YMCA of Greater Seattle

Behavioral Specialist - Youth Development Programs

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 1 month ago(6/29/2022 4:59 PM)
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Association Office
Youth Education
909 4th Avenue
Minimum compensation
USD $53,000.00/Yr.


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
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.


Position Type/Location

Full-Time, Benefited Program Executive role, working out of our downtown office: 909 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday, typically 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  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 travel may be expected.


What you'll get from working at The Y

  • Membership to the YMCA of Greater Seattle for you and your household
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance
  • Retirement with generous employer contributions
  • Free access to mental health resources
  • Rapidly-accruing paid time off (PTO) available immediately upon hire
  • Discounts on qualifying YMCA of Greater Seattle childcare and day camp programs

*Some benefits only available to full-time staff


Minimum compensation: $53,000/year


YGS will comply with all WA State mandates regarding COVID vaccinations.


As of March 12, 2022 COVID Vaccinations Requirements for this role are Required/Highly Recommended. Certain programs at the Y of Greater Seattle may require proof of vaccination, in compliance with local state and federal guidelines. If applicable will be assigned within onboarding. To see requirements for each program within our association, click here.


What you'll be doing

  • 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


Physical Demands

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 20 pounds.


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




What we're looking for in an applicant 

  1. 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.
  2. Emotional intelligence and the ability to quickly access and compose oneself in stressful or tense situations is a must.
  3. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  4. Very strong organization skills are essential as well as highly established analytical and problem-solving skills.
  5. Strong ability to facilitate effective trainings that meet learning objectives.
  6. One should have strong leadership skills with a personal commitment to integrity, teamwork, achievement of departmental and business objectives.
  7. Focused and dedicated to providing the highest quality of inclusion support services to all youth, staff, and families.
  8. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and manage highly confidential information.
  9. Excellent problem‐solving and interpersonal skills.
  10. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  11. Ability to present and communicate data to various audiences.


Preferred Education/Experience

  • Credential or certification in social work, human services, family services, counseling, or a related field
  • Work experience in ADA, Accommodation requests, and/or Risk Management.
  • MA/MS preferred
  • 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.
  • 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.

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


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.

Our Mission

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


YMCA of Greater Seattle's Core Values

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Passion for Excellence

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.


All job offers are contingent on the results of a background check. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.


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