Gandara Center: providing services in Springfield and the Pioneer Valley.

Employment

The Gandara Center provides a progressive, team-based environment with many exciting opportunities. Look through our openings below.

Please do not call any of our sites regarding a job opportunity unless the listing directs you to do so. 

Supportive Housing Case Worker (2 positions)

Date posted: Mar 23, 2015

Hours: Varies

Qualifications & requirements: • Bachelor/Associate degree in Social Work/Human Services or related field. CADC certified (or reasonable equivalent, or commit to obtain within two years of hire). • Excellent communication skills. Bilingual Spanish/English with intimate knowledge of the cultural, social, economic, health, and substance abuse factors. • Minimum 2 years of experience working in community corrections or substance abuse treatment environments. • Strong computer skills and experience working with client database reporting. • Valid Driver’s License with clean record and dependable vehicle. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: • Support participants in developing their Recovery Plan and meet regularly with participants to update plan as needed. • Create and maintain close working relations with medical providers to enhance participant access to care and success in recovery; make referrals for other services as needed. • Accurately track all activities in participant case files and data bases using progress notes and service codes. • Coordinate special programs and groups such as Strengthening Families, Seeking Safety and other recovery groups. Make regular home visits. • Perform routine housekeeping tasks as needed. • Attend internal/external meetings, trainings on appropriate related topics. • Acquire and maintain current all necessary certifications mandated by the agency and funding sources.

Description:

Looking to fill one full-time and one part-time position

The Case Worker engages participants in their recovery and is an advocate for recovery. The Case Worker is responsible for providing comprehensive case management services to consumers in recovery. The Case Worker meets with participants on a regular basis coordinating services including: mental health, medical appointments, substance abuse meetings, housing and other supportive services. The Case Worker facilitates recovery groups based on the needs of the participants. The Case Worker works with the Program Supervisor and with other recovery services/providers in the area to help create a supportive, encouraging environment for recovery.

Application instructions: Submit letter of interest and resume to Gustavo Acosta, via e-mail at: gacosta@gandaracenter.org or Gandara Center, 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA 01089. Positions to be filled immediately; will remain open until filled. Qualified candidates will be invited to interviews upon review. No phone calls or walk-ins.

Development Coordinator

Date posted: Mar 23, 2015

Department: Administrative

Location: West Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: -Familiarity with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Familiarity with Fundraising databases a plus. -Excellent communication skills and a commitment to work in a team environment; must be able to interact with the public in a professional and courteous manner. -Meticulous attention to detail. -Must have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments and timelines. -Professional demeanor while handling sensitive and confidential matters. -Strong writing and quality control skills. -Ability to solve problems, make decisions and handle many tasks in a fast-paced, complex environment, working both independently and as a team member. -Flexibility to shift attention on a moment’s notice to a new request and gain clarity about its priority in relationship to the entire workload.

Description:

Under the supervision of the Director of Public Relations and Development, the Development Coordinator supports the general operational and fundraising activities of this non-profit in addition to coordinating internal employee relations. Duties are diverse and will be tailored, depending on departmental needs and skill set.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Supports the general administrative and project-based activity of fundraising
  2. The employee will work with the Director Public Relations on fundraising events as assigned. This includes logistics, donor outreach, communications, sponsor outreach.
  3. Performing donation entry
  4. Performing event data entry, data cleanup and maintenance
  5. Producing correspondence and donor reports
  6. Produces timely and accurate requests and acknowledgement of all gifts—printing of letters, envelopes processing of donations
  7. Other duties, as assigned

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree related to public relations, non-profit development, or other related field

EXPERIENCE: Fundraising, event planning and development experience, preferably using donor software. Computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel are required.

*Spanish speaking preferred

Application instructions: Please email resume and letter of interest to Lisa Brecher Director of Public Relations and Development lbrecher@gandaracenter.org

Youth Development Coordinator

Date posted: Feb 27, 2015

Date expires: Will remain open until filled.

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: GED or high school diploma. Some college preferred. Minimum of two years experience organizing or facilitating youth development program services in the community and/or school-based settings. Valid MA driver's license, clean driving record and reliable vehicle are required. This is a 32/hr/wk position.

Description:

The Stop Access Coalition of Gandara Center works to prevent and reduce substance abuse and underage alcohol and marijuana use among Springifeld youth by applying city-wide environmental strategies with targeted interventions in the high-risk neighborhoods of Mason Square, Maple High/Six Corners, South End and Forest Park.

The Youth Development Coordinator (YDC) will perform outreach to engage diverse groups of youth and young adults 12-24 in targeted neighborhoods with positive reinforcement approaches to promote and facilitate their active involvement in the Coalition's work.  The YDC works with coalition members and other community agencies to incorporate youth in all activities relevant to youth access and marijuana use; YDC will accompany youth leaders to both in- and out-of-state trainings and other coalition and youth events.

The ideal candidate will be a self-motivator with great time management skills.  The person will be well organized and willing to lead on projects.  Someone who works well with diverse teams of adults and youth, service providers and residents.  Excellent communication skills (verbal/written), public speaking abilities, Microsoft Office and social media proficiency required.  Must be familiar with Springfield, MA and surrounding area's neighborhoods.  Bi-cultural, Bi-lingual (English/Spanish).  Candidate must be able to work a flexible schedule, be optimistic and have a good sense of humor. 

Application instructions: E-mail cover letter, letter of interest and resume to: gacosta@gandaracenter.org or mail to: Alison Jones, Gandara Center, 147 Norman St., West Springfield, MA 01089.

Coordinator, Responsive Youth Support and Violence Prevention Program (RSVP)

Date posted: Feb 25, 2015

Date expires: Will remain open until filled.

Department: Prevention Services

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Associate degree or anticipatory degree A.S. in Psychology, Education, Counseling or a Human Services-related field. Bachelor's degree preferred. Minimum two years experience working with teens and young adults (13-24) around interpersonal violence and/or youth development programs and services in community or school- based settings. Experience with diverse cultures and backgrounds. Valid MA driver's license, with a clean driving record and a reliable vehicle.

Description:

Gandara Center's Department of Prevention is a community Partner of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts in a comprehensive effort in Springfield, MA to deliver prevention strategies and provide services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. 

The Coordinator of Youth Violence Prevention & Support will work with Gandara Center's social workers and residential staff to identify youth experiencing or who have experienced sexual assault, dating or domestic violence or stalking.  Coordinate with the agency's programs and services to deliver collaborative (YWCA/Gandara) intervention and prevention services to youth in Springfield.  Work with identified youth and appropriate staff to create safety plans for young people, provide intense weekly case management and follow-up in collaboration with YWCA social worker.  Additionally, staff will coordinate or host bi-monthly events with guest speakers, provide opportunities for peer networking, job fairs, college/vocational training and on-site applicable events that peak the interests of identified youth.  Maintain a database of contact information and provide information for reporting purposes.

The ideal candidate is a well organized, self-motivated with good time management skills.  Will take the lead to achieve goals and complete assignments.  The candidate will possess excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, public speaking, proficient in research, social media and Microsoft Office.  Familiarity with Springfield neighborhoods, community and government agencies and resources.  Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) and multi-cultural, highly preferred.  Position is 32 hours per week with some evenings and weekends.

Application instructions: E-mail cover letter, resume and a letter of interest to: gacosta@gandaracenter.org or mail to: Alison Jones, Gandara Center, 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA 01089.

HIV Prevention Specialist

Date posted: Feb 24, 2015

Department: Prevention Services

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Must be fluent in English/Spanish. Reliable vehicle to transport clients. Attend meetings, including outside the area.

Description:

The Prevention Department has an opening for a full-time HIV Specialist to deliver services to clients transitioning out of jail.  The Prevention Specialist (PS) will coordinate/provide medical case management for clients, connect them to clinical care, monitor, access, engage care and provide a range of additional supportive services.  The PS must have experience working in human services, working with diverse populations. 

Application instructions: Send resume and cover letter to: Gustavo Acosta e-mail: gacosta@gandaracenter.org or mail to: Alison Jones address: Gandara Center, 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA 01089.

In-Home Therapy Supervisor

Date posted: Feb 05, 2015

Location: Holyoke

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Clinician must be licensed at the independent practice level in Massachusetts Prior supervisory experience Bilingual Preferred Valid driver’s license

Description:

This position directly supervises In-Home Therapist and para-professional positions for Gandara In-Home Therapy services.

In-Home Therapy Services are delivered by one or more members of a team consisting of professional and paraprofessional staff, offering a combination of medically necessary In-Home Therapy and Therapeutic Training and Support.

In-Home Therapy is a structured, consistent, strength-based therapeutic relationship between a licensed clinician and the youth and family for the purpose of treating the youth’s behavioral health needs, including improving the family’s ability to provide effective support for the youth to promote his/her healthy functioning within the family.

The In-Home Therapy team (comprised of the qualified practitioner(s), family, and youth), develops a treatment plan and, using established psychotherapeutic techniques and intensive family therapy, works with the entire family, or a subset of the family, to implement focused interventions and behavioral techniques to: enhance problem-solving, limit-setting, risk manage

ment/safety planning, communication, build skills to strengthen the family, advance therapeutic goals, or improve ineffective patterns of interaction; identify and utilize community resources; develop and maintain natural supports for the youth and parent/caregiver(s) in order to promote sustainability of treatment gains.

In Home Therapy Services may be provided in any setting where the youth is naturally located, including, but not limited to, the home (including foster homes and therapeutic foster homes), schools, child care centers, respite settings, and other community settings.

Application instructions: send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to talimberti@gandaracenter.org.

After-School Program Counselor

Date posted: Feb 02, 2015

Date expires: Aug 02, 2016

Location: Holyoke

Qualifications & requirements: Individual must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license, High School Diploma or GED, English speaking (Bilingual Preferred – Spanish) previous experience working with youth

Description:

 

Gandara After-School Program is looking for individuals to work with youth ages 8-14 in an after-school setting who display the following characteristics:

Dependable, Bi-lingual (Spanish), Energetic, Creative, Enjoys Sports & Outdoor Activities, Motivated, Able to work in a TEAM based atmosphere

Monday- Friday 2:30p – 6:30p

Application instructions: Send resume to Korie Mix kmix@gandaracenter.org by February 20, 2015

Part-time Peer Mentor

Date posted: Jan 28, 2015

Qualifications & requirements: • GED or high school diploma • Ability to work effectively with other community agencies • Ability to work well with others • Experience in navigating any of the child and family-serving systems and teaching youth who are might need support. • Experience overcoming difficult situations, and preferably personal experience with mental health services. • Understanding/willingness to be part of a program that supports youth and families 24 hours per day, 365 days per year; • Self-motivated • Works well with Microsoft word , excel, power and navigates though internet • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred • Good organization skills • Great communication skills • Interpersonal skills

Description:

The Peer Mentor provides direct support/advocacy to transitional youth ages 16-21 as well as liaises with the Intensive Care Coordinators and other team members to achieve program objectives.  The peer mentor is a key staff member who works together to develop a safe atmosphere and also encourages positive behavior. Each Peer Mentor will help young adults transition into adulthood and facilitate resources.

  • Attend and coordinate  bi- weekly youth advisory group meeting
  • Attend and participate in all training sessions and group meetings.
  • Work both independently and as part of a group with fellow peer mentor’s
  • Understand Wraparound Process
  • Maintain confidentiality with any shared information 
  • Help young adults become familiar with the Gandara CSA policy’s
  • Meet individually with youth and family and summit report to the supervisor or coordinator.
  • Complete NOM’s survey with focus group of 18-21 year olds.

Application instructions: Email resume to krodriguez@gandaracenter.org OR sgreenwood@gandaracenter.org

Clinical Case Manager

Date posted: Jan 21, 2015

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Description:

Clinical Case Manager for a latency age STARR program in Springfield to provide individual, group and in-home family therapy and case management to 6 children.  Interested candidates must possess a Clinical Master’s degrees in mental health, psychology or social work and ideally have 1-3 years clinical experience, as well as demonstrated skills in the area of case management, report writing, and oral communication.  Must be able to work with other community agencies (i.e. schools, DCF, DMH, Juvenile Court).   Bi-lingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application instructions: Interested candidates should submit a resume to Kim Majewski at kmajewski@gandaracenter.org or 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA 01089.

Director of Human Resources

Date posted: Jan 21, 2015

Department: Administrative

Location: West Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Minimum requirements: Master’s degree in Human Resources or related field. Experience working in a human service organization preferred. 8-10 years of experience as a hands-on manager in Human Resources. Working experience with union negotiations Working experience with ACA and Workplace Violence and Crisis Plan requirements and implementation Demonstrated supervisory experience Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. Excellent computer skills. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to gain the confidence and trust of all employees in the Agency.

Description:

Provide leadership for Human Resources Department, establishing open communication, support and accountability among workers and consumers.  Actively promotes the philosophy of the Human Resources Department and maintains a high level of commitment to the program.

 

  • Accountable for uniform administration of personnel policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, funding requirements, as well as to ensure fair treatment of all employees within the Agency.
  • Responsible for ensuring program adherence to state license and regulation procedures.
  • Annually review policies and practices and update as required to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Represent the Agency and responsible for Human Resource related audits and that all requirements are within compliance.
  • Represent the Agency in union negotiations, agreements and act as a liaison between the Agency, union and labor attorneys.
  • Responsible for activities of employment, CORI processing, MV processing, benefits administration, compensation, workers’ compensation, career development, employee morale, Virtual Gateway staff processing, exit interviews and employee relations.
  • Responsible for promoting, evaluating, commending and disciplining staff appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • Proper documentation to support actions with employees with respect to terminations, unemployment, approval of leave programs, etc.
  • Responsible for providing guidance and professional development to staff, including providing staff training opportunities – Employment Law, Sexual Harassment, OSHA/Bloodborne Pathogens, other trainings as applicable.
  • Develop and administer the budget operating expenses for the Human Resources Department.
  • Travel to the Agency locations and represent the Agency on committees.
  • As a member of the Executive Team, create, implement, support organizational mission/vision and values and be a contributing member of Agency-wide initiatives:  Safety, Compliance Training, etc.

Application instructions: Send cover letter and resume to Henry East-Trou, Executive Director heast@gandaracenter.org

Direct Care Worker

Date posted: Jan 14, 2015

Hours: Full-time

Description:

The position is for an overnight shift direct care worker in a DDS 24/7 Residential Program.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 11pm-9am & Saturday 11pm-7am

Must have a minimum of one year of full-time or equivalent work experience providing direct care service to persons with intellectual disabilities, emotional or physical handicaps; experience with behavioral & crisis interventions, documenting clients progress, dispensing medication (Medication Administration Certification), community integration, assisting individuals in meeting their personal care and nutritional needs. Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle available for transporting clients.

Application instructions: Interested individuals should send letter of interest or Internal Job Application to: Cynthia Wallace, 147 Norman Street, West Springfield MA 011089 or cwallace@gandaracenter.org

Senior Care Coordinator of Intensive Care Coordination

Date posted: Jan 13, 2015

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Clinician licensed at the independent practice level in Massachusetts. CANS certification also required. Bilingual, Spanish English preferred, but not required. Valid driver’s license required

Description:

Provide weekly individual and team supervisions to both Care Coordinators and Family Partner staff.    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • To learn the model of Wrap Around services and meet ICC program specifications according to the model
  • Review staff’s Comprehensive Assessments.
  • Review CANS assessments
  • Provides in-home and in-community TOMS observation of staff .
  • Assist and oversee staff in developing an individualized focused Individual Care Plan in collaboration with the family and the youth
  • Conduct weekly individual and team supervisions
  • Administer professional development trainings for staff
  • Review charts and progress notes
  • Conduct all necessary responsibilities of an Intensive Care Coordinator
  • Maintain productivity expectations
  • This position is supervised by the Director of ICC

Application instructions: Send cover letter and resume to sgreenwood@gandaracenter.org

Direct Care 1 Positions

Date posted: Jan 13, 2015

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Location: Springfield, Holyoke, Greenfield

Hours: Varies

Qualifications & requirements: •High school diploma or equivalent required. •Associates degree or bachelor’s degree in human service field preferred. •At least one year of experience working in a related field dealing with youths preferred. •Must have valid driver’s license •Must meet Agency requirements for driving history records and CORI. •Must have availability of a reliable automobile to transport clients or perform other supportive services as necessary.

Description:

As a DC1 in AFS Latency and/or Adolescent STARR and Group Homes, the chosen candidate will need to maintain a therapeutic environment within the program, which includes meeting the needs of the client in the following areas: care, safety, security, and welfare. You will participate in the development of reasonable limits and structure for each child and to implement these limits on a daily basis in the residence and community in a fair and consistent manner. You will be an advocate and need to complete documentation which directly reflects client goals.

 

Application instructions: Qualified applicants should email a resume to mcosta@gandaracenter.org

Outpatient Mental Health Clinic-Clinical Supervisor

Date posted: Jan 02, 2015

Department: Outpatient Mental Health Services

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Required: Master’s degree in psychology, social work, or related field; must be licensed in Massachusetts (LMHC, LICSW, or LCSW). Must have 2 to 3 years of mental health managed care experience and working knowledge of quality management. Must have a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience working with mentally ill and must have 2 years of supervisory experience. Must be bi-lingual, preferably bi-cultural.

Description:

Supervises 6-9 clinicians/therapists. Provides support and guidance to clinicians, and participates in practice management, quality assurance, site operations, and staff development.

Application instructions: Send letters of interest and resumes to jmaldonado@gandaracenter.org.

Clinician-Adolescent & Family Services

Date posted: Dec 12, 2014

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Candidate must possess a Masters degree in a clinical discipline and be independently licensed (LMHC, LICSW). Candidate must have demonstrated skills in case management, report writing, and oral communication. Must be able to work with other community agencies (i.e. schools, DCF, Juvenile Court, Mental Health Clinics). This is a salaried position with benefits. Bilingual candidates are strongly preferred.

Description:

Full time position available within a Family Resource Center located in Springfield.  Position involves completing comprehensive assessments of family needs, making referrals to various community providers and some direct clinical and case management work.

 

 

 

Application instructions: Please submit a resume to Jeff McGeary at jmcgeary@gandaracenter.org or Gandara Center, 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA 01089

Licensed Clinician: Adolescent Family Services

Date posted: Dec 08, 2014

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Location: Greater Springfield

Qualifications & requirements: • Must have a Massachusetts LMHC, LICSW, LMFT license • Clinical Master’s degree in mental health, psychology or social work. • Will consider candidates who are close to receiving their license and hold a clinical Master’s degree. • Must have 1-3 years experience providing therapy to children/adolescents and their families. • Demonstrated skills in case management, report writing, and oral communication. • Must be able to work with other community agencies (schools, DCF, Juvenile Court). • Experience in providing education and support to staff helpful. • Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Description:

The Gandara Center Adolescent and Family Services Division is currently recruiting for full-time Clinician in its residential adolescent program. Our program services provide an array of assessment, residential, foster care, school and after school and family supports to youth who are experiencing family instability and other trauma, in multiple sites in greater Springfield, Holyoke and Greenfield.

  • Provide psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups.
  • Complete diagnostic assessment and treatment plan.
  • To develop strong, supportive relationships with the clients.
  • Interact with clients in order to assess needs, provide information, discuss problems, set limits and encourage growth and development.
  • Provides crisis intervention.
  • Complete social case histories of clients for diagnostic treatment and referral purposes.
  • Develop treatment plans with clients and relatives.
  • Assist in the placement of clients in appropriate services as needed (i.e., employment and rehabilitation, job training, etc.)
  • Review client records for completeness and to follow through on referrals.
  • Participate in individual conferences with the program supervisor regarding case work, diagnosis treatment, and other direct or supportive services.
  • Provide psychotherapy to those clients in need of service who have been assigned based upon the rotating schedule developed by the Program Director of his/her designed.
  • Provide case management, outreach, and advocacy services to clients within the caseload in need of these services as supportive to counseling services, including telephone calls, letters, transportation, etc.
  • Develop, implement, and lead client groups in accordance with client needs. These can be therapeutic (couples, family or group therapy), or activity oriented.

Application instructions: Send resume and cover letter to Marie Warren, mwarren@gandaracenter.org

Therapeutic Mentor (Bilingual English/Spanish Required)

Date posted: Aug 22, 2014

Location: Holyoke and Springfield

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle for transportation. Bachelor’s degree in a human service field from an accredited university preferred and one year experience working with children, adolescents, transition age youth. Requires good organizational and communication skills.

Description:

Therapeutic Mentor (TM) is a medically necessary service for youth who need to improve age-appropriate functioning or to ameliorate deficits in their functioning across life domains.  TM is a structured and goal oriented, one-to-one, strength-based support service for the purpose of addressing daily living, social and communication needs.  TM is provided in any setting – the youth’s home and other community settings such as school, child care centers, respite settings, and other settings appropriate for the youth’s needs, functioning and culture. 

Application instructions: Submit Cover letter and resume to Hcesani@gandaracenter.org

Youth Vocational and Computer Skills Coordinator

Date posted: Jul 31, 2014

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Location: Holyoke and surrounding area

Hours: Varies

Qualifications & requirements: Must have a valid driver’s license and a bachelor’s degree or 5 year experience in a related field. Computer proficiency and experience working with at-risk youth/youth involved in social service or counseling capacity. Candidate must embrace team work and collaboration and enjoy developing new relationships to build the core program. The ideal candidate will have some experience working with businesses and providers in the employment, job readiness, workforce development and/or vocational fields. Meeting facilitation and team building skills a plus.

Description:

Summary

Gandara Center’s Adolescent Family Services (AFS) Division is seeking a trustworthy, passionate, and self-starting  individual to connect and provide youth enrolled in Gandara programs to computer literacy, vocational and job-readiness supports.  This position will involve a mix of lesson planning and delivery, relationship building, strategic program development and networking. It may be a part time or full time position, depending on experience level, availability and wage requirements

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in a planning team with program directors, peer advisors, division directors and other staff.  Identify and track program goals with team members.
  • Plan and direct computer learning classes that tie youth vocational goals (identified by other AFS Staff)  to computer skills related actions like job searching, resume writing, budget creation, utilizing online support tools, etc
  • Contribute to a resource/ listing of opportunities, contacts and offerings that program staff and clients can utilize
  • Attend and represent program at  networking events, coalitions, conferences, and regional initiatives;
  • Identify employment and housing partners who may collaborate on programs that provide new opportunities for transition-age youth
  • Identify,  plan, and publicize youth-serving vocational and pre-vocational opportunities that can be hosted on-site at Gandara’s Youth Resource Center

Program delivery will occur primarily between the hours of 12:00 – 8:00 PM and be flexible to ensure program goals are achieved.  This may be a full time or part time position based on the qualifications, availability and needs of the ideal candidate

Application instructions: To apply, send email with brief letter of interest and resume to sbowles@gandaracenter.org

Intake Coordinator – Bilingual (Spanish/English)

Date posted: Jul 08, 2014

Location: Fitchburg, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Must be computer literate and detail oriented.

Description:

Accepts referrals over the phone or in person.  Complete thorough review of referrals received to determine all necessary data is indicated. Calling both the referral sources and families referred to review the presenting issues that triggered the referral and to gather any other relevant information that would support processing the referral.  Must have the ability to engage both parties, be able to explain the different levels of service and help the families make an informed decision around consenting to process the referral further.

Work closely with the individual Supervisors to ensure referrals are processed in a timely manner and readily available for review. Cover reception area during high volume hours, shift coverage or lunch breaks.

 

Manage weekly and monthly reporting trackers and data submission.  Enter all consented referrals into Claimtrak/EMR Systems.

Application instructions: Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to pvazquez@gandaracenter.org.

Therapeutic Training and Support

Date posted: Jul 08, 2014

Location: Fitchburg, MA

Qualifications & requirements: Bachelor’s degree in the Human Service Field or related field. Bilingual (English/Spanish) 1 Year working in the Human Service Field

Description:
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Therapeutic Training and Support for the In Home Therapy Program. In-Home Therapy Services are delivered by one or more members of a team consisting of professional and paraprofessional staff, offering a combination of medically necessary In-Home Therapy and Therapeutic Training and Support. In-Home Therapy is a structured, consistent, strength-based therapeutic relationship between a licensed clinician and the youth and family for the purpose of treating the youth’s behavioral health needs, including improving the family’s ability to provide effective support for the youth to promote his/her healthy functioning within the family.

 

Therapeutic Training and Support is a service provided by a qualified paraprofessional working under the supervision of a clinician to support implementation of the licensed clinician’s treatment plan to assist the youth and family in achieving the goals of that plan. The paraprofessional assists the clinician in implementing the therapeutic objectives of the treatment plan designed to address the youth’s mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs. This service includes teaching the youth to understand, direct, interpret, manage, and control feelings and emotional responses to situations and to assist the family to address the youth’s emotional and mental health needs. Phone contact and consultation are provided as part of the intervention.

 

Application instructions: Send resume and salary requirements to cezzo@gandaracenter.org

Program Supervisors for DDS & DMH Residential Programs (Bi-lingual)

Date posted: Apr 01, 2014

Department: DMH/DMR

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Must be Bilingual (Spanish/English) with two years of previous supervisory and management experience in human services. Must be organized, have strong experience with behavior management, crisis intervention, writing & assessment skills, previous experience with ISP process, willing to be on-call. CORI and valid driver’s license required.

Description:

The Program Supervisor position is responsible for supervising, maintaining, and monitoring the quality services provided, supervising Direct Care staff while in compliance with Federal, State and Agency’s policies and procedures.

Application instructions: Please send or email your resume to: cwallace@gandaracenter.org

Bi-Lingual (English/Spanish) Certified BCBA Supervisor

Date posted: Apr 01, 2014

Location: Springfield or Boston, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: A master’s level health practitioner with relevant training and two years’ experience inclusive but not limited to conducting functional behavioral assessments of youth with serious emotional and behavioral disturbances and developing behavior plans that include intensive behaviorally oriented interventions.

Description:

The Mission of the Gandara Center is to promote the well being of Hispanics, African-Americans and other culturally diverse populations, through innovative, culturally competent behavioral health, prevention and educational services.

This job is located in Boston or Springfield, Massachusetts.   Must be a certified BCBA.  The BCBA Supervisor will provide weekly individual and team supervisions to both In Home Behavioral Therapists and In-Home Behavioral Monitors.   The position will include half time in the supervisory role, as well as half of a caseload worker.  The Supervisor will oversee the development of specific behavioral objectives and interventions that are designed to diminish, extinguish, or improve specific behaviors related to the youth’s behavioral condition (s) which will be implemented in a specific behavior plan as well as perform these responsibilities as a clinician.

Responsibilities

  • Review staff’s functional behavioral assessments.
  • Provides in-home and in-community behavioral observations
  • Assist and oversee staff in developing an individualized focused behavior plan in collaboration with the family and the child
  • Conduct weekly individual and team supervisions
  • Administer professional development trainings for staff
  • Review charts and progress notes
  • Conduct all necessary responsibilities of an In Home Behavioral Clinician
  • Maintain productivity expectations

Application instructions: Send cover letter and resume to mcote@gandaracenter.org

In Home Behavior Therapist (Bilingual)

Date posted: Apr 01, 2014

Location: Springfield or Boston, MA

Qualifications & requirements: A master’s level health practitioner with relevant training and two years’ experience inclusive but not limited to conducting functional behavioral assessments of youth with serious emotional and behavioral disturbances and developing behavior plans that include intensive behaviorally oriented interventions. Work alongside a Behavior Monitor in order to implement and guide caretakers on how to utilize such interventions to distinguish, diminish or replace problematic behaviors.

Description:

A master’s level health practitioner with relevant training and two years’ experience inclusive but not limited to conducting functional behavioral assessments of youth with serious emotional and behavioral disturbances and developing behavior plans that include intensive behaviorally oriented interventions.  Work alongside a Behavior Monitor in order to implement and guide caretakers on how to utilize such interventions to distinguish, diminish or replace problematic behaviors.

Responsibilities

  • Be familiar and knowledgeable in CBHI services and principles of wraparound
  • Adhere to the program specifications of IHBS
  • Conduct functional behavioral assessments.
  • Provides in-home and in-community behavioral observations
  • Develop an individualized behavior plan in collaboration with the family, the youth and other providers involved.
  • Attend Weekly Supervisions, staff meetings, and professional development trainings
  • Complete Daily Progress Notes
  • Maintain productivity expectations

Application instructions: Send cover letter and resume to mcote@gandaracenter.org

In Home Therapy Supervisor

Date posted: Mar 14, 2014

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Clinician licensed at the independent practice level in Massachusetts 3 years of supervisory experience Valid driver’s license

Description:

This position directly supervises In-Home Therapist and para-professional positions for Gandara In-Home Therapy services.

In-Home Therapy Services are delivered by one or more members of a team consisting of professional and paraprofessional staff, offering a combination of medically necessary In-Home Therapy and Therapeutic Training and Support.

In-Home Therapy is a structured, consistent, strength-based therapeutic relationship between a licensed clinician and the youth and family for the purpose of treating the youth’s behavioral health needs, including improving the family’s ability to provide effective support for the youth to promote his/her healthy functioning within the family.

The In-Home Therapy team (comprised of the qualified practitioner(s), family, and youth), develops a treatment plan and, using established psychotherapeutic techniques and intensive family therapy, works with the entire family, or a subset of the family, to implement focused interventions and behavioral techniques to: enhance problem-solving, limit-setting, risk manage

ment/safety planning, communication, build skills to strengthen the family, advance therapeutic goals, or improve ineffective patterns of interaction; identify and utilize community resources; develop and maintain natural supports for the youth and parent/caregiver(s) in order to promote sustainability of treatment gains.

In Home Therapy Services may be provided in any setting where the youth is naturally located, including, but not limited to, the home (including foster homes and therapeutic foster homes), schools, child care centers, respite settings, and other community settings.

Application instructions: Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to cezzo@gandaracenter.org.

Direct Care Staff: Adolescent Family Services

Date posted: Feb 12, 2014

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Location: Greenfield, Holyoke and Springfield

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Candidates must have a high school diploma, a valid driver's license with a reliable vehicle, and the ability to pass a CORI background check.

Description:

The Gandara Center Adolescent and Family Services Division is currently recruiting for full-time Direct Care positions in its residential adolescent program.  Positions are located in Greenfield, Holyoke and Springfield for all shifts.

Application instructions: Send your resume and salary requirements to mcosta@gandaracenter.org.

Clinical Supervisor in Outpatient Clinic

Date posted: Feb 12, 2014

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: • Must have a Master’s degree in psychology, social work, or related field from an accredited college/university and be licensed in Massachusetts (LMHC, LICSW, LCSW, LMFT, or LADC1). • Experience with mandated treatment, from court and DCF referral sources, preferred. Minimum of 2-3 years supervisory and substance abuse treatment experience/training required.

Description:

This position is part of the Outpatient Services Division’s management team and supervises 6-9 clinicians/therapists. The Clinical Supervisor will provide support and guidance to clinicians, participates in practice management, quality assurance, site operations, and staff development.

Application instructions: Responses (cover letter, resume and salary requirements) should be sent to wdavila@gandaracenter.org.

In-Home Behavior Therapy Supervisor

Date posted: 3-14-2014

Location: Springfield or Boston, MA

Hours: Part-time

Qualifications & requirements: • Provide weekly clinical supervision to Behavior Therapists and Monitors • Develop policies and procedures. • Market program in the local communities • Hire staff and evaluate staff performance • Develop on-going training program for staff • Provide in-home and in-community behavioral observations • Conduct quality improvement activities within program • Collaborate with other agencies and providers • Act as member of the Gandara CBHI management team Board Certified Behavior Analyst with relevant training and three years’ relevant supervisory experience.

Description:

 Direct Gandara’s In-Home Behavioral Programs in Springfield and Boston. This position can be located in the Springfield or Boston office with travel to the alternate site once or twice a week.

Application instructions: Send resume and cover letter to Chris Ezzo, cezzo@gandaracenter.org

Family Partner

Date posted: 3-14-2014

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Experience as a caregiver of a youth with special needs, and preferably a youth with mental health needs; Bachelor’s degree in a human services field from an accredited university and one year of experience working with the target population; or Associate’s degree in a human service field from an accredited school and one year of experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth; or High school diploma or GED and a minimum of two years of experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth; and Experience in navigating any of the child and family-serving systems and teaching family members who are involved with the child and family serving systems. Applicants must possess a current/valid driver’s license and an automobile with proof of auto insurance.

Description:

Family Support and Training is a service provided to the parent/caregiver of a youth (under the age of 21), in any setting where the youth resides, such as the home (including foster homes and therapeutic foster homes), and other community settings.

The service is provided by a Family Partner who provides structured, one-to-one, strength-based services to a parent/caregiver. The purpose of this service is for resolving or ameliorating the youth’s emotional and behavioral needs by improving the capacity of the parent/caregiver to parent the youth so as to improve the youth’s functioning and to support the youth in the community or to assist the youth in returning to the community.

Services may include education, assistance in navigating the child serving systems (DCF, education, mental health, juvenile justice, etc.); fostering empowerment, including linkages to peer/parent support and self-help groups; assistance in identifying formal and community resources (e.g., after-school programs, food assistance, summer camps, etc.) support, coaching, and training for the parent/caregiver.

The Family Partner works one-on-one and maintains regular frequent contact with the parent(s)/caregiver(s) in order to provide education and support throughout the care planning process.

The Family Partner educates parents/ caregivers about how to effectively navigate the child-serving systems for themselves and about the existence of informal/community resources available to them; and facilitates the parent’s/caregiver’s access to these resources.

Application instructions: Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to oirizarry@gandaracenter.org.

Foster Parents Needed in Franklin and Hampden County

Date posted: Mar 19, 2014

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Qualifications & requirements: To become a foster parent you must: Be 21 years of age or older, Possess a high school diploma or equivalent, Have an extra bedroom available for the youth, Provide character references, own a car and have a legal drivers license, Pass a home assessment, and Pass a criminal record check,

Description:

Gandara Center's Intensive Foster Care Program seeks homes in the Franklin and Hampden County area to provide temporary, safe, therapeutic, and loving home environments for youth who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Foster parents are expected to provide care and nurturing for the duration of the child's stay in foster care and in turn receive a monthly financial reimbursement to assist with food, clothing and the basic needs of the child. Training from our professional team will help you become a successful foster parent to a child in need.

$1500/month(tax free) stipend provided. Applicants must be energetic and willing to work as a part of a treatment team. Previous foster care or residential experience a plus. 24 hour/7 days per week services include on-call assistance, weekly case management case management meetings in your home, foster parent meetings, individual therapy for clients, specialized treatment parent pre-service training, and on-going trainings.

 

Application instructions: Please contact Joemiliz Torres at jtorres@gandaracenter.org, (413) 736-8329, ext. 139 for more information.