Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

YMCA of Greater Seattle / Young Adult Services’ Affordable Care Act Specialist (2014)


The YMCA of Greater Seattle is committed to building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body.  The Metrocenter Branch of the YMCA of Greater Seattle provides opportunities for young people to build healthier and brighter futures for themselves and their communities. We offer a wide range of innovative programs that engage a diverse population of youth in building self-confidence, addressing challenges, and developing leadership skills through community programs, family support and outdoor adventures.  Our Young Adult Services programs provide support to young people who are transitioning out of foster care, homeless or at-risk of homelessness with housing, education, employment and life skills.


Fellowship Position

The Affordable Care Act Specialist will assist with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as it pertains to programs within Young Adult Services.  Specifically, we are looking for someone to support our staff in ensuring that young people we work with are enrolling in health insurance options for which they are eligible.

The Fellow will help to ensure that staff have a basic understanding of the implications of the act and available options for clients that interface with Young Adult Services.  The Fellow will work with vulnerable young people and, in collaboration with other staff, strategize how to connect them to health insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act.

Specific functions include:

  • Attend community training(s) on the Affordable Care Act and how to enroll people in insurance programs
  • Bring relevant information back to Young Adult Services staff and disseminate information via email, mini-trainings, or brown-bag forums.
  • Over time, act as an in-house expert for the Affordable Care Act, researching questions as they arise
  • Work with vulnerable young people who access the YMCA Center for Young Adults to ensure that they are informed of and/or connected with health insurance options as appropriate
  • Assess long-term organizational needs related to ensuring on-going access to insurance for homeless/at-risk young adults and make recommendations about policies and/or procedures to put in place to ensure that work is sustainable beyond the term of the term of the fellowship.


A successful candidate should possess the following:

  • Ability to understand complex systems (with training and support)
  • Ability to communicate relevant information to staff via email and via public presentations
  • Ability to engage and build trusting relationships with vulnerable young adults
  • Ability to assess long-term needs and make recommendations and/or suggestions
  • Ability to pass a nationwide background check