Social Services Specialist - Yakima, WA

Employer: Yakima School District

Job Description:
About Treehouse: Join a team that is passionately committed to helping every child in foster care succeed in school and in life! Treehouse staff and volunteers improve educational outcomes for youth in foster care by providing direct service education support and access to essential needs that all kids equally deserve. We also work at the legislative level to help develop, lead, and pass landmark reforms to reduce the inequities in the system that limit our youth from achieving their full potential.

Treehouse is a well-loved, community-based agency uniquely committed to partnering with schools, government agencies, caregivers, social workers, and funders to change the trajectory of kids in foster care by helping them graduate high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for the future.

Treehouse values diversity and it is expressed in all aspects of our work, from the individuals and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees. We value the new possibilities that are created when diverse people, beliefs and perspectives are included in our work. We welcome alumni of care and encourage qualified individuals of every race, national origin, religion, age, disability or ability status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to apply.

The Position:
Treehouse currently has an opening for a Education Specialist on our Graduation Success Team. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position based in the Yakima School District.


Bi-lingual in Spanish, preferred but not required

Review educational history and systematically evaluate ongoing educational needs of each youth on your caseload through regular interaction with youth, caregiver, social worker, school staff and other service providers.

Monitor Attendance, Behavior and Course Performance (ABC) for risk factors and facilitate interventions to address risks as necessary. Coach/mentor youth on problem solving, self-advocacy, academic mindset, self-regulation, persistence, and positive behavior. Establish and monitor progress on Student Centered Plans for high school completion and the future.

Encourage each youth to be involved in appropriate school or community based activity. Refer youth for resources to support education, social/emotional development or other needs.

Provide advocacy around school enrollment and continuity, appropriate education services, and appropriate discipline.

Work closely with appropriate individuals/groups to help ensure each youth’s educational rights are upheld under federal and Washington State law.

Schedule and facilitate interagency meetings, negotiate services, facilitate transportation plans, assist with credit transfer or retrieval, negotiate disciplinary appeals, etc.

Manage effective relationships at assigned school buildings with school personnel.

Develop and support an appropriate team for every youth by building effective ongoing relationships with social workers, caregivers, school staff and other collaborators.

Maintain complete, accurate and updated case records for each youth in programs database via timely data entry.

Acquire consent forms, collect school records on schedule

Report on youth progress to supervisor and team on established schedule.

Provide monthly reports to social workers and caregivers.

Provide recommendations on success stories to represent organizational mission upon request.

Salary and Benefits: The starting salary/rate for this position is $20.50 per hour depending on experience. Treehouse provides a generous benefit package including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability and life insurance paid by the employer. Paid holidays, staff appreciation days and a generous Paid Time Off (PTO) plan are included. We offer a 403(b) plan with an employer match and dependent benefits are available. We also allow dogs at work and enjoy regular employee social events!

Applying for this position:
Submit cover letter and resume on our website at: Once on this page click on “Job Openings” to see a list of open positions.

If you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application system as a result of a disability, you may request an accommodation by contacting the Human Resource Department at

Contact Person:
Location: Yakima, WA
Application Method: Submit cover letter and resume on our website at: Once on this page click on “Job Openings” to see a list of open positions.
Base Pay: $20.50 HR DOQ

Posted on August 08, 2019
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