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:

FINANCE and ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Pittsfield office 

Elizabeth Freeman Center is hiring a Finance and Administrative Assistant to provide support to our finance department and administrative staff. Proficiency in Quickbooks required. Experience with non-profits preferred. Up to 40 hours weekly (negotiable).

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the implementation of finance policies, procedures, and systems
  • Maintain accurate financial records
  • Complete efficient data entry in Quickbooks and other information systems
  • Process and file paperwork
  • Perform general 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.
  • Serve as receptionist as needed
    • Answer telephone, screen and direct calls
    • Greet clients and people who walk-in, make them feel welcome, direct them to appropriate destination
    • 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

  Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Quickbooks
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Able to handle a variety of tasks, work at a fast pace, and manage stress during busy periods
  • Motivated and organized
  • Love of puzzles and variety
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work well as part of a team

Compensation and benefits: 

Competitive pay and excellent benefits.

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
Berkshire County-wide, 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:
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.

 

SOUTH COUNTY COUNSELOR/ADVOCATE
Great Barrington

Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) seeks a passionate South County counselor/advocate to counsel and assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence through our Great Barrington office.  This position also includes specialized work with LGBTQ survivors, as part of EFC’s LGBTQ Access Project.  Candidates based in South County and/or with strong ties to South County communities preferred. 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide survivors of domestic or sexual 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, benefits, income maximization, children, education, mental health and medical access, and more;
    • 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
  • Provide specialized services, support, groups, advocacy, and community engagement for LGBTQ[1] survivors of domestic or sexual violence (10 hours/week)
  • 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 LGBTQ, of color, rural, immigrants, and/or living with disabilities)
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence
  • Experience working with LGBTQ communities
  • Connection to South County
  • 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
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred
  • 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.  Some evening and weekend work required for outreach and counseling 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.

[1] To EFC, LGBTQ represents a way of saying we welcome survivors who identify anywhere on the spectrums of sexual orientation and gender identity (which is everyone!).  This includes but is not limited to folks who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, asexual, pansexual, two-spirit, non-binary, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, genderfluid, genderless, third gender, and more.

 

BILINGUAL BICULTURAL COUNSELOR/ADVOCATE
Safety and Justice for Immigrants Program
Pittsfield

Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) seeks a bicultural, bilingual (Spanish and English) counselor/advocate to counsel and assist immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide immigrant and refugee 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 counseling and support groups;
    • safety planning;
    • advocating on immigration issues, including preparation of letters to support immigration applications for status, as well as on issues of housing, finances and benefits, children, mental health and substance abuse;
    • referring victims to services including other EFC services, Legal Aid, Berkshire Immigrant Center, the District Attorney’s office and other community resources, with follow-up as appropriate
  • Provide outreach and community education to immigrant and refugee communities about domestic and sexual violence and EFC’s services
  • Maintain professional boundaries with individuals receiving EFC services, maintain excellent records in agency database, adhere to strict guidelines to ensure client confidentiality, offer services in a manner consistent with grant and legal requirements
  • Complete all other duties to further EFC’s mission and help ensure that immigrant and refugee victims are provided with professional, empathetic, affirming services

Qualifications:

  • Excellent Spanish and English speaking and writing skills
  • Experience working with immigrant and refugee communities and knowledge of immigration issues strongly preferred
  • Experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence strongly preferred
  • Ability to work effectively with community groups
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • 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.  Some evening and weekend work required for outreach and counseling 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.

 

SHELTER DIRECTOR
Confidential location, Berkshire County

Elizabeth Freeman Center seeks an experienced, passionate shelter director to guide the operation of EFC’s emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children. EFC’s shelter is a secure, residential, 10-bedroom house that can accommodate 10-14 households.  We shelter survivors of domestic and sexual violence who are in danger of imminent harm.  Staffing includes a counselor/advocate, a child advocate, a house manager and 24-hour coverage staff. 

Responsibilities:

  • Create a safe, welcoming, and well-maintained environment for all guests in shelter
  • Lead, supervise, and support a dedicated and diverse 8-member shelter staff team
  • Oversee day-to-day smooth functioning of shelter, including guest screening and intake, crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling and group support, community-building, conflict mediation, and transition support for life after shelter
  • Participate as a member of agency’s senior management team
  • Provide on-call emergency response on some evenings and weekends as a member of EFC’s physical response team
  • Further agency’s commitment to a “reduced rules” shelter philosophy (see How the Earth Didn’t Fly into the Sun for more information)
  • Ensure 24-hour staff shelter coverage, including Hotline coverage during non-business hours
  • Maintain excellent shelter records, track outcomes, generate reports monthly, and ensure staff comfort with – and use of – database
  • Monitor program budget, account for spending, and provide necessary financial documentation
  • Review and revise shelter policies and protocols as needed
  • Maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with shelter guests and adhere to strict guidelines and protocols to ensure guest confidentiality and security
  • Complete all other duties to ensure that shelter guests are provided with professional, empathetic, affirming services within the context of the agency’s mission and consistent with grant and legal requirements

Qualifications:

  • Experience as manager and supervisor (minimum 3-5 years preferred)
  • Experience working in residential settings (minimum 2-4 years preferred)
  • Demonstrated success in building, developing, and retaining strong, positive working relationships with staff, clients, and agency partners
  • Strong connection to Berkshire County
  • Skills in leadership, organization, staff motivation and collaboration, problem solving, conflict resolution, computers/technology, and oral and written communication
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the impact of trauma
  • Commitment to a “reduced rules” shelter philosophy (see How the Earth Didn’t Fly into the Sun for more information)
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture that appreciates cultural difference, and is trauma-informed and social justice-centered
  • Must successfully pass Criminal Record Check-CORI and have valid Massachusetts driver’s license and reliable transportation

Work Hours: 

40 hours per week (including some evenings and weekend days), and on-call emergency response duties some evenings and weekends

Compensation and benefits:

$45,000-50,000, and excellent benefits.

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

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.

 

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.