Join a dynamic and growing team! The Consortium creates conditions in which people with lived experience pursue their dreams and strengthen our communities through full participation. The Consortium is committed to creating a diverse workforce. AA/EOE

Title Home & Community Connections Support Staff
Location Holyoke, MA & Belchertown, MA
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Home & Community Connections – Support Staff/Direct Support Professional

Be a part of a growing team! Come join the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium and share in our mission in providing community based approaches in quality assistance, service and care. The Consortium’s Home & Community Connections division is currently seeking motivated individuals interested in providing assistance and personal care for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Consortium offers an exceptional benefits package to its full-time employees including:

  • Generous Paid Leave
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Medical/Dental benefits
  • Career Development training
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan

Full time, Part-time and Relief (Per Diem) positions are available in the Greater Holyoke and Belchertown areas, including Chicopee, Palmer, South Hadley, and Springfield. Evening, overnight and weekend hours available. A high school diploma/G.E.D and three years driving experience is required. Personal/professional experience working with people with developmental disabilities preferred. We strive to help our individuals achieve their dreams through lived experience so come join us today and take the first step in making a difference in the lives of the people we serve! The Consortium embraces a multicultural work environment. AA/EOE

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Chrystal Dore at cdore@wmtcinfo.org or complete the Consortium’s fillable employment application and print/scan or download as PDF to submit via email or fax to Chrystal’s attention at: (413) 536-4166. 

As always, you can also apply in person by visiting our main offices at:

187 High Street; Suite 202
Holyoke MA 01040
(413) 536 – 2401



Title Afiya Peer Respite Advocate
Location Northampton, MA
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Afiya Peer Respite, 30+ hours per week. We are anticipating openings at Afiya (exact number of hours and schedule to be determined), the only peer respite in Massachusetts. Afiya’s primary mission and purpose is to support people who are struggling to avoid hospitalization and other more invasive interventions, while also creating space for them to shift what often gets called ‘crisis’ into a learning opportunity.

Are you someone who is energized by intense conversations? Are you able to sit with someone who is thinking seriously about suicide, own your own fear, and stay present? Are you open to conversations exploring self-injury and how it is or is not working for someone? Can you listen and stay curious, even when someone is going through something you don’t fully understand or that sounds scary to you? Does the idea of supporting someone to make meaning of voices or visions sound like something you’d be good at? If so, then this job may be for you. $14.00 to $15.50 per hour depending on bilingual abilities (English/Spanish or English/ASL) and training.

REQUIREMENTS: You MUST have first-hand experience with psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, homelessness, problems with substances, and/or other life-interrupting challenges. (This means that you yourself must have been diagnosed, survived trauma, been homeless, struggled with addiction or problems with substances, and/or similar.) Experience being hospitalized on a psychiatric unit or being incarcerated is not required, but is preferred. A commitment to raising awareness of and undoing racism, transphobia, ableism, psychiatric oppression and other forms of systemic oppression is also required. Ability to remain present in intense/really difficult conversations and situations absolutely required.

PREFERRED/A PLUS: Bilingual/bicultural (Spanish/English, ASL/English, etc.) a big plus. Training in Intentional Peer Support, Hearing Voices, Alternatives to Suicide, or similar a plus. Some past experience offering paid peer support and/or familiarity with psychiatric survivor, human rights, cross-disability and/or other related movements a plus.

TO APPLY: Afiya is a part of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community. Please send your resume and a cover letter to info@westernmassrlc.org by Friday, January 17. Although you are not required to share any personal details, your cover letter should at least generally explain how you meet the job requirements. Applications that do not include cover letters may be thrown out. AA/EOE.



Title RLC – Advocate (based in Hampden County)
Location Springfield/Holyoke
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Advocate, 8-15 hours part-time. Based in Hampden County (Springfield/Holyoke) Offer peer-to-peer support, group facilitation, assistance with finding resources, and more. $14 to $15.50 per hour (Pay rate based on bilingual abilities, and trainings completed). Individuals interested in filling in per diem (as needed) hours are also welcomed to apply (pay rate is $13.75 for individuals who work on a strictly per diem basis).

Required: First-hand experience with psychiatric diagnosis (you yourself being given a diagnosis), hospitalization (you yourself being hospitalized), homelessness (you yourself living without a home), problems with substances (you yourself struggling with addiction or problems with substances), and/or other life-interrupting challenges. Commitment to challenging racism, sexism, and other systemic oppression.

Preferred/A Plus: Knowledge of local resources; Knowledge of peer support and related movements. Bilingual/bicultural (bilingual in Spanish/English is required for some of the hours and preferred for others, ASL/English also a plus); Intentional Peer Support, Alternatives to Suicide, Hearing Voices, and/or other peer support trainings.

These positions are based on anticipated openings, with some hours/schedules to be determined. Hiring will continue as needed until hours are filled. Please include a cover letter that explains your interest in this job, and confirming that you meet the basic requirements for the position. Applications without a cover letter may be thrown out.



Title Development and Public Relations Coordinator
Location Holyoke, MA
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Development and Public Relations Coordinator – Part-Time 20 hours a week, $17.00 per hour

The Consortium is seeking a team player who is passionate, creative, values-driven, and comfortable working collaboratively with our program and communities to accomplish marketing tasks with a commitment to valuing lived experience. The Development and Public Relations Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Working collaboratively as part of the Development Team to implement strategy for generating and maintaining marketing materials and other public relations content
  • Supporting the integration of Consortium values in both internal and external messaging
  • Building relationships with Consortium-connected programs and communities and working collaboratively to achieve development goals
  • Supporting donor cultivation by tracking database information and ensuring timely and effective donor communication
  • Facilitating online engagement by monitoring/updating Consortium website and social media content to maintain accessibility and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Networking with local media to generate visibility opportunities
  • Generating written content for press releases, editorials, grant applications, etc.
  • Research and catalogue relevant demographic data, fund development opportunities, etc.

Minimum Qualifications are:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, WordPress, Universal Design/ Accessibility, Social Media Platforms, & ability to learn other relevant software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Positive attitude, detail-oriented, professional demeanor, tactful and ethical
  • Excellent time management and organization skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work independently in an effective manner

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Fluency in Spanish – bilingual/bicultural Latino
  • Associates, BA or BS degree in marketing or related field
  • 2 years of experience in marketing or related field
  • Experience with nonprofit fundraising, CRM/donor management software

The ideal candidate will have strong collaboration skills, a practiced understanding of creating conditions for trauma informed engagement, and an appreciation of diverse cultures. Individuals who bring culturally diverse perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Mary Kate Farley-Dimino at mfarley-dimino@wmtcinfo.org. Resumes accepted until 2-7-20. The Consortium works toward building a multicultural environment and a sense of belonging AA/EOE



Title RLC – Project Director/Community Coordinators (part-time)
Location Throughout MA
Job Information

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The Western Mass RLC is hiring!! The positions below are based on an anticipated contract we hope to begin in early 2020. We hope you will consider joining us and/or helping us get the word out!!

Black Community Coordinator, 20 hrs per week: It is anticipated that this position will focus statewide on outreach, bridge building, and involvement of the voice of black people who have also faced emotional distress, trauma, problems with substances, and other life-interrupting challenges in public policy development and more.

Youth Community Coordinator, 20 hrs per week: It is anticipated that this position will focus statewide on outreach, bridge building, and involvement of the voice of young people who have also faced emotional distress, trauma, problems with substances, and other life-interrupting challenges in public policy development and more.

Latinx Community Coordinator, 20 hrs per week: It is anticipated that this position will focus statewide on outreach, bridge building, and involvement of the voice of people of Hispanic or Latin heritage who have also faced emotional distress, trauma, problems with substances, and other life-interrupting challenges in public policy development and more.

LGBTQQIA+ Community Coordinator, 20 hrs per week: It is anticipated that this position will focus statewide on outreach, bridge building, and involvement of the voice of people who identify on the LGBTQQIA+ spectrum and who have also faced emotional distress, trauma, problems with substances, and other life-interrupting challenges in public policy development and more.

Cross-Disability Community Coordinator, 20 hrs per week: It is anticipated that this position will focus statewide on outreach, bridge building, and involvement of the voice of disabled people who have also faced emotional distress, trauma, problems with substances, and other life-interrupting challenges in public policy development and more.

Interfaith Coordinator, 10 hrs per week: Faith communities often serve as a place where people make valuable connections and find meaning and support. It is anticipated that this position will focus on outreach, bridge building, and the creation of new opportunities that recognize this important part of many people’s lives.

Benefits Specialist, 10 hrs per week: SSI, SSDI, and other benefits can be essential to help people survive when going through a difficult time. Unfortunately, these complicated systems can also act as a barrier for people who are ready or want to work.  It is anticipated that this position will focus on supporting people to better understand how to navigate these systems and achieve their goals.

Director, 8 hrs per week: It is anticipated that one of the above positions will be given an additional 8 hours per week to provide oversight, supervision, and program development.

Job responsibilities will have a statewide focus, and may include support group facilitation, training, individual support, event planning, work with legislators and others involved in public policy, and more. All positions listed above will pay $19 to $20.50 per hour based on bilingual language abilities and completion of core trainings, with the exception of the Director role which will pay $21.50 to $23.

Requirements: Job requirements include first-hand experience with the focus area for which you are applying. For example, if you are  applying for the black community coordinator position, you must be black, or if applying for the cross-disability coordinator you must identify as having a disability, and if applying for the Benefits  Specialist you must have had experience being on benefits like SSI or SSDI, etc.

All positions also require first-hand experience with psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, homelessness, problems with substances, and/or other life interrupting challenges. A commitment to raising awareness of and undoing racism, transphobia, ableism, psychiatric oppression and other forms of systemic oppression is also required. Bilingual abilities (Spanish/English, ASL/English, etc.) are a big plus for any position, and is strongly preferred for the Latinx Coordinator. Translation experience a big plus, too!

Experience working with legislators and other public policy makes, knowledge of and experience offering peer support, and experience working with statewide projects are all also desired, though not required. Training in Intentional Peer Support, Alternatives to Suicide, Hearing Voices, and other relevant trainings also a plus.

Individuals applying for the Director position should also have some experience with one or more of the following tasks: Project oversight, supervision of employees, project development, and/or managing funder relationships.

Given the statewide focus, access and ability to use a vehicle for work is strongly preferred for all positions, as is experience using on-line meeting technologies (Skype, Zoom, etc.), e-mail, etc.

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to info@westernmassrlc.org by Monday, January 13, 2020. Please clearly identify for which position(s) you are applying, and how you meet the requirements of that role. Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed. You may apply for more than one of these positions using the same cover letter, but please specify if you have a preference, and/or if you’re hoping to combine more than one position to make a full-time role. AA/EOE.



Title RECOVER Project- Peer and Community Engagement Coordinator
Location Greenfield, MA
Job Information

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Peer and Community Engagement Coordinator- Full time 30 hours

The Western MA Training Consortium has a 30-hour position available serving as a Peer and Community Engagement Coordinator at The RECOVER Project in Greenfield, MA. The RECOVER Project, a well-established peer-to-peer recovery support program with a strong community presence. Be part of a dynamic team in realizing a vision of an inclusive recovery community designed to increase access to appropriate recovery supports for all people within our communities.

The RECOVER Project is looking for an individual who loves to interact with community and has the drive and curiosity to engage and inspire members in their process of self-discovery. The Peer and Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for establishing positive and sustainable relationships with community organizations and resources, seeking to remove the walls of our recovery center and build bridges into communities that may have been isolated in order to increase access to appropriate recovery supports for all who seek them. The Coordinator will provide community education about the RECOVER Project, its peer-to-peer participatory process, core values, and mission, develop a team of community based peer recovery advocates, and maintain a social media and web presence. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: maintaining safe space for all RECOVER Project members, supporting peer-to-peer relationships, working with the RECOVER Project team to support all aspects of membership, including program planning and data management, enhancing membership opportunities and recovery supports.

Qualifications include: close familiarity with the local recovery community, lived experience with recovery from substance use disorder and experience in outreach and community building. Bachelor’s degree suggested, but relevant field experience may be substituted for some education. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation needed.

The Consortium offers competitive wages and an exceptional benefits package to its full-time employees. The Consortium works toward building a multicultural environment and sense of belonging AA/EOE.

Please send letter of interest and resume to RECOVER Project Director, Peggy Vezina at pvezina@wmtcinfo.org.



Title Home & Community Connections – Flex Relief Staff
Location Holyoke, MA
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The Western Massachusetts Training Consortium’s Home and Community Connections is seeking Flex Relief Staff to join our team – Flex Relief Staff are to provide direct care and support to persons with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Flex Relief Staff are guaranteed 40 hours a week. This position requires flexibility to work any of these shifts: 3pm to 11pm and/or 11pm to 9am, including weekend availability for both 3pm to 11pm and 11pm to 9am. These shifts are to be worked at ANY of the 24 hour homes we support.

Professional or personal experiences within human services preferred. A valid Massachusetts driver’s license and a history of two years positive driving record is required. A basic competency in computer skills which include navigating windows based programs and the internet.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Flex Relief staff are required to be trained and certified in First Aid & CPR and MAP.

HOURS: Full time, evenings and overnights including weekends.

LIFTING REQUIREMENTS: Ability to safely lift 25 pounds is required.

COMPENSATION: Due to the additional competency needs and MAP requirement this position pays $15.00 per hour.

Please submit a letter of interest to cdore@wmtcinfo.org The Consortium embraces a multicultural work environment. AA/EOE



Title RECOVER Project – Recover Coach Supervisor
Location Greenfield, MA
Job Information

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Part-Time (12 hours a week) Recover Coach Supervisor

The RECOVER Project is seeking a Recover Coach Supervisor who is excited and passionate about helping individuals achieve their personal and professional goals. The Recover Coach Supervisor will provide positive, and solution based supervision that encompasses administrative support, professional development, and social/emotional wellbeing to The RECOVER Projects Recovery Coach Volunteers.

The successful candidate will work with our current Recovery Coach Supervisor to build an innovative Peer to Peer Recovery Coach Learning Community and Support System. The Recovery Coach Supervisors will grow and maintain partnerships with community organizations to develop a fluid support and resource network.

The right candidate will have strong collaboration skills, demonstrated leadership ability, a practiced understanding of creating conditions for trauma informed engagement, and an appreciation of diverse cultures. Individuals who bring culturally diverse perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications are:

  • Completion of Recover Coach Academy and Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaching trainings
  • Completion of Recovery Coach Supervisor Training (will assist in obtaining training to right candidate)
  • Massachusetts Certified Addictions Recovery Coach designation (can be actively working toward)
  • 3 years lived experience with substance use recovery
  • Excellent interpersonal, management, and organizational skills
  • Able to work efficiently in a fast paced environment
  • Competent in the use of computers including MS Office

Interested candidates should email cover letter and resume to Abbi Cushing at acushing@wmtcinfo.org by January 21, 2020. The Consortium works toward building a multicultural environment and sense of belonging.  AA/EOE



Title RECOVER Project – Recover Coach Volunteers
Location Greenfield, MA
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Recover Coach Volunteers (Part Time)

The RECOVER Project; a well-established peer-to-peer recovery support program with a strong community presence, is seeking individuals to join our Recovery Coach Volunteer team to provide positive solution based recovery coaching within Franklin County and the North Quabbin areas.

The ideal candidates will have the ability to build trusting, positive, and strength based relationships with those seeking support in their recovery journey. Candidates must have completed the 30 hour CCAR Recovery Coach Academy. Lived experience with substance use recovery required.

Through this volunteer program The RECOVER Project will provide opportunity to obtain up to 500 hours of Recovery Coaching and the supervision necessary as required for the Massachusetts Certified Addictions Recovery Coach designation. Workshops and classes designed to support personal wellness as a Recovery Coach, and access to The RECOVER Project’s innovative Peer to Peer Recovery Coach Learning Community will be available.

Individuals who bring culturally diverse perspectives are encouraged to apply. The Consortium works toward building a multicultural environment and sense of belonging.  AA/EOE

Letter of interest may be submitted to Abbi Cushing at acushing@wmtcinfo.org through December 31, 2019.