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Job Training/Life Skills Instructor
Job Code:21-10002
Reports to:WorkFirst Program Director
Position Status:Regular Part Time
Home Site:Opportunity Place
Location:2024 3rd Ave Seattle, WA 98121
YWCA's WorkFirst Employment Programs for TANF Parents offers a variety of transitional jobs programs that provide a bridge to unsubsidized employment for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants. This position is currently remote.

The Instructor’s main function is to teach the YWCA WorkFirst participants basic computer skills, financial literacy, life skills, and business etiquette. It is the Instructor’s responsibility to design and deliver classroom instruction in a small group as well as one on one. The instructor will also teach job-training workshops combining hard and soft skills, and facilitate ongoing job clubs. 


In accordance with COVID-19 safety practices, YWCA has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, and all new hires need to be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of employment.  YWCA considers a new hire “fully vaccinated” when at least two weeks have passed after the date the employee received:  

    • A second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or   
    • A single-dose vaccine, such as the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. 

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply. 

  • Assess, create and implement an individual learning plan for each student
  • Revise and update course content, student assignments and activities, when necessary and consistent with the master course outline
  • Participate in WorkFirst meetings to provide student observations of performance, curriculum and program reviews
  • Communicate effectively and work with Employment and Training Specialist and Program Director to promote the students’ successful participation, education and completion of the program
  • Assess students’ skills and instructional needs
  • Deliver instruction to groups and individuals
  • Monitor, evaluate and document student progress
  • Maintain attendance and progress records
  • Use provided curriculum materials to develop computer skills classes (basic computer skills and Microsoft Office applications) and job training classes, which are responsive to the needs of the customer base
  • Develop additional curriculum for teaching hard and soft skills (including understanding the job market, networking, interviewing, resume/cover letter writing, computer assisted job search, and job readiness skills)
  • Conduct outreach to WorkSource customers and the community and work with the Workfirst Programs Director to engage and retain their customers
  • Provide opportunities for students to practice their skills in a supervised setting
  • Prepare and submit required reports for program funding sources and other reports as requested
  • Coordinate service delivery with WorkSource and WorkFirst Program staff
  • Work to reduce employment and educational disparities based on race, gender and class
  • 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:
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office products required
  • Knowledge or ability to attain/teach financial literacy tools
  • Minimum one year of teaching experience
  • Knowledge of the TANF system
  • Commitment to diversity and ability to work well with diverse family styles and multi-ethnic populations
  • Certificate or degree in computer applications preferred
  • 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
  • Ability to travel between sites
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic computer competencies such as emailing, calendaring and entry-level data entry 
  • Core Competencies expected: Caring, Communication: Oral and Written, Fostering Diversity, Initiative, Collaboration, Planning and Organizing/Time Management, Interpersonal Skills, Negotiating, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Race and Social Justice Advocacy

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 of 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
  •  Continuously does indoor work including operating computer
  •  Frequently stands and walks while performing duties
  • Occasionally reaches outward, above shoulders, lifts/Carries 11-20 lbs., pushes/pulls 13 – 25 lbs., bends, and handles/fingers office equipment

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



Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $23/hr
• Hours per week: Regular Part-time 25hrs per week
• FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
• 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.

*Last updated on 10/20/2021