Careers at Amara 2018-05-14T10:08:59+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, support, and comfort of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as each child needs. Amara is dedicated to meeting our strategic plan goal of being accountable for every child in our care until they are in a safe and stable home committed to their lifelong well-being.

Become an integral and valued part of our growing Pierce County team! The Community Coordinator will report to Amara’s Pierce County Director and work closely with CASA and Pierce County Juvenile Court to help grow and strengthen the Best For Babies Court program. Amara is looking for a self-motivated, highly driven and compassionate individual to support this program and partnership.

Best For Babies is similar to an evidence-based court model supported by National ZERO TO THREE which has been shown to improve outcomes for babies and toddlers in the child welfare system. Initial outcomes of the pilot in Pierce County have been promising. Amara is committed to funding this position for three years as the program strengthens and grows.

The Community Coordinator facilitates collaboration among families, caregivers, the court, CASA, and community stakeholders. The Coordinator serves as a bridge-builder across the many disciplines involved with infants and toddlers in foster care.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Coordination

  • Assist with screening appropriate cases for the Best for Babies program
  • Participate in regular Best for Babies team meetings
  • Assess and coordinate training/technical assistance, including providing training to the community and stakeholders
  • Schedule and facilitate Community Advisory Team meetings; recruit and engage members
  • Make recommendations and help develop guidelines with the team to ensure proper coordination and collaboration between all parties
  • Conduct follow-up activities, focused on reaching established team goals
  • Maintain current knowledge of trends and best practices for infants and toddlers in child welfare
  • Other duties as assigned

Direct Service to Families and Caregivers

  • Provide support and assistance to families engaged in the court process
  • Assist families in engaging with the court personnel and processes, their court ordered services, and their community
  • Assist caregivers in engaging in court project and accessing services necessary to provide appropriate care to the child
  • Proactively provide referrals and resources
  • Support parent engagement in program, including providing transportation when needed
  • Facilitate and participate in team meetings to identify barriers to permanency

Program Evaluation and Communications

  • Track client and project successes and challenges; engage the help of data and reporting professionals
  • Documentation and regular report writing
  • Produce internal and external communications about Best for Babies
  • Engage and inform the community and stakeholders about the Best for Babies program; serve as a liaison and ambassador for the team and program

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, or related field. Master’s degree preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team
  • Case management experience preferred
  • Program management experience preferred
  • Passion for and an ability to engage families and to strive to go above and beyond for the children and families served
  • Knowledge of infant and child development and family systems
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds; Cross-cultural competence relative to age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • Effective communication skills
  • Highly organized and detailed-oriented
  • Ability to work independently and deliver on set goals and expectations of position and program
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility and sound judgment
  • Knowledge of child welfare, infant mental health, and family systems
  • Experience/familiarity with juvenile and family court proceedings a plus
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance

Salary and Benefits

$45,000-$50,000, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off, 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 and a one-page cover letter indicating why this position is the right opportunity for you. Please submit materials via email to careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org with the words “Best for Babies” in the subject line of your submission.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Founded in 1921, Amara is a not-for-profit focused on the well-being of children as they enter, experience, and transition out of foster care. Amara puts kids first. Amara believes that every child needs the love and support of a family to realize their full potential. Each year Amara serves more than 1,500 children and adults through three core programs: Children’s Services, Foster 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.

With support from volunteers, partners, and the philanthropic community, Amara is devoted to serving children in foster care and the families who care for them. Amara plays a strong role in developing a community-wide effort to improve outcomes for children in foster care, and to increase support for children and their caregivers. Amara is proud to work with all families, regardless of marital status, race, religion, political beliefs, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Amara was one of the first agencies in the country to facilitate transracial adoptions and adoptions by single and LGBTQ parents. Amara is committed to being an active voice for permanence for children in foster care, and directs its communication efforts there. Project Gratitude, a $1 million investment, seeks to extend tangible community support to foster parents while raising awareness of their invaluable work.

Along with a 17-member Board of Directors and two county-wide Advisory Councils, a dedicated staff of 63 at their Seattle and Tacoma offices and two Emergency Sanctuaries that help children just removed from their families experience a “soft landing” into foster care, Amara programs serve children and families across 12 counties in most of Western Washington. Recognized for its effective services, particularly its use of metrics for clear outcomes to evaluate program success, Amara has grown its budget by over $4.5 million since 2013, principally through charitable support. Nearly 85% of its overall revenues come directly from philanthropic contributions deriving from individuals, foundations, corporations, and three signature events.

Amara is currently engaged in a five-year, $26.5 million Comprehensive Campaign. This transformative campaign will fund a permanent headquarters for the agency, its Emergency Sanctuaries, a strategic effort to recruit more foster and adopt families and provide resources, and an expansion of foster and adopt and post-adoption services. So far, the Amara Comprehensive Campaign has raised $15 million, and remains on track to end successfully by 2019. For 2017- 2019, Amara established a strategic plan focusing on five pivotal areas: elevate the interests of the child; build and strengthen partnerships; recruit ambitiously; ease and minimize transitions; and confront social justice issues.

Job Overview

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 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.

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.

Major Objectives

Within the first 12 to 18 months, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will achieve the following major objectives:

  • Lead, build, and mentor a development team that inspires trust and confidence with the Executive Director, staff, board, advisory councils, volunteers, and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement a strategic, comprehensive philanthropy plan that prioritizes Amara’s funding and campaign goals and increases annual, major, and planned giving significantly.
  • Identify and cultivate an increasing base of leadership and major gift prospects and donors.
  • Continue to build on the successes of the Amara Comprehensive Campaign.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess most of the following 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, self-starter 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.
  • Results oriented, metrics focused, and team oriented.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with strong interpersonal, active-listening and relationship-building competencies.
  • A sense of humor.

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 at Executive Search, via email at joey.scheiber@campbellcompany.com.

Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances their ability to fulfill their mission. Amara strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including communities of color, the LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join them in their work.

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. Although based out of our Seattle office, this position will flex between our Seattle and Tacoma offices serving families in both King and Pierce County.

Amara believes that a diverse and inclusive workplace 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 need of permanency, including:

  • Foster family licensing, preparation and home study assessment
  • Post-placement monitoring and family support
  • Ensuring that the physical, emotional, and social needs of foster 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 competence relative to age, religion, race, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work in tandem with an outstanding professional team
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and proof of auto insurance

Salary and Benefits

$48,000-$52,000, 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/Tacoma” in the subject line of your submission. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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).