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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:

BILINGUAL COURT ADVOCATE AND ON-CALL COUNSELOR
Great Barrington and Pittsfield

Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) seeks a bilingual (Spanish and English) advocate to provide support, advocacy, and crisis response for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Splitting time between the South County District Court (Great Barrington) and EFC’s central county office (Pittsfield), the advocate will provide a blend of court advocacy, crisis response, and counseling.  

Responsibilities include:

  • SAFEPLAN Court Advocate (South County District Court, Great Barrington) – 2 days/week
    • Provide support, information, and referrals to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking who come to court seeking protection orders
    • Assist survivors in completing protective order application forms and accompany survivors in court during civil proceedings
    • Create individualized safety plans with each client
    • Develop and advance collaborative working relationships with clerks, judges, prosecutors, judges, victim witness advocates, and other members of the justice system
    • For more information on the statewide SAFEPLAN program, visit www.mass.gov/mova/safeplan
  • On-call counselor/advocate (EFC central county office, Pittsfield) – 3 days/week
    • Offer counseling, advocacy, crisis response, information, and referrals for survivors of domestic and sexual violence who call EFC’s Hotline or walk in to the central county office
    • assess circumstances and emergency needs and providing assistance to meet those needs, including shelter, safety, and transportation
    • address barriers to help or healing, and provide support
    • advocate on issues of housing, finances and benefits, children, medical and mental health care, etc.
    • connect survivors with internal and external community resources with follow-up as appropriate
  • Contribute to outreach and collaboration efforts, including: liaising with community partners, providing community education, disseminating program outreach materials, and tabling at community events
  • Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with individuals receiving EFC services and adhere to strict guidelines and protocols to ensure client confidentiality
  • Other duties as assigned to promote agency mission

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience working with survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence
  • Experience in counseling, community organizing, and/or community engagement
  • Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in the court system
  • Skills in: spoken and written communication, computer/technology, and collaboration
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing survivors of domestic and sexual violence with holistic, accessible, trauma-informed, strength-based victim services and advocacy
  • Bachelor or Associate Degree (may be waived for relevant, comparable level of work or life experience)
  • 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

Compensation and benefits: 

Competitive salary and benefits.

Applying:

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

 

GRANTS COORDINATOR
Pittsfield

Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) seeks an experienced, full-time Grants Coordinator to work with Executive Director and Director of Operations and Communications to write grants, manage grant reporting, oversee donor communication, and help ensure program delivery meets funder requirements and aligns with agency philosophy.   Great writing skills, attention to detail, computer fluency required.  Experience with non-profits preferred.  More information available at elizabethfreemancenter.org/jobs.  Email cover letter and resume to info@elizabethfreemancenter.org.  AA/EOE

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage grant reporting
    • Write and submit timely and accurate reports
    • Track and communicate funding guidelines and requirements
    • Assist in administering the agency’s client/reports database system
  • Research, contribute to, and write competitive grant proposals
  • Manage donor relations
    • Oversee donor management system, track gifts, write thank-you’s, develop event presence online
    • Establish and expand relationships with community partners
  • Coordinate with Program Director to ensure program delivery meets funder requirements and aligns with agency philosophy
    • Research best and emerging practices and priorities
    • Assist in finding and scheduling relevant trainings for staff professional development
  • Contributing to outreach and collaboration efforts, including: liaising with community partners, providing community education, disseminating program outreach materials, and tabling at community events
  • Adhere to strict guidelines and protocols to ensure client confidentiality
  • Other duties as assigned to promote agency mission

Qualifications include:

  • Experience in grant writing, data collection, and agency reporting
  • Excellent writing skills and computer fluency
  • Incredibly well-organized with attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to ensuring survivors of domestic and sexual violence receive holistic, accessible, trauma-informed, strength-based victim services and advocacy
  • Bachelor or Associate Degree (may be waived for relevant, comparable level of work or life experience)
  • 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

Supervised by:

Executive Director

Compensation and benefits: 

 $44,000-$50,000 and excellent benefits

Applying:

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

 

RECEPTIONIST, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Pittsfield

Elizabeth Freeman Center seeks an energetic, responsible person to serve as receptionist at our Pittsfield office.  Part-time position (9am-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and additional time as available).  Receptionist answers phone and greets clients, does clerical work, and maintains calm in a busy environment.  Requires excellent communication and organizational skills. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.  More information available at elizabethfreemancenter.org/jobs. To apply, email cover letter and resume to info@elizabethfreemancenter.org. AA/EOE

Responsibilities include:

  • Answer telephone, screen and direct calls
  • Greet clients and people who walk-in, make them feel welcome, direct them to appropriate destination
  • Perform general administrative and clerical support, such as monitoring fax machine, making copies, faxing, preparing letters and documents, keeping records/logs, helping to maintain a welcoming physical environment, etc.
  • Ensure knowledge of staff members’ whereabouts
  • Keep track of availability of meeting rooms
  • Tidy and maintain reception area, conference room, and waiting room
  • Maintain sense of calm in a busy environment
  • Other duties as assigned to promote agency mission

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills a plus
  • Ability to be welcoming, supportive, and calm
  • Commitment to protecting the confidentiality of clients
  • Highly responsible, professional, and efficient
  • Some flexibility in schedule and availability to cover additional hours
  • High school diploma (may be waived for relevant, comparable level of work or life experience)
  • Must successfully pass Criminal Record Check-CORI and have reliable transportation

Work Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-5pm, with additional shifts on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as available.  Occasional evening and weekend work for outreach activities

Compensation and benefits: 

 Competitive salary.  Generous vacation, sick, and personal time accrual.

Applying:

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

 

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

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.

Applying:

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

 

SHELTER ADVOCATE
(available shift: OVERNIGHT SUNDAY)

Elizabeth Freeman Center is seeking a reliable, passionate Shelter Advocate for the Sunday overnight shift (Sunday 11:45p-Monday 8am) and available relief shifts at its emergency shelter.

Responsibilities include:

  • Help to create a safe, welcoming, and well-maintained environment for all guests in shelter
  • Provide individual support services that include:
    • answering 24-hour hotline during shift, including responding to crisis calls, assessing for safety, offering support, and providing referrals
    • providing a visible presence for guests in residence at all times
    • connecting participants with community resources as needed
    • proper timely documentation and file reviews
    • preparing shelter for the day and care for office (sweep, mop, empty trash)
    • entering SafeLink documentation at 6am
  • Participate in regular supervision and trainings, and – as possible – staff meetings
  • Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with shelter guests and adhere to strict guidelines and protocols to ensure client confidentiality and security
  • Complete all other duties to ensure that shelter guests are provided with professional, empathetic, affirming services

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate good listening and empathetic skills
  • Personal and/or work experience in domestic violence, sexual violence, or trauma
  • Strong written and spoken communication, and proficient computer skills
  • Ability to keep excellent records
  • Ability to multitask and work well as part of a team
  • Flexibility in working hours and the willingness to work holidays as they coincide with regular shifts
  • Commitment to a positive, nonjudgmental and “reduced rules” shelter philosophy (see How the Earth Didn’t Fly into the Sun for more information)
  • Bilingual skills preferred (English and Spanish/other)
  • Ability to climb and descend stairs and lift/carry up to 25 pounds
  • Must successfully pass Criminal Record Check-CORI and have valid Massachusetts driver’s license, safe driving record, and reliable transportation

 Work Hours:
Overnight Sunday (Sunday 11:45p – Monday 8am) plus relief shifts as available.

Compensation and benefits:
Competitive salary.  This is not a benefited position.

Supervised by:
Shelter Director

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

 

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 (AA/EOE).  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.