About Adoption Rhode Island

Careers

Adoption Rhode Island is an open and welcoming organization that respects and values diversity.

Employee Equal Opportunity Policy

It is the policy of Adoption Rhode Island to provide every applicant for employment and every employee the right of equal treatment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical handicap unrelated to ability, and status as a military veteran.

Employee Non-Discrimination Policy

Adoption Rhode Island is firmly committed to equal opportunity and equity of access and does not permit and takes actions to prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability/ability, marital status, and/or family status in provision of serving youth, children, pre-adoptive or adoptive families, or waiting families at the organization. Allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on any of these bases should be brought to the attention of agency administration immediately by reporting such conduct to the: (1) CEO/ED, (2) COO, (3) a member of management with whom the concerned staff feels comfortable, or (4) immediate supervisor.

Client Non-Discrimination Policy

Adoption Rhode Island is firmly committed to equal opportunity and equity of access and does not permit and takes actions to prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability/ability, marital status, and/or family status in provision of serving youth, children, pre-adoptive or adoptive families, or waiting families at the organization. Allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on any of these bases should be brought to the attention of agency administration immediately by reporting such conduct to the: (1) CEO/ED, (2) COO, (3) a member of management with whom the concerned staff feels comfortable, or (4) immediate supervisor.

Commitment to Equity

The values of equity and justice are core to our work at Adoption Rhode Island. We unequivocally denounce racism, intolerance, and exclusion. We believe taking a stand is not enough. We, have been on a path of exploration to identify how to more fully operationalize our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all our policies, programs and advocacy endeavors, as well as model those values as we advance our mission. We believe that embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion as organizational values, is a way to intentionally make space for positive outcomes to flourish.

Agency Location

Adoption RI is located at 290 West Exchange Street, Suite 100, in the heart of Providence’s Federal Hill area. Offices are close to downtown, great restaurants, and routes 95, 195, 6, and 10. We are proud to serve children, youth, young adults, and family statewide.

Agency Requirements

All applicants must (1) be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, (2) pass a criminal Background Criminal Investigation (BCI), 3) have non-disqualifying results from the RI Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System (CANTS), (4) have an acceptable driving record, (5) access to reliable transportation, (6) possess valid and continuous automobile insurance that meets the state’s minimum insurance requirements, (7) hold an active license with the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) for applicable positions.

Why Should You Apply?

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Competitive benefits

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Flexible hours

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On-the-job training & professional development

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Passionate, committed team environment

Current Openings

Please click links below to see current career opportunities at Adoption RI

Young Adult Support Specialist, Youth Transition Services Department

Department: Youth Transition Services

Reports to: Youth Transition Services Program Manager

Status/Hours: Exempt/Full-time

Salary Range: $40,000-$46,000/year with benefits

The Program: The Youth Transition Services department serves youth and young adults who are either at-risk of aging out of foster care or who have already exited the foster care system. Staff are laser-focused in supporting young adults in achieving their educational and vocational outcomes and connected to safe and healthy relationships.

The Position – Requirements and preferred skills for the position of Young Adult Support Specialist, include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field, preferred
  • Extensive child welfare and/or experience working with older youth, required
  •  Trauma-informed and permanency competent
  •  Experience in direct service and policy development strongly
  • Familiarity with state and federal laws related to child welfare and adult services
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as data collection & application skills

General Responsibilities:

  • Connect youth with community-based resources related to healthy living, life-skill building, educational and vocational training, providing support towards achieving individualized self-sufficiency plans.
  • Work collaboratively with young adults to identify safe and healthy supports by application of multiple family search & engagement strategies.
  • Provide training and consultation to child welfare and community-based providers related to permanency and young adult-specific topics.
  • Organize and implement workshops and events for client population and their supports.

How to Apply:
Qualified candidates who meet the aforementioned requirements should email their resume and letter of interest to Alex DeRita at aderita@adoptionri.org

For a printable job description click here

Making KINnections Recruiter

Department: Youth Transition Services

Reports to: Youth Transition Services Program Manager

Status/Hours: Exempt/Full-time

Salary Range: $40,000-$46,000/year with benefits

The Program:
The Youth Transition Services department serves youth and young adults who are either at-risk of aging out of foster care or who have already exited the foster care system. Staff are laser-focused in supporting young adults in achieving their educational and vocational outcomes and connected to safe and healthy relationships.

The Position:
Requirements and preferred skills for the position of Young Adult Support Specialist, include:

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field, preferred
  • Extensive child welfare and/or experience working with older youth, required
  • Trauma-informed and permanency competence
  • Experience in direct service and policy development strongly encouraged
  • Familiarity with state and federal laws related to child welfare and adult services
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as data collection & application skills

General Responsibilities:

  • Community-based resources related to healthy living, life-skill building, educational and vocational training, providing support towards achieving individualized self-sufficiency plans.
  • Work collaboratively with young adults to identify safe and healthy supports by application of multiple family search & engagement strategies.
  • Provide training and consultation to child welfare and community-based providers related to permanency and young adult-specific topics.
  • Organize and implement workshops and events for client population and their supports.

How to Apply:
Qualified candidates who meet the aforementioned requirements should email their resume and letter of interest to Alex DeRita at aderita@adoptionri.org.

Permanency Specialist, Youth Transition Services

Department: Youth Transition Services

Reports to: Youth Transition Services Program Manager

Status/Hours: Exempt/Full-time

Salary Range: $40,000-$46,000/year with benefits

The Program:
The Youth Transition Services department serves youth and young adults who are either at-risk of aging out of foster care or who have already exited the foster care system. Staff are laser-focused in supporting young adults in achieving their educational and vocational outcomes and connected to safe and healthy relationships.

The Position – Department: Youth Transition Services

Reports to: Youth Transition Services Coordinator

Status/Hours: Exempt/Full-time

Salary Range: $40,000-$46,000/year with benefits

The Program: The Youth Transition Services department serves youth and young adults who are either at-risk of aging out of foster care or who have already exited the foster care system. Staff are laser-focused in supporting young adults in achieving their educational and vocational outcomes and connected to safe and healthy relationships.

Qualifications:
The Permanency Specialist must have knowledge of adolescent/teen development, understanding of child welfare system, experience in direct service and policy development strongly encouraged, familiarity with state and federal laws related to child welfare, strong verbal and written communication skills, and data collection and application skills.

Must possess Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field, pass a criminal Background Criminal Investigation (BCI), have a clear report from the RI Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS), have an acceptable driving record, possess continuous automobile insurance that meets the state minimum insurance requirements.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct initial intake assessment for youth with permanency goal of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA)
  • Through application of the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids model:
      – Conduct full record mine of youth’s DCYF file
      – Develop individualized recruitment and permanency plans for each child on caseload
      – Identify assess, engage, and support existing and newly identified relationships for youth on caseload through use of (a) Diligent Search and (b) Family Search & Engagement
      – Conduct regular face-to-face visits with referred youth, at minimum monthly
  • Apply 3-5-7 Model© to assist and support youth in clarification, integration, and actualization of life story, including use of genogram, ecomaps, timelines, permanency pacts, and other permanency-focused tools

Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter

Department:
Adoption & Permanency Services

Reports to: Adoption & Permanency Department Manager

Status/Hours: Exempt/Full-time

Salary: $40,000 – $46,000

The Program: This department serves youth, ages 0-21 involved with RI DCYF care and have goal of adoption who need permanent families.

The Position: Requirements and preferred skills for the position of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, include:

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, preferred.
  • Extensive child welfare or related experienced required.
  • Understanding of child welfare system and knowledge of child/adolescent/teen development, required.
  • Experience in direct service and policy development strongly encouraged.
  • Familiarity with state and federal laws related to child welfare.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as data collection & application skills.

General Responsibilities

  • Implement evidence-based child-focused recruitment for youth referred to Adoption Rhode Island by Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).
  • Utilize a strength-based child centered approach to recruitment. Include the youth in recruitment decisions and activities as much as is practical.
  • Provide and implement the following child-focused recruitment model services:
    – Review of youth’s case record
    – Conducting diligent family search and engagement techniques
    – Develop on-going recruitment plan
    – Assessing the youth’s readiness for adoption
    – Preparing youth and family for adoption
    – Building youth’s network
  • Participate in an on-boarding training in Ohio by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and yearly thereafter.
  • Maintain performance data into the WWK database on a monthly basis, as well as Adoption Rhode Island’s database.

How to Apply:
Qualified candidates who meet the aforementioned requirements should email their resume and letter of interest to Beth Capron at bcapron@adoptionri.org

For a printable version of this opportunity click WWK Recruiter

Fundraising and Communications Associate

Department:
Advancement

Reports to: Associate Director of Developmemnt

Status/Hours: Exempt/Full-time. Ability to work a flexible schedule with some night/weekend hours required.

Salary: $40,000 – $45,000

The Program:
The Advancement Team’s focus is fundraising, donor stewardship and marketing communications responsibilities with a strong connection to Adoption Rhode Island programs and mission.

The Position:
Adoption Rhode Island is seeking an outgoing, creative, collaborative individual with strong writing and design skills and ideally with a familiarity of fundraising practices. The Fundraising and Communications Associate will work closely with an integrated Advancement department responsible for overall agency fundraising and development, marketing and communications and data and evaluation.

This is a position supporting fundraising and donor relations, internal and external communications, and special events that will offer the right candidate an opportunity to grow and learn in a mission-driven organization. The Fundraising and Communications Associate will have an important role as part of our team helping to build positive relationships to contribute to advancing ARI’s mission through revenue growth, increased visibility, and positive positioning in the community across different constituencies. The Advancement team serves as a resource to the agency direct services program staff.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a team player who can communicate effectively with diverse
audiences and maintain strong relationships within a highly collaborative work environment. The position requires being able to effectively manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously
and being solution-oriented to problem-solve as challenges arise in a fast-paced and changing environment. The ability to develop positive relationships within the organization and among program and advancement team staff, and with external constituencies including donors, volunteers, individuals served by the organization, and community and business partners is essential in this position.

Responsibilities:
Among the varied duties of this position:

  • Support donor relations and annual fundraising campaigns and appeals. Includes writing donor
    communications, contributing content for donor publications such as newsletters and annual reports;
    creating and managing digital fundraising campaigns, and creating compelling content and
    communication pieces for donors to illustrate their impact in meaningful ways. Assist with gift processing
    and donor acknowledgement. May include some grant-writing.
  • Provide support for special donor groups and business/community partnerships, including with groups
    interested in fundraising for ARI. May include creating materials, assisting with coordination, serving as point of contact and representing ARI at events.
  • Assist with planning and executing fundraising and agency events.
  • Assist with creating program materials and developing content and materials to promote ARI programs
    and services to different audiences including people served and partner providers.

  • Boost ARI’s storytelling and messaging to raise public awareness of the scope and depth of ARI’s work
    and impact. Illustrate and promote ‘touch your heart’ moments; and enhance the organization’s
    reputation as a leader in the field in publications, written communications, for event programming and across social media and digital channels and ARI’s website.
  • Help to expand ARI’s reach via digital and social media channels, web and print communication. Manage
    internal web update requests and assist with developing and contributing to social media calendar postings and with print and media to promote events, programming and organization update and news.
  • Contribute to a library of photos and video content that will stand as ‘evergreen’ for Adoption RI to
    access or distribute.

Qualifications:
A candidate for this position should be mission-driven, creative and a strong communicator, be detail and
deadline oriented and have:

  • Excellent writing skills, preferably having experience with donor communications and creating social
    media content. Writing examples and samples of social media content will be requested with interview.
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, and ideally with some
    database experience (preferably a fundraising database).
  • Proficiency across established social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube,
    LinkedIn etc. Comfort level with emerging channels and committed to staying up to date with trends and
    best practices.
  • Design experience and expertise with using design software, preferably Adobe Creative Suite. Familiarity with WordPress desired.

Experience:
Minimum of 1 year related, relevant experience preferred.

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Retirement contribution
  • Generous paid time-off and paid holidays.

Work Location: Providence RI. Office-based with some remote work possible.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates who meet the position requirements should email their resume and letter of interest to
Jennifer Foster, Director of Advancement.
jfoster@adoptionri.org

For a printable version of this opportunity click Fundraising and Communications AssociateFundraising and Communications Associate