Careers at Amara

Careers at Amara 2017-04-24T12:25:12+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. We work with foster and adoptive families who are committed to caring for children, whether for a month, a year, or a lifetime.

The Outreach & Communications Manager is a leadership role with responsibility for strengthening Amara’s profile by advancing Amara’s mission, goals, and objectives so that more children in foster care can find stable, loving families. The successful candidate will lead the development of programs that harness support for children in foster care by changing perceptions and underscoring Amara’s entrepreneurial spirit. With oversight of a six-member team, this role will be responsible for managing Amara’s communications channels, growing the number and diversity of prospective families to meet the needs of children in foster care, and maximizing our community partnership opportunities.

Amara began in 1921 as Medina Baby Home, a traditional orphanage. While the name of the organization and its location have changed, the focus throughout its 96 years as a community nonprofit organization has been finding and supporting strong families to provide safe, stable, and nurturing homes for children who need them. Most recently, that focus is entirely channeled towards children in foster care.

Amara is currently positioned to provide greater impact for the children it serves. The organization is fiscally healthy and has a strong Board of Directors and team of dedicated staff. This is a critical role and an opportunity for a driven individual to make meaningful contributions towards achieving the goals in Amara’s three-year strategic plan. It is an exciting time to join a rapidly-growing organization with great ambition to elevate the interests of the child in foster care.

Responsibilities

The Outreach & Communications Manager reports to the Chief Operating Officer and works closely with other Directors and their teams. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

External Communications

  • Manage messaging framework and consistency of use across various channels to ensure brand coherence
  • Maintain oversight of content strategy and plan, and leverage storytelling to change hearts and minds of the engaged public
  • Manage content development (e.g., narrative stories, infographics, blog posts, presentations) for Amara’s website, blog, newsletters, and social media channels that provides engaging information about our work, results, and knowledge. Optimize visibility with key audiences
  • Manage the capturing and sharing of client stories and photos across all channels, in coordination with development and clinical staff. Develop a process to capture and catalogue stories
  • Develop and implement plan for working with news media outlets, and serve as the relationship manager
  • Direct the creation and use of marketing and communications materials in a variety of print and digital formats, such as brochures, press releases, articles, white papers, presentations, briefing documents, and web and social media content
  • Supervise website maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly

Internal Communications

  • Provide counsel to senior leadership team on managing external and internal communications issues
  • Support internal teams to ensure outreach to the organization’s various audiences is consistent and effective
  • Manage employee communications, including monthly staff meetings, to ensure that relevant messages are disseminated regularly

Outreach

  • Oversee the development and implementation of a robust plan to increase the number and diversity of prospective foster/adoptive families
  • Oversee the volunteer program
  • Lead the development and implementation of a community partner engagement plan
  • Direct the community events strategy and plan
  • Manage programs and relationships with key stakeholders e.g., foster care alumni

Leadership & People Management

  • Supervise and mentor the team: communications, family and volunteer recruitment, and events and partnerships professionals
  • Coach other staff as needed
  • Serve on the Amara Leadership Team
  • Responsible for managing department budgets
  • Oversee contracts and work of external resources e.g., graphic designers, printers, etc.

Qualifications

Technical

  • A minimum of seven years of communications, marketing, or public relations experience, ideally in an “in-house” or agency leadership role
  • Experience with nonprofit marketing highly preferred
  • Strong people management skills
  • Demonstrated success in developing and growing an organization’s brand using social media, online, and print communications
  • Ability to write quickly in a variety of voices and formats

Approach

  • A strong track record as a strategic thinker and implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position external communications and reputation discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Relationship-builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
  • Ability to build rapport with diverse stakeholders across the spectrum of seniority and personality styles
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively

Key Attributes

  • Must be creative, innovative, and a self-starter
  • Initiative, creativity, ingenuity, and persistence
  • Can-do/positive attitude, willing to pitch in when necessary at all task levels
  • Confidence, professionalism and maturity to initiate and cultivate professional relationships
  • Dedication to the Amara vision and mission

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 “Outreach & Communications Manager” 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 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 Events and Partnerships Associate serves to support the partnerships, outreach, and communications department in the Amara Pierce County Office in Tacoma.

Under the guidance of the Chief Operating Officer and the Pierce County Director, 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

The Events and Partnerships Associate reports to the Pierce County Director. 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,
  • 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 (DSHS, 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, Pierce County” in the subject line of your email In your letter, please indicate how you learned of this posting. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be welcomed and reviewed until the position is filled.

Full-Time Position (Monday-Thursday; 10pm-8am); 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 each in King and Pierce Counties, and we are seeking a full-time Therapeutic Childcare Specialist in King County. This is a 40-hour-a-week position that includes overnight shifts (10pm – 8am), Monday-Thursday. Come join an excellent team of direct care providers!

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 LGBT 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
  • Overnight shift will have extra cleaning tasks that day and swing shift are unable to complete
  • Overnight shift will have administrative responsibilities, involving e-mailing social workers, preparing discharges, and completing other administrative duties as necessary.

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 $15/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 [email protected] and include “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.

Full-Time Position (varying day and evening shifts, includes working weekends); 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 for each. This is a 40-hour-a-week position that includes weekend shifts. Come join an excellent team of direct care providers!

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 LGBT 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 $15/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 [email protected], and include “Emergency Sanctuary – Full-Time” and specify “King County” or “Pierce County” 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.

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 Amara Emergency Sanctuary in Pierce County is growing its team of caring childcare professionals. Relief staff are utilized to fill empty shifts and helping with balancing staffing levels-there are no guaranteed weekly hours. Come join our excellent team of direct care providers!

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 LGBT 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 $15/hour with a shift differential for nights and weekends.

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 [email protected] and include “Emergency Sanctuary – Relief Staff – 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.

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.

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.

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].