Springfield mental health agency to host drive-thru job fair

Oesterlen Services For Youth. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Nineteen positions available at Friday event.

A mental health treatment and social services agency that works with youth and families is hosting a drive-thru job fair at its campus in Springfield on Friday as it looks to fill multiple roles while expanding services.

The event will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held by Oesterlen Services For Youth Inc., It will be hosted on Oesterlen’s campus at 1918 Mechanicsburg Road in Springfield. The agency is seeking candidates to fill several mental health tech positions, openings for counseling center therapists as well as looking to hire a residential therapist.

The agency is looking to fill19 positions, the majority of which are mental health clinicians, said Brenna Holly, the director for development for Oesterlen.

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The drive-thru job fair comes as Oesterlen looks to expand residential services in the area and as a result needs to fill immediate openings, according to information provided by the agency.

The agency, which has 73 employees, looks to reopen its Parkview Cottage unit, which will provide residential treatment for youths, at its Springfield campus. It closed during the pandemic and the agency needs to fill 14 to 15 mental health technician positions to staff that unit, Holly said.

Oesterlen is not the only organization in the area to conduct drive-thru job fairs in a bid to attract candidates amid the pandemic. The high-tech manufacturer Silfex held several such events last year as it looked to fill a number of positions at its facilities in Springfield and Eaton.

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Those interested in attending Oesterlen’s job event Friday are asked to bring a resume. Potential job seekers are asked to pull in front of the Administration Building to start the screening process and fill out an application.

More information regarding positions with Oesterlen can be found at oesterlen.org/employment. For more information regarding the job event Friday, contact Kimberly Insley, the residential treatment program director, at 937-398-0273 or by email at Kinsley@oesterlen.org.

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