Employment Navigator

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Employment Navigator will work with homeless and near homeless families and individuals to stabilize housing, obtain job readiness skills, connect to WorkSource resources, and obtain employment. This position will enroll clients into the YWCA’s Employment and Housing Stability (EHS) program, which is funded by the King County Veteran and Human Services levy. The Employment Navigator will conduct assessments, provide job training workshops, and assist clients with job retention, wage progression and money and time management skills. The Employment Navigator will maintain records of clients’ progress, complete reports on demographics and achievement of program outcomes and provide support services as needed. Additional services provided by the Employment Navigator will include working with employers to develop job opportunities, working with housing providers to coordinate services, working with WIA and other WorkSource staff at WorkSource offices to co-enroll clients, conducting a “Career Circle” job club, teaching employability workshops, and working with other service providers in King County.

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.

To view the full job description, or to apply, visit https://careers.ywcaworks.org/Careers/careers.aspx?rf=IDEALIST&req=18-03011


  • $18, per hour, DOE
  • Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt.
  • Pro-rated cafeteria benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, flex accounts and generous retirement, vacation.
  • Grant-funded position reviewed regularly for funding availability.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • 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
  • Knowledge of case management practices
  • Knowledge of King County labor market, vocational training programs, WorkSource system, and other local resources.
  • Understanding of issues related to poverty, homelessness and the governmental, educational, and social service systems that serve low income people
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • 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 social justice.  Ability to work to eliminate the effects of racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other oppressions and help our clients achieve equitable outcomes.
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty.
  • Oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Computer familiarity with Windows, Word, Excel, and Outlook, databases and ability to use online tools such as Microsoft Sharepoint and Survey Monkey
  • Candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day.
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • 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

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply