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Parent Ally Mentor - Homeward House
Job Code:19-10010
Reports to:Regional Director
Position Status:Regular Part Time
Home Site:Everett Regional Center
Location:3701 Broadway Everett WA 98201

The work of the Parent Ally Mentor is to support the work of the Parent For Parent program (P4P) at Homeward House by providing mentorship services to Homeward House Collaborative eligible participants referred by Providence Hospital (and other hospitals); to provide outreach, and lend support and encouragement to families entering the Dependency Court System; as well as supporting the Homeward House Coordinator and P4P Program Coordinator.

This position has a social justice component that will allow for critical thinking around how the external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Valuing diversity and championing anti-racism policy are core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply. Bilingual individuals are also encouraged to apply.


Intake and Needs Assessments

  • Identifies and provides outreach to parents at Providence Hospital and dependency court hearings, introducing self as Parent Ally Mentor and offering support
  • Offers encouragement and helpful suggestions to parents in preparation for the 72-hour Shelter Care Hearing
  • Attends Intake and Needs Assessment meetings as scheduled and completes intake package forms, including: Release of Information Form (ROI), Demographic Form and Program Agreement
  • Collects accurate contact and demographic information on all parents with whom outreach is made
  • Invites all parents with whom outreach is made to attend a Dependency 101 class
  • Provides parents with written materials about resources that can assist them in engaging in services at Homeward House
  • Is responsible for following up with parents who have completed the Intake prior to Shelter Care Hearing
  • Communicates with Homeward House Coordinator regarding possible barriers to the successful completion of job duties
  • Provides completed forms to Homeward House Coordinator
  • Reviews case with Homeward House Coordinator on an ongoing basis

Intensive Mentorship Services:

  • Provides ongoing individual mentorship to clients participating at Homeward House
  • Develops Plan of Action with participant and Homeward House Coordinator in collaboration with P4P Coordinator
  • Assists Homeward House Coordinator with the planning of activities and coverage of Parent Ally Mentor schedule as needed
  • Listens to parents' concerns and questions in high stress situations, and follows through on finding answers to parents' questions as needed
  • Offers encouragement and helpful suggestions to parents
  • Provides ongoing referrals and materials to parents that can assist them to prepare for their case
  • Ensure all forms, pre/post surveys, etc are completed and collected as required
  • Attends clients council meetings with Homeward house Coordinators and P4P Coordinator as needed
  • Completes online and in-person Mentorship training immediately after hiring

Other Responsibilities Include:

  •  Actively engages in agency-wide Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), and strives for racially equitable outcomes; takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming community by making room for people of color, trans and gender-non-conforming folks, and other populations who routinely encounter systemic oppressions
  •  Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring
  • Attend required safety trainings and meetings; follow all safety and health guidelines, standards, practices, policies and procedures; and actively participate in the agency’s Emergency Preparedness program and activities 
  • This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position, the level of knowledge and skills typically required and the general scope of responsibility. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities and should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals will perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Core Competencies:
  •  High school diploma or GED certificate


  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic computer competencies such as emailing, calendaring, entry-level data entry and familiarity with Microsoft Office products 
  • Have been involved in a dependency case due to drug addiction related issues (preferably Opioids)
  • Have been successfully reunified with their children and had their dependency case closed
  • Can clearly articulate how they have accepted responsibility for the issues which led to their family’s involvement in Dependency Court
  • Commitment to diversity required
  • Commitment to working with homeless families and veteran parents of the child welfare system required
  • Sensitivity to the needs of clients and staff from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds require
  • Knowledge of resources for low-income families in Snohomish County
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team required
  • Able and willing to provide parents newly involved in the dependency process with a positive and constructive perspective on how they too have the opportunity to succeed
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Core Competencies: Fostering Diversity, Race & Social Justice Advocacy, Customer Service, Collaboration, and Organizational Processes  

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In performing this position, the employee:

  • All positions at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish are exposed to clients who have experienced or are experiencing trauma in various forms including but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, unemployment, financial hardship, etc.  As a result, staff are at risk of secondary trauma. Employees are encouraged to seek external support and maintain self-care when working indirectly or directly with clients 
  • Must be able to stand or sit for extended period of time.
  • Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs.
  • Must have reliable transportation /working vehicle
  • WA driver’s License

*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $17.99
• Hours per week:25 hours per week, Part-Time
• Pay grade 16
• FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
• Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
• At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.