YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Foster Home Licensor

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 1 month ago(6/6/2018 12:37 PM)
    Regular Full-Time
    # of Openings
    Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
    Family Services & Mental Health
    2100 24th Ave S
  • Overview

    Who are we?

    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.

    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 qualified and dedicated individual for the position of Foster Home Licensor. You will execute the recruitment, licensing and orientation of foster parents.  You will ensures all foster parents meet or exceed minimum licensing standards for foster care providers, and meet or exceed program standards of care, monitoring foster parents for ongoing compliance with licensing and program standards.


    Who are you?

    If you're the right candidate for the job, you are passionate about serving the needs of the community and the needs of foster youth and foster parents. You pride yourself in your ability to build strong relationships and are flexible in your communication style.



    • Licenses potential foster homes and relicenses currently contracted foster homes, including completion of home studies and all written reports.
    • Recruits foster parents through diverse advertising and community networking. Ensures prospective foster parents meet YMCA desire to provide inclusive, professional, collegial and effective programming. 
    • Creates, revises and distributes marketing materials for diverse foster home recruitment.
    • Assess and screen foster parent applicants through in-person interviews and home visits and facilitates group interviews.
    • Leads initial orientation of new foster parents during the licensing process.
    • Monitors foster homes and ensures that state and federal licensing requirements are met. Ensures foster parent files have current documentation.
    • Addresses areas of concern with foster parents and staff using a solution-focused approach to ensure cohesive, effective teaming. Is flexible in communication style to meet the diverse needs of the foster parents.
    • Promptly responds to all DSHS, CPS and DLR inquiries and investigations, ensuring proper investigative process, documentation and reporting.
    • Maintains knowledge of current licensing standards and consults with staff as needed. Completes annual health and safety outreach and review of each foster family.
    • Maintains knowledge of YMCA programs, policies, needs, and youth population served.
    • Participates in the YMCA Annual Campaign, raising money to help fund programs for youth and families in need.
    • Trained in and familiar with the recovery model to assist families focus on strengths, gain client voice and partner with the youth in their home and their clinical teams.
    • Leads monthly Foster Parent Business meetings and assists with monthly foster parent trainings.
    • May serve as the Y FSMH representative for the WACF and Child Placing Agency Committee.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    You should have:

    • Bachelor’s degree in social services or related field; or 4 years of relevant full-time experience serving children may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree with DLR administrative approval
    • Minimum of 21 years of age (WAC388-147-1475, DSHS/DLR requirement)
    • Knowledge of or willingness to learn relevant Washington Administrative Codes (WACs 388-148).
    • Ability to work in a team management approach.
    • Current state approved CPR, first aid certifications required within 30 days of hire.
    • Ability to visit current and prospective foster homes. (Proof of valid driver’s license and adequate vehicle insurance required.)



    • Two or more years’ experience in foster care field preferred. Experience in recruitment and licensing preferred.
    • Two or more years’ experience in marketing and/or community outreach 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 may be helpful.


    The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.




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