As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Harborview Medical Center Pioneer Square Clinic has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time PEER COUNSELOR/COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER. In this position, the Community Health Worker is an individual who self-identifies as a person who has a lived experience of homelessness. They model resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those struggling with homelessness. This position will serve a wide, diverse population of clients, all of whom have clear and persistent health issues; they will help persons identify goals that promote recovery and resiliency; and will assist in identifying services and activities to help them reach these goals and provide the support needed to accomplish them.
This positon is in our Pioneer Square Clinic/Downtown Programs serving our Healthcare in Housing Program. The primary responsibility will be working with residents of the Union Hotel, Lyon Building, and the Compass Center Men’s Program. All of these sites are located in Pioneer Square. This is a day shift position with hours likely between 8am – 5pm.
Serves as a role model demonstrating resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those struggling with homelessness and is willing to share personal lived experience as appropriate
Assists consumers with identifying goals that promote recovery and resiliency and assists practitioners with identifying services and activities to help consumers reach those goals
Assist consumers with voicing interests and goals through appropriate channels
Works in conjunction with all agency programs as part of the consumer’s treatment team
Assists consumers in their recovery by teaching independent living skills such as shopping, budgeting, meal preparation, accessing public transportation and establishing/maintaining community based natural supports
Performs outreach services in support of case management, supported housing, and medical care
Attends relevant meetings
Provides coverage for other Peer Support Specialists
Chart consumer contact in the electronic medical record as needed
Operates office equipment such as computer, calculator, and copy/fax machines
Performs other related duties as required
High school graduation or equivalent and two years’ experience in a behavioral health organization or consumer/peer run organization; or equivalent education/experience.
Peer Counselor Certification (Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery) OR Community Health Worker Certification (Department of Health)
Within 7 days of employment and depending on job requirements:
must apply for Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration/License with the State of WA (Dept of Health), and have obtained this credential within 60 days of hire (RCW18.19.210).
Department Specific Requirements:
May need a Washington State Drivers License
Exceptional communication skills, written, oral, and telephone
Experience interacting and communicating with a diverse population, using sensitivity, tact, and discretion
Demonstrated computer experience and proficiency, preferably in a Windows-based environment
Demonstrated history of commitment to continuously improving quality and service
Maintains the highest standards of confidentiality, professionalism, and ethical conduct
Demonstrates independent judgment and decision making skills and appropriately prioritizes and handles multiple tasks
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.