YMCA of Greater Seattle

Behavior Specialist

1 week ago(1/12/2018 12:00 PM)
# of Openings
Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
Family Services & Mental Health
2100 24th Ave S
USD $18.00/Hr.


You long for impact and purpose. We offer it daily. At our 14 branches, two overnight camps and more than 200 program sites, YMCA employees serve the people of King and south Snohomish Counties with programs and services tailored to fit the needs of those we reach. Three overarching goals drive our work: youth development, healthy lifestyles and social responsibility. We have an immediate job opening for a qualified candidate whose values align with our organization: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.



Provides support for children, youth and their families in the YMCA Family Services and Mental Health Program. The Behavior Specialist works closely with and assists the YMCA Foster Parents, Child & Family Therapists, Permanency Case Manager, supervisors and volunteers by providing transportation and supervision/monitoring of clients in community, recreational and parent/child visitation activities.



  • Supervises clients in parent/sibling visitation environment. Makes decisions to intervene in or terminate visit if necessary. Makes immediate oral reports of visitation and follows up with written reports.
  • Supervises clients in social and recreational experiences, and provides respite to foster parents. Makes immediate oral reports of visitation and follows up with written reports.
  • Works therapeutically with clients and their parents on prescribed treatment issues.
  • Clients are transported on-time and safely to/from all scheduled parent/sibling visitations, appointments and other activities.
  • Reports all critical incidents in accordance with YMCA Incident Reporting Policy & Procedures.
  • Meets monthly and as assigned for clinical supervision and training.
  • Adheres to YMCA program rules and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Cause Driven Leader Level: Leader


Strengthens the Y’s culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.

Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.

Develop Self and Others

Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.

Quality Results

Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.

Change Capacity

Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y’s mission.

Inspire Others
Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a
high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age OR may 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.
  • High school diploma or high school equivalency course of study (GED/HSEC) required.
  • Must have 1 year of experience working directly with children or 2 years of social services education.
  • Washington State Agency Affiliated Counselor Certification***
  • Have the skills and ability to work successfully and meet the special needs of children in child welfare care.
  • 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.
  • Intermediate proficiency with computers, basic Microsoft Office software and case management/client tracking software. 
  • Experience tracking and summarizing data into reports.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills with attention to details, timelines and follow-through.

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

  • 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 preferred.
  • 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 may be helpful.


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