Youth Engagement Specialist – Northwest Adoption Exchange

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $50,000




701 5th Avenue
Suite 1230
United States


For nearly 40 years, Northwest Resource Associates has been operating the Northwest Adoption Exchange (NWAE,, a leading program in finding safe, stable, permanent and loving homes for youth in the child welfare system. NWAE is committed to a strength-based approach to our work that respects the safety, privacy, and dignity of youth in foster care – one which gives them the opportunity to be empowered, engaged, and involved in helping find their adoptive family. We are seeking a full-time Youth Engagement Specialist to join our team and make a difference in the lives of youth in foster care. Strong candidates who are interested in a part-time role may also be considered.

The Youth Engagement Specialist is responsible for engaging and empowering older youth in foster care to participate in the adoptive family recruitment process. The Youth Engagement Specialist works collaboratively with youth to develop creative storytelling projects that can be shared directly with potential adoptive families. The Specialist meets 1:1 with youth (frequency dependent on youth availability) from the introduction of a project until its completion. They create compelling digital content that is shared on as In-Depth Profiles. A youth’s contributions and involvement are featured through a variety of creative mediums published on their profile – writing, videos, photos, or any way a youth desires to share. Youth content and profiles ultimately inspire families to consider and pursue adoption from foster care, and give youth a voice in the search for their own adoptive family. The Youth Engagement Specialist is responsible for coordinating and managing multiple youth projects at any given time, while leading the content creation and review process throughout.

NWAE is a program of Northwest Resource Associates. Northwest Resource Associates is a multi-faceted non-profit agency that provides an array of services for the human services community. (

This position reports to the Northwest Adoption Exchange Director.


  • Work collaboratively with referred youth to empower them in the adoption recruitment process and co-create compelling content that creatively tells a part of their own story.
  • Manage multiple youth projects at once, including arranging visits, contacting involved parties, traveling to meet 1:1 with youth, and content creation, and more.
  • Work collaboratively with the NWAE team to develop and share youth-driven content.
  • Regularly conduct outreach to child welfare professionals to highlight the importance of involving youth in the adoption recruitment process.
  • Develop and disseminate tools and resources for child welfare professionals that highlight the importance of involving youth in the adoption recruitment process.
  • Participate in team-wide recruitment initiatives, events, and projects as assigned.


Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth in a collaborative setting.
  • A demonstrated comfort with technology in all forms – for communication needs, project management tools, and content creation applications.
  • B.A. degree, or 3 years work experience in nonprofit or child welfare sector.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Willingness to occasionally work outside of 9-5, M-F office hours to accommodate youth availability.
  • Demonstrated ability to find innovative solutions to challenging problems.
  • Ability to operate and thrive within in a small team environment.
  • Access to a private automobile, ability to drive a vehicle and a valid driver’s license are required, in addition to an acceptable driving record. This position requires travel throughout Washington State. Transportation to sites is often by automobile, and sometimes via air.
  • Ability to pass a state-required background check.


Preferred skills and experience:                                     

  • Experience with digital content creation tools, including (but not limited to) Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and other Creative Suite applications; photography and filmmaking tools and equipment.
  • Experience working with and/or knowledge of the child welfare system.
  • Experience creating and guiding content through a review and editing process.
  • Experience working closely with marginalized populations.


This is a full- time (40 hrs/wk) position based in our Downtown Seattle office. Strong candidates who are interested in a part-time role may also be considered. Excellent benefits, including vacation, sick and safe leave; ORCA pass; fully-paid medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and long-term disability insurance.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter in which you describe your qualifications for this position to If you have any experience producing digital content, please include links to past projects.

Northwest Resource Associates believes in a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from alumni of care and qualified individuals of every race, national origin, religion, age, disability or ability status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.