Requisition Number:2023-HS/C-017
Department:Head Start and Children's Services
Employee Type:Regular w/ Temporary Date
Hours Per Week:35


Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) stands as Boston's largest community action agency. Since its inception, ABCD has been deeply committed to promoting self-help efforts for low-income families and individuals. We offer a wide array of programs that cover all stages of life, from infant care to elder services, and ensure that every individual, regardless of their background, has an opportunity to thrive in their community. Every year, we touch the lives of more than 100,000 Greater Boston residents, creating ripples of positive change.

Why Work Here:

  • Make a Difference: Every day, your work directly impacts the lives of thousands in the Greater Boston community, empowering them and making positive, lasting change.
  • Inclusive Environment: ABCD values the diversity of its workforce, with an inclusive culture that respects individuality and promotes collaboration.
  • Continuous Learning: We offer numerous training and development opportunities, ensuring our staff remain at the forefront of community action methodologies and strategies.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: At ABCD, we take care of our own, providing a competitive benefits package, including health coverage and retirement plans.
  • A Legacy of Impact: Join an organization that boasts a legacy spanning over half a century, consistently championing the rights and needs of our community's most vulnerable.
  • Teamwork & Camaraderie: Be a part of a passionate team, united in their mission to combat poverty, and ensure every individual can reach their fullest potential.
The “Improving Preschool Outcomes by Addressing Maternal Depression in Head Start” initiative, is a partnership between ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services, Brown University, and Boston Medical Center. It is aimed at identifying and preventing maternal depression through direct intervention and linkages to formal mental health services.
Essential Duties:
  • Coordinate with local program staff and Central office staff to conduct depression screenings and analyze results.
  • Engage a specified number of parents per year by conducting one-on-one sessions to deliver the intervention in accordance with research project requirements on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for 6 to 12 weeks.
  • Refer families to formal mental health services in accordance with research project requirements.
  • Maintain up to date records of all assigned families through paper documentation and database system(s) used by the agency and/or the research project requirements. 
  • Attend required meetings and trainings on and off site, as needed. 
  • Perform administrative work as required.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned from time to time.

Job Qualifications:
  • A Minimum of a high school diploma/equivalent with some college coursework required. 
  • Up to one year of experience in maternal and child health required.
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish is preferred. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as interpersonal skills.
  • Must have a willingness to engage in ongoing staff development to expand professional skills.
  • Knowledge of neighborhoods served by program and city-wide services relevant to the programs population. 
  • Proven ability to keep accurate written records and documentation. 
  • Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
Please note: This position is temporary through December 31, 2024.