Job Number: 201445
Department: BBH Emergency Shelter Program
Hours: Variable hours on all shifts
Monday - Sunday/variable; All Shifts/variable
At Virginia Mason the Security Officer provides a safe and
secure environment for patients, visitors, and staff of the Medical
Center, provides protection of property, and curtails criminal
activity through visible deterrents.
This position is a part of the Bailey-Boushay House outpatient
and Emergency Homeless shelter programs. If you are
homeless and have HIV/AIDS, your challenges can seem
insurmountable. Especially if you also have mental health and
chemical dependency issues. Every night, moment-to-moment survival
is the priority. Taking HIV medications properly is not.
About one third of the clients in our HIV outpatient program are
homeless. They have access to hot meals, showers, laundry
facilities and more. But until recently, they were on their own
after 4 p.m.
With funding from the City of Seattle, Bailey-Boushay House now
provides an overnight shelter for its homeless population. It is
the first — and only — homeless shelter in the country that only
serves people with HIV.
Every night, our big room and hallways are transformed into a
50-bed shelter. Cots, sleeping mats, blankets, pillows and privacy
dividers all help create a comfortable, safe place to sleep. There
are separate spaces for men and women.
Each guest has a container for storing personal items. Equally
important, they have a place where they are respected and able to
reclaim a measure of dignity.
Before the shelter opened, many of our clients would simply stay
in the neighborhood, sleeping in people's yards, garages and
Most did not feel safe — and were, indeed, not safe — in the
city's other shelters. Many were mistreated because of their sexual
orientation. Some were mugged for their medications. A few died
every year from extreme cold conditions.
With the safety of the night shelter and the services of our
outpatient program, our most vulnerable clients now have the
support they need to stick with their complicated medication
High school diploma or GED required.
Basic certification through the International Association for
Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) required within three months
of position entry; Advanced certification required within six
months of position entry.
Also required is a demonstrated ability to work both
independently and as part of a team.
Strong problem solving ability, willingness to challenge
individuals and defuse situations in a polite and professional
manner. Must be willing to work directly with those in a crisis
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work
well with people from diverse backgrounds, and the ability to
remain courteous and considerate while working in a demanding and
Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, and have a valid
Washington State Driver's License with a five-year clean driving
record, for auto liability coverage through Virginia Mason Medical
Preferred: 2 years uniformed officer or guard experience in a
healthcare setting or an Associate's degree in Criminal
Just as Virginia Mason is dedicated to improving the lives of
our patients and our community, we are equally dedicated to your
professional and personal success. With a wide range of perks that
includes comprehensive compensation and benefits, continuing
education and support, and the opportunity to live in one of the
most livable cities in the country, you will find that an
opportunity with Team Medicine is one worth taking.
We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.