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YMCA of Greater Seattle Peer Support Specialist , CCORS Parent Partner 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

Provides culturally competent, evidence and strength-based peer support and parenting skills coaching to parents to decrease crisis and increase in-home stabilization. Identifies parenting resources and supports and teaches parents the skills to effectively navigate resources in order to meet priority needs. Collaborates effectively with co-workers, supervisors and outside professionals to meet crisis prevention plan and action plan goals. Helps engage families in the Wraparound Team process. Supports the parents and acts as a bridge between the family and system representatives.

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.

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.


  1. Provides immediate and scheduled crisis outreach services to families in King County and additional coverage as needed.

  2. On-call shifts once per week of 6 hours in duration, and additional weekend on-call shifts every seven weeks

  3. Flexes schedule to include evenings and weekends to meet the needs of families.

  4. Provides culturally competent, evidence and strength-based peer support and parenting skills coaching to parents to decrease crisis and increase in-home stabilization.

  5. Identifies parenting resources and supports and teaches parents the skills to effectively navigate resources.

  6. Collaborates effectively with co-workers, supervisors and outside professionals to meet action plan goals.

  7. Uses triage, supervision and case consultation effectively to ensure best services for children and families.

  8. Transports parents/families to appointments, meetings, or other locations as needed to support the action plan and linkage to community resources.

  9. Works with families to build their own "Child & Family Team". Attends wrap around and other team meetings to support parents and ensure that their voice is heard. Acts as a role model for effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.

  10. Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in mental health.

  11. Completes required documentation within program deadlines. Reports all critical incidents 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. Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered.

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

  6. Knowledge of community services and resources including: parent support groups, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, special education programs, etc.

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

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

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

  10. 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.)

  11. 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.

  12. 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. *
  • Within 30 days of employment or first available training.

** Within 30 days of employment.

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.”

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


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 1 month ago (9/20/2021 4:40 PM)

ID 2021-12431

Type Regular Full-Time

# of Openings 3

Location Social Impact Center YMCA - 3401 Building

Category Social Impact Center

Address 3401 Rainier Ave. South

Minimum compensation USD $18.30/Hr.