Employment

18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children and Families) is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and cultural diversity.  People of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and multi-cultural/multi-lingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Full – Time Opportunities

Social Worker for Intensive Foster Care Program


Full time position in the Pittsfield, MA office for individual looking to help children, youth and families adjust to the challenges of the foster care system while promoting safety, well-being and permanency. Responsibilities include training and assessing prospective foster parents; offering support and supervision of foster parents in monthly home visits and workshops; managing licensing requirements through evaluations, documentation, file maintenance and meetings with state agency; meeting, matching and placing children/youth experiencing foster care with foster families. Other responsibilities include case management to assist in the improvement of the social, educational and emotional functioning of children/youth experiencing foster care. Visit with children/youth at their foster home or school, make referrals for services, collaborate with service providers and develop permanency plans. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and a social work license (LSWA minimum) or be eligible for licensure. Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, the ability to build rapport with children/youth and families are required. Also needed effective oral and written communication skills; time management and organizational skills; valid driver’s license, insurance & vehicle. Candidates who celebrate diversity are welcome. Sending your resume is a great start to help bring new beginnings to light for children, adults & families. Please send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, 18 Degrees, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or email pmcdermott@18degreesma.org.  AA/EOE

Director of Donor Relations


Accountability, Better-Together, Courage and Integrity. This is how we would work together with you at 18 Degrees, Family Services for Western Massachusetts, to serve our community. We are adding a Director of Donor Relations to our team to develop and foster relationships with new and current donors and the community. This position requires 2-3 years of experience in development & donor software proficiency; an organized go-getter who makes it fun & is social media savvy; excellent verbal & written communication skills; and valid driver’s license & vehicle for mostly Western MA travel. Candidates who celebrate diversity are welcome. Sending your resume is a great start to help bring new beginnings to light for children, adults & families. Please send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, 18 Degrees, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or email pmcdermott@18degreesma.org. Visit our website at www.18degreesma.org. AA/EOE

Director of Human Resources


18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families, Inc.) is where new beginnings come to light for children and families – and could be where your new career does the same!  The Director of Human Resources serves more than 150 employees across more than 22 programs throughout Western Massachusetts and reports to the President & CEO.  This role is an integral part of a thriving Senior Leadership team at 18 Degrees – Family Services for Western MA, a growing, community-based agency.  Responsibilities include guidance, development, and implementation in recruitment, hiring, retention, benefit and salary administration, employee relations, performance management, complaints, safety, and high-level training and development.  The Director of Human Resources also leads strategic HR goals and advises the President & CEO/Senior Team on HR policies and procedures; safety of the workplace; legislative and regulatory issues; and all other human resources matters.   The position also works closely with the Finance Department/Payroll Coordinator and supervises the HR Administrator.  Bachelor’s Degree with at least 5 year’s HR experience, including at least 2 years in HR management required; Master’s Degree preferred.  Exceptional HR experience may substitute for college degree.  Multicultural/multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.  Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, 18 Degrees, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@18 degreesma.org.  AA/EOE

Clinician Needed for Youth Programming in Pittsfield and North Adams


The ideal candidate is a dynamic, skilled, licensed clinician with experience working with adolescents and young adults.  STRONGLY PREFERRED:  Clinical experience with community, regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to trauma and violence through coordinated programs for prevention, intervention, and suppression with at-risk or proven risk youth and young adults. This licensed clinician will supervise and lead a multidisciplinary team case review process, working in both our Pittsfield, MA and North Adams, MA locations. Must have at least the following:
  • LCSW, LICSW, or LMHC or equivalent.
This position is employed by the Brien Center, but works in the 18 Degrees’ locations in Pittsfield and North Adams, MA. 18 Degrees is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and cultural diversity. People of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and multicultural/multilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Submit cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, HR Administrator at pmcdermott@18degreesma.org.   You may include military service assignments and any verified work performed on a volunteer basis. AA/EOE

Clinician for Family Resource Center


We’re looking for a dynamic, skilled clinician experienced in working with youth and families.  Must have one of the following licenses:  LMHC, LCSW, or LICSW.  Master’s Degree required.  This position is employed by the Brien Center, but housed in 18 Degrees’ (formerly Berkshire Children and Families) Family Resource Center located at 480 West St. in Pittsfield, MA.  Collaborates with the juvenile court, supervises a family partner with lived experience, and works closely with the Family Resource Center staff to clinically advise and support.  Provides CANS assessments, and brief therapy in special circumstances/for various parenting and other evidence-based groups.  Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, 18 Degrees, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@18degreesma.org. AA/EOE

Family Networks Service Coordinator - Greenfield


Service Coordinators drive the everyday work of Family Networks and are responsible for the placement and case management of youth in Comprehensive Foster Care and STARR, as well as managing in-home, family-based services.  The role manages caseloads of 40-60 families, children and youth; develops and maintains a strong partnership with DCF, families, and Intensive Foster Care Agencies; coordinates services to achieve goals and outcomes of services identified in the DCF service plans; monitors service implementation; and ensures coordination with providers and DCF.  Minimum of a BA in a social work or a related field required, MSW preferred.  Experience required:  MSW or equivalent, plus 2 years of family-centered, community-based experience, or Bachelor’s plus 5 years family-centered welfare related experience.  Multilingual/Multicultural candidates encouraged to apply.  Competitive salary and employee benefits offered.  Please send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, 18 Degrees, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@18degreesma.org.   AA/EOE

Part – Time Opportunities

Youth Development Specialist


18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families, Inc.) is where new beginnings come to light for children and families – and could be where your new career does the same!  This is a part time role for our26-week long RAP, Inc. program.  The role will be responsible for recruitment, outreach, screening, and intake of youth interested in building financial skills through social engagement and musical expression via the art and business of rap and hip-hop music.  The right candidate will:
  • Collaborate with community members and industry advisors to help youth make impactful connections.
  • Collect and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data to assess project impact and effectiveness.
  • Have a flexible schedule and ability to support the learning experiences of youth participants.
  • Demonstrate organizational skills, conflict resolution skills, and group facilitation skills.
  • Be energetic, able to relate well with others, have experience working with teens.
  • Have at least a high school diploma (an associate degree is preferred) and a valid driver’s license & reliable transportation.
RAP, Inc. is also looking for a Youth Support Specialist who will work with and support the Youth Development Specialist and the youth in program for 9 hours/week (4.5 hours on each of 2 session days per week). Multicultural/multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.  Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, 18 Degrees, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201 or email pmcdermott@18 degreesma.org.  AA/EOE

String Teaching Artist – North Adams and Pittsfield


20 hours/week. The String Teaching Artist will be the Lead Teacher for our North Adams site (M, W, F) and a supporting Teaching Artist in our Pittsfield site (T and Th). This teacher will lead beginning and intermediate school-aged string ensembles and lessons focused on age appropriate skill development for young musicians and building community through ensemble playing. The Lead Teacher will schedule sectionals, pull out lessons, and work with the Artistic Director (and other teaching staff) to choose repertoire.  This teacher must also be able to engage and support youth families who are struggling with poverty and other stressors.   Experience in violin, viola, or cello, teaching music, and a belief in music as a vehicle for social change is a must. Flexible schedule with some nights and weekends is required. Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, 18 Degrees, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or email pmcdermott@18degreesma.org. AA/EOE

General Music Teacher (Kids 4 Harmony North Adams, MA)


Part time, after school hours (roughly 3pm – 6pm; flexibility for 10-20 hours/week).  This role will work with elementary school students in an El Sistema based program in the North Adams Public Schools, and will design and implement a basic music learning curriculum for the program of up to 14 students.  Experience with a musical instrument (violin/viola/cello helpful, but not required); teaching music; and a belief in music as a vehicle for social change is a must.  A flexible schedule with some nights and weekends is required. Send cover letter and resume to Paula McDermott, 18 Degrees, 480 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or email pmcdermott@18degreesma.org. AA/EOE