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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 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.

The Accounting Clerk works closely with the Staff Accountant and other administrative staff to maintain accurate and complete financial records for the organization. You will have the responsibility of managing accounts receivable and accounts payable, along with assisting in financial reporting and general ledger accounting. This position will cross train on other accounting tasks as needed and provide backup for administrative support for some program services.

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

Responsibilities

 The Accounting Clerk reports to the Staff Accountant and works closely with the  Administration, Development, and Program teams. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

General Responsibilities:

  • Receives vendor invoices (bills) and seeks approval from the appropriate manager.
  • Receives, reviews, and verifies employee expense reimbursement reports with manager approval each month.
  • Data entry of approved vendor invoices (bills) and employee expense reimbursement reports into QuickBooks Online.
  • E-Files all documentation related to accounts payable activities.
  • Prepares accounts payable reports on a regular basis.
  • Manages vendor files including up-to-date W-9s, mailing addresses, ACH banking information, contact information, contract status, and more, in conjunction with HR
  • Facilitates payment of vendors, which may include verification of federal ID numbers, reviewing purchase orders, federal debarment status, and resolving discrepancies.
  • Ensures outstanding obligations are credited upon payment, identifies discount opportunities, and issues purchase order amendments or stop-payment orders as needed.
  • Assists with general ledger accounting entries as needed.
  • Assists with accounting records and ledgers by reconciling monthly statements and transactions.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

 Qualifications

  • Associates degree in business, accounting, or related field; work experience may be substituted with demonstrated ability to understand accounting work
  • Previous Accounts Payable/Receivable or other accounting work preferred
  • Ability to quickly perform routine tasks with consistent accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask and has initiative to take assigned tasks to the next level
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve and use logic and available resources
  • Experience with QuickBooks preferred 

Salary and Benefits 

Annual salary range of $50,000-$55,000 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. Amara supports a hybrid work schedule including some flexibility to work-from-home. For mandatory “in-office” days the successful candidate will have the option of working from either our Pierce or King County offices. 

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.

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.

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 here.

Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Amara is committed to positive long-term outcomes for children and families. We drive systemic change, promote healing, and advance racial and LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Amara has an opportunity for an Associate Director of Programs – Youth Development and Community Support.

 The ideal candidate is passionate about Amara’s mission, vision, and values. Has strong interpersonal, operational, and administrative skills, enjoys working to improve processes and can engage with a variety of stakeholders.

If you are energized by the Amara mission and thrive on creating and following through on ambitious plans in service to improving children’s well-being, we would love to hear from you.

Responsibilities

The Associate Director of Programs – Youth Development and Community Support reports to the Chief Executive Officer and works closely with Amara’s Program leadership team while overseeing Amara’s youth development programing and community support personnel. This role will be responsible for leading the centralization of our educational programing and services for youth encountering, or at risk for encountering, the child welfare system as well as for Amara’s existing foster, birth, kinship, and adoptive families.

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

Supervision and Management (50%)

  • Oversee, support, and develop the program team, including recruitment and retention, hiring, orientation, supervision, evaluation, and promotion of staff in conjunction with Amara’s Human Resource Manager.
  • Provide a warm, caring, and confident leadership style that supports a team providing direct services to youth and families.
  • Implement program policies, priorities, and procedures consistent with best practice models for effective program implementation.
  • Work with staff and build from the work of Amara’s DEI council to develop objective performance measures across the program, to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees.
  • Support and directly oversee program staff including Community Support Program Manager, Permanency Support Specialist and Youth Development Specialist (if applicable).
  • Provide opportunities for growth and development among staff.

Operational Management (25%)

  • Work collaboratively with other Associate Directors of Programs to ensure impactful, efficient, and complementary services across Amara’s service array.
  • In partnership with Associate Director of Program Impact and Evaluation, ensure appropriate data collection and reporting to evaluate program impact and efficacy.
  • Identify, recommend, and implement program and process improvement in concert with team feedback/guidance.
  • Develop, and monitor revenue and expense budget for Youth Development and Community Support program(s). Ensure budgets remain on track, identifying and approving appropriate expenses and costs.
  • Looks for methods to improve quality, efficiency, and productivity of program offerings while controlling or reducing costs.
  • Demonstrated track record in developing, communicating, implementing, and adapting strategies in rapidly changing environments.

Strategic Leadership (15%)

  • Regularly review and recommend changes in program services to meet client needs with emphasis on services for underserved populations
  • Collaborate across Amara programs to set goals and metrics for various community support programs and ensure targets are being met.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with other service providers, agencies, and partners to ensure that children and families have excellent access to all needed services
  • As a member of the leadership team, this position plays a key role in the development and ongoing promotion of Amara’s mission, vision, philosophy, and culture
  • Remain apprised of current trends, practices, and legislation through networking and publications to develop new programs to either meet changing needs in our community or to diversify our services
  • Build and coordinate partnerships with key community organizations and partners including government agencies, research institutions, schools, and other social welfare organizations.
  • Participate in select internal and external collaborative efforts with key stakeholders/partners to advance systemic child welfare change
  • Assess program development and provide leadership in service expansion opportunities

Communications (10%)

  • Coordinate with Communications team on media content regarding issues related to youth development/community initiatives.
  • Represent Amara in community meetings, events, and partner and donor meetings
  • Serve on select internal and external committees

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a social services field. (Master’s degree in non-profit leadership, public administration, business, or social work highly preferred).
  • 4+ years of leadership experience including program development, leadership development, contract management and financial management.
  • 2+ years of experience in team facilitation and a proven track record of effective communications with internal and external partners.
  • Project management experience with proven execution of accomplishing deliverables in a defined timeline.
  • Broad knowledge of program areas, funders, and community partners.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and juggle priorities while meeting varying deadlines.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to lead group meetings
  • Ability to lead with initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgment
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the various cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff
  • Demonstrated leadership in promoting the advancement and development of diversity, equity, and inclusion in oneself, staff, and within program development
  • Strong decision-making skills, including critical thinking skills. Demonstrated ability to think globally
  • Spanish fluency (verbal and written) desired but not required.

 Salary and Benefits

This is a full time, 40+ hour per week position with a starting salary of $76,960-88,800, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical, health, vision and dental insurance, 401k with a company match, life, and disability insurance.                                                                                                      

Criminal Background Check

Any final candidate hired into this position must successfully pass a criminal background check performed by the State of Washington.

To Apply

To express your interest in this position, please submit your resume and one-page cover letter indicating why this position is the right opportunity for you in Smart Recruiters.

Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. 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 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 Community Support Program Manager as part of our larger Youth Development programming. The Community Support Program Manager is a centralized training position for Amara’s various programs including our Youth STAR (Strong, Tough, and Resilient) program as well as our Caregiver and Parent group supports and various educational offerings.

Position Summary

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

  • Acts as training coordinator/liaison across various Amara programs including Shared Parenting, AIMS, Family Connections, SEL and all adult/caregiver/parent groups.
  • Creates comprehensive plans that define program purpose, scope, milestones, and tasks necessary to create and guide training initiatives.
  • Measure program performance with particular attention to key indicators (attendance, participation, and outcomes) using appropriate methods.
  • Track and report on various project statuses, identifying any issues that need to be escalated to ensure timely completion of program objectives.
  • Working with Amara’s communications team in direct outreach services which may include both family recruitment and family engagement responsibilities.
  • Working with facilitators at partner organizations to ensure training is structured appropriately and that cohorts are developed with community needs in mind.
  • Manage program meetings, including the development of agendas and objectives.
  • Leverage resources and partnerships focusing on the needs of children/youth/families that have been chronically underserved.
  • Responsible for training program and curriculum development including delivering educational presentations in small and large group settings.
  • Monitors program areas for adherence to established budget and makes recommendations regarding budget adjustment as needed.
  • Manage logistical planning and organizing of learning objectives and programs (including class preparation, facilitator engagement and equipment setup). May be responsible for ordering any learning aids/special materials necessary based on audience needs and available program resources.
  • Ensuring consistency in the design and development of workshops and support groups across both in-person and online learning environments.
  • Create and manage a calendar of in-person, online and on-demand learning and training activities for Amara staff and program participants.
  • Prioritizing projects based on departmental goals.
  • Create/implement volunteer programs and policies in conjunction with other relevant Amara personnel.
  • Develop effective methods of communicating with volunteers about Amara needs/opportunities on a consistent basis.
  • Support internal teams to ensure outreach to the organizations various audiences is consistent and effective.
  • Building a robust communication strategy to drive participation in Amara’s various programs.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues to assure a quality continuum of services for Amara clients.
  • Represents Amara in the community as an education and community liaison, as appropriate.

Qualifications

Education/Experience Requirement:

  • Master’s degree in Human Services/Education/Public Policy or related field and one year of social services experience OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services/Education/Public Policy or related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience OR
  • Associates Degree in Human Services/Education/Public Policy or related field with 3 to 5 years related experience
  • 2+ years in a learning specialist or similar role, with direct “hands on” training experience.
  • Experience coordinating learning events including both in-person and virtual formats.
  • Strong communication skills; experience communicating through verbal and written formats with a wide variety of stakeholders across cultures
  • Knowledge of youth and adult learning theories and principals.
  • Knowledge of child welfare, foster care, and kinship care policies and current best practices.
  • Experience with curriculum and training development (specifically at the youth/adolescent level)
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgment
  • Ability to collect, organize and utilize data for program improvement purposes.
  • Ability to work with all groups across age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • Experience with social services specifically with youth and families.
  • Experience designing, coordinating, and managing programs or services
  • Highly organized with good communication and problem-solving skills including skills in Informational Technology.
  • Strong writing skills with ability to remain neutral and unbiased in reporting
  • Experience with MS Word, Outlook, and Excel required.
  • Knowledge of web delivery tools (Zoom, Teams) preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional nights and weekends.

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 accommodations.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position with a salary range of $61,300-70,200 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 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 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 impacted by the child welfare system including those adopted, in resource care, in kinship care, in guardianship, or in-home dependency.  The Youth Development Specialist will have a variety of responsibilities including supporting the implementation and development of our STAR (Strong Tough and Resilient) Youth Program in King County and similar future programming.

Amara’s youth programing will bring school-aged youth impacted by the child welfare system together to develop stronger social and emotional (SEL) skills, participate in activities that help them create a positive sense of self and their identity and create a peer network with other youth with shared life experiences.

Responsibilities

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

  • Plans, implements, and carries out weekly educational programs and activities to meet the organizations overall youth development mission.
  • 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 fieldtrips, workshops, and special events.
  • Assist with recruitment, screening, and enrollment of youth into appropriate cohorts for programing.
  • 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 program maintains established safety protocols including first aid, evacuation, and emergency procedures.
  • Will lead performance measurement evaluation and continuous quality improvement activities.
  • 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 justice.
  • Work with government and partner organizations to coordinate and align services for participants.
  • Participate in required funder meetings including (quarterly) BSK Learning Circles, monthly check-ins, and the like; to improve system connection and coordination.
  • 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 –
    • Master’s degree in Human Services or related field and one year of social services experience
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience
    • Associates Degree in Human Services or Social Work with 3 to 5 years related experience
  • Experience with social services specifically with youth and families
  • Experience coordinating and managing programs or services
  • Experience working with diverse families (variety of religions, races, cultures, ages, and socioeconomic levels)
  • Initiative, independence, flexibility, and maturity
  • Highly organized with good communication and problem-solving skills
  • Strong writing skills with ability to remain neutral and unbiased in reporting
  • Experience with MS Word, Outlook, and Excel a plus
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background check
  • Must provide proof of current flu, Tdap and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Must have current or be able to provide within 90 days of hire date CPR/First Aid Certification and BBP within the past 5 years
  • Must be at least 21 years of age

 Salary and Benefits 

$54,600 to $61,048, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical, health, vision and dental insurance, 401k with a company match, life, and disability insurance.

Criminal Background Check

Because this position has access to confidential client information and direct interaction with children any final candidate hired into this position must successfully pass a criminal background check performed by the State of Washington. Any job offer is contingent on successfully passing this background check.  A list of disqualifying convictions for this position is available here

To Apply

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

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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