Careers at Amara2018-11-14T15:02:44+00:00

Our excellence is a moral obligation.

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

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

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

Associate Director of Foster Care Services

 

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.

The Associate Director of Foster Care Services plays a vital role in ensuring the Foster Care program is running effectively and efficiently. The ideal candidate is passionate about sharing Amara’s commitment to supporting children as they enter, experience, and transition out of foster care, as well as the families who love them. They will have strong interpersonal, clinical, and administrative skills, enjoy working to improve processes and have the ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders including foster families, DCYF colleagues, and Amara team members.

If you are energized by the Amara mission, and thrive on creating and following through on ambitious plans in service to improving children’s well-being, we would love to hear from you.

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 varying abilities) to apply and join us in our work.

Responsibilities

The Associate Director of Foster Care Services reports to the Director of Foster Care Services and works closely with Amara’s Foster Care Services team. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Supervision and Management (50-60%)

  • Oversee and support Family Time and Child Placement Services, including supervising coordinators and ensuring that services provided are high quality, consistent, and responsive to child and family needs
  • SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) evidence based homestudy lead for Foster Care Team—including conducting a minimum of 2 SAFE home studies per year.
  • In tandem with Director, provide phone and in-person support to prospective and current foster families as needed; pre-application and when requested by staff and/or family due to issues presented
  • Partner with the Director of Foster Care Services to ensure proper investigation and handling of DLR/CPS investigations, are readily available for ad-hoc staffings, and that bi-monthly clinical meetings meet program needs
  • Coordinate hiring and onboarding of Foster Care Services staff

Operational Management (20-30%)

  • Track overall performance of Foster Care Services staff and audit survey responses to ensure service consistency and application of best clinical and ethical practice standards
  • Identify, recommend, and implement program and process improvement in concert with team
  • Licensing content area expert and Amara/DLR liaison
  • Identify and implement ways to ensure connection and consistency between the Pierce and King County Foster Care Teams

Communications (10-20%)

  • Coordinate with Communications team on media content regarding issues related to foster care
  • Represent Amara in community and coalition meetings, events, and partner and donor meetings
  • Serve on select internal committees

 

The Associate Director of Foster Care Services can be based in our King or Pierce County office and will be expected to have a presence at both campuses. The position requires some evening and weekend hours for community events, meetings, and presentations.

Qualifications

  • MSW or MA/MS degree in a related field
  • 4+ years of clinical experience providing trauma informed care
  • 4+ years of experience in foster care, child welfare, or social services
  • 2+ years of experience in supervision or administration of social services
  • Strong clinical skills and experience providing clinical consultation
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to lead group meetings
  • Ability to lead with initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility and independent judgment
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the various cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and staff
  • Demonstrated leadership in promoting the advancement and development of diversity, equity, and inclusion in oneself, staff, and within program development
  • Strong decision-making skills, including critical thinking skills. Demonstrated ability to think globally
  • Experience writing home studies and/or knowledge of the SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) home study model a plus
  • Successful experience in program development and implementation preferred

 

Salary and Benefits

$60,000 – $65,000, 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

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 to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org and include the words “Associate Director of Foster Care Services” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; this position will remain open until filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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 recruits families on their behalf and then prepares foster and adoptive families through individualized coaching 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 is currently hiring a Chief Philanthropy Officer. A seasoned, energetic, and self-motivated fundraising leader, the Chief Philanthropy Officer provides overall vision, leadership, and strategic direction for Amara’s development programs. This leader will be an active, frontline fundraiser who enjoys having frequent, successful interactions with major donors and prospective donors. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and oversees a team of six development professionals. The Chief Philanthropy Officer serves as an essential member of the senior leadership team. Peer relationships include the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Children’s Services, Director of Finance and Administration, Director of Outreach and Communications, Pierce County Director, and Director of Social Services. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will be responsible for building a comprehensive fundraising platform, including cultivating and securing a mix of annual, major, and planned gifts along with corporate, foundation, and events gifts. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will work collaboratively with staff and board to develop a strategic development plan that aligns with Amara’s three-year strategic plan and provides organizational growth and long-term sustainability. In order to be successful, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will need to focus on building a strong, diversified base of individual giving while continuing to grow Amara’s corporate and institutional partnerships.

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 Philanthropy Officer will have the following primary responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage and motivate the development team to meet and exceed all goals.
  • Build a robust fundraising platform with clearly defined revenue goals and a diverse mix of giving that advances the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • Provide direction and oversight to the Amara Comprehensive Campaign:
    • Serve as primary campaign manager by facilitating the work of volunteers, providing support for campaign assignments, and working with the Board of Directors, Advisory Councils, Campaign Steering Committee, and Resource Development Committee to set priorities and meeting agendas.
    • Managing a portfolio of campaign gift prospects, including maintaining regular contact with volunteer solicitors to assist with moving prospects toward solicitation.
    • Identifying, cultivating and soliciting prospects, as well as stewarding those who have already made commitments.
    • Manage portfolio of 150 top prospects and develop strategies for the Executive Director’s portfolio.
    • Manage the department’s budget for strong return on investment.
    • Design, produce and manage the fundraising and stewardship efforts for Amara’s annual gala and signature luncheon.
    • Continue to engage program staff in donor cultivation and stewardship to bring the experiences of Amara’s work to donors.
    • Provide leadership and appropriate staffing to the board, councils, and committees, and any other assigned groups, and task forces as needed.
    • Establish, assess, and clear policies and procedures to support donor-centric, relationship-based fundraising.
    • Create regular reports that reflect the status of giving activities, trends, and opportunities.
    • Develop and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships with Amara’s staff, board, and volunteers.

 

Qualifications

  • A deep, passionate, and enthusiastic commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Amara.
  • A minimum of five to seven years of experience building successful fundraising programs that includes managing high performing teams. Prior experience in campaigns would be an advantage.
  • Proven drive and achievement in the successful solicitation of six- or seven-figure major gifts.
  • An independent, energetic, leader with a proven ability to hire, supervise, motivate and retain a development team that strives to achieve and exceed goals.
  • 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.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with strong interpersonal, active-listening and relationship building competencies.

 

Salary and Benefits

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

This national search is being led by Dan Nevez, Senior Consultant, and Joey Scheiber, Associate Consultant. Amara offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Relocation assistance will be available for the successful candidate. To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to: Joey Scheiber Associate Consultant, Executive Search: joey.scheiber@campbellcompany.com (312) 896-8897 direct. For more information, please read the position guide.

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. Amara is looking to hire an experienced leader to run its Emergency Sanctuary, a program that serves children who have just been removed from their homes for their own safety.  The Sanctuary is available to serve children 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Amara Emergency Sanctuary can serve up to 5 children at a time, for up to 72 hours per child, in a preschool/homelike environment. These children, ages 0-12, will have just been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. They will enter our care at a critical time and in a highly vulnerable state. Sanctuary staff and volunteers will be focused on helping the children feel safe, well-nurtured, and prepared for their next step into a relative, foster, or foster/adoptive family placement.

The Emergency Sanctuary Manager is instrumental in steering Amara to better serve vulnerable children in the state of Washington. As the head of the program, the Emergency Sanctuary Manager will be focused on leading a well-established team of child care specialists to ensure that the best possible care is provided to the children.  The Emergency Sanctuary Manager will have regular on-call responsibilities.

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.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

The Emergency Sanctuary Manager reports to the Director of Children’s Services.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as the immediate clinical and managing supervisor for direct service staff:
    • Hire, train, support, and supervise therapeutic child care specialists (TCS)
    • Providing support to TCS and volunteers to ensure that they provide a high level of care to the children
    • Set and oversee TCS and volunteer schedules to ensure 24/7 staffing
    • Ensure on-call coverage and backup is available 24/7 including acting as the on-call supervisor after hours
  • Ensure all Sanctuary activities and operations uphold child safety and well-being as paramount, and comply with regulations and policies set forth in policies, WACs, and licensing.
  • When the needs of the children at the Sanctuary require it, the Program Manager acts as an “extra set of hands” to ensure the children receive the best care possible
  • Cover staff shifts during scheduled and unexpected staff absences
  • Work closely with Volunteer Manager to ensure volunteers are properly recruited, trained, and supported.
  • Work with Director of Children’s Services to develop/improve Sanctuary policies
  • Ensure the Sanctuary delivers trauma-informed services of the highest quality to children in care
  • Maintain a strong working relationship with state caseworkers and other stakeholders
  • Remain informed about new research and best practices for serving children, and ensure that colleagues are updated on all relevant issues
  • Provide support for Sanctuary team when higher-need children are in care
  • Coordinate services for children and help build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, to include State social workers, medical professionals, etc
  • Oversee the administrative management of the Sanctuary program, properly allocating resources and preparing reports
  • Implement and coordinate ongoing trainings for Sanctuary staff and volunteers
  • Keep Director of Children’s Services and Volunteer Manager informed of Sanctuary challenges and successes
  • Promote a positive working environment and strong team culture at the Sanctuary
  • 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 manager will be responsible for covering open shifts him/herself.
    • The program manager must be able to respond to phone calls within 15 minutes and arrive at the Sanctuary within 30 minutes while on-call.
  • Work hours vary and include evenings and rare overnights when staffing issues require. Some weekend hours are required to provide coverage when Program Coordinator is unavailable.

Qualifications

  • Strong and visible commitment to the safety, health and well-being of children.
  • Education Requirement:
    • Master’s Degree in social services or a related field and one-year experience with children, or
    • Bachelor’s degree in social services or a related field and two years’ experience working with children, or
    • Five years successful full-time experience working with children
  • Experience working with children in foster care/child welfare.
  • Ability to think and act independently, good problem-solving skills and comfort while working within the “grey-area.
  • 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, Directors Team, Sanctuary employees/volunteers, State workers, law enforcement personnel, and medical professionals.
  • 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 and ability to be on-call.

Salary and Benefits
Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, health insurance, vision and dental insurance, 401K, life and disability insurance, and paid sabbatical. Salary 51,585-56,745.

To Apply

To express your interest in this opportunity, please send your resume and a one-page cover letter indicating why the Emergency Sanctuary Manager position at Amara is the right opportunity in your career to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org. Please include “Emergency Sanctuary Manager – King County” in your email subject line. Thank you!

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.

The Staff Accountant works closely with the Director of Finance & Administration and other administrative staff to maintain accurate and complete financial records for the organization. You will have the responsibility of performing the general ledger accounting, accounts receivable, reviewing accounts payable transactions, processing payroll and assisting with financial reporting. This position will cross train and provide backup for accounts payable and administrative support for some program 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 Staff Accountant reports to the Director of Finance & Administration and works closely with the  Administration, Development, and Program teams. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Full cycle accounting and recording of daily financial transactions including cash, A/R, and payroll in the financial system
  • Provide timely and accurate payment processing by processing invoices and receiving and depositing revenue in a timely manner
  • Monthly and quarterly reconciliations of balance sheet accounts, including reconciling all bank accounts & management of month end close
  • producing accurate and timely monthly financial statements for presentation to management and the Board of Directors
  • Participate in the ongoing development/establishment of accounting policies, internal controls, and operational strategies including the review and implementation of process and system changes
  • Prepare tax reporting including 1099s, WA State DOR tax filings, and others as needed
  • Maintain fixed assets records, update regularly as needed
  • Assist with grant reporting as assigned
  • Assist with annual audit and third party financial requests as assigned
  • Assist in annual budgeting process and research and respond to financial questions for program staff and budget owners throughout the year
  • Take on additional projects and tasks that support the work of the using your initiative, flexibility, and good judgement
  • Maintain confidentiality and integrity of electronic and paper documents and financial information
  • Maintain a professional and positive working relationship with clients, vendors, volunteers, donors, and fellow

Qualifications

  • Associates degree in business, accounting, or related field; work experience may be substituted with demonstrated ability to understand accounting work
  • At least three to five years full cycle accounting experience required
  • Familiarity with generally accepted accounting principles and nonprofit accounting
  • Experience with Quickbooks preferred
  • Ability to quickly perform routine tasks with consistent accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong background in excel and working with various formulas including If, Vlookup, Pivot Tables, etc.
  • Ability to multi task and has initiative to take assigned tasks to the next level
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • High energy and demonstrated ability to problem solve and use logic and available resources

 

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary range of $50,000-$55,000 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

Please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org and include “Staff Accountant” 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).