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YMCA of Greater Seattle Director of Justice Systems Diversion (Program Director III) in Seattle, Washington


Job Summary

The Y is seeking a qualified and dedicated individual for the position of Director of Justice Systems Diversion. This position will direct and further develop the Accelerator Y’s violence prevention and criminal justice intervention programs for youth and young. This position will be responsible for ensuring continuity of program and services while providing oversight and development to staff.This position will report directly to the Sr. Director of Young Adult Services and work closely with the other Young Adult Services department directors leading and ensuring the Accelerator Y’s vision, philosophy, and approach are carried out by staff and volunteers. In partnership with the other Accelerator program directors, the Director of Justice Systems Diversion will be a leader in the integration and continuous improvement of service delivery to our youth and young adults across the Accelerator Y and in our community.

Accelerator Y is the social services branch of YMCA of Greater Seattle. Each year, Accelerator Y provides housing, behavioral health, foster care licensing, violence prevention, education, and employment to more than 5,000 youth, young adults, and families. Every program aligns with our four strategies: 1. reducing risk factors; 2. navigating systems towards successful life transition; 3. ensuring stability, safety and wellness in times of crisis; and 4. building competencies and social capital.


  • Directs and manages the development, operations and growth of assigned youth and young adult programs for the Accelerator Y.

  • Recruits, hires, trains, evaluates, and supervises program supervisor and case managers

  • Comprehends and regularly monitors for contract compliance and quality assurance for all contracts and agreements for designated programs

  • Creates a culture of learning, providing inspiring leadership, coaching and continuous improvement throughout the program areas

  • Manages grants and contracts ensuring fiscal and programmatic compliance

  • Actively seeks new program and funding opportunities. Participates in requesting and writing proposals for new or renewed funding.

  • Provides development and leadership to the Alive and Free Team, Young Adult Services staff and Accelerator Management Team.

  • Collaborates with other program directors to provide support and leadership to the YMCA’s Resource Center for Young Adults and Leadership Team.

  • Monitors and evaluates program staff data entry and meets regularly with the Director of Learning and Impact to evaluate accuracy of data and progress toward intended outcomes.

  • Collaborates with Accelerator Y directors and supervisors and attends monthly management team meetings

  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations, schools, probation, law enforcement agencies and providers serving youth and young adults in the areas of violence and criminal prevention/intervention.

  • Develops, and distributes program information necessary to promote program, in accordance with branch marketing plans.

  • Ensures proper procedures and protocol are followed and program is in compliance with contract outcomes and reporting.

  • Monitors and reviews proposal budgets, budget narratives, and budget modifications for accuracy of calculations, for internal consistency, and to ensure all budgeted costs are allowable and in accordance

  • Monitors trends in juvenile and adult justice systems, foster care, homelessness, community violence and youth development policy issues affecting funding sources and programs.

  • Represents the Accelerator Y on various advisory councils, service provider collaborative, planning committees, and workgroups.

  • Project management and/or assistance in special projects/initiatives and events as needed. Lead project timeline from start to finish, working across departments.

  • Maintains records in accordance with cities, county, state, or federal standards. Keeps accurate files on all government grant opportunities and contacts.

  • Perform other duties as required.


  1. Master’s degree related to social sciences or related field.

  2. Minimum of 5 years of job-related experience in strategic planning and program evaluation, preferably in child welfare, housing, workforce development, youth violence prevention, or related fields.

  3. Comprehensive knowledge and experience in data analysis, statistics, research, and program evaluation.

  4. Experience with SQL, and analytic tools such as R, Python, Tableau, or Power BI.

  5. Comprehensive knowledge of the social services field, including evidence-based policies and practices to address poverty, institutional racism, and homelessness and understanding of the systems many young people living in poverty intersect with, such as child welfare, juvenile justice, healthcare, public housing, homeless programs and workforce development.

  6. Experience in research, writing, data analysis and the ability to convey complex concepts to a diverse audience.

  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  8. Demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, program evaluation and impact analysis.

  9. Life experience with poverty, child welfare, homelessness, behavioral health, or youth violence and a desire to use that experience to improve the lives of others.

  10. Demonstrated ability to focus on high-value, high-impact priorities.

  11. Team development and leadership; motivation, and relationship-building skills.

  12. Ability to handle multiple projects/tasks and juggle priorities while meeting multiple deadlines.

  13. Ability to use good judgment to make sound decisions and resolve problems.

  14. Ability to maintain confidential information and use discretion.

  15. Ability to gain cooperation of others, work effectively as a member of a team, and ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships in a team-oriented environment.

  16. Ability to work independently.


  • Previous work experience in the social services strongly preferred.

  • in social sciences or related field.

  • Trained in performance excellence standards, including such Project Management Professional, Pathways to Excellence or Lean.

You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y if you:

  • Thrive on working in a collaborative environment

  • Are very adaptable

  • Have high ownership and strong work ethic

  • Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet

  • Truly enjoy being of service to people

  • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together

  • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all

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.

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 2019-8580

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building

Category Young Adult Services

Address 2100 24th Ave S