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Employment Specialist


REPORTS TO: Program Manager, Economic Empowerment Department

LOCATION: Family Village Redmond, Bellevue College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology


The Basic Food Employment Training Program (BFET) Employment Specialist will work with low income food stamp recipients to transition off of food stamps by providing employment case management, job readiness skills, vocational training, and job placement. The Employment Specialist will conduct assessments, provide one-on-one job search assistance, make referrals, provide job training workshops, and assist clients with job retention, wage progression and money and time management skills. The Employment Specialist will maintain records of clients’ progress, complete reports on demographics and achievement of program outcomes and provide support services as needed. This position will work closely with Bellevue College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology (BFET partners, and providers of in-demand training in various sectors). The position will target residents of the cities of Bellevue and Kirkland, which funds half of this position. Additional services provided by the Employment Specialist will include working with employers to develop job opportunities, working with DSHS to coordinate services, assisting clients to improve their housing stability, and providing employment services to the general public at Family Village Redmond. Position will spend at least one day a week on campus at Bellevue College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

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.


  • Recruits, interviews, screens, determines eligibility for, enrolls and orients Basic Food recipients into program
  • Provides regular outreach to DSHS, college partners, other service providers in the community
  • Provides regular program orientations and employability workshops
  • Assess client’s job readiness, occupational training needs and need for additional community resources and helps develop clear and realistic employment and educational objectives
  • Works as a member of BFET, YWCA Economic Empowerment and Family Village Redmond partner teams
  • Provides clients with support services and/or makes referrals to other community agencies to resolve barriers to employment
  • Provides individual and group job search preparation and training to explore and develop the habits and attitudes needed to be successful in the workplace
  • Coaches clients in developing job skills, resumes, cover letters etc. and provides clients with job search information
  • Refers clients to appropriate occupational training programs and/or contracts for client training
  • Receives referrals from Bellevue College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology and works with students to successfully obtain academic credentials and transition to employment
  • Supports clients in maintaining employment following placement
  • Maintains accurate client files and enters client information into YWCA Client Track and e-JAS databases
  • Completes monthly and quarterly data and narrative reports on program performance
  • Will require occasional travel to multiple locations, including  YWCA locations in King County, WorkSource offices, college campuses, housing programs, employer locations, and job and resource fairs
  • 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. Recognize that solving racism is the root of how we understand and heal from these –isms.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social services, social work, education, or related field desired. An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered
  • One to two years of demonstrated experience required performing work related to client recruitment and enrollment, career assessment and planning, homeless and/or housing services, support services, occupational training, workplace readiness, job placement, records maintenance and outcomes reporting
  • Knowledge of strength-based, client-centered case management practices
  • Knowledge of social justice as it relates to the YWCA mission and populations we serve
  • Understanding of issues related to poverty, homelessness and the governmental, educational, and social service systems that serve low income people
  • Commitment to diversity and ability to work well with diverse family styles and multi-ethnic populations
  • Sensitivity to the needs of YWCA clients who are homeless, low income, limited English speaking, or impacted by domestic violence, substance abuse or other barriers to employment
  • Knowledge of King County labor market, vocational training programs, WorkSource system, and other local resources
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Computer familiarity with Windows, Word., Excel, and Outlook
  • Experience working with communities of color
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day
  • Core competencies expected: Achievement; Collaboration; Communication; Customer Service; Discernment/Judgment; Fostering Diversity; Initiative; Innovation; Interpersonal skills; Planning & Organizing; Problem Solving; Professionalism, Race & 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 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% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%


  • $17.50 to DOE per hour
  • Part Time, 20 hours per week
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (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.
  • Grant-funded position reviewed regularly for funding availability

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and cover letter along with the job title included in the subject line to Please include where you found this posting in your application (HR purposes only).

POSITION CLOSE DATE: This position will remain open until filled

YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer