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Femme2STEM Youth Navigator
Job Code:21-10048
Reports to:Femme2STEM Program Manager
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:Greenbridge Career Center
Location:9720 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
  
Summary:

Femme2STEM is a new phase of the YWCA’s long-standing GirlsFirst program and has been redesigned as a career-connected, STEM-focused, work-based learning program. Femme2STEM engages female-identified BIPOC participants age 17 – 24 with a demonstrated desire to pursue STEM careers and limited opportunity to do so due to institutional barriers and historic exclusion of BIPOC women from these industries. Femme2STEM offers STEM career exploration, paid project-based internships in STEM disciplines, and college and career navigation and coaching support. The goal of Femme2STEM is to provide culturally relevant, racial equity-informed career and college navigation assistance to help participants overcome racial, gender, and economic barriers to obtaining in-demand vocational training and unsubsidized employment in STEM fields. The Youth Navigator will be responsible for providing the direct service component of the program including recruitment and assessment, group instruction, career and college navigation, worksite and internship support, job placement and college persistence support. The Youth Navigator will also provide academic counseling, college and course selection assistance, mentorship connections, and key wraparound supports

This position will also craft program activities designed to help women of color overcome institutional barriers, stigma, and race-based inequities and will work closely with other YWCA teams, educational partners, WorkSource sites, STEM employers, mission-aligned youth development partners, and program funders including the City of Seattle. 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.

Note: This position is currently a hybrid position, with a certain percentage of time spent working remotely and a certain percentage of time spent working out of the YWCA’s Greenbridge Learning Center and Alvirita Little sites in Seattle as well as other King County locations. This position is 40 hours/week and generally works a standard daily 8-hour shift, however a certain amount of workplace flexibility will be provided depending on work performance.

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.

Responsibilities:
  • Market program and recruit female-identified BIPOC youth (ages 17-24), with a focus on young African-American and Latinx women
  • Offer career discovery and exploration activities that promote authentic STEM engagement, including tours, site visits, and classroom- and online-based STEM activities
  • Engage learners of all backgrounds in STEM educational activities, utilizing innovative and interactive educational strategies and materials that illustrate how STEM disciplines can benefit communities of color
  • Work with youth to identify areas of passion, skill development, and career interests in order to create customized Individual Career and Educational Plans that will guide their efforts to obtain post-secondary education and employment
  • Organize tours and site visits to STEM companies, laboratories, science and research centers, aquariums, and museums
  • Provide STEM-focused college and career readiness curricula that promotes racial equity, personal discovery, positive identity development, leadership development, and racial/cultural pride
  • Teach relevant STEM workforce readiness skills including workshops on various career topics that highlight critical thinking, innovation, and digital literacy
  • Provide culturally relevant and racial equity-informed career and college navigation assistance, including college course selection, application assistance, financial planning and assistance, and persistence coaching.
  • Provide ongoing academic and social-emotional support in conjunction with the participant’s college or high school support team
  • Facilitate bi-weekly learning community meetings to keep participants engaged, providing a forum to learn, share, and build STEM confidence in a peer-supported cohort setting
  • Foster safe and nurturing spaces for participants to share support, challenges, strategies, and encouragement
  • Work with participants to address and counter race- and gender-based institutional barriers rooted in structural racism and historic exclusion of women of color from STEM disciplines
  • Assist participants to navigate racist and sexist workplaces and educational environments, overcome “imposter syndrome”, and access culturally and racially relevant self-care supports.
  • Assist participants in identifying a capstone project topic, completing their capstone project, and developing a capstone presentation.
  • Work with participants to develop impactful resumes and cover letters, effective job search techniques, and interviewing and networking skills
  • Connect participants to culturally relevant wraparound supports and resources (housing, mental health, domestic violence, etc.) and provide financial support services on an as-needed basis
  • Complete required program documentation, maintain participant files, update case notes and monitor participant progress towards career and educational goals
  • Communicate regularly with internship worksites to ensure participants are learning professional and technical skills and have enriching and satisfying workplace experiences
  • Work with participants to use their internship experience to develop marketable skills and to identify areas for growth and learning
  • Attend and participate in various youth development and partnership meetings (Port of Seattle, King County Reengagement System, youth-focused committees etc.)
  • Participate in YWCA Social Justice Accountability Team meetings, caucuses, social justice and racial equity trainings and workshops and work with program manager to craft Racial Equity Workplans
  • Work closely with Program Manager on planning and developing program curricula, organizing “Women in STEM” panels, arranging site visits and tours, and evaluating participant progress
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and that are embedded in institutions
  • Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity
  • Actively engage 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:
  • 3 years’ experience in youth career and educational development and/or youth case management
  • Knowledge of STEM and STEM-based educational curricula.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures, races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, and other backgrounds.
  • Experience providing career and college navigation assistance.
  • Experience providing individualized and culturally-relevant career development support to people who are furthest from opportunity
  • Understanding of issues related to racism, poverty, homelessness and the employment, housing, governmental, educational, and social service systems that serve or disserve low income people of color
  • Understanding of issues related to racism and sexism as they impact a student’s ability to complete their education, enter the STEM workforce, and pursue career advancement and wage progression
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to center participants furthest away from opportunities, such as but not limited to: BIPOC participants, including African American residents and other people of color
  • Knowledge of secondary and higher education systems, preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and to make sound judgments without on-site supervision
  • Good oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to respect and maintain participant confidentiality
  • 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
  •  Demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic computer competencies such as emailing, calendaring, entry-level data entry and familiarity with Microsoft Office products
  • Familiarity with Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook and database
  • Candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites
  • Core competencies required: Adaptability; Analytical Thinking; Attention to Detail; Collaboration; Discernment/Judgement; Fostering Diversity; Initiative; Innovation; Interpersonal Skills; Problem Solving; Relationship Building; Reliability; 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
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community
  •  Frequently stands, walks, sits, and climbs in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 5 lbs. of paperwork, files, and training materials, occasionally up to 40 lbs.
  • Frequently to occasionally performs close work while updating files, reading program information, and using computer
  • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls in obtaining files in drawers
  • Occasionally stands for long periods of time while conducting training programs or attending job fairs
* Continuously = over 80% time, Frequently = 20-80% time, and Occasionally = under 20% time

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $23/hr
• Regular full time, Hours per Week: 40
• Fair Labor Standards Act (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.
• Grant-funded position reviewed regularly for funding availability.