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YMCA of Greater Seattle Behavior Support I in Seattle, Washington


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 dedicated individual for the position of Behavior Specialist. You will provide support for children, youth and their families in the YMCA Family Services and Mental Health Program. The Behavior Specialist works closely with Treatment Team members providing clinical support to youth and families within the program. Behavior Specialists also work to provide support to youth and families in school, home, and community environments.

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.

What you'll get from working at The Y

  • Individual membership to the YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Free access to mental health resources

  • Rapidly accruing paid time off (PTO) available immediately upon hire

Hiring range: $22.00-23.10/hr

As of March 12, 2022 COVID Vaccinations Requirements: Highly Recommended, Not Required.

*Certain programs may require proof of vaccination, in compliance with local state and federal guidelines. If applicable will be assigned within onboarding.


  1. Supervises clients in parent/sibling visitation environment. Makes decisions to intervene in or terminate visit if necessary.

  2. Makes immediate oral reports and follows up with written reports of visitation services (includes reports and billing logs).

  3. Supervises clients in social and recreational experiences, and provides respite to foster parents.

  4. Develops and facilitates life skill and coping skill curriculum for youth in the child welfare system.

  5. Provides behavior management for youth in home, school, and community settings.

  6. Helps coach staff within Seattle YMCA branches on behavior management techniques and youth engagement in programs.

  7. Works therapeutically with clients and their parents on prescribed treatment goals.

  8. Facilitates service learning opportunities with youth in the child welfare system.

  9. Provides direct client support in emergent and crisis situations for youth on their caseload.

  10. Ensures clients are transported on-time and safely to/from all scheduled parent/sibling visitations, appointments and other activities.

  11. Reports all critical incidents in accordance with YMCA Incident Reporting Policy & Procedures.

  12. Meets monthly and as assigned for clinical supervision and training.

  13. Adheres to YMCA program rules and procedures.

  14. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Must be at least 21 years of ageORmay be between 18 and 21 years of age if enrolled in a social service internship or practicum program with an accredited college or university and can provide sufficient documentation.

  2. High school diploma or high school equivalency course of study (GED/HSEC) with 2 years of directly relevant experience working with children, youth, and families required.

  3. Washington State Agency Affiliated Counselor Certification*

  4. Have the skills and ability to work successfully and meet the special needs of children in child welfare care.

  5. Ability to transport self and client(s) in a safe and effective manner, and to meet clients at their home or school. Access to working vehicle and proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage is required.

  6. Intermediate proficiency with computers, basic Microsoft Office software and case management/client tracking software.

  7. Experience tracking and summarizing data into reports.

  8. Strong organizational and communication skills with attention to details, timelines and follow-through.

  9. Current state approved first aid, CPR and HIV/AIDS training certification.

    1. TB test by the Mantoux method. **
  • Within 30 days of employment or first available training

** Within 30 days of employment

* Within 120 days of employment.


  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, related field, or equivalent, OR Associates degree with one year of directly relevant experience working with children, youth, and families preferred. Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

  • Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical activity, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.

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.

“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 or the HR department at 206.382.5082.”

aversion therapy, conditioning, reinforcement, counseling, retraining, FAMILY SUPPORT,


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


  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Honesty

  • Caring

  • Passion for Excellence

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle

Posted Date 2 days ago (12/1/2022 5:06 PM)

ID 2022-13982

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 2

Location Social Impact Center YMCA - 3401 Building

Category Behavioral Health

Address 3401 Rainier Ave. South

Minimum compensation USD $22.00/Hr.