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Center Aide

Penquis, a social services agency serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox counties for over 50 years, has the following Preschool Center Aide opening in the Bangor area:

35 hours per week; 42 weeks per year (benefit eligible)

This position will be available in August of 2020. This position assists with greeting children, getting them settled into the facility, assisting with classroom and playground supervision, and other daily activities related to the operation of the classroom, including light cleaning duties.

Requires a high school diploma or equivalent, basic reading, writing and math skills, and the ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds   An Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or CDA in Preschool and paid experience working with children are preferred.  The starting rate of pay for the Center Aide position is $12.12 per hour and additional compensation will be given consideration with relevant experience.

Upon hire and periodically thereafter, must have background check results that are satisfactory to Penquis and indicate no previous or current record of involvement with child abuse, neglect or exploitation and no disqualifying criminal record or motor vehicle record as outlined in current contract provisions.

Penquis offers an excellent benefits package and competitive wages. Apply on line at www.penquis.org or contact us at 973-3500 (TDD: 973:3520) or by email at hr@penquis.org  to request an application and job description   Applications will be accepted until May 8, 2020.

In accordance with federal regulations, Penquis does not discriminate.  Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Penquis is a smoke-free workplace.

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Family Time Coach

Penquis continues to grow and evolve in 2020.  Last year, we launched an innovative program with a new approach to serving children and families who are in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The program, Family Time Coaching, focuses on the strengths of families and the unique developmental needs of children, with a goal of supporting successful reunification. We are looking to expand our program, and we are hiring more coaches to join our team!

This team will work closely with DHHS to meet the needs of families. Employees will utilize on-the-job specialized training to ensure that families and children experience positive outcomes. In addition, there is on-site clinical supervision and opportunities for continued professional development.

Penquis offers a competitive salary, with a starting rate at $17.55 per hour, an excellent benefits package including opportunities for annual merit increases, excellent training, support and a flexible work schedule!  If hired, you could be eligible for a retention incentive after successful completion of 6 months and 12 months of employment.

Within the supportive and nurturing environment that only Penquis can offer, our team provides intensive, home- and community-based therapeutic skill building to parents, with a focus on empowerment, empathy, responsiveness and active parenting while maintaining child safety. 

We place the safety and welfare of the child above all, so the successful candidate will provide home and community-based visit coaching to assist families in gaining needed skills and tools tailored to their children’s individual needs, and supervision of all parent-child interactions. The Family Time Coach will be trained in a national coaching model and receive supervision from a licensed clinician. The successful candidate will work effectively as part of a team, interacting and sustaining positive collaborations and partnerships with families, DHHS, and resource parents. This position requires some evening and weekend hours, depending on a families’ needs, travel and the transportation of children.

The Family Time Coach must hold a Bachelor’s degree in human services or a related field, have previous documented experience working with children and families, have reliable, insured transportation and have proof of automobile insurance. To perform these duties, you must have strong interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills. Previous experience or knowledge of the DHHS system is preferred and experience with child development is a plus!

To ease the burdens of social distancing during this stressful time, we can offer interviews in various formats, including Skype and Zoom. Come join this excellent agency and be part of a growing team at Penquis!

Upon hire and periodically thereafter, must have background check results that are satisfactory to Penquis and indicate no previous or current record of involvement with child abuse, neglect or exploitation and no disqualifying criminal record or motor vehicle record as outlined in current contract provisions.

An application form and job description are available on our website www.penquis.org or in our office at Penquis, 262 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine 04402; Tel: 973-3500; TDD: 973-3520, or from the Penquis offices in Dover-Foxcroft, Rockland, Lincoln.  

In accordance with federal regulations, Penquis does not discriminate.  Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Penquis is a tobacco and smoke-free workplace.

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