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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 Executive Officer (CEO) – 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 Executive Officer (CEO) who will be responsible for Amara’s visionary leadership, strategic direction and all aspects of organizational operations including program development, fundraising, financial management and staff leadership.   

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.

Strategic Leadership & Operational Management:

  • Lead, with the Board of Directors, setting annual strategic priorities and goals along with a work plan to allocate resources (funds and personnel) to support organizational priorities.
  • Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services to meet the needs of the organization’s constituents, centering children at-risk of or impacted by the child welfare system.
  • Develop and implement long-term strategic plans aligned to the organization’s mission and vision; ensure objectives, activities, and decisions are in line with long-term strategic goals.
  • Align programs to the organization’s mission and goals and achieve desired outcomes. Ensure that programs are developed strategically and in a fiscally responsible manner, with focus on potential impact and outcomes, and an understanding of organization-wide sustainability.
  • Oversee preparation and management of budget, monitor financial performance, and ensure fiscal responsibility, including forecasting, cash flow monitoring and financial reporting with our CFO.
  • Monitor trends, policy changes, and community needs to adapt organizational strategies accordingly.
  • Drive a sense of accountability among team members by modeling performance standards.
  • Identify and manage/mitigate potential organizational risks.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations and ethical standards governing non-profit organizations. This includes overseeing legal and regulatory filings, maintaining corporate records, and ensuring adherence to established policies and procedures.

Program Development:

  • Set clear objectives, priorities, and timelines for program implementation and evaluation.
  • Ensure that programs are designed, piloted, and scaled with the focus of serving client needs and a vision towards system impact locally, in WA State, and Federally. Consider how programs drive practice and policies and seek to operate these thoughtfully in a way that challenges long-standing inequitable systems and structures.
  • Regularly conduct needs assessments with a diverse group to identify and evaluate current programs aligned to the challenges, issues.
  • Develop and support strategic partnerships with other organizations, funders, government agencies, and community groups to leverage resources, expertise, and support and expand program reach.
  • Recruit, hire, and train staff needed to implement and manage program activities effectively. Provide guidance and support for staff members in building their capacity.
  • Advocate for policies and initiatives that support the organization’s programmatic goals and address systemic issues impacting the community. Engage policymakers, advocacy groups and other stakeholders in policy discussions and advocacy efforts.
  • Remain apprised of current trends, practices and legislation in child welfare and related policy areas.

Core Competencies:

  • Team player who is energized by the mission, and who is caring and transparent, oriented toward the greater good of Amara and its overall strategic direction.
  • Ability to build enduring relationships and leads with a thoughtful, positive, loyal, and strategic presence and garner loyalty and support from impacted communities and stakeholders.
  • Respectful and accessible leadership style, comfortable with ambiguity and able to relate to a wide range of clients and constituencies.
  • Ability to have difficult conversations and make difficult decisions.
  • A demeanor that exudes care for others including children and families we serve.

Qualifications

7+ years serving an organization in an executive leadership capacity, with comparable scope of responsibility over policy, operations, programs, development, communications, and financial oversight.

  • 5+ years working with foster care, child welfare or social services preferred.
  • 5+ years in supervision or administration of social services.
  • 5+ years of experience supervising and mentoring a team, including both direct and indirect reports.
  • 3+ years in roles that inform and further policies to benefit the wellbeing of children and families.
  • 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 broadly.
  • Cross-cultural competence relative to age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and neuro-divergence.
  • Experience in program development and implementation. 

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

Supervisory ResponsibilitiesThe CEO will lead a team of executives including the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Innovation and Program Officer (CIPO) and Chief Development Officer (CDO).

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 $170,000-$200,000 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 operates in hybrid mode. Work is done in the community, in clients’ homes, at our facilities in Pierce and King County, as well as other sites throughout the state. This role includes a significant component of stakeholder stewardship, requiring the ability and flexibility to work both remotely and in-person.

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 will be accepted for this position until May 20th.

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

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