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Bilingual Prevention Specialist  

YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley

YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Full-Time (40 hours/week), Hourly, Non-Exempt.

Base Hourly Pay: $31.00; Bilingual: $0.50

Location: YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA 95112

Website: www.yourywca.org

Program/Department: School-Based Prevention & Outreach/Social Justice

Join a passionate, dynamic team dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

For over 100 years, YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley has provided programs and services that form a critical continuum of response, healing, and prevention. Our dedication to the people we serve is unparalleled. We have an exciting future, and the team to deliver on that lasting change for the people we serve. To encourage survivor self-determination, services are delivered through a strengths-based, non-judgmental, and trauma-informed lens that aligns with our mission. Be a key part of shaping this future as our new Bilingual Prevention Specialist in our Social Justice Department.

As an integral member of the Social Justice team, the Prevention Specialist delivers best-practice prevention education programming to children, teens, and adults as well as schools and professional organizations within the community. The Prevention Specialist educates the community on child abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence, healthy relationships, gender equity, the intersectionality of racial justice, and the tools available to individuals and/or communities to minimize the traumatic impact of these issues. The Prevention Specialist works to raise societal awareness about these issues and provide concrete tools for reducing the incidence of interpersonal violence and enhancement of protective factors. The position implements prevention strategies at individual, relationship, community, and societal levels and primarily functions within schools and/or classroom settings. The Prevention Specialist must ensure the team and department successfully reaches client service and business goals. This role is often the primary face of the YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley to the general public and therefore must not fail to demonstrate subject-matter knowledge, and professional maturity and personify the agency values in interactions with clients, community partners, and the general public.

We are seeking a compassionate, organized, and reliable individual with a high level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Essential to this role is a demonstrated ability to work with culturally and economically diverse individuals and families and the ability to work with those impacted by trauma; a demonstrated ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment and to respond appropriately to unexpected situations.

Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills to work independently and as part of a team. You must have experience working with youth and a strong commitment to social justice. Additionally, an ideal candidate will possess knowledge of and sensitivity to domestic violence and sexual assault issues, trauma, gender equity, and client-centered service provision.

Candidates’ key to success is the ability to be present in a changing work environment; the ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse team with flexibility, initiative, and a sense of humor; and the ability to prioritize effectively and model healthy boundaries with empathy and compassion. Candidates should be competent in using Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and have experience in confidential data management and record keeping.


  • Excellent interpersonal and group oral communication skills
  • Excellent formal and informal written communication skills
  • Ability to exhibit warmth, empathy and supportiveness to people, especially when they are experiencing a trauma response
  • Ability to work with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations
  • Experience in facilitating presentations, workshops, and educational activities
  • Experience working with youth within schools, childcare facilities, and/or classroom settings
  • Bilingual, bi-cultural, and bi-literate skills are required (Spanish strongly preferred).

The ideal candidate is a warm, self-starter deeply committed to providing services from a strengths-based, social justice and anti-oppression framework. Ability to exhibit warmth, empathy, and supportiveness to people, especially when they are experiencing a trauma response, and the ability to work with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations.

Work hours are primarily days. Schedule TBD. This position will report to YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley, 375 South Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112. Delivery of service may include overtime to accomplish the task at hand. Frequent local travel across Santa Clara County to provide services, facilitate workshops, and attend events as needed. This is an on-site job with the flexibility to telecommuting as determined by the supervisor. Offsite meetings, travel between regional offices, and conferences are required. This position does require the ability to work occasionally on evenings and weekends. Must have reliable internet when working remotely. Work includes lifting up to 30 pounds. Susceptible to compassion fatigue and/or vicarious trauma.

Required: Cleared background check (fingerprinting), valid TB test, valid 3+ years California driver’s license, and auto insurance. Must have completed or be willing to complete a 75-hour California State Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor certification. (Training will be provided). This position requires a Covid-19 vaccination due to the in-person interfacing required, and to promote the health and safety of others in the workplace and our community.


  • A competitive benefits plan: Employer-paid plans covering employee’s premiums for health, dental, vision, and life insurance, and EAP.
  • A high deductible medical plan available including employer contributions and optional employee contributions and a limited Flexible Spending Account available
  • 15 paid holidays are made available each year: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Women’s International Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, Veteran Day, Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • 20 days of annual accrued PTO to start as a full-time employee
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Talkspace for employees and their household members
  • Immediate Employee contributed 403b, and an Employer Contributed 401a Retirement Plan with optional employee contributions after eligibility is met
  • Parental leave with supplemental pay for eligible employees for up to eight weeks
  • Infertility benefits through Kaiser
  • Chiropractic, acupuncture, and herbal benefits
  • Annual Retention Bonus
  • Employee Discounts with TicketsatWork
  • Optional employee contributed pet insurance through United Pet Care
  • Free Access to the Calm App
  • With access through Kaiser for the Ginger App and Class Pass
  • Free Access to an employee financial wellness program called FinFit offered in partnership with Paychex

TO APPLY: Submit Resume & Cover Letter to hr@yourywca.org with “Bilingual Prevention Specialist” in subject line. Posting will continue until position is filled. The YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer.