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Camp Orkila Inclusion Specialist

Company: YMCA of Greater Seattle
Location: Eastsound
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


Our Commitment to Equity The Y actively promotes a culture free from bias and injustice. We are dedicated to removing institutional and systemic barriers that result in oppression and racism. We will be accountable to marginalized communities for creating equitable and sustainable environments where social justice is woven into every facet of our programs, and by caring for our communities in a culturally versatile and respectful manner.

Job Summary

Apply now to join the Orkila Staff Community as an Inclusion Specialist. This is a great opportunity to be part of a team committed to building safe and inclusive environments for young people. For more information about Camp Orkila and its programs, visit us at

More about the position:

Team Inclusion is responsible for supporting the Mental, Emotional and Social Health (MESH) needs both campers and staff, with the aim of helping everyone to feel safe, happy and comfortable at camp.

Inclusion Specialists are a presence in all areas of camp and will work with campers and staff of all ages, documenting incidents, communicating with parents and guardians and coaching staff to work with campers with additional needs. Inclusion Specialists perform other duties as assigned.

Team Inclusion consists of 3-4 Inclusion Specialists and is overseen by an Assistant Director. The team also receives clinical supervision from a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and WA State Supervisor. Supervision hours are available - please inquire about this during interview.

Significant work experience* or education in social work, mental health counseling or related fields is required. We acknowledge that not everyone has the opportunity to access formal education. Life experience is valued as much as educational background and lack of education should not be a barrier to joining our community.

To learn more about working with Camp Orkila and the Y, please visit us online at

The screening process of this job will begin on January 20th, 2021.


Supervises and assists with specific camper supervision. Ensures that all staff are accounting for campers and safety at all times, especially campers who need extra support. Works closely with unit directors, medical team staff, and cabin counselors providing resources, suggestions, and direct support for campers who need extra attention due to behavior, health (mental and physical), or life circumstance. Communicates directly with parents, guardians, or case workers pro- and re-actively to gain tips for working with specific campers and to give updates on the campers' experience. Documents and files reports of suspected child abuse and neglect to Child Protected Services as mandated. Assists as a member of the leadership team with plans, schedules, and facilitates program activities that are developmentally appropriate and which promote camper skill and character development. Organizes, leads, and assists with facilitation of all-camp special events. Responds to issues related to mental health, self-harm, suicide and abuse. Respond to immediate safety concerns, such as escalated situations, missing campers or run away campers. Provides extreme behavioral and homesickness support. Documentation of all cases dealt with: maintain several spreadsheets and documents to track trends in camp culture, behavior contracts issued, cases dealt with by InSpecs, talk box comments received, abuse suspicions reported, CPS reports filed. Maintains safety and cleanliness standards. Takes special note of individual camper/staff health needs or concerns on a daily basis. Shares cleaning duties with fellow staff. Maintains equipment in sound and safe order. May attend directors meeting and trainings. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies. May live in cabin with campers, and possibly move cabins as necessary to best meet camper and staffing needs. Masters education (or progress towards) in social work, therapy, counseling, mental health or equivalent STRONGLY encouraged.


20 years of age or older. Current state approved first aid certification. Current state approved CPR certification. High school graduate or equivalent. One or more years of college preferred. Other applicable education, training, and experience, which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position will be considered. Ability to participate in activities that involve rigorous physical activity in an outdoor setting, including, but not limited to hiking, boating, camping and swimming.

Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.

Competencies for success at the Y:

  • Values - Strengthens the Y's culture by demonstrating the values of the Y - honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility - in every aspect of work.
  • Inclusion - Models cultural competence and supports diversity, effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions.
  • Develop Self and Others - Demonstrates teamwork and personal accountability, seeking and providing feedback, coaching, and resources for development.
  • Quality Results - Takes the initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals relating to people (employees and members), philanthropy, finance and volunteerism.
  • Change Capacity - Facilitates change, seeks opportunities in the change process, models adaptability, and leads transition in support of the Y's mission.
  • Inspire Others - Promotes creativity, generates excitement, and rewards risk taking, while consistently demonstrating a high level of emotional maturity, maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships.

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility. We also believe in supporting the wellbeing of our employees and offer a free Y membership as a benefit of employment.

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities.

"YGS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.

We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on the results of a background check and (on applicable jobs) drug screening, including screening for marijuana. We participate in the Federal E-Verify system.

If you need assistance of any kind with the application process, reach out to or the HR department at 206.382.5082."


Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.


  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Passion for Excellence

Keywords: YMCA of Greater Seattle, Bellingham , Camp Orkila Inclusion Specialist, Other , Eastsound, Washington

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