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YMCA of Greater Seattle Employment Specialist in Seattle, Washington


The Employment and Training Case Managerposition is a great opportunity to join a dynamic and dedicated team in our Young Adult Services department of the Accelerator Y, the social services branch of the YMCA of Greater Seattle. The Employment and Training Case Managerwill split their time working in the cities of Burien or Kentproviding pre-employment training, internships, and general employment and training support services to low-income young adults (18-24 year olds)who are or have experienced homelessness as well as other systems, such as foster care and criminal justice system. Case management services are youth-centered and youth-driven, and include supporting each participant achieve their goals toward safe and stable housing, employment, education, navigating systems, building community, and developing life skillsas they strive for self-sufficiency.

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.


  • Provides specialized services to support youth and young adults to achieve their goals in education, employment/career development, safe and stable housing, permanent connections to supportive adults, health and well-being, and life skills.

  • Build strong relationships with Y program participants to effectively provide quality services.

  • Develops individualized, strengths-based, youth-driven service plans.

  • Collaborates and communicates directly with businesses and agencies providing internships to program participants to ensure participants are professional and meeting internship expectations.

  • Understands contract/grant terms and conditions, including federally funded programs, to ensure program outcome requirements are met and services are rendered to young adults appropriately.

  • Understands and uses best practice philosophies in the field, including trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, housing first, harm reduction, de-escalation, etc.

  • Maintains clear, professional, timely participant contact notes, service plans, progress updates, outcomes, and other documentation in designated databases.

  • Teaches life skills, job readiness or other subject matter individually and/or in groups, often experientially.

  • Teams effectively and collaboratively with other YMCA staff and/or community partners to plan and facilitate activities, including visits to related resources in the community.

  • Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with funding liaisons, other service providers, businesses and/or educational institutions as related to specialized services.

  • May supervise volunteers, interns or national service members (AmeriCorps, etc.).

  • May assist with program coordination or other activities related to job focus.


  • 21 years of age or older

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in social work, social services, or a closely related field.

  • Two years or more related professional or volunteer experience working with high risk, system involved (homeless, justice, behavioral health, foster care) youth and/or young adults

  • Experience with and knowledge of youth behavior management and child abuse prevention.

  • Intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office suite.

  • Ability to visit sites and community organizations frequently throughout King County.

  • Knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).

  • 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.


  • Master’s degree in social work, social services, or a closely related field.

  • 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.

  • Ability to speak any language in addition to English.

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 .

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 3 weeks ago (11/22/2019 1:41 PM)

ID 2019-9412

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building

Category Young Adult Services

Address 2100 24th Ave S