DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Organization for Prostitution Survivors will sustain and expand upon its services by adding a 1.0 FTE Drop-in and Street Outreach coordinator. The Drop-in and Street Outreach coordinator works alongside survivors of sexual exploitation and utilizes harm reduction and relationship based engagement practices to route individuals experiencing CSE to healing-centered services. This position requires an empathetic, resilient and passionate individual who is comfortable providing services to those in crisis and developing healing relationships with members of the OPS community. OPS values passionate self-starters with the ability to utilize best practices in holistic care. This position requires being on site at OPS’ drop-in center in Burien, Tuesday through Thursday. Remaining hours will be spent planning, coordinating, and facilitating monthly street outreach activities in South King County. Occasional evening and weekend shifts may be required, depending on scheduled outreach activities. Individuals with lived or professional experience in CSE and a deep understanding of the sex trade are highly encourged to apply.
Drop-in Center Coordination (60%)
- Facilitate a robust, weekly drop-in program for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and ensures the space is a consistent, safe, compassionate, efficient, welcoming and interactive environment.
- Orient participants to the drop-in center; provide support and resources to all participants.
- Coach participants in utilizing appropriate behavior management skills and in developing interpersonal relationships
- Aid in participant’ conflict resolution, crisis intervention and de-escalation as needed
- Ensure that the drop-in center space is attractive and clean, and that supplies are stocked and used wisely.
- Plan menus, shop for meal supplies on a weekly basis, and serve food for the drop-in center; monitor food budget ensuring compliance with budgeted allocations.
- Maintain daily drop-in center service tracking, paperwork filing and data entry.
- Coordinate and provide services in the drop-in center in compliance with contracts and grant awards, including the following:
- Educational and life skills workshops,
- Creative arts activities,
- Peer support, and
- Special events and field trips.
- Support workshop facilitators, volunteers, and interns in conducting their work in the drop-in center space.
- Work collaboratively with the directors and staff to evaluate programming and collect participant feedback.
- Develop relationships with partners and foster meaningful collaboration with supportive services for the drop-in center (e.g. legal advocacy, medical services, etc), includes attending and facilitating meetings with outside providers outside of drop-in center hours.
- Participate in supervision & team meetings as directed by supervisor and/or directors.
- Contribute as an active team player who values transparency with a willingness to cross-train.
- Other duties, as assigned.
Community Outreach (40%)
- Build outreach teams consisting of staff, interns and volunteers to provide monthly targeted street outreach to individuals actively experiencing commercial sexual exploitation.
- Ensure team members are adequately prepared for outreach activities by facilitating onboarding, monthly team meetings, and ongoing training as needed.
- Establish rapport, determine the individual's immediate safety needs, and reduce harm by providing critical resources and referrals to appropriate services.
- Using a trauma-informed approach; provide crisis intervention, culturally competent and age-appropriate engagement techniques, and other skills and strategies as needed for engagement.
- Deliver all services and strategies in a manner that is culturally sensitive and centers the strengths and dignity of the person, and ensure encounters and interactions are respectful and responsive to the beliefs and practices, sexual orientations, disability statuses, age, gender identities, cultural preferences, and linguistic needs of all individuals.
- Work as part of a team of staff members and outreach volunteers to alternate responsibilities and ensure safety protocols are met.
- Solicit, purchase, organize and prepare outreach materials.
- Follow safety protocols for vulnerable populations that involve fleeing domestic violence, as well as dating violence, sexual assault, trafficking, or prostitution.
- Develop and implement a tracking method to assess individuals contacted during outreach activities.
- Attend the ASC Direct Service monthly meetings and other community meetings as necessary.
- Participate in crisis interventions, case consultations and debriefs with the Survivor Services Team.
- Participate in community collaborations and partnerships to ensure the most appropriate and culturally relevant resources and referrals are available for participants.
- Other duties, as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIRED SKILLS:
- Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
- Willingness to take initiative and work both collectively and autonomously
- Experience in utilizing de-escalation skills
- Tech and computer skills (e.g. fix a photocopier, troubleshoot issues with online software and databases, etc)
- Empathetic and compassionate listener with the ability to problem solve
- Ability to stay grounded and calm for participants during crisis
- Ability to provide guided self-expression experiences to help clients recover from trauma
- Knowledge of therapeutic and recovery support
- A working understanding of how trauma manifests in the body/mind, and ability to provide resources for clients with codependency, addiction, PTSD
- A working knowledge of Commercial Sexual Exploitation, gender based violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, homelessness and/or substance dependence
- Theoretical and/or experiential understanding of complex trauma and systemic oppression particularly an understanding of sex/gender based oppression, racism, and poverty
- Flexible, self-starter and a team player
- Effective written and verbal communication
- Passion to create social systems change including the active dismantling of patriarchy, heterosexism and classism
- Open to new ideas and communicating across differences
- Energetic optimist with a commitment to the mission of OPS
- Commits to remaining clean and sober at all times while on OPS premises
- 1 year experience providing outreach
- B.A Degree in Social Work or a related field, or two years relevant experience
- Professional training or lived experience of CSE,
- Knowledge of and experience utilizing relevant local referral services systems, and resources
- Experience partnering and networking with agencies on behalf of CSE or related issues
- This role requires access to reliable transportation.
- Ability to perform moderate physical work
- Monday through Fridays with the occasional evening or Saturday shift.