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YMCA of Greater Seattle Inclusion Specialist - Youth Development Programs in Seattle, Washington


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

Equity Statement: 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.


Under direction from the Youth Development Center of Excellence, the Inclusion Specialist is responsible for supporting children, youth, and families in our Youth Development Programs to ensure that each youth has the opportunity to reach their full potential. In addition, this role will provide support to front line staff and the implementation of inclusion strategies and programs that support a comprehensive approach for our staff, youth, and families in the assigned program areas. This position will work closely with staff in the Education and Enrichment Department and Youth Development Programs Branch, to provide coaching and ensure consistent implementation of inclusion services across programs.

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.



  • The Inclusion Specialist supports the implementation of the Y’s Positive Behavior Guidance System, works with individual students while providing guidance, model expectations, and teach social/emotional skills through on-site observations.

  • Support staff in building inclusive programs and environments through appropriate modifications and accommodations.

  • Support screenings and assessment as appropriate.

  • Evaluate and communicate results through data management tools to track and analyze consultations and trends in programs to identify and monitor improvement strategies.

  • Develop and facilitate trainings that provide staff with basic tools and resources for supporting youth in programs in varying situations for foundational learning.

  • Incorporates the YMCA of Greater Seattle Youth Development Theory of Change and program specific logic models in program design and delivery. Tracks related outcome and output data.

  • Ensure all federal, state (DCYF), grant and local reports related to inclusion support services are completed and submitted.

  • Support the Program Executive, Youth and Family, in providing supportive and intervention level training and consultation resources for the Education and Enrichment and Youth Development Programs

  • Branch teams. Effectively matches consultations and observations needs to training opportunities for staff.

  • And other duties as assigned


  • High degree of initiative; must be able to work independently and be a self‐starter as well as a strong team player with a commitment to collaboration within and outside the Education and Enrichment team.

  • Emotional intelligence and the ability to quickly access and compose oneself in stressful or tense situations is a must.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Very strong organization skills are essential as well as highly established analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Strong ability to facilitate effective trainings that meet learning objectives.

  • One should have strong leadership skills with a personal commitment to integrity, teamwork, achievement of departmental and business objectives.

  • Focused and dedicated to providing the highest quality of inclusion support services to all youth, staff, and families.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and manage highly confidential information.

  • Excellent problem‐solving and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to present and communicate data to various audiences.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. Functional Expertise.

  2. Influence.

  3. Communication.

  4. Critical Evaluation.

  5. Relationship Management.

  6. Ethical Practice.


This job operates in a professional office environment and at off-site school and community locations. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 30 pounds.


This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, day-shift. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.



  • BA/BS degree in Family and Child Studies, Psychology, Social Work, or other related discipline required. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.

  • 3 or more years of progressive youth development leadership experience.

  • 2 or more years of demonstrated success in supporting staff, youth, and families with special needs.

  • Knowledge of developmental milestones for school age youth,

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.


  • Credential or certification in social work, human services, family services, counseling, or a related field preferred.

  • Experience working in licensed school age programs.

  • 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.

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

This job description may be changed at any time, at YMCA of Greater Seattle’s discretion.

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.

YMCA of Greater Seattle Core Values

  • Respect

  • Caring

  • Honesty

  • Responsibility

  • Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 3 weeks ago (9/6/2021 6:42 PM)

ID 2021-12402

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 2

Location Association Office

Category Youth Education

Address 909 4th Avenue

Minimum compensation USD $53,000.00/Yr.