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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.

OlyMAP is currently hiring the following positions:

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  • Safer Spaces Outreach Worker
  • New Hope Community Coordinator
  • Fill-In Worker

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

Right of Way Outreach Program :

This program provides outreach-based site support and case management for
unsheltered persons living in identified state of Washington Right of Ways (ROWs) in Thurston County.

Site Support includes working with camp communities as a whole to improve overall
health, stability, safety, and the general well-being of camp residents, while simultaneously
reducing broader community impacts of unsheltered homelessness. Case Management
includes providing quality and accessible service connection support to residents of camp
communities, aimed at improving their quality of life, assisting with reaching self-identified
goals, and improving access to housing, health, stability, safety, and social services.

New Hope Village:

This program provides outreach-based site
support, case management and collective management support for the sanctioned tiny home village hosted at First Christian Church.

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.

 

Current job openings & descriptions

POSITION TITLE: Safer Spaces Outreach Worker

SALARY: $24/hr 

BENEFITS: Eligible for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance following 60 days of employment; eligible for sick, vacation, and holiday leave  

HOURS: Part-time 30 hours per week; typically, Monday-Friday 11:00am -5:00pm. Some days may be scheduled as 9:00am-3:00pm. Occasional nights/weekends.  

LOCATION: This position is based out of our downtown Olympia office location and includes working from community partner locations and providing outreach to unsheltered camp communities in the Thurston County area.  

 

Under OlyMAP’s Safer Spaces Smoke & Fire Mitigation Pilot Program, Safer Spaces Outreach Workers (SSOWs) will provide on-site and outreach-based support to assigned camp communities, connecting camp residents to social services as well as improving camp residents’ access to safer warming and cooking resources, lighting, garbage removal and water purification through regular outreach, supply distribution and resource connection.

SSOWs will work closely with other SSOWs, other outreach workers, the OlyMAP Coordinated Entry team, and staff leads to support and coordinate supply distribution and services for residents of sites served by the pilot program. 

Position Responsibilities: 

  1. Work with other OlyMAP workers, referral sources and community partners to identify and connect with people living at camp communities and assist with connection to social, health, and stability services, including those provided through the Safer Spaces program. Specifically, by:
    1. Educating site residents about what services are available to them and engaging residents in conversations about connection to OlyMAP’s programs through regularly scheduled outreach at camp communities. 
    2. Conducting intakes with residents interested in accessing the Safer Spaces program and facilitating enrollment of residents in Coordinated Entry (CE).
    3. Facilitating the completion or update of HEAT assessments for residents with no current or updated assessment.
    4. Completing purchase/supply requests for survival supplies or items related to the Safer Spaces program.
    5. Supporting residents in achieving the highest level of health and well-being for themselves and the community by providing education on safe warming, cooking, lighting, water purification, and garbage removal practices, as well as the harmful impacts of hazardous smoke and fire.
    6. Provide education about regulations and laws associated with burning.
    7. Communicate and problem-solve with residents around hazardous fire and smoke concerns.
    8. Work with participants living at camp communities to problem-solve and create plans for addressing recurring day-to-day needs related to warming, cooking, and garbage removal, centering the lived experience of camp residents.
    9. Distributing supplies including safer fuel sources such as propane to camps.
  2. Facilitate and/or assist with providing problem-solving and harm reduction communication and coordination support among camp community residents, neighbors and project stakeholders to mitigate and address hazardous burning related concerns/conflicts.
  3. As capacity and resident enagement/interest permits, assist camp communities with developing, implementing and facilitating supported self-governance and accountability processes related to addressing ongoing hazardous or illegal burning concerns.
  4. Maintain knowledge of Thurston County resources and provide appropriate referrals (using a warm-handoff method) to address barriers to housing, employment, income, medical, mental health, substance use, and other essential services or quality of life improvements.
  5. Work with residents and community partners to facilitate ongoing garbage-removal and garbage-removal cleanup events.
  6. Collaborate with the Olympic Regional Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), Thurston County Fire Departments, and any other relevant stakeholders to create, set up, and facilitate on-site workshopsfor camp community residents to provide education and training around fire safety skills, laws related to burning and fires, safer warming and cooking practices, and harm prevention.
  7. Work with other OlyMAP workers and leads to create and maintain individual hardcopy and digital files to track and document participant interactions, plans related to the Safer Spaces program, distributed supplies, etc. 
  8. Participate in multidisciplinary meetings as needed to coordinate services for residents, including external meetings, such as the Greater Regional Outreach Workers League (GROWL).
  9. Assist team members with ongoing continuous quality improvement to enhance program operations, including problem solving, helping to develop program systems or procedures, or participating in team workgroups.
  10. Work with teammates and administrative coordinators, as needed, to support camp residents and communities in navigating in-the-moment de-escalation/crisis response when individual crisis, problematic behaviors, conflicts, or other emergencies arise. 
  • SSOWs are not emergency responders or professional crisis responders. Intervention/involvement in responding to crises should be limited to in the moment de-escalation and connection/referral to other services or emergency/crisis responders.
  1. Work with other OlyMAP workers and leads to collect data and create and complete surveys, assessments, progress reports and other deliverables to track progress of and barriers to OlyMAP programs and services.
  2. Conduct surveys and assessments with camp residents as well as stakeholders, neighbors, businesses, etc related to the goals of the Safer Spaces program.
  3. Communicate with project partners and stakeholders regularly, reporting on the outcomes of surveys, assessments, progress tracking, and other data.
  4. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Social Work or a related field or work experience in a related field. 
  • 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 (camp setting) 
  • Ability and openness to working both independently and with direction from leads
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Computer experience and proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel), Google Suite, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), Ragic and database management and/or feels able to learn how to use above systems proficiently 

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Experience providing case management services to houseless and/or other underserved populations. 
  • Current Peer Certification or ability to obtain Peer Counselor certification  
  • Lived experience with houselessness, housing insecurity, and/or mental health and substance use challenges 
  • 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. 
  • Bi-lingual or multi-lingual. 
  • Strong writing skills.

Fill-In Worker

Up to 30 hrs/wk

$21/hr, option for medical/dental/vision insurance

Position Overview

OlyMAP’s Fill-In worker will provide general and basic program support by assisting with covering outreach and on-site shifts when regularly scheduled workers are unable to attend to their shifts. The fill-in worker will be called to cover shifts of OlyMAP Mobile Case Workers, Site Support Workers, or hotel-based Site Support Assistants. The Fill-in worker will only be expected to fulfill basic job functions necessary for assisting other staff or participants they are working with during the shift. The primary support this worker will provide is accompanying other workers during on-site outreach. The Fill-in worker may also be required to work some overnight or weekend shifts in the future, though currently their coverage will only be needed Monday through Friday. This worker will never be expected to work more than 8 hours in a day and will always have a 2-day weekend. During the Fill-in Worker’s work week, they will be notified by 10AM that morning that a shift will need to be covered that day.

Position Responsibilities:

If covering a daytime outreach shift to a camp community or hotel:

  1. Work closely with the program staff to support the operations of OlyMAP programs and the safety, health, and stability of program participants.
  2. Accompany other OlyMAP workers on outreach to camp communities
  3. Assist other OlyMAP workers with gathering, transporting, and set-up of supplies on site, as well as distribution of supplies and information on-site
  4. Assist with notetaking and facilitation, if attending a camp community meeting
  5. Assist program participants with basic referrals to housing, social, and health services
  6. Complete purchase requests
  7. Support participants in setting up appointments, tracking their schedule of appointments, making phone calls, completing applications or assessments (including Coordinated Entry and HEAT assessments)
  8. Assist participants with transportation

If assisting with an event:

  1. Assist as needed with set-up, facilitation, coordination, organizing or other needed tasks

Other responsibilities:

  1. Attend mandatory staff meetings and trainings (typically on Mondays and Fridays).
  2. Update program logs, as needed.
  3. Coordinate with managers and Quality Assurance and Data Analyst to input client data into HMIS and Ragic, keep HMIS and Ragic profiles up to date, as well as hardcopy case files
  4. Other duties as assigned