NONTRADITIONAL OUTREACH WORKER

Function:

Under limited supervision engages in outreach activities to those in the Midlands who are homeless and at increased risk of harm from COVID-19; activities include providing assistance with securing food, shelter, clothing and referrals to other supportive services to reduce risks associated with COVID-19. Reports to the Director of Outreach and Benefits.

Employee Classification:

Considered a professional, exempt position that is regular full-time.

Guidelines for Distinguishing Characteristics:

Utilizing CDC and DHEC guidance related to COVID-19, safely conduct outreach activities during traditional and nontraditional hours to develop a relationship that will assist clients with addressing barriers to obtaining services, housing, and appropriate health care needs

Examples of Work:

  • Provide Personal Protective Equipment to adults experiencing homelessness (e.g. facemasks, gloves, sanitizer, etc.)
  • Screen adults experiencing homelessness for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Conduct a VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decisions Assistance Tool) on all new clients to connect them to the proper intervention and services
  • Ensure all program data is accurate and entered into HMIS
  • Identification and outreach to homeless persons to determine who is in need of services.
  • Provide street case management services by bringing services the community with the goal of linking them to long term supportive services
  • Provide assistance in accessing entitlements and completing forms and applications

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of methods, principles and practices of clinical counseling.
  • Some knowledge of basic health and welfare services provided by other public and private agencies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective contact with individuals, families and representatives of other professional disciplines.
  • Some knowledge of the techniques of interviewing and counseling.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Must have a valid SC driver’s license and a good driving record.  Must be certifiable in defensive driving and Standard CPR/1st-Aid.

Minimum Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences and 2 years of experience in a clinical counseling program.