The following is based on an interview with Berkshire Family and Individual Resources' Vice President of Human Resources Michelle Baity and recruiter Laura Baran on open positions at the agency.
Incorporated in 1994, BFAIR's mission is to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
The agency operates 11 residences for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism.
It provides vocational services, adult family care and shared living, and licensed practical nursing care and homecare service for older adults.
BFAIR's clinical department supports Berkshire County and Southern Vermont students with autism attending schools.
The agency has over 320 employees and a satellite office in Pittsfield.
Everything from jobs involving direct care that provide assistance to people who are living in their homes, to behavior specialists in the organization's clinical department.
Specifically, BFAIR job openings now include two LPNs, one full-time RN, two behavior specialist positions in child/adolescent services (one full-time, one part-time), residential supervisor, direct care positions in residential homes; and relief on-call, per-diem work.
Baseline salaries start at $13.50 per hour and go up to $15 per hour for direct care and home care positions. The pay rate for behavioral specialists is slightly higher, according to Baity, and commensurate with previous experience. BFAIR also has salaried positions, but none are available at this time.
Employees must be at least 18 years old, and have one year of previous experience for the position that they are applying. Volunteering, or participating in a school program that included a human service track can be considered as previous experience. All employees are required to have a valid. U.S. driver's license. Some positions do require either a high school diploma, a bachelor's degree, or, in the case of the LPN or RN positions, a nursing license. Candidates for the adult service behavior specialist position are required to have either a bachelor's degree or previous experience in a related field.
The right candidate will be ...
"Someone who generally cares about people," Baity said. "You're not going to make a million dollars working for us, but the rewards you get outside of the salary are so much more.
"Honestly, this is hard work," she said. "It's rewarding work, but it doesn't fit everybody. Our staff are extremely dedicated to the individuals they support, and the agency that supports them. They feel they have a career, a home at BFAIR."
This story has been updated to state that baseline BFAIR salaries start at $13.50 per hour.