We’re growing! Join our team!

Careers

Looking for a career in human services? Join our caring team.

To apply for a posted position, please email resume and cover letter to jtietze@westbaycap.org or mail resume and cover letter to

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 a Superior 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.

Independent Contractor: Education Consultant

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR OPPORTUNITY – NOT OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYMENT

EDUCATION CONSULTANT

Westbay Community Action’s Children’s Center, located at 22 Astral Street in Warwick, RI, is seeking an Education Coordinator to provide advisory and consultancy support for our early learning and development program based on state and agency guidelines. This will include classroom curriculum, organization of children’s groups and staff performance. This is an Independent Contractor opportunity for which a 1099 will be issued. We are in need of a Coordinator who is able to dedicate approximately 10-15 hours per week to these needs and this position pays $1500/month­­­­. Interested parties are asked to please forward a resume and cover letter to Deborah Rapa, Childcare Administrator, at drapa@westbaycap.org. Westbay Community Action, Inc. is an equal opportunity organization.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education required
  • Current RI State Teaching Certificate in ECE or ECE Special Education
  • 3 years supervisory experience in a quality child care environment required
  • 3-credit college course or a minimum of 40 documented hours of professional development over the course of 2 years in mentoring, supervision and leadership OR an individual professional development  plan not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment for achieving this requirement.
  • Level III RIELS certificate required
  • Previous experience with special needs children in a classroom setting
  • Meet DCYF & BCI criminal background check requirements
  • Have a physical examination and required immunizations

Knowledge of:

  • DCYF Regulations for licensure
  • RIDE Comprehensive Early Learning Standards for Approval
  • RIDE Common Core Standards and Grade Level Expectations for K
  • NAEYC/RIAEYC
  • RI Quality and Improvement Rating Scale (Bright Stars)
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Young Children
  • Environmental Safety Scale (ECERS)
  • Positive Behavioral Strategies for young children

Case Manager - Adult Protective Services

We are seeking to hire a part time Case Manager to work with Adult Protective Services. The successful candidate will conduct investigations concerning allegations of abuse by talking with and visually observing the affected individual. He/she will conference with family, relatives, neighbors, doctors and relevant others. The case manager will be expected to keep detailed case notes that are up to date and accurate. Preparation of care plans are done to remedy contributing problems and stop the behavior pattern of abuse/neglect/exploitation. Family/caregiver support will be solicited. This is a part time position, 20 hrs/week with a pay rate of $16/hour.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) or related field required
  • One year experience working with families and elders preferred
  • Experience developing and implementing care plans required
  • Pass a BCI clearance
  • Have a physical examination and required immunizations, if applicable

More

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 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 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 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 case management services, including initial contact with the client.
  • Conduct a client assessment and development of a care plan
  • Provide follow-up services to elder clients in Home Care programs and those designated by DEA as abuse or protective clients
  • 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
  • Monitor clients and modify care plan as needed
  • Provide information and referral services to telephone callers and clients of Westbay Community Action
  • Maintain complete and accurate client records
  • Maintain information needed for data collection and enter into the agency’s data system
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Participate in meetings and trainings as needed and in public policy forums when appropriate
  • Educate the general community about elder services and Westbay

Teacher I - Infant/Toddler Classrooms

Westbay Community Action’s Children’s Center is looking for an enthusiastic, patient and nurturing early childhood educator to join our teaching team. This Teacher will be responsible for all aspects of the daily classroom environment according to quality indicators included in ITERS and CLASS guidelines. He/she will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the infant and/or toddler curriculum following program guidelines and curriculum framework. Supervision of staff, classroom volunteers, and children is also part of required duties to ensure the safety and well-being of all. The successful candidate will also assess the needs of individual children and document their progress daily, involving parents in all aspects of the classroom and program. This is a full time, 40-hour per week position and the rate of pay is $12.00/hour.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with ECE credits
  • RI Early Learning & Development Standards:  Implementing a Standards-based Classroom Certificate, or be willing to obtain
  • Have an ITERS certificate or willing to obtain within 1 year of hire date
  • 2 year’s supervisory experience in teacher role directing auxiliary classroom staff
  • 2 year’s teaching experience with infant, toddler or preschool age children
  • Have an updated practitioner portfolio with IPDP
  • CPR Certified and trained in the use of the Heimlich Maneuver
  • Meet DCYF & BCI criminal background check requirements
  • Have a physical examination and required immunizations

More

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Must complete 20 hours of continuous 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 strong communication skills (Oral and Written)
  • Have knowledge and understanding 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
  • 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 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

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.  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.

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

  • DCYF Regulations for licensure
  • RIDE Comprehensive Early Learning Standards for Approval
  • RI Early Learning & Development Standards
  • NAEYC/RIAEYC
  • RI Quality and Improvement Rating Scale (Bright Stars)
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Young Children
  • Environmental Rating Scale appropriate for position (ITERS, ECERS, etc.)
  • Positive Behavioral Strategies for young children

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)
  • Incorporate the RIELDS in curriculum planning ensuring adherence to all educational domains
  • Attend IEP meetings when invited
  • Devise strategies to engage parents as partners in education (to ensure an optimal learning path 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 (child portfolio), prepare progress reports and communicate results to parents regularly.
  • Meet formally with parents regarding their child’s progress a minimum of twice per school year
  • Supervise, train and evaluate classroom staff and volunteers
  • Maintain accurate records of attendance, progress, behavior, and other required information
  • Organize and maintain space and equipment providing an inviting, safe and nurturing environment – following health, safety and wellness guidelines
  • Participate in annual Open House
  • Identify needs of children and alert Childcare Administrator of supports needed

LIHEAP Case Manager - 2 FT Positions

Westbay Community Action, Inc. is seeking two experienced case managers for our LIHEAP Department. The successful candidates will be responsible for providing one on one case management to program participants who are seeking assistance. Daily responsibilities will include processing applications, data entry, advocating and financial literacy. In addition, the 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. These positions are 37.5 hours per week at a pay rate of $16/hour. One case manager will be “mobile” travelling between Warwick, West Warwick and Coventry and the other will be stationed primarily in West Warwick.

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

More

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