YMCA of Greater Seattle

Crisis Intervention Specialist I

Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/20/2023 1:26 PM)
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Social Impact Center YMCA - 2100 Building
Social Impact Center
2100 24th Ave S
Minimum compensation
USD $65,520.00/Yr.


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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 Crisis Intervention Specialist I Provides comprehensive, short-term crisis outreach services to young adults in King County experiencing a mental health or behavioral emergency. On an established rotation and as a part of a team, serves clients 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year in all parts of King County; Stabilizes the initial crisis, provides intensive support, and links the client to ongoing formal and informal support systems.


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

  • 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


Hiring Range: $65,520 - $72,072/yr


  1. Provides immediate, short term, acute crisis intervention services to young adults in King County to prevent loss of housing/shelter placement and psychiatric hospitalization. As part of a team, serve clients and partner agency staff 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year in all parts of King County.
  2. Provides services at housing and shelter sites, as well as other community locations. Meets with each young adult with appropriate urgency, intensity and frequency for the crisis situation - sometimes multiple times and hours per week.
  3. Provides short-term individual stabilization services and resource linkage, including risk assessments, safety planning, skills training, behavior management, de-escalation training and brief counseling.
  4. Develops and implements care plans and safety plans sensitive to the young adult’s cultural, social, and mental health needs.
  5. Assists young adults in articulating personal goals for recovery, setting action plans to reach their goals, and taking initial steps on their plans.
  6. Documents client strengths, problem areas, recovery goals, objectives, interventions, and progress using case management software and approved documentation formats within established timelines.
  7. Teaches young adults how to facilitate their own recovery, access community resources, and use effective problem-solving techniques.
  8. Helps young adults identify and engage natural and community support conducive to recovery.
  9. Helps young adults build their own care team for wraparound support. Attends treatment team meetings to promote client use of self-directed recovery tools using the principles and values of Wraparound.
  10. Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the mental health field through continuing education and reading relevant materials.
  11. Reports all critical incidents and adheres to YMCA program policies and procedures.
  12. As part of our unified Behavioral Health division approach, provides support as needed to the children’s crisis and outpatient teams.
  13. Participates actively in annual YMCA fundraising campaign by sharing the impact of YMCA programs and soliciting funds to support services to people in need.


  1. Master’s degree in social work, counseling, or related field. 
  2. One or more years post-graduate experience providing short-term mental health services to youth and families from a broad range of cultures and social needs.
  3. Registered counselor in Washington.
  4. Training and experience in individual, family, and group treatment modalities.
  5. Strong engagement and relationship-building skills.
  6. Ability to work in a team management approach.
  7. Strong organizational skills with an attention to details, timelines, and follow-through.
  8. Ability to meet with clients at home and in the community. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage is required, or ability to travel to areas without public transportation.
  9. Ability to maintain a flexible schedule and work evenings and weekends.
  10. 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 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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