Family Partner - Riverside Life Skills Program - Full Time #8107

Posted: 02/02/2023

Exciting opportunity for a Family Partner to join our adolescent Life Skills Center programs in Milford and Needham!


The Life Skills Center offers therapeutic groups and activities designed to accommodate adolescents with significant mental health challenges who are experiencing disruptions in their home, school, or community. Our goal is to help adolescents develop sustainable skills and insight to live and function safely.


In this vital role, the Family Partner works in partnership with the Program Director, Life Skills clinical team to provide education, coaching/training, and support to parents/caregivers of a youth participating in Life Skills. 



The Family Partner:

  • collaborates with clinical staff to assist parent with helping youth achieve treatment goals both in the milieu and in the home
  • educates parents/caregivers about how to effectively navigate the child-serving systems for themselves and about the existence of informal/community resources available to them and facilitates the parent’s/caregiver’s access to these resources


Schedule: Full Time - 40 hours per week - 20 hours in Milford and 20 hours in Needham


To learn more about our amazing Life Skills Program - please watch this  inspiring video! Maia's Story: Riverside Life Skills Centers


Why You'll Love Riverside
We make a true difference in people’s lives through rewarding work. Most of our jobs come with great benefits – including healthcare, numerous professional development opportunities, and generous time off - all in a respectful and inclusive environment, perhaps why Forbes named Riverside a best-in-state employer.


Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive, high-quality health, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – both medical and dependent care
  • Eleven paid holidays
  • Separate accruals for vacation (increases with tenure), personal, and sick time
  • Tax-deferred 403(b) retirement savings plan
  • Employee Assistance Plan / Travel Assistance Plan
  • Employee bonus for referrals resulting in hiring
  • Discounts to movie theaters, sporting, and entertainment events
  • Employee YMCA discount: 10% off a YMCA monthly membership and 50% off the joiner’s fee


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Required Skills
  • Must be able to establish a rapport and work effectively with a diverse, multi-cultural group of parents, children, family members and other program staff members
  • Understanding of child development and family issues that impact upon child/parent relationships
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team
  • Valid driver’s license and regular access to a reliable vehicle


Required Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services field and one year of experience working with the target population, Associate’s degree in human service field and one year experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth, or high school diploma/GED and a minimum of two years experience working with children/adolescents/transition age youth 
  • Must have experience as a caregiver of a youth with special needs
  • Experience as a caregiver of a youth with mental health needs preferred
  • Must have experience in navigating any of the child and family-serving systems and teaching family members who are involved with the child and family-serving systems


The Riverside School (Riverside) does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or homelessness in treatment or employment at Riverside, admission or access to Riverside, or any other aspect of the educational programs and activities that Riverside operates. Riverside is required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (Age Act), and their respective implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104, 106 and 110, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin (Title VI); disability (Section 504); sex (Title IX); or age (Age Act). Inquiries concerning the application of each of the aforementioned statutes and their implementing regulations to Riverside may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at (617) 289-0111 or 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, or to:
        Section 504 Coordinator(s): Monica Garlick, (781) 320-5383, 270 Bridge Street, Suite 301, Dedham, MA 02026
        Title IX Coordinator(s): Paulo Fulton, (781) 320-5312, 270 Bridge Street, Suite 301, Dedham, MA 02026
        Age Act Coordinator(s): Monica Garlick, (781) 320-5383, 270 Bridge Street, Suite 301, Dedham, MA 02026