autism is preferred

  • Understanding of age appropriate behaviors and behavior management

  • Ability to create and implement safe and age appropriate community integration experiences

  • Understanding of the importance of supporting the dignity and human rights of all members

  • Ability to collect and analyze data, define issues and draw conclusions

  • Comfortable thinking outside the box to meet challenges with innovative solutions

  • Appropriate communication skills to effectively communicate with members, parents and professionals

  • Technical writing skills

  • Ability to accurately prepare and submit paperwork such as progress reports

  • Comfortable facilitating meetings and working in interdisciplinary team

  • Proficient computer and technology skills to use agency computer programs and assist and instruct individuals on the variety of assistive technology devices available

  • Responsive to the specific cultural, ethnic, and linguistic needs of families

  • Organizational skills to manage work load and prioritize tasks with appropriate urgency

  • Interest in professional development

  • Ability to participate in all required training and maintain appropriate CPR/First Aid Certification appropriate for the age of the population served

  • Physical demands include the ability to occasionally climb, stoop, reach with hands and arms as well as lift and move greater than 60 lbs. with or without assist. Employee must have appropriate close vision distance vision and peripheral vision for reading of printed or computer screen data, to provide appropriate care and drive.

  • Valid driver’s license and availability of a private vehicle

  • Ability to work flexible hours in order to accommodate the needs of members

  • CORI, SORI and National Fingerprint Check

  • A negative Mantoux TB test or a clear chest x-ray


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If interested in applying for any position, please email Jennifer Parsons at with your resume and cover letter.

United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.