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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 LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities – to apply and join us in our work.

Current Openings

We are looking for our next leader. Could it be you? Amara is celebrating 100 years of commitment to children and families in our community and we need someone to carry us into the future. 

We are in an exciting period of transition and evolution with a new mission and vision, as well as a brand new website to showcase our growth. Our new CEO position is an exceptional opportunity to lead a historic child welfare agency committed to transforming itself and in turn the systems, policies, and practices of the child welfare field to strive toward a just and equitable world where all children, youth, and communities can grow and thrive.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

The Pierce County Director (PCD) collaborates with staff and leadership to lead Amara’s impact in Pierce County and the South Sound region, building partnerships, relationships, and trust. The PCD reports to the CEO and works at a strategic level with Amara’s Leadership Team and Board. The PCD oversees Amara’s vision to transform child welfare in Pierce County, manages local operations, and partners closely with team members to share Amara’s story and program goals. The PCD works with the Pierce County Community Leadership team, Pierce County Advisory Council, and partner organizations to bring about systemic change that centers child and family well-being, promotes healing and advances racial equity with the goal of preventing child removal into foster care.

Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strive for equality and justice in the way people are treated and the opportunities they have to succeed by working to address racism, unequal treatment and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership that consistently centers principles of racial and social justice and transparency
    • Responsible for personal on-going learning and growth related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
    • Support direct reports and colleagues to lead for racial equity
    • Promote a culture of well-being that encourages and nurtures employees’ whole selves
  • Lead Amara’s vision to transform child welfare in Pierce County through the development of a 29-acre property, in collaboration with community stakeholders
    • Maintain and develop relationship with Community Leadership Team, an advisory group primarily consisting of BIPOC individuals with lived experience with the child welfare system
    • Lead master planning effort, including managing consultants and engaging Amara staff and leadership throughout the project
    • Build partnerships to bring about systemic change to support positive long-term outcomes for families in alignment with community input
    • Secure commitments from partner organizations to co-invest in and co-locate on Amara’s 29-acre site
  • Manage Pierce County administration
    • Develop and manage Pierce County administrative and operations budget in collaboration with Finance team
    • Manage local contracts
    • Collaborate with administrative team to oversee Pierce County facilities, including tenant relationships and repair/maintenance
  • Represent Amara in the South Sound community
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with those impacted by child welfare with special attention to communities disproportionally impacted.
    • Develop and manage partnerships and collaborations in Pierce County and the South Sound, including managing Amara’s Pierce County Advisory Council
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with legislators, local officials, private funders and community members
  • Collaborate with other departments and leaders within Amara
    • Partner with the Communications and Outreach Team to support message/marketing, volunteer engagement, and community outreach
    • Partner closely with Development Team to execute fundraising plans
    • Collaborate closely with Amara program leadership to support effective regional implementation and expansion plans of Amara programs in Pierce County and the broader South Sound
    • Serve on Amara’s Leadership Team
    • Other duties as assigned
  • Provide supervision to the Pierce County Partnerships and Engagement Manager

 Qualifications

  • Experience leading for racial equity and social justice
  • Significant knowledge of and connection to Pierce County landscape of human services and public systems
  • Proven ability to cultivate and sustain strategic partnerships, including community-based organizations, government agencies and the private sector
  • Experience managing complex, multi-partner projects
  • Experience supervising and developing diverse staff teams
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
  • Ability to prioritize and employ resources strategically
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with and equitably distribute power among individuals at all levels and with diverse backgrounds
  • Bachelors or advanced degree in social work, public policy, business or related field preferred; however, other education or related experience may be substituted
  • Experience in human services and child welfare preferred

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with an annual salary of $75,000 – $85,000, depending on experience. Competitive compensation, 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, 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 online.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume online. Applications will be accepted until position closed date.

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.

The Grant Writer is responsible for researching, developing, and preparing grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and public funding opportunities. As a key member of the Philanthropy Team, this position helps Amara meet its annual fundraising goal. The Grant Writer reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer and works in partnership with staff to successfully apply for funding opportunities for programmatic initiatives, report on program outcomes, and share Amara’s story from a strengths-based perspective.

Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strive for equality and justice in the way people are treated and the opportunities they have to succeed by working to address racism, unequal treatment and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Responsibilities

The Grant Writer reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer as part of the Philanthropy Team. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Research and identify prospective funding partners 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 relationships and work closely with Amara staff members to synthesize program activities, data, and financials for proposals and reports.
  • Write and prepare grant proposals, reports, LOIs to prospective funding partners by persuasively communicating Amara’s goals, mission, and programs.
  • Ensure compliance with all funder guidelines in grant submission and reporting.
  • In partnership with the Chief Philanthropy Officer, develop annual grants plan including funder strategy and anticipated timelines.
  • Maintain funder information, strategy, and moves in donor database.
  • 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. 

Qualifications

The ideal candidate is detail oriented, a strong writer, and enjoys story-telling to the community through grant requests. Candidates should thrive working independently, but enjoy relationship building within the organization and with funders. Prior grant writing or nonprofit communications experience is preferred, however, we are seeking people with demonstrated experience writing and/or story-telling, experience with the child welfare system, are committed to advancing racial 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.
  • 3+ years in nonprofit fundraising or communications, 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 of $48,000 – $60,000, 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; and life and disability insurance. The successful candidate will have flexibility to work from home and will have office space in one of our locations in Pierce or King County.  

Criminal Background Check

Because this position has access to confidential client, employee, or financial information 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 online.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample online. In your submission, please indicate how you learned of this posting. No phone calls, please. Applications will begin to be reviewed on 3/8/2021 with first round interviews anticipated to start the week of 3/15/2021. The anticipated start date is 4/1/2021.

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 equity by offering programs and services to families engaged with foster care and to adoptees and families, post-adoption.

Bring your organizational skills, initiative and positive attitude to help Amara fulfill its mission! We are currently seeking a fill time Operation Coordinator to join our Administration team and provide support for both our programs and operational teams. The Operations Coordinator is responsible for handling the day-to-day details of the office such as tech and facilities support, vendor and client group scheduling, ordering supplies, completing HR generalist duties and supporting finance and various programs and teams. This position interacts with and supports all staff at Amara and is truly a unique position. The ideal candidate is both an excellent communicator and collaborator who is comfortable managing multiple priorities.

Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strive for equality and justice in the way people are treated and the opportunities they have to succeed by working to address racism, unequal treatment and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Responsibilities

The Operations Coordinator reports to the Operations Manager and works closely with Finance and our programs teams. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following;

Human Resources Support (30%)

    • Assist with onboarding and new staff with IT setup, HR management software setup, new hire paperwork, IT orientation and set-up, and facilities orientation when appropriate. Ensure proper and complete HR filing for new employees in conjunction with the Operations Manager.
    • Overseeing and organizing staff credential tracking systems, documentation filing and staff reminders for expiring credentials, using a high level of attention to detail and organization.
    • Assisting in recruitment in open positions by posting open positions and supporting hiring managers with hiring process, as needed in conjunction with the Operations Manager.
    • Assist with administration of HR management software including ensuring proper data management, updating employee records when appropriate and assisting staff with the software when needed.

Information Technology (30%)

    • Reviewing and responding to internal IT support tickets, resolving simple issues internally. Assisting staff with basic setup and researching and ordering new supplies or equipment. Escalating to outsourced IT vendor when appropriate and liaising between IT vendor and staff.
    • Maintain inventory of IT equipment and perform necessary maintenance. Set up and maintain operational workstations when staff is stationed in the offices.
    • Work closely with the Operations Manager and CFO and outsourced IT vendor on organizational IT cost analysis and development cost-saving processes and protocols.

General Administration and Program Support (20%)

    • Assisting program staff in data entry and procedural materials updates. Sending communication to and coordinating with families for events and trainings.
    • Answering general inquiry emails and calls to the organization and occasionally staffing the front desk to greet clients, donors, families, volunteers and other stakeholders.
    • Ad hoc projects and additional duties as assigned.

Office Management and Facilities (15%*)

    • 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.
    • General office management including maintaining an inventory and regular ordering of office and staff supplies. Coordinating in the servicing of general office machines (printers, copiers, etc.).
    • Advising and consulting with Operations Manager on improvements to office maintenance efforts and office functions.

Finance (5%)

    • Depositing checks, processing invoices, and other basic finance transactions. Remain cross-trained in and act as back-up for basic finance functions as needed.

 Ideal Attributes

  • This position would be ideal for someone with experience in, or interest in learning about nonprofit administration, child welfare and human resources.
  • While there are no specific experience requirements for this position, we believe the person most successful in this position will have familiarity working in a professional office setting, performing administrative or support-based work. This could be reception, general administrative work, finance support, operational support, HR generalist duties, etc.
  • We believe a person with a high-level of organization, who has the ability to work independently once fully trained and manage multiple needs from different sources at once, will be most successful.
  • People with interest in continued learning, especially of high-level nonprofit administration and HR duties, would likely do well in this work.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be able to work with people of diverse backgrounds and have an appreciation for qualities that all folks bring to our work. Must demonstrate respect for people of differing identities than their own (including but by no means limited to, cultural, racial, religious, gender expression and sexual identities) and keep this respect and appreciation at the forefront of their work.
  • Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality and show high emotional intelligence in handling complex or sensitive information or data.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have high school diploma or equivalency course of study with certificate (GED for example).
  • Have a valid government issued ID.
  • Ability to pass a background check.

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with an hourly wage of $21.64/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.

This position is currently 80% remote / 20% in-office** and will be full-time in the office once it is safe to fully return to working onsite.

*Facilities duties are largely curbed during the pandemic due to lack of in-office staffing but will resume once our staff re-enter the offices for regular work.

**Worksite information during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Currently, our offices are closed, except for a few key services that we provide, and our staff are largely working from home. Due to some unique duties of the Operations Coordinator, which must be accomplished in-person, this position works approximately 20% in-office at our Seattle Location. This means a frequency of working in the offices ~1-2 days per week with occasional additional in-office visits to meet vendors or assist with in-person special projects.  We are dedicated to maintaining a safe work environment with robust pandemic protocols, PPE supplies and ample space for our staff to work safely alone, if their position requires in-office work.  

Criminal Background Check

Because this position has access to confidential client, employee, or financial information 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 online.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume online. In your submission, please indicate how you learned of this posting. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Amara is an equal opportunity employer.

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

We are seeking a new Foster Care Specialist to become an integral and valued part of our Home Study and Licensing team working to achieve Amara’s vision. We have two offices, one in Tacoma and one in Seattle. While we work to ensure that families are served by their closest office, both offices serve families from Lewis to Whatcom counties, including the peninsula and Kitsap county.

Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strive for equity and justice in the way people are treated and the opportunities they have to succeed by working to address racism, prejudice, unequal treatment and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Position summary

This individual will be responsible for providing a wide range of services (including assessment, licensing, and case management) on behalf of children in need of permanency. The majority of this work is family assessment and licensing with some direct work with families and children, including:

  • Foster family preparation, licensing, and home study assessment done through a combination of remote and in-person work in the Puget Sound region
  • Ensuring that the physical, emotional, and social needs of foster children placed in Amara foster homes will be met
  • Liaising with DCYF professionals in the Licensing Division 
  • Participating in the facilitation of family trainings and/or support groups
  • Meeting requirements for timely, accurate, and thorough documentation for case files
  • 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 evening a week for later 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. 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.
  • Knowledge of child development and family systems
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills; experience writing home studies and/or family assessments is required. Knowledge of the SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) home study model is a plus
  • 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
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance
  • Must provide proof of Tdap vaccination, and be able to obtain a negative TB test
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, current CPR/First Aid Certification and BBP within past 5 years
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Ability to assess and communicate in languages other than English is a plus

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 online.

Salary and Benefits

$50,000 to $52,890, 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 send a one-page cover letter indicating why this position is the right opportunity for you, your resume, and a professional writing sample of 1-5 pages. Resumes submitted without a cover letter and writing sample will not be considered. Please submit all materials online.

No phone calls, please. 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

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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 LGBTQ+ communities.

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