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We believe that when organizations that serve individuals and families affected by disabilities and/or chronic health care issues offer professional opportunities for family members and individuals with disabilities, they truly embrace the values and practice of family leadership.

As employment and training opportunities arise in the field, we will share them with you, because we’re all about family leadership.

See below for some open positions and training opportunities that have been shared with our network.

The Nemasket Group

Do you know someone that would be a perfect fit for The Nemasket Group? With our Employee Referral Program employees of the organization could earn $750 for each employee that is successfully hired by the organization. Open positions within The Nemasket Group can be found at: http://nemasketgroup.org/opportunities-2/?fbclid=IwAR0OJiAHpY73yzUi_up7Zr_xOJVv9Ay60j2t9fzJrkglsfk8V9obY7JBJLc

  1. Direct Support Staff/Job Coach for Job Paths Program – Full-Time, Part-Time & Relief Positions
  2. Direct Support Professional in Community Living Program 
  3. Skills Trainer – Mansfield and Mattapoisett 

The Arc Of Mass

SUPPORT Brokers is Hiring!

Part-time positions available in Central and Western Massachusetts. SUPPORTbrokerd, independent of the Massachusetts system of state agencies, spend time with individuals and families to learn about their needs and goals. Brokers offer assistance with planning, brokering, advocacy, and information and referral to meet these goals. Position requires experience in person-centered planning, comprehensive knowledge of state services and resources and problem solving. Ability to provide in person services is required. Send resume to Kerry at Mahoney@arcmass.org.

Pathways to Friendship/Widening the Circle Part-time Position Available

Facilitator/Consultant on inclusion and relationship building to organizations and families. Understanding of and commitment to the importance of friendships between people with and without disabilities; understanding of the Department of Developmental Services system including provider agencies; presentation and writing skills needed; leadership experience in mentoring, training, and supporting others; ability to travel to agencies. Ideally the candidate will be based in Central Massachusetts. https://thearcofmass.org/join-our-team?fbclid=IwAR1uckKLIQ0_qQ2wzVVgR4tLCeLGf89y1VMd8Kccn49TYEadw-qZ-IEIetw

New jobs at Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL:) https://ppal.net/employment/

  1. Project Coordinator, Juvenile Justice, Waltham Office
  2. Family Support Specialist, Juvenile Justice, Hampden/Worcester County
  3. Family Support Specialist, Juvenile Justice, Essex/Middlesex County

Self-Advocate Training

The LEND Program is seeking a self-advocate with a disability to take part in the LEND fellowship that runs from September 2021 – May 2022. Massachusetts residents with developmental disabilities who are no longer in school, or a transition program are eligible to apply.

LEND stands for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. The LEND Program is a joint initiative of Boston Children’s Hospital and the ICI. The program provides interdisciplinary training for a diverse group of fellows from disciplines including social work, psychology, developmental medicine, audiology, occupational therapy, nursing, public health, genetic counseling, child development, and education. Participants include parents of children with disabilities and self-advocates (people with disabilities who are finding ways to increase their independence and speak up for their goals). Self-advocates often bring a support person with them to the program.

For more information or to apply, please contact: Lauren.Berman@childrens.harvard.edu

Learn more about the LEND Program at www.LENDBoston.org

Part Time Training Team Coordinator Position Open with Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong 

Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong is a statewideself-advocacy organization that supports, nurtures, and promotesself-advocacy in youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to empower self-advocates through education so we make choices that improve and enrich our lives.

Team coordinators lead multiple teams of three to five self-advocate trainers. We are looking for a coordinator for our Explore, Prepare, Act, (EPA), Awareness and Action (A&A), Healthy Self-Advocates, and Self-Advocacy Leadership Series (SALS) training. 

The team coordinator is responsible for understanding the curriculum and guiding the self-advocates in delivering the training both in-person as well as virtually via Zoom. The coordinator sets up the course equipment, calendar invites, and additional communication for each two to three-hour training. The coordinator works with school programs, residential service providers, and other self-advocacy groups to schedule, deliver, track participant data, and follow-up on each training. The coordinator provides support, supervision and direction to the trainers, and coordinates the training dates and practice rehearsals with them.

MASS is looking for people that are professional, have strong communication skills, very organized, comfortable leading a team of people with disabilities, and capable of scheduling training within a short period of time. 
The position pays $18.00 to $20.00 an hour with reimbursement for mileage and expenses, and prorated vacation time depending on the total number of weekly hours. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provide resources, support and build relationships with existing and new training team members 
Conduct weekly Zoom calls to trainers to check in about resources, scheduling, and other needs.Assist with capturing work hours via timesheets to be submitted as part of MASS’s payroll process.Email or mail any relevant materials to members of training teams as needed.Support training team members with their technology, and meet them at agreed upon times in person to offer the support.
2. Facilitate weekly team training practices and meetings on Zoom platform.Create Zoom links and communicate information to training teams.Create a schedule of weekly practices on Google calendar based on trainer’s schedules and preferences.
3. Schedule and coordinate training with external groups and organizations both in person, hybrid, and on Zoom.Maintain and develop relationships with trainees and prior training locations.Coordinate logistics such as technology needs, accessibility and materials. Communicate logistics, timelines, and outcomes to related parties.
4. Stay current with training curriculum, related resources, documents, and update when needed for accessibility purposesReview training curriculum and scripting on a regular basis.Communicate updates to all training teams.Create training opportunities on existing curriculum for training teams. 
5. Work with other MASS staff to identify other “Train the Trainer” opportunities, create onboarding timeline and schedules, and implement training to external partners.
6. Other duties as assigned by the Operations Coordinator. 

Qualifications: Minimum of three to 5 years’ experience in self-advocacy, community organizing, human rights or comparable experience. Good oral and written communication skills.Comfort in facilitating groups, training activities, and online webinar presentations to participants and stakeholders.Experience with Zoom and online conferencing platforms required.Experience in Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, and Calendar) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required.Vehicle to travel extensively throughout MassachusettsA willingness to learn and grow with the position as new opportunities and funding becomes available.Familiarity with organizing, networking and creating connections with other groups and allies. 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to the attention of Grant Yosenick at info@WeAreMASS.org