RISING OUT OF THE SHADOWS (ROOTS)
Position Announcement


JOB TITLE:
         Overnight On-Call Staff
REPORTS TO:
       ROOTS Volunteer Manager

POSITION SUMMARY:  The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the U-District is seeking staff available for on-call shifts from 8pm to 8:30am. This is a paid position ($9.32 hour) that includes sleeping on-site. We prefer candidates already working in the youth services field who can respond to same-evening phone calls. These shifts could be any day of the week from 8:00pm – 8:30am.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with set up and clean up shelter areas, help to supervise and enforce program guidelines, hand out supplies, interact and build positive relationships with guests.
  • Do an ‘awake shift’ of 1.5 to 4 hours during the night.
  • Be familiar with shelter policies and practices and written records required by ROOTS and its contracting partners.
  • Reply to requests of need, even if unable to come in for shift.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Volunteer Manager and Executive Director.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend The Ropes training, Conflict De-escalation and ROOTS volunteer orientation
  • Complete application and background check
  • Must be 18 years old or older.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must demonstrate ability to work effectively in a volunteer-driven, harm reduction oriented service organization.
  • Must have highly developed communication skills: ability to communicate the written and spoken word clearly and effectively; ability to communicate to a wide variety of people with ease.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Solid understanding of issues related to poverty and homelessness.
  • Minimum of two years experience in service provision to youth or young adults, preference given to candidates with demonstrated skill among those impacted by homelessness and oppression

This is an on-call hourly position, called in as needs arise at shelter. Hourly wage starts at $9.19.

Open until filled

Send cover letter and resume to:
Chelsea Stevenson, ROOTS Volunteer Manager
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98105
or e-mail to: chelsea@rootsinfo.org

RISING OUT OF THE SHADOWS (ROOTS)
Position Announcement


JOB TITLE:
         Part-time ROOTS Program Coordinator
REPORTS TO:
       ROOTS Volunteer Manager

POSITION SUMMARY:

  • Responsibility:The Program Coordinator is responsible for helping coordinate (as determined by the Volunteer Manager) support activities for the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter Program. This includes volunteer coordination, documentation to satisfy grant requirements, and overall program support to ensure smooth operations in all facets of the program in accordance with agency policies and procedures, as well as relevant federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations. Specific responsibilities include:

o   On-site supervision during evening hours of operation (typically from 7:00pm until 11:00 pm).

o   Support in volunteer training, appreciation, and supervision.

o   Build good rapport with shelter guests, respond to conflicts and concerns fairly and with respect for those served.

o   Documentation of guest and volunteer data.

  • Authority: When providing on-site supervision, the Program Coordinator has authority to make operational decisions, including directing support staff and volunteers, for successful performance of the ROOTS Program in achieving the ROOTS Vision and Mission.
  • Accountability: The Program Coordinator is accountable to and is supervised by the Volunteer Manager.

This is a part-time hourly position, scheduled one to three nights a week including some weekends. Hourly wage starts at $15.50 DOE

VISION AND MISSION:

ROOTS provides shelter and other essential services to homeless young adults. We build community, advocate for social justice, and foster dignity among low-income people.

ROOTS currently operates two direct services programs: the Friday Feast meal program, recognized by Seattle’s homeless newspaper Real Change as “the best of all soup kitchens,” serving over 8000 meals per year, and the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, the largest emergency shelter in Seattle specifically serving homeless persons between the ages of 18 to 25 365 days a year. Its mission is to offer critical emergency services in an atmosphere of welcoming hospitality. The shelter employs a small paid staff, with a heavy reliance on volunteers.

AGENCY EXPECTATIONS OF EMPLOYEE

  • Demonstrate understanding of and dedication to ROOTS vision and mission.
  • Adhere to ROOTS Policies and Procedures, able to promote ROOTS organizational values.
  • Perform duties as workload necessitates while demonstrating flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize work load.
  • Maintain a positive and respectful attitude and strive to create a compassionate but disciplined environment in the shelter.
  • Communicate proactively with the Program Coordinators, Volunteer Manager, Director of Operations, Executive Director, shelter staff and volunteers, service partners, and organizational allies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure adequate supervisory staff is available for shelter operation during the evening hours, typically from 7:00pm until 11:00pm.
  • Be on call for crisis response on the evenings worked until the following morning.
  • Work with ROOTS staff and volunteers, as well as church staff, in maintaining the shelter facility, assisting with acquisition and inventory of shelter supplies, and logging in-kind donations.
  • Be familiar with shelter policies and practices and written records required by ROOTS and its contracting partners.
  • Maintain knowledge about the external environment as it relates to collaborative record keeping, documentation, and recognition of services for homeless youth and young adults.
  • Participate in regular meetings with the program staff and volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Volunteer Manager and Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must demonstrate ability to work effectively in a volunteer-driven, harm reduction oriented service organization.
  • Must have highly developed communication skills: ability to communicate the written and spoken word clearly and effectively; ability to communicate to a wide variety of people with ease.
  • Good organizational skills: well-disciplined, reliable, self-starter, able to work under pressure of many priorities and deadlines.
  • Good interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to communicate with and appreciate staff and volunteers.
  • Solid understanding of issues related to poverty and homelessness.
  • Minimum of two years experience in service provision to youth or young adults, preference given to candidates with demonstrated skill among those impacted by homelessness and oppression.

Open until filled

Send cover letter and resume to:

Chelsea Stevenson, Volunteer Manager
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
1415 NE 43rd StreetSeattle, WA 98105

or e-mail to: chelsea@rootsinfo.org.
No Phone calls please.
ROOTS is an equal opportunity employer. LGBTQ, persons of color, and bilingual candidates encouraged to apply.