Outsiders Inn is providing staffing and management for the Outpost & 415-West Safe Stay Community Alternative Shelter Programs supporting unhoused persons in Vancouver, WA. The Safe Stay Community programs are intended to provide a safe and warm non-congregate shelter space. They are designed to provide easy, low-barrier access for persons who would otherwise be sleeping outdoors or in vehicles.
Starting Pay Range - $18.00 / hr - $20.00 / hr, depending on experience and/or prior certifications.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with the Program Director, Lead Staff, other Engagement Specialists and volunteers to ensure that the internal and external community spaces are safe, sanitary and welcoming to a broad diversity of persons without housing, including people of all races, nationalities, languages, ages, abilities, and gender orientation.
- Provide basic intake and orientation to all new community members, including but not limited to reviewing codes of conducts, drug and alcohol policies and emergency procedures.
- Distribute supplies such as food, blankets, bedding and other needed items in a fair and equitable manner.
- Assist other staff, volunteers, and community groups and help them to have a positive experience with the program participants, while maintaining program guidelines.
- Notify police, fire, emergency medical or other crisis personnel if warranted by events at the space.
- Interact with guests, staff, and volunteers in a strengths-based, trauma-informed manner at all times.
- Maintain accurate, complete, up-to-date daily documentation.
- Submit documentation in a timely manner.
- Enter data into appropriate systems (HMIS and Care Coordination System, Gate Log).
- Perform regular fire watch walk-throughs and document.
- Record each shift activity in each communication apps.
- Meet with Team Leads and Mentors and participate in program staff meetings and monthly all staff trainings as scheduled.
- Refer, connect, empower guests to engage in community services where appropriate and wanted.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Model Recovery and have alignment with Outsiders Inn pillars of practice.
- Communicate clearly and respectfully with program participants and other staff
- Empower change and support persons in making choices that encourage harm-reduction.
- Work cooperatively with other staff and volunteers and maintain productive working relationships within Outsiders Inn.
- Be sensitive to diverse cultures, ages and abilities.
- Maintain strict confidentiality and professional boundaries with all guests and staff.
- Understand and follow written and oral instructions, guidelines and procedures.
- Represent Outsiders Inn professionally, accurately and effectively.
- Work independently and at the same time be a vital and contributing part of a team.
- Commute to work location in a timely and safe manner.
- Navigating basic social service agencies (DSHS, EBT, etc) and community resources (food banks, support groups, addiction services).
- Modeling good boundaries and basic principles of confidentiality, crisis de-escalation, empowering self-advocacy, and trauma-informed care.
- SAMHSA’s definition of Recovery : “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- At least one year working experience in social services or equivalent personal lived experience that brought about the awareness of people without homes and the issues facing them.
- Certified Peer Support, Recovery Coach, Community Health Worker experience welcomed
- General computer environment skills & experience, Google Drive, data documenting
- Smartphone app environments (time clock access)
- Oral and written English literacy is needed, bi-lingual skills are welcome.
The Outpost will be open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week / 365 a days a year.
We are seeking canditates with open availability within the following shifts: 4 pm - 12 am, 12 am to 8 am
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 is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach up, down and over with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk or hear and gain understanding through a variety of visual and auditory communication skills. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and distance vision. The work will be done in an outside location frequently in the elements of the weather.
To be clear: The ability to be outside and walking around for most of their shift is required at this program location.
Required qualifications for employment
- 18 years old with valid Washington ID or Driver’s License
- Appropriate background check clearance
- Eligibility to work in the United States. (verified through the E-Verify website)
Positions open until filled.
Please note, candidates considered to meet requirements will be contacted for an interview. We do not discuss application status during the selection process. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. Outsiders Inn provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applications for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as covered veteran in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.