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 and support of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as the child needs.

Each year Amara serves more than 1,500 children and adults through three core programs: Emergency Sanctuary, Foster Care and Adoption, and Post-Adoption. When a child enters foster care, Amara provides them with a safe place to land at their Emergency Sanctuaries in King and Pierce Counties. If a child cannot return to their family, Amara partners with families on their behalf. To do that, Amara prepares foster and adoptive families through individualized insights and support. Amara recognizes that adoption is a lifetime commitment and continues to be a resource post-adoption for adoptees and those who love them.

Amara seeks a part-time (.2 FTE) Chief Financial Officer. This is a new position in response to Amara’s growth and increasing complexity. A seasoned, energetic, and self-motivated leader, the Chief Financial Officer provides overall vision, leadership, and strategic direction for Amara’s Finance, HR and Operations. This position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and oversees the Director of Finance and Administration. The Chief Financial Officer serves as an essential member of the senior leadership team. Peer relationships include the Chief Clinical Officer and the Chief Philanthropy Officer.

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 Chief Financial Officer will have the following primary responsibilities:

Leadership:

  • Manage and develop Director of Finance and support Director in management and development of their team
  • Direct Board Investment/Audit/Finance committee governance and reporting
  • Lead/support risk management activities and conversations with leadership including risk assessment, legal and insurance matters

Treasury:

  • Cashflow forecasting
  • Cash management
  • Banking and Investment oversight

Accounting and Compliance:

  • With the Director of Finance, review, update and oversee internal controls and division of duties
  • Oversee annual audit process and preparation of 990, coordinate with auditors and Finance Committee/Board
  • Direct monthly accounting cycle to ensure accurate and timely reconciliations and financial reports
  • Direct monthly, quarterly reporting to leadership: Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and CEO
  • Lead annual budgeting process with leadership team in partnership with CEO and Director of Finance
  • Oversee tax and compliance reporting, ensuring timely reporting and compliance are maintained

HR, IT and Facilities:

  • Oversee strategic HR, IT and Facilities planning – do we have the right systems, solutions and partners in place to support our current work and our growth?
  • Support Director of Finance in managing HR, IT and Facilities

Qualifications

  • A deep, passionate, and enthusiastic commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Amara
  • A minimum of ten years of financial management and supervison.
  • Visionary, innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into concrete action plans and results.
  • A self-starter who is eager to take initiative.
  • Results oriented, metrics focused, and team oriented.
  • Experience overseeing best-practices and inclusive HR procedures a plus.

Salary

The Chief Financial Officer role at Amara is part-time (.2 FTE) and an exempt position. The salary is $22,000-$25,000 DOE.

To Apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a letter of interest and resume via SmartRecruiters. Please include in your letter why this opportunity at this point in your career is attractive.

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.

The Corporate and Foundations Grants Manager is responsible for researching, developing, and preparing grant proposals to corporations and foundations. As a key member of the Philanthropy Team, this position helps Amara meet its $5 million annual fundraising goal. The Corporate and Foundation Grants Manager reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer and works in partnership with staff throughout the organization to identify and seek funding opportunities for programmatic initiatives, report on program outcomes, and share Amara’s story from an asset-based perspective.

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

Responsibilities

The Corporate and Foundations Grants Manager reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer as part of the Philanthropy Team. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Research and identify prospective funding partners in alignment with Amara’s mission.
  • Learn Amara’s programs, goals, and financial needs in order to develop compelling proposals, seek new funding opportunities, and report on funding impact.
  • Work closely with the Chief Clinical Officer, Program Directors, and the Director of Finance and Administration to synthesize program activities, data, and financials for proposals and reports.
  • Write and prepare grant proposals, reports, LOIs to prospective funding partners by persuasively communicating Amara’s goals, mission, and programs.
  • Ensure compliance with all funder guidelines in grant submission and reporting.
  • Develop and oversee annual grants and corporations funding plan, including setting goals and managing timelines.
  • Collaborate with members of the development team to develop and steward funder relationships.
  • Maintain funder information, strategy, and moves in donor database.
  • Actively participate in Amara’s efforts to advance racial equity, unlearn biases, and engage in the organization’s broader work in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ensure all written grant materials are asset-based and represent children and families with value and dignity.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate has demonstrated success building relationships and securing grants from corporate and institutional funders. Amara is also seeking candidates who are driven by providing exceptional customer service; enjoy a collaborative environment; are committed to advancing racial equity; and are passionate about Amara’s mission.

We list our preferred qualifications and are open to candidates who can demonstrate their experience and/or education that supports their alignment with the skills we are seeking.

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity and anti-racism:
    • Experience working in racially and ethnically diverse environments;
    • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and dismantling structural racial inequity;
    • Desire to further personal understanding of racial and social justice work.
  • 3+ years in nonprofit fundraising, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to write and edit persuasively.
  • Driven to provide exemplary customer service to funders.
  • Strong prioritization and time management skills; ability to meet competing deadlines.
  • Ability to translate programmatic information and data into concise, compelling, asset-based, and mission-centered narratives.
  • Understanding of budgets and ability to understand organization’s finances and financial systems.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
  • Goal-oriented, resourceful, flexible, positive, and good humored.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience working with financial systems and donor databases.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $48,000-$60,000. 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 via SmartRecruiters. 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.

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.

Emergency Sanctuary Therapeutic Childcare Specialist

Full-Time Position – 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. 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.

Currently the Sanctuary has two full time Therapeutic Childcare Specialist positions open:

Friday-Sunday Swing Shift, 2pm-12am with a floating 10 hour shift on an additional day to make 40 hours

Monday-Thursday Overnight Shift 11pm-9am.

 

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 LGBTQ+ 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 Swing” or “Emergency Sanctuary—Full Time Overnight” 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.

Emergency Sanctuary Therapeutic Childcare Specialist

Full-Time Position – 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. 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.

Currently the Sanctuary has two full time Therapeutic Childcare Specialist positions open:

Friday-Sunday Swing Shift, 2pm-12am with a floating 10 hour shift on an additional day to make 40 hours

Monday-Thursday Overnight Shift 11pm-9am.

 

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 LGBTQ+ 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 Swing” or “Emergency Sanctuary—Full Time Overnight” 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” 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, support, and comfort of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as the child needs. We work with foster families who are committed to caring for children, whether for a month, a year, or a lifetime.

We are seeking to hire a Tacoma based 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, and documenting visits in detailed reports (though this person will be based in our Tacoma office visits may take place in other counties including King, Thurston, Kitsap, etc.);
  • 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 Tacoma, Seattle, and surrounding areas
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance
  • Good driving record
  • 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 via SmartRecruiters: https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/Amara1/743999688646148-family-time-visitation-specialist 

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. Due to program growth, we are seeking a new Foster Care Specialist to become an integral and valued part of our clinical team working to achieve Amara’s vision.

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

This individual will be responsible for providing a wide range of services on behalf of children in foster care, including:

  • Foster family licensing, preparation and home study assessment
  • Post-placement monitoring and family support
  • Ensuring that the physical, emotional, and social needs of children placed in Amara foster homes are met
  • Liaising with multiple professionals in the child welfare arena
  • Participating in the facilitation of family trainings and support groups
  • Meeting requirements for timely, accurate, and thorough documentation for case files
  • Making referrals for services for children and families
  • Attending and participating in staff meetings and trainings as required
  • Flexing hours to accommodate family needs on an occasional and ongoing basis

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of paid social service experience – or – a master’s degree and one year of paid social service experience. A practicum may be considered as a substitute for one year of paid experience. Degree(s) must be in social services, human services, behavioral science, or an allied field.
  • Knowledge of child development and family systems
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills; experience writing home studies and/or knowledge of the SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) home study model a plus
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility and independent judgment
  • Cross-cultural responsiveness relative to age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work collaboratively with an outstanding professional team
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance

 

Salary and Benefits

$48,000-$50,000, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical, health, vision and dental insurance, 401k with a company match, life and disability insurance.

To Apply

To express your interest in this position, please send your resume, a professional writing sample of 1-5 pages, and a one-page cover letter indicating why this position is the right opportunity for you. Resumes submitted without a cover letter and writing sample will not be considered.

Please submit materials via email to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org with the words “Foster Care Specialist-Seattle” in the subject line of your submission. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed until June 7th and the position will begin on June 17th.

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).