Mobile Response Division Hiring Event – Peer Navigator


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 innovative solutions for clients with vexing problems? If so, please apply to attend our Mobile Response Division Hiring Event.

The Mobile Response Division (MRD) offers a fast-paced work environment and no assigned caseload. As a member of the MRD you will work alongside emergency first responders like police and firefighters to help in crisis and post-crisis situations where there is presenting Mental Health, SUD, Behavioral Health, Physical Health needs or experiencing homelessness. You may report to your work location each day, but you will never have the same day as the one before. As current team members say, We don’t know until we go. The MRD works with all types of populations and is not limited to the homeless, 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 and learn about what makes DESC unique.

Dates and Times:

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


The MRD Peer Navigator (PN) will work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team in establishing collaborative and engaging connections with community programs that support clients who are experiencing Mental Health, Behavioral Health, SUD, Physical Health, or homelessness. The PN will also assist in establishing working relationships with Police Precinct, Fire/Medics, DCRs, Emergency Room staff, and Crisis Connections.


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 based on 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.


  • Certification as a Certified Peer Specialist by the Washington State Peer Counselor Training Program, or the ability to obtain certification within the first 90 days of starting in the position, required.
  • Current Washington State driver’s license and insurable driving record, required.
  • At least 1 year of experience working with individuals experiencing behavioral health concerns.
  • Ability to obtain a Washington State Department of Health minimum credential as an Agency Affiliated Counselor.
  • Have a strong personal understanding from own experience in recovery and resilience, the value of client partnerships and client choice, and the balance between protection from harm and personal dignity.
  • 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.
  • Possess the cultural humility to learn to work effectively with individuals who are Black, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA, and other groups who routinely face discrimination and have difficulty accessing the health care they deserve.
  • Interest or experience in working with clients who are difficult to engage and maintain in traditional mental health / substance use disorder programs.
  • Strong knowledge of relevant community resources and methods for accessing them.
  • Experience working with adults who are experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, have mental health and/or co-occurring substance use disorders.


  • Knowledge of de-escalation skills, crisis intervention & stabilization, and harm reduction strategies, preferred.
  • Experience in outreach or crisis work.
  • Bi-cultural background/experience.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish/English or other languages preferred.
  • Strong applicants can 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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