YMCA of Greater Seattle

  • Peer Support Specialist I, CCORS Parent Partner

    Job Locations US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/27/2018 1:50 PM)
    Regular Full-Time
    # of Openings
    Accelerator YMCA - 2100 Building
    Family Services & Mental Health
    2100 24th Ave S
  • Overview

    Are you a parent or guardian who has parented a child with developmental disabilities? Have you experienced how hard systems can be to navigate but were able to find your way through to the other side? If so, we are looking for you to join the Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS) team! CCORS Parent Partners are parents/guardians who have first-hand experience with a variety of systems including but not limited to: Developmental Disabilities Administration, Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, School (IEP/504 accommodations), getting your child evaluated for Autism Spectrum Disorder, etc.  Through your experiences were you able to learn to effectively advocate for your child and would you like to support other parents in learning how to successfully get the services you need.


    This is a great opportunity to be a part of a dynamic team involved in providing inclusive, safe and caring support to Parents and families that are in crisis. Parent Partners have the opportunity to use their personal story to mentor other parents. This work helps parents and children find healthy ways to communicate and interact which are the essential building blocks for strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.




    CCORS Parent Partners provide culturally competent, strength-based peer support to parents of children in crisis. Our parent partners utilize their own experience of having parented a child in similar situations, to validate and instill hope in parents who are currently struggling.  Parent partners maintain a positive attitude while providing skills coaching to parents in order to help them learn to effectively de-escalate crisis and increase in-home stabilization.  They identify parenting resources and supports and help teach parents advocacy skills to effectively navigate systems and incorporate Positive Behavioral Support techniques into the home environment.  The Parent Partner is an integral part of a team that serves the family as a whole. The ideal candidate can collaborate effectively with co-workers, supervisors and outside professionals to support the family, while maintaining a flexible schedule to support families.  


    • OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY: The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We strive to achieve equal access, identify and resolve inequities and remove institutional barriers that limit the ability of all people to develop their full potential. The YMCA of Greater Seattle is committed to ensuring equity and justice.
    • We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, education, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.


    1. Ability to work creatively, quickly and collaboratively in a team environment to meet the needs of families in crisis.
    2. Provides culturally competent, evidence and strength-based peer support and parenting skills coaching.
    3. Support and help families have a voice by working with families to build their own "Child & Family Team"
    4. Acts as a mentor for parents to utilize effective behavior management strategies.
    5. Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in Developmental Disabilities, crisis and Parenting Strategies
    6. Knowledge of a variety of systems within King County strongly desired: especially related to Developmental Disabilities Administration


    1. Personal experience as a parent who has sought and received assistance from community mental health and/or school systems for their own child or youth who experienced emotional and/or behavioral problems.
    2. Trained in and familiar with recovery model to assist families and youth focus on strengths, gain client voice and partner with their clinical teams.
    3. Experience serving families of children and youth with emotional or behavioral problems, developmental delays, substance abuse history or other challenges.
    4. Demonstrated ability to engage families in a structured process to verbalize needs, develop individualized plans, facilitate recovery, and transition to reliance on natural supports.
    5. Knowledge of community services and resources including: parent support groups, mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, special education programs, etc.
    6. Experience with crisis de-escalation and crisis stabilization practices.
    7. WA State Peer Counselor Certification preferred and required within one year of employment.
    8. Ability to work flexible hours as needed, including evenings and weekends.
    9. Ability to transport self and youth in a safe and effective manner, and to meet youth and families at their home or in the community. (Proof of adequate vehicle insurance coverage is required.)
    10. Knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations and ability to speak another language in addition to English strongly preferred.
    11. Current State-approved first aid certification, state-approved CPR certification, BBP (HIV/AIDS) training certification.*
    12. TB test by the Mantoux method. **
    13. Washington State Agency Affiliated Counseling Credential. ***

    *       Within 30 days of employment or first available training.

    **     Within 30 days of employment.


    Competencies for success at the Y:

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

    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.


    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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