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Entry Level Openings

Project: 58 Housing Administration
Location: Multiple Locations
Pay Range: 13.75-15.14 Per hour
Shift: Variable
Shift Differential: $.75 per hour
Insurance Benefits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical
Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan
Days Off: Not yet determined
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Are you passionate about serving those who are most in need? Are you committed to working for your fellow citizens? Are you a believer in working towards creative and innovation solutions to society's most vexing problems? If so, a Residential / Shelter Counselor position may be for you.

DESC is the largest multi-service agency serving homeless adults in the Puget Sound region. DESC opened its doors in 1979 as an emergency shelter, a place for vulnerable adults living with behavioral health disorders and chronic homelessness to come in out of the cold for the night. In 2009, DESC celebrated 30 years of opening doors to end homelessness. Today our mission is not merely to offer shelter, but to end the homelessness of our community's most vulnerable people, through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing that allows men and women to reclaim their lives and reach their highest potential.

Supportive Housing Positions

At DESC Supportive Housing is built on the Housing First Philosophy, which covers the principles that housing is a basic human right and once the chaos of homelessness is eliminated from a person's life, clinical and social stabilization occur faster and are more enduring.

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Most DESC housing residents live with challenges that would seem overwhelming or insurmountable to the average person: mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions, HIV, physical or developmental disabilities, and extreme poverty. In most cases, they are not affected by just one of these conditions, but are multiply disabled and have long histories of homelessness or frequent failures in other low-income housing settings. To increase their opportunity for success, residents in each of our housing sites have access to 24-hour a day, 7 days a week supportive services:

  • State-licensed mental health and chemical dependency treatment
  • On-site health care services
  • Daily meals and weekly outing to food banks
  • Case management and payee services
  • Medication monitoring
  • Weekly community building activities

Current Openings:

Entry Level Positions

Residential Counselor: Residential Counselors are responsible for the provision of basic services to residents and performance of day-to-day building operation functions at DESC supportive housing projects.

Location: DESC Housing Projects There are currently 15 Housing Locations in Seattle.

Pay: $13.75- $15.14 per hour DOQ ($0.75 Night Shift Differential)

Union: This position is represented by SEIU1199

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hrs/week), non-exempt, hourly

Shift: Swing 3:30pm-12am or Night 11:30pm-8am


Shelter Counselor: Shelter Counselors, in conjunction with other professionals, are responsible for the provision of basic services to clients and for the safe day-to-day operation functions of Shelter services.

Location: Shelter

Pay: $ 13.75- $15.14 per hour DOQ ($0.75 Night Shift Differential)

Union: This position is represented by SEIU1199

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hrs/week), non-exempt,

Shifts: Swing 3:30pm-12am or Night 11:30pm-8am

If you know which location and shift you would like to be considered for please indicate the job title, location, and shift in your cover letter.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to sit, communicate with other employees, required to lift and carry items weighing up to 40 pounds and to operate computer hardware systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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