Employment

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
Position Announcement


JOB TITLE:
           ROOTS Safety Coordinator
REPORTS TO:
       ROOTS Director of Operations

POSITION SUMMARY:

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the U-District is seeking candidates for the position of ROOTS Safety Coordinator to ensure the smooth functioning of ROOTS’ shelter program by supporting guests and staff with managing relationships in the alley. The alley between 15th and University Avenue is where the community accesses services within the University Temple United Methodist (UTUM) church and where ROOTS’ neighbor businesses are located. The ROOTS Safety Coordinator works on behalf of the UTUM partners and all the alley community to support a welcoming and safe environment for everyone in the alley.

The ROOTS Safety Coordinator will be proficient at conflict de-escalation, relationship building, outreach, and working with diverse communities. This position is a part time position with two shifts available.

Accountability: The Shelter Safety Coordinator reports directly to the Director of Operations who will conduct regular 1:1 supervision meetings. During the evening shift the Shelter Safety Coordinator reports to the Program Manager and/or the Shelter Director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Patrols assigned areas on foot checks for unsafe conditions and/or hazards such as:
    • unlocked doors.
    • security violations.
    • blocked ingress and egress.
    • unauthorized persons
    • sleeping in doorways.
    • proper disposal of loose needles.
  • Conducts daily inspections of all areas to ascertain their conditions of security and safety.
  • Performs monthly preventative maintenance and required equipment checks, i.e.: fire extinguishers, door alarms and panel, building alarms, all doors and locks.
  • Prepares daily logs or reports as required.
  • Directs vehicle and pedestrian traffic as needed.
  • Effectively deals with individuals who are unauthorized to park in parking spaces or loiter in doorways.
  • Responds to all codes and alarms in accordance with ROOTS’(and by extension UTUM’s) safety and emergency policies.
  • Coordinates with local Police, Fire, and Emergency personnel as indicated.
  • Responds to and investigates reported thefts, disturbances and incidents.
  • Responds to medical emergency call such as slips or falls in the facility or on the grounds, and assists authorities as the case warrants.
  • Responds appropriately to a variety of human service issues, including domestic abuse, substance abuse, psychiatric cases, and/or anxious/upset visitors.
  • Maintains composure and professional demeanor in an occasionally chaotic environment.
  • Practices universal precautions.
  • Utilizes verbal de-escalation techniques.
  • Effectively and compassionately interacts and deals with homeless individuals who
    • loiter
    • setup encampments in the alley or anywhere around UTUM.
    • are engaged in illicit activity.
    • panhandle volunteers, guests and/or staff.
  • Coordinates with local Police, shelters or other community based organizations who support homeless individuals.
  • Upholds ROOTS Mission, Vision and Values, and its policies and procedures.
  • Complies with behavioral expectations and maintains courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.
  • Participates in all required quality improvement activities.
  • Participates in and successfully completes mandatory education and training
  • Performs all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of ROOTS and the alley partners

REQUIREMENTS UPON EMPLOYMENT

  • The chosen candidate will attend The Ropes training, Anti-Oppression 101, Conflict Response, and ROOTS volunteer/staff orientation and any other trainings and/or certifications that ROOTS deems necessary
  • Complete application and background check
  • Must be 18 years old or older.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Training or understanding of harm reduction framework
  • Experience working with homeless shelter and/or homeless populations
  • Strong verbal conflict de-escalation skills (certification/training preferred)
  • Must have highly developed communication skills including the ability write and speak clearly and effectively and the ability and willingness to communicate to a wide variety of people with ease.
  • Previous academic or practical experience working on issues of poverty, oppression, and homelessness
  • Experience working in communities of color
  • Experience working within a social justice framework

This is a part-time hourly position scheduled for a minimum of a three-hour shift, at a minimum of 5-days a week beginning at $20.00/hr.

Open until filled

Send cover letter and resume to:

Matt Fox, Director of Operations
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA  98105
or e-mail to: matt@rootsinfo.org

ROOTS is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color, LGBTQ+ and bilingual candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

 

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
Position Announcement

JOB TITLE:           Overnight Shelter Staff
REPORTS TO:
       ROOTS Program Manager

POSITION SUMMARY:

Responsibilities: ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the U-District is seeking candidates for the position of Overnight Shelter Staff. Overnight Shelter Staff help ensure the smooth functioning of our overnight program by training and supporting overnight volunteers, as well as assisting the Overnight Counselor with conflict de-escalation and general overnight and morning shelter operations. This position works overnight shifts in our shelter from 8:00pm-8:30am (Saturday morning shifts will go until 9:30am).

Accountability: The Overnight Shelter Staff reports directly to the Program Manager who will conduct regular 1:1 supervision meetings. During the overnight shift the Overnight Shelter Staff reports to the Overnight Counselor.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Monitor the shelter space throughout the night to help ensure the physical and emotional safety of program participants
  • Assist with guest laundry and signing guests in and out of restrooms
  • Train and mentor new Overnight Volunteers, in conjunction with the Volunteer Mentor team
  • Assist Program Managers and Overnight Counselors with rule enforcement and conflict de-escalation
  • Help oversee shelter clean up, including getting shelter guests out of shelter on time
  • Help to supervise and enforce program guidelines, hand out supplies, interact and build positive relationships with guests
  • Delegate tasks to volunteers throughout the overnight shift
  • Complete intake paperwork with new guests
  • Check guests belongings into and out of overnight storage at the beginning and end of each shift
  • Be familiar with shelter policies and practices and written records required by ROOTS and its contracting partners.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Shelter Director, Program Manager, and Overnight Counselor

REQUIREMENTS

  • The chosen candidate will attend The Ropes training, Anti-Oppression 101, Conflict Response, and ROOTS volunteer/staff orientation
  • Complete application and background check
  • Must be 18 years old or older.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team-driven, harm reduction oriented, service organization.
  • Strong conflict de-escalation skills
  • Ability to consistently uphold and explain ROOTS rules and policies
  • 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.
  • Strong understanding of issues related to poverty, oppression, and homelessness
  • Preference given to candidates with demonstrated skill working with those impacted by homelessness and oppression
  • Prior supervision experience preferred

This is a part-time hourly position scheduled for a minimum one or two 12  hour shelter shifts per week Work-Study compensation available for eligible candidates. Compensation is $15/hour.

Open until filled

Send cover letter and resume to:

Kat Ousley, Shelter Director
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA  98105
or e-mail to: kat@rootsinfo.org

ROOTS is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color, LGBTQ+ and bilingual candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

 

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
Position Announcement

JOB TITLE:       Overnight On-Call Staff
REPORTS TO:
   ROOTS Shelter Director

POSITION SUMMARY: 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 ($15 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,Anti-Oppression 101, 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 is $15.

Open until filled

Send cover letter and resume to:

Kat Ousley, Shelter Director
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA  98105
or e-mail to: kat@rootsinfo.org

ROOTS is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color, LGBTQ+ and bilingual candidates strongly encouraged to apply.