Olympia Mutual Aid Partners (OlyMAP) is a non-profit organization that provides support and services to houseless individuals living at camp communities in Thurston County. OlyMAP supports the right of all unhoused and marginalized persons to have a safe and warm place to call home by centering the voices and experiences of those with lived experience, addressing systems of oppression, and building bridges between housed and unhoused community members. OlyMAP utilizes a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and harm-reduction approach to providing services and support.
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OlyMAP is currently hiring the following positions:
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- 1 Mobile Case Worker Lead (Scattered Site Program)
To Apply for a position:
- Complete and submit an employment application with resume and cover letter included (complete the application form found on this page or use the following link: https://form.jotform.com/211707119180045. Be sure to upload your resume and cover letter before submitting the application.
- Your resume should include details related to your educational, employment, and volunteer experiences. Please include contact information for previous places of employment/volunteer work, as well as reasons for leaving prior places of employment/volunteer work.
- In your cover letter, please (1) Tell us what you would like us to know about yourself and your background; (2) Describe why this position interests you and why you believe you would be a good fit for this position; (3) Describe any experience you have that is relevant or related to this work and what you have learned from those related experiences; (4) Tell us about any skills you have that you believe would be beneficial to our team. Maximum length: 2 pages, minimum font size 12.
- When you have submitted your resume, cover letter, and application, we will confirm the submission and follow-up based on decisions made by the Hiring Team.
Equity & Diversity
OlyMAP values diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity and we are committed to fostering and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, socioeconomic or educational background, housing status, or disability, feel valued, heard, and respected. We are passionate about ensuring that our staff and volunteer teams reflect and embody this commitment.
People with lived experience with houselessness, housing insecurity, and/or mental health and substance use challenges, as well as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and bi/multi-lingual folx are encouraged to apply for all positions!
OlyMAP Program Overviews
Scattered Site Pilot Program :
The SSPP is funded through Thurston County. Through this program, OlyMAP is able to provide case management and site support services for people living in camp communities along Wheeler Avenue, Ensign Road, and those who used to live at the Deschutes Parkway camp community. The support we provide through this program includes, but is not limited to: distribution of survival supplies, outreach-based case management and service navigation, and site-based support geared towards improving stability, safety, health, and general well-being for whole camp communities.
This program is currently funded through the end of June, 2o22 and may be extended in July of 2022.
Stability Stays Program:
OlyMAP’s Stability Stays Program will provide temporary shelter at local hotels for unsheltered people living in Thurston County, in connection with case management and stability support services. Potential participants of the program include those living at the camp communities supported by OlyMAP through the Scattered Site Pilot Project who need temporary respite or increased stability for reasons related to specific types of service connection or health/safety risks (as outlined in OlyMAP’s policies). The program will also provide temporary stays for a limited number of people displaced by sweeps in Thurston County. Program participants will be eligible to stay for a minimum of 72 hours and up to 21 days, depending on their circumstances. We expect to serve an average of 2 people in the hotel at a time and an average of 6 people per month. The program may support more people at one time when responding to sweeps. During such times, the program may be providing support for up to 20 people at one time.
This program is funded through the end of 2023.
Though the above overview describes how the program will typically operate over the next two years, the first month of the program will look different. From mid-February until mid-March, the Stability Stays Program will be providing support to the 60 + individuals displaced from the Deschutes encampment who are currently staying at a local hotel, supported by OlyMAP, Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and a number of other providers and groups. During this first month, there will be additional OlyMAP staffing support for the program, including: 2 additional case workers, 1 additional site support worker, and 2 overnight staff.
Current job openings & descriptions
Mobile Caseworker Lead
The Mobile Case Worker Lead is responsible for the development and operations of OlyMAP’s Mobile Case Worker (MCW) program, as well as providing training, supervision, on-site support, and general administrative support to OlyMAP Mobile Case Workers. They work with other program leads within OlyMAP to ensure smooth coordination between the MCW Program and other OlyMAP programs and services. The MCWL will work regularly both in the field and in the office and will report directly to OlyMAP’s Program Coordinator.
- Coordinate with OlyMAP Program Coordinator to provide and ensure consistent supervision, training, and ongoing support for program staff, including management/maintenance of personnel files and regular on-site supervision
- Work with OlyMAP Program Coordinator and others to manage and maintain program operational policies and procedures, as well as facilitate and manage program development
- Collaborate with other staff to complete necessary reporting and analyses related to program operations, progress, barriers, and outcomes
- Participate in hiring, onboarding and training for new employees and volunteers, as needed
- Facilitate weekly MCW meetings
- Attend and facilitate other meetings, as needed
- Maintain consistent communication and coordination with OlyMAP administrative team and program partners
- Work with OlyMAP’s Quality Assurance and Data Analyst to periodically review case files, Ragic entries, and other MCM documentation/paperwork to ensure work is completed in alignment with OlyMAP’s policies, procedures, and expectations
- Work with administrative team to develop, facilitate ongoing trainings for the MCW team, in addition to connecting MCW team to ongoing trainings offered through other organizations
- Oversee and maintain MCW team’s practices for handling private participant information in compliance with OlyMAP’s privacy policies
- Work with administrative team and MCWs to improve program documentation and tracking tools
- Work with the Quality Assurance and Data Analyst (QADA) to ensure efficient and proper participant-tracking in the MCM program
- Work with administrative team to prepare reports on the performance of the MCM program
- Communicate and collaborate with other social service providers to avoid duplication of work, build partnerships and service networks, and to ensure proper information disclosure
- Participate in multidisciplinary case staffing meetings as needed to coordinate services for residents, including external meetings, such as the Greater Regional Outreach Workers League (GROWL) and Vulnerability Index meetings.
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor degree in Human Services, Social Work or a related field or work experience in a related field.
- Experience with supervising program operations or related work
- Experience with supervising and supporting staff and/or volunteers
- Experience providing case management services to houseless and/or other underserved populations.
- Interest in social justice and experience doing advocacy work for houseless and/or other underserved populations.
- Demonstrate an ability to support and practice a strengths-based, trauma-informed, harm reduction, culturally humble, non-judgmental, and compassionate approach to supporting people.
- Must maintain a current, valid driver’s license, and have an acceptable driving record.
- Ability to work in a non-traditional work environment with limited additional support on-site (hotel setting)
- Ability and openness to working both independently and with direction from Program Coordinator or other organization administrators.
- Interest and openness to working as a part of a start-up organization, carrying out a pilot project (OlyMAP is a relatively new organization, established in 2020, and the majority of our work is focused on facilitating our part of Thurston County’s Scattered Site Pilot Project and the Stability Stays hotel Program).
- Training/experience in navigating social systems and networks.
- Knowledge of Thurston County housing and social services.
- Training/experience with de-escalation, conflict resolution, and providing supportive services utilizing trauma-informed, harm reduction, strengths-based, and culturally humble and competent approaches.
- Detail oriented and ability to perform responsibilities with a high level of accuracy, consistency, and reliability.
- Demonstrate strong organizational and time management skills.
- Demonstrate openness to continued learning.
- Demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication, and listening skills.
- De-escalation and conflict mediation skills.
- Ability to approach and respond to problems and/or conflicts with compassion, an open mind, curiosity, and creativity.
- Ability to act and treat people with respect while applying best practices, such as harm reduction and trauma-informed care.
- Ability to maintain and assert personal and professional boundaries for the safety of yourself and others, including the ability to recognize your own needs/boundaries and voice them.
- Ability to respond appropriately and professionally to crisis situations and situations that require de-escalation.
- Ability to create connections with and respect the boundaries of people who are distrustful of others.
- Must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
- Support and uphold the mission, philosophies and values of OlyMAP.
- Support and contribute to a creative and respectful environment that promotes teamwork.
- Demonstrate the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally humble and competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.
- Ability to work in non-traditional settings and unstructured environments.
- Ability to work under a lead while also being comfortable working in a team to effectively perform responsibilities.
- Current Peer Certification or ability to obtain Peer Counselor certification
- Lived experience with houselessness, housing insecurity, and/or mental health and substance use challenges
- Bi-lingual or multi-lingual.
- SSI/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) certification
- Computer experience and proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel), Google Suite, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), Ragic and database management.
- Strong writing skills