POSITION TITLE: Homeless Outreach Coordinator                                              GRADE: H-8 Non-Exempt

DEPARTMENT: Police

Reports directly to the Police Chief or his designee.

JOB SUMMARY: This position provides outreach services to individuals experiencing homelessness and underlying health conditions related to or causing homelessness. The Outreach Coordinator will engage persons experiencing homelessness by helping them to identify programs which assist with permanent housing, treatment, and services to rehabilitate. The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this job. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job, as necessary.

RESPONSIBILITIES, DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES: Under the direction of the Parkersburg Police Department, identifies and builds rapport with homeless individuals and families living on the streets or in places not meant for habitation.

  1. Participates in the local initiatives related to substance abuse/addiction, homeless outreach, and mitigation.
  2. Conducts assessments in accordance with local Continuum of Care policies, programs, and facilities.
  3. Facilitates entrance into housing programs in the local Continuum of Care.
  4. Assists homeless persons by acting as a liaison with local agencies and chapters that provide housing and social services resources. Including but not limited to:

 

  • WVCEH
  • Westbrook
  • Salvation Army
  • House to Home
  • Latrobe Mission
  • Parkersburg Housing Authority
  • Community Resources Incorporated
  1. Coordinates and leads outreach efforts by the City of Parkersburg.
  2. Works with other city departments, in addition to PPD, on issues surrounding those experiencing homelessness.
  3. Provides individualized support, using evidence-based case management tools to assist consumer with developing a plan to address barriers facing them in maintaining and sustaining permanent housing.
  4. Gathers, organizes, analyzes, examines, or evaluates data or information and may prescribe action based on data or information.
  5. Performs coordinating work involving guidelines and rules, with constant problem solving; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results or frequent exposure to unusual pressures.
  6. Responsible for long range goals, planning and methodologies. Decision-making is focus of the job, affecting entire organization and surrounding population; works in an unstable environment with frequent and significant changes in conditions.
  7. Provides information, guidance or assistance to people that directly facilitates task accomplishment; may give instructions or assignments, as necessary.
  8. Performs related work as assigned.
  9. Act as a liaison with the Wood County Prosecutor specifically regarding homeless criminal offenders of cases originated within the City of Parkersburg.

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Minimum of a High School diploma or GED with one to three years related experience and/or training.

Bachelor’s in social work or related field preferred.

Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Excellent computer skills.  Above average oral and written communication skills.  Requires the exercise of considerable discretion and independent judgment. Above average organizational skills.

Must be able to work well independently and as a team member. Must be able to interact professionally with the public.

Unavoidable Hazards:

Involves routine and frequent exposure to extreme heat and/or cold, wet or humid conditions.

Safety of Others:

Requires some responsibility for safety and health of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety or health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CITY OF PARKERSBURG IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, MILITARY VETERAN STATUS, RELIGION, AGE OR DISABILITY IN EMPLOYMENT OR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES.