12520 SW 3rd St
The Outreach Worker will provide a consistent demonstration of HomePlate’s values and mission in each contact with an unstably housed young person. Build and nourish mutual relationships, trust and support to promote the strengths and capabilities of young people as they work to obtain permanent housing. Bilingual in Spanish/English is a requirement for one of two the positions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
● Provide direct outreach services to young people experiencing homelessness in Washington County. Outreach involves going to transit centers, parks, skate parks, forested areas, and other locations where young people congregate. (Typical schedule is 12:30-8:30pm M, W, Th & 10:30-6:30pm Tu & Fri).
● Build rapport with youth, find out needs, case plan and refer them to community resources
● Build and maintain collaborative relationships with landlords, police, libraries, parks departments, schools, social service agencies, businesses, and neighborhood organizations
● Emphasize a strength-based approach as HomePlate supports homeless individuals in their efforts to move into stability
● Accurately document all services as required by program procedures. Maintain and update all necessary databases for tracking youth progress, program objectives and outcomes, and contractual and licensing requirements. Produce timely and accurate summaries of services for grant reports
● Work closely with other Outreach Workers to maintain safety protocols while conducting outreach activities.
● Experience building trust relationships and collaborative efforts with diverse individuals and organizations
● Experience working with homeless young people; outreach and local Washington County social service knowledge is a plus
● Demonstrated knowledge of street youth population including knowledge of outreach, needs, services and systems of care
● Self-motivated and work well in unstructured, sometimes chaotic, team environment
● Critical thinking skills to make sound decisions independently
● Strong commitment to "meeting youth where they are". Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to collaborate with partners outside of the agency. Ability to interact appropriately with people from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic and varying cultural groups
● Ability to work a substantial number of hours outdoors, and on your feet
● Familiarity with computers and basic software use is required. Ability to work with or learn computer data entry programs and familiarity with Office Suite software. Fluency in social media websites, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.
● Fluency in Spanish is a requirement (for one of the two positions)
● Ability to pass a criminal background check
Pay and Benefits
HomePlate values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color are encouraged to apply.
Thank you for your interest in HomePlate.
Benefits: Employer paid medical (79%) & dental benefits for employee and 50% covered for dependents; $500 HRA; starts with 20 days paid time off.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluent in spanish and english
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To Apply: Email a résumé and application questions (below) to: email@example.com. Because of the volume of applications, please understand that we will not be able to respond to email or phone inquiries, but all applicants will receive responses regarding the status of the application process. Applications will be welcome until June 21st.
● Every duty in the job description is based on having solid rapport and trust with the youth. Give an example of your success building relationships and collaborative efforts with and among diverse populations.
● What interests you most about this position?
● What qualities do you think are necessary to make a success of this job? Why do you believe you hold them?
● What do you believe the barriers to ending homelessness are? What do you believe is the reason that homelessness exists in Washington County?
● What does the following mean to you: “Relationships rather than rules – because in the end it’s about people.”