Emergency Sanctuary Program Manager – King County

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $51,585
Maximum: $56,745
Details: DOE

Published

11/09/2018

Address

5907 Martin Luther King Junior Way South
Seattle
Washington
98118
United States

Description

Full-Time Position (Monday-Friday; 40 hours/week); Hours vary

Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love, support, and comfort of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as the child needs. Amara is looking to hire an experienced leader to run its Emergency Sanctuary, a program that serves children who have just been removed from their homes for their own safety. The Sanctuary is available to serve children 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 


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

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


Amara believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strive for equity and justice in the way people are treated and the opportunities they have to succeed by working to address racism, unequal treatment and other barriers to inclusion. We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds (including communities of color, the LGBT community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.


Principal Duties & Responsibilities

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

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

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



Qualifications

  • Strong and visible commitment to the safety, health and well-being of children.
  • Education Requirement:
  • Master’s Degree in social services or a related field and one-year experience with children, or
  • Bachelor’s degree in social services or a related field and two years’ experience working with children, or
  • Five years successful full-time experience working with children
  • Experience working with children in foster care/child welfare.
  • Ability to think and act independently, good problem-solving skills and comfort while working within the “grey-area.
  • Patience, empathy, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to communicate and work well with all types of people and positions, including children in placement, Directors Team, Sanctuary employees/volunteers, State workers, law enforcement personnel, and medical professionals.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple daily tasks while holding the needs of the Sanctuary and children in care as the highest priority.
  • A valid Washington State driver’s license, proof of auto insurance.
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods.
  • Ability to bend, squat, climb stairs and lift frequently.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Flexible schedule and willingness and ability to be on-call.


Salary and Benefits

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


To Apply

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


Benefits

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

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

careers@amaraputskidsfirst.org
https://amaraputskidsfirst.org/about/careers-at-amara/

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


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