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. 

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

Prevention Department Assistant Director

Date posted: Aug 04, 2014

Location: Greater Springfield

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: The AD must have at least 3 years’ experience supervising staff and programs, budgeting experience, reporting and strong data management experience. Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.

Description:

The Assistant Director is responsible for direct supervision of programs, program reporting, compliance with funders and agency policies.  The AD works closely with the Prevention Director to assure quality services and community engagement that furthers the goals of the agency.  The AD must have excellent writing and organizational skills, must represent the agency at community meetings.  

Application instructions: Please send a resume and cover letter to: Alison Jones, 147 Norman St. W. Springfield, MA 01089 or ajones@gandaracenter.org. No phone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.

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

After School Direct Care Staff

Date posted: Jul 30, 2014

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Location: Holyoke

Hours: Part-time

Qualifications & requirements: The individual should be able to work in a TEAM environment, have reliable transportation and willingness to adapt to change.

Description:

Gandara After-School Program is seeking an energetic individual who enjoys working with youth between the ages of 8 to 14, who possess good communication skills and can be a positive role model for youth.  The individual should be able to work in a TEAM environment, have reliable transportation and willingness to adapt to change. This is a part-time position 2:30 – 6:30 M-F.

 

Application instructions: If you are interested in the position please send your resume to kmix@gandaracenter.org.

Website Rebuild: Request for Proposals

Date posted: Jul 09, 2014

Department: Administrative

Location: West Springfield

Qualifications & requirements: See RFP

Description:

Please open and read the following document to learn how to apply/follow- up:

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Application instructions: See RFP

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

Data Specialist: Prevention Department

Date posted: Jun 25, 2014

Department: Prevention Services

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Part-time

Qualifications & requirements: Candidates must have: excellent computer (Word, Excel, Access) skills, ability to understand and manage data, be highly organized and be a strong communicator. This is a one year position pending further grant funding.

Description:

The Prevention Department has an opening for a Data Specialist who will provide data support to the Community Coalition in the areas of communication, data management and research.  The Data Spec. is supervised by the Stop Access Coordinator.    The position will remain open until someone is hired. 

Application instructions: Send resume and cover letter to: Peggy Vezina at Gandara Center, 147 Norman Street, W. Springfield, MA 01089, or mvezina@gandaracenter.org.

Licensed Clinicians: Adolescent Family Services

Date posted: Jun 19, 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.

Program Director: Supportive Case Management

Date posted: Jun 19, 2014

Department: Prevention Services

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Candidate must have: 2 yrs. supervisory experience, familiarity with recovery principles and practices, excellent communication skills, bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred, bi-lingual/bi-cultural strongly preferred (English/Spanish). Collaboration and a willingness to work in the community is a must.

Description:

Responsible for the day to day oversight of the Case Management Supportive Services programs.  The Director maintains an environment among staff and clients that supports recovery for all clients. The Director is responsible for maintaining a high level of service delivery and fulfilling requirements of funding sources.                                                                                                                             

Application instructions: Send cover letter and resume to: Peggy Vezina, mvezina@gandaracenter.org, Gandara Center, 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA 01089.

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

Program Director: STARR Residential Program

Date posted: Mar 18, 2014

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Location: Springfield, MA

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Professional Presentation and Leadership Knowledge of DCF & EEC practices and expectations Strong Organizational Skills Effective Communication (verbal and written) Commitment to Non-Coercive Treatment and Trauma Informed Practices Awareness and Appreciation of Clinical Issues and Practices Strong Empathic Child Care Skills

Description:

Adolescent and Family Services department of the Gandara Center is seeking a qualified individual to provide leadership and management to co-ed short term assessment and shelter care programs working with the Department of Children and Families.  Interested individuals should have a college degree and/or minimum of 5 + yrs management experience working in the residential service field. Knowledge and experience in working with children ages 0-11 preferred. In addition, candidates shall possess knowledge and experience related to trauma informed care and strength based child care practices. Close proximity to program location is preferred to provide emergency response to program in time of crisis.

Application instructions: Interested individual should submit a resume and cover letter to Tami Davis by 3-21-14 tdavis@gandaracenter.org.

Registered Nurse

Date posted: Mar 14, 2014

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Location: Western Massachusetts

Qualifications & requirements: Interest candidates will have a current RN certification, be able to pass a background check, and have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation.

Description:


The Gandara Center seeks a Registered Nurse to join our multi-disciplinary team providing residential and case management services to youth and their families located in our programs throughout Western MA.  Job duties include:
 

  •     Become a certified MAP trainer and provide trainings to agency residential staff.
  •     Become part of a treatment team and help develop health related treatment goals.
  •     Provide triage and assessment for residential youth.
  •     Monitor program medication systems.

Application instructions: Please send cover letter and resume to jmcgeary@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.