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Youth Advocate
Job Code:21-10021
Reports to:Program Manager
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:Willows
Location:3800 S Myrtle St., Seattle, WA 98118

The Youth Advocate implements after-school/summer programming that emphasizes social-emotional learning, academic achievement, healthy lifestyles, cultural pride, and positive youth development. The position promotes safe, culturally-appropriate environments for children and youth in which needs are met and learning is encouraged. This position may collaborate with fellow YWCA staff, parents, volunteers, and other community partners.

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 principles 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. 

  • Lead after-school/summer programming and student stability targeted towards Black/African American children and youth ages 6-12 years old.
  •  Serve as a positive role model and mentor to students.
  •  Create and facilitate on-site children and youth programming. Create daily and weekly schedules and activities that promote social-emotional learning, academic achievement, self-confidence, and positive racial and gender identity development. Promote programming, assist families with registration, and maintain files (e.g. attendance records, registration packets).
    • Daily after-school programming
    • Camps during out of school time
    • Weekly Play & Learn
  • Conduct school visits, as appropriate, to connect with students and staff in support of student achievement and social-emotional growth
  • Participate in monthly pancake breakfast to connect with caregivers and youth; assist with activity facilitation for youth
  • Meet with parents/caregivers three times per year to discuss child development and caregivers’ goals for their children; connect with resources and provide resource referrals as appropriate
  • Meet with parents/caregivers during Willows intake process to share program information
  • Recruit, train, supervise, and manage volunteers to support children and youth programming
  • Attend meetings and maintain communication with the Willows and the Children & Youth teams about children and programming
  • Participate in networking and professional development opportunities related to children and youth services (e.g. SOWA, Child Care Resources)
  • Purchase program supplies and manage Willows youth program budgets
  • Cook and serve daily dinners to children, in accordance to USDA standards
  • Participate in Youth Program Quality Assessments and continuous improvement cycles
  • Engage in the YWCA’s racial equity initiative and its associated continuous improvement cycle (i.e. Racial Equity Toolkit goal setting and implementation)
  • Complete and submit monthly reporting (e.g. USDA meal count; C&Y tracker)
  • Ensure child safety and wellbeing; manage student behavior and promote positive student interactions through a trauma-informed lens
  • Ensure children activities teach respect for cultural diversity.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and incorporate approaches to fully include children from many ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as children with special needs.
  • Use materials that demonstrate acceptance of all races, ethnicities, genders, cultures, families, languages, sexual orientations, natural origins, and physical and developmental abilities.
  • 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:
  • Experience working with children and youth in group settings
  • Experience working with children and families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and with children who have experienced trauma
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and to the needs of families from diverse economic backgrounds
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team and to make sound judgments without on-site supervision
  • Adherence to our attendance policy and punctuality is an essential part of the job
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist principles
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  •  Demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic computer competencies such as emailing, calendaring, entry-level data entry and familiarity with Microsoft Office products
  • Core competencies expected: Collaboration, Discernment/Judgment, Fostering Diversity, Planning and Organizing, Problem Solving, 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 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 
  • Constantly exchanges information through listening and talking with children, youth, families, agency staff, and other community partners.
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits, and climbs in performing duties in the workspace and interacting with the children.
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 10 lbs. of program materials, occasionally up to 40 lbs. when lifting children.
  • Frequently kneels, bends, pushes and pulls while engaging in activities with the children.
  • Frequently stands for long periods of time while conducting classes and/or programs.
  • Occasionally climbs stairs of multi-level apartment complexes.
  • Occasionally spends time outdoors.
  • Occasionally reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, and other programmatic equipment.

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

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $17.99/hr
• Hours per week: Regular Full-Time, 40 hours per week
• 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.
*Updated 10/27/2021