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Creative Engagement Specialist

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YouthCare | Seattle, WA


Published 6 days ago

July 6, 2020
June 29, 2020
$16 - $17

APPLICATION PROCESS  -  Please submit a cover letter and resume for this position when applying.  

AT YOUTHCARE: We value hard work and dedication to helping young people experiencing homelessness move from survival mode into thriving and healthy young adulthood. We also value a sense of humor and respect of each other and the young people we serve. YouthCare serves young people of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious beliefs, and we seek a workforce that reflects that diversity.

ABOUT YOUTHCARE: YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 by providing a continuum of care that includes homelessness prevention, street outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Founded in 1974 as a three-bed emergency shelter program, our continuum now operates across nine locations and a variety of community-based partnerships. Several of our programs are national models, and we are a leader locally and across the country in serving young people experiencing homelessness and runaway young people, as well as young people who have experience d sexual exploitation.

ABOUT UDYC:  UDYC provides young people ages 13-22 who are experiencing homelessness, at risk, runaway, and/or street involved the opportunity, tools, and support in transitioning to improved living while creating a safe, nurturing environment that values and respects the cultural diversity of the young people we serve. A program of UDYC, the Drop-In Program is open Monday – Thursday afternoons and works with young people experiencing homelessness, supporting them to meet their basic needs and engage in case management services and other supportive services.

POSITION SUMMARY:  Under the Supervision of the Associate Director, the Creative Engagement Specialist works in conjunction with the Doorway Project at the University District Youth Center (UDYC) and Employment and Education Programs at YouthCare to provide creative-based education and opportunities including paid internships and apprenticeships to teens and young adults experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. This position is responsible for providing regular creative activities and opportunities including art workshops, classes, open studios, gallery exhibitions and events for UDYC clients. This position conducts community-based outreach to other service providers within the community as well as outreach to other art services, educational institutions and programs to ensure that young people are connected to the opportunities available to them. This position works in close collaboration with engagement services at UDYC and other YouthCare services including outreach, case management, education, employment, and transitional living programs.

As the Creative Engagement Specialist, this position is also responsible for data collection, reporting, and log keeping responsibilities as well as the facilitation and supervision of P.O.C. Street Arts—an art-based internship program at UDYC for youth of color experiencing barriers to employment.  



  • Engage young people in a variety of settings including UDYC, the streets, schools, and other areas where young people congregate.
  • Build trust and rapport with young people experiencing homelessness , young people who have experienced sexual exploitation and/or young people who are at risk.
  • Provide de-escalation, crisis intervention and basic emotional support to clients during workshops, open art studios, and internship sessions.
  • Conducts community-based outreach to ensure that young people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity are aware of art outlets and opportunities as well as other services that are available to them.
  • Collaborate with other University District Service Providers in outreaching to target population according to social justice model and Theory of Change
  • Acts as designated spokesperson/advocate for promoting the role of the arts in educating young people by creating partnerships within the community and community-at-large.
  • Develops and facilitates UDYC specific Art Programming and student exhibitions (e.g. apprentice/intern opportunities through internal and external programming).
  • Coordinates external instructors for a variety of art workshops, classes, events, etc.
  • Supervises up to six interns
  • Teaches art classes/workshops or other instructional responsibilities as needed.
  • Complete administrative tasks including fast cash handling, tracking, data reporting, logs, and outcomes.
  • Participate in regular supervision, clinical consultations, and weekly staff meetings.

This job description is not intended to cover every aspect of your job at YouthCare. We are a team that works together to meet the needs of our clients and every member of the team is expected to pitch in and help even beyond the specific responsibilities listed in this description.



  • High School Diploma or GED; and
  • Experience and credentials must comply with program contract requirements including but not limited to DSHS background check and must be at least 21 years of age.


  • Experience working with teens and young adults in crisis; or
  • Experience teaching social justice curriculum; or
  • BA degree in education, youth development, social work or 4 years related experience; or
  • Experience in community-based art center; or
  • Interested in learning harm reduction philosophies in regard to sexual activity, drug use, and other potentially risky behaviors; or
  • 1 or more years of teaching, tutoring or assistant teaching in either a traditional or non-traditional education setting; or
  • Experience developing arts programming and curriculum; or
  • Relevant experience or work with young people experiencing homelessness , sexually exploited young people, or high-risk young people populations.


  • Must be able to provide I-9 supporting documentation for employment.
  • Initiative, creativity, reliability, flexibility, thoroughness
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with good quality spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • High integrity when dealing with a broad array of cultures and restricted and/or confidential information.
  • A comprehensive understanding of homelessness and the barriers young people experience navigating services.
  • Ability to accurately maintain and produce files, records, logs and reports.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients while building trust and respect.
  • May be required to assume responsibilities or duties within the agency not specifically delineated in this job description for short periods of time or on an infrequent basis.
  • Commitment to YouthCare’s initiative to build cultural proficiency across the agency. Acceptance of a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, and cultural and spiritual practices.


  • Ability to perform range of physical motions, exerting up to 50 pounds. Lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds; standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, kneeling, squatting, and stooping; running for brief periods of time; and go up and down stairs. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: YouthCare is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law. People of Color and Members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS  -  Please submit a cover letter and resume for this position when applying.  

AT YOUTHCARE: We value hard work and dedication to helping young people experiencing homelessness move from survival mode into thriving and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • High School Diploma Required


BENEFITS: YouthCare provides a competitive benefits package to full time employees including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, short-term disability, life insurance, 401(k), vacation, paid holidays, and sick leave after successful completion of the 90-day Introductory Period.

BENEFITS: YouthCare provides a competitive benefits package to full time employees including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, short-term disability, life…


2500 Northeast 54th Street, Seattle, WA 98105

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