Youth Life Coach
Part-Time, Regular Status, FLSA Nonexempt
Location(s): Renton, WA
$21.44 - $27.14 hourly (Grade 6)
Dependent on education and years of experience

Childhaven is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are upholding this by recruiting candidates of every race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and all other historically marginalized and excluded communities other protected status as provided by law.  Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are highly encouraged to apply!

We are proud to be a values-driven organization that serves families from diverse communities. Our values guide us in the way we treat each other, the decisions we make, and the success we achieve. The following are the values guide our work:

  • TEAMWORK:   Relationships come first.
  • EQUITY:           There’s infinite value in every human.
  • EXCELLENCE:   Constructively dissatisfied with the status quo.
  • DEDICATION:   Do more. Do better.
  • RESPECT:         Meet people where they are.
  • REFLECTION:   Feelings Matter. Stepping back and exploring possibilities.

Childhaven is a leader in serving children, families, and communities that have experienced trauma and adversity. We are building a continuum of care model that is growing to respond to the changing needs of families by combining our legacy of healing-centered care, with the expertise of community partners. Going forward, we are embarking on a new and ambitious strategic impact plan to further strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation.

You are a passionate and dedicated individual who shares our vision: To help ensure that all children are safe and healthy; thriving physically, socially emotionally and educationally; and well nurtured by family and by their community.  You too are constructively dissatisfied with the status quo. You are equal parts learner, leader and mentor and see around the corners of a challenge, replaying the question of “What if…” with a reply of “Why not…” If this sounds like you, then we want to meet, get to know you, and talk more about the positive impact we could have together.

Childhaven is seeking a dynamic Youth Life Coach (YLC) to work with our RAYS Up program to support us in achieving our mission, vision, goals, and values. This is a hands-on role that needs an individual who has overcome their own life challenges and is excited to share their own resilience story with youth that may find themselves in similar situations.  

Above all, the selected candidate will bring enthusiasm for helping us build and support a passionate and positive impact in the lives of children, families, and communities. This position is located within the Greater Renton Area and primarily serves students (ages 11-21) within the Renton School District.

Located in Renton, WA, this role reports to the Clinical Director.

Youth Support Services

  • Provide individual coaching to at-risk youth 2-4 times per month, covering topics such as identifying strengths and interests, identifying barriers to success, focusing on educational aspects (such as high school completion, postsecondary exposure, academic progress, and school-based support), and setting SMART goals.
  • Conduct social skills groups (up to 10 youth) and school- and community-based settings.
  • Plan and execute 6-8 out-of-school activities during the academic school year, and a five-week summer program, maintaining a safe environment for youth, staff, and volunteers at all times.
  • Provide case management services, including referrals to counseling, basic needs services, and other supportive programs to assist youth and their families in developing stability and self-sufficiency.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with families, schools, and/or community contacts to effectively monitor participant’s progress and advocate for participant’s needs.
  • Serve as task supervisor for student interns (as needed), including modeling, training, assigning projects, monitoring workload, answering questions, and evaluating the intern’s performance in an effective and timely manner.

Administrative Duties

  • Microsoft Work, Outlook, and Office Proficiency.
  • Maintain client records in accordance with agency policy and program contracts utilizing an Electronic Health Record (EHR).
  • Annual self-assessment and consult with team in setting goals for program improvement. Consult on program design and curriculum revision when needed to reflect current youth culture and emerging community issues.
  • Collect data as needed to track program outcomes and complete reports to Clinical Director, Administrative Support, and outside organizations in a timely manner.

Other duties as assigned.

  • Participate in professional development opportunities regarding antiracism, oppression, and cultural humility/curiosity, and regularly assess own performance and program for related improvements.
  • Participate in ongoing job-related professional development, in-service trainings, and continuing education.
  • Assist with internal Childhaven staff training opportunities as available.
  • Comply with all Childhaven policies and procedures, including those regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse.
  • Participate in regular administrative, clinical, and reflective supervision with designated supervisor.
  • Participate in schedule team and administrative meetings.
  • Contribute to federal, state, and local reporting requirements and reporting of child abuse.


  • High school diploma/GED
  • At least 2 years of experience in youth development work.
  • Commitment to racial, social, and economic justice including antiracism work.
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and auto liability insurance (travelling offsite for the job may be necessary).
  • Demonstrated success in working with youth individually and in group settings.
  • Willing and able to self-identify as a person who has lived experience, i.e., has experiences within marginalized/underserved areas, has maneuvered through the public education system, has interacted with the juvenile justice system, or has experience with mental health services.

We are dedicated to recruiting candidates who reflect the diversity and lived experiences of the communities we serve. Multilingual and multicultural candidates are encouraged to apply! In addition to position specific qualifications, preferable skills include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in human services, social work, education, or closely related field.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish highly desired.
  • Bilingual/Bicultural strongly preferred.
  • Young adults ages 21-30 with lived experience receiving services as a youth in complex, child serving systems (juvenile justice, behavioral health, child welfare, K-12 education) and is prepared to use that experience in helping others.
  • WA State Peer Counselor Certification, or ability to secure one within one (1) year of employment.

Childhaven has committed to equitable compensation practices, including pre-determining what roles require and the qualities needed from the individual that will fill the role. To achieve this, Childhaven uses a grade and step approach to determine the compensation of each team member.

We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity, Excellence, Dedication, Respect, and Reflection. Here’s a bit of what we offer our staff:

  • We believe in a fully transparent hiring process.
  • We offer a comprehensive Benefits Package including Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account (FSA), healthcare reimbursement account, and 403(b) savings program. A full listing of benefits is available.
  • Opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and educational topics, advocacy, and more.
  • We’re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that’s relevant to them. As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and our antiracism council, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.

Childhaven values organizational culture and professional development. Team members at Childhaven have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through the following:

  • Trainings
  • Project work groups
  • Clinical and/or reflective supervision
  • Community advocacy and engagement
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Council (DIREC)


Please apply through our website. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application or selection process, please let us know.

This position will be open until filled; applicants are encouraged to apply. In addition to completing the application online, please attach a resume and cover letter when prompted.

Childhaven would like to get an accurate understanding of each applicant’s experience and interest.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.