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Westbay Community Action, Inc.
224 Buttonwoods Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
ATTN: Jenna Tietze
           Director of Administration

Westbay Community Action, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Westbay Community Action, Inc. was recognized with an Exemplary Worksite Health Award from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce for effective programs encouraging employee health and well-being in a meaningful way.

MSW School Social Worker

Westbay Community Action, Inc. is seeking a MSW School Social Worker to collaborate with West Warwick High School to provide services to the at-risk student population. The successful candidate will provide direct and indirect social work services to students experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioral problems that interfere with their performance in school, and facilitate communication among school, home and community providers. Successful candidate will also act as a liaison between, home, school and community providers to access, mobilize and coordinate services. This is a full time (37.5 hrs/week) position and the rate of pay is $24.00/hour.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MSW degree or equivalent in a social services area required
  • Holds RI Certification/Licensure as a School Social Worker
  • Two years experience working in a related field required
  • Successful experience working with at-risk students
  • Pass a BCI clearance
  • Must have physical and required immunizations, if applicable

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CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Must have knowledge of community services
  • Must be computer literate
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact and communicate with the client, family members, providers and co-workers
  • Must possess knowledge of human behavior and the aging process
  • Must have knowledge of available program funding and other resources
  • Must work with persons of various cultures and lifestyles in the helping process
  • Must possess the sensitivity required to assist the family and client in the process of becoming empowered
  • Must have knowledge of social, health and mental health interventions
  • Must possess skills and techniques for crisis intervention and problem solving
  • Must have the ability to critically analyze and make immediate decisions
  • Must be a creative thinker
  • Must possess active listening skills
  • Must possess skills in time management, organizational development and planning
  • Must make a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in all aspects of the work
  • Must be willing to engage in self evaluation and to establish goals for professional development
  • Must be willing to participate in ongoing training and education
  • Must possess the ability to initiate and sustain trust
  • Must be able to effect change through advocacy for the consumer
  • Must be able to work independently and be a team member
  • Must be able to supervise members of the team
  • Must be energetic and convey a positive attitude
  • Must have a solid work ethic
  • Must be extremely flexible and able to make change
  • Must be able to model professionalism both in behavior and appearance
  • Must have access to a vehicle to perform agency work
  • Must have a driver’s license and document car insurance and a safe driving record
  • Must be extremely accurate in record keeping
  • Must respect and adhere to confidentiality policies for the agency and clients

Physical Effort / Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to talk to hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands, fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and / or move up to 20 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The environment includes a clinical business office environment, school, client’s homes and community based organizations. Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens, respiratory diseases and other infectious diseases, and other biohazardous material requires universal standard precautions. This position requires the individual to have their own transportation, a current unrestricted license to drive, documented auto insurance and the individual must be willing to work in client’s homes and the community.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

The duties listed are primary functions of the job, and are not intended to be all-inclusive. You may be called upon to perform duties comparable to those listed.

  • Provide individual and group counseling to students experiencing significant behavioral and emotional dysregulation
  • Provide consultation to parents and assist with referrals to resources that support their child’s needs
  • Provide consultation to teachers regarding students receiving services
  • Identify specific tier II intervention strategies in conjunction with the school MTSS team (tier II, and III) to include chronic absenteeism mitigation
  • Coordinate with current social work staff to supplement existing efforts
  • Assists teachers and parents in developing and implementing behavior management plans to remediate problem behaviors
  • Assist students to improve their academic, personal and social functioning
  • Provides social skills, anger management, stress reduction or other similar instruction to students who are experiencing social/emotional behavioral problems that interfere with their learning or the ability to learn
  • All referrals for services will be referred from the West Warwick High School Social Worker
  • Assists school staff in developing and implementing student plans
  • Provides information and assistance to families to help them understand their child’s education progress
  • Communicates with staff, administration and parents concerning students’ social, emotional and behavioral programs
  • Align and facilitate after school activities with the needs and wants of the student
  • Consult and collaborate with social services, mental health and community providers
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Attend meetings as requested by the school, parent as needed
  • Conduct home visits as needed
  • Engage family and community support systems as available
  • Provide supportive counseling and advocacy to clients and their families
  • Coordinate services with other community resources
  • Determine eligibility needed resources and aid in application process
  • Inform clients of their rights and responsibilities
  • Support client’s efforts to have his/her voice heard and to get needed services.
  • Offer advocacy on the client’s or family’s behalf when needed services are not being adequately provided by an organization within the community’s service deliver system
  • Recognize potential conflicts of interest and refer consumers to next appropriate service to advocacy needs are met
  • Maintain information needed for data collection and enter into the agency’s data system
  • Participate in meetings and trainings as needed and in public policy forums when appropriate
  • Educate the general community about Westbay services.

WIC Receptionist/Nutrition Assistant

Westbay Community Action, Inc. is seeking a part time Receptionist/Nutrition Assistant for our WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program. The successful candidate will assist participants through the WIC application process by scheduling appointments, completing forms and collecting documentation. Successful candidate will also perform tasks such as taking children’s measurements and drawing blood, documenting results. The Receptionist/Nutrition Assistant will be responsible to provide nutrition education information face to face with participants and distribute appropriate nutrition education materials as well as establish and maintain both the paper and computer files.

The position is for 15 hours per week at a pay rate of $11.25/hour and will primarily be in North Kingstown, RI.

Applicants must possess qualifications as listed below:

  • High School diploma required
  • 1 year clerical and computer experience required
  • Training in drawing blood with six months experience preferred
  • Training in child nutrition education, preferred
  • Pass a BCI check
  • Must have updated immunizations if applicable

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Must be:

  • Energetic and convey a positive attitude
  • Detailed oriented to ensure records and documentation are accurate
  • Well organized to ensure participants are scheduled as required, records are maintained and reports are prepared timely
  • Dependable, in attendance at work and on time
  • Customer service oriented
  • Able to communicate with peers, supervisors and participants verbally and in writing
  • Computer literate
  • Flexible and able to adjust to change
  • Able to work with people from various cultures and lifestyles
  • Able to work with families with young children
  • Able to work with the public
  • Knowledgeable of Universal Precautions policies and procedures
  • Proficient in math skills
  • Able to share suggestions about ways to improve the service that is provided
  • Able to make a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in all aspects of the work
  • Willing to engage in self evaluation and to establish goals for professional development
  • Willing to participate in ongoing education and training
  • Reliable and committed to a solid work ethic
  • Able to multi-task, take initiative, make decisions and solve problems
  • Able to model professionalism both in actions and appearance
  • Respectful and adhere to confidentiality policies for the agency and clients
  • Current in the knowledge about nutrition
  • Able to work independently and as a team member
  • Able to initiate and sustain trust
  • Able to access to a vehicle to conduct agency business as required
  • Able to provide a valid driver’s license, document a safe driving record and car insurance upon request

Physical Effort / Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to talk to hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands, fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to draw blood and take measurements requiring steady hands and attention to detail. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and / or move up to 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The environment is a clinical business and medical office environment. Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens, respiratory diseases and other infectious diseases, and other biohazardous material requires universal standard precautions. The individual must be willing to work in the community.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

The duties listed below are primary functions of the job and are not intended to be all-inclusive. You may be called upon to perform other duties comparable to those cited.

  • Schedule participant appointments and call in advance to confirm attendance
  • Call no show appointments to reschedule
  • Complete application, collect documentation and determine participant eligibility
  • Inform participants of their rights and responsibilities
  • Enter participant demographic information into the WIC computer system
  • Prepare new charts, file forms and maintain records
  • Maintain a current referral guide for participants, updating as needed
  • Take Hgb, weights and heights of participants, recording results in the appropriate files
  • Assist in reporting of immunizations and RITE Care status in Kid’s Net database.
  • Operate and maintain equipment and maintain program supply inventory
  • Prepare and enter data collection (Tracker) forms in compliance with Westbay Community Action regulations
  • Deliver secondary nutrition education to participants in accordance with WIC standards
  • Record secondary nutrition education contacts with low risk participants as required
  • Attend secondary nutrition education contact trainings quarterly to maintain highest level of knowledge possible
  • Attend state meetings and trainings as scheduled
  • Participate in public policy forums whenever possible
  • Educate the general community about the services of Westbay
  • Participant in annual nutrition education community event as approved by Program Director

Teacher I - School Age Coordinator

Westbay Children’s Center is seeking a passionate, team member to provide an engaging environment for our school-age participants. The qualified candidate will have an associate’s degree in education or a related field, be at least 21 years old, and have experience working with diverse populations. Westbay Children’s Center is committed to provide the highest quality care and education to children from 18 months to 12 years old. Our philosophy includes the integration of several great theorists.

Jean Piaget“…children actively explore and interpret the world…thus teachers should devise approaches to teaching that capture children’s spontaneous activity and interest through play, experimentation and cooperation in adult-child and child-child relationships.  … Children construct their own understanding of concepts as they manipulate real, concrete objects and participate in firsthand experiences”

 Lev Vygotsky – “Children grow cognitively not by acting on objects but also by interacting with knowledgeable peers and adults”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau“Education should occur in a natural environment that is based on the children’s experiences as they develop…Children’s innate curiosity is a motivating source for learning”

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi“…children engage in active learning using their senses.  Children should find answers for themselves while engaging in spontaneous activities”

Erik Erikson“Social/emotional learning is a lifelong process that begins at birth.  When adults respond to children’s needs, children learn to trust, develop independence and take initiative to assert themselves in socially acceptable ways”

If you share this philosophy, please send us your resume today!

The School-age Coordinator position is 17.5 hours weekly, except during school vacation and summer, when it is 40 hours weekly. Opportunities for additional hours is available during the school year. The rate of pay for this position is $12.00/hour and benefits include sick, vacation, and personal time, with the additional benefit of joining a professional team that is dedicated to providing the best early care and education to all children.

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Qualifications:

  • Must be atleast 21 years of age
  • AA Degree in Elementary Education or related field
  • 1 year supervisor experience and prior experience teaching young children required
  • 2 years supervised experience working with school-aged children in a group setting
  • Has updated Practitioner Portfolio
  • Must meet DCYF & BCI criminal background check requirements
  • Must have a physical examination and required immunizations

Core Competencies

  • Must complete 20 hours of Continuing Education per year
  • Must be energetic and convey a positive attitude
  • Must have a solid work ethic
  • Must attend staff meetings after hours as scheduled
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills
  • Must be knowledgeable of the RIDE Core Competencies for ECE Teachers (Health/Safety & Wellness, Family Engagement, Child Development and Learning, Curriculum, Observation & Assessment, Professionalism)
  • Must be well organized and detailed oriented
  • Must be able to make decisions and take initiative
  • Must be extremely flexible and able to multi-task
  • Must be able to work independently – and be a cohesive member of a team
  • Must be able to model professional behavior and appearance
  • Must have experience working with low income families and youth
  • Must be able to work with people of various cultures and lifestyles
  • Must make a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in all aspects of work
  • Must be computer literate
  • Must have access to reliable transportation
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, document car insurance and safe driving record upon request
  • Must respect and adhere to confidentiality policies for the agency and clients

Knowledge of: (Candidate should have some awareness of the following):

  • DCYF Regulations for school age licensure
  • NAEYC/RIAEYC
  • RI Quality and Improvement Rating Scale (Bright Stars)
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Young Children
  • Environmental Safety Scale (SACERS)
  • Positive Behavioral Strategies for young children
  • RI Kids Connect

Physical Effort / Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to talk to hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands, fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and / or move objects and/or children up to 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The environment includes a school classroom and occasional field trips to community venues. Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens, respiratory diseases and other infectious diseases, and other biohazardous material requires universal standard precautions. This position requires the individual to have their own transportation, a current unrestricted license to drive, documented auto insurance and the individual must be willing to work in schools and the community.

Specific Duties:

The duties listed below are primary functions of the job, and are not intended to be all-inclusive. You may be called upon to perform other duties comparable to those cited.

  • Plan and implement daily activities according to approved curricula and developmentally appropriate practices (prepares Plan Book in advance) for full and part time programs.
  • Devise strategies to engage parents as a partner in the educational goal setting for their child and in participating in center activities
  • Supervise children in all activities, environments, and settings at all times
  • Document daily progress for each child
  • Complete child assessment, behavioral assessment and daily progress reports in a timely manner and share observations with Education Manager/Senior Manager and parents
  • Identify special needs of children and alert your supervisor of those needs.
  • Organize and maintain space and equipment providing an inviting, safe and nurturing environment – following health, safety and wellness guidelines
  • Supervise, train and evaluate classroom staff
  • Maintain accurate records of attendance, progress, behavior and other required information
  • Communicate with parents regularly.
  • Participate in annual Open House
  • Coordinate, plan and attend all School Age field trips; drive agency vehicle as needed.

Case Manager - LIHEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program)

Westbay Community Action, Inc. is seeking an experienced case manager for our LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance) Program. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing one on one case management to program participants who are seeking assistance for shuts offs or termination. Daily responsibilities will include processing applications, data entry, advocating, financial literacy and energy conservation education. In addition, case manager will participate in/conduct community events of various types in order to extend services through other social service agencies and community partners. He/She must be able to problem solve, work independently and have a solid work ethic. This position is 37.5 hours per week at a pay rate of $15.00/hour.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) or related field required
  • One year experience working with families and elders preferred
  • Pass a BCI clearance
  • Have or will obtain financial literacy certificate within 6 months of employment

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CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Must have knowledge of community services
  • Must be computer literate
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact and communicate with the client, family members, providers and co-workers
  • Must possess knowledge of human behavior and the aging process
  • Must have knowledge of available program funding and other resources
  • Must work with persons of various cultures and lifestyles in the helping process
  • Must possess the sensitivity required to assist the family and client in the process of becoming empowered
  • Must have knowledge of social, health and mental health interventions
  • Must possess skills and techniques for crisis intervention and problem solving
  • Must have the ability to critically analyze and make immediate decisions
  • Must possess skills in active listening, time management, organizational development and planning
  • Must make a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in all aspects of the work
  • Must be willing to engage in self-evaluation and to establish goals for professional development
  • Must be willing to participate in ongoing training and education
  • Must possess the ability to initiate and sustain trust
  • Must be able to effect change through advocacy for the consumer
  • Must be able to work independently and be a team member
  • Must be energetic and convey a positive attitude
  • Must have a solid work ethic, be extremely flexible and able to make change
  • Must be able to model professionalism both in behavior and appearance
  • Must have access to a vehicle to perform agency work
  • Must have a driver’s license and document car insurance and a safe driving record upon request
  • Must be extremely accurate in record keeping
  • Must respect and adhere to confidentiality policies for the agency and clients

Physical Effort / Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to talk to hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands, fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and / or move up to 20 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The environment includes a clinical business office environment, client’s homes and community based organizations. Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens, respiratory diseases and other infectious diseases, and other biohazardous material requires universal standard precautions. This position requires the individual to have their own transportation, a current unrestricted license to drive, documented auto insurance and the individual must be willing to work in client’s homes and the community.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

The duties listed below are primary functions of the job, and are not intended to be all-inclusive. You will be called upon to perform other duties comparable to those cited.

  • Provide long-term case management services for select participants of Energy Assistance Program
  • Accept referrals in accordance with case management standards.
  • Conduct a client assessment and development of a case plan with client involvement
  • Assist clients in developing a plan to minimize future crisis situations.
  • Advocate for clients for retention of service with the utility company and other entitlement agencies while maintaining a favorable working relationship
  • Provide Financial literacy
  • Conduct home visits in a timely manner
  • Maintain appointment schedule in Microsoft Outlook.
  • Provide supportive counseling and advocacy to clients and their families
  • Coordinate services with other community resources
  • Determine eligibility for needed resources and aid in application process
  • Monitor clients and modify care plan as needed to ensure positive outcomes. i.e.: educational plans and financial literacy, etc.
  • Answer telephone and provide information, program guidelines and referral services to callers and clients (walk-in or by appt) of Westbay Community Action.
  • Maintain complete and accurate client records, including LIHEAP applications
  • Maintain information needed for data collection and enter into the agency’s data system in an accurate and timely manner
  • Prepare accurate reports and statistics as required
  • Inform clients of their rights and responsibilities
  • Support client’s efforts to have his/her voice heard and to get needed services.
  • Participate in meetings, trainings, outreach and in public policy forums
  • Provide follow-up services, monitor client progress and amend plan as needed