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BENNINGTON — United Counseling Service of Bennington County prides itself on offering employees a chance “to be part of something bigger.”

“It is the goal of United Counseling Service to provide supports and services to build a stronger community,” says Executive Director Lorna Mattern. “We stand by that goal by ensuring that we are both a great place to work and a great place to get care.”

As a community-based mental health organization, which has roots dating to 1958, UCS offers a range of programs and services, operates 15 facilities across Bennington County and employs more than 300 staff members.

Services include outpatient mental health, substance use, psychiatric and crisis services, developmental services, youth and family services, community rehabilitation and treatment and early childhood services.

UCS has “about 45 positions across 17 different job titles that present a wide array of opportunities for people with various skills, educational backgrounds, and personal interests,” Mattern says.

Positions include mental health clinician, case manager, administrative support, early childhood teacher assistant, bus driver, direct support professionals in various settings, managed care coordinator, and kitchen assistant, to name a few.

“Careers in human services are rewarding, meaningful and fulfilling,” Mattern says. “You can make a difference in the lives of so many.”

TEAMWORK, GROWTH

“For me, it is a culture of teamwork, great mentorship, and support for continuing education,” says Beth Wallace, Family and Community Partnership manager with UCS Bennington County Head Start and Early Head Start.

Asked to describe her 40 years of working at UCS, Nadine Wisher, a direct-support professional, says, “In a word, growth. This has taken many forms, from the number of buildings we have, programs we operate, staff we employ and the number of clients we serve.”

Many positions with UCS involve providing direct care in clinical, social, educational, nutrition or residential settings; or they involve staff who support those people and processes, such as customer service positions and administration.

Exciting care environments include equine-assisted psychotherapy; Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms; virtual and traditional outpatient settings, among others, Mattern says. These offer variety, flexibility and the means for meeting the unique and special interests of our staff, she says.

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There are some starting perks, as well as traditional employee benefits and competitive pay.

“Several positions have sign-on bonuses paid shortly after hire,” Mattern says, “and all new employees quickly recognize that the agency lives up to its values and commitment to being a caring, respectful and family-friendly environment.”

Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance plan options through Cigna, paid leave, as well as a 403(b) retirement plan with 100 percent vesting upon participation and an employer match.

Also included are short and long-term disability, life and ADD insurance; Worksite Wellness initiatives; professional license fee reimbursement, applicant referral incentives, and emergency loan and leave banks.

Rates of pay vary based on the job, and range from hourly, semi-skilled positions to salaried professional positions.

CLIENT APPRECIATION

“It warms my heart to see how the staff listen to residents, go above and beyond to do the big and little things that make each of them feel special and treat everyone with kindness,” said a family member of a resident of a UCS group home. “They are hardworking, loving, patient and amazing.”

“I simply wanted to say that through the years UCS has offered me quality mental health services. It has been through their efforts and commitment that I have been able to thrive in my life and be a productive member of society and my community through volunteer work,” said a client.

“UCS also works to provide innovative programming for the community,” says Mattern. “Work for an agency that allows for teamwork and creativity to better serve our community. If you are looking for meaningful work that matters, UCS is the place.”

Those interested in applying would visit the UCS Careers page on the agency website at https://www.ucsvt.org/careers/.

For general information, people may also call 802-442-5491, or write to careers@ucsvt.org.


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