Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

MAKE YOUR WORK COUNT!  Join our team and be a part of a small organization that strives to improve the quality of life for individuals living with serious and persistent mental illness.

Transitional Resources is a small non-profit community behavioral health agency that relies heavily on teamwork.  Successful candidates must be flexible and open to taking on whatever is needed to help our programs run smoothly.  We offer a positive and supportive work environment committed to promoting the best outcomes possible for our employees and the individuals we serve.

Open Positions:

 Peer Support Specialist

 Residential Counselor(s)

 Housing Case Manager

 Chemical Dependency Professional

 Volunteer Opportunities


 

Peer Support Specialist

The Peer Support Specialist self-identifies as a person with mental illness and is willing to utilize their personal experience, knowledge, and insight to benefit the team and its clients. The Peer Support Specialist will empower clients to identify goals that promote recovery, while providing the support necessary to accomplish them. The Peer Support Specialist will be expected to work with a diverse population and must be sensitive to the culture, religion, language, age, gender, and sexual orientation of the population served. The focus of the work will be helping individuals with co-occurring disorders to maintain their housing, connecting them to COD treatment, and facilitating therapeutic groups, such as WRAP.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1) Provide peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer, to provide guidance and empowerment to clients to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery.
2) Assists in the development and implementation of treatment plans to assist clients to develop the skills necessary to successfully live and work more independently in the community.
3) Assist in providing ongoing assessment of clients’ mental health symptoms and response to treatment.
4) Assist in the provision of direct clinical services, including individual treatment and facilitating therapeutic groups.
5) Educates clients regarding the role and use of medications. As appropriate, supervises self-monitoring of medication regimens.
6) Develops healthy and effective working relationships with clients.
7) Assists in assessing and addressing of clients’ health care needs and substance abuse issues.
8) Connects clients to Co-Occurring Disorder treatment.
9) Assists in crisis intervention, including consulting with agency staff and County Designated Mental Health Professionals regarding potentially dangerous or problematic situations.
10) Assists clients in developing activities of daily living on an individual or group basis. These activities may include, but is not limited to assisting and supporting clients in carrying out personal hygiene and grooming tasks or completing household activities such as house cleaning and laundry.
11) Works with the team to encourage and assist clients in obtaining and supporting employment, education, or volunteer activities.
12) As needed, accompanies clients to necessary appointments or assists in arranging alternative transportation.
13) Documents services that are provided in the clinical file and in the agency’s SAL database.
14) Assists clients to access independent, supervised, and supported living options in King County RSN.
15) Assists clients in acquiring and retaining medical and financial benefits.

RELATIONSHIP WITH COMMUNITY AND CO-WORKERS:
1) Contributes to cooperative working relationships with clinical team-mates and with supervisors.
2) Solicits and provides case consultation and coordination as needed.
3) Presents a positive professional image of the agency to referral sources and other service providers and community resources needed by agency clients.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
The Peer Specialist must be Peer Specialist Certified, may have a high school diploma and either a college degree in human services fields (or in another area,) or have a least two years of paid or volunteer work experience with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Individuals with lived experience with addiction are preferred.

Additional requirements include a state agency affiliated counselor registration, a valid driver’s license, an automobile, first aid/CPR training, HIV related training, negative 2-step TB test, criminal background inquiry, and fingerprint ID. The employees driving record must be acceptable in order to drive the Agency’s vehicles. The employee must show proof of personal automobile insurance. The agency reimburses agency related travel at the standard rate set by the federal government to help cover the cost of insurance, fuel, and wear on the automobile.

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP).

WAGES AND BENEFITS:
Rate of pay is $13.60 per hour.

HOURS:
12 hours per week

TO APPLY:

E-mail cover letter and resume to Skip Waters, Supportive Housing Manager, at

skipw@transitionalresources.org.


Residential Counselor

f/t, p/t, & on-call positions available

 The Residential Counselor’s goal is to provide consumers with serious and persistent mental illness a higher quality of life in a safe and therapeutic environment. The Residential Counselor will be expected to work with a diverse population and must be sensitive to the culture, religion, language, age, gender, and sexual orientation of the population served.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1)  Develops and implements individualized treatment plans to assist consumers to develop the skills needed to successfully live and work more independently in the community.

2)  Precisely monitors and documents consumer medications during each shift and takes action to encourage reluctant consumers to comply with medication regimens.  Educates consumers regarding the role and use of medications.

3)  Develops therapeutic and effective working relationships with consumers, while maintaining professional boundaries.

4)  Spends a majority of time in the house milieu, motivating, teaching and assisting consumers in self-care, practical living, leisure, and interpersonal skills, as appropriate.

5)  Plans for and addresses consumers’ health care needs and substance abuse issues.

6)  Effectively intervenes in consumer crisis, including consulting with agency staff, lead agency Crisis Services staff, and Designated Mental Health Professionals regarding potentially dangerous or problematic situations.

7)  Encourages and assists consumers to engage in work or other meaningful activities.

8)  Assumes a specialized responsibility role for eliciting and coordinating consumer success in some function of the running of the cooperative household, e.g. upkeep of certain rooms, management of a portion of the household budget, operation of the self-governance group, providing classes or groups.

9)  Ensures that consumers meet their appointments outside TRY House, accompanying consumers to these appointments and to access other resources when indicated.

10)  Carry an assigned caseload, including maintaining responsibility for high quality, professional records of consumer progress completed and other necessary correspondence in a timely manner.

11)  Ensures transfer planning coordinated with the array of services offered by Navos and access to supervised and supported living options in King County BHO.

12)  Based on individual strengths, assumes responsibility for coordinating treatment team efforts, e.g. in verifying record keeping, billing, or planning.

 

RELATIONSHIP WITH COMMUNITY AND CO-WORKERS

1)  Contributes to cooperative working relationships with clinical team-mates and with supervisors.

2)  Solicits and provides case consultation and coordination as needed.

3)  Presents a positive professional image of the agency to referral sources and other service providers and community resources needed by agency consumers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

BA in Human Services plus treatment experience working with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Other residential or social service experience may substitute.  The position requires state agency affiliated counselor registration, first aid/CPR training, HIV related training, 2-step TB test, criminal background and fingerprint ID, valid driver’s license, an acceptable driving record in order to drive Agency vehicles.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Two years treatment experience working with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness

COMPENSATION

$17.35 to $21.93 per hour, DOQ.  Non-exempt position.

BENEFITS

Benefits include (full & part-time positions only):  22 paid leave days and 9 paid holidays (both pro-rated per fte) per year, employer paid medical, dental, and long-term disability insurance; voluntary participation in one of the Agency sponsored 403(b) retirement plans, AFLAC cafeteria and FSA plans.

HOURS

Full-Time, Part-Time, and On-Call positions available.

Full and part-time counseling staff are expected to participate in the agency’s on-call system.  The on-call system’s hours require being available by phone to be called in immediately and are reimbursed at a rate of four hours on-call equaling one hour on-site.  All counseling staff are encouraged to be flexible in providing coverage for overnight, weekend, or holiday shifts when needed.

SUPERVISED BY

Clinical Director

TO APPLY

Send cover letter and resume to Julie Watkins, Clinical Director, at juliew@transitionalresources.org.

 


Housing Case Manager

The Housing Case Manager’s goal is to provide housing case management services to sixteen tenants living at Avalon Place apartments in order to help the tenants achieve housing stability.  The Housing Case Manager will be expected to work with a diverse population and must be sensitive to the culture, religion, language, age, gender, and sexual orientation of the population served.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Engage tenants in services.
  • Assess tenant strengths and obstacles to housing success.
  • Ensure tenants’ safety is assessed and a safety plan is developed.
  • Assist tenants with developing adult daily living skills (ADLS).
  • Assist tenants with securing and maintaining funding sources.
  • Assist tenants with locating primary care providers and assist in addressing medical health issues.
  • Help tenants connect with basic resources in the community, ie: food bank, shopping, and clothing needs.
  • Coordinate mental health services with mental health case managers at TR or other community mental health case managers.
  • Develop a housing success plan with each tenant, record service delivery, maintain housing charts and service documentation.
  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Develop group activities that will enhance the tenant’s abilities to live independently.
  • Work collaboratively with Housing Program Manager and Front Desk staff to help maintain safety and promote tenant success while living at Avalon Place apartments.

 

RELATIONSHIP WITH COMMUNITY AND CO-WORKERS

  • Contributes to cooperative working relationships with other agency staff and with supervisors.
  • Solicits and provides case consultation and coordination as needed.
  • Presents a positive professional image of the agency to community resources utilized by the tenants of Avalon Place apartments.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • A./B.S. degree in human service field
  • Ability to meet state requirements for becoming an Agency Affiliated Counselor
  • Two years experience working with homeless and low-income individuals, including persons living with mental and physical illnesses or chemical dependency/addictions
  • Experience working with people living with serious mental illness or co-occuring disorders is preferred
  • Valid Washington state drivers license
  • Ability to pass a state criminal background check.

 BENEFITS

Benefits include 22 paid leave days per year of service (pro-rated per fte); 9 paid holidays; medical and dental insurance; long term disability insurance; 12% salary enhancement after one year of employment,  voluntary participation in one of the Agency sponsored 403(b) retirement plans and AFLAC cafeteria plan.

 HOURS

40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.

SUPERVISED BY

Housing Manager

Send application materials to skipw@transitionalresources.org


 



 

Chemical Dependency Professional

RESPONSIBILITIES
1) Assesses referred clients, level of chemical dependency and develops and implements individualized treatment goals to assist consumers to develop the skills needed to manage and address their substance abuse, whether the goal is harm reduction or abstinence.
2.) Develops healthy and effective working relationships with consumers.
3) Works effectively as a member of a treatment team with other staff members including case managers and prescribing staff.
4) Effectively intervenes in consumer crisis, including consulting with agency staff, and Designated Mental Health Professionals regarding potentially dangerous or problematic situations.
5.) Engages clients effectively in discussions about substance abuse and provides outreach and crisis intervention as needed.
6.) Refers clients to inpatient CD treatment or intensive outpatient CD treatment as needed.
7.) Familiar with and able to use Motivational Interviewing in work with consumers.
8.) Completes required documentation in a thorough and timely manner in accordance with Agency, County and State guidelines.

RELATIONSHIP WITH COMMUNITY AND CO-WORKERS
1) Contributes to cooperative working relationships with clinical team-mates and with supervisors.
2) Solicits and provides case consultation and coordination as needed.
3.) Provides education regarding substance abuse to other staff and to clients as needed.
3) Presents a positive professional image of the agency to referral sources and other service providers and community resources needed by agency consumers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
CDP and B.A./M.A. in Human Services. Prefer two years treatment experience with adults with serious and persistent mental illness and/or adults with chemical dependency. Prefer experience working with individuals who have co-occurring disorders. The position requires State Agency Affiliated Counselor registration, a valid driver’s license, an automobile, first aide/CPR training, HIV related training, criminal background inquiry. The employee’s driving record must be acceptable in order to be able to drive the Agency’s vehicles. The employee’s personal automobile insurance must be at the business coverage level required in the agency’s Personnel Policies (100,000 combined single limit). The agency reimburses agency related travel at the standard rate set by the federal government to help cover the cost of insurance, fuel, and wear on the automobile.

BENEFITS
This is a non-benefited position.

HOURS
8 hours per week to be arranged with the Clinical Director.

Please send application materials to juliew@transitionalresources.org

EOE


Volunteer Opportunities

Transitional Resources is currently looking to fill the following volunteer positions:

Website Developer

Do you have a background in creating visually appealing and easy-to-navigate websites? Do you like working with a strongly mission-driven organization? If this is you, Transitional Resources (TR) could use your help.

TR is a behavioral health center and residential treatment facility in West Seattle that serves individuals from all over King County. TR has been operating since 1976 and helps adults living with the most serious and persistent forms of mental illness by providing respectful and optimistic recovery-oriented services, affordable housing and advocacy against discrimination.

Our website has served us well, but it now needs a redesign. We have collected input from our staff, board members and volunteers about what a redesign should achieve. We need a creative designer with a technical background to help us realize our vision. The final product from you will be a website that our staff can maintain and update.

Responsibilities

  • Re-design current website to achieve our agency’s goals
  • Advise agency staff about common web design platforms
  • Create visually appealing pages that feature a user-friendly design and clear navigation
  • Convert the website to be mobile friendly
  • Train agency staff who will be responsible for the website to maintain and update it

Skills

  • At least 1-2 years experience in web design working on a collaborative team
  • Knowledge of current web standards and web design platforms, such as Word Press
  • Understanding of site architecture, usability and basic interface design principles
  • Computer Science, Web or Multimedia degree, or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with the resources and working environment of nonprofits or small agencies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to work independently

Time commitment

This volunteer position is expected to last three to six months.

This position is a great opportunity for someone looking to expand his/her professional portfolio and gain important references. You will report to TR’s Chief Executive Officer and be part of a team that is making a difference in the lives of individuals living with mental illness.

How to Apply

Please complete the Transitional Resources volunteer application and send to Darcell Slovek-Walker, CEO at: darcellw@transitionalresources.org. Applicants whose interests are a good match with the agency’s will be contacted for an interview.

Click here to download Volunteer Application

Thank you for considering this volunteer opportunity.