COMPENSATION $19/hour+ Full Benefits
PROGRAM Hamilton Shelter Program | 260 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
REPORTS TO Shelter Manager
WORK SCHEDULE Monday through Wednesday 3:30 pm- 12:00 am AND Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
UNION REPRESENTATION YES – OPEIU, Local 29; initial fee + monthly dues
Program and Position Overview
Hamilton Families Shelter Program in the Tenderloin provides a safe place to sleep, three meals a day and critical social services to 50 families a night (about 150 individuals) for up to six months. The program provides emergency beds for families in immediate crisis and private rooms for families on the city’s shelter waitlist. Participants receive comprehensive support services that include case management with referrals and linkages to community services and benefits, employment and life skills training, access to basic health services, children’s services, three meals a day, and innovative and direct assistance in securing permanent housing.
The Residential Counselor is primarily responsible for providing a safe and healthful environment, and welcoming atmosphere for program participants.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Maintain shift coverage and primary supervision and support of participants.
• Set and contribute to a safe, dignified, and orderly atmosphere by enforcing program rules, policies, and
procedures in accordance with San Francisco’s Shelter Grievance Policy.
• Model and facilitate appropriate behavior for participants in terms of daily living skills, self-care, personal interaction, social relationships, and constructive time management.
• Ensure the safety of participants and staff by limiting facility access to participants, staff, and authorized visitors and service providers.
• Respond appropriately to emergencies, including contacting appropriate staff and interacting with police, fire, and medical personnel as needed.
• Effectively communicate necessary information to all supervisors, staff, and shifts as appropriate.
• Provide front desk and other reception duties in a professional and courteous manner, relay timely and accurate messages to participants and staff, and provide information upon request about available services.
• Conduct regular rounds of the interior and exterior of the facility and help ensure that health and safety standards are maintained throughout.
• Interact with participants to share information, provide supplies, and facilitate interventions as necessary; maintain appropriate professional boundaries with participants and staff; respond to participant requests in a professional and courteous manner; and maintain participant confidentiality.
• Bilingual positions require providing verbal and written program and other information as needed to participants who are predominantly monolingual in the language for which a bilingual premium applies.
• Complete and maintain required handwritten and computer-based records, files, correspondence, and statistics in a timely, clear, thorough, accurate, and legible manner. Required documentation may include, but is not limited to, conducting or assisting with intakes and reviewing program agreements and rules, shift log notes, bed rosters, maintenance requests, incident reports, late arrivals, sign-in sheets, shower and/or laundry schedules, and other documentation as directed by supervisors.
• Perform daily cleaning and kitchen duties as needed, including but not limited to assisting in preparing units for incoming families; cleaning and maintaining kitchen, dining, and community areas as needed; routine upkeep of the facility; and assisting in preparing and/or serving participant meals as needed.
• For overtime, provide varying shift coverage as needed and available.
• Complete additional, designated shift-specific and site-specific tasks as directed by supervisors.
• Attend and participate in staff meetings and trainings as required.
• This position is represented by OPEIU, Union Local 29.
• Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Abilities
• High School Diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field of study preferred.
• Sensitivity to the needs of homeless families; able and willing to work with diverse staff and participants.
• Experience working in a residential facility providing support services and working with homeless families strongly preferred. Able to respond appropriately to emergencies including contacting appropriate staff and/or contacting and interacting with police, fire, and medical personnel as needed.
• Experience working with participants who have mental health related issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, and/or HIV/AIDS related issues strongly preferred; experience with Child Protective Service agencies, HIPAA requirements, and crisis intervention techniques preferred.
• Able to perform extensive charting, data entry and documentation.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook, etc.
• CPR and First Aid certification required within first six months of hire.
• Essential job functions include using a telephone, working at a standard computer terminal; ability to follow reasonable ergonomic accommodations; sit and stand for long intervals; reach, bend, lift, and carry up to 40 pounds depending on position; and walk up and down stairs several times a day.
• Criminal background check, fingerprint imaging, TB (Tuberculosis) clearance, and documentation required post offer.
Compensation and Benefits
Great benefits: Hamilton Families (HF) offers excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage, plus tax-advantaged Flexible Spending Arrangements for Health Care and Dependent Care. Employees also have the chance to earn up to $180 per calendar year for participating in various wellness activities and can participate in partnership discounts with various YMCA and 24-Hour Fitness locations. Additionally, HF offers tax-deductible commuter benefits that can be applied to public transit, parking, and ride sharing services like Lyft Line and Uber pool.
Growth and leadership opportunities: The work at HF is designed for individuals to follow their passions and commitment to community. HF takes professional development seriously and offers coaching and training opportunities at every level. A role with the Stability team is great for an individual who is interested in exploring community based nonprofit work, social work, or mental health disciplines. We also offer a $1,000 tuition reimbursement to employees each year (after 12 months of employment) and offer dozens of internal and external trainings for staff at every level annually.
Time off: HF employees enjoy generous benefits including 11 paid holidays, 3 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of sick time per year.
Long-term benefits: HF offers an employer-matched 403(b) retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and other great long-term benefits!
• Apply via Hamilton Families’ ADP Applicant Portal (please attach your résumé and a letter of interest)
• No faxes or phone calls.
• Hamilton Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
Founded in 1985, Hamilton Families established San Francisco’s first shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Today we are San Francisco’s leading service provider to homeless families, with an array of highly effective programs at sites in San Francisco and Oakland.
Hamilton Shelter Program in the Tenderloin provides safe shelter, three meals a day and critical social services to 50 families a night for up to six months.
Hamilton Transitional Housing houses and supports up to 25 families at high risk for chronic homelessness for 6 to 18 months. Families receive intensive social services to identify and address factors contributing to their homelessness.
Hamilton Housing Solutions prevents homelessness whenever possible and assists families who have become homeless with housing search assistance, temporary rent assistance, case management, job search and other services for up to 18 months to help them find and retain a permanent home.
Children’s Services are integrated throughout all our programs, providing therapeutic support and enrichment activities to strengthen children’s resiliency, promote academic success and enhance the parent-child bond.
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