Careers

Our Mission is to transform the lives of children in foster care by building and nurturing permanent families.

Sierra Forever Families is a private non-profit foster family/adoption agency that focuses on finding and sustaining permanency for children and youth in the foster care system and provides an array of other community-based services to families and children.

Check out our current employment opportunities below.

Grant Writer - Sacramento, CA

We are seeking a solution-oriented, experienced grant writer with excellent communication skills to join our Fund Development team.

Position Summary:

The Grant Writer will be responsible for diversifying revenue sources by researching and applying to corporate, foundation and private grant opportunities. This position will also work to cultivate and steward current and potential funder relationships and work cross-departmentally to utilize data tracking systems to monitor and report program successes.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works effectively with personnel from administrative and program functions to generate revenue by conducting a full range of activities including research, generation, submission, and management of grant proposals to corporate, foundation, and private funding sources
  • Works interdepartmentally to gather qualitative and quantitative budgetary and programmatic information necessary to report to funders
  • Complies with all funders’ grant reporting requirements
  • Works with the Development Director to establish and enhance relationships with grant funder prospects and arranges onsite tours or visits, as needed
  • Maintains current and accurate records in database and paper files
  • Develops and maintains grant writing tools and resources including grant templates, program boilerplate, logic models, demographic information, etc.
  • Completes other duties, as assigned

Essential Skills:

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; ability to write clear, concise, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of MS Office and donor database applications
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate data
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and implement multiple projects in an environment of changing priorities while keeping colleagues apprised of status
  • Self-starter and able to work interdependently and independently

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience
  • At least 3 years experience in fund development and grant writing, or equivalent
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance, and have access to reliable transportation

Miscellaneous:

  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances

Please look at www.sierraff.org for more details.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Position Location:  Sacramento (main office), additional offices: Placer and Nevada Counties

To Apply:  E-mail resume (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) and cover letter detailing your relevant skills and experiences and how they fit the needs of the position, along with salary requirements, to jobs@sierraff.org

Wonder Program Coach - Sacramento, CA

Job Summary:

The Wonder program utilizes adult volunteers (Guides) to commit to support, guidance, and friendship to a young person (Explorer). The Wonder Coach helps to empower Guides to assist children and youth to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The primary role of the Wonder Coach is to partner with each Guide in a thought-provoking and creative process to help him or her develop effective interpersonal relationships with their Explorer to help them reach positive personal goals and increase their resiliency.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide support to the Guides to ensure strong relationships develop between the Guide and Explorer as well as the Caregiver(s)
  • Take the lead in supporting the Guide/Explorer through their ongoing relationship and serve as a positive role model
  • Act as a critical supporter by providing assistance, structure, and guidance to Guides
  • Convene, document, and report check-ins with Guides, Explorer, and Caregiver
  • Ensure that all Guides perform consistently with applicable laws, regulations and compliance standards and behave legally and ethically in all matters
  • Ensure Wonder Staff and County Social Workers are kept up to date regarding the Guide/Explorer relationship as well as any other pertinent issues and events (e.g., upcoming court decisions, placement changes, etc.)
  • Direct Guides to contact the county social worker when appropriate and ensure that the proper documentation is sent to the county worker
  • Seek out additional resources on behalf of the Guides as necessary
  • Maintain communication with the Program Coordinator, Manager, and other Coaches to discuss the progress of the relationships and to brainstorm specific situations
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
Skills:

  • Good listener that asks open-ended questions to guide Wonder Guides/Explorers in the right direction rather than just telling them what to do
  • Open to change and new information; rapidly adapt to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles
  • Behave in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Show consistency in words and actions. Model high standards of ethics
  • Identify and analyze problems; weigh relevance and accuracy of information; generate and evaluate alternative solutions and makes recommendations
  • Knowledge of relevant coaching trends and practices
  • Knowledge of child welfare especially the foster care system
  • Foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the program
  • Maintain a professional, confidential work environment
  • Verbal and written ability to communicate effectively with staff, clients, colleagues, community partners, and all levels of management
  • Document and maintain essential program statistics, information and files
  • Manage multiple tasks at one time in an efficient manner
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback and advice
  • Proficiency in computer technology, Microsoft Office 2010 Suite as well as Database/Case Management systems

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Counseling or related human service field required.  Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Certified Coach preferred
  • Experience in coaching, social or human services, or education; minimum of one year experience

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, climb or balance, stoop, sit, bend, squat, kneel, twist, crouch or crawl, and reach with hands and arms in an office or event setting.  Be able to drive and transport children as well as supplies to events.  Specific use of speech and hearing to communicate in person and by telephone; vision to read handwritten and printed materials and computer screen; and lift moderate weight including children.  Work hours include nights and weekends.

Miscellaneous:

  • Must submit to and pass a health screen, tuberculosis test, criminal record, and child abuse index clearances
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license, provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance have access to reliable transportation
  • The employee is expected to adhere to all agency policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to agency policies

Position Location: Sacramento, California

To Apply:  E-mail resume (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) and cover letter detailing your relevant skills and experiences and how they fit the needs of the position, along with salary requirements to jobs@sierraff.org

Date opened: 03/2017

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