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in Agawam, MA

Estimated Pay $44 per hour
Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Agawam, Massachusetts

About this job


The Central/West Region of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is sponsoring a great program called the "Urban Youth Collaborative". This program offers students between the ages of 18 and 24 the opportunity to enrich the lives of both the students and the individuals receiving supports within the Central/West Region. The ultimate goal of this program is to give young adults exposure into the field of Human Services, enabling them to strongly consider a career supporting people with developmental disabilities. The human services field has career opportunities as lawyers, accountants, program directors, residential staff, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and a wide range of other roles. The summer interns provide assistance and friendship to the individuals they support and gain a unique career opportunity relative to their majors and career concentrations.

The program will run from mid-May through early September. It will be necessary for participants to be available for the entire summer, and unfortunately no vacations will be granted. All participants must have a valid Drivers' license.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Provide both personal care support and participate in the involvement of the individuals into the community.
  • Support & encourage interaction and integration into the community for the individuals.
  • Accompany the individuals on frequent community outings and day trips such as attend concerts, Patriot's training camp, trips to aquariums, restaurants, libraries, and local coffee shops.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to develop and maintain a respectful, caring, tolerant, ethical, and empowering relationship with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Capability to assist/lift individuals with physical disabilities and/or limited mobility.
  • Ability to transcribe, read and comprehend the English language.

Agency Requirements:

  • Applicant must be between 18-24 years old.
  • Have a valid driver's license.
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation.

Please Note:

Schedule: These positions will be on either the first and second shifts with specified days off.

All State employees are paid bi-weekly through direct deposit. Listed salaries are for one full year at current rates.

About the Department of Developmental Services:

The mission of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is to create innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder to participate fully and contribute meaningfully to their communities as valued members. DDS serves over 43,000 vulnerable individuals throughout their lifetimes, providing a spectrum of day, employment, and residential supports. The agency directly oversees and manages $3 billion in public funds ($2.7B+ operating budget) and approximately 5,500 staff, the largest state employee workforce of any agency in the Massachusetts executive branch of government.

For more information about our agency and programs visit:

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

  • Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Recommended candidates must successfully complete pre-employment screening which includes:

  • Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) Abuse Registry Search:
  • Criminal background check (CORI) by regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
  • National Background Checks, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, conduct fingerprint-based check.

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For questions concerning the information in this requisition, please contact Human Resources at 857-262-6378.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



Comprehensive Benefits

When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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COVID Vaccine: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

Official Title: Developmental Services Wrk I
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Springfield - 140 High St
Job: Direct Care
Agency: Department of Developmental Services
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Multiple
Job Posting: Jun 2, 2023, 12:36:38 PM
Number of Openings: 10
Salary: 41,239.12 - 52,149.76 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Ferdousi Faruque, - 8573012416
Bargaining Unit: 02-AFSCME - Service/Institutional
Confidential: No
Hybrid Work Eligible: No