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Swords to Plowshares: A Veterans Rights Organization, San Francisco, CA


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About Swords to Plowshares

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities. Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, our mission is to heal the wounds of war and to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to end homelessness and poverty among those we serve. To learn more about Swords to Plowshares, please visit our website at www.swords-to-plowshares.org.

Job Title

Community Counselor

Location

1060 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Employment Type

Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Summary

The full-time Community Counselor is part of a team at a drop-in mental health social service program that provides support and services to homeless and/or disabled at-risk veterans. These services include brief counseling, information and referrals, and community resource utilization. The Community Counselor practices professional boundaries in a compassionate setting. The Community Counselor will receive in-house training in de-escalation and will at times need to utilize non-violent de-escalation tools.

Responsibilities

  • Provides a safe and supportive environment for veterans seeking services
  • Adheres to laws regarding confidentiality and reporting requirements
  • Provides assistance finding referrals for shelter and housing
  • Provides referrals for eviction prevention processes
  • Provides linkage for substance abuse issues 
  • Must collaborate with Health & Social Services’ Case Managers regarding veterans’ needs
  • Assists veterans with access to public benefits, disability benefits, etc.
  • Inputs HM Information Systems/Efforts to Outcome data to maintain required demographic information
  • Provides back-up assistance for Health & Social Services staff at front desk reception area and fills in as needed
  • Attends appropriate Department of Public Health/Behavioral Health Services training per DPH contract obligations
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Must be able to carry out the essential duties of the position within what can be considered reasonable accommodation

Requirements

Education

  • BA/BS in a Behavioral Science (Social Work, Psychology, Community Studies, etc.)

Experience

  • Education and/or one-year experience working in a social service agency
  • Translatable military experience and skills may be alternatively substituted

Qualifications

  • Must be able to work independently in a busy and dynamic work environment
  • Repetitive hand movement using a computer keyboard in the performance of daily office activities
  • Must be able to sit for prolonged periods and manage transportation to meetings
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative.

Skills

  • Understanding and basic knowledge of mental health symptoms, psychosocial stressors, and chemical dependency issues
  • Advanced computer literacy including MS Word Suite
  • Able to manage the various and changing needs of multiple veterans accessing services at any one time
  • Able to learn and maintain current information on community resources including housing, residential and outpatient treatment for mental health and substance abuse, eviction prevention, and emergency shelter
  • Able to develop and/or maintain relationships in the community to assist veterans
  • Able to exercise firm yet compassionate boundaries
  • Must be a team player comfortable working in a dynamic and diverse environment
  • Able to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk veterans, including embracing the agency’s Cultural Humility Initiative
  • Flexible approach to problem solving within a team environment


About Swords to Plowshares

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

•                    Excellent medical and dental packages

•                    403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution

•                    17 vacation days in the first year

•                    12 holidays every year

•                    Wellness program

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

•                    Excellent…

Location

San Francisco, CA

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