YMCA of Greater Seattle CCORS Family Advocate in Seattle, Washington

Overview

Come join the dynamic and innovative team at the YMCA’s Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS)! We are currently hiring for a Full Time Family Advocate.

Practice your skills while improving your crisis response and prevention interventions within a truly one of a kind program! Working for CCORS is a unique opportunity to provide community wide therapeutic crisis services with a highly skilled team of professionals and colleagues.

CCORS staff work with youth and families to instill hope, identify strengths and access the resiliency within themselves. CCORS staff help to connect families to community resources and to learn new skills to prevent crisis and reduce behavioral and emotional discomfort. CCORS staff work together to provide community outreaches in homes, hospitals, schools and other places where youth find themselves in need of immediate support. Come join the CCORS team!

GENERAL FUNCTION

Family Advocates work within a team setting to provide culturally competent, family focused, evidence and strength-based advocacy and coaching to decrease crisis and increase in-home stabilization for children, youth and their families in the YMCA CCORS Program. Family Advocates identify resources and assist families in learning the skills to effectively advocate for themselves in order to meet priority needs. Collaborates effectively with co-workers, supervisors and outside professionals to meet the action plan goals to that address the family's priority needs. The Family Advocate may facilitate informal wrap around meetings or participate in formal wrap around meetings with the family, other professionals and natural supports. The Family Advocate provides immediate and scheduled crisis outreach services to families in King County.

  • OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY: The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We strive to achieve equal access, identify and resolve inequities and remove institutional barriers that limit the ability of all people to develop their full potential. The YMCA of Greater Seattle is committed to ensuring equity and justice.

  • We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, education, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.

Responsibilities

  1. Provides culturally competent, evidence and strength-based advocacy, coaching and connection to resources to decrease crisis and increase in-home stabilization.

  2. Identifies resources and assists families in learning the skills to effectively advocate for themselves in order to meet their priority needs.

  3. Collaborates effectively with co-workers, supervisors and outside professionals to meet action plan goals.

  4. Uses triage, supervision and case consultation effectively to ensure best services for children and families.

  5. Provides immediate and scheduled crisis outreach services to families in King County.

  6. On-call shifts once per week of 6-8 hours in duration with additional on call coverage as needed.

  7. Flexes schedule to include evenings to meet the needs of families.

  8. Transports clients to appointments, meetings, school or other locations as needed.

  9. Assists the family in building their own Child and Family Team. Attends School, wrap around and other team meetings to help advocate for the families' needs.

  10. Maintains working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field by reading books, journals and other relevant materials.

Qualifications

  1. Associate's degree or equivalent experience, Bachelor's preferred.

  2. Minimum one year of experience working with teens or young adults in foster care, group care, housing, education, juvenile justice, anti-poverty, vocational support, mental health, chemical dependency and/or homelessness fields.

  3. Ability to teach effective independence skills for a variety of learning styles and to plan supportive activities.

  4. Strong youth engagement and relationship-building skills.

  5. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  6. Basic computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

  7. Ability to transport self and client(s) in a safe and effective manner, and to meet clients at community locations; proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage is required, or ability to travel to areas without public transportation.

  8. Current state approved First Aid and CPR certification.

    1. Current approved HIV blood borne pathogens training.
    1. Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.
  • Within 30 days of employment or first available training.

Competencies for success at the Y:

  • Values - Strengthens the Y's culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.

  • Inclusion - Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.

  • Develop Self and Others - Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.

  • Quality Results - Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.

  • Change Capacity - Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y's mission.

  • Inspire Others - Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.

ID 2018-7641

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building

Category Teen Programs

Address 2100 24th Ave S