Health Services Specialist – Dutch Shisler Service Center
Pioneer Human Services, Inc. - Seattle, WA

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Under the administrative and clinical supervision of the Health Services Lead, the programmatic direction of the Program Manager, and in accordance with company policy, goals, and objectives. The Health Services Specialist is responsible for providing quality health care services to all clients including assessing somatic conditions, delivering medications according to procedure, and creating a favorable group climate for the effective treatment of each client receiving services. The Health Services Specialist is responsible for providing physical care, social, moral, and spiritual guidance, and in collaboration with other staff, shall be responsible for implementing programming. Specific responsibilities may vary due to shift assignments. Further, the Health Services Specialist is responsible for suggesting and recommending changes in program, policy and procedure. The Health Services Specialist is responsible for providing high quality services under the least restrictive conditions feasible.

Typical tasks in carrying out these responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

•Knowing and understanding the needs, especially the health care needs, of chemically dependent people in general, and those receiving services, specifically.
•Knowing one’s self to the extent that one can differentiate one’s own needs from those of the clients.
•Responsible for furthering professional knowledge by participation in in-service training, seeking clinical consultation, and engaging in an active supervisory process.

•Attendance at shift/staff meetings and active participation in planning, coordination and communication of all types, which will contribute to the delivery of quality professional services.
•Interprets and explains program policy to each client as needed.
•Integrates knowledge by thinking through and planning the most professional, therapeutic reaction or intervention in any given client care situation.
•Provides written documentation of observations in accordance with program policy and procedure.

•Follows admission, discharge, and health care assessment protocols in accordance with program policy.
•Monitors client’s vital signs as well as monitoring for symptoms of withdrawal.
•Administers first aid.
•Responds to emergency situations and provides intervention in accordance with program protocols.
•Assists and consults with other healthcare providers, as needed.
•Assists other support providers, e.g., police, ESP, ambulance personal, as needed
•Assists with access to detoxification, treatment, and other client support services.
•Provides a safe and healthy environment which includes maintaining, cleaning, and disposal of equipment and supplies according to policy and procedures.
•Documents observations of behaviors, physical signs and symptoms and psychological needs, medication delivery, ongoing health assessment needs and pertinent health and safety issues according to program policy.
•Participates in data gathering activities as directed.
•Collects staff urine for pre-employment and random screening.

•Attends and participates in shift/staff meetings as directed.
•Meets with other program staff, consultants, volunteers, and attends other meetings as directed.
•Stocks supplies, maintains, inventories and assists with ordering of supplies as directed.

The Health Services Specialist meets regularly with the Health Services Lead or Program Manager shift/staff meetings. The Health Services Specialist takes programmatic direction from the Health Services Lead and administrative direction from the Program Manager.

•Nursing degree from an accredited school of nursing or certified as an Emergency Medical Technician depending upon assignment; or certified as a Medical Assistant.
•Or qualify for appropriate licensing and/or certification at a graduate level/post clinical internship and complete appropriate testing at the earliest and most available testing site, provide proof of application for testing, and proof of satisfactory completion of testing for licensing/certification no later than 8 weeks post testing.
•Or be certified as a Certified Nursing Assistant, or as a Certified First Responder or quality and complete minimum level of certification at Level A as health care assistant, and/or level C and/or E within 3 months of hire or have equivalent education, training and experience in a related field working in an acceptable setting, must provide transcripts; valid Washington State driver’s license. Experience and/or expertise in the field of chemical dependency, mental health, or rehabilitation desirable.

The Health Services Specialist must be sensitive, receptive, and mature enough to be neither upset by the clients, nor cause the clients further adjustment difficulties. The Health Services Specialist must possess sufficient physical and emotional stamina and health to withstand the demands involved in the performance of the job. The Health Services Specialist must be able to make positive use of professional supervision, and participate in, and profit from in-service and on-the-job training. The Health Services Specialist must have a sense of humor, demonstrate personal flexibility, and a professional demeanor, and be able to work toward broad goals, while at the same time work with a vast number and variety of details. The Health Services Specialist must maintain an attitude toward interactions with clients that is objective, free from personal bias; one that allows for perspective and flexibility in observing groups and individual behavior patterns.

•Staffing schedules involve varied hours and weekend shifts.
•Current First Aid and CPR training.
•Cultural Diversity training.
•Detox assessment training.
•Blood and Air-borne Pathogens training (annually).
•Chemical Dependency 101 training.
•Suicide Intervention training.
•Must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of computer proficiency in the use of Microsoft Access, E-mail, Excel and Word at the time of hire or following training within six months of hire.
•Driving record acceptable to the company’s insurance carrier.
•May be required to assume responsibilities or duties within the program not specifically delineated in this job description for short periods of time or on an infrequent basis, e.g., serve in the capacity as Lead when necessary.

Application Process:
In order to be considered for this position, please visit our website at and download our application. Please submit your completed application along with your resume to .

Pioneer Human Services is an equal opportunity employer. Accommodations are available upon request to persons with disabilities. Pioneer Human Services embraces the value of diversity in the workplace. Pioneer Human Services is a drug free employer. We conduct background checks and all prospective employees must pass a drug screen.

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Pioneer Human Services is a drug free employer. We conduct background checks and all prospective employees must pass a drug screen.