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 GirlsFirst STEAM Coordinator - Arts/Writing/Social Emotional #17-0607

REPORTS TO: GirlsFirst Manager II

LOCATION:  Alvirita Little Center, Central Seattle

DESCRIPTION: YWCA’S GirlsFirst program is designed to support young women of color as they transition from Middle School to High School.  Components of the program emphasize STEAM Education, Leadership Development, Social Emotional Growth, and Community Engagement.  The GirlsFirst program accomplishes this in a variety of ways, including bridging the STEAM divide for female identified youth of color via experiential, visual and verbal learning, discussions and advocacy around race and social justice through a STEAM lens, multicultural and multiracial social and emotional development through a STEAM lens, culturally competent art and fitness through a STEAM lens, and career preparation through a STEAM lens.  

This program will be supported by three STEAM Coordinators: STEAM Coordinator – Arts/Writing/Social Emotional, STEAM Coordinator – Science and STEAM Coordinator – Math/Engineering, all of these positions have a specific focus (as is noted in their titles), and will work in collaboration with one another to provide a quality experience for the program’s participants.  In addition to general program support and participant recruitment, the position will use experiential, visual and verbal learning to increase communication, fine arts, and writing knowledge in high school and collegiate level academics through a STEAM lens.

This position will both design and teach curriculum to the female identified youth in the GirlsFirst program and facilitate an environment that promotes an equitable voice for them as they engage in their high school experience.
This position has a social justice STEAM component that will require critical thinking around how external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersects with poverty. Championing anti-racism policy are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color and/or LGBTQ candidates to apply.


  • Create a teaching curriculum around the following
    • An understanding of what social and emotional skills in STEAM look like through a multiracial and multicultural lens
    • An understanding of institutional and structural racism within STEAM systems and how to have conversations on the effects of internalized oppressions in those systems
    • An understanding of how a youth will use communication skills, writing skills and art skills to share their STEAM knowledge in the school and work environment
  • Document curriculum in Lesson Plan format and store lessons plans on SharePoint site
  • Assures program applicants and selected participants meet targeted populations (Girls of Color) that are generally economically deprived of opportunities, in the STEAM fields. All youth within the program must reflect population demographics of South Seattle Public School Youth
  • Teach 15-25 high school female identified youth of color an hour long class at four different schools during the school year between the hours of 1-4PM in a for credit STEAM Class
  • Teach female identified 8th-12th graders in after school STEAM Labs four days/week in the Central District at YWCA site from 4-6 pm with the other two Coordinators– focus on communication, arts, writing skills through a STEAM and racial equity lens
  • Support a case load of female identified youth of color and share your teaching support needs at required weekly staff meeting
  • Recruit 7th and 8th grade students from feeder schools and the greater Seattle area into the GirlsFirst Program through creating and maintaining relationship with teachers, school specialists and administrators, community centers and PTA’s
  • Engage in parent home visits during recruitment process to explain the program to parents
  • Run an all-day (8am-3pm) eight week summer camp for young women of color transitioning from 8th to 9th grade – focus on communication, arts, writing skills through a racially equitable STEAM lens
  • Coordinate and run Summer Internship Program. Coordinate all on-site STEAM job visits and resume writing to help prepare youth for summer STEAM internships. Work with youth to understand institutional and structural racism in STEAM workplace systems
  • Maintain Sparkle and Shine Closet, including donations needed for the closet
  • Maintain all files, sign in sheets, and other documentation for youth in accordance with all grant requirements
  • Transport youth in 15 passenger van to all activities and STEAM labs
  • Implement all work by incorporating the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in all institutions and systems
  • Shows demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures
  • Continues search for and adheres to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring. Works alongside volunteers, where applicable
  • Assures that volunteers are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background
  • Coordinate all holiday baskets (Thanksgiving; Christmas/Winter; Easter; Mother’s Day)
  • Other Duties as assigned


  • BA in English and/or Communication or related field, however a combination of experience and education can be substituted
  • STEAM knowledge is desirable
  • Ability to work flexible hours needed to implement program components
  • Experience working with communities of color
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Experience with curriculum development and lesson planning
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational and record keeping skills
  • Candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day. Must have automobile, valid Washington State Driver License and insurance and an acceptable driving record required
  • Ability to pass all van driving requirements for the YWCA. Upon hire, must present abstract with no more than 2 moving violations within a year period and no accidents within 3 years
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, be proactive, solve problems and take initiative as well as work in and add value to a team environment, pitching in as needed to "get the job done” 
  • Core Competencies Expected: Fostering Diversity, Social Justice Advocacy, Leadership Competencies, Setting Direction/Planning, Leading and Developing Others

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS POSITION: 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: 

  • Continuously uses speech and hearing abilities in exchanging information with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community
  • Frequently sits for extended periods while performing desktop activities
  • Frequently stands and walks in performing duties in the office or community
  • Repetitively uses hands and wrists, fingering, handling, grasping, and reaching in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently bends in obtaining files in drawers
  • Occasionally pushes and pulls up to ten pounds 

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


  • Salary DOE
  • This is a full-time, 40 hours/week position – schedule will vary depending on the needs of the program. Evenings and weekends will be required, along with some overnights in the summer
  • 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

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter to 

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled.