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Company: DESC
Location: Seattle, WA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Job Title: Third Ave Engagement Coordinator  Days Off: Friday & Saturday
Pay Range: $19.95 - $22.03 per hour
Shift: Day
Insurance Benefits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical (no premiums/payroll deductions for employee coverage)
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan   This position will be working temporarily as a Shelter Coordinator at the Red Lion Hotel.  They will transition to being a Third Ave Engagement Coordinator if/when the Main Shelter is re-opened on Third Ave.

  • Proactively outreach and engage with clients and non-clients that are loitering and camping along 3rd Avenue and encouraging people to use alternatives to loitering on the 3rd Avenue block.
  • Enforce the DESC Good Neighbor policy with DESC Clients.
  • Provide assistance to homeless people and others who are experiencing crises caused by mental illness and/or excessive drug/alcohol consumption.
  • Documenting and communicating repeated violations of the Good Neighbor policy. Intervene in client crises (medical, mental health, interpersonal).
  • De-escalate arguments and altercations happening outside of DESC.
  • Take a lead role in coordinating DESC's 3rd Avenue Engagement Team, including participating in the weekly team meetings.
  • Initiate and maintain appropriate social interactions with clients.
  • Think and act collaboratively with staff and clients to improve safety and cleanliness on 3rd Avenue.
  • Calling or coordinating the calling of 9-1-1 to address emergency situations on the block.
  • Coordinate with and direct emergency first responders to developments that require immediate attention.
  • Discourage and report predatory and/or illicit behavior.
  • Actively participate in staff meetings and in‑service trainings.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.
  • Commitment to the Harm Reduction model and incorporating it into all aspects of the position. 
  • At least one-year experience in human services (paid or volunteer), preferably working with adults challenged by homelessness, mental illness and/or chemical dependency.
  • Basic understanding of homelessness and various characteristics of homeless adult populations; experience with mental illness and/or chemical dependency preferred.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff from various backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behavior.
  • Subscribe to philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs, and of consideration and respect for clients. 
  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to sit, communicate with other employees, required to lift and carry items weighing up to 40 pounds and to operate computer hardware systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.   EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
  DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  

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