Crisis Intervention Specialist

Posted on September 7, 2023
OPEIU Local 8
Crisis Connections
Full-time / Part-time
Starting at 
 per hour
Seattle, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Paid holidays, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Employee discount, Life and disability insurance
Applications accepted until position filled

Type:  Part-time Openings for Day, Swing & Graveyard shifts.

Payrate: $20.96/hr +$2.00/hr shift differential for Graveyard

Location: In person role, at Seattle Call Center

Union Representation: Represented by OPEIU

Crisis Connections provides a variety of telephone-based support services that are free and easily accessible to anyone in our community experiencing crisis. Our service area includes King County and WA State. Our passion is to foster resilience and well-being for all by connecting people to accessible and compassionate support.

Varied shift schedules and hours are available and range from part-time to full-time. The Crisis Services Team can be flexible to accommodate most scheduling needs.


  • The Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) assists the 24-Hour Crisis Line volunteer phone workers.
  • The CIS assists volunteer phone workers in assessing, developing, implementing, and resolving emergent and non-emergent calls.
  • The CIS provides feedback and debriefing following calls.
  • Completes Case Reviews and accurately and timely reviews log sheets and screening guides.
  • The CIS participates in program meetings and attends training and in-services.
  • The CIS will be crossed trained as Patient Placement Coordinator.


A. Phone Room Support

  1. Provides effective support of volunteer phone workers.
  2. Assists phone workers in developing and implementing appropriate intervention with emergent and non-emergent calls.
  3. Provides effective feedback and/or debriefing following calls.
  4. Handles business line calls and documents appropriately, including patient placement and crisis response.

B. Service Delivery

  1. Demonstrates knowledge of King County mental health system.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of Crisis Clinic resources.
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of phone room protocol and procedure:
  4. Maintains accurate clinical logs.
  5. Performs linkages in an accurate and timely manner.

D. Quantity and Quality of Work / Work Habits

  1. Arrives at work on time and maintains regular attendance, working assigned shifts and other shifts when needed.
  2. Follows personnel policies and procedures.
  3. Written and verbal communication is clear, concise, accurate and thorough.
  4. Demonstrates genuine relationships by cooperating with others, handling disagreements directly with the person(s) concerned in a truthful and open manner and accepting constructive feedback. Shows respect to co-workers, volunteers, and customers/clients.
  5. Makes appropriate use of supervisor.
  6. Promotes a healthy work environment by demonstrating collaborative decision-making and team-building behaviors; provides peer support and motivates staff and volunteers to outstanding performance.
  7. Suggests solutions to identified problems.
  8. Participates in program meetings and planning.
  9. Attends training and in-services.

Training Requirements:

New hires are expected to attend 3 training shifts per week onsite, and will require the following online modules and shadowing shifts before starting their scheduled shifts.

Your Training Coordinator will provide follow-up and additional information during your New Hire Orientation.

Crisis Intervention Specialist Training Requirements

  • Attend a 4-hour listening shift onsite at Seattle office during first week
  • Complete Online Thinkific Learning Module- 6-8 hours of training modules
  • 3 shifts on Crisis response desk onsite at Seattle office
  • 3 shifts on CLE pro line desk onsite at Seattle office
  • 2 shifts on Screener CIS desk onsite at Seattle office
  • Attend Live Training once a year

Thriving employees means a thriving mission:

We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion. We welcome everyone’s lived experiences, cultures, and expertise, at Crisis Connections because it strengthens our team and the care we provide to the community. BIPOC, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are dedicated to supporting our employees by offering excellent benefits and career progression opportunities.

  • 100% Employer paid Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • $1000 Employee Referral Bonus for select hard to fill roles
  • Generous Paid Time Off & 12 Paid Holidays
  • Discount on ORCA transit pass
  • Free Parking & Flexible Schedules
  • Growth opportunities
  • Self-care tools & weekly check ins with your supervisor

Voluntary Benefits

  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • 403B Retirement Plan

Offers of Employment: All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check including a Criminal History Report and Reference Check.


Computer Skills Assessment: Crisis Connections requires a basic Computer Skills assessment to measure computer literacy and skills. The assessment is approximately 15 minutes in length, and timed. HR will provide a link to complete the test after screening qualified candidates.

  • This assessment will be completed on the candidate’s personal computer. Upon request, candidates may take the assessment at one of our 2 office locations as an accommodation. Additional accommodations for the assessment are provided upon request.


· Evidence of ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships

· Evidence of ability to work with a team of clinical staff and volunteers

· Ability to work effectively in a call center environment.

· Ability to navigate Electronic Health Records and experience using Microsoft Office Suite.

· Ability to work independently.


· Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences

· Minimum of one-year experience as a volunteer on the Crisis Line preferred

· Knowledge of the public mental health system

About the employer: Crisis Connections

Join the Crisis Connections team and be a vital part of our mission to connect people in physical, emotional, and financial crisis to helpful resources. Our passion is caring, listening, and empowering people to make positive life choices. Crisis Connections serves all people (in physical, emotional, and financial crisis) with an emphasis on servicing King County residents.

About your union: OPEIU Local 8

OPEIU Local 8 is a progressive, democratically run union working for social and economic justice since 1945. Local 8 represents more than 6,000 members all over Washington state working in many settings including offices, health and home care, housing, social services, the insurance industry, legal services and the public sector.

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