Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer - Amara

Corporate and Foundation Relations 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.

The Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer is responsible for researching, developing, and preparing grant proposals, and managing relationships with foundations, corporations, and public funders. As a key member of the External Relations Team, this position helps Amara meet its annual fundraising goal and engages institutional partners. The Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer reports to the Chief Development Officer and works in partnership with staff to successfully develop and steward relationships, apply for funding opportunities for programmatic initiatives, report on program outcomes, and share Amara’s story from a strengths-based perspective.


The Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer reports to the Chief Development Officer as part of the External Relations Team. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Research and identify prospective funding partners (including private foundations, family foundations, public entities (i.e., Federal, State, County, and City), corporations, and local businesses) in alignment with Amara’s mission.
  • Learn Amara’s programs, goals, and financial needs in order to develop compelling proposals, seek new funding opportunities, and report back to funders on their impact.
  • Build internal relationships and work closely with Amara staff members to synthesize program activities, data, and financials for proposals and reports.
  • Write and prepare grant proposals, sponsorship requests, reports, and LOIs to prospective funding partners (as outlined in the first bullet point) by persuasively communicating Amara’s goals, mission, and programs.
  • Manage portfolio of institutional funder relationships, including for corporate partners, private foundations, and tracking public opportunities. Support the relationship management plans for the Chief Development Officer and CEO. Portfolio management includes developing a two-way relationship with the funder and creating individualized engagement plans as appropriate.
  • Represent Amara at corporate, private, and community-wide events as requested.
  • Ensure compliance with all funder guidelines in grant submission and reporting.
  • In partnership with the Chief Development Officer, develop annual grants plan, including funder strategy and anticipated timelines. Maintain and update grant plan throughout the year.
  • Maintain funder information, strategy, and moves in donor database.
  • Support internal progress reporting to staff, leadership, and the board of directors.
  • Manage any contract grant writers as applicable.
  • Actively participate in Amara’s efforts to advance racial equity, unlearn biases, and engage in the organization’s broader work in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ensure all written grant materials use strengths-based language and represent children and families with value and dignity.


The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, a strong writer, and enjoys storytelling to the community through grant requests. Candidates should thrive working independently, but enjoy relationship-building within the organization and with funders. Prior private and public grant writing experience is preferred, and we are seeking people with demonstrated story-telling experience, knowledge of the child welfare system, are committed to advancing racial and LGBTQIA+ equity, and are passionate about Amara’s mission.

We list our preferred qualifications and are open to candidates who can demonstrate their experience and/or education that supports their alignment with the skills we are seeking.

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity and anti-racism:
    • Experience working in racially and ethnically diverse environments;
    • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and dismantling structural racial inequity;
    • Desire to further personal understanding of racial and social justice work.
  • 5+ years in nonprofit fundraising or grant writing, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to write and edit persuasively.
  • Comfortable building relationships with departments across the organization.
  • Strong prioritization and time management skills; ability to meet competing deadlines.
  • Ability to translate programmatic information and data into concise, compelling, asset-based, and mission-centered narratives.
  • Understanding of budgets and ability to understand organization’s finances and financial systems.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
  • Goal-oriented, resourceful, flexible, positive, and good-humored.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and donor databases.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with an annual salary between $85,000-$99,999. Please be advised that while we value the skills and qualifications of all applicants, we anticipate hiring at the lower end of the salary scale for this position. The final salary offer will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience, qualifications, and demonstrated abilities.

Amara offers a generous leave and benefits package including 10 company holidays, 4 personal days, sick leave, and 15 days of vacation per year. Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance rates, a 401k with a company match, life, and disability insurance and a paid sabbatical. Amara supports a hybrid work environment with some flexibility to work from home and will have workspace in one of our locations in either Pierce or King County.

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. For specific requirements please feel free to contact 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.

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 the position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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