We're hiring for a new youth engagement specialist! Learn more about this position on our careers page.


For more than 40 years, Northwest Adoption Exchange (NWAE) has been a leading program in the region at finding safe, stable, and permanent homes for youth living in foster care. We provide information and support to families looking to adopt, partner with child welfare agencies in their recruitment efforts, and engage and empower youth who wish to be involved in the family finding process.

The quality of our team is both what makes our program stand out and makes our work possible. We value individuals who are passionate about solving problems, engaging youth and families, and believe in a strength-based approach to helping those in need.

NWAE is a program of Northwest Resource Associates. Northwest Resource Associates is a multifaceted nonprofit agency that provides an array of services for the human services community. (www.nwresource.org)

Current Openings:

Youth Engagement Specialist

Do you love working with young people? Do you have experience in digital media storytelling? Are you looking for a position that allows your skills to do the most good?

We’re looking for a creative storyteller who is excited about the idea of helping pre-teens in foster care share with potential adoptive families. This is a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate about engaging and empowering youth and has experience in storytelling, content creation, and video editing.

What the job is

The Youth Engagement Specialist works collaboratively with preteens (ages 9 to 12) in foster care to develop creative projects, unique to each individual youth, that can be shared with potential adoptive families. They coordinate and collaborate with youth and their caseworkers or foster families—from an initial project brainstorm stage until the completion of a published project, called an In-Depth Profile, which is shared on nwae.org. The In-Depth Profile model has a proven track record of success in helping youth find an adoptive family while involving and empowering their voice and perspectives in the family-finding process.

In-Depth Profiles can include a variety of creative media: videos, photos, audio recordings, writing, or any other way a youth desires to share. The Youth Engagement Specialist manages this process of engagement every step of the way.

The Youth Engagement Specialist coordinates and manages multiple youth projects at one time. Projects move quickly and require constant creativity, outside-the-box-thinking, a variety of technical production and interpersonal skills, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic.

This position reports to the In-Depth Profiles Project Manager.


  • Work collaboratively with referred youth to empower them in the adoption recruitment process and co-create compelling content that they can take pride in.
  • Manage multiple youth projects at once, including arranging visits, contacting and coordinating with involved adults, traveling to meet 1:1 with youth, as well as starting and closing projects in quick succession.
  • Lead the technical production of youth content, which may include (but is not limited to) videography and photography, video editing, graphic design, and more.
  • Develop and disseminate tools and resources for child welfare professionals that highlight the importance of involving youth in the process of finding adoptive families for youth in foster care.
  • Participate in team-wide recruitment initiatives, events, and projects as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Experience working closely with youth, preferably in the upper elementary and/or middle school age range.
  • Comfort with technology in all forms—for communication, project management, and content creation.
  • Proficiency with digital content creation tools, such as video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro, and design software, preferably the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • A commitment to the agency-wide principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the position.
  • Bachelor’s degree or 3 years of work or volunteer experience in the nonprofit or child welfare sector.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Project management experience and the ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Willingness to occasionally work outside of traditional office hours to accommodate youth availability.
  • Access to a private automobile for visiting with youth in-person, generally within a two-hour driving radius. The ability to drive a vehicle and a valid driver’s license are required, in addition to an acceptable driving record. This position requires occasional travel throughout Washington State. Transportation to these sites is most often by automobile and occasionally via air.
  • Ability to pass a state-required background check.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Hands-on experience with photography and filmmaking tools and equipment.
  • A proven ability to craft compelling stories in the digital space, regardless of content length.
  • Experience creating and guiding content through a collaborative review and editing process for final publication.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of the child welfare system. Experience working closely with marginalized populations.

This is a full-time (40 hrs/wk) position. Our office is located in downtown Seattle, but remote candidates outside the Seattle area with the ability to travel for youth visits throughout the state are still encouraged to apply. That includes potential applicants in Eastern Washington, the Puget Sound region, and the greater Portland area. Travel related to youth visits varies in frequency, but is most often comprised of single day car trips (within a 2-hour driving radius) 3-5 times a month, generally occurring during normal business hours.

Compensation includes excellent benefits, including vacation, sick and safe leave, and extended family and medical leave; fully-paid medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and long-term disability insurance options.

Salary range: $46,500-$53,000

How to apply:

Please submit a resume, links to any relevant examples of experience creating digital content, and a cover letter in which you describe your qualifications for this position to apply@nwresource.org.

Northwest Resource Associates believes in a diverse workplace. We are an organization that is passionate about inclusive and affirming policy and practice and has received the All Children All Families Solid Foundation for Inclusion seal from the Human Rights Campaign. We welcome and encourage applications from alumni of care and qualified individuals of every ability, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.