AmeriCorps Member – CDC of South Berkshire (Full-Time)

AmeriCorps Member
Service Opportunity
Full-Time Position
1700 hours in 10 months

Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as Associate Project Manager. The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2017, and serve a minimum of 1700 hours through the end of his/her term on July 31, 2018. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation.

CDCSB’s service area includes all of Berkshire County, with a primary focus area on the fifteen towns south of Pittsfield: Lenox, Richmond, Lee, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Tyringham, Egremont, Alford, Sheffield, New Marlborough, Monterey, Otis, Mt. Washington, and Sandisfield. Within this focus area, CDCSB’s work concentrates in the communities that have some level of public infrastructure (town water and sewer, public transportation) and have ready access to services: Great Barrington, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge, Lee, Lenox, Sheffield. The largest of these, Great Barrington, has a population of 7082; the populations of the other towns range from 151 to 5907 (2015, USA City Facts, US Government).

The south Berkshire region is characterized by its rural setting with a predominance of open space, agricultural land with a trend for increasing “rural sprawl” e.g. the population in the core of downtown Great Barrington has declined by 10% over the last decade; in Housatonic by 17%. The economy is primarily service-based, driven by the hospitality and tourism industry. Land costs are disproportionally high, driven by the vacation, retirement and second home markets. Land costs are rising; wages are declining. The combination of low wage-paying jobs and high housing costs has made it especially difficult to retain the area’s youth; the population is declining and aging with a median age of 45.

The unemployment rate in the larger towns ranges from 4.1% in Great Barrington to 3.3% in Stockbridge (Bureau of Labor Statistics). In 2015 the poverty rate in the larger towns ranged from 10.1% in Lenox and 12.2% in Great Barrington with a rate of 14.3% for all of Berkshire County (US Census ACS). These statistics indicate a significant population of “working poor”. The population is 95% white, with a slowly growing Latino population.

Median household income ranges from $48,000 in Monterey to $91,000 in Alford. The median household incomes in the larger towns, holding the majority of the population, average approximately $52,000. The median household income of the downtown cores of the larger towns are 20% to 40% less than the median household incomes for the towns as a whole.

Median sales price of 1500-2500 sq. ft. homes averages $345,000. The household income necessary to afford the median sale price is $90,000, or $38,000 more than the median household income (MassHousing). Nearly half of all homeowners and almost two-thirds of all renters pay more than 30% of their income on housing costs. Homeowner and rental vacancy rates are both less than 2%. None of the south Berkshire towns meet the 10% Subsidized Housing Unit threshold set by Chapter 40-B. There is a very deep need for affordable housing throughout the area, for both rental and home ownership.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

Housing Development Project Management of at least one current project with direction and oversight by the
Executive Director:

• Oversee and manage the process for project feasibility, design/development, and permitting.
• Coordinate and facilitate project financing applications with particular attention to development budgets and operating proformas.
• Coordinate work and facilitate communication between owner, development consultant, and design/development team.
• Facilitate and manage the communication and relationships with State Agencies, Town Boards and partnering organizations.
• Keep records for all project meetings and project-related correspondence.
• Manage the project schedule, including the construction schedule if applicable.
• Develop relationships with community leaders and serve as CDCSB’s liaison with the community.
• Coordinate project information meetings with neighborhoods and the wider public.
• Coordinate events and community outreach relating to ongoing projects and mission.
• Facilitate Facebook and Twitter account information relating to projects and organization.

Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final performance

Members will perform day to day service at CDCSB and serve a minimum of 40 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve evenings and weekends.

Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:
§ Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
§ Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2018;
§ Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
§ Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
§ Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
§ Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.

This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.

§ Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income
distressed neighborhoods
§ Ability to work independently and in a team environment
§ Basic computer skills
§ Good written and oral communication skills
§ Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekend meetings may be required)

To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:

§ Be eligible to earn 100% of a full-time education award
§ Be eligible to perform a term of national service
§ Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
§ Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
§ Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS
§ Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time
§ Be able to complete at least 1700 hours of service within the 10 months of service as well as serve the full term of the service

If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application.

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,815 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $15,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is highly encouraged. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service).

Send resumes to Timothy Geller at

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.

Front Desk/Guest Services Associate (Full & Part-Time) Hancock, MA

Front Desk/Guest Services Associate


The Front Desk/Guest Services Associate will be responsible for providing excellent guest service as it pertains to guest registration/checking out of the resort. He/She will promptly address guest service needs, provide resort information and area attraction details and directions, maintain unit vacancy inventory, reservations, and room assignments, process guest folios, collect payment, and accurately manage cash receipts. He/she will maintain the company’s expected high-quality standards and will follow all safety protocols as dictated by company policy and maintain Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including the new Global Harmonized System (GHS) regulations.


Essential Job Functions


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the Guest Services function of the resort: Promptly greet guests in a friendly and professional manner. Complete guest registration process, issue unit keys and provide resort information and area attractions details and directions. Accurately process all cash and credit card transactions in accordance with established procedures.  Balance all cash receipts and work performed during shift and perform a bucket check on shift, post all guest charges, complete cashier and other reports, preparing deposit, and counting/securing of assigned bank. Complete check-out procedures, compute bills, verify that the correct charges and credits are posted to the corresponding guest folio, collect payment and makes changes as required. May routinely reserve and confirm guest reservations for individuals and/or groups that are requested either by phone or from within the company; process cancellations, revisions, and information updates on changes. Make pre-arrival informational calls to booked incoming guests, confirm and cancel reservations for guests and answer a variety of questions for guests pertaining to their reservations. Provides quotes for room rates (35% time)
  • Maintain positive guest, owner and associate relationships: Respond appropriately to guest inquiries and concerns to ensure total guest satisfaction. Resolve guest issues to resolution in effort to improve the guest experience and escalate any outstanding guest inquiries or concerns to management that may require additional monitoring or follow-up.  Make appropriate service recovery recommendations. Promote team work and quality service through daily communications and coordination with other departments. (35% time)
  • Ensure compliance with: Internal Audit, Quality Assurance, Loss Prevention, Resort Operating Procedures, Guest Service Department Operating Procedures, and Standard Operating Procedures. (15% time)
  • Cultivate a “Count On Me” Culture: Continuously exhibit the company’s Count on Me philosophy; be responsive to the needs of our guests, associates and all we come into contact with on the job, be respectful in every way; deliver a great experience.   (10% time)
  • Performs other duties as needed. (5% time)



Comprehensive Healthcare Benefits within 31 days of hire

Tuition & Certification Reimbursement

401(k) Plan Options

Worldwide Career Growth Opportunities

Travel Discount Benefits

Company Perks


Minimum Requirements and Qualifications

a)    Education

  • High School diploma or equivalent


c)     Knowledge and skills

  • Organizational Skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Acquires job skills and learns company policies and procedures to complete routine tasks.
  • Ability to read and comprehend routine instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
  • Ability to give high priority to customer service.
  • Ability to solve problems with a minimum of supervision.
  • Ability to read, write and understand English.
  • Basic office skills helpful including basic math, proper cash handling procedures.
  • Must maintain a professional appearance and a Can-Do, positive attitude towards all guests and staff.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be people oriented and able to work independently or with others as needed.
  • Must be detail oriented.

d)    Technical Skills

  • PC Skills and Knowledge
  • Ability to use basic office equipment including Fax, copier, printers
  • Microsoft Office: Word, excel, outlook
  • Key systems
  • Hotel Hospitality Front office system knowledge a plus
  • Must be able to easily and frequently change from one activity to another while operating a switchboard or computer keyboard

e)    Job experience

  • 1 year of guest services experience in a hospitality/hotel/resort environment and/or
  • 1 year of customer service experience in service or retail environment

Apply Today!

Interested applicants should apply at and select Hancock, MA as the location

Unless there is a legal requirement, experience will be accepted for the education requirement.


*Must be 18 years of age or older to apply

*Available to work a flexible schedule including days, nights, weekends and holidays

*Ability to provide authorization to work in the United States

*WVO requires the successful completion of a background check prior to employment

Registered Nurse Position at Berkshire Meadows in Housatonic MA (7/26/17)

RN – Nurse – Full-time

Shift: 2 PM to 10 PM

Berkshire Meadows – Housatonic, MA

Program Description

Berkshire Meadows is a residential facility for children and adults with severe intellectual disabilities and complex medical problems.

Job Description:

Work with a dynamic team of professionals including a clinical psychologist and a neuropsychiatrist: We are seeking a professional with experience in the field of developmental disabilities who can oversee the implementation of a behavior management system. This position includes data monitoring and assisting in the development of treatment plans with other members of a multidisciplinary team.


· Mass RN License

· Experience working with special needs population preferred.

· Meet programs requirements for background checks

· Able to work alone in an unsupervised environment.

· Acceptable Driving Record check and a valid driver’s license


Fax your resume to Keelin at (413) 528-0293

Apply in person at 249 North Plain Road (Rt. 41), Housatonic MA


RN Full time JRI Template July 26, 2017

Way Finders Director of Fundraising Position in Springfield MA (Deadline is August 2, 2017)

Way Finders Director of Fundraising Posting
Way Finders, formerly HAPHousing, provides housing and builds communities by working to eliminate homelessness, increase the supply of stable, affordable housing and provide an array of housing services to support people from all walks of life. Way Finders seeks an entrepreneurial, mission-driven Director of Fundraising to join its growing resource development and marketing team in an innovative, goal-oriented and team-based environment.  Duties include:
·         Donor identification, cultivation, stewardship and engagement which will encompass significant donor research and prospecting;
·         Oversee and actively implement the Benevon fundraising model;
·         Collaboration with organizational leadership to develop and implement development strategies;
·         Oversight of on-line and employee giving campaigns and collaboration on marketing and social media initiatives.
Requirements include:
·         A minimum of 5-7 years of related experience, with Benevon model preferred;
·         Bachelor’s degree;
·         Strong organizational and strategy implementation abilities;
·         Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including public speaking;
·         Knowledge of Western MA communities, social media and event management are plusses;
·         A desire to research and create new programs and outreach activities preferred.
For immediate consideration, please send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to search firm United Personnel, c/o Maggie Ducheney, at by August 2, 2017.
Abigail Emeigh
Executive Recruiter |United Personnel
Phone: 413.314.6083
1550 Main St., Ste. 108
Springfield, MA 01103
How Great People Get to Work

Support Staff – Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office – (Full-Time)

Job Description:
Provide administrative and office support to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office by handling all general clerical duties including, but not limited to case file management, photocopying, printing, faxing, mailing, filing, data entry & phone duties both for assigned court or unit or as part of general receptionist duties. Staff assigned to court duties will maintain & update case management database including: file creation—both physical and in case management system, daily updates to case management system, entering disposition information in an accurate and timely manner, creation and management of daily court list and file preparation for daily court business, prompt file retrieval from both open and disposed of cases as needed.

Staff assigned to Victim Assistance Unit will perform same duties as above and will be responsible for the timely and accurate production of letters and maintenance of files in case management system.  All positions must perform all duties related to case management as required by Assistant District Attorneys, Victim Assistance & other administrative and support staff, including requests for reports and other case-related information, summonses and notifications, disposition reports. Perform other duties as assigned. Positions may require lateral rotation within the Office to similar positions, based on office needs.

Salary range:   $27,000 to $28,500

Benefits include:  health, life, dental/vision and long term disability insurances; vacation, personal and sick time; Flexible Spending Accounts (for health or dependent care)

  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook) and database entry skills;
  • To be familiar with and to follow the provisions of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office Personnel Policies;
  • To participate in training opportunities relevant to Office functions;
  • To interact in a respectful & professional manner with the public, judicial and law enforcement personnel and office staff;
  • To complete work assignments in a timely, accurate & efficient manner

All job offers contingent upon successful completion of background check

To Apply:

Send resume & references NO LATER THAN JULY 31, 2017  Frederick A. Lantz, Director of Support Services, PO Box 1969, Pittsfield, MA  01202-1969 or email

See Also  – Employment – for additional information on pay and benefits

Registered Nurse – Justice Resource Institute (Full-Time)

RN – Nurse – Full-time

Shift:  2 PM to 10 PM

Berkshire Meadows – Housatonic, MA

Program Description

Berkshire Meadows is a residential facility for children and adults with severe intellectual disabilities and complex medical problems.

Job Description:

Work with a dynamic team of professionals including a clinical psychologist and a neuropsychiatrist: We are seeking a professional with experience in the field of developmental disabilities who can oversee the implementation of a behavior management system. This position includes data monitoring and assisting in the development of treatment plans with other members of a multidisciplinary team.


  • Mass RN License
  • Experience working with special needs population preferred.
  • Meet programs requirements for background checks
  • Able to work alone in an unsupervised environment.
  • Acceptable Driving Record check and a valid driver’s license


  •  Fax your resume to Keelin at (413) 528-0293
  • Apply in person at 249 North Plain Road (Rt. 41), Housatonic
  • Email:

 What we offer:  Opportunities for continued education/training and much more!

  • Health (50-85% of premium paid by JRI)
  • Dental (company paid)
  • 401k
  • Company sponsored pension plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to $3,600 per year)
  • Life insurance
  • Supplemental Life/AD&D
  • 19 paid days off (first year) plus 11 paid holidays

JRI is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining diverse community.  Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.