YMCA of Greater Seattle

Community Safety Specialist

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 3 months ago(6/28/2022 11:10 AM)
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Social Impact Center YMCA - 2100 Building
Social Impact Center
2100 24th Ave S
Minimum compensation
USD $24.00/Hr.


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 qualified and dedicated individuals for the position of Community Safety Specialist. The Community Safety Specialists will be a part of the Y’s Violence Prevention Department and will serve the Community’s youth through responding to episodes of violence, building and strengthening neighborhood safety, restoring and rebuilding community connections, offer resources for self-sufficiency, promote neighborhood pride and ownership.  This position will locate and build relationships with youth throughout King County and connect them to resources and services.


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

Minimum compensation: $24/hour



This is a full-time exempt position.  Hours of work and days vary Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm with nights and weekends as needed as job duties demand.


As of 3/12/2022, COVID Vaccination for this role is Required. This position requires proof of vaccination in compliance with local state and federal guidelines unless a submitted medical or religious exemption is approved. To see requirements for each program within our association, click here.


  • Collaborate with the Violence Prevention Team, Service Provider Partners and Public Schools to reduce violence in community  
  • Build relationships with youth and families in the community
  • Monitor designated “safety zones” that students/youth walk to and from school
  • Provide supervision and safe transition for students/youth from school to next destination- home, bus stop/light rail, after school activity and/or program
  • Provide communication daily to Lead Staff regarding any incidents or suspicious activity
  • Respond immediately to “shots fired” incidents alongside Police and other providers – first responder at acts of violence in the Community at various times of the day/night
  • Available to work assigned shifts that will include active shifts during the night time hours
  • Provide intensive response to clients and community experiencing current acts of violence


  • 21 years of age or older
  • Experience working with gang /juvenile justice-involved youth in a professional or volunteer capacity
  • Personal experience overcoming barriers that the program’s client population is currently facing, including involvement in gangs and the criminal justice system
  • Strong ties to the local community and existing relationships with community members
  • Familiar with gangs/group activity in the target community and has the skills to work effectively with high-risk teenagers and young adults.
  • Comfortable and willing to work in high-risk community settings at nontraditional hours. Available to participate in evening and weekend work activities.
  • Experience serving diverse communities (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation)
  • Knowledge of local agencies’ programs and services (schools, social services, law enforcement, courts/corrections), local units of government, and grassroots organizations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Access to reliable transportation required
  • Valid, current WA state driver’s license, insurance and YMCA defensive driving class required
  • Personal, professional, educational, volunteer, and non-traditional experiences are all relevant. We intend to evaluate each candidate’s transferrable skills to determine if a candidate is qualified for a position.
  • Knowledge of and/or previous experience successfully engaging youth involved in violence, street gangs, and the juvenile justice system.
  • Experience serving diverse communities (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to visit sites and community organizations.



  • BA degree or higher in psychology, social services or related field
  • Life experience with poverty, child welfare, homelessness, behavioral health, or youth violence and a desire to use that experience to improve the lives of others.
  • Fluent in language(s) other than English


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 recruiting@seattleymca.org or the HR department at 206.382.5082.”



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


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