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Mental Health Professional (000884)
Location: Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Organization: Police Department
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Expires: Apr 26, 2022, 11:59:00 PM
Minimum Salary: 89,336.00
Midpoint Salary: 111,675.00

Some of what you’ll be doing:

You will be responsible for working alongside the Port of Seattle Police Department’s (POSPD) Officers and Crisis Care Coordinator in support of the unsheltered community and those in crisis. You will help facilitate connections to local resources/services and coordinate case management with POSPD.

  • You will accompany law enforcement officers to assist individuals with mental health, substance use, people experiencing homelessness and other social service’s needs.
  • You will provide outreach, engagement, and support to individuals in need and make referrals to appropriate service providers.
  • You will promote best practices in treatment approaches, support systems and interventions as well as advocate needs and liaise between individuals, caregivers, and service providers.
  • You will follow-up with identified individuals and/or emergency medical contacts and social service providers.
  • You will study and analyze program participation, prepare recommendations and reports for improving existing and development of new programs.
  • You will review statistical data and identify future trends and prepare data for reports and outcome summaries.
  • You will provide information, consultation and referral for officers and staff, determining the appropriateness of a service contract or agreement with professionals with expertise in crisis case management.
  • You will conduct training sessions for officers and staff on methods for dealing with population served, and training on social service resources.
  • You may provide information to courts and attorneys, may attend, and testify at court hearings or other legal proceedings, as needed.

Who you are:

Two years of experience may be substituted for one year of education:

  • Experienced – You have two (2) or more years of experience working with behavioral health, homeless, and/or chemically dependent individuals.
  • Educated – You possess a Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or related field. You also must be able to obtain full licensure in Washington State within 60 days of date of hire with at least one or more of the following licenses:
    • Advanced Social Worker
    • Independent Clinical Social Worker
    • Marriage and Family Therapist
    • Mental Health Counselor
  • Desired – We hope you have five (5) or more years of experience working with individuals with mental illness, homelessness, and/or chemically dependent individuals. We also hope you have an awareness of available local resources in and around the area.
  • Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work. At the Port of Seattle, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all Port employees.
  • Knowledgeable in Mental Health – You can identify symptoms of behavioral and social characteristics affecting populations served. You understand methods and philosophies related to providing social services and community service programs related to mental health challenges, homelessness and substance reliance.
  • Problem Solver – You are skilled in identifying the best solutions to address problems, apply conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques to result in the best possible outcomes.
  • Personable Communicator – You possess excellent verbal and written communications skills, public speaking skills, and ability to provide presentations and facilitation. You know how to communicate with diverse populations and address issues on a spectrum of social needs.
  • Analytical – You are great at effectively preparing reports and presenting findings as well as analyzing programs, policies, and procedures to meet operational needs.

What else you need to know:

  • Background Investigation – You must pass a background investigation that includes a complete criminal records check, a polygraph examination, a medical examination and a psychological examination. Background investigations will be conducted as openings occur and include the following: driving history, credit history, arrest records, military records, educational records, and other sources where information can be obtained to measure one’s suitability for work within a Police Department.
  • Driver’s License – You will need a valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain one, is required prior to your start date.
  • Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). Slightly more flexible start and end times are available in this role. You may be required to work any and all assigned shifts, including weekends and holidays. You may be required to work during emergencies.
  • Work Environment – You will work both indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. You will sometimes work in or near moving traffic and will be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles consistent with working near aircraft and maritime vessels. You may be exposed to aircraft noise. You will be required to walk and stand for extended periods of time throughout each shift.
  • Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking must be performed in Washington State.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – Effective, November 15, 2021, the Port of Seattle will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions at the Port of Seattle. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
  • Security Requirements – As the successful candidate, you must pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check as well as a criminal history background check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Your employment will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge upon clearance.

Why you’ll love it here:

  • Healthcare – Medical, Dental and Vision Care with options that work for you and your family.
  • Paid Vacation – Just about four weeks per year that increases with tenure to rest and rejuvenate.
  • Holidays – More than ten days per year to celebrate with family and friends away from work.
  • Pension/Retirement Plans – A pension and additional savings plans to prepare for your future after the Port.
  • Getting to Work – From subsidized parking and a low-cost public transit card to alternative work arrangements giving you an opportunity to work from home.
  • Parental Leave – Six weeks of paid leave to spend with new additions to your immediate family.
  • Development – From tuition reimbursement, training, stretch assignments and internal internships, we support a learning culture.
  • Diversity – We foster opportunities for employees to contribute to our communities and business success in a way that celebrates a fully inclusive and engaged work environment.
  • Work-Life Balance – We provide the resources to help you create habits to be healthy and balanced.
  • Mission Driven – We are focused together in promoting economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce and job creation in an equitable, accountable and environmentally responsible manner.

Why the Port of Seattle:

Every role at the Port of Seattle is vital to our thriving community. We are a leader in moving people and cargo across the country and around the world. With facilities and property ranging in scope from a half-acre park to one of the largest airports and container terminals on the West Coast, we maximize the public assets in our portfolio with an eye toward best uses and environmental sustainability.

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