Social Services Specialist – Community Connector TLT

King County Public Health- Jail Health Services

Salary: $52,769.60 – $66,892.80 Annually

Closing: 10/15/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


The purpose of Jail Health Services is to assure that basic health and human services are available to the incarcerated population in the King County adult correctional facilities. They provide a broad range of health care—including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine for individuals with opioid use disorder.

This is a unique opportunity for someone who wants to be part of a clinical team that is dedicated to having an immediate and lasting impact on their community. The Community Connector will be working as a community health worker and will use their close understanding of the community to provide patient-centered, trauma-informed care and engage patients as they connect with health and social services.

Lived experience is deeply valued. Individuals in recovery and those who have had personal experience with the criminal legal system (and are not under any current jurisdiction) are encouraged to apply.

Term-Limited Temporary positions are “at-will” positions but are eligible for benefits. This TLT is currently anticipated to last for two years. However, funding sources for this work remain uncertain and dependent upon decisions actively being made at both the federal and local levels. As a result, the end date of this position may be adjusted based on those decisions.

The County and the Department continue to work to secure long-term funding sources.

Who May Apply: This temporary term limited position is open to all qualified applicants.

Work Location:

This position works at the King County Correctional Facility (KCCF), the Chinook building in Downtown Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) in Kent. This position may require travel between sites during workday or after-hours.

Job Duties:

  • Schedule day of release appointments with providers that prescribe medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) for patients releasing from jail.
  • Provide and coordinate transportation to community appointments as needed.
  • Provide patient outreach to help with continued engagement with community MOUD providers.
  • Listen to and support clients. Adapt health information based on clients’ priorities, cultural beliefs, and value systems.
  • Maintain information on community resources. Inform clients of available resources and make referrals. Coach clients in how to access community resources and facilitate linkage to care.
  • Provide accurate health and safety information using established messages on overdose safety planning.
  • Assist patients with applying for or reactivating Medicaid and insurance upon or prior to jail release.
  • Assist program manager with patient interviews and feedback surveys.
  • Act as patient advocate and liaison to clinical staff.
  • Use multiple computer programs in the provision of client-centered services, including electronic charting & complex scheduling systems.
  • Attend monthly all staff meetings.
  • Participate in program meetings, presentations, and continuing education on substance use disorders and other related topics with program manager and clinical staff.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with clients and coworkers, verbally and in writing.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Required Experience:

  • Post-hire WA State Department of Health Community Health Worker certification
  • Post-hire CPR certification
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • One-year, full-time experience working with community members or providing direct client services in a health or human service agency
  • Commitment to equity and social justice principles and serving clients with cultural humility
  • Knowledge of social and health systems and resources in Washington and King County
  • Knowledge of incarceration and substance use issues
  • Knowledge of harm reduction approach and understand that patients can be in recovery while taking medications to treat substance use disorders
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with all people, regardless of background or current circumstances
  • Ability to establish relationships with patients and make them feel comfortable with providers and services
  • Ability to maintain appropriate boundaries and supportive working relationships with patients
  • Ability to refer patients to community services related to their health and safety needs
  • Familiarity with Microsoft programs such as Outlook and the ability to use drop down menus, point and click software, and multiple screens
  • Ability to summarize and document information from client interactions according to program requirements using electronic medical record
  • Ability to engage professionally with community partners during outreach and patient advocacy
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and organize work while meeting deadlines; flexibility and ability to adapt to changing work environment
  • Must possess valid Washington Driver’s License to drive a county vehicle
  • Ability to travel on a flexible schedule as needed
  • Ability to pass background check

Preferred Experience:

  • Associates or Undergraduate degree

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement:
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Contact: If you have any questions about this recruitment or require accommodation, please contact Molly Jensen at or 206-477-1383.

Union: This position is represented by Protect 17 Local Union


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