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Youth & Young Adult Career Navigator #17-1101

REPORT TO: Program Director

LOCATION: Greenbridge 9720 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106and Seola Garden centers in White Center


The Youth Career Navigator is responsible to assist youth age 16 to 24 with Career and higher education counseling, connect them with Seattle. King County Employers, provide case management and assists Youth participant in developing Workplace readiness maturity, job search skills and interview tips, to obtain appropriate employment and educational skills.

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.


  • 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, residents, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.
  • Recruits, interviews, screens, determines eligibility, stabilizes, enrolls and orients program participants
  • Networks and maintains contact with representatives of other social service providers and community colleges to exchange referrals
  • Administers, scores and/or interprets skills and interest assessments for clients
  • Determines clients’ job readiness, training, placement and support services needs
  • Works with clients to develop career and employment objectives and individual development action plans
  • Refers clients to appropriate occupational training programs
  • Supports client who are enrolled in school to succeed and complete program
  • Provides individual and group job search preparation and training to clarify and develop the habits and attitudes needed to be successful in the workplace
  • Coaches clients in developing resumes, cover letters and other job search materials
  • Provides clients with appropriate employer referrals and job search information
  • Makes job placements
  • Maintains complete and accurate client files
  • Enters client information into the program data base on a regular basis
  • Meets deadlines for case notes, monthly reports and quarterly full data and narrative reporting
  • Initiates and develops relationships with local employers for the purpose of developing job opportunities and placing clients
  • Makes appropriate job placements, matching participant and employer needs and program requirements
  • Preferred Bilingual in  English/Vietnamese


To be employed in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.                



  • 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, support services, occupational training, workplace readiness, job placement, records maintenance and outcomes reporting
  • Additional experience in job and Work-site development, internship placement, and retention services


  • Knowledge of the local labor market and target client population(s)
  • Knowledge of career assessment methods
  • Knowledge of local occupational training program and resources


  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Experience working with communities of color
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • 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
  • Commitment to diversity and ability to work well with diverse family styles and multi-ethnic populations
  • Oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Creativity in problem-solving, decision making and negotiating solutions
  • Working independently and as a member of a team
  • Traveling between offices and working independently 
  • Prioritizing, and organizing workload and managing time to meet deadlines
  • Computer familiarity with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day
  • Core Competencies Expected: caring, professionalism, fostering diversity, race & social justice advocacy, interpersonal skills, initiative, collaboration, and problem solving

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 does indoor work including operating computer
  • Frequently stands and walks while performing duties
  • Occasionally reaches outward, above shoulders, lifts/carries 11 to 20lbs., pushes/pulls 13 to 25 lbs, bends and handles/fingers office equipment

* Continuously over 80% time, Frequently 20-80% time, and Occasionally under 20% time


  • $17.00 per hour
  • Full time, 40 hours per week
  • 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

TO APPLY:  Please submit your resume and cover letter including where you found this position to: with the job # 17-1101 in the subject line.                            

CLOSING DATE:  This position will remain open until filled

YWCA Seattle | King| Snohomish is an equal opportunity employer