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Safety Specialist



Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2024

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

The Community You Will Join:

No global movement springs from individuals. It takes an entire team united behind something big. On the Safety team at Airbnb, we’re proud to be at the forefront of the sharing economy. We recognize that we are the leaders of a new, worldwide phenomenon, and it’s why we’ve worked so hard to build the trust at its foundation. With 100 million lifetime guests, and 2 million listings in over 190 countries, trust is what makes it work. Together, we work hard, we laugh a lot, and we are passionate about working to create the most trusted community in the world. We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated crisis management investigators who will be able to help our hosts and guests when they need us the most.

The Difference You Will Make:

We are looking for a talented and experienced person, who will look after a variety of Safety concerns for our community, including but not limited to: Personal Safety Threats, Domestic Violence, Suicide or Self Harm, Child Exploitation, Physical Assault and Sexual Assault, Drugs activity, Sex Work and Human Trafficking.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an excellent understanding of how to properly identify threatening and harmful circumstances, empathetic communication, use of good judgment, and quick decision making, with the goal of providing the best support possible for the Survivors and restore their status quo.

This is a full time position based in specific provinces in Canada, either: British Colombia, Ontario, or Quebec. The Safety Senior Specialist is the frontline, contact center role interacting directly with the customers. Safety Senior Specialists need strong communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and customer service expertise. They should also be adaptable and responsive in our fast paced environment, sometimes under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, efficient and demonstrating a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.

A Typical Day:

  • Complex case management: Has “perfected the core” of your role of providing the highest level of service to our community
    • Interact with Airbnb customers and community members through all current and future channels, both inside and outside of Airbnb tools, including livechat, social platforms, messaging, and directly through the phone
    • End-to-end management of complex cases with the objective to resolve customers’ issues based on workflows & management guidelines
    • Recognize case type/severity and work cases correctly according to your service’s scope, escalating accurately to other teams when appropriate
    • Takes on casework at a degree of severity/complexity under close supervision
    • Ability to recognize & assess threatening & risky behaviors
    • Demonstrate ownership mentality & good judgment as well as skill to question and deviate from the workflow when needed only through management approval
    • Be highly receptive to feedback from management, Quality & clinical staff teams and quickly adopt behaviors to improve the quality of your work
    • Understands multiple perspectives on a topic or situation
    • Able to evaluate and present multiple options for addressing a problem
    • Can be brought to engage more with senior stakeholders with help from management
  • Combining efficiency with quality:
    • Has displayed an ability to handle a larger volume of cases without negatively impacting the quality of the interaction & the resolution
  • Participating in the Safety Service improvement: Leverage your functional operational knowledge to support the team succeed
    • Help document ways of working, best practices, and the norms for your service(s) as requested by management
    • Provides technical/functional/SME to less experienced members of the team.
  • Stakeholder engagement: Beginning to explore network with other Delivery teams and key functional partners
    • Displays openness and approachability when resolving issues
    • Understands key drivers of your role and how they relate to one another

Your Expertise:

  • 3+ years of relevant experience in customer service, mediation, emergency services, Trust & Safety operations, or a similar role operating in a contact center environment making calls and handling customer/client contacts
  • Hospitality experience is a plus, in particular working for technology platforms.
  • Ability to work weekend days and public holidays required, as well as evening shifts. Your schedule can change to meet business needs
  • Ability to work in a high-pressure environment interacting with sensitive, confidential, and potentially traumatic imagery, conversations, and other materials
  • Very good interpersonal and communication skills, both written and spoken, including conflict resolution.
  • Ability to organize a high volume of work, multitask & prioritize, and to work within prescribed schedules including breaks, lunches, and training time
  • Basic computer literacy, including Apple/Mac OS and Google Suite
  • Language proficiency in English, other languages are a plus
  • Able to assess risk accurately, understand level of urgency, exercise good judgment when it comes to risky situations, and share the most pertinent information with stakeholders

Your Location:

Due to the nature of this position, the successful applicant will need to be based in Canada to be able to conduct their work. Currently, employees can be located in: British Colombia, Ontario, or Quebec. This list is continuously being updated, please check back with us if the provinces you live in is on the list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what provinces you are eligible to work from.

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.