Careers at Amara2018-09-17T15:36:12+00:00

Our excellence is a moral obligation.

The people of Amara bring their best to work every day. This work is not easy, but it is incredibly rewarding, because every person on our team has the chance to have a lasting impact in the lives of children and families.

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 communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work. We welcome your resumes even if there is not a position currently available that fits your interest and experience.

We are growing, so that we can serve even more children in foster care. We are hiring for our headquarters in South Seattle as well as our office in Tacoma. Come join our team! Positions we’re currently seeking to fill:

Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love, support, and comfort of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as the child needs. We work with foster and adoptive families who are committed to caring for children, whether for a month, a year, or a lifetime.

Bring your organizational skills, initiative, and positive attitude to help Amara fulfill its mission! We are currently seeking a full time Administrative Support Specialist to join our Admin team and provide support for both our programs and operational teams. While staffing the front desk, the Administrative Support Specialist is the face of Amara – welcoming clients, employees, and guests into our offices while also seamlessly handling the details of the office such as scheduling, ordering supplies, and managing large amounts of data. The ideal candidate is both dependable and an excellent communicator 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 communities of color, the LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Responsibilities

The Administrative Support Specialist reports to the Operations Manager and works closely with our program teams. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Staffing front desk reception and main phone lines; handling general information intake and/or redirecting toward appropriate internal staff
  • General office management including regular ordering of supplies and coordinating the servicing of general office machines (printers, copiers, etc.)
  • Supporting and coordinating facilities projects, maintaining office common spaces such as conference rooms and assisting staff and outside presenters in setting up meetings with proper equipment; Occasional event support including arranging catering or snacks
  • Data Management and entry, processing invoices and other basic finance transactions
  • Assisting in onboarding new staff including ordering supplies, setting up necessary computers & phones, and updating internal tracking systems as needed
  • Reviewing IT support tickets, escalating to outsourced IT vendor or resolving simple issues internally through ordering new supplies or assisting staff in basic setup
  • Maintaining records and providing administrative support for a variety of teams, including finance, human resources, foster care program, volunteer, and children’s services. This includes creating packets and folders used by programs and communicating regularly with team leaders on these needs.
  • Ad Hoc projects as assigned

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree or 2 years administrative experience including client/customer contact preferred
  • Experience working with a database or a demonstrated ability to keep files and records updated for accuracy
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and familiarity with multi-phone lines
  • Superior problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Excellent customer service skills and enthusiasm for communicating in all forms whether in person, on the phone or in writing
  • Professionally maintaining confidentiality
  • The ability to work cooperatively with different personalities, ages, religions, races, ethnicities, cultures, economic classes, and lifestyles
  • Prior exposure to basic bookkeeping is a plus
  • Availability Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   A flexible work schedule is not available for this position.

Salary and Benefits

This is an hourly position with a salary range of $16-$20 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.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org and include “Administrative Support Specialist” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Priority will be given to those who apply on or before August 10, 2018.

Duties and Responsibilities: Bring your organizational skills, creativity and initiative to Amara! We’re looking for a self-starter who enjoys interacting with people; is comfortable managing multiple priorities; and thrives on getting tasks done. We will flex responsibilities to your strengths and interests when possible. You will support Amara’s staff, including the clinical, administrative, financial, events, communications, fundraising and leadership teams. Duties may include: General administrative support; front desk staffing; drafting reports; preparation of materials for distribution to families; database entry of client information; assistance with tracking of data of various forms (Database and/or Excel); assistance in preparation for client trainings or support groups; technology assistance (imaging laptops, setting up work stations); records administration; and various other duties as needed. Bring your energy and motivation and we’ll find a way for it to benefit Amara and the greater community.

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

Minimum Qualifications:  A positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and excellent writing, customer service and communication skills. We’re looking for someone to make a commitment to this work and grow in the position. A demonstrated interest in social work, sociology, psychology, nonprofit management and event planning is preferred, but not required. Owning a car would be helpful but is not required. Applicant must be eligible for off-campus work study (for paid students). You will be asked to submit your work study award letter before an interview is offered.

Educational Benefits: Amara is an organization that is growing and changing, and you can have a real impact as an intern. You will have the opportunity to learn more about working with children in foster care and their families, nonprofit management, running a successful event, working with diverse groups of people, and project management. Working with an excellent, experienced, and enjoyable team with many years of experience, you will learn more about the day-to-day challenges and opportunities. Amara is a unique organization in our community, and there is a chance to learn a lot and make significant connections.

Application Instructions:  Please complete an Amara Intern/Volunteer application at http://bttr.im/rqrb9.

Schedule and Pay:  During the academic year, students may work 10-19 hours per week. During the summer, students may work up to 40 hours per week. This position starts at $14 per hour (for students who have been awarded off-campus work study funding).