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:

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. The Post-Adoption Program recognizes that adoption is a lifetime commitment and continues to be a resource post-adoption for adoptees and those who love them.

Amara is seeking a Confidential Intermediary to join the burgeoning Post-Adoption program. This newly created, part-time position requires sensitivity and maturity around handling confidential information, an understanding of historical adoption practices, Washington state adoption laws (SHB 1525) and a steadfast commitment to a high ethical standard. The ideal candidate is innovative, a critical thinker & passionate about justice within adoption practices.

Responsibilities

The Confidential Intermediary reports to the Director of Post-Adoption Services and works closely with the Post-Adoption Program Coordinator and Family Support Specialist.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Search & Reunion Services
    • Establish service parameters
    • Identify and track metrics using agency database
    • Provide adoption file reports directly to adoptees (summary of non-identifying information)
    • Conduct searches for adoptees and birth parents separated by adoption in Washington state (contingent upon becoming certified)
    • Maintain external partnerships
  • Lead Project Search & Reunion
    • Audit files between 1950-2000
    • Recruit, onboard and oversee project volunteers and interns
    • Track metrics and communicate (internally and externally) about project findings
    • Plan and execute advisory committee meetings

Qualifications

  • MSW or MA/MS degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Certified Confidential Intermediary (or willing to obtain certification within six months of employment)
  • At least 1 year experience working within adoption or child welfare
  • Experience in program development and implementation preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Demonstrated high standard of ethics and integrity
  • Strong interpersonal & empathic communication skills
  • Commitment to equity and a demonstrated interest in social services and serving traditionally underrepresented population

Salary and Benefits

$21-$23/hour. This position is non-exempt and not eligible for benefits. Hours may vary between 18-23 hours per week.

To Apply

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 by working to address racism, unequal treatment and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates with lived adoption or foster-care experience and those from diverse backgrounds (including communities of color, the LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Please submit a resume and a cover letter providing an example of your commitment to a high standard of ethics and why the mission of Amara appeals to you. Submit materials to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org and include “Confidential Intermediary” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Full-Time Position (Friday-Monday; Non-Traditional Schedule); 40 hours/week

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.

Our Amara Emergency Sanctuary is seeking a Program Coordinator.  Join our team of dedicated professionals serving vulnerable children in our community.

We are seeking a flexible, reliable, experienced employee willing to work a non-traditional schedule as well as weekend on-call hours (schedule will include days off mid-week with on-call/work responsibilities on weekends).  The Amara Emergency Sanctuary can serve up to 5 children at a time, for up to 72 hours per child (excluding weekends and holidays in the day count), in a home-like environment. These children, ages 0-12, have just been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. They enter our care at a critical time and in a highly vulnerable state.

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.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

The Emergency Sanctuary Program Coordinator reports to the Emergency Sanctuary Manager.  All work responsibilities will be under the guidance and supervision of the Emergency Sanctuary Manager.

 

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Providing support and guidance to the Sanctuary program, ensuring that all program norms, policies, and requirements are met.
  • Taking on logistical projects such as maintaining inventory and supplies, grocery shopping, and keeping program materials stocked and well organized.
  • Assistance maintaining WAC and Policy and Procedure standards at the Sanctuary.
  • Supporting and training new Sanctuary staff and volunteers.
  • Assistance with planning and implementing daily activities.
  • Taking on projects as needed—such as researching means to improve service quality
  • When the mix of children at the Sanctuary requires it, the Program Coordinator will act as an “extra set of hands” to ensure the children receive the best care possible
  • Responsibilities while on-call include:
    • Providing guidance with placement decisions, crisis response, and staffing issues.
    • Coordinating staff/volunteer coverage for open shifts and shift cancellations.
    • If unable to find coverage, the program coordinator will be responsible for covering open shifts him/herself.
    • The program coordinator must be able to respond to phone calls within 15 minutes and arrive at the Sanctuary within 30 minutes while on-call.

Position Requirements

  • Strong and visible commitment to the safety, health and well-being of children.
  • Two years’ experience working with children required; Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field preferred. Two years of related education can substitute for one year of experience.
  • Experience working with children in foster care/child welfare.
  • Ability to think and act independently, good problem-solving skills.
  • 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, Program Manager, Sanctuary employees, State staff, law enforcement personnel, and Sanctuary volunteers.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple daily tasks while holding the needs of the Sanctuary and children in care as the highest priority.
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, proof of auto insurance.
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods.
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and lift frequently.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Flexible schedule and willingness to be on-call.

Salary and Benefits

$45,365-49,520 DOE

Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, health, dental, life and disability insurance, 401K plan, and sabbatical.

To Apply

Please submit:

  • Resume highlighting your experience and skills.
  • Cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Submissions may be made via email to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org.  Please reference “Emergency Sanctuary Program Coordinator – King County” in the subject line. Thank you for reviewing our website before applying. No phone calls, please.

Full-Time Position – 40 hours per week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 11pm-9am

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.

Amara has an Emergency Sanctuary in King and Pierce Counties, and we are seeking a full-time Therapeutic Childcare Specialist. This is a 40-hour-a-week position that includes weekend shifts. Come join an excellent team of direct care providers!

The Amara Emergency Sanctuary serves up to five 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 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 Emergency Sanctuary Therapeutic Childcare Specialist reports to the Program Manager. 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. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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
  • One year minimum experience working directly with children; two 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. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, health, dental, life and disability insurance, 401K plan, and sabbatical.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume 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 – Full-Time – PIERCE County” in the subject line. Please indicate how you learned about this opening. No phone calls, please. Applications will be welcomed and reviewed until the position is filled.

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.

Full-Time Position (Monday-Thursday; 10pm-8am *will change to 11pm-9am); 40 hours per week

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. This posting is for a 40 hour a week awake overnight position (Monday-Thursday 10pm-8am). Come join our excellent team of direct care providers!

The Amara Emergency Sanctuary serves up to five 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 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 Emergency Sanctuary Therapeutic Childcare Specialist reports to the Program Manager. 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. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 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
  • Overnight shift will have extra cleaning tasks that day and swing shift are unable to complete
  • Overnight shift will have administrative responsibilities, involving e-mailing social workers, preparing discharges, and completing other administrative duties as necessary.

Qualifications

  • 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
  • One year minimum experience working directly with children; two 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. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, health, dental, life and disability insurance, 401K plan, and sabbatical.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume 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 – Full-Time” and specify “King County” in the subject line. Please indicate how you learned about 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, 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.

We are seeking to hire a Family Time Visitation Specialist to join our team.  Become an integral and valued part of a team working to support children in foster care.  The services this position provides are critical to the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) in providing families with opportunities to continue their relationship and bonding, and to reunify families when possible. Your reports will become part of the records considered in making legal decisions regarding a child’s return home, or, the termination of parental rights.  Adult family members often face a wide range of challenges, including but not limited to: substance abuse, poverty, housing/homelessness, and mental health issues. The Family Time Visitation Specialist will need to have a high level of compassion while also maintaining firm boundaries with families for whom he/she is providing visits.

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 Family Time Visitation Specialist reports to the Family Time Coordinator and is part of the Family Time Team. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing transportation to, and supervision of, visits between families who are involved with the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) and their children who are in foster care;
  • Completing detailed and objective reports on the visits;
  • Transporting to and supervising visits either at Amara’s office or in offsite locations, primarily in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties, and documenting visits in detailed reports;
  • Assisting all our Amara Programs team in providing various supports as needed to the children and families we serve;
  • Assisting with childcare at Amara events;
  • Assist with meeting logistical client needs—transportation, pick/drop off of goods, etc.; and
  • Assist with reports, documentation, and administrative tasks.

Qualifications

  • Education/Experience Requirement
    • High School Diploma or GED and two years experience working with children and families. Or,
    • AA Degree in Human Services or a related field (or 2 years of completed coursework toward a Bachelors Degree) and one year experience working with children and families.  Or,
    • Bachelors Degree in Human Services or related field and six months experience working directly with children and families.
  • Knowledge of child development, child safety, discipline practices, and family systems
  • High level of competence and confidence when working with children
  • Initiative, independence, flexibility, and maturity
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to remain neutral and unbiased in reporting
  • Experience working with diverse families (variety of religions, races, cultures, ages, and socioeconomic levels)
  • Solid writing skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to have a flexible schedule and work some evening and weekend hours
  • Willingness and ability to work in in both Seattle, Tacoma, and surrounding areas
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Must provide proof of current flu and Tdap vaccinations
  • Must be at least 21 years of age

 

Salary and Benefits

$16.50/hour starting. Mileage will be tracked and reimbursed on a monthly basis. 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 Jen Kamel at careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org and include “Family Time Visitation Specialist” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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 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 Supervisor to supervise members of our King County Foster Care Team, work directly with foster families, and inform our Foster Care Program in King and Pierce Counties. Foster Care Services Supervisors report to the Director of Foster Care Services and are part of the Foster Care Leadership Team with their director and other supervisors. The ideal candidate is highly organized and can demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility and independent judgment. The Supervisor will represent Amara’s Foster Care Program in the King County region, ensure the program is implemented with the utmost integrity, and maintain a strong connection with the Amara team in Pierce 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, 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 Foster Care Services Supervisor reports to the Director of Foster Care Services as part of the Foster Care Program. This individual will be responsible for providing a wide range of services on behalf of children in need of permanency, including, but not limited to, the following:

Supervision of Foster Care Specialists (40-50%)

  • Supervise a team of Foster Care Specialists
  • Support and track case progression; guide clinical staffings throughout the SAFE home study process and through placement
  • Monitor professional practices of direct reports; ensuring compliance with agency goals, values, policies, and procedures
  • Assess strengths and needs of staff; support and facilitate ongoing professional development
  • Regularly facilitate one-on-one and group supervision to develop clinical knowledge and skills, promote self-awareness, encourage collaboration amongst team members, and ensure consistent communication between staff and leadership
  • Review, assess, and edit detailed SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) home study reports for clarity and quality of psychosocial assessments
  • Maintain strong ethical boundaries and ensure staff is adhering to their professional code of conduct
  • Conduct annual performance evaluations with quarterly reviews

Direct Service (30-40%)

  • Prepare, assess, and support prospective foster families through the home study, child/family match, and placement processes

Partnership/Engagement (10-20%)

  • Partner with the King and Pierce County teams to maximize growth potential and support their work to increase the foster family pool in both regions
  • Engagement and partnership with Foster Care Leadership Team to ensure quality and consistency across the program
  • Facilitate family workshops, information meetings, support groups, and community events

 

Minimum Qualifications  

  • A BSW or equivalent (social services, human services, behavioral science, or allied field) is the minimum requirement with an MSW or equivalent being preferred
  • Four years of direct service experience (which can include internship experience) is required
  • Two years of paid experience providing clinical supervision is preferred
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills; experience writing pre-placement reports/ home studies; knowledge of and completed training in the SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) home study methodology a plus
  • Knowledge and understanding of the child welfare system; experience in foster care and adoption highly preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, high level of professionalism and ability to work independently
  • Ability to flex hours to accommodate client and staff needs on an occasional basis
  • Cross-cultural responsiveness relative to age, race, ethnicity, belief systems, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and economic circumstances
  • Broad use of clinical skills in writing, advocacy, communication, assessment, training
  • Ability to confidently navigate complex conversations with staff and families
  • Ability to professionally and knowledgeably represent the clinical team within Amara, and represent Amara in our community
  • Strong familiarity with resources in King and Pierce Counties
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and use of own vehicle

Salary

$56,000-60,000, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off; health, dental, life and disability insurance; 401K plan; sabbatical.

To Apply

Please submit:

  1. A chronological resume
  2. A cover letter highlighting what experience, skills, and/or personal characteristics qualify you for this position and why the mission of Amara appeals to you
  3. A writing sample of 3-5 pages that highlights your clinical and written communication skills

Resumes submitted without a cover letter and writing sample will not be considered.

Please submit materials via email to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org and use the words Foster Care Services Supervisor in the subject line of your submission. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls, please.

 

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).