||Foster America: Who We Are
Foster America is a nonprofit startup that aims to improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children: kids in foster care and other children at risk of abuse or neglect, who are served by the child welfare system. We recruit talented and diverse professionals who have skills in the areas child welfare agencies need to address their biggest, most persistent challenges in new ways: skills in data and technology, design and marketing, finance and strategy and operations. We give them the training and tools they need to succeed as 18-month, full-time fellows in child welfare agencies across the country. In the short term, fellows lead local reform projects that require their specialized skills to make a measurable impact. In the longer term, we aim to scale the innovations fellows develop and build a movement of fellowship alumni who will help transform the child welfare system. Within three years, we will recruit and prepare at least 100 new diverse, cross-sector leaders for the field. To date, Foster America has launched three cohorts of fellows, presently serving in 12 different communities across the country. For more information about Foster America, please see our website: www.foster-america.org.Role Overview:
Who You Are
You are an exceptional relationship builder, detail-oriented system-builder, and empowering coach who believes in the power and possibility of government innovation. Reporting to our Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer, Marie Zemler Wu, the Director of Partnerships and Impact will oversee a portfolio of Foster America regions, agency partners and fellows. In the regions you will lead, you will navigate the landscape of human services and child welfare administrations, identify fellowship opportunities to create better and more equitable outcomes for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families, and support innovative agency leaders andfellows to achieve these outcomes. You will also build and maintain relationships with local philanthropies and funders, collaborating with the national fundraising team to secure support for your regions.As a core addition to our fast-paced startup team, the Director of Partnerships and Impact willsecure and steward partnerships with new and existing agencies that host our fellows, as well as select and support fellows to be successful in their roles. You will be responsible for building trusted relationships with senior agency leaders and key stakeholders across multiple sites in your portfolio. You will explore these agencies’ local context and understand their pressing priorities, collaborating with them to define the nature of fellowship projects and talent profiles
that will help solve their most complex problems. As talent profiles are concretized, you will help the recruitment team find the optimum professional fit among fellowship candidates and ultimately coach fellows to be successful in the agencies across your regions.What you’ll do:
• Monitor the landscape of human services and child welfare administrations among your regions, and identify high potential sites for fellowship placement, including jurisdictions with innovative leaders and conditions ripe for reform.
• Build the Foster America brand and increase awareness of the opportunity for fellowship participation among child-and family-serving public and nonprofit organizations across your portfolio of regions.
• Conduct exploratory conversations with agency leaders, establish trusted relationships,and manage the pipeline of prospective host agencies across your portfolio.
• Inspire agencies with a shared vision of how the right combination of talent and opportunity can drive meaningful change.
• Co-design detailed fellowship projects that are responsive to local needs, including the development of key deliverables and measures of success.
• Contribute to the selection of fellowship candidates, creating successful matches for each role and a cohesive cohort overall.
• Steward relationships with host agencies by effectively transitioning new fellows into their placements, soliciting feedback from fellowship project champions at the agencies throughout the fellowship term, and cultivating opportunities for expansion.
• Bridge the relationship between fellows and their supervisors to enable clear communication, positive team dynamics, and goal achievement.
• Identify any competency gaps among fellows, providing the training and mentorship to ensure they successfully achieve role goals.
• Steward relationships with local philanthropic entities to secure and maintain funding for your portfolio of regions.
• Serve on the program team, contributing actively to candidate recruitment, fellow training,program measurement and evaluation, and alumni support.
How Others Might Describe You:
• Relationship-driven and energized by connecting with others
• Networker, making impactful connections wherever you go
• Effective and experienced fundraiser
• Quick to build trusting relationships
• Great listener who asks powerful questions
• Empowering coach and mentor, building up and inspiring those around you
• Excellent collaborator, understanding the complex dynamics of cohesive team-building
• Highly organized and methodical in tracking projects from start to finish
• Talented at strategic planning and able to align with other team priorities, financial analysis and projections, and timelines2
• Able to skillfully navigate the politics, relationships and bureaucratic challenges of public sector organizations; fluent in the language and culture of government, preferably in the child welfare sector
• Proactive in seeking opportunities to contribute
• Persistent problem-solver who finds alternate ways to reach goals when confronted with roadblocks
• Humble, receptive to feedback, and an eager learner
• Comfortable in a fast-paced, semi-virtual work environment
• Comfortable working in a startup environment, dealing with change and ambiguity
• Passionate about social change, racial justice, and improving outcomes for vulnerable families
• 7+ years of work experience
• Advanced degree in public policy, management, law, social work, or related field preferred, or equivalent sector or lived experience
• Experience with state or local government, human services, or child welfare preferred
• This is a full-time position, with a preference for candidates in or willing to move toBoston, MA or San Francisco, CA
• This position will require 50-70% domestic travel, particularly focused on one portfolio ofregions and agencies
• As a geographically dispersed team, our work is frequently conducted by phone, video, and email
Foster America, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Foster America does not discriminate and takes measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment,advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicants on the bases of race, religion, sex, national origin,ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.