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JOB NOTICE: Systems Change Program Director

Who We Are

FosterClub’s mission is big: lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers.


Our approach is to engage and empower those who have the most at stake in transforming the foster care system: young people themselves.  FosterClub creates and connects young people from foster care with unique tools and programs, and engages young people to transform life for themselves, their peers, and to ultimately improve the child welfare system.  


FosterClub understands that good youth engagement integrates Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), and that the entire child welfare system is improved by prioritizing the well-being of young people who experience significant bias and discrimination in the child welfare system due to their race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. 


Candidates who identify as POC and candidates with Lived Experience in the child welfare system are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Opportunity: Systems Change Program Director

In alignment with the FosterClub logic model and all related theories and components, you will lead the System Change team, one of two program teams at FosterClub.  This team, in collaboration with Young Leaders, implements activities designed to ensure improvements in child welfare is informed by young people and to compel the public to support children and youth who experience foster care.

Essential Functions

  • Drive improvements in child welfare system capacity at the National, State, Tribal, and Community level that is informed by youth perspective and lived experience.

  • Serve as an organizational leader and engage in strategic planning for work that aligns with FosterClub’s logic model and promotes organization growth, effectiveness, and sustainability. Includes daily interfacing with the Direct Youth Support Program Director to coordinate campaigns and activities.

  • Directly supervise staff and oversee the work of the System Change Program Team (4-5 staff) and the young leaders who are engaged by the Team to carry out the work. The System Change Team is charged with engaging, training, supporting and supervising young leaders.

  • Manage the System Change program budget. Lead the team in resource development, including oversight of grant writing and contract management.

  • Direct activities of the System Change team, which falls into the following categories:

    • Educate and build capacity of  adult stakeholders to engage and support young people, including child welfare caseworkers, administrators, foster parents and other caregivers, court staff and others involved in child welfare or adjacent systems (webinars, briefings, training, campaigns, etc.) 

    • Inform public policy with the collective experience of young people

    • Assist young people and youth leadership groups organize to achieve system change 

    • Undertake public awareness efforts and campaigns

    • Facilitate opportunities for young people with lived experience in foster care to lead the above activities

  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships, including national child welfare organizations, policy maker offices, and the federal Children’s Bureau. Ensure opportunities for these VIP stakeholders to hear from young people so that federal policy is centered on the need of those with lived experience.

  • Promote the work of the System Change team, growing recognition for young people who are involved and for FosterClub’s reputation in elevating their voices and experiences. 

  • Reporting on System Change team work, both internally to our team and externally to sponsors, partners, and the world. Includes setting targets (metrics) and measuring outputs and outcomes. 

  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Public Policy/Public Affairs, Master of Communications preferred, or a minimum of a BA and/or demonstrated equivalent experience. 

  • Prefer 10 years of experience in public policy, child welfare or other systems improvement, or nonprofit management with at least three of those in a team management role

  • Demonstrated success developing and evaluating program models, and selecting and successfully operationalizing innovative programs

  • High level of knowledge regarding the child welfare system, including public policy considerations and systemic challenges

  • Proficient in using technology as a management reporting tool and experience working with information technology staff to develop and implement program evaluation systems

  • Strong project management skills managing complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth

  • Experience having worked with a high-performance, collaborative, constructive peer group

  • Strength in hiring, recruiting, managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility, span-of-control and performance

  • Deep understanding of human resources, employee performance improvement plans, and corrective action policies

  • Demonstrated results in managing through complex systems and proven experience negotiating win-win agreements

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for FosterClub’s mission

  • Commitment to FosterJEDI and Positive Youth Development

  • Intermediate to expert level experience using Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, etc.), Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint), or similar systems


Desired Qualifications 

  • Deep understanding of youth engagement and Youth/Adult Partnerships

  • Ability to impactfully present and communicate information, including advanced public speaking or training experience

  • Ability to effectively communicate to young people

  • Experience with project management and supervision of staff remotely, including use of technology tools to assist


Physical Demands

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Sit or stand in a stationary position at a desk up to 40 hours per week 

  • Drafting/writing 80% of the time

  • Moving tubs or bin <35lbs, occasionally 

  • Extensive movement at youth events, occasionally on uneven terrain at youth camps


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Regular office hours Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm, willing to discuss and accommodate slight adjustments

  • Position prefers staff working (with ability for 3x+ weekly commute) from Washington D.C. area

  • Shared workspace through WeWork in Washington DC (open work environment).



  • Overnight for partner and funder meetings, and to coordinate program activities, up to 20% time

  • Travel up to once per quarter for staff or planning meetings


Equitable Employment Opportunity Statement

FosterClub is committed to building a more just, diverse, inclusive and accessible work environment. We strive to be a workplace where youth who have experienced care, folks with traditionally marginalized identities, and those with non-traditional career paths can thrive. As an Equitable Opportunity Employer we are also committed to upholding applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination in employment on the basis of age, ancestry, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or the presence of a physical, cognitive, or sensory disability. Black, African American, Latino/a/x, Native, and Indigenous people, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with lived experience in foster care are urged to apply.


Location: Washington DC Area

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Compensation: The salary range for this role is $80,00 - $85,000 and is commensurate with experience; Paid Time Off; Dental; Medical 

Reports to: Executive Director, Celeste Bodner

Start Date: ASAP

Review: Six month probationary period; Quarterly performance and compensation evaluations


Expected of all team members:

Works collaboratively to reduce racial and gendered outcome disparities for youth and families engaged in the child welfare system.



Sep 14, 2020 By Moya Wong