Women’s Specialist


Job Title: Women’s Specialist – HOST
Days Off: Saturday, Sunday
Pay Range: CM1 Scale: $23.77 – $26.25 per hour (BA Equivalency, see “Education and Experience Requirements” below), CM2 Scale: $51,655.50 – $57,006 annually for MHP qualifying candidates. CM2 Scale: Steps 1, 2 and 3 of the scale are hourly / non-exempt and eligible for over-time pay. Steps 4, 5 and 6 are salary and not eligible for over-time pay.
Shift: Office Day
Insurance Benefits: Medical (no premiums/payroll deductions for employee coverage), Dental, Life, Long-term Disability
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan
Homeless Outreach Stabilization and Transition (HOST) is a multi-disciplinary team serving homeless adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. HOST prioritizes services to those who are highly vulnerable, lack service connections or other support, and are unwilling or unable to engage in traditional service models. The HOST team works throughout Seattle and parts of King County to provide critical survival services and engagement with the ultimate goal of addressing acute mental and physical health needs, increasing stability, obtaining housing, and transitioning to long-term services.
The HOST Women’s Specialist is responsible for providing outreach, engagement, resource linkage, and intensive case management services to individuals who identify as female and are experiencing homelessness and mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. Many services will be provided on the streets, in shelters and other service centers as assigned with a particular focus on women’s centers and women’s shelters. This position requires a high degree of coordination and collaboration with other DESC programs as well as outside agencies.
Outreach & Engagement
  • Provide outreach and engagement services as assigned, on the streets, shelters, encampments, and other community areas. On occasion, services may be provided in outlying King County areas. Efforts are balanced between initial outreach and follow-up activity.
  • Work with Supervisor & other team members when accepting referrals to screen for HOST Program eligibility criteria.
  • Interact with general client population, intervene in crisis situations with individual clients and screen clients for HOST eligibility when appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with current programs providing services for homeless and mentally ill persons. Encourage development of new services.
  • Participate in education of service community regarding the needs of homeless clients with mental illness/co-occurring disorders, techniques of engagement and service provision.
Case Management
  • Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team of clinical, outreach, medical, peer support, and intensive case management staff to provide a variety of services focused on stabilization and transition to HOST Intensive Case Management or ongoing provider.
  • Conduct intake evaluations and mental health assessments and develop support and treatment plans with the greatest client participation possible.
  • Assume primary responsibility for coordinating all aspects of clients’ support and treatment plans. This includes providing and/or coordinating the following: survival services with a focus on access to food, shelter, and clothing; fastest possible acquisition and stabilization of housing; acute and ongoing medical care, psychiatric treatment, benefit enrollment, criminal justice system coordination, and substance abuse treatment.
  • Advocate for clients’ access to community resources and services, ensuring that clients’ needs are met and rights maintained; consult and collaborate with community providers to ensure continuity of care.
  • Prioritize crisis intervention with clients as needed. This may include de-escalation, outreach in emergency departments, and/or making referrals to the County Designated Crisis Response system.
  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with DESC staff, and other service and resource organizations to ensure full continuity of care for clients.
Other Duties & Responsibilities
  • Participate in psychiatric consultation, supervision, program meetings, and inservice trainings; participate in clinical reviews and case conferences for clients on caseload.
  • Comply with the agency’s clinical accountability policies and procedures; maintain timely and complete clinical records; participate in quality assurance reviews when assigned.
  • Comply with applicable program research and evaluation procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Interest or experience in working with clients who are difficult to engage and maintain in traditional mental health/substance use disorder programs.
  • Ability to meet Washington state requirements for registration as a counselor.
  • Washington Driver’s License and insurable driving record.
  • Knowledge of Recovery-focused, strengths-based work in mental health.
  • Knowledge of Harm Reduction strategies.
  • Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behaviors.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with staff from various backgrounds.
  • Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for clients.
  1. Relevant Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or related behavioral science, or
  2. Bachelor’s degree in any field and one year of paid work experience in social services, or
  3. Relevant Associates degree and one year of relevant paid work experience, or
  4. Any Associates degree and one year of highly relevant paid work experience, or
  5. A combination of one year of highly relevant paid work experience and formal training in clinical and case management skills to demonstrate an ability to successfully perform the job.
Mental Health Professional (CM II Scale)
  • Ability to obtain Washington Department of Health minimum credential as an Agency Affiliated Counselor or higher.
  • Master’s degree in a social work, counseling, psychology, marriage and family counseling, or other relevant behavioral science.
  • Meet criteria as a Mental Health Professional as defined in RCW 71.05, WAC 388-865-0400.
  • 2 hours of Clinical Supervision per month by approved LICSW supervisor
  • A relevant Master’s degree in social work, psychology or counseling is highly preferred.
  • Mental Health Professional preferred.
  • Experience working with adults who are experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, have a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders.
  • Knowledge of de-escalation skills, crisis intervention & stabilization.
  • Bi-cultural background/experience.
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish strongly preferred, but not required.
  • Experience working with adults who are homeless, have a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorders, preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of relevant community resources and methods for accessing them.


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