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Pine Street Inn Outreach Van Counselor, Overnight in Boston, Massachusetts

Outreach Van Counselor, Overnight

Department: Nighttime Outreach (O-Van) - O & T

Office: 444 Harrison Avenue

Location: Boston, MA

Position Type: Direct Care

Hours/Shift: Overnight - Third Shift

Employee Type:: Relief

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SCHEDULE: On call as needed, 8:30 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.

Pays $22.41 per hour

LOCATION: 444 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, (Driving is an exceptional part of this position)

JOB DESCRIPTION:

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION:

The Outreach Van Relief Counselor will provide crisis intervention and fundamental services (food and blankets) to the unsheltered homeless population in Boston as part of a three (3) person mobile street outreach team for the Pine Street Inn

REQUIREMENTS:

QUALIFICATIONS:

EDUCATION/TRAINING:

REQUIRED:

  • High School diploma or GED

  • A valid Mass driver-s license with a minimum of two (2) years of driving experience and an excellent driving record

    KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:

REQUIRED:

  • Minimum of one (1) year prior experience as a street outreach worker, working with the homeless, and dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness

  • Strong writing, reading and communication skills

  • Prior training/knowledge of crisis intervention

    PREFERRED:

  • Previous experience working with people with mental illness, training in substance abuse, HIV or AIDS, and a human services background

    PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

REQUIRED:

  • Ability to drive a 15 passenger van

  • Must be able to lift 50 to 100 lbs. (assisting in physically lifting containers and guests)

  • Requires the ability to operate a cellular phone and computer

  • Requires frequent standing, sitting, stretching, bending, and lifting for long periods of time

  • Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions for long periods of time

  • Must be able to work with people actively abusing substances

    MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:

    REQUIRED:

  • Must be able to communicate effectively

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO :

  • Providing food, clothing and blankets as available

  • Assume responsibility for the safe operation of the program vehicle, by driving safely and within the driving laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Help the unsheltered homeless become aware of shelter alternatives and other available services through crisis intervention and counseling

  • Increase access to these services by providing transportation when appropriate

  • Act as a resource to police, the public, and other agencies and shelters in providing outreach services

  • Possess the ability to identify and assess the potentially violent behavior, crisis situations and violent situations by responding in a safe and timely manner while setting clear limits and making appropriate decisions

  • Record basic data from each contact in the daily log and on the program statistic sheets

  • Attend supervision meetings once a week and/or as needed and scheduled by the outreach van supervisor. Attend weekly staff meetings

  • Attend all PSI required trainings and others trainings that involve the program/guests needs

  • Maintain a close working relationship with other departments at the Inn

  • Provide services to a diverse population of all ages

  • Must be able to resolve any conflicts or issues with co-workers in a professional manner before involving the supervisor

  • Participate in relevant meetings, training-s sessions, and programs

  • Responsible for restocking Outreach Van supplies

  • Perform other additional assignments or projects as requested/directed by supervisor

    INTERNAL CANDIDATES, IF INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FOR PROMOTION/TRANSFER AND SUBMIT IT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT WITHIN 10 DAYS OF POSTING

    Pine Street Inn is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

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