Part-Time Residential Counselor

$19.50 - $21.00 hourly
  • Hamilton Families
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Sep 13, 2020
Part time - Permanent Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

COMPENSATION: $19.50/hr + $1.50/hr bilingual premium if applicable + Full Benefits
PROGRAM: Hamilton Transitional Housing | 1631 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
REPORTS TO: Transitional Housing Coordinator
WORK SCHEDULE: Monday and Tuesday, 4 pm to 12 am; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm
STATUS :Part-Time
UNION REPRESENTATION: YES – OPEIU, Local 29; initial fee + monthly dues

About Hamilton Families
Our mission is to end family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 1985, Hamilton Families is San Francisco's leading service provider to homeless families, with carefully designed programs to prevent homelessness, provide shelter and stability, return families to permanent housing and support the well-being of children experiencing homelessness. We currently operate these programs across four sites in San Francisco and Oakland. For more information, visit

Program and Position Overview

Hamilton Families Transitional Housing in the North of Panhandle neighborhood houses and supports 20 families at high risk for chronic homelessness for up to 18 months. Families receive intensive social services to identify and address factors contributing to their homelessness to enable them to return to stable, independent housing and economic self-sufficiency. The program provides case management, employment readiness activities, job retention support, intensive housing search
support and substance abuse recovery support.

The Residential Counselor is primarily responsible for providing a safe and healthful environment, and welcoming atmosphere for program participants.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Set and contribute to a safe, dignified, and orderly atmosphere by enforcing program rules, policies, and procedures,
as well as through observing stated DHS grievance policy. Act as a role model, guiding participants and facilitating
appropriate behavior about daily living skills, self-care, personal interaction, social relationships, and constructive
time management.
• Conduct regular rounds of the facility, and interact with participants to share information, provide supplies, conduct
intakes, and facilitate interventions as necessary. Rounds include the interior (participant living quarters, bathrooms, and community rooms) and exterior of the building.
• Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with participants and staff, respond to participant requests in a professional and courteous manner, and observe and adhere to participant confidentiality standards.
• Ensure the safety of participants by limiting access to facility to participants, staff, and authorized visitors and
service providers; help to ensure adequate health and safety standards are maintained throughout the facility.
• Perform daily maintenance, cleaning, and kitchen duties (assist in preparing living units for incoming families, cleaning and maintaining the kitchen and dining areas, daily upkeep, and cleaning of shelter and office areas); assist
with serving resident meals as needed.
• Maintain thorough and accurate records, files, correspondence, and statistics; complete necessary documentation
(both hand-written and computer-based/data entry) in a timely, accurate, complete and legible manner, which may
include, but is not limited to: notations in the shelter log, bed roster, incident reports, late arrivals, sign-in sheets,
referrals, showers and laundry schedules, and any other forms used or as directed by your supervisor.
• Respond appropriately to emergencies, including contacting appropriate staff and supervisor(s), interacting with
police, fire, and medical personnel as needed.
• Perform intakes with new families, including reviewing the program agreement and rules; providing a tour of the
building; and informing participants where they can gain access to employment, housing, medical, and counseling
• Maintain and promote the cooperative, harmonious, and teamwork environment that Hamilton Families strives to promote within the workplace; maintain and promote an atmosphere of dignity and respect in line with the philosophy and policies of HF.
• Ensure effective communication of priority information to all necessary staff and shifts.
• Provide front-desk and other reception duties in a professional and courteous manner, relay timely and accurate
messages, and provide information upon request about available services offered.
• Provide varying shift coverage as needed and available.
• Complete designated program-specific, shift-specific tasks.
• Participate in staff and shift change meetings as required.
• This position is represented by OPEIU, Union Local 29.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities
• High School Diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field of study preferred.
• Sensitivity to the needs of homeless families; able and willing to work with diverse staff and participants.
• Experience working in a residential facility providing support services and working with homeless families strongly
preferred. Able to respond appropriately to emergencies including contacting appropriate staff and/or contacting and
interacting with police, fire, and medical personnel as needed.
• Experience working with participants who have mental health related issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, and/or HIV/AIDS related issues strongly preferred; experience with Child Protective Service agencies, HIPAA requirements, and crisis intervention techniques preferred.
• Able to perform extensive charting, data entry and documentation.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook, etc.
• CPR and First Aid certification required within first six months of hire.
• Essential job functions include using a telephone, working at a standard computer terminal; ability to follow reasonable ergonomic accommodations; sit and stand for long intervals; reach, bend, lift, and carry up to 40 pounds depending on position; and walk up and down stairs several times a day.
• Criminal background check, fingerprint imaging, TB (Tuberculosis) clearance, and documentation required post offer.

Compensation and Benefits
Great benefits: Hamilton Families (HF) offers excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage, plus tax-advantaged Flexible Spending Arrangements for Health Care and Dependent Care. Employees also have the chance to earn up to $180 per calendar year for participating in various wellness activities and can participate in partnership discounts with various YMCA and 24-Hour Fitness locations. Additionally, HF offers tax-deductible commuter benefits that can be applied to public transit, parking, and ride sharing services like Lyft Line and Uber pool.

Growth and leadership opportunities: The work at HF is designed for individuals to follow their passions and commitment to community. HF takes professional development seriously and offers coaching and training opportunities at every level. A role with the Stability team is great for an individual who is interested in exploring community based nonprofit work, social work, or mental health disciplines. We also offer a $1,000 tuition reimbursement to employees each year (after 12 months of employment) and offer dozens of internal and external trainings for staff at every level annually.

Time off: HF employees enjoy generous benefits including 11 paid holidays, 3 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of sick time per year.

Long-term benefits: HF offers an employer-matched 403(b) retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and other great long-term benefits!

Application Procedure
• Apply at
• Please attach your resume and a brief letter of interest.
• No faxes or phone calls.
• Hamilton Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance., we will consider for employment qualified applicants who arrest and conviction records.