All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.
As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center 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. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region.
The Pioneer Clinic has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, 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.
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
REQUIREMENTS High school graduation or equivalent and two years’ experience in a behavioral health organization or consumer/peer run organization; or equivalent education/experience. AND Peer Counselor Certification (Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery) OR Community Health Worker Certification (Department of Health) AND 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
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.