Our excellence is a moral obligation.

We bring our best every day. This work is not easy but it is incredibly rewarding.  If you’d like the chance to have a lasting impact on the lives of children and families, come work with us! We are growing so that we can serve even more children in foster care.

You can also join us as a volunteer to make a difference in the lives of children in 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 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.

Positions we’re currently seeking to fill:

Relief CoveragePart time/As Needed/On-call

Amara is a not-for-profit organization that works to ensure 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.

The Amara Emergency Sanctuary, is seeking relief staff to cover open shifts to ensure that we are able to provide high quality care to children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Come join an excellent team of direct care providers!  We are seeking flexible, reliable employees who are available to take open shifts on an as-needed basis. This position will not have a regular schedule or guaranteed hours. Relief staff are expected to work at least 1 staff shift per month, when there are open shifts available.

The Amara Emergency Sanctuary serves up to 5 children at a time, for up to 72 hours per child, in a homelike environment.  These children, ages 0-12, have just been removed from their homes for their own safety by Child Protective Services. They enter our care at a critical time and in a highly vulnerable state.  The Therapeutic Childcare Specialist is focused on helping children feel safe, nurtured, and prepared for their next step into a relative, foster, or foster/adoptive family placement.

Therapeutic Childcare specialists provide trauma-informed care to the children at the Sanctuary.  They are responsible for ensuring that the children at the Sanctuary are cared for and engaged in appropriate recreational activities.  While on shift, all therapeutic childcare specialists all have additional duties related to housekeeping, meal planning, activity planning, provision stocking and sorting, recordkeeping, and communicating with state partners and other private, non-profit partners.  Overnight staff members have additional duties related to housecleaning, laundry, clerical duties, and special projects.  During gaps in placement, staff members may be asked to assist the program team with other tasks related to Amara’s foster care and adoption services.

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, unequitable 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.

 

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

Note: Responsibilities will often be shared with trained volunteers. Paid staff will lead in decision-making, liaising with state partners, reporting, and ensuring compliance with agency policies and procedures.

  • Facilitate intake and discharge of children, partnering with State caseworkers per established protocol
  • Ensure all children in placement are directly supervised at all times
  • Ensure children receive Initial Health Screen from qualified medical partner and any urgent treatment needs are met; transporting and accompanying children to medical facility
  • Ensure children are fed, bathed, clothed, rested, and provided with new or additional clothing and sundries; preparing meals and providing direct care
  • At all times and regardless of child’s displayed emotions or behaviors, act as a safe, accepting, nurturing adult; identify signs of distress and provide comfort and calming
  • Engage children in play or recreational or learning activities as appropriate to their capacity and interest; take children on field trips to approved locations
  • Complete all required paperwork, including daily logs, eating, activities, etc., and periodic reports to Program Manager
  • Help with daily tasks of keeping a home clean, tidy, safe, warm, and welcoming
  • Maintain confidentiality and appropriate professional boundaries with all parties at all times
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of this position

Position Requirements

  • Strong and visible commitment to the safety, health and well-being of children
  • High school diploma or GED; AA or Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of child development
  • At least 21 years old
  • 1 year minimum experience working directly with children;
    • 2 years of social service education may substitute for one year of work experience
  • Ability to think and act independently
  • Patience, empathy, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • Ability to communicate and work well with all types of people and positions, including children in placement, State staff and law enforcement personnel, and agency volunteers
  • Ability to remain calm and supportive, and meet the emotional and physical needs of children of varying developmental stages, in an active environment.
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license and the willingness and ability to safely transport children in agency van.
  • Employees who have their own vehicles must be able to provide proof of auto insurance and may be required to use their own vehicle for work purposes on occasion
  • Flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings, overnights, and weekends
  • Ability to continuously stand or walk
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and lift frequently
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds while standing, walking, going up and down stairs, squatting, twisting, etc.

Salary and Benefits

Pay is $16.50/hour with a shift differential for nights and weekends.

 

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter highlighting what experience, skills, and/or personal characteristics qualify you for this position. Send materials via email to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org and include “Emergency Sanctuary Relief Coverage – PIERCE County” in the subject line of your e-mail, and indicate how you learned of this opening. No phone calls, please.

 

Applications will be welcomed and reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as each 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.

Amara is currently hiring a full-time Events Manager. This person will manage and lead several established, large scale fundraising and cultivation events (250-700 guests), support regular introductory events (10-25 guests) as well as unique event opportunities for designated groups related to Amara’s Comprehensive Campaign. Events will take place throughout the Puget Sound area. The Events Manager will ensure events bring Amara’s mission to life in creative and unique ways and increase the fundraising return on investment through budget management and strategic fundraising models and solicitation. The Events Manager recruits and solicits corporate sponsorship to underwrite event costs and build strategic partnerships. The ideal candidate has demonstrated success managing multiple, competing priorities and deadlines, has exceptional communication skills, enjoys a collaborative environment, and is passionate about Amara’s mission.

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.

Responsibilities
The Events Manager reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer as part of the Development team. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Event Management, 70-80%

• Develop, plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate activities to engage donors and friends of Amara. Events range in size and complexity from major annual fundraising events to stewardship receptions and small meetings. Smaller events include in-home dinners, committee meetings, intimate stewardship events, etc. Events occur in both Seattle and Tacoma areas.
• Manage event budgets, including budget projections, actual costs and reconciliation of expenses
• Identify and secure vendors for events, managing contracts, deliverables and manage invoices
• Manage event logistics, including securing venues, catering and entertainment contracts, and volunteer recruitment
• Collaborate with the Development Team on audience development and manage the invitation and event registration process
• Produce event program and show flow, work with Amara leadership to recruit speakers and develop a compelling and unique event experience
• Coordinate all event related communication materials and partner with the Communications Team as appropriate for branding and messaging
• Plan and coordinate post-event follow up and stewardship in partnership with the Annual Giving Coordinator
Corporate Sponsorship, 20-30%
• Work with the Development Team to identify and then manage the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of Corporate Sponsors and Table Captains/Hosts
• Work closely with the project manager for Amara’s initiative to engage companies to build awareness for children in foster care and fostering as a response, to significantly grow Amara’s overall corporate sponsorship program

This position will be coordinating and leading events along the I-5 corridor and will need to create events that are responsive to the communities in which they are held. Regular travel between Seattle and Tacoma should be expected and the candidate may choose work out of both offices.

Qualifications
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.
• 3+ in nonprofit fundraising with special events experience preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• A successful track record of achieving, or assisting in achieving, tangible fundraising outcomes and the ability to respond effectively to changing fundraising priorities
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work some evening and weekend hours as needed for events and meetings
• Ability to travel and transport one’s self to external meetings and vendor visits
• History of demonstrating initiative and the ability to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines
• 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 experience working with financial systems and donor databases; eTapestry and Raiser’s Edge experience a plus
• Ability to perform a variety of daily duties and projects with consistency and accuracy
• Commitment to and ability to represent Amara’s mission and values and promoting social justice
• Ability to advance Amara’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Salary and Benefits
Salary range is $48,000-$55,000. 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 the words “Events Manager” in the subject line of your email. In your submission, please indicate how you learned of this posting. No phone calls, please. Applications will be welcomed and reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an equal opportunity employer.

Major Gifts Officer, King County
Business Card Title: Donor Relations Officer

Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as each 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.

Amara is in the final year of our first-ever major campaign, raising the final $5 million of a $26.5 million comprehensive campaign. The campaign – A Promise – has increased Amara’s capacity to serve children in foster care, and the families who support them, and has expanded our visibility and donor opportunities for the future. To help complete the campaign and carry our success forward, Amara is currently hiring an experienced Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to build relationships and work with donors in King County and the broader northern Puget Sound region.

The MGO is responsible for securing funds to advance Amara’s mission by fulfilling the interests and passions of donors with capacity to give leadership gifts. The MGO will be expected to provide donors with giving opportunities, encourage donors to give, and will work to assure that as many donors as possible are retained as continuing donors to Amara and that their engagement is increased as measured by giving and mission involvement.

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.

Responsibilities
The Major Gifts Officer reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer as part of the Development team. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Qualify a caseload of donors from within the Amara donor database and as on-going donor relationship opportunities arise
• Create individual goals for each donor within the MGO caseload based on the donor’s history of giving and Amara’s knowledge of the donor’s potential
• Build relationships with each donor to deepen Amara’s knowledge of the donor’s interests and capacity; relationship engagement will be in-person, by phone, and digitally
• Create an individual engagement plan for each donor that will serve as a foundational plan for each qualified donor. Faithfully and on a timely basis execute the plan so that individual donors are retained and their engagement and giving is increased
• Work with Amara’s program and clinical staff and Communications Team to secure program and project information, including budgets, and create meaningful offers, proposals, and asks that will be used with donors on the MGO’s caseload to secure gifts and report back on how the donor’s gift is making a difference
• Perform other major donor activities, including creating monthly reports that accurately reflect caseload activity and performance.
The MGO will be measured by the following:
• Ability to qualify donors from the larger Amara donor database that meet our major gift criteria
• Ability to create reasonable financial goals for each donor, based on current giving and potential
• Ability to create a personal contact and solicitation plan for each donor within the caseload, that considers the individual donor’s passions, interests, motivations, giving patterns, and ask preferences. Ability to execute this plan in a timely and cost-effective manner which results in retention and increased donor giving and engagement
• Ability to secure project and organizational information and create and write effective offers, proposals, and solicitations. Ability to secure information that can be sent back to donors to report on how their giving made a difference
• Ability to create timely reports that reflect caseload performance and manage processes, deadlines, and budgets while adhering to Amara’s policies and procedures
• Ability to collaboratively work with the Development Department, peers, and management, and maintain a positive and constructive approach while solving problems. Ability to be a team player and protect and advance Amara’s mission, goals, and values

Qualifications
The ideal candidate has demonstrated success fostering donor relationships with caseloads of approximately 150 donors and securing five to seven figure gifts. Amara is also seeking candidates who are driven by providing exception customer service; enjoy a collaborative environment; are committed to advancing Amara’s goals in diversity, equity, and inclusion; 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.
• 5+ years in nonprofit fundraising with previous major gifts experience preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• A successful track record of qualifying donors, building relationships, retaining donors, and securing leadership level gifts
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong attention to detail
• Demonstrated experience managing a donor caseload, including prioritization, taking initiative, and managing time to meet outcomes
• Ability to work some evening and weekend hours as needed for events and meetings
• Ability to travel and transport one’s self to donor visits
• Goal-oriented, resourceful, flexible, positive, collaborative, and good humored
• Commitment to ethical standards in fundraising and the Donor Bill of Rights
• Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience working with financial systems and donor databases; eTapestry and Raiser’s Edge experience a plus
• Commitment to and ability to represent Amara’s mission and values and promoting social justice

Salary and Benefits
Salary range is $72,000-$94,000. 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 the words “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line of your email. In your submission, please indicate how you learned of this posting. No phone calls, please. Applications will be welcomed and reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an equal opportunity employer.

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).