Outreach Advocate - Per Diem - First Step Street Outreach

Cambridge, MA, USA Req #204
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Per-Diem $20.50/hour

Schedule: 2pm - 12pm

Job Summary:

The Outreach Advocate provides on-street relationship-building and information and referral services for men and women experiencing homelessness, substance abuse problems, and/or are at risk for HIV in the catchment area of Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Watertown, and Belmont.  Outreach Advocates collaborate with external agencies including other social service programs, area hospitals, police departments, and the community-at-large to develop effective responses to substance abuse problems, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness.  Individuals holding this position are the “face of the agency” in the community and must be able to represent CASPAR in an appropriate and professional manner to the community-at-large.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities (may include some or all of the following, based on modality):

·        Establish and maintain professional relationships with clients in the catchment area.

·        Meet clients “where they are at” both geographically (e.g., on a park-bench, in a train station, on the street, etc.) and personally (e.g., intoxicated or sober).

·        Establish and maintain professional relationships with other service providers, local businesses, and concerned citizens in at least the catchment area.

·        Thorough awareness of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and homeless resources (e.g., shelter and housing services, drop-incenters, clinics, detox and other health care programs, prevention programs, etc.).

·        Connect clients with desired programs through direct referrals (e.g., calling a detox, confirming a bed, and transporting client to the detox) and indirect referrals (e.g., pass along information about particular programs).

·        Brief substance abuse counseling and all necessary case management activities.

·        Completing all required paperwork (e.g., daily logs, intake forms), reporting.

·        Proper care of CASPAR property (e.g., vehicles, computers, phones).

·        Other outreach and prevention program duties as assigned by the Program Director.

Decisions Made on Own

·        Basic safety, health and other needs assessments at each encounter with clients.

·        Client referrals to relevant services.

Decisions Requiring Approval

·        Any adjustment to scheduled work hours, including time-off requests (Vacation, Personal Days, etc.).

·        Most decisions beyond the basic assessment of, relationship building with, and referral of clients require the approval of the Program Director.

Education and/or Experience Required

·        High School Diploma or equivalent certification

·        Minimum two years of direct care experience working with a homeless, mentally ill, and/or actively addicted population.

·        Understanding of addiction and mental illness.

·        Minimum two years of continuous sobriety if recovering.

Skills Required

·        Excellent verbal communication skills (e.g., talk with and listen to people in a nonjudgmental way, etc.).

·         Demonstrated written communication skills(e.g., clear penmanship, basic correspondence, reports, etc.).

·        Belief in and passion for CASPAR’s mission and empathy for its client population.

·        Ability to work constructively with a great variety of people and personalities (e.g., civic leaders, business owners, law enforcement, the general public, etc.).

·        Demonstrated computer literacy (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel).

·         Ability to work respectfully and empathically with individuals in crisis.

·        Ability to respond safely and quickly to emergency situations.

·        Ability to stand for long hours, stretch, bend, lift and assist clients to safer and more appropriate locations.

·        Knowledge of HIV Prevention for YMSM of color and YTG persons of color.

·        Ability to walk for long periods of time.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration Required

·        Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License with at least two years driving experience, proof of an excellent driving record, and demonstrated ability to drive a 15-passenger van.

·        CPR and First Aid, Mental Health First Aid preferred.

Physical and Mental Demands

  • The Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • The employee may regularly be required to sit, stand, use hands, talk, hear, reach with arms, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or run.  The employee may regularly be required to move, by pushing, pulling or lifting up to 25 pounds.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $20.50
Location on Google Maps
  • Cambridge, MA, USA