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Every day is about making things better for kids in foster care, adoptees, and their families. Driven by our community, we work towards meaningful change — in our systems, in our culture, and within ourselves. Join us!

 

Building a place where we all thrive.

We have a vision to create a just and equitable world where all people grow and thrive. To bring this vision to life, we need creative, passionate people who reflect the diversity of our communities. At Amara, we work with children, adults, and families in our community impacted by foster care and adoption and seek innovative solutions to transforming the child welfare system, with a deep commitment to racial and social justice.

Together, we can create a more equitable and inclusive society—starting within our organization. We strongly encourage candidates who have personal experience with foster care and/or adoption as well as candidates from diverse backgrounds – including communities of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities – to apply and join us in our work.

Current Openings

Amara is committed to positive long-term outcomes for children and families. We drive systemic change, promote healing, and advance racial and LGBTQIA+ equity by offering programs and services to families engaged with foster care and to adoptees and families, post-adoption.

At Amara, we believe that a supportive, equitable and inclusive workplace, where everyone feels valued, trusted and nurtured, is key to shaping organizational culture and investing in underrepresented communities. Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strongly invite candidates from diverse backgrounds, including communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Amara has an opportunity for an Associate Director of Programs – Foster Care who brings a thoughtful, positive, and strategic perspective while ensuring the Foster Care Services (FCS) program is impactful, efficient, promotes healing, leads to systemic change, and works in concert with all of Amara’s service array. The ideal candidate is passionate about Amara’s mission, vision, and values. They will have strong interpersonal, clinical, and administrative skills, enjoy working to improve processes and have the ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders including foster families, DCYF colleagues, and Amara team members.

If you are energized by the Amara mission, and thrive on creating and following through on ambitious plans in service to improving children’s well-being, we would love to hear from you.

Responsibilities

The Associate Director of Programs – Foster Care reports to the Chief Program & Policy Officer and works closely with Amara’s Program leadership team while overseeing the Foster Care Services team. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Clinical Supervision and Management (50%)

  • Provide a warm, caring, and confident leadership style that supports a team providing direct care and support to children and families
  • Oversee, support, and develop the Foster Care Services team, including recruitment and retention, hiring, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and promotion of staff
  • Support all FCS staff ensuring that services provided are high quality, consistent, and responsive to child and family needs across FCS teams in all regions
  • Provide clinical supervision (utilizing reflective supervision skills) and ensure best practice across all program areas (home study, licensing, child/family match, placement support). Direct reports currently include 3 FCS supervisors, 1 Child Placement Coordinator, and occasional direct supervision of Foster Care Specialists
  • Implement policies, priorities, and procedures consistent with best practice models for effective program implementation
  • Partner with Foster Care Services team to ensure proper investigation and handling of DLR/CPS investigations, be readily available for ad-hoc staffings, and ensure bi-monthly clinical meetings meet program needs
  • Assign and manage staff caseloads, setting and adjusting work to be accomplished by staff
  • Ensure prospective and current foster families receive phone and in-person support as needed; pre-application and when requested by staff and/or family due to issues presented
  • Identify and implement ways to ensure connection and consistency between the Pierce and King County Foster Care Teams
  • Track overall performance of Foster Care Services staff and audit foster family survey responses to ensure service consistency and application of best clinical and ethical practice standards

Operational Management (25%)

  • Work collaboratively with other Associate Directors of Programs to ensure impactful, efficient, and complementary services across Amara’s service array
  • In partnership with Associate Director of Program Impact and Evaluation, ensure appropriate data collection and reporting to evaluate program impact and efficacy
  • Oversee licensure, monitoring, reporting, and contract compliance
  • Identify, recommend, and implement program and process improvement in concert with team feedback/guidance – working to serve families from recruitment/interest through closure of their license and transfer to another Amara service area
  • Project, develop, and monitor revenue and expense budget for Foster Care Services program

Strategic Leadership (15%)

  • Regularly review and recommend changes in program services to meet client needs with emphasis on services for underserved populations
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with other service providers, agencies and partners to ensure that children and families have excellent access to all needed services
  • As a member of the leadership team, this position plays a key role in the development and ongoing promotion of Amara’s mission, vision, philosophy, and culture
  • Remain apprised of current trends, practices, and legislation in foster care through networking and publications to develop new programs to either meet changing needs in our community or to diversify our services
  • Coordinate with the Chief Program & Policy Officer regarding child welfare policy
  • Participate in select internal and external collaborative efforts with key stakeholders/partners (e.g. DCYF, WACF, other CPAs, etc.) to advance systemic child welfare change
  • Assess program development and provide leadership in service expansion opportunities

Communications (10%)

  • Coordinate with Communications team on media content regarding issues related to foster care
  • Represent Amara in community and coalition meetings, events, and partner and donor meetings
  • Serve on select internal and external committees

The Associate Director of Programs – Foster Care is based in our Pierce County office and will be expected to have a presence at both campuses. The position requires some evening and weekend hours for community events, meetings, and presentations.

Qualifications

  • MSW or MA/MS degree in a related field, licensure preferred but not required
  • 4+ years of clinical experience providing trauma informed care
  • 4+ years of experience in foster care, child welfare, or social services
  • 2+ years of experience in supervision or administration of social services
  • Strong clinical skills and experience providing clinical consultation
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to lead group meetings
  • Ability to lead with initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility and independent judgment
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the various cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff
  • Demonstrated leadership in promoting the advancement and development of diversity, equity, and inclusion in oneself, staff, and within program development
  • Strong decision-making skills, including critical thinking skills. Demonstrated ability to think globally
  • Experience writing home studies and licensing families through Washington State Foster Care Systems
  • Knowledge of the SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) home study model a plus
  • Successful experience in program development and implementation preferred

Salary and Benefits

This is a full time, 40 hour per week position with a starting salary of $63,450 – $68,750, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical, health, vision and dental insurance, 401k with a company match, life and disability insurance.                                           

Criminal Background Check

Because this position has access to confidential client, employee, or financial information OR direct interaction with children, any final candidate hired into this position must successfully pass a criminal background check performed by the State of Washington. Any job offer is contingent on successfully passing this background check. A list of disqualifying convictions for this position is available here.

To Apply

To express your interest in this position, please submit your resume and one-page cover letter indicating why this position is the right opportunity for you in Smart Recruiters. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Amara is committed to positive long-term outcomes for children and families. We drive systemic change, promote healing, and advance racial and LGBTQ+ equity by offering programs and services to families engaged with foster care and to adoptees and families, post-adoption.

At Amara, we believe that a supportive, equitable and inclusive workplace, where everyone feels valued, trusted and nurtured, is key to shaping organizational culture and investing in underrepresented communities. Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strongly invite candidates from diverse backgrounds, including communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Amara has an opportunity for a Capital Projects and Facilities Manager who is committed to providing leadership in successful planning, implementation, monitoring, and control of major capital projects that span months to several years, with budgets ranging from less than $1 million to over $15 million. Amara seeks a person who is a people manager used to leading those responsible for capital facility development duties including master space planning and major tenant improvement capital projects. In addition to the responsibilities associated with capital projects, the Capital Projects and Facilities Manager will oversee Amara facilities, including all responsibilities related to tenancy in those facilities; this may include overseeing delivery of major projects by a private developer through a ground lease of Amara-owned property for occupancy by Amara and/or third parties. In this recruitment, Amara will place a strong emphasis on skilled and versatile project managers that are able to lead projects through their full lifecycle from planning to post-occupancy.

The Capital Projects and Facilities Manager will collaborate with staff and leadership to ensure that capital and facilities projects center equity, are responsive to community-led and community-informed scoping and visioning processes, and align to support Amara’s vision to transform child welfare, bringing about systemic change that centers child and family well-being, promotes healing and advances racial and LGBTQ+ equity with the goal of preventing child removal into foster care.

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the CEO, the duties of the Capital Projects and Facilities Manager will include but not be limited to:

  • Direct professional project managers in the delivery of capital master space planning, preliminary engineering studies, programming, space planning, tenant improvement design and construction in Amara-owned facilities.
  • Manage capital facilities projects on time, within budget, and in compliance with the governing laws and statutes.
  • Supervise project management staff or consultants in the execution of space planning, preliminary design studies and tenant improvement projects.
  • Plan and manage all phases of capital facility projects, including schedules, consultant selection, design, permitting, construction, closeout, and warranty.
  • Perform space planning and capital planning studies to assess viability and funding considerations for strategic capital programs and development projects.
  • Conduct preliminary design reviews to establish scope, schedule, and budget for future projects.
  • Negotiate and administer vendor and consultant contracts, contractors, and consultants.
  • Working in partnership with the CEO, CFO, lead program staff and advisory groups; review project during construction; review changes to ensure programmatic, budgetary and schedule conformance; recommend final project acceptance; and participate in resolution of contract disputes.
  • Manage project budgets; review and authorize payments to vendors, consultants and contractors.
  • Administer construction, including change orders, field directives, and contingency management.
  • Establish, monitor, and report on project budgets and schedules to Amara leadership, including its Board of Directors, any advisory committees or boards, and any relevant sub-committees at the direction of the CEO.
  • Coordinate the efforts of multi-disciplinary, multi-agency project teams.
  • Coordinate design reviews at appropriate project milestones with various stakeholders.
  • With support from Amara leadership, represent Amara to federal, state and local funding, planning and regulatory agencies. Keep appropriate governmental and interest groups fully informed; organize and participate in presentations to institutional governing boards and committees.
  • Work closely with program staff and/or tenants to ensure that projects will meet their needs and successfully transition/deliver facilities post-project completion to relevant staff and/or tenants.
  • Manage landlord responsibilities for tenants leasing Amara-owned facilities.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Bachelor of science degree in project management, architecture, interior design, business, civil engineering or a closely related field, and five years of experience in project management and/or engineering team management.
    • Candidates with any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability and skill to perform the duties of the position will be given full consideration.
  • Four (4) years’ experience managing design and/or construction of multi-discipline building projects including tenant improvements, renovations, and space planning, including at least one single project totaling over $5 million.
  • Two (2) years of experience as a team lead or supervisor, or management experience (or a combination of education and experience, which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work).
  • Experience in managing technical team members for project delivery, including experience with design review.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in project management techniques.
  • Skill in Microsoft Suite.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and leading multidisciplinary project teams and the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, technical professionals, and administrative staff.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively present proposals, progress reports, and recommendations to work teams, management, and external groups in verbal and in written forms.
  • Ability to effectively manage and make recommendations regarding complex project budgets, scopes, schedules, staff workloads, training, evaluation, and mentoring.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in problem-solving and conflict resolution.
  • Experience demonstrating the ability to work on multiple complex projects simultaneously under tight deadlines and producing high-quality deliverables in a timely manner.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full time, 40 hour per week position with a starting salary of $65,000 – 75,000 annually, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical, health, vision and dental insurance, 401k with a company match, life and disability insurance.

Criminal Background Check

Because this position has access to confidential client, employee, or financial information OR direct interaction with children, any final candidate hired into this position must successfully pass a criminal background check performed by the State of Washington. Any job offer is contingent on successfully passing this background check. A list of disqualifying convictions for this position is available here.

To Apply

To express your interest in this position, please submit your resume and a one-page cover letter indicating why this position is the right opportunity for you in Smart Recruiters. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

Amara is committed to positive long-term outcomes for children and families. We drive systemic change, promote healing, and advance racial and LGBTQIA+ equity by offering programs and services to families engaged with foster care and to adoptees and families, post-adoption.

At Amara, we believe that a supportive, equitable and inclusive workplace, where everyone feels valued, trusted and nurtured, is key to shaping organizational culture and investing in underrepresented communities. Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strongly invite candidates from diverse backgrounds, including communities of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

The Communications Manager is responsible for executing Amara’s communications strategy, building awareness of Amara’s mission with multiple constituent groups, and ensuring our messaging aligns to Amara’s mission, vision, and values. The Communications Manager is a gifted storyteller with exemplary writing skills and will lead content development, manage Amara’s communications channels, engage supporters through ethical strengths-based storytelling, and support Amara to influence narrative change and community perception of children and families experiencing foster care and adoption.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Communications Manager is a member of Amara’s Development and Communications team and works closely with staff across the organization. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Co-design, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan and editorial calendar across Amara’s discreet audiences in collaboration with staff, programs, and constituents.
  • Manage messaging framework and consistency of use across various channels to ensure brand coherence.
  • Maintain oversight of content plan, and leverage storytelling to change hearts and minds of the engaged public.
  • Manage content development (e.g., narrative stories, infographics, blog posts, presentations) for Amara’s website, blog, newsletters, and social media channels that provides engaging information about our work, results, and knowledge. Optimize visibility with key audiences.
  • Collaborate with program teams to capture client and program stories and photos across all channels, Ensure Amara’s process to capture, catalogue, and share stories is implemented with fidelity and within Amara’s ethical story-sharing guidelines.
  • Create marketing, communications, and fundraising materials in a variety of print and digital formats, such as solicitations, impact reports, stewardship pieces, brochures, press releases, articles, white papers, presentations, briefing documents, and web and social media content.
  • Lead fundraising event program design, partnering with fundraising and program staff and members of the community for compelling, ethical, and strengths-based storytelling.
  • Oversee contracts and work of external resources (e.g., graphic designers, printers, videographers etc.).
  • Support communications efforts with Amara’s Board of Directors.
  • Serve as the relationship manager to for media relations.
  • Actively participate in Amara’s efforts to advance racial and LGBTQIA+ equity, unlearn biases, and engage in the organization’s broader work in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Qualifications

Amara is seeking an accomplished communicator and writer who is excited to lead content development and engage Amara’s various stakeholder groups. The ideal candidate will have experience in executing communication strategies, collaborating with program teams, and creating donor communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the most compelling distribution channels is critical.

We list our preferred qualifications and are open to candidates who can demonstrate their experience and/or education that supports their alignment with the skills we are seeking.

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity and anti-racism:
    • Experience working in racially and ethnically diverse environments;
    • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and dismantling structural racial inequity;
    • Desire to further personal understanding of racial and social justice work.
  • 4+ years in nonprofit communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Relationship builder with highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently while remaining flexible; strong project management skills.
  • Commitment to ethical, strengths-based communications.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Familiar with Adobe Creative Cloud services such as Illustrator + InDesign, social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram), WordPress, Search Engine Optimization, and email marketing software (e.g., MailChimp).

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with an annual salary of $60,000 – $65,000, depending on experience. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical; health, vision, and dental insurance; 401k with a company match; and life and disability insurance. The successful candidate will have flexibility to work-from-home and will have office space in one of our locations in Pierce or King County. 

Criminal Background Check

Because this position has access to confidential client, employee, or financial information OR direct interaction with children, any final candidate hired into this position must successfully pass a criminal background check performed by the State of Washington. Any job offer is contingent on successfully passing this background check. A list of disqualifying convictions for this position is available here.

To Apply

To express your interest in this position, please submit your resume and a one-page cover letter indicating why this position is the right opportunity for you in Smart Recruiters. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

Amara is committed to positive long-term outcomes for children and families. We drive systemic change, promote healing, and advance racial and LGBTQIA+ equity by offering programs and services to families engaged with foster care and to adoptees and families, post-adoption.

At Amara, we believe that a supportive, equitable and inclusive workplace, where everyone feels valued, trusted and nurtured, is key to shaping organizational culture and investing in underrepresented communities. Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strongly invite candidates from diverse backgrounds, including communities of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

The Development and Communications Coordinator is responsible for providing key administrative support to the fundraising and communications team. Through this role, the Development and Communications Coordinator will provide donor data and gift entry support, communications support, event logistics support, and other administrative support as needed to the broader team.

Responsibilities

The Development and Communications Coordinator reports to Chief Philanthropy Officer and is a member of the Development and Communications Team. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Daily processing and acknowledgement for donor gifts.
  • Database management support, including running reports, inputting donor information, and tracking donor contacts, among others.
  • Grants support, including tracking funder information, maintaining grant records, submitting grant applications and reports, among others.
  • Fundraising and friend-raising event logistics support.
  • Communications support, including but not limited to supporting social media channels, coordinating enewsletters, coordinating print and digital communications, and managing website updates and maintenance.
  • Provide staffing support to the Board of Directors and Board Committees (e.g. coordinating calendar invitations, compiling board packets, file management, etc).
  • Support administrative needs of the Development and Communications Team (e.g. coordinating mailings and outreach efforts, coordinating external meetings, managing gifts and in-kind donation inquires).

Qualifications

We list our preferred qualifications and are open to candidates who can demonstrate their experience and/or education that supports their alignment with the skills we are seeking.

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity and anti-racism:
    • Experience working in racially and ethnically diverse environments;
    • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and dismantling structural racial inequity;
    • Desire to further personal understanding of racial and social justice work.
  • 2+ years as providing administrative support or experience in nonprofits, fundraising, or communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced organizational skills and highly detail oriented.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Takes initiative and demonstrates flexibility.
  • Excellent customer service skills and enthusiasm for communicating in all forms.
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
  • Ability to be at our Pierce and King County offices as requested.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and donor databases.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with an hourly rate of $20 – $24 (annual salary of $41,600-$49,920), depending on experience. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical; health, vision, and dental insurance; 401k with a company match; and life and disability insurance. The successful candidate will have flexibility to work-from-home and will have office space in one of our locations in Pierce or King County. 

Criminal Background Check

Because this position has access to confidential client, employee, or financial information OR direct interaction with children, any final candidate hired into this position must successfully pass a criminal background check performed by the State of Washington. Any job offer is contingent on successfully passing this background check. A list of disqualifying convictions for this position is available here.

To Apply

To express your interest in this position, please submit your resume and a one-page cover letter indicating why this position is the right opportunity for you in Smart Recruiters. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

Beyond the paycheck

The health and well-being of our team is important to us. When you join the Amara family, we strive to ensure you’re well supported in caring for yourself and the people in your life who depend on you.

We offer a variety of insurance plans and provide substantial employer-paid contributions toward medical, dental and vision premiums. We want you at your best, which is why every year we give you three weeks of vacation, generous sick leave, and a few personal days for when life happens. We’re invested in your future, offering a 401k match of up to 3% and supporting your educational and professional development.

Wondering about part-time positions? Our benefits look a little different, but our philosophy still stands. Check out our job postings for more information.

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About Amara

Amara is committed to positive long-term outcomes for children and families. We promote healing, racial equity and transformation of our child welfare system into a family well-being system.

About Amara

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Since 1921, Amara has been dedicated to meeting the needs of children and families in our community who have been impacted by foster care or adoption with a focus on those who are most impacted including Black and Indigenous children and families, low-income and LGBTQIA+ communities.

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