Social Worker/Behavioral Health Care Coordinator (Part-Time)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on March 8, 2023
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$36.67 - $46.48 Hourly

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)

DPH - Public Health

Job Number

Community Health Services


Public Health - Seattle and King County is looking for a dedicated part time Social Worker for our Downtown Public Health Center. This Social Worker will work as part of a team in a fast-paced Public Health Clinic offering Primary care services, Dental services, Services for to low-income families, and Refugees, many with medical complexity and social vulnerability, specifically homelessness. We value low-barrier access to high quality care for all patients and strive to reduce institutional and systemic barriers to that care.

The Social Worker provides services building-wide, including crisis intervention, case management and care coordination and referral to resources to meet the patient's needs. Performance of duties may be autonomous and self-directed, or provided as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

This is a TLT (temporary) position, the assignment ends 12/31/23. This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Job Duties

  • Provide Social Work support to access behavioral health programs and assist in navigation and successful linkage to community-based programs. Services can include assessment of needs, review of programs the client is currently enrolled in and assistance in re-engagement with that program, review of eligibility for new programs and referral.
  • Provide referral to other resources that address social determinants of health and that will improve health outcomes.
  • Provide mental health crisis intervention and coordination with community crisis services for individuals seeking services at the Downtown Public Health Center. This will include those who are current Public Health clients and those who may not be a Public Health client but come to the site.
  • Assist site management and staff with responding to clients or others that require de-escalation, behavioral health support, mental health first aid, linkage to resources or other support to increase quality of care for those seeking services and to maximize safety for clients and staff.
  • Work in a complementary manner with security personnel, when necessary, as part of a collective response to incidents when a client is in need of assistance with behavioral health intervention, de-escalation, etc.
  • Document referrals and interventions in EHR and other required systems.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team with other disciplines in Public Health and the community.
  • Provide support and education for other Public Health staff on crisis response, de-escalation skills, and reduction of secondary trauma.
  • Coordinate with supervisor regarding activity priorities according to program and site needs.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Master's degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Counseling/Behavioral Health from an accredited university.
  • At minimum, be able to obtain an agency affiliated DOH credential.
  • Experience with assessment and treatment planning for common mental health and/or substance use disorders.
  • Experience and skills in crisis intervention, de-escalation, and crisis services in King County.
  • Ability to effectively engage clients in a therapeutic relationship, and ability to work with clients by telephone as well as in person.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, to foster and maintain a variety of interpersonal relationships and to provide social work services independently with minimal immediate supervision and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply professional social work principles, methodology and ethics.
  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practice and understanding of the effects of health disparities and population health.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of organization to meet high volume workload demands.
  • Working knowledge of standard software applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams.
  • Ability to travel in a timely manner within King County to locations that may have limited access to public transportation.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively in a team setting.
Any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Post graduate professional experience providing independent social work services in a health or social service setting.
  • Experience providing services to high-risk clients of low income, multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, and multi-cultural populations.
Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North" , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all internal and external candidates.

Application Process:
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through or (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • Letter of interest indicating how you meet or exceed the qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions. Please do not copy and paste your resume or resume sections as responses to Supplemental Questions. Doing so will result in an incomplete application, unless the submitted information completely and directly answers the questions posed.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed NeoGov application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to .
  • The selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.
  • The candidate must possess a valid Washington State driver's license or have the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.
Work location: The location is our Downtown Public Health Center

Work Schedule: This is a part-time position, 0.75 FTE, 30 hours per week job, Monday to Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM, and depending on business and operational needs, work hours may vary at times. It is non-exempt and therefore subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Union affiliation:
This position is represented by a labor union.

For more information about the application process, please contact Toni Curry, HR Analyst at .

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.