Housing Options Counselor - Full-Time

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Elder Services of Berkshire County
877 South Street - STE 4E
PITTSFIELD, MA 01201

Website: esbci.org

Company Description:
The mission of Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. is to provide Berkshire elders, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live with dignity, independence, and self-determination, and to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Excellent Benefits include Health Insurance, Free Dental Insurance for Full-time positions, Vision Plan, Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Twelve Paid Holidays, three weeks paid Vacation in the first year, Sick and Personal Days, Employee Assistance Program. Public Services Loan Forgiveness Program may apply.

Housing Options Counselor - Full-Time
Per Hour
Pittsfield
Full / Part Time
Social Services
Bachelor's Degree
Required
2+
Preferred
Human Service experience - Preference: Required
Driver's License - Preference: Required

Do you want to assist seniors and individuals with disabilities in an interactive, decision making process to help them identify community resources?   Options Counselors work with the individuals and their family members to connect them to vital resources and services that fit their current situation and preferences to stay in their home. Work collaboratively with clients, families and community resources. 

Options Counselors guide individuals through their questions about living in the community:

  • Can I live in the community safely and independently?
  • What services and supports are available for me in my home?
  • Can I go to a rehab facility or nursing home temporarily and then return to my home?
  • What services, assistive devices, or home modifications are available to support me in my home?
  • Will my insurance cover the costs, and if not, what funding resources may be available for services and supports?

Strong oral and written communication skills. Bachelor’s degree required. Relevant experience in senior and/or disability services preferred. AA/EOE

Education/Experience Requirements: Able to work collaboratively with clients, families and community resources. Strong oral and written communication skills. Bachelor’s degree required. Relevant experience in senior and/or disability services preferred. Bi-lingual a plus.
Competencies:
• Excellent interpersonal skills; strong oral and written communication skills.
• Commitment to working with the elderly and disabled adults; strong sensitivity to aging and disability issues.
• Crisis intervention/problem solving skills.
• Ability to apply the practices, principles, and techniques used in professional social work.
• Leadership ability; independent thinker; self-starter.
• Proficiency in Microsoft office and experience using databases.