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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

Chief Development Officer

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.

Position Summary 

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) provides overall vision, leadership, and strategic direction for Amara’s development programs and external relations. This position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and oversees a team of fundraising, communications, and external relations professionals. The Chief Development Officer serves as an essential member of the senior leadership team. Peer relationships include the Chief Program and Policy Officer and the Chief Financial Officer. The Chief Development Officer will be responsible for spearheading and maintaining a comprehensive fundraising program that includes strategic revenue diversification. The Chief Development Officer oversees all of Amara’s fundraising activities including cultivating and securing a mix of annual, major, event, and planned gifts along with corporate, foundation, and public funding. The Chief Development Officer will work collaboratively with staff, Amara’s Governance Board, Amara’s Ambassador Board, and regional advisory boards to implement Amara’s strategic fundraising plan. The Chief Development Officer also oversees Amara’s external communications & volunteer program.

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.

Fundraising and Donor Engagement Duties

  • Lead, manage and motivate the development team to meet and exceed engagement and fundraising goals.
  • Build a robust fundraising strategy with clearly defined revenue goals and a diverse mix of giving that advances the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • Provide direction and oversight to any campaign including serving as primary manager and supporting the Board of Directors, Advisory Councils, Campaign Steering Committee (if any), and other staff and volunteers.
  • Managing a portfolio of 50-75 gift prospects and donors and supporting staff with assigned portfolios in maintain regular contact with donors and prospective donors to maintain engagement at appropriate giving level and moving prospects toward solicitation.
  • Support the CEO in relationship building, solicitation, and stewardship of key Amara donors and funders.
  • Through their own portfolio and through staff they supervise, work towards identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospects, as well as stewarding those who have already made commitments to Amara.
  • Manage the department’s budget for strong return on investment.
  • Design, produce and manage the fundraising and stewardship efforts for Amara’s fundraising events.
  • Continue to engage program staff in donor cultivation and stewardship to bring the experiences of Amara’s work to donors.
  • Provide leadership and appropriate staffing to the board, councils, and committees, and any other assigned groups, and task forces as needed.
  • Establish ethical and clear policies and procedures to support relationship-based fundraising.
  • Create regular reports that reflect the status of giving activities, trends, and opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with Amara’s staff, board, and volunteers.

Communications, Marketing, and Volunteer Engagement (In partnership with the Director of Development and Communications):

  • Leads responsible staff in their department to sustain and slowly scale the recruitment and retention of volunteers balancing organizational needs, programmatic needs, community support needs, and stewardship of those stakeholders interested in Amara’s mission. Makes a determination in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Program and Policy Officer, and other pertinent staff as to appropriate volunteer engagement strategies.
  • Lead the creation and implementation of Amara’s communications strategy to elevate Amara’s profile across multiple platforms, including content creation for a variety of sources like the e-newsletter, website, social media channels.
  • Develop and implement a system to capture donors, program, and client stories (written or visual). Set policy and support staff in adhering to policies related to ethical standards of storytelling.
  • Direct the development and distribution of external facing collateral materials.
  • Through staff create and maintain relationships with local and regional media outlets and support staff in proactively seeking new opportunities to amplify Amara’s work and mission that lead to new partnerships, resources, and/or visibility, including through press releases, speaking opportunities, and other promotional opportunities.
  • Ensure quality and consistency across all external communication in relation to Amara’s outcomes and impact.

Strategic Leadership

  • As a senior leadership team member, this position plays a key role in the development and ongoing promotion of Amara’s mission, vision, philosophy, and culture.
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and senior leaders to develop and implement strategic plans and goals that support the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Support the leadership of the Finance Committee and any additional committees to which this role is assigned as either a liaison or a co-liaison.

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

  • A demeanor that exudes confidence and care for others.
  • A leader who builds enduring relationships and leads with a thoughtful, positive, loyal, and strategic presence.
  • A leader who displays a visionary and entrepreneurial spirit, someone who will not only see existing relationships but imagine the stakeholders that we might engage as we grow, build, and scale.
  • A leader with a respectful and accessible leadership style who is comfortable with situations of ambiguity and able to relate to a wide range of supporters and constituencies.
  • A highly competent team player who is energized by the mission, and who is caring, honest and open.
  • A team player oriented toward the greater good of Amara and its overall strategic direction and who can partner with other senior leaders to vision and develop growth and sustainability strategies.

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.

  • 5-7+ years of experience building successful fundraising programs that include managing high performing teams.
  • Proven drive and achievement in the successful solicitation of six- or seven-figure major gifts.
  • Innovative thinker with a track record of translating strategic thinking into concrete action plans and results.
  • 3+ years of experience directing external stakeholder relations.
  • 3+ years of experience overseeing organization-wide communications, including the ability to translate strategic thinking into concrete action plans and results.
  • 5+ years of experience supervising and mentoring a team of no fewer than 3 individuals.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills and the ability to lead group meetings.
  • Ability to lead with initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgement.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the various cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff
  • Demonstrated leadership in promoting advancement and development of diversity.
  • Strong decision-making skills, including critical thinking skills. Demonstrated ability to think globally.
  • Cross-cultural competence relative to age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential preferred.

 

EducationBA degree in related field or 10+ years of experience in a similar role for an organization of a similar size and scope.

Supervisory ResponsibilitiesDirect supervision of Director of Development and Communications, Donor Relations Officer, and Corporate and Foundations Relations Officer. Responsibilities include recruitment, retention, hiring, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and promotion.

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 an annual rate of pay between $125,000-$150,000 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, 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 will 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

Chief Innovation and Program Officer – 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 Chief Innovation and Program Officer to lead Amara’s overall programmatic operations including impact and evaluation. This Chief Innovation and Program Officer reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and serves on Amara’s executive leadership team.

Position Summary

The Chief Innovation and Program Officer is responsible for Amara’s overall operations as well as overseeing and driving the program impact and evaluation strategies within the organization. They will play a pivotal role in shaping the organization’s approach to measuring and enhancing its impact on key stakeholders and program beneficiaries.  The Chief Innovation and Program Officer ensures Amara can deliver high-quality services to foster families, kinship families, children in out-of-home care, those impacted by the child welfare system or private adoption, families in the early stages of child welfare system involvement, and families at risk of child welfare system involvement. The Chief Innovation and Program Officer will provide overall leadership, direction, support, and supervision to Amara’s Directors and Associate Directors of programs, with ultimate supervisory responsibility for all programmatic staff.

The Chief Innovation and Program Officer will work to ensure effective, compliant, professional, and overall excellence in Amara’s programs and their impact evaluation. The Chief Innovation and Program Officer will inform Amara’s policy agenda, contribute to the development of Amara’s strategic planning, and be an active member of Amara’s senior leadership team.

The Chief Innovation and Program Officer leads a team of associate directors and/or directors who themselves supervise program managers and clinical staff. They are responsible for ensuring appropriate clinical supervision of all programmatic staff through the directors, associate directors, program managers, and supervisors on their team and/or contracted providers. The Chief Innovation and Program Officer also ensures staff have appropriate personnel supervision and professional development opportunities. The Chief Innovation and Program Officer is responsible for working to enhance and expand Amara’s programs and overall impact in partnership with the Executive Leadership Team, including developing partnerships, supporting fundraising efforts, managing contracts, measuring impact, and working to strategically position Amara and its programs at the cutting edge of our field; the latter being defined as supporting the needs of children and families impacted in the child welfare system in the ways that research, best practices, evidence-based programs, community informed programs, and persons with lived experience identify needs and effective supports.

 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.

Clinical Support/Team Management Duties:

  • Responsible for overseeing and developing the team, (including directors, associate directors, program managers, and other supervisors) in recruitment and retention, hiring, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and promotion. In doing this work, maintaining equity as a central consideration, including considering recommendations, through established organizational processes, from Amara’s DEI Council or its successors.
  • Develop and implement training programs to build the capacity of staff in impact measurement and evaluation.
  • Actively works to develop a team atmosphere and cultivate a supportive and productive work environment that includes continuous learning and growth.
  • Ensure the provision of clinical supervision and best practice across all program areas to enable Amara’s overall programmatic impact.
  • Provides opportunities for growth and development among staff, fostering a culture of learning and continuous improvement.
  • Set policies, priorities, and procedures consistent with best practice models for effective clinical case management.
  • Support and oversee associate directors, directors, and supervisors in the assignment of (and management of) staff caseloads, including co-setting and adjusting work to be accomplished by staff.

Impact and Evaluation Duties:

  • Lead the development of a comprehensive impact strategy aligned with the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Collaborate across teams to integrate impact considerations into program planning and development.
  • Design and implement robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks to assess program effectiveness.
  • Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to measure the impact of programs.
  • Ensure data collection methods are rigorous and aligned with established best practices.
  • Conduct regular impact assessments to evaluate the success of programs and initiatives.
  • Analyze data and provide insights to inform decision-making, program refinement, and resource allocation.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to gather input on program impact and effectiveness and to communicate impact results in a clear and compelling manner, both internally and externally.

Operational Management

  • Work with internal and external evaluators to set outcome measures for team programs, using Amara’s adopted evaluation framework as a guide. Ensure evaluations are informed by a balance of funder requirements, overall organizational priorities, service recipient and impacted community information on what is a valuable impact or outcome, and a reasonable balance between the goals of evaluation and the impact of collecting data from clients. Ensure evaluations are completed in a timely fashion, aligned with funder requirements and Amara’s internal evaluation cycles, train staff on evaluation protocols, and adjust programming to address any identified issues. Ensure that the program is developing and implementing ongoing quality improvement measures. In partnership with Amara’s evaluation lead, ensure all staff is trained (appropriate to their role in the evaluation process) on the rationale for data collection, on non-harmful and low-impact methodologies for collecting necessary client data, on privacy, and on data quality.
  • Oversee licensure, monitoring, reporting, and contract compliance for programs this position supervises, either directly or through delegation to directors, associate directors, and/or program managers.
  • Project, develop, and monitor revenue and expense budgets for all programs. In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and finance staff, ensure all staff with budget authority are trained in all financial procedures and processes in line with their roles and scope of responsibility. Additionally, support directors, associate directors, program managers and supervisors in accessing training on and receiving support around organization-wide budgeting and all org.-wide fiscal policies. Monitor these policies are followed consistently.
  • Ensure all areas of programs are effective and efficient. Instill a sense of accountability among team members by modeling oversight of individual and organizational performance standards.

Strategic Leadership

  • Regularly review the need for program services, framework, service regions, service populations and/or service methodologies to best meet the clinical and program needs of those Amara serves or seeks to serve. In reviewing, ensure careful consideration of the needs of underserved populations and populations disproportionately impacted by the child welfare system or other systems that are connected to child welfare system involvement (criminal legal, educational, behavioral health, homelessness, etc.). Depending on the size and scope of programmatic changes, ensure appropriate consultation with program lead staff, associate directors, directors, and the organization’s senior leadership team. Ensuring that staff and community members with lived experiences’ recommendations are integrated as an important part of programmatic decision changes.
  • Keep senior leadership team apprised of programmatic decisions that may impact external stakeholder relationships including the Board of Directors, funders, policymakers, or key partner agencies or organizations. Make no programmatic decisions expanding the geographic service region of a program, the staffing of a program, the funding structure of a program, principal program partnerships, or a program’s service delivery framework without ensuring that the decision has been made in conversation with the senior leadership team. Appropriately use discretion in determining which programmatic decisions require the approval of others on the senior leadership team based on adopted organization policy and practice.
  • Oversee and support the development and maintenance of effective relationships with other service providers, agencies, and partners to ensure that children and families have excellent access to all needed services.
  • As a senior leadership team member, 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 child welfare and related policy areas.
  • Lead all policy work for Amara in partnership with the CEO and other senior leadership team members and their staff.
  • Lead all impact and evaluation work at Amara and utilize information as a means of informing strategic planning and decision making, ensuring key partners are kept abreast of Amara’s performance (staff, board, funder, clients, etc.).

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

  • A demeanor that exudes confidence and care for others, especially the children and families we serve.
  • A leader who builds enduring relationships and leads with a thoughtful, positive, loyal, and strategic presence.
  • A leader who displays a visionary and entrepreneurial spirit, someone who will not only lead our program but continue to grow, improve, and refine our strategies and program design.
  • A leader with a respectful and accessible leadership style who is comfortable with situations of ambiguity and able to relate to a wide range of clients and constituencies.
  • A highly competent team player who is energized by the mission, and who is caring, honest and open.
  • A team player oriented toward the greater good of Amara and its direction who possesses strong clinical skills.

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.

  • MSW or equivalent MA/MS degree in related field
  • 7+ years of clinical experience providing trauma informed care.
  • 5+ years of experience in foster care, child welfare or social services
  • 5+ years of experience in supervision or administration of social services
  • 5+ years of experience supervising and mentoring a team of no fewer than 7 individuals, and 3 direct reports.
  • 3+ years managing contracts, grants, and budgets.
  • 3+ years in roles that inform and further policies to benefit the wellbeing of children and families.
  • 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 judgement.
  • Demonstrated skill and implementation of equity principles and practices that create a safe and affirming environment for clients and staff across intersectional characteristics.
  • Demonstrated leadership in promoting advancement and development of diversity.
  • Strong decision-making skills, including critical thinking skills. Demonstrated ability to think globally.
  • Cross-cultural competence relative to age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • Experience licensing and completing pre- and post-placement reports, psychosocial assessments, and/or needs assessments and treatment plans a plus.
  • Experience in program development and implementation.
  • Ability to provide supervision that meets licensing requirements a plus.

EducationMSW or equivalent MA/MS degree in related field.

Supervisory ResponsibilitiesDirect supervision of Directors, Associate Directors, and others as assigned including recruitment, retention, hiring, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and promotion.

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 an annual rate of pay between $125,000-$150,000 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, 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 will 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

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