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Position Information

Job Title:
Mental Health Counselor
Heatherwood Early Child Center
Child Care
$25.36-$28.14 per hour/DOE
Days & Hours:
Monday-Friday, up to 40 hours per week
Education & Experience

Provide for youth success by supporting YMCA Early Childhood Education (ECE) participants in maximizing their potential, to provide behavioral, educational, and social emotional counseling to individuals and small groups, and to assist youth in understanding and seeking solutions to social, emotional, or academic issues; serve as a resource for staff and families.

• B.A. or B.S. in social work, education, psychology, or related field services preferred
• MSW or MA/MS in social services desired
• Experience assisting students and families with mental health and social programs
• Experience and/or training with cultural and learning diversity
• The ability to speak and write Spanish is highly desirable

Why the Y?

Our staff members are individuals who work hard, serve others, and care deeply about the community. We make a difference. Our work environments are diverse and full of opportunities to impact others. If this is your calling, join us – we could use someone like you!

Required Skills

• Assist students in effectively analyzing and developing alternative solutions to behavioral, educational, social, and emotional concern
• Effectively help with site personnel, parents, social and youth service agencies in resolving student concerns
• Demonstrate exceptional interpersonal communication skills in a variety of situations and with a variety of audiences
• Understand and carry out oral and written directions with minimal accountability controls
• Inspire confidence and trust in others
• Provide conflict resolution and mediation support


• Conduct small group or individual counseling activities related to behavioral, personal, and social and emotional issues
• Assists in handling participant behavior management problems and in resolving concerns and personal issues. Follows up with staff to provide preventative measures.
• Coach staff in preventative behavior management and healthy response to escalated behavior issues
• Provides classroom/learning center guidance
• Counsels individual participants and staff as time permits in the solution of personal problems
• Provides short term participant crisis intervention and follow up consultation with parents

• Best practice in area of counseling/guidance programs and strategies that are developmentally appropriate, evidenced base, and support the overall comprehensive counseling model
• Principles, methods, techniques, strategies, and trends in educational, vocational, social, and emotional counseling
• Social service and youth service agencies in the local area
• Social, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of students
• Legal, moral, and ethical responsibilities of a counselor
• Principles, goals and objectives of youth serving organizations

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Y Culture:
• Build relationships with a diverse membership base in culturally responsive ways, connect members with one another and to the YMCA
• Exhibit Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
• Complete required training and certifications within established guidelines

Embrace Team Leader Core Competencies:
Mission Advancement:
• Models and teaches the Y’s values
• Ensures a high level of service with a commitment to improving lives
• Provides volunteers with orientation, training, development, and recognition
• Cultivates relationships to support fundraising
• Champions inclusion activities, strategies, and initiatives
• Builds relationships to create small communities
• Empathetically listens and communicates for understanding when negotiating and dealing with conflict
• Effectively tailors communications to the appropriate audience
• Provides staff with feedback, coaching, guidance and support
Operational Effectiveness:
• Provides others with frameworks for making decisions
• Conducts prototypes to support the launching of programs and activities
• Develops plans and manages best practices through engagement of team
• Effectively creates and manages budgets
• Holds staff accountable for high-quality results using a formal process to measure progress
Personal Growth:
• Shares new insights
• Facilitates change; models adaptability and an awareness of the impact of change
• Utilizes non-threatening methods to address sensitive issues and inappropriate behavior or performance
• Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Benefits of working for the Y

Our benefits are AMAZING!
• FREE YMCA family membership for all staff
• FREE training offered for all positions & get paid while you train for your job!
• Cheery, dynamic cause-driven work environment, like no other!
• Flexible work schedules and a family-friendly environment.

Our Commitment to Inclusion:
The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life, working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—they guide everything we do.

We look forward to having you on our YMCA team!
*The YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer that celebrates diversity at all levels of our organization!


Jenny Grandemange
425 379 9400

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