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YMCA of Greater Seattle Community Safety Specialist in Seattle, Washington

Overview

Our Commitment to Equity

The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Job Summary

The Y is seeking a qualified and dedicated individuals for the position of Community Safety Specialist. The Community Safety Specialists will be a part of the Safe Passages Network and will serve the West Seattle Community through building and strengthening neighborhood safety, restoring and rebuilding community connections, offer resources for self-sufficiency, promote neighborhood pride and ownership. This position will locate and build relationships with youth in the West Seattle area and connect them to YMCA Community Safety Case Managers who will provide resources and services.

This position is at the Social Impact Center Y, the social services branch of YMCA of Greater Seattle (YGS). The mission of the Social Impact Center Y is to accelerate young people’s ability to build safe, successful, and happy lives. Every year, we serve 5,000 children, youth, young adults, and families across King County with programs that aim to strengthen young people’s ability to develop to their fullest potential through four strategies: reducing risk factors; navigating systems towards successful life transition; ensuring stability, safety and wellness in times of crisis; and building competencies and social capital. The Social Impact Center Y’s programs include housing, behavioral health, foster care licensing, violence prevention, education, and employment. Many of the young people we serve have had involvement in the foster care, criminal justice system, and/or homelessness systems.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is committed to providing a positive atmosphere that prioritizes safety and inclusivity for all employees. The YMCA of Greater Seattle has implemented safety standards and protocols related to preventative health measures based on CDC and local health department guidelines.

YGS will comply with all WA State mandates regarding COVID vaccinations.

All YGS staff in Child Care roles will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID by October 18, 2021. All YGS staff will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID by November 1, 2021 regardless of work location. Religious and Medical Exemptions will be considered at time of hire.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with implementation of Safe Passage Program in the West Seattle Neighborhoods

  • Collaborate with West Seattle Safety Team and Seattle Public Schools to inform them of the Safe Passage Program and establish safety protocols

  • Build relationships with youth and families in the community

  • Monitor designated “safety zones” that students/youth walk to and from school

  • Provide supervision and safe transition for students/youth from school to next destination- home, bus stop/light rail, after school activity and/or program

  • Provide communication daily to Safe Passage Lead regarding any incidents or suspicious activity

  • Respond immediately to “shots fired” incidents alongside SPD – first responder at acts of violence in the West Seattle Community at various times of the day/night

  • Available to work assigned shifts that will include active shifts during the night time hours

  • Provide intensive response to clients and community experiencing current acts of violence

Qualifications

  1. 0-2 years experience working with gang /juvenile justice-involved youth in a professional or volunteer capacity.

  2. Personal experience overcoming barriers that the program’s client population is currently facing, including involvement in gangs and the criminal justice system

  3. Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

  4. Strong ties to the local community and existing relationships with community members

  5. Familiar with gangs/group activity in the target community and has the skills to work effectively with high-risk teenagers and young adults.

  6. Comfortable and willing to work in high-risk community settings at nontraditional hours. Available to participate in evening and weekend work activities.

  7. Experience serving diverse communities (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.)

  8. Knowledge of local agencies’ programs and services (schools, social services, law enforcement, courts/corrections), local units of government, and grassroots organizations

  9. Strong written and verbal communication skills

  10. Access to reliable transportation required

  11. Valid, current WA state driver’s license, insurance and YMCA defensive driving class required

  12. Personal, professional, educational, volunteer, and non-traditional experiences are all relevant. We intend to evaluate each candidate’s transferrable skills to determine if a candidate is qualified for a position.

  13. Required intensive training upon hire including ongoing monthly refresher trainings

ADDITIONAL PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to speak a language in addition to English.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

“YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran , or any other status protected by local, state , or federal law.

We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on the results of a background check and (on applicable jobs) drug screening, including screening for marijuana. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.

If you need assistance of any kind with the application process, reach out to recruiting@seattleymca.org or the HR department at 206.382.5082.”

MISSION STATEMENT:

Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.

OUR VALUES:

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 3 weeks ago (9/6/2021 6:26 PM)

ID 2021-12382

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Social Impact Center YMCA - 2100 Building

Category Young Adult Services

Address 2100 24th Ave S

Minimum compensation USD $20.05/Hr.

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