Mobile Response Division Hiring Event – Licensed AAC (formerly known as Mental Health Professional)


Are you passionate about serving those who are most in need? Are you committed to working for your fellow citizens? Are you a believer in working towards creative and innovation solutions for clients with vexing problems? If so, please apply to attend our Mobile Response Division Hiring Event.

DESC’s Mobile Response Division offers a fast-paced work environment working with individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis or are needing assistance post-crisis event. As a member of our Division you will work alongside emergency first responders like police and firefighters to help in crisis situations. You may report to your work location each day but you will never have the same day as the one before. DESC works with all types of populations and is not limited to the homeless population, which allows for a dynamic use of skills.

DESC invites you to apply today for a chance to attend our hiring event! Qualified applicants who are invited to the hiring event have the opportunity to take a tour of a DESC Project, learn about what makes DESC unique, and learn more about the work we do.

Dates and Times:

  • Monday January 22nd, 2024, 12p-3p
  • Tuesday January 23rd, 2024, 10a-1p
  • Wednesday January 24th, 2024, 12p-3p


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.


  • Licensed AAC requirements: Master’s degree in counseling or the social sciences plus 2 years of experience supervised by an MHP.
  • Or hold the following credential(s): LICSW/A, LMHC/A, LMFT/A
  • Be able to pass a Washington State Criminal background check
  • Experience and skills in working with mentally ill individuals who are difficult to engage and may resist services.
  • Familiar with Recovery Principles, Crisis Intervention and Stabilization, Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders, Intensive Case Management, Illness Management, Trauma-Informed Treatment, and relevant Evidenced based/Emerging best practices
  • Knowledge of Harm Reduction strategies.
  • Strong working knowledge of DSM V (and its successor).
  • Be able to assess situations quickly and respond appropriately to any type of mental health and/or chemical dependency crisis to ensure the physical and psychological safety of clients.
  • Be willing to seek to understand each client’s unique circumstances and personal preferences and goals and incorporate them into the crisis response to help the client regain a sense of control.
  • Assist clients in accessing internal resources to reinforce the client’s ability to resolve crisis on their own.
  • Assist clients in identifying unmet needs that may be causing them to have recurrent crisis.
  • Have a strong understanding of recovery and resilience, the value of client partnerships and client choice, and the balance between protection from harm and personal dignity.
  • Possess strong communication and writing skills.
  • Valid Washington state driver’s license and insurable driving record.
  • Able and willing to provide community outreach anywhere in King County from which a referral may originate.
  • Familiar with King County crisis response system, other relevant community resources, and methods of access.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff from various backgrounds.
  • Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behavior.
  • Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for program participants.


  • Licensed Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in State of Washington, preferred.
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) in the state of Washington, preferred.
  • Qualified to provide Department of Health Approved Supervision to LICSW, LMFT, LMHC and/or CDP candidates, preferred.
  • Crisis Outreach and/or Crisis Intervention experience, preferred.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred.
  • Bi-cultural background/experience and/or qualify as an Ethnic Minority, DD, or Geriatric Mental Health Specialist (per WAC 388-865-0150 definition), preferred.
  • Experience providing supervision and/or program management within the mental health and/or chemical dependency field, preferred.

Strong applicants are able to demonstrate the ability to be positive in their empathetic responses to all persons; understand the value of meaningful and deep client engagement; have the potential to acquire the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills of an effective crisis worker; and value a non-judgmental response to sensitive issues. Candidates should be able to accept feedback and work in a highly collaborative and potentially stressful environment.


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