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Host Home Specialist

cocoon house

This is a Full-time position in Everett, WA posted January 26, 2023.

Description: At Cocoon House we empower young people, families, and communities in Snohomish County to break the cycle of homelessness through outreach, housing, and prevention. Currently, our Youth Housing program is looking for people to fill the important role of a full-time Host Home Specialist. This role will recruit, support, and retain Host Homes for the Connections Host Home program in Snohomish County. Host Homes are volunteers in the community who host youth for up to 21 days while they find a stable place to stay. The Host Home Specialist will work closely with the Host Home Coordinator, community partners, and Host Home volunteers to ensure that youth in our communities find safe and stable housing. Our Host Home Specialist… Recruits, vets, and on-boards host homes in Snohomish County to provide safe and stable housing for youth in need. Supports 12 – 20 host homes with the ability to host at least 8 youth at any time. Provides ongoing training and support for host homes. Helps facilitate mediation, as needed, between host homes and youth. Has the ability and willingness to drive to various locations within Snohomish County to meet with families to support youth and families enrolled in the Program. Presents to community groups about the Host Home program and how to get involved as a host home Is available for on-call emergency situations in Host Homes if they arise. Benefits: Medical, Dental, and Vision health options with employer contribution 403(b) retirement plan 21 days of PTO accrued in first year 10 agency-recognized holidays Paid training & testing: CPR/first aid, food handler’s permit, blood borne pathogens, abuse awareness, TB testing, and additional in-depth practical trainings Pay Scale: $48,000 53,000 DOE Requirements: General: Must be 21 years of age or older Must be able to pass a DSHS background check Acceptable driver’s abstract with no more than 2 violations within last 3 years Posses a valid driver’s license, insurance, and reliable transportation Proof of COVID vaccination(s) Qualifications: 2+ years’ experience working with at risk youth or families with teenagers Demonstrated experience working successfully with LGBTQ+ and youth of color Commitment to integrating youth voice Understanding of Trauma Informed Care standards Experience with mentoring and/or supporting families Proven ability to problem solve, and facilitate tough conversations Supervisory experience a plus Experience networking and cross-agency collaborating highly desirable Physical: Communicate effectively with youth, staff, other programs, vendors and the public, both orally and in writing. Hear voice conversations and alarms. Possess close vision, far vision, side vision, depth perception, visual ability to read a variety of materials. Dexterity of hands and fingers to reach, handle and operate telephone, computer keyboard, record information in appropriate youth files and logs. Ability to drive to various locations within Snohomish County to meet with and support participating families PI202057724