YMCA of Greater Seattle

Lead Behavior Specialist

1 week ago(1/8/2018 1:22 PM)
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
Family Services & Mental Health
2100 24th Ave S
USD $20.00/Hr.


Who are we?

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of men, women and children with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility.

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors throughout King and south Snohomish counties to help kids and families thrive – and apply their positive behaviors and goals at home, school, the workplace, and beyond.

  • 13 branches
  • 2 overnight camps
  • 10 swimming pools
  • More than 200 program sites

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.


If this sounds like an organization you'd like to work for, read on!


What you’ll be doing…

The Y is seeking a dedicated individual for the position of Lead Behavior Specialist. You will provide leadership and support to a team of Behavior Specialists, ensuring that clients and treatment teams have high quality, trained Behavior Specialist to support client success in home, school, and the community. You will work closely with treatment team members providing clinical support to youth and families within the program.  


Who are you?

If you're the right candidate for the job, you are passionate about serving the needs of the community. You pride yourself in your ability to build strong relationships and have proven experience leading and training others. You pride yourself in your ability to assist individuals develop connections for success in all areas of life.



  • Recruits, screens, and facilitates the orientation, training, and ongoing development of Behavior Specialists.
  • Provides day-to-day task supervision for the Behavior Specialists and interns.
  • Facilitates regular meetings with the Behavior Specialist team. Ensures teambuilding and positive, productive morale for the Behavior Specialist team.
  • Coordinates in-service training, ensures staff training needs are met, and ensures the Behavior Specialist team fully understands and implements the Permanency Program’s standards of care model in addition to their client’s individual service plan goals.
  • Ensures Behavior Specialists maintain an appropriate caseload size.
  • Maintains an abbreviated caseload and works therapeutically with clients and their caregivers on their individual service plan goals.
  • Develops & implements, and assists others in developing & implementing, age and developmentally appropriate skills-based interventions that are consistent with their assessed needs and individual service plan goals.
  • 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.
  • Clients are transported on-time and safely to/from all scheduled parent/sibling visitations, appointments and other activities.
  • Provides direct client support in emergent and crisis situations or as coverage for Behavior Specialists vacation, illness, and vacancies.
  • Reports all critical incidents in accordance with YMCA Incident Reporting Policy & Procedures.
  • Meets regularly and as assigned for clinical supervision and training.
  • May assist Program Manager and Director with program development activities.
  • Adheres to YMCA program rules and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.




You should have:

  • Minimum 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. (WAC388-147-1475, DSHS/DLR requirement). Bachelor’s degree in social work, social services, or a closely related field from an accredited school preferred.
  • High school diploma or high school equivalency course of study (GED/HSEC).
  • 1 year of experience working directly with children or 2 years of social services education.
  • Washington State Agency Affiliated Counselor Certification***
  • 1 year experience in supervision, coordination or leadership of a team, preferably in a social service organization.
  • Demonstrated 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.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion and equity.  We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace.




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