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Outreach Specialist Level 3
at Heluna Health
The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT) works collaboratively in small teams to engage and stabilize individuals experiencing homelessness, to help establish treatment, and to find permanent housing.
An Outreach Specialist Level 3 is an advanced level position on the outreach services team. A Outreach Specialist Level 3 participates in daily operations on their assigned teams, as well as supports the functions of HOT as a whole. The work schedule is a 10 hour shift, 4 days a week, including day and swing shifts. Schedule is set by management.
- Conduct outreach by assignment throughout the City and outlying neighborhoods to people experiencing homelessness.
- Triage calls made to HOT’s internal Dispatch line from the community and dispatch to teams and responders accordingly.
- Engage individuals and assess needs (eg, medical, mental health, substance use, shelter, food access, benefits, and other issues). Follow up with clients to support linkage, as needed.
- Perform wellness checks, assess risk, provide support, and referrals for needed services. This may include crisis intervention, engaging emergency medical or mental health systems, or mandated reporting.
- Advocate and collaborate with service providers to facilitate access to care with the goal of stabilization.
- Respond to requests from city agencies (the Mayor’s Office, Board of Supervisors, SFPD, SFFD, HSH), merchants, community groups, and citizens to help individuals found at-risk in places not meant for human habitation.
- Work collaboratively as part of a dynamic and diverse team, which includes clear communication, flexibility, and humility.
- Work in close collaboration with the DPH Street Medicine Team to link people experiencing homelessness to transitional primary care.
- Provide targeted outreach to High Users of Multiple Systems (HUMS) who frequent emergency services, but are not connected to stabilizing care. Refer clients to appropriate services.
- Maintain professional and positive relationships with other service providers, community groups, and the neighborhood.
- Utilize and participate in clinical supervision, both group and individual, to discuss client care, service delivery, and clinical and professional development.
- Use assigned communication devices to appropriately and professionally communicate with team members and other service providers.
- Use web-based technologies to look up information and collateral data relevant to service delivery.
- Maintain timely and accurate documentation according to program requirements.
- Use company provided vehicles to transport and visit clients in an appropriate and professional manner. Maintain a clean driving record.
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct as well as established policies and procedures.
- Attend all mandatory trainings and meetings.
- Provide leadership to assigned team or role on outreach services with entry-level outreach staff, including dispatch and responders.
- Work with Training Coordinator and leadership to help train new staff by allowing them to shadow your work, explaining tasks, teaching SF resources, and enforcing best practices. This includes charting and documentation.
- Utilizes advanced strategies and techniques in training new and current staff. Receives positive evaluations from new hires, staff, and Training Coordinator.
- Occasionally represent HOT at meetings/panels/presentations held by community partners or city agencies.
- Attend some leadership meetings, as requested, to discuss current and future issues from the perspective of an outreach worker/case manager.
- Other duties as assigned.
TARGET EXPERIENCE: Direct experience working in a professional, volunteer, or other relevant capacity with people experiencing homelessness or individuals with complex medical and/or behavioral health concerns.
All areas of study meet qualifications. The following majors are preferred: Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, Counseling, Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Public Policy, Public Health, or a related field.
- High School degree or equivalent plus 4 years or more with TARGET EXPERIENCE, or
- Specialty Certificate related to the populations served (e.g., Community Health Worker, Medical Assistant, Drug and Alcohol/CADAC, Peer Counselor) and 3 years with TARGET EXPERIENCE; or
- AA/AS degree, and 2 years or more with TARGET EXPERIENCE; or
- BA/BS degree from an accredited 4-year College or University, and 1 year or more with TARGET EXPERIENCE; or
- MA/MS degree from an accredited College or University, or
- Completion of an EMT-B (Emergency Technician/ Basic) or EMT-P (Emergency Technician/ Paramedic) Training Program and 1 year with TARGET EXPERIENCE; or
- Completion of a U.S. Military Corpsman Training Program and 1 year with TARGET EXPERIENCE; or
- Possession of or qualify for licensing as a Psychiatric Technician and 1 year with TARGET EXPERIENCE.
- (Internal Only) More than 2 years working for SF HOT, with advanced performance, skill, and competency, based on feedback given in supervision and as indicated in the annual performance evaluation. Capacity to perform in all roles and responsibilities (eg, ability to function between dispatch, responder, outreach worker, or other assigned roles).
- Valid California driver’s license and no history of major moving violations, including DUIs, during the past 5 years.
- Advanced level of knowledge of the client population and their complex needs including homelessness, financial instability, medical and mental health, and substance abuse.
- Ability to work well with diverse staff and clientele including cultural, language, sexual identity, gender and other diversity considerations within all neighborhoods in San Francisco.
- Ability to work successfully both independently and cooperatively.
- Ability to speak read and write clearly in English.
- Advanced level of competency using Internet, email, and Microsoft Word computer applications as well as ability and willingness to learn necessary programs needed for everyday job function.
- Ability to use computers/internet to look up information and enter relevant notes.
- CPR and first aid certification within 90 days of hire.
- Speak languages other than English.
- Previous experience or training in street outreach and case management.
- Knowledge of San Francisco neighborhoods and community resources.
- Knowledge of the San Francisco Health Provider network.
- Must be capable of performing job duties requiring frequent use of the entire body including ability to stand, walk, climb stairs, sit, drive for extended periods of time, exit and enter vehicles throughout your work shift.
- Ability to use a computer, phone or office equipment for extended periods of time.
- Ability to successfully and efficiently complete tasks in an environment where background noise is present and interruptions may be constant.
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 35 lbs.
- With instruction, the ability to assist persons with disabilities and to help transfer a 180 lb person and lift wheel chair in and out of a car or van.
Handling / Fingering Constantly
Reach Outward Occasionally
Reach Above Shoulder Occasionally
Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally
Lift / Carry Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
Push/Pull Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs
Talk/ Hear Constantly
Taste/ Smell Not Applicable
Not Applicable Not required for essential functions
Occasionally (0 - 2 hrs/day)
Frequently (2 - 5 hrs/day)
Constantly (5 hrs/day)
Travel outside to various locations and on occasion, general office setting, indoors temperature controlled
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. Essential job duties are intended to describe those functions that are primary to the performance of this job. Other job duties include those that are considered secondary to the overall purpose of this position.
This position description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by the supervisor and management.
HELUNA HEALTH reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.
All qualified applicants will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
PHFE dba Heluna Health is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages minorities, women, veterans, and disabled to apply.