Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities at Elizabeth Freeman Center!

Elizabeth Freeman Center offers hope, help, and healing to all experiencing or affected by domestic and sexual violence through free, accessible, and confidential services in Berkshire County.

 

Current openings:

DISABILITY JUSTICE COUNSELOR/ADVOCATE
Based in Pittsfield

Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) is launching a new Disability Justice Program and seeks a passionate counselor/advocate to expand services and outreach for survivors of domestic and sexual violence living with disabilities in Berkshire County.  People with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.  

Responsibilities include: 

  • Offer responsive, affirming, accessible, and holistic counseling and advocacy for survivors with emotional, physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities, including:
    • providing assistance to meet emergency needs
    • offering counseling
    • doing safety planning
    • addressing disability-based barriers to help or healing
    • advocating on issues of disability, housing, finances and benefits, children, medical and mental health care, etc.
    • connecting victims with internal and external community resources (including court support, legal aid, and medical access) with follow-up as appropriate
  • Expand outreach and collaboration efforts, including:
    • offering community education on ways to recognize, prevent, and respond to sexual or domestic violence; getting help and support; healthy relationships and sexuality; and leadership opportunities
    • offering services in accessible locations convenient for ‘one-stop shop’ access
    • nurturing relationships with providers working with disability communities
    • disseminating program outreach materials
    • tabling at community events
  • Develop a coordinated network of community members and service providers to address the risks, barriers to service, and needs of survivors with disabilities in Berkshire County
    • including convening a Disability Justice Action Group
  • Enhance agency capacity to provide intensive supports to survivors with disabilities
    • Coordinate staff trainings and agency assessments
    • Explore the use of additional assistive technologies
    • Improve countywide data on the risks, access to services, and outcomes experienced by different populations of survivors living with disabilities
  • Participate in internal programmatic meetings, supervision, committees, and projects, and complete any additional training recommended by Supervisor
  • Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with individuals receiving EFC services and adhere to strict guidelines and protocols to ensure client confidentiality
  • Complete all other duties to ensure that survivors with disabilities are safe and are provided with professional, empathetic, affirming services within the context of the agency’s mission and consistent with grant requirements
  • Other duties as assigned to promote agency mission

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Strong connection to disability communities
  • A commitment to disability justice
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence
  • Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence
  • Experience in counseling, community organizing, and/or community engagement
  • Excellent skills in: verbal and written communication, computers/technology, organization, and collaboration
  • Ability to work well as a part of a team
  • Must successfully pass Criminal Record Check-CORI and have valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation

Work Hours: 

40 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend work required for outreach and counseling activities

Applying:

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to info@elizabethfreemancenter.org.  Deadline is rolling until position has been filled.

Compensation and benefits: 

We are committed to working for economic and social justice for staff as well as clients and believes in offering all staff: competitive salary and benefits, engaged and dedicated colleagues, training and education in best practices, career development opportunities, openness to innovation, and the opportunity and resources to do meaningful, impactful work.

 

FAMILY COUNSELOR/ADVOCATE and SITE SUPERVISOR
Great Barrington

Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) seeks a passionate South County counselor/advocate to counsel and assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence (children and adults) and serve as site supervisor of EFC’s South County office in Great Barrington.  Candidates based in South County and/or with strong ties to South County communities, with experience in child/youth counseling preferred.  Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide child and adult survivors of domestic or sexual assault violence with support, advocacy, and assistance, including:
    • assessing their circumstances and emergency needs and providing assistance to meet those needs;
    • offering individual counseling and support groups;
    • safety planning;
    • advocating on issues of housing, finances and benefits, children, education, mental health, and substance abuse;
    • referring victims to services including other EFC services (e.g. court support) and community resources (including Community Legal Aid, the District Attorney’s office, housing resources, etc.), with follow-up as appropriate
  • Supervise Great Barrington office site by:
    • scheduling site coverage
    • coordinating and facilitating staff engagement in community meetings, trainings, and outreach in South County
    • ensuring all paperwork is reviewed and submitted in a timely manner
    • assessing repairs and/or supplies needed
    • addressing staff issues that affect site functions
    • conducting regular site staff meetings
  • Contribute to outreach and collaboration efforts, including: liaising with community partners, providing community education, disseminating program outreach materials, and tabling at community events
  • Maintain professional boundaries with individuals receiving EFC services, maintain excellent records in agency database, and adhere to strict guidelines to ensure client confidentiality
  • Complete all other duties to further EFC’s mission and to ensure that survivors are safe and are provided with professional, empathetic, affirming services within the context of the agency’s mission and consistent with grant and legal requirements

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to providing survivors of domestic and sexual violence with holistic, accessible, trauma-informed, strength-based victim services and advocacy
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing affirming, culturally relevant services to marginalized survivors (including survivors who are of color, rural, LGBTQ, immigrants, and/or living with disabilities)
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and/or children strongly preferred
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Ability to work effectively with community groups
  • Effective written and spoken communication, and proficient computer skills
  • Bachelor or Associate Degree (may be waived for relevant, comparable level of work or life experience)
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred
  • Must successfully pass Criminal Record Check-CORI and have valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation.

 Work Hours: 

40 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend work required for outreach and counseling activities

Applying:

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to info@elizabethfreemancenter.org.  Deadline is rolling until position has been filled.

Compensation and benefits: 

We are committed to working for economic and social justice for staff as well as clients and believes in offering all staff: competitive salary and benefits, engaged and dedicated colleagues, training and education in best practices, career development opportunities, openness to innovation, and the opportunity and resources to do meaningful, impactful work.

 

RELIEF SHELTER ADVOCATE
We are always looking for passionate, reliable shelter relief staff to provide coverage during available shifts in our secure, homelike emergency shelter.  Click here to download a position description and information on how to apply.

 

Elizabeth Freeman Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Survivors of domestic or sexual violence, people of color, people with disabilities, people who are bilingual/bicultural, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.