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Behavioral Health Coordinator

Company: City of Seattle, WA
Location: Seattle
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions The Seattle Fire Department is seeking a Behavioral Health Coordinator to develop and lead the department's behavioral health program. The Behavioral Health Coordinator would help coordinate an array of mental health support services to Fire Department personnel, including counseling, consultation, training, and crisis intervention. Firefighters deal with a unique set of trauma and stress on the job such as responding to calls of violence, being subject to violence, responding to sudden infant deaths, and other emergency events. The Behavioral Health Coordinator would lead the Department's Peer Support/Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM), providing oversight to the team lead(s) and peer support personnel. The position would be responsible for ensuring training and oversight of the Peer Support/CISM volunteer team comprised of 70 uniformed and non-uniformed staff across the Seattle Fire Department. The position would ensure that this team understands industry best practices and coordinate quarterly trainings to maintain the team's skillsets in order to effectively support the department's employees. The Behavioral Health Coordinator would also develop and implement mental health wellness programs, such as suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress management, and anger management. The position would serve as a principal resource in best practices around mental health services and provide subject matter expertise to command staff, managers, and supervisors as well as policy development. Job Responsibilities: * Guide, coordinate, and matrix manage the department's Peer Support/CISM comprised of about 70 uniformed and non-uniformed employees. * Provide guidance to the Peer Support/CISM Team on best practices to help firefighters with stress management, peer support, and related services. * Develop and implement a department-wide behavioral health training program. * Create a program that supports high stress fire department units such as Health One, Medic One, and Rescue 1 as well as high volume incident fire stations. * Coordinate and consult with existing contracted behavioral health clinicians that currently support the department. * Partner with mental health professionals to develop policies, training, best practices, and associated resources to proactively support and improve employee mental health and wellness. * Monitor impacts of a behavioral health program and conduct research to validate the effectiveness of developed training programs. * Coordinate Peer Support/CISM response when necessary and assign staffing for defusings, debriefings and crisis briefings after significant incidents. * Coordinate deployment of the Peer Support/CISM team, SFD chaplains, and other resources to employees and families as needed. * Provide subject matter expertise on mental health, behavioral health, and emergency response support services in public safety. * Communicate on behalf of the department on topics related to behavioral health and peer support to both internal and external audiences including labor organizations, health professionals, and other public safety departments. * Develop and maintain relationships with other public safety agencies in the region around peer support. * Be available for on-call or irregular hours and able to regularly visit fire stations throughout the City. * Other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Requires a minimum of three years of social services experience involving interviewing, counseling, or crisis intervention, and a Bachelor's degree in Social Services, Psychology, or a related field (or an equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties). Additional attributes and skills a successful candidate will possess: * Demonstrated cultural competency working with emergency response and/or fire service agencies. * Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to interact with empathy, tact, and clarity with coworkers and external customers. * Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and as part of a diverse workforce. * Desire to be part of the Seattle Fire Department, supporting the mission of the Seattle Fire Department. Additional Information: The mission of the Seattle Fire Department is to save lives and protect property through emergency medical service, fire and rescue response, and fire prevention. We response immediately when any member of our community needs help, with professional, effective and compassionate service.

Keywords: City of Seattle, WA, Seattle , Behavioral Health Coordinator, Healthcare , Seattle, Washington

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