Careers at Amara

Careers at Amara 2017-03-21T17:31:07+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 always encourage folks to offer their resumes, even if there is not a position available.

Positions we’re currently seeking to fill:

Foster families are often overlooked and unappreciated in our community. These families care for our traumatized and vulnerable kids, and they do it with little or no recognition from our greater community. Foster families are often unfairly maligned and their motives questioned rather than recognized for the care they provide.  Becoming a foster parent is a major commitment of time, responsibility, expense, and care – it is a labor of love and service to both the children and the community. Amara is initiating a statewide effort to change the perception of foster parents by the public at large, and our temporary name for this effort is Project Gratitude. 

Project Gratitude aims to change the conversation across our state. Our goal is to provide every licensed foster family in the state of Washington with a “rewards” card, branded with Project Gratitude, which provides them with discounts at major stores and businesses for a range of services and products. This allows businesses and other partners a tangible way to get involved supporting youth and families involved in the foster care system. It will also generate public interest and elevate the work of their businesses. The manager’s role is to create this reward program and to ensure its success.

If you have a successful track record in sales, marketing or community involvement and you are seeking a sense of fulfillment and purpose in your next career move, this could be a perfect opportunity for you. This role will give you the opportunity to build a compelling new program from the ground up. Amara is looking for a motivated, results-driven manager to build and lead Project Gratitude. The manager will be largely responsible for ambitiously seeking businesses and community partners that will commit to participating in this program.

The manager will be responsible for the planning, outreach, execution, and communication effort/s related to the project. The ideal candidate is comfortable managing multiple priorities; can manage and track relationships efficiently; is a detail-oriented, cooperative team player; and has an effective system for staying organized.

Responsibilities

The Manager reports to the Chief Operating Officer and works closely with the communications, outreach and development teams. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Program development:

  • Finalize timeline and measurable objectives for the program
  • Plan persuasive approaches and pitches
  • Work with internal Amara teams to increase opportunities for business engagement
  • Implement a relationship management system for tracking relationships with businesses and community partners

Outreach:

  • Identify prospective business partners, present to them, and ultimately convert them to Project Gratitude participants
  • Establish, develop and maintain positive business relationships
  • Reach out to leads through cold calling and existing relationships
  • Follow up on outreach contacts, negotiate and close business deals

Maximize business relationships:

  • Manage existing business relationships and ensure that they stay satisfied and positive
  • Meet with prospective and secured businesses on an ongoing basis
  • Learn if there are other opportunities to connect and further Amara’s mission within the business
  • Coordinate with internal team to strategize follow-up on subsequent partnerships and opportunities

Monitor and report results:

  • Achieve agreed upon targets and outcomes within schedule. Submit weekly progress reports
  • Continuously solicit and improve program and user experience through feedback

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of accomplishment and experience
  • Strong commitment to Amara’s goals, values and mission
  • Experience in business to business sales/business development or fundraising role
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, with an enthusiasm for frequent written, phone, and face-to-face communication
  • Hardworking, persistent, and dependable
  • Results focused, with strong planning and project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with a strong attention to detail and aptitude for immediate follow-up
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced, deadline sensitive environment

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 [email protected] and include “Project Gratitude” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls, please.

The Events and Partnerships Associate serves to support the partnerships, outreach, and communications department. Under the guidance of the Chief Operating Officer, the Associate will help manage Amara’s community engagement efforts. This position will be responsible for leading a variety of events, collecting and analyzing insights from the community, identifying community ambassadors and advisors, onboarding community members to councils and committees, and developing content for Amara’s outreach efforts. The ideal candidate is highly organized, creative, and a natural relationship-builder.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

Design and execute a strong events strategy to engage more people in Amara’s mission

  • Design, manage, and execute all Amara community-related events and conversations, including virtual opportunities
  • Provide support for events and initiatives related to Amara’s family outreach and recruitment, and Post-Adoption Support program
  • Provide support for program, volunteer, and alumni family events

Lead committees, councils, and working groups in support of Amara’s mission

  • Organize and lead external Amara committees and advisory groups, including the newly formed Foster Care Alumni Advisory Committee
  • Help design and plan the new external Amara committees, including an Amara Family Council
  • Source and draft content for internal and external materials including: The Crossroads: Amara’s Quarterly Bulletin, letters, handouts, community affairs documents and status updates

Be an Amara ambassador in the community

  • Cultivate and steward relationships with Amara partners (corporate, nonprofit, educational institutions, retails, and others)
  • Working alongside the Director of External Affairs, Volunteer Coordinator, and Family Outreach Specialist, take charge in managing and tracking relationships with partner organizations
  • Support program manager in implementation of foster parent appreciation benefits program, including approaching businesses for support and coordinating and tracking benefits program partners
  • Seek out and engage in community and coalition meetings in adoption, foster care, child welfare, early learning, and other related fields
  • Support collaborative environments cross-departmentally and community-wide

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Must have at least 1-2 years of relevant experience
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Well-organized with strong attention to detail
  • Experience planning and executing events
  • Team player with a positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Understanding of and interest in foster care, adoption, and child welfare
  • Demonstrated experience working on complex projects and following through on details
  • Some night and weekends will be required for events and other meetings
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with complex Power Point presentations and Excel reporting preferred
  • Working knowledge of using and monitoring a variety of social media tools

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

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] and include the words “Events and Partnerships Associate” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until April 7. No phone calls, please.

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for developing and managing content for Amara’s communications channels in support of outreach and marketing initiatives. The coordinator plays a key role in safeguarding Amara’s brand identity and ensures consistency of messaging to diverse audiences. A skilled storyteller, the successful candidate is creative, has an analytical mindset, and is passionate about Amara’s mission. The Communications Coordinator will have the exciting opportunity to support the implementation a refreshed communications strategy that shines a light on the needs of children in foster care.

Responsibilities

The Communications Coordinator reports to the Communications Manager and works closely with the outreach and development teams. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collaborate across teams on various communications projects to keep families, employees, partners, donors, service providers, media, and other stakeholders informed about Amara’s programs, priorities, and news
  • Support efforts to effectively market and increase awareness of Amara’s mission through online, print, and in-person channels
  • Identify, develop, maintain, and curate an inventory of stories about Amara’s work for use across its channels
  • Develop and manage an editorial calendar for Amara’s communications channels
  • Help manage the creation and distribution of all print and electronic materials, including:
    • Marketing, development, and solicitation materials, as needed
    • Consistent and engaging postings and conversations on social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube, as appropriate
    • Maintain and update the website with event announcements, photos, news articles, newsletters, press releases, etc.
    • Print and e-newsletters for donors, partners, and supporters
    • Annual report for donors and other supporters
    • Press releases, as needed
    • Event announcements, invitations, programs, and signage
  • Monitor metrics and analytics of communications activities and channels and submit regular reports
  • Help identify media opportunities and implement campaigns around key programs and issues, including monitoring media cycles and updating media lists
  • Assist in application of Amara’s style guide across all internal and external communications outlets
  • Serve as a liaison with the Family Recruitment Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator, and provide communications support on outreach activities, information meetings, and upcoming events
  • Manage occasional Communications interns and volunteers
  • Write other external and internal communication materials as needed
  • Participate as a member of Amara’s front desk team
  • Assist with other projects as needed

Qualifications

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.)
  • Minimum of 7 years’ working experience
  • Exceptional storyteller, writer, and editor
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to translate complex concepts into easy-to-understand language adapted to the needs of diverse audiences
  • Savvy with social media channels, online email, website platforms, and Microsoft Office; comfortable with exploring and learning new technology and tools
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborate effectively as part of an entrepreneurial team
  • Ability to prioritize among competing goals to execute on tight deadlines
  • Articulate, polished, and professional demeanor with strong work ethic, initiative, and confidence

Preferred:

  • Experience and proven success working in a communications or marketing role
  • Copy editing and/or professional writing experience
  • Knowledge of digital communication techniques and analytics
  • Familiarity with graphic design programs (especially InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Database experience

Salary and Benefits

Salary 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 [email protected] and include the words “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. Also, please provide illustrative work samples, including blog posts, newsletter stories, press releases, etc.

Amara’s Pierce County Emergency Sanctuary, located in Tacoma, WA, is seeking a program coordinator.  Join our team of professionals serving vulnerable children in our community.

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

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

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

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

  • Providing support and guidance to the Sanctuary program, ensuring that all program norms and requirements are met
  • Taking on logistical projects such as maintaining inventory and supplies and keeping program materials stocked and well organized
  • Assistance with planning and implementing daily activities
  • Taking on long term projects such as researching program modalities and other themes, as needed
  • At times, when the mix of children at the Sanctuary requires it, the program coordinator will act as an “extra set of hands” to ensure the children receive the best care possible
  • On occasion, covering staff shifts
  • Responsibilities while on-call include:
    • Providing guidance with placement decisions, crisis response, and staffing issues
    • Coordinating staff/volunteer coverage for open shifts and shift cancellations
    • If unable to find coverage, the program coordinator will be responsible for covering open shifts him/herself.
    • The program coordinator must be able to respond to phone calls within 15 minutes and arrive at the Sanctuary within 30 minutes while on call
  • Assist the Program Manager with other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Strong and visible commitment to the safety, health and well-being of children
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and two years’ experience working with children
  • Experience working with children in foster care/child welfare
  • Ability to think and act independently, strong problem-solving skills
  • Patience, empathy, flexibility, and a sense of humor
  • Ability to communicate and work well with all types of people and positions, including children in placement, Program Manager, Sanctuary employees, State staff and law enforcement personnel, and agency volunteers
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, proof of auto insurance
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and lift frequently
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Flexible schedule and willingness to be on-call

Salary and Benefits

Salary $39,000-41,000 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 [email protected] and include “Program Coordinator – Pierce County Sanctuary” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Thank you for reviewing our website before applying.  No phone calls, please.

Due to agency growth in Pierce County, we are seeking a new Foster Care and Adoption Specialist to become an integral and valued part of our clinical team working to achieve Amara’s vision of ensuring 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. This full-time position will be based out of our Tacoma office.

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 preparation and home study assessment
  • Child transition and placement
  • Post-placement monitoring and 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

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

To Apply

To express your interest in this opportunity, please send your resume, a professional writing sample of 1-5 pages, and a one-page cover letter to Dianna Zaorski, Director of Social Services.

Please submit materials via email to [email protected] and include “Foster Care and Adoption Specialist” in the subject line of your e-mail. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Due to program growth, we are seeking a new Foster Care and Adoption Specialist to become an integral and valued part of our clinical team working to achieve Amara’s vision of ensuring 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. This full-time position will be based out of our Seattle office.

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

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 send your resume, a professional writing sample of 1-5 pages, and a one-page cover letter to [email protected] with “Foster Care and Adoption Specialist – Seattle” in the subject line of your e-mail.  Resumes submitted without a cover letter and writing sample will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Purpose

Amara serves our community by finding, preparing and supporting families to care for children in foster care. In our mission to serve more children through our programs, we seek interns who are committed to making a difference. Amara’s internship program is intended as a training and mentorship program for community members interested in learning more about child welfare, the foster care system, and non-profit management. The relationship between interns and Amara is mutually beneficial as Amara benefits from the skills, motivation, and work ethic of interns, who have an opportunity to learn and grow professionally.

Work study interns

Students who are approved for off campus work study funding can apply to work at Amara. The type of work the student is involved in will be determined by student interest and experience as well as Amara’s needs. These students are paid for the time they work, subsidized by their educational financial aid program

Intern supervision

Our ability to welcome new interns is based on Amara’s capacity and needs at the time. Volunteer Interns are mentored and coached by an identified supervisor in the department in which the intern will be working.

Each department, or individual in a department, will determine their need for intern support as well as their ability to supervise and mentor interns. They will develop a job description of the internship opportunity which outlines their needs as well as the number of hours per week they require support. If the number of hours is high the job posting may be shared by more than one intern.

Each department will identify a supervisor for each of their interns who will maintain primary responsibility for trainings, supporting, and providing opportunities for the interns they are mentoring.

Our expectations of interns

  • Amara interns are expected to behave and dress professionally during their internship hours. The Amara office can be described as Seattle business casual: Clean, professional jeans with no holes are acceptable if paired with a nice top. If an intern is attending a client meeting or other more formal event, more formal attire is required. Hygiene, hair, and makeup are also expected to be professional.
  • It is important that interns are punctual and consistent in their dress, attendance, and performance.
  • In order to work directly with children, interns must be at least 21 years old.
  • Each Amara intern is assigned to a supervisor in the department they will be mainly working in. Supervisors will orient and train interns. Interns should talk to their mentor about their interests so they can be offered opportunities to support their learning.
  • Interns are required to commit to minimum of 8 hours per week for at least 3 months.
  • Interns must pass their background clearance before they can start their internship. This can take time and it is important that interns are proactive in following up promptly on any requests regarding their background clearance.
  • Interns must meet all training and other HR requirements, including reference checks.
  • Interns will typically be assigned to work at the main office or the Sanctuary – they will rarely work at both. An intern at the main office may choose to also volunteer at the Sanctuary, but this will not count for their internship time.
  • As interns develop trust and relationships at Amara, they may be offered opportunities to observe processes that are of interest to them (clinical meeting, shadowing a staff member, touring the Sanctuary, childcare at support group, etc.).
  • Interns and their supervisors will develop and sign a contract at the start of the internship outlining goals and expectations.

To Apply

To be considered for a work study position, please go online and fill out our internship application. You will be asked to include your work study letter. If you have any questions about Amara’s work study positions, please feel free to reach out to Amara’s Volunteer Coordinator, Annelise Cohen, at [email protected].