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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

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

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

The Facilities and Maintenance Assistant is responsible for handling the day-to-day facility repair and maintenance needs as well as assisting with emergency maintenance tasks. This position interacts with and supports all Amara staff at both our King and Pierce County offices, and as such will require routine travel between those sites. The ideal candidate is both an excellent communicator and collaborator who is comfortable managing multiple priorities. We anticipate this position to require 70% of the applicant’s time be spent working in our Pierce County office and 30% of their time in our King County office.

Responsibilities

The Facilities and Maintenance Assistant reports to the Capital Projects and Facilities Manager and works closely with Amara staff across all programs. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following.

Office Management and Facilities

  • Maintains, services, and conducts minor repairs on buildings and equipment as directed.
  • Performs a variety of semiskilled duties in the areas of plumbing (repairing leaks, unclogging toilets, and drains), electrical (replacing lights, and electrical receptacles), painting, appliance repair/maintenance or HVAC.
  • Maintains parking lot and grounds maintenance including debris and snow removal as needed.
  • Responsible for landscaping projects including both routine maintenance and special projects.
  • Drafts and implements preventive maintenance schedules for buildings and equipment.
  • Maintains inventory of janitorial and maintenance related supplies and reorders products as needed.
  • Maintains physical spaces, ensuring a safe, clean, and functional environment for staff, clients, and tenants.
  • Responsible for changing all HVAC filters according to maintenance schedule. Coordinate annual HVAC servicing with approved vendors according to maintenance schedule.
  • Oversee weekly trash/recycle/compost removal and coordinate any special pickups with appropriate vendors.
  • Responsible for supporting and coordinating facilities projects, maintaining office and common spaces such as conference rooms and assisting staff and outside presenters in setting up meetings with proper equipment.
  • Acts as “on-call” personnel for maintenance related emergencies which may require evening and/or weekend work.
  • Participates in emergency preparedness planning and training.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Basic understanding of electrical, plumbing and construction terms and practices, including energy efficiency methods used in construction.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, vendors, and tenants.
  • Ability to work independently on routine assignments and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Must be organized, detail oriented, self-motivated, and able to multi-task.
  • Ability to comprehend written materials (schematic drawings, blueprints, instruction manuals).
  • Ability to learn safety regulations and practice safety precautions.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have high school diploma or GED.
  • Two to Five years of experience in construction, maintenance, or repair work.
  • A valid WA State Driver’s license.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position with an hourly wage of $19.50-$22.00/hour. 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.

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 submit your resume and a one-page cover letter indicating why this position is the right opportunity for you in Smart Recruiters.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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

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

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.

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