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Community Responder (Mental Health Professional)

Company: City of Kirkland
Location: Kirkland
Posted on: November 19, 2022

Job Description:


$87,295.62 - $102,000.00 Annually


Kirkland, WA

Job Type



City Manager's Office

Job Number


Closing date and time


Job Summary
SUMMARY: The Community Responder position will reside in the City Manager's Office and report directly to the Community Responder Program Manager. The Community Responder serves on a team of other citywide community responders.

Community Responders use evidence-based practice that promotes well-being through assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Community Responders incorporate knowledge of human behavior, sociology, psychiatry, psychology, and many other social science disciplines using advocacy, compassion and de-escalation and crisis intervention skills to support those with unmet needs in a culturally responsive manner. They work as a team, and collaborate with other local, regional, state and federal programs to identify gaps in existing resources for community members. The primary focus of work is crisis intervention, resource referral, and follow-up; this work is conducted in community settings such as health care organizations, businesses, homes, public spaces and at social service agencies.

Essential Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Respond to 911 calls for service in the community, both within a team or independently:
  • Conduct ongoing biopsychosocial assessments of community members:
    • Provide appropriate referrals and resources to community members (e.g., caregiver respite programs, paratransit applications, DSHS applications, SSDI, Veteran's Benefits)
    • Follow-up with community members periodically to ensure a warm hand-off to the appropriate resource(s) or services
    • Periodically re-evaluate efficacy of the resource(s) or services, and determine need for additional or alternate services
    • Thoroughly document all encounters in accordance with policy and professional standards
    • Conduct home visits based on referrals from other responders and community service professionals
    • Provide appropriate level of support to community members during particularly vulnerable transitional times, such as post-hospitalization discharge to home or to alternate points of care
    • Provide community member and/or caregiver/family education on alternative care strategies and resources
    • Complete all mandatory training in a timely fashion such as clinical competency, culturally relevant practices, use of appropriate technologies, customer service, and any other assigned program and Department training
      Peripheral Duties:
      • Performs functions as assigned in the City's emergency response plan in the event of an emergency.
      • Promote public health and wellness by coordinating and participating in community-wide events, health fairs, volunteer fairs, and activities
      • Participate in the development of the Community Responder Program's performance metrics, tracking, and referrals.
      • Provide or coordinate training for Fire, Police and City Staff on social services or program updates and advancements.
      • Represent the Community Responder Program on regional related work groups or committees when requested.
        Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
        • Knowledge of the principles of behavior and motivation.
        • Knowledge of community health, housing, financial, and behavioral health resources and criteria for providing services.
        • Knowledge of local, state, and federal social service programs and eligibility criteria, including Veteran-specific programs, Medicare, and Medicaid.
        • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, Outlook) or similar programs.
        • Skilled in professional writing and communication.
        • Ability to adjust quickly to changing priorities in physically demanding, stressful, and environmentally diverse conditions.
        • Ability to understand and support equity and inclusion in policies and practices; work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences; inspires and encourages fair treatment.
        • Ability to commit to working with the team to analyze outcomes and challenges.
        • Ability to work effectively as a member in formal and informal teams.
        • Ability to understand the interests and concerns of others and able and willing to share and receive information.
        • Ability to meet the expectations and requirements of internal and external stakeholders; obtain first-hand information and use it for improvements in services; act with consumers in mind; establish and maintain effective relationships and gain trust and respect.
        • Value Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: Understand and support equity and inclusion in policies and practices; work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and lived experiences; inspire and encourage fair treatment.
        • Dedicate to Continuous Quality Improvement: Commit to work with teams to improve the quality of life for community members.
        • Ability to establish and maintain productive professional relationships with City of Kirkland staff and other community partners.
          Minimum Qualifications:
          • Education: Master's Degree in social work, sociology, psychology, human development or other related field.
          • Experience: 1 year of paid experience in a health care setting, including public health or behavioral health.Licenses and Other Requirements:
            • Must have Associate's license as a social worker, mental health counselor, or marriage and family therapist as defined by WAC 246-809.
            • Prefer licensed independent social worker, mental health counselor, or marriage and family therapist as defined by WAC 246-809-010(2).
            • Valid Washington State Driver's License, or the ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.
            • Prefer American Safety Health Institute (ASHI) Healthcare provider CPR/AED/first aid certification, or the ability to obtain certification within 90 days of hire.
            • Ability to conduct suicide/homicide risk assessments and safety planning, or the ability to obtain training within 90 days of hire.
            • Paid experience working with older adults and/or adults with disabilities is highly desirable.
            • Prefer two or more years of demonstrated experience working with housing and/or homeless issues.
            • Paid experience working with Limited English Proficiency individuals and communities is desirable.
            • Crisis intervention training and/or experience is desirable.
              Physical Demands and Working Environment:
              • Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, such as, but not limited to, a personal computer, tablet computer, calculator, copier, scanner and fax machine.
              • Must be able to safely operate a city vehicle.
              • Must be physically capable of lifting, walking, moving, carrying, climbing, bending, kneeling, crawling, reaching, handling, sitting, standing, pushing, and pulling.
              • Navigate rugged terrains and unsanitary public places, homes, and shelters.
              • Ability to carry, don, and doff personal and safety equipment during community response, including N95 mask and eye protection.
              • Work involves outreach to individuals who may be unsheltered, living on the streets, in shelters, or located in suburban campsites and homeless campsites.
              • The incumbent may be exposed to repeated emotionally disturbing situations, high-stress dynamic situations, hostile and/or aggressive behaviors, which could present a personal risk of harm.
              • Work may require visits to jails and out-of-town locations, emergency rooms, and other medical facilities.
              • Exposure to bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious material (OPIM).
              • Work hours include various shifts to provide 24/7 coverage for community service calls and emergencies.Selection Process
                Position requires a resume and cover letter (letter of interest) for consideration of application. Please note how you meet minimum qualifications within the cover letter. Applicants who are selected for next steps in the hiring process will be invited by phone or email. Job open until filled with first review of applicants by 15th day of initial posting.

                Vaccination requirement
                Effective November 8, 2021, all new hires to the City will be required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start date.

Keywords: City of Kirkland, Kirkland , Community Responder (Mental Health Professional), Other , Kirkland, Washington

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