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YMCA of Greater Seattle Peer Support Specialist I, T.R.A.C.E. Parent Partner in Seattle, Washington


Job Summary

The Parent Partner position for T.R.A.C.E. (Timely Response to Adverse Community Events) provides culturally responsive, evidence and strength-based peer support and skills coaching to parents around decreasing crisis and increasing in-home stabilization. The Parent Partner identifies resources and services that effectively support parents in navigating challenging situations to meet priority needs, collaborating effectively with co-workers, supervisors and outside professionals to meet crisis prevention plan and action plan goals. The Parent Partner supports parents and acts as a bridge between the family and system representatives.

Home office for this location is located at the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network office in Carnation, WA

Monday - Friday 8am-5pm is the standard schedule, flexibility including evenings or earlier mornings may be needed occasionally.

The mission of Accelerator 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. Accelerator 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.


  1. Provides prevention, early-intervention and crisis outreach services to families in the East region of King County (specifically, Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie, North Bend, and Fall City)

  2. Appropriately shares personal experience(s) as a way to come alongside parents. Teams with other professionals to support families. Collaboration includes, but is not limited to, the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network’s Youth Resiliency and Community Resource Coordinators and the Y’s T.R.A.C.E. Crisis Support Specialist.

  3. Provides culturally responsive, evidence and strength-based peer support and skills coaching for parents, to decrease crisis and increase in-home stabilization.

  4. Identifies parenting resources and supports; teaches skills to parents to effectively navigate resources and behavioral health systems.

  5. Collaborates effectively with families, co-workers, agency supervisors, and other community stakeholders (e.g. Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts, etc.) to meet ‘Care Plan’ goals.

  6. Uses supervision and triage/case consultations effectively to ensure best services for children, youth, and families.

  7. Transports parents/families to appointments, meetings, or other locations as needed to support the Care Plan.

  8. Works with families to build and strengthen their network of natural and professional supports, attends meetings to advocate and support the family’s voice.

  9. Models effective coping techniques and self-help strategies, coaching as needed in real-time events.

  10. Maintains a working knowledge of current trends, developments, and ‘best-practices’ in the field of behavioral health.

  11. Completes required documentation within program deadlines. Reports all critical incidences and adheres to YMCA program rules and procedures.


  1. Personal experience as a parent who has sought and received assistance from community mental health and/or school systems for their own child or youth who experienced emotional and/or behavioral problems.

  2. Trained in and familiar with recovery model to assist families and youth focus on strengths, gain client voice and partner with their clinical teams.

  3. Experience serving families of children and youth with emotional or behavioral problems, developmental delays, substance abuse history or other challenges.

  4. Demonstrated ability to engage families in a structured process to verbalize needs, develop individualized plans, facilitate recovery, and transition to reliance on natural supports.

  5. Knowledge of community services and resources including: parent support groups, mental health (especially anxiety, depression in children and adolescence), substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, special education programs, etc.

  6. Experience with crisis de-escalation and crisis stabilization practices.

  7. WA State Peer Counselor Certification preferred and required within one year of employment.

  8. Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including evenings and weekends.

  9. Ability to transport self and youth in a safe and effective manner, and to meet youth and families at their home or in the community. (Proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage is required.)

  10. Knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations and ability to speak another language in addition to English strongly preferred.

  11. Current State-approved first aid certification, state-approved CPR certification, BBP (HIV/AIDS) training certification.

    1. TB test by the Mantoux method. **
  1. Washington State Agency Affiliated Counseling Credential. *

  2. 14.
  • Within 30 days of employment or first available training.** Within 30 days of employment.Additional Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Knowledge of positive parenting strategies, such as the Positive Behavioral Support model.

  2. Experience with or interest in organizing parent-support groups (e.g. scheduling, planning, leading).

  3. Experience with or interest in facilitating trainings and presenting information in the community about the T.R.A.C.E. project, YMCA Accelerator programs, and other behavioral health topics.

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 .



Stabilization, Flexes, behavioral problems, child welfare, juvenile justice, de-escalation, BBP

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 3 weeks ago (5/8/2020 3:14 PM)

ID 2020-10334

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 1

Location Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building

Category Behavioral Health

Address 2100 24th Ave S