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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 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.

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.

We are seeking a new Foster Care Specialist to become an integral and valued part of our Placement team working to achieve Amara’s vision. This position will be based from our Tacoma office. While we work to ensure that families are served by their closest office both our Tacoma and Seattle offices work with families from our whole service area which may include families from Lewis to Whatcom counties, but predominately includes families in King and Pierce counties.

Position summary

This individual will be responsible for providing a wide range of services (including assessment, licensing, and case management) on behalf of children in need of permanency. The majority of this work is licensing and case management which includes direct work with families and children, including:

  • Foster family licensing maintenance and re-licensing support, including assessing families’ capacity for fostering and completing associated reports
  • Supporting families in determining which children to welcome into their home
  • Post-placement monitoring throughout each placement
  • Family support throughout the entirety of each family’s license
  • Ensuring that the physical, emotional, and social needs of foster children placed in Amara foster homes are met
  • Liaising with multiple professionals in the child welfare arena 
  • Participating in the facilitation of family trainings and support groups
  • Meeting requirements for timely, accurate, and thorough documentation for case files
  • Making referrals for community services for children and families as needed
  • Attending and participating in staff meetings and trainings as required
  • Flexing hours to accommodate family needs on an occasional and ongoing basis (ask that staff provide at minimum one night a week for evening appointments)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of paid social service experience – or – a master’s degree and one year of paid social service experience are required. A practicum may be considered as a substitute for one year of paid experience. Degree(s) must be in social services, human services, behavioral science, or an allied field
  • Knowledge of child development and family systems
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; experience communicating through verbal and written formats with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgment
  • Ability to work with all groups across age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work in tandem with an outstanding professional team
  • Must be at least 21 years old, and have a valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto 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

Salary and Benefits

$50,000 to $52,890, 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.

To Apply

To express your interest in this position, please send 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.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

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 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 a Grants & Finance Manager who will be responsible for providing expertise in pre and post award policies, practices, and fiscal administration.  The Grants & Finance Manager will oversee Amara’s grant and contract program from proposal development to tracking financial metrics through the life of the grant/contract.  This person will work in close coordination with the Development team, Finance team, and Program Directors to ensure federal, state, and local grant requirements are met.

The ideal candidate is passionate about Amara’s mission, vision, and values. They will have strong interpersonal and administrative skills with outstanding attention to details, enjoy working to improve processes and be the liaison between the finance, development, and program teams.

If you are energized by the Amara mission and ready to contribute your expertise in helping us continue another 100 years on creating and following through on ambitious plans in service to improving children’s well-being, we would love to hear from you.

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the CFO, the duties of the Grants & Finance Manager will include but not limited to:

  • Build infrastructure to manage and track cost management/expense allocation for new and ongoing grants and contracts.
  • Interpret state and federal rules and regulations for use of funds.
  • Develop policies and protocols as well as enforce best practices to ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal guidelines.
  • Apply subject matter expertise and methodologies to assist in conducting research, analyzing data, and providing support for organizational, management and process improvement initiatives.
  • Take the lead in providing budgets for grant/contract proposals by analyzing and appropriating the organization’s cost structure
  • Monitor and track grant/contract activities and key expense metrics in relation to expected schedules and requirements, assuring correct utilization of funding.
  • Produce expenditure reports of ongoing activities as required by grant programs as well as projections and communicate to all stakeholders of ongoing progress.
  • Manage ad hoc technical or financial activities to address management needs, including analysis of cost data for grants.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or public administration or 3-5 years of relevant work experience. MBA/CPA preferred.
  • 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.
  • Have a background and knowledge of accounting principles and practices and internal controls required for proper accounting work.
  • Strong experience in grant management (preferably of federal funds), overall fiscal management, and budgeting.
  • Familiarity with federal grant management regulations.
  • Ability to conduct and analyze capability, gap analysis, and preparing reports.
  • Have a track record of developing and maintaining working relationships with a variety of constituents and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Are flexible and can adapt as required, while working in a multi-faceted and sometimes ambiguous environment.
  • Are comfortable and proficient with the use of office productivity tools in daily work (Microsoft Suite, QuickBooks).
  • Strong financial and analytical skills using Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Demonstrated program or project management experience.
  • Strong team-building skills and experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • 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.
  • 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, exempt position (40 hours per week) with an annual salary of $65,000 – $75,000, 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 at https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sites/default/files/FSA/bccu/documents/Secretary%27sCrimesListforALLPrograms.pdf

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.

We are seeking to hire a Family Support Specialist to work with adoptive families and youth adoptees.  The Family Support Specialist will have a variety of responsibilities, including supporting the complex relationships between birth families, adoptees, and adoptive parents. A common factor complicating these relationships is due to socioeconomic and racial disparities between the parties, as well as the historical underpinnings of adopting through foster-care. Our permanency support services will encompass kinship care, reunification, and adoption. The Family Support Specialist must be able to recognize these dynamics and address the issue in a compassionate and empathic manner by facilitating meaningful conversations. Our work is formed by The Inclusive Family Support model which provides support for adoptive parents in creating a spirit of openness for the benefit of their children. The Family Support Specialist will need to be highly organized, have strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to hold firm boundaries while also acting with a high level of compassion for the families we serve, and community members they will interact with.

Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strive for equality and justice in the way people are treated and the opportunities they have to succeed by working to address racism, unequal treatment, and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including communities of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Support adoptive families utilizing the Inclusive Family Support Model
  • Support the development of youth adoptee programing
  • Administration of all physical correspondence between birth and adoptive families
  • Communicate with all members of the triad via phone, text, email, or in-person regarding supportive services
  • Facilitate post-adoption visits with adoptive families, birth families and adoptees when necessary
  • Implement and offer pre-visit and post-visit debrief sessions for all members of the triad
  • Understand and help maintain the integrity of Official Communication Agreements
  • Discern impact and provide psychoeducation when socioeconomic factors, racial disparities and power differentials effect the triad relationships.
  • Meet regularly with supervisor to consult on cases, to review case plans and evaluate progress
  • Occasionally represent Amara at community and outreach events
  • Assist with reports, documentation, and administrative tasks.

Qualifications

  • Education/Experience Requirement –
    • Master’s degree in Human Services or related field and one year of social services experience
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience
    • Associates Degree in Human Services or Social Work with 3 to 5 years related experience
  • Experience with social services specifically with youth and families
  • Experience coordinating and managing programs or services
  • Experience working with diverse families (variety of religions, races, cultures, ages, and socioeconomic levels)
  • Initiative, independence, flexibility, and maturity
  • Highly organized with good communication and problem-solving skills
  • Strong writing skills with ability to remain neutral and unbiased in reporting
  • Experience with MS Word, Outlook, and Excel a plus
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Must provide proof of current flu, Tdap and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Must have current or be able to provide within 90 days of hire date CPR/First Aid Certification and BBP within the past 5 years
  • Must be at least 21 years of age

Salary and Benefits

$50,000 to $52,890, 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 information and 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 at https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/secretaryslist.pdf. 

To Apply

Please submit a resume and one page cover letter indicating why this position is right for you in Smart Recruiters. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls please.

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.

We are seeking to hire a Program Coordinator to work closely with our Family Time Program and will be primarily based out of our Tacoma office. Become an integral and valued part of a team working to support children in foster care. Family time visits are an important service for children and families involved with Washington’s Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), in providing families with opportunities to continue their relationship and bonding, and to reunify families when possible. The Program Coordinator will have a variety of responsibilities, including supporting Visitation Specialists, managing our volunteer program, and coordinating various program logistics. The Program Coordinator will need to be highly organized, have strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to hold firm boundaries while also acting with a high level of compassion for the children and families we serve, and community members they will interact with.

Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strive for equality and justice in the way people are treated and the opportunities they have to succeed by working to address racism, unequal treatment, and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including communities of color, the LGBTIA+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Responsibilities
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinating and managing volunteers for all Amara programs; including assessing needs for volunteers, onboarding, and maintenance of volunteers’ requirements (which can vary by program)
  • Coordinating family time visitation referrals, waitlist, and managing communication with service stakeholders
  • Providing mentorship and support to Family Time Visitation Specialists; including being in-person at Amara’s Tacoma office to greet families arriving and sanitizing visit spaces
  • Completing and reviewing detailed and objective reports in Amara and DCYF databases
  • Assisting with regular data entry and tracking for various programs (including Family Time Services and Family Connections Program)
  • Occasional visitation coverage by providing transportation to, and supervision of, visits between families who are involved with the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and their children who are in foster care; this will include providing STRIVE (parent education and visitation support) services
  • Occasionally represent Amara at community and outreach events
  • Assisting Amara in providing various supports as needed to the families we serve
  • Assist with reports, documentation, and administrative tasks

Qualifications

  • Highly organized with good communication and problem-solving skills
  • Education/Experience Requirement
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field and six months experience working directly with children and families preferred, Or,
    • Associate of Arts Degree in Human Services or a related field (or 2 years of completed coursework toward a bachelor’s degree) and one year experience working with children and families. Or
    • High School Diploma or GED and two years’ experience working with children and families.
  • Knowledge of child development, child safety, discipline practices, and family systems
  • Experience coordinating and managing programs, services, or organizations
  • Initiative, independence, flexibility, and maturity
  • Strong writing skills with ability to remain neutral and unbiased in reporting
  • Experience working with diverse families (variety of religions, races, cultures, ages, and socioeconomic levels)
  • Experience with MS Word, Outlook, and Excel a plus
  • Ability to have a flexible schedule and work regular evening and some weekend hours (regular weekday work hours will include 12-6pm timeframes)
  • Willingness and ability to work in in both Seattle, Tacoma, and surrounding areas
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance
  • Ability to pass a background check and driving record
  • Must provide proof of current flu, Tdap and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Must have current CPR/First Aid Certification and BBP within the past 5 years
  • Must be at least 21 years of age

Salary and Benefits

$41,600-49,920, DOE. Mileage will be tracked and reimbursed monthly. 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 information and 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

Please submit a resume and one page cover letter indicating why this position is right for you in Smart Recruiters

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls please.

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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