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Children's Advocate


REPORTS TO: Family Services Program Manager I

LOCATION: The Willows, 3800 South Myrtle Street, Seattle, Washington


The Children’s Advocate will act as a school liaison to ensure homeless school-aged children are enrolled in school and establish communication with school staff/teachers and family members to increase academic improvement and parent involvement. This staff person will also provide after-school activities for 3 hours per weekday for homeless children ages 6-12 years. 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.


  • Make sure the children’s room is set up and ready each day at 3:00pm
  • Make sure that snack is set out for the children’s to eat upon arrival to the After School Program.
  • Be attentive to the entire room of children so that you are aware of who needs help.
  • Actively assist all children with their academic and development needs.
  • Always model healthy, positive behavior for the children so that they can pick up and replicate those behaviors.
  • During the summer, be prepared to travel (by bus) throughout Seattle for field trips and enrichment activities. Being prepared to help facilitate and monitor all children during outings.
  • Help complete school visit in order to receive in-person updates on children’s academic development. Maintains accurate records including up-to-date client files and case notes and submits reports and program evaluations on time.
  • Help close down program each day (wash dishes, put up chairs, sanitize tables, turn lights out, etc)
  • Uses positive social skills through active listening and problem solving and ensures that children’s activities teach respect for cultural diversity  
  • Shows a demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Provides appropriate supervision of children and maintains and reinforces safety and health standards
  • Develops positive relationships with children, youth, parents and school staff
  • Provides oversight, coordination and direct support of volunteers and service learners of after school tutoring and homework assistance
  • Transports youth in program vans as needed
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions.
  • Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity.
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring.
  • Assure that clients, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.
  • Performs other duties as required and assigned


  • BA in early childhood education, social work or related field preferred


  • AA in early childhood education, social work or related field
  • At least 2 years’ experience working with children


  • Experience working with children in group settings
  • Experience working with children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds
  • 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
  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel programs
  • Successful candidate must be able to travel independently to multiple sites in a timely manner; must have own vehicle with insurance and valid WA State driver’s license required
  • Core competencies expected: collaboration, discernment/judgment, fostering diversity, planning and organizing, problem solving, and social justice advocacy.

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 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 workspace and interacting with the children 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. when lifting children
  • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls while engaging in activities with the children
  • Occasionally stands for long periods of time while conducting classes and/or programs 


  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • $16.35/hour
  • 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 send your resume and cover letter with the job title included in the subject line to:

CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled.

The YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer