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. 

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

Behavior Management Monitor (Bi-Lingual)

Date posted: Apr 01, 2014

Location: Boston

Hours: Full-time

Qualifications & requirements: Must have experience working with children and youth with behavioral challenges. Must have Bachelor’s degree. Must be bi-lingual (Spanish). Must have valid driver’s license. Background check required. Work is in Boston area.

Description:

Work as member of two person team providing In-Home Behavioral services. Implementation, monitoring and reinforcement of behavioral treatment plans created by In-Home Therapist for caregivers of youth with behavioral challenges;  documentation and reporting progress

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

Van Driver: 7 D license required

Date posted: Mar 18, 2014

Department: Adolescent + Family Services

Location: Holyoke

Hours: Part-time

Qualifications & requirements: Must have valid driver’s license, able to successfully complete a CORI, clean driving record, and must have a 7-D license. Position is located in Holyoke.

Description:

Part time during the school year, 20 hours approximately 2 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday PLUS Full time during the summer, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.  This is a 15-passenger van used to transport school  children to after school programs and summer programs.

Application instructions: Please submit resume to kmix@gandaracenter.org or apply in person at 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA.

Community Health Worker (CHW): Navigating Outreach, Education and Linkages (NOEL)

Date posted: Mar 14, 2014

Department: Prevention Services

Qualifications & requirements: Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or related field or 3 years’ related experience. Knowledge of Springfield area is strongly preferred. Bilingual (English/Spanish), bi-cultural individual is strongly preferred. Must have a demonstrated ability to build relationships in the community and advocate on behalf of residents. Successful applicant must possess experience developing strategies to overcome barriers that prevent clients from accessing services. Ability to complete the MDPH-required Patient Navigation Course within the first 12 months of hire is required. Excellent writing, computer and people skills required.

Description:

NOEL is a community-based prevention and early detection program for underserved and hard-to-to reach populations. The program will conduct outreach and education and promote screenings for breast, cervical and colorectal health in these populations in Springfield. The Community Health Worker will be responsible for outreach and education, as well as advocating for residents and linking them with services.

Application instructions: Send cover letter and resume to Nicole Hill, 147 Norman Street, West Springfield, MA 01089 or nahill@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.