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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.

 

Amara requires that all employees and volunteers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This requirement is designed to center the families and children we serve and thus prioritize their safety and well-being along with the safety of our staff. Exemptions may be sought only for documented medical or religious accommodations. This policy complies with all state and local laws and is based upon guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington Department of Health and state and local licensing authorities.

Current Openings

Caregiver Support Program Manager – Full Time – Seattle/Tacoma, WA

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 in the child welfare system.

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 to hire a Caregiver Support Program Manager to become an integral and valued part of our Resource Care Team to achieve Amara’s vision. The Caregiver Support Manager will be responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and supervising staff that carries out the new state contract of the Caregiver Support Program supporting children and youth who are placed in formal care with kinship caregivers.

Position Summary

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following satisfactorily; other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Program Development and Administration:

  • Budgeting
    • At the direction of the Director of Resource Care, project, develop, and monitor revenue and expense budget for CSP. Review, allocate, and approve program-related expenses.
  • Contract Management/Reporting
    • At the direction of the Director of Resource Care, ensure programmatic reporting is aligned with Agency vision, mission, and strategic plan and meets minimum reporting requirements.
    • Work with internal and external partners to ensure Amara meets all monitoring, reporting, and contract requirements. This includes guiding internal and external audits to ensure regulatory compliance regarding service delivery.
  • Program Development/Refinement
    • Be an internal expert on Amara’s new Caregiver Support Contract.
    • Lead the implementation and iteration of protocols, procedures, and program structure consistent with best practice models for effective program implementation across the entire CSP in line with new contract. This work will include (but not be limited to): on-call, caregiver support, and case-aide services.
    • Manage the day-to-day operations of CSP and collaborate with team members to advance program impacts. Ensure staff providing these services have the necessary training and skills to do the work including appropriate coverage as needed and in line with contract requirements.
  • Direction Setting/Leadership
    • Create and implement a strategic work plan annually to ensure clear team-wide direction setting, work assignment, and accountability.
    • Work collaboratively with Amara Program leads to ensure impactful, efficient, and complementary services across Amara’s service array.
    • Coordinate with the Caregiver Support Supervisor and Enrichment and Education Manager to ensure that learning opportunities and support groups are made available to families and CSP staff as needed
    • Inform Director of Resource Care and Chief Innovation and Program Officer regarding any recommendations for child welfare policy.
  • Community Engagement / Outreach
    • Build collaborative relationships with local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) including behavioral health organizations, Tribal entities, foster care organizations, DCYF, etc. to ensure effective referrals, program awareness, and community support.
    • At the direction of the Director of Resource Care and in collaboration with the Caregiver Support Collaborative and Amara’s Communication team, ensure key successes and challenges are transparently shared with our community partners.
    • Attend required and recommended County and State provider and community meetings in key identified partner areas serviced by Amara.
    • At the direction of the Director of Resource Care, lead outreach efforts by creating a clear strategy, collaborating across the organization and with the Caregiver Support Collaborative; effectively assign tasks to self and team members as appropriate (e.g. newsletter content creation, email marketing to key community partners, etc.).
    • At the direction of the Director of Resource Care, coordinate with the Communications team on media content regarding issues related to Case Aide supports, including storytelling opportunities.
  • Outcomes/Evaluation
    • In partnership with Associate Director of Program Impact and Evaluation, ensure appropriate data collection and reporting to evaluate program impact and efficacy given the contract constraints and the established programmatic goals.
    • Keep Amara staff and key personnel up to date as to program outcomes and performance.

Staff Supervision and Management

  • Supervise a team of Caregiver Support Supervisors and Caregiver Support Placement Specialists that serve the entirety of Amara’s Caregiver Support service area. This includes both Caregiver Support and Case Aide bodies of work.
  • Provide a warm, caring, and confident leadership style that supports a team providing direct services to families experiencing the child welfare system.
  • Develop, supervise, and support the CSP team, including staff recruitment and retention, hiring, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and promotion of staff.
  • Ensure that services provided are high quality, consistent, and responsive to child and family needs across all team members.
  • Utilize reflective supervision skills in individual and group settings with assigned staff (including any volunteers, interns, or contractors) to ensure best practice across all program areas. Ensure this is done in line with contract requirements.
  • Support assigned staff in effectively coordinating work for shared clients across program areas, be readily available for ad-hoc staffing and participate in team meetings as needed.
  • Assign and manage staff caseloads, setting and adjusting work to be accomplished by staff.
  • Track overall performance of assigned team members and provide professional development opportunities and recommendations as needed.
  • Support and track case progression; guide clinical staffing through placement.
  • Provide case coverage for supervisees as needed.
  • Monitor professional practices of direct reports, ensuring compliance with agency goals, values, policies, and procedures
  • Assess strengths and needs of staff; support and facilitate ongoing professional development
  • Regularly facilitate one-on-one and group supervision to develop clinical knowledge and skills, promote self-awareness, encourage collaboration amongst team members, and ensure consistent communication between staff and leadership
  • Review, assess, and edit reports as needed
  • Maintain strong ethical boundaries and ensure staff is adhering to their professional code of conduct
  • Conduct performance evaluations as directed by Amara policy

Direct Service

  • Provide caregiver support services to assigned cases.
  • Carry a small caseload to meet the needs of the program which will change over time as the program evolves.
  • Provide coverage for staff as needed.

Partnership/Engagement

  • Facilitate family workshops, information meetings, support groups, and community events as needed
  • Collaborate with staff and managers in other Amara programs as needed to ensure appropriate cross-program referrals and consistent service delivery
  • Be an active participant in Resource Care Leadership meeting to enact the effective implementation of Amara’s Caregiver Support programming

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • An MSW or equivalent (social services, human services, behavioral science, or allied field)
  • 4+ years of experience providing healing-centered or trauma informed care 
  • 3+ years of work experience in child welfare or social services (lived experience can account for up to 1 year of this requirement)
  • 2+ years of experience in supervision or administration of social services 
  • 2+ years of experience supervising and mentoring a team of 3+ individuals
  • Knowledge of child development and family systems
  • Knowledge of child welfare, kinship care, foster care, guardianship and adoption and the needs of families supporting children through transitions and post-permanency
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgment required
  • Ability to work with individuals across the spectrum of age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender expressions & identities
  • Ability to work collaboratively with an outstanding professional team, DCYF, Tribal Leadership, and other community providers
  • A team member with a respectful and accessible approach to their work who is comfortable with situations of ambiguity and able to relate to a wide range of clients and team members
  • A highly competent team player who is energized by Amara’s mission and the array of services that the organization is providing
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; experience communicating through verbal and written formats with a wide variety of stakeholders while balancing responsiveness, empathy, and directness
  • Ability to flex hours to accommodate client and staff needs on an occasional basis
  • Cross-cultural responsiveness relative to age, race, ethnicity, belief systems, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and economic circumstances
  • Ability to successfully manage competing priorities, triage tasks, and effectively utilize time with colleagues and with clients
  • Ability to confidently navigate complex conversations with staff and families
  • Strong familiarity with resources in King and Pierce Counties
  • First Aid/CPR/BBP Certification
  • Willingness and ability to work at Amara offices, and travel as needed to other WA state counties.
  • Valid Driver’s License, reliable vehicle, current auto insurance
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Up to six Caregiver Support Staff as assigned – see Essential Duties and Responsibilities.

 Criminal Background Check:

Amara conducts background checks appropriate to the contractual requirements of the position. A previous conviction will not necessarily bar individuals from employment at Amara. Specific clearance requirements can be discussed with the Hiring Manager or Human Resources.

 Vaccination Requirement:

Amara requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement is designed to prioritize the safety of the children and families we serve. Exemptions may be sought only for documented medical or religious accommodation.

 Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position with a rate of pay between $40.86-$48.87 hourly ($85,000-$99,999 annually) 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, life, and disability insurance. Amara supports a hybrid work schedule with some flexibility to work from home. Occasional travel between our King and Pierce County offices may be required.

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.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Caregiver Support Supervisor – Full Time

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 in the child welfare system.

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 to hire a Caregiver Support Supervisor to become an integral and valued part of our Resource Care Team to achieve Amara’s vision. The Caregiver Support Supervisor will be responsible for developing, implementing and supervising staff that carries out the new state contract of the Caregiver Support Program supporting children and youths who are placed  in formal care with kinship caregivers.

Position Summary

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following satisfactorily; other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Case Aide Program Management

  • Identify, recommend, and implement program and process improvements for CSP, specifically Case Aide services, in concert with team feedback/guidance and with support from Caregiver Support Program Manager and Director of Resource Care.
    • Create and implement onboarding and training tools for all Case Aide staff in line with contract requirements.
    • Create and implement processes and procedures for Case Aide work across Amara programs.
    • Create and implement processes and procedures for all training required for Case Aide service provision in line with contract requirements and WAC.
  • Support Caregiver Support Program Manager in the development of the CSP annual budget, providing specific insight to Case Aide services, projected revenue, and associated costs.
  • Review, allocate, and approve program-related expenses for direct reports and as directed by the Caregiver Support Program Manager.
  • Work with the Caregiver Support Program Manager and the Associate Director of Program Impact and Evaluation to ensure effective continuous quality improvement of the CSP.
  • As directed by the Caregiver Support Program Manager, complete data-tracking metrics and reports and highlight successes and challenges as identified.
  • At the direction of the Caregiver Support Program Manager, complete documentation and reporting necessary to maintain effective reporting for associated grants and contracts for CSP.
  • Coordinate with the Caregiver Support Program Manager and Enrichment and Education Manager to ensure that learning opportunities and support groups are made available to families and CSP staff as needed.

Caregiver Support Staff Supervision and Management

  • At the direction of the Director of Resource Care and the Caregiver Support Manager, manage a team of Caregiver Support Specialists and Case Aides that serve the entirety of Amara’s CSP service area.
  • Train all Caregiver Support Specialists and Case Aides in all aspects of Case Aide work, ensuring effective and efficient assessment of need, planning, and implementation of Case Aide work.
  • Coordinate assignment of Case Aide work across all Amara programming.
  • Oversee, support, and develop the Case Aide team, including recruitment and retention, hiring, orientation, training, supervision, evaluation, and promotion of staff.
  • Support Case Aide staff ensuring that services provided are high quality, consistent, and responsive to child and family needs.
  • Monitor professional practices of direct reports, ensuring compliance with agency goals, values, policies, and procedures.
  • Assess strengths and needs of staff; support and facilitate ongoing professional development.
  • Regularly facilitate one-on-one and group supervision, utilizing reflective supervision skills, to develop clinical knowledge and skills, promote self-awareness, encourage collaboration amongst team members, and ensure consistent communication between staff and leadership.
  • Monitor, manage and assign staff caseloads, setting and adjusting work to be accomplished by both Caregiver Support and Case Aide staff.
  • Provide ad-hoc consultation to members of the CSP team as needed.
  • Maintain strong ethical boundaries and ensure staff are adhering to their professional code of conduct.
  • Conduct performance evaluations as directed by Amara policy.

Direct Service

  • Carry a small caseload to meet the needs of the program which will change over time as the program evolves. Assess and support youth and families with Case Aide Services and/or Caregiver Support Services as assigned and described in the Caregiver Support Specialist and Case Aide job descriptions.
  • Provide coverage for supervisees and at the direction of Caregiver Support Program Manager.

Partnership/Engagement

  • Collaborate with staff and managers in other Amara programs as needed to ensure appropriate cross-program referrals and consistent Case Aide service delivery is provided.
  • Be an active participant on the Resource Care Leadership team; inform and enact the effective implementation of Amara’s Case Aide programming.
  • Coordinate with the Communications team on media content regarding issues related to Case Aide supports, including storytelling opportunities.
  • Represent Amara in community and coalition meetings, events, partner, and donor meetings as directed by Caregiver Support Program Manager.
  • Serve on internal and external committees as assigned.
  • Collaborate with key partners across organizations providing similar services (at the direction of Caregiver Support Program Manager) to ensure Amara provides Case Aide services consistent across providers.

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • A BSW or equivalent (social services, human services, behavioral science, or allied field) is the minimum requirement with an MSW or equivalent preferred 
  • 4+ years of experience providing healing-centered or trauma informed care  
  • 2+ years of work experience in child welfare or social services (lived experience can account for up to 2 years of this requirement) 
  • 1+ years of experience in supervision or administration of social services preferred
  • 1+ years of experience supervising and mentoring a team of 3+ individuals preferred
  • Knowledge of child development and family systems  
  • Knowledge of child welfare, foster care, guardianship and adoption and the needs of families supporting children through transitions and post-permanency 
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgment required 
  • Ability to work with individuals across the spectrum of age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender expressions & identities  
  • Ability to work collaboratively with an outstanding professional team, DCYF (Department of Children, Youth & Families), Tribal Leadership, and other community providers 
  • A team member with a respectful and accessible approach to their work who is comfortable with situations of ambiguity and able to relate to a wide range of clients and team members  
  • A highly competent team player who is energized by Amara’s mission and the array of expanded services that the organization is providing 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; experience communicating through verbal and written formats with a wide variety of stakeholders while balancing responsiveness, empathy, and directness 
  • Ability to flex hours to accommodate client and staff needs on an occasional basis 
  • Cross-cultural responsiveness relative to age, race, ethnicity, belief systems, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and economic circumstances 
  • Ability to successfully manage competing priorities, triage tasks, and effectively utilize time with colleagues and with clients 
  • Ability to confidently navigate complex conversations with staff and families 
  • Strong familiarity with resources in King and Pierce Counties  
  • First Aid/CPR/BBP Certification 
  • Willingness and ability to work at Amara offices, and travel as needed to other WA state counties.  
  • Valid Driver’s License, reliable vehicle, current auto insurance 
  • Must be at least 21 years of age. 

EducationBSW or BA/BS degree in social services, human services, behavioral science, or allied field. An MSW or MA/MS in an allied field can substitute up to two years of experience.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position will directly supervise a team of up to six Caregiver Support Specialists and Case Aides who provide direct service to caregiving families in King and Pierce counties.

 Criminal Background Check:

Amara conducts background checks appropriate to the contractual requirements of the position. A previous conviction will not necessarily bar individuals from employment at Amara. Specific clearance requirements can be discussed with the Hiring Manager or Human Resources. 

Vaccination Requirement:

Amara requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement is designed to prioritize the safety of the children and families we serve. Exemptions may be sought only for documented medical or religious accommodation.

 Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position with a rate of pay between $36.05-$40.86 hourly ($75,000-$84,999 annually) 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, life, and disability insurance. Amara supports a hybrid work schedule with some flexibility to work from home. Occasional travel between our King and Pierce County offices may be required.

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.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Licensing and Home Study Manager – Full Time

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 in the child welfare system.

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 Licensing and Home Study Manager. The Licensing and Home Study Manager will be responsible for managing all licensing work for families licensed through Amara. This includes both kinship and traditional foster families. The licensing work includes home studies and initial licensing, license renewals, modifications, and maintenance, and license investigations. This position is a combination of direct service, and managing others as required to meet programmatic need.

Position Summary:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following satisfactorily; other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Management

  • Manage licensing and home study services at Amara.
  • Manage a team of Specialists that work across Amara’s licensed caregiver service area to meet programmatic need.
  • Manage, support, and develop the Licensing and Home Study team, including recruitment and retention, hiring, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and promotion of staff.
  • Provide one-on-one and group supervision, utilizing reflective supervision skills to develop clinical knowledge and skills, promote self-awareness, encourage collaboration amongst team members, and ensure consistent communication between staff and leadership.
  • Assess strengths and needs of staff; support and facilitate ongoing professional development. Monitor professional practices, ensuring compliance with local jurisdiction and agency goals, values, policies, and procedures.
  • Monitor, manage and assign staff caseloads ensuring that services provided are high quality, consistent, and responsive to child and family needs.
  • Review, assess, and edit work products such as home studies, home study updates and amendments, license renewals/modifications created by Specialists.
  • Identify, recommend, and implement program and process improvements in concert with team feedback/guidance.
  • Provide ad-hoc consultation to members of the Licensing and Home Study team as needed.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and trainings as required, including in-person meetings in either Pierce County or King County offices.
  • At the direction of the Director of Resource Care:
    • Support the development of the Resource Care annual budget and provide ongoing monitoring of identified budget items.
    • Review, allocate, and approve program-related expenses.
    • Complete data-tracking metrics and reports and highlight successes and challenges as identified.
  • Maintain strong ethical boundaries and ensure staff are adhering to their professional code of conduct.

 Direct Service

  • Complete initial home studies and required documentation to license kinship and foster families.
  • Conduct licensing investigations regarding Amara licensed families.
  • Complete tasks associated with license renewals, modifications, and maintenance in collaboration with the Placement team members.
  • Guide kinship and foster families through the home study process. This includes writing home studies and licensing new families as time allows.
  • Meet requirements for timely, accurate, and thorough documentation for case files.

Partnership/Engagement

  • Inform and facilitate family workshops, information meetings, support groups, and community events as needed.
  • Collaborate with staff and managers in other Amara programs as needed to ensure appropriate cross-program referrals and consistent service delivery.
  • Be an active participant on the Foster Care Leadership team; inform and enact the effective implementation of Amara’s Foster Care programming.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following

  • Initiative in identifying areas of program growth/improvement, advocating for and implementing needed changes.
  • An ability to elicit ideas/feedback from others for clinical staffings and personal growth; contributes ideas in group settings; demonstrates awareness of other’s participation in ratio to their own
  • Able to critique one’s own work and utilize colleagues and supervisor as checks to ensure ethical decisions are being made.
  • Generates a positive work environment and help to motivate others.
  • A team member with a respectful and accessible approach to their work who is comfortable with situations of ambiguity and able to relate to a wide range of clients and team members.
  • A highly competent team player who is energized by Amara’s mission and the array of expanded services that the organization is providing.

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • A BSW or equivalent (social services, human services, behavioral science, or allied field) is the minimum requirement with an MSW or equivalent preferred.
  • Three years of direct service experience (which can include internship experience) is required.
  • Two years of paid experience providing clinical supervision is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of the WACs related to foster licensing is preferred.
  • Experience writing pre-placement reports/home studies required.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills; experience communicating through verbal and written formats with a wide variety of stakeholders while balancing responsiveness, empathy, and directness.
  • Professional and/or lived experience in foster care, child welfare, or social services is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, high level of professionalism and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgment.
  • Ability to flex hours to accommodate client and staff needs on an occasional basis.
  • Cross-cultural responsiveness relative to age, race, ethnicity, belief systems, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and economic circumstances
  • Broad use of clinical skills in writing, advocacy, communication, assessment, training
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to successfully manage competing priorities, triage tasks, and effectively utilize time with colleagues and with clients.
  • Ability to confidently navigate complex conversations with staff and families.
  • Ability to represent the Resource Care team professionally and knowledgeably within Amara and represent Amara in our community.
  • Strong familiarity with resources in King and Pierce Counties
  • Ability to work both in-office and remotely as needed. Travel between our King and Pierce County offices, to client homes, and community partners (DCYF offices, court, etc.) is required.
  • Must be at least 21 years old, and have a valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance.
  • Provide evidence COVID-19 vaccination.

 Supervisory ResponsibilitiesThis position will directly oversee any Home Study and Licensing Specialists that are programmatically necessary.  

Criminal Background Check:

Amara conducts background checks appropriate to the contractual requirements of the position. A previous conviction will not necessarily bar individuals from employment at Amara.

Specific clearance requirements can be discussed with the Hiring Manager or Human Resources.

Vaccination Requirement:

Amara requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement is designed to prioritize the safety of the children and families we serve. Exemptions may be sought only for documented medical or religious accommodation.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position with a rate of pay between $70,000-$84,999 annually, 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, life, and disability insurance. Amara supports a hybrid work schedule with some flexibility to work from home. Occasional travel between our King and Pierce County offices may be required.

 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

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Kinship Care Placement Manager – Full Time

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 in the child welfare system.

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 Kinship Care Placement Manager. The Kinship Care Placement Manager will be responsible for supervising and managing the day-to-day operations of our Kinship Care Team. In addition to supervising staff, they will provide case and workload coverage for supervisees as needed to meet the evolving needs of the program. They will be an integral part of the Resource Care Program Leadership team and will report to the Director of Resource Care.  

Position Summary:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following satisfactorily; other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervision and Management

  • Manage a team of Specialists that serve the entirety of Amara’s kinship caregiver service area.
  • Oversee, support, and develop the kinship team, including recruitment and retention, hiring, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and promotion of staff.
  • Support Kinship staff ensuring that services provided are high quality, consistent, and responsive to child and family needs.
  • Monitor professional practices of direct reports, ensuring compliance with agency goals, values, policies, and procedures.
  • Assess strengths and needs of staff; support and facilitate ongoing professional development.
  • Regularly facilitate one-on-one and group supervision, utilizing reflective supervision skills, to develop clinical knowledge and skills, promote self-awareness, encourage collaboration amongst team members, and ensure consistent communication between staff and leadership.
  • Monitor, manage and assign staff caseloads, setting and adjusting work to be accomplished by staff.
  • Provide ad-hoc consultation to members of the kinship team as needed.
  • Maintain strong ethical boundaries and ensure staff are adhering to their professional code of conduct.
  • Conduct performance evaluations as directed by Amara policy.

 Program Management

  • Identify, recommend, and implement program and process improvements in concert with team feedback/guidance and with support from Director of Resources and Chief Innovation and Program Officer – working to serve families throughout their time in Amara’s KinPLUS, KinConnections, or other Kinship programming.
  • At the direction of the Director of Resource Care, support the development of the Kinship Care annual budget, and provide ongoing monitoring of identified budget items.
  • Review, allocate, and approve program-related expenses, including concrete good and flexible fund request, as directed by the Director of Resource Care
  • Work with the Director of Resource Care and the Associate Director of Program Impact and Evaluation to ensure effective continuous quality improvement of the kinship teamwork.
  • As directed by the Director of Resource Care, complete data-tracking metrics and reports and highlight successes and challenges as identified.
  • At the direction of the Director of Resource Care or Chief Innovation and Program Officer, complete documentation and reporting necessary to maintain effective reporting for associated grants and contracts for kinship programming.
  • Coordinate with the Enrichment and Education Manager to ensure that learning opportunities and support groups are made available and supported by kinship staff as needed.

Direct Service

  • Assess and support assigned caregiver families as assigned and described in the Kinship Care Specialist job description including but not limited to providing coverage or in the case of programmatic need.

Partnership/Engagement

  • Collaborate with staff and managers in other Amara programs as needed to ensure appropriate cross-program referrals and consistent service delivery.
  • Be an active participant on the Resource Care Leadership team; inform and enact the effective implementation of Amara’s kinship programming.
  • Coordinate with the Communications team on media content regarding issues related to kinship care, including storytelling opportunities.
  • Represent Amara in community and coalition meetings, events, and partner and donor meetings as directed.
  • Serve on internal and external committees as assigned.
  • Facilitate Amara’s Kinship Advisory Council and related meetings with our grant partners.

 QualificationsThe requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • BSW or BA/BS degree in social services, human services, behavioral science, or allied field. An MSW or MA/BA in an allied field can substitute up to two years of experience.
  • Four years of direct service experience (which can include internship experience) is required.
  • Two years of paid experience providing clinical supervision is preferred.
  • Strong clinical skills and experience providing clinical consultation preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; experience communicating through verbal and written formats with a wide variety of partners while balancing responsiveness, empathy, and directness.
  • Professional and/or lived experience in foster care, child welfare, or social services preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, high level of professionalism and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgment.
  • Ability to flex hours to accommodate client and staff needs on an occasional basis.
  • Cross-cultural responsiveness relative to age, race, ethnicity, belief systems, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and economic circumstances
  • Broad use of clinical skills in writing, advocacy, communication, assessment, training
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to successfully manage competing priorities, triage tasks, and effectively utilize time with colleagues and with clients.
  • Ability to confidently navigate complex conversations with staff and families.
  • Ability to lead with initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated leadership in promoting the advancement and development of diversity, equity, and inclusion in oneself, staff, and within program development.
  • Ability to represent the kinship care team professionally and knowledgeably within Amara and represent Amara in our community.
  • Strong familiarity with resources in King and Pierce Counties (especially kinship-specific resources and programming).
  • Ability to work both in-office and remotely as needed. Travel between our King and Pierce County offices, to client homes, and community partners (DCYF offices, court, etc.) will be required.
  • Must be at least 21 years old, and have a valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance.
  • Strong decision-making skills, including critical thinking skills. Demonstrated ability to think globally.

 Supervisory ResponsibilitiesThis position will directly supervise a team of Kinship Care Specialists who provide direct service to kinship caregiving families.

 Criminal Background Check:

Amara conducts background checks appropriate to the contractual requirements of the position. A previous conviction will not necessarily bar individuals from employment at Amara. Specific clearance requirements can be discussed with the Hiring Manager or Human Resources.

Vaccination Requirement:

Amara requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement is designed to prioritize the safety of the children and families we serve. Exemptions may be sought only for documented medical or religious accommodation.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position with a rate of pay between $70,000-$84,999 annually, 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, life, and disability insurance. Amara supports a hybrid work schedule with some flexibility to work from home. Occasional travel between our King and Pierce County offices may be required.

 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

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Kinship Care Specialist

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 Kinship Care Specialist to become an integral and valued part of our Kinship Services program working to achieve Amara’s vision. This position will be based in our Seattle office and will be part of a new program, Supporting & Connecting Kinship Families (SCKF), in partnership with Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and the University of Washington-School of Social Work. The Kinship Care Specialist will provide wraparound supports to kinship families in King County, including assisting them with completing the licensure process with DCYF.

The SCKF program is supported by the Children’s Bureau (CB), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2.5 million with 100% funded by CB/ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CB/ACF/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please see Stevens Amendment at www.acf.hhs.gov/administrative-and-national-policy-requirements#chapter-8.

Position summary

This individual will be responsible for providing a wide range of services (including assessment, case management, and placement support) on behalf of children placed in kinship care in King County. The majority of this work is placement support, which includes direct work with families and children, including:

  • Provide timely support to newly placed kinship families. This includes completing a needs assessment, goal setting/treatment planning, and ongoing placement support, case management, and resource navigation.
  • Assist kinship families to complete DCYF’s licensing process. This includes working with the family to complete trainings, required paperwork, and securing necessary items for licensure.
  • Ensuring that the physical, emotional, and social needs of children placed in Amara kinship homes are met
  • Liaising with multiple professionals in the child welfare arena (such as DCYF workers, CASAs, and service providers)
  •  Facilitation of a trauma informed triad support group (youth, caregiver, and parent) that will focus on promoting shared principles.
  •  Provide basic supports to parents of youth placed in kinship homes helping to ensure they are connected to the appropriate resources (such as, referring to local resources like Parents for Parents, inviting to Triad Support Group). 
  • 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
  • Lived experience as a former youth in foster care/kinship care, current or former kinship
    caregiver or foster parent, or related personal experiences highly preferred
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) with Spanish-speaking families
    highly preferred
  • Knowledge of child development and family systems
  • Strong 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

Vaccination Requirement:

Amara requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement is designed to prioritize the safety of the children and families we serve. Exemptions may be sought only for documented medical or religious accommodations.

Salary and Benefits

$54,500 – $58,000, 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 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

Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Youth Development Specialist – Full Time

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-permanency.

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 Youth Development Specialist to work with youth who have experienced family separation (foster care, kinship care, adoption, reunification); the adults who care for them; and underserved youth in Pierce/King Counties. The Youth Development Specialist will have a variety of responsibilities including supporting the implementation and development of our STAR (Supported, Thriving, Authentic, & Resilient) Youth Program in King and Pierce Counties.

Amara’s youth programing will bring school-aged youth together to develop stronger social and emotional (SEL) skills, facilitate activities that support positive identity development and sense of self, and create opportunities for youth to plug into a network of peers who have similar lived experiences.

The Youth Development Specialist is a direct service provider for a vulnerable population. To provide the best possible service to trauma-impacted youth, the Youth Development Specialist must stay up to date on required training and seek out relevant professional development opportunities.

At least 50% of the Youth Development Specialist’s time is spent in-person, facilitating programs with youth and participating in on-site meetings. Youth Development Specialists must have reliable transportation to attend regular team meetings, school-based programs, on-site programs, and occasional events at other community locations. When in-person work is not scheduled, employees are able to work from either Amara office or remotely. Employees must have access to a stable internet connection if choosing to work remotely.

Responsibilities

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

  • Plans, implements, and carries out weekly educational programs and activities to meet the organization’s overall youth development mission.
  • Arrange reliable transportation for regular travel to school-based programs, off-site programs, and in-office meetings and transport necessary materials.
  • Identify and maintain a database of youth qualified for services in coordination with community partners, ensuring program design meets population needs including within affinity groups (BIPOC youth, LBGTQIA+ youth).
  • Responsible for outreach, screening, enrollment, goal setting, regular check-in meetings, and a final report at the conclusion of provided services.
  • Facilitate both weekly and special programming such as field trips, workshops, and special events.
  • Assist with recruitment, screening, and enrollment of youth into appropriate cohorts for
  • Assist families/youth with referral services for needs that fall outside the scope of Amara’s program offerings.
  • Ensure that programs support youth through harm reduction, trauma informed care and culturally responsive approaches.
  • Monitor and supervise the safety and behavior of participants, ensuring that the program maintains established safety protocols including first aid, evacuation, and emergency
  • Will lead performance measurement evaluation and continuous quality improvement
  • Manages administrative functions which may include data collection, database management, developing/refining program materials, running participant and outcome reports and program analysis necessary to meet funder requirements as well as internal program evaluation.
  • Participate in all program meetings and staff development activities, including coordinating and attending annual training in issues of equity and social
  • Work with government and partner organizations to coordinate and align services for
  • Participate in required funder meetings including (quarterly) BSK Learning Circles, monthly check-ins, and the like; to improve system connection and
  • Responsible for any required reporting including quarterly participant reports and annual narrative progress reports.
  • Occasionally represent Amara at community and outreach events

Qualifications

 Education/Experience Requirement –

    • Associates Degree in Human Services or Social Work with 3 to 5 years related experience OR
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience OR
    • Master’s degree in Human Services or related field and one year of social services 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 comprehensive background check
  • 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
  • Reliable transportation to perform job responsibilities

 Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position with an annual rate of pay between $57,000-$69,999, depending on experience. The final salary offer will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience, qualifications, and demonstrated abilities. Amara offers a generous leave and benefits package including 10 company holidays, 4 personal days, sick leave, and 15 days of vacation per year. Competitive health, dental and vision insurance rates, a 401k with a company match, life, disability insurance and a paid sabbatical. 

Criminal Background Check

Because this position has access to confidential client information and/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. 

 Vaccination Requirement:

Amara requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This requirement is designed to prioritize the safety of the children and families we serve. Exemptions may be sought only for documented medical or religious accommodations.

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.

 

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Our Approach

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.

Our Approach