Careers at Amara 2018-07-09T15:42:30+00:00

Our excellence is a moral obligation.

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

Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strive for equality and justice in the way people are treated and the opportunities they have to succeed by working to address racism, unequal treatment and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including communities of color, the LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work. We welcome your resumes even if there is not a position currently available that fits your interest and experience.

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

Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love and support 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.

This position will draw on your organizational strengths, communication skills, solid work ethic, and your systems-wide thinking. You will be working to support multiple programs within Amara and will find success through proactive communication. This position requires a commitment to detail-oriented work and efficient, timely follow-up.

You will work to support our Emergency Sanctuary program by ensuring proper documentation for all volunteers and the children served by the program. You will keep regular and open communication with both the Volunteer Manager and Program Managers about your work.

You will book daily financial transactions, coordinating with the Development team to reconcile gifts to our donor database. You will help track grant spending and reporting. You will assist in creating monthly billings for our state contracts and ensure timely payment. You will work with the Director of Finance and Administration to ensure grants are being properly spent and assist in account reconciliations and month end close.

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 Administrative Coordinator  reports to the Director of Finance and Administration and works closely with the  Communications and Outreach, Development and Children’s Services teams. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Finance & Billing: Create invoices for state contracted work, submit to the state and ensure payment. Book A/R in QuickBooks. Assist with month end close process & reporting.
  • Volunteer Program Assistance: Manage volunteer database and paper files. Ensure efficient and well-tracked processing and approval of our volunteers to meet DSHS requirements. Simultaneously ensure positive, professional communications and relations with our valued partners.
  • Communication: Regular email communication with our highly-dedicated volunteers to ensure up-to-date and mandatory certifications
  • Administrative Work: Input data; process paperwork; maintain, update and track forms; track progress and provide updates to team members.
  • Back-Up for Front Desk and other program needs: Periodically staff our reception area and main information line, offering Amara’s first impression to the community.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of three or more years administrative and/or accounting experience
  • Superior attention to detail with strong, timely follow-through
  • QuickBooks or other financial system experience desired
  • Advanced organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities
  • A desire to use technology to enhance productivity and improve systems
  • Initiative, independence, flexibility, and self-confidence

Salary and Benefits

Full time position with an hourly pay range of $16 -$20, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical, health, vision and dental insurance, 401k with a company match, life and disability insurance.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org and include “Administrative Coordinator” 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 the child needs. We work with foster families who are committed to caring for children, whether for a month, a year, or a lifetime.

Bring your initiative and enthusiasm for fostering an internal culture based on Amara’s values: inclusiveness, hope, courageous leadership, and perseverance. The Operations Manager is part of the Administrative team and focuses internally to strengthen, streamline, and support our internal administrative systems. This includes providing support for our volunteer Board of Directors.

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 Operations Manager reports to the Director of Finance & Administration and works closely with all Amara programs. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Management of the Administrative Support Specialist
  • Assist with employee recruitment sourcing and screening
  • Oversee Human Resources administration and tracking to ensure compliance with state licensing and labor requirements
  • Administration of employee benefit programs
  • Strengthen and improve new employee onboarding and orientations
  • Oversee internal IT needs and assist with database management
  • Planning monthly all-staff meetings as well as employee engagement events
  • Liaison for Board of Directors
  • Provide program administrative backup
  • Lead or assist in project-based operational improvements across Amara programs

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and five or more years administrative program experience or 10 years administrative program experience
  • One or more years supervisory experience is a plus
  • Human Resources experience or exposure is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to keep strict confidentiality
  • Experience planning and overseeing events and meetings
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent communication skills in all forms whether in person, on the phone or in writing
  • The ability to work cooperatively with different personalities, ages, religions, races, ethnicities, cultures, economic classes, and lifestyles 

Salary and Benefits

Competitive compensation, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, paid sabbatical, health, vision and dental insurance, 401k with a company match, life and disability insurance.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org and include “Operations Manager” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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).