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Youth Education Specialist

Youth & Parenting – Olympia, Washington
Department Youth & Parenting
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $17.67 to 19.31 per hour

SafePlace, Thurston County's designated sexual and domestic violence services agency, has an opening for a full-time Youth Education Specialist.

We are an accredited and nationally recognized feminist organization that is committed to anti-oppression efforts as the foundation for management and services. As an agency, we are dedicated to progressive social justice service and prevention strategies. More about SafePlace can be found at

The Youth Education Specialist will develop, provide and maintain outreach and education to youth; support the successful facilitation of SafePlace Peer Education, Action and Knowledge (SPEAK) program; provide the agency culturally relevant youth services, and serve as a subject matter expert on trends and patterns in youth support needs related to our work; schedule and provide community education in local and rural high schools; provide and maintain training on youth sexual assault and teen dating violence issues; and provide general administrative duties, as needed, to complete the essential functions of this job.


The Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this position include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develop, provide and maintain outreach to youth.
  • Facilitate SPEAK group to provide peer education to Thurston County youth and advise the agency on providing culturally relevant youth services.
  • Provide and maintain training on youth sexual assault issues.
  • Complete input to performance appraisals and submit to the Youth and Parenting Program Manager, when requested.
  • Work with the Youth and Parenting Program Manager to identify potential changes to current operational systems when needed.
  • Participate in SafePlace on-call rotation.
  • Participate in All-Staff meetings, the Annual Meeting and other meetings, as required.
  • Perform duties as described in a culturally responsive manner.


  • One year experience (or 1,560 hours minimum) working with youth in peer education, sexual assault and domestic violence, or similar field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to maintain clear boundaries with youth.
  • Demonstrated understanding of social justice and anti-oppression.
  • Previous experience working with community stakeholders providing services to youth.
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Experience providing services in a culturally relevant manner in the performance of duties.
  • Experience with basic computer skills, including word processing and knowledge of Internet and e-mail.
  • Experience in prioritization and problem solving.
  • Experience with effective communication, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize effectively.
  • Ability to handle detailed work accurately and to handle multiple tasks efficiently.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to handle stress effectively.
  • Have a car, current automobile liability insurance and telephone.
  • Commitment to the need for client and agency confidentiality.
  • Agreement with the SafePlace philosophy statement.


  • Experience providing professional presentations.
  • Two years experience providing crisis intervention and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Bilingual/bi-cultural in Spanish or Asian languages and English.
  • Knowledge of Access, Excel and Outlook.
  • Completion of the initial SafePlace Advocate Core Training (ACT).
  • CPR/first aid training certification.

Job Description

Please note:  Please include three professional references in your application.  One of your references must be a current or past supervisor from within the last five years.

Deadline:  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 28, 2019. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

SafePlace employment is conditioned upon agreement with SafePlace's Philosophy Statement and passing a Washington State Patrol criminal background check. Please complete the Criminal History Questionnaire, Criminal Background Check Disclosure and Identifying Information for Criminal Background Check forms below and bring with you if invited to interview. Criminal background checks will only be run if you are to be offered employment.

SafePlace Philosophy Statement

Criminal History Questionnaire

Criminal Background Check Disclosure

Identifying Information for Criminal Background Check


SafePlace is an equal opportunity employer.  Our agency is committed to a culturally and ethnically diverse workplace.

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  • Location
    Olympia, Washington
  • Department
    Youth & Parenting
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $17.67 to 19.31 per hour
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