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

Bring your initiative and enthusiasm for fostering an internal culture based on Amara’s values: center racial and social justice, prioritize relationships, and seek innovative solutions. The Human Resources Manager is part of the Administrative team and focuses internally to strengthen, streamline, and support our HR needs, and internal administrative systems. This position will work closely with our Compliance and Administration Manager for staff management and the Director of DEI to partner on organizational policies and procedures. This position will work with both our King County and Pierce County staff and employees and may be based out of either our Seattle or Tacoma office.

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, unequal treatment and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including communities of color, the LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Responsibilities

The HR Manager reports to the Chief Financial Officer and works closely with all Amara programs. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oversee all Human Resources administration for the agency with ~50 staff.
  • Work closely with program leadership to ensure compliance with state licensing and labor requirements.
  • Ensure the agency maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.
    • As required, review and update personnel policies and practices.
    • Compose, recommend and implement policy and practice updates to reflect best practices, as well as basic compliance in, HR, and DEI related HR efforts.
  • Administer leaves and accommodations requests in compliance with HR law.
  • Coordinate with Compliance and Administration Manager to facilitate and perform all employee on and off boarding, including orientations, HR file creation and management, conducting exit interviews, facilitating benefits enrollment and updating payroll.
  • Provide guidance and coaching to supervisors on supervision skills, coaching and performance improvement efforts and strategy. Stay abreast of best practices and be aware of training and continuing learning opportunities for the agency’s supervisors.
  • Provide support and guidance to management, and other staff when complex, specialized, and sensitive questions and issues arise.
    • Administer and execute tasks in delicate circumstances such as assessing and providing reasonable accommodations, investigating allegations of wrongdoing, and terminations, when they arise.
  • Assist with employee recruitment sourcing and screening.
    • Oversee recruitment efforts and assist department leadership with hiring efforts and interviewing processes when needed.
    • Oversee applicant tracking system and continuously seek improvements in efficiency for candidate and hiring manager experiences.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Administration of employee benefit programs.
  • Act as primary payroll and employee HR software administrator and liaise with the Staff Accountant to process payroll and benefits administration.
  • Strengthen, improve, schedule and facilitate new employee onboarding and orientations.
  • In partnership with leadership, plan or assist in the planning and/or facilitation of monthly all-staff meetings as well as employee engagement events.
  • Facilitate new staff orientations
  • Lead or assist in the implantation of project-based operational improvements across Amara programs.

Qualifications

  • 3 or more years administrative program experience. Bachelor’s degree and/or HR Certification is a plus.
  • Two or more years of experience in HR.
  • Two or more years supervisory experience, with strong supervisor skills and ability to effectively coach other supervisors.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep strict confidentiality.
  • Strong commitment to anti-racism and equity.
  • Experience planning and overseeing events and meetings, and comfort with public speaking is a plus.
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office Suite preferred.
  • Ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment, with evolving needs.
  • Ability to work independently, often with little direction or oversight.
  • Experience implementing DEI initiatives and understanding of HR DEI practices a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills in all forms whether in person, on the phone or in writing.
  • The ability to work cooperatively with different personalities, ages, religions, races, ethnicities, cultures, economic classes, and lifestyles.
  • A valid government issued ID.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Ability to pass a background check.

Criminal Background Check

Because this position has access to confidential client, employee, and 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 here

Salary and Benefits

This is a half-time position (20 hours per week) with yearly salary of $35,000/year. Eligible to participate in our retirement plan with employer matching program.

To Apply

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

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. Ideally, this candidate will have the ability to be in the office at either location around 1-2 days per week once COVID restrictions are over. However, we are open to exploring having this position be fully remote post-COVID and not require living near one of our offices. 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, when in-office work occurs.

Amara is committed to positive long-term outcomes for children and families. We promote healing, racial and LGBTQ+ equity, and transformation of our child welfare system into a family well-being system by:

  • Offering programs and services to families engaged with foster care and adoption
  • Offering programs and services to adoptees and families, post-adoption
  • Driving systemic change

We are seeking a new position to become an integral and valued part of our clinical team working to achieve Amara’s vision. Funded by a grant from the Alliance CaRES Program & DCYF, this position will provide support to kinship caregivers in Washington State who are currently, or about to be placed, with related youth in foster care. This position will also manage support groups for kinship caregivers (supervising support group facilitators, assisting with logistics and scheduling, promotion of groups, and assisting with training topic ideas). This position is grant funded through June 2022. Future employment is dependent on grant renewal.

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 LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Position summary

The Kinship Retention Support Specialist reports to the Associate Director of Kinship and Community Services and will work closely with the other Retention Support Specialists and support group facilitators.  This position will be responsible for providing a wide range of services on behalf of kinship caregivers and the youth in their home, including:

  • Provide timely contact and support to kinship caregivers.
  • Provide licensing support to kinship families who are interested in pursuing licensure.
  • Provide family support and education around available resources that support kinship caregivers.
  • Maintain appropriate records of service provision.
  • Build relationship with multiple professionals in the child welfare and local government arena.
  • Manage six kinship caregiver support group programs across the state.
  • Meeting requirements for timely, accurate, and thorough documentation for case files
  • Attending and participating in Amara and CaRES related meetings and trainings as required.
  • Flexing hours to accommodate family needs on an occasional and ongoing basis.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in human services or related field preferred and two years of experience working directly with children and families, Or,
    • AA Degree in Human Services or a related field (or 2 years of completed coursework toward a bachelor’s degree) and three years of experience working with children and families. Or,
    • High School Diploma or GED and five years of experience working with children and families.
    • A practicum may be considered as a substitute for one year of paid experience.
  • Knowledge of child development and family systems.
  • Knowledge of child welfare, foster care, and the needs of kinship caregivers
  • Knowledge about the foster care licensing requirements in Washington state.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility, and independent judgment.
  • Ability to work with individuals across the spectrum of age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender expressions & identities.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with an outstanding professional team.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) with Spanish-speaking families preferred.
  • Lived experience as a former youth in foster care/kinship care, current or former kinship caregiver, or related personal experiences strongly preferred.

Salary and Benefits

$19-$22 per hour, 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 here

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 received before 6/14/2021 will have priority in being reviewed, but this position will remain open until 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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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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