Pierce County Emergency Sanctuary Program Coordinator

Posted by: Amara

Tacoma, WA, US

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


  • Strong and visible commitment to the safety, health and well-being of children
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and two years’ experience working with children required;
  • Experience working with children in foster care/child welfare
  • Ability to think and act independently, good 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 39,000-41,000 DOE

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

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