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.
Amara is currently hiring a full-time Supervisor to supervise Amara’s Pierce County Foster Care Team, work directly with foster families, and oversee Amara’s burgeoning Pierce County presence. Foster Care Services Supervisors report to the Director of Foster Care Services and are part of the Foster Care Leadership Team with their director and other supervisors. The ideal candidate is highly organized and can demonstrate initiative, discretion, maturity, flexibility and independent judgment. The Supervisor will represent Amara’s Foster Care Program in the South Sound region, ensure the program is implemented with the utmost integrity, and maintain a strong connection with the Amara team in Seattle.
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 LGBTQ community, veterans, and people with disabilities) to apply and join us in our work.
The Foster Care Services Supervisor reports to the Director of Foster Care Services as part of the Foster Care Program. This individual will be responsible for providing a wide range of services on behalf of children in need of permanency, including, but not limited to, the following:
Supervision of Foster Care Specialists (40-50%)
§ Supervise a team of Foster Care Specialists
§ Support and track case progression; guide clinical staffings throughout the SAFE home study process and through placement
§ Monitor professional practices of direct reports; ensuring compliance with agency goals, values, policies, and procedures
§ Assess strengths and needs of staff; support and facilitate ongoing professional development
§ Regularly facilitate one-on-one and group supervision to develop clinical knowledge and skills, promote self-awareness, encourage collaboration amongst team members, and ensure consistent communication between staff and leadership
§ Review, assess, and edit detailed SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) home study reports for clarity and quality of psychosocial assessments
§ Maintain strong ethical boundaries and ensure staff is adhering to their professional code of conduct
§ Conduct annual performance evaluations with quarterly reviews
Direct Service (30-40%)
§ Prepare, assess, and support prospective foster families through the home study, child/family match, and placement processes
§ Partner with the Pierce County Director and Pierce County team to maximize growth potential and an increase in the foster family pool in the South Sound region
§ Engagement and partnership with Foster Care Leadership Team to ensure quality and consistency across the program
§ Facilitate family workshops, information meetings, support groups, and community events
§ MSW or equivalent (social services, human services, behavioral science, or allied field) with a minimum of four years of direct service experience (which can include internship experience).
§ Two years of paid experience providing clinical supervision is preferred
§ Outstanding written and oral communication skills; experience writing pre-placement reports/ home studies; knowledge of and completed training in the SAFE (Structured Assessment Family Evaluation) home study methodology a plus
§ Knowledge and understanding of the child welfare system; experience in foster care and adoption highly preferred
§ Strong interpersonal skills, high level of professionalism and ability to work independently
§ Ability to flex hours to accommodate client and staff needs on an occasional basis
§ Cross-cultural responsiveness relative to age, race, ethnicity, belief systems, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and economic circumstances
§ Broad use of clinical skills in writing, advocacy, communication, assessment, training
§ Ability to confidently navigate complex conversations with staff and families
§ Ability to professionally and knowledgeably represent the clinical team within Amara, and represent Amara in the community
§ Strong familiarity with resources in Pierce County
§ A valid Washington State driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and use of own vehicle
$56,000-60,000, DOE. Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off; health, dental, life and disability insurance; 401K plan; sabbatical.
1. A chronological resume
2. A cover letter highlighting what experience, skills, and/or personal characteristics qualify you for this position and why the mission of Amara appeals to you
3. A writing sample of 3-5 pages that highlights your clinical and written communication skills
Resumes submitted without a cover letter and writing sample will not be considered.
Please submit materials via email to email@example.com and use the words Foster Care Services Supervisor in the subject line of your submission. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls, please.
Amara is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Generous personal leave and benefits package, including paid time off; health, dental, life and disability insurance; 401K plan; sabbatical.
Minimum Education Required