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Foster America Fellowship

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Santa Clara, CA | Onsite or Remote Possible

Jul 16
Job Description

The Foster America Fellowship is an opportunity to radically improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children by designing and implementing innovative solutions to some of the child welfare system’s most complex problems. Fellows apply the skills they have cultivated in other sectors as they transition to full-time, 18-month positions at child welfare and human service agencies. In their roles, fellows focus on high-impact reform projects to create better and more equitable outcomes for children, families, and communities affected by child abuse, neglect, trauma, and poverty. Each role is designed to have an immediate and lasting local impact while also informing solutions that can be scaled nationally. Foster America fellows receive extensive training and professional development with a cohort of peers, positioning them to thrive and grow as social change leaders during the fellowship and beyond.

All applicants must apply through external website. Our next cohort of fellows will begin their service no late than October 5th, 2020. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, you are encouraged to apply early. 

The following Fellowship positions are available: 
- Human Centered Design
- Predictive Analytics
- Design Strategy
- Financial Management
- Coalition Building

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Fellowship support includes:
- Cutting-edge training focusing on results-driven leadership, human-centered design, child
welfare context, racial equity, innovation, and much more.
- An influential network of purpose-driven, like-minded professionals including fellows, Foster
America staff, and the child welfare field’s most innovative leaders.
- Individualized coaching, mentoring, and support.
- Career development for alumni who pursue leadership positions in child welfare and related

Compelling Candidates are:
- Committed to our mission of improving the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children,
families, and communities
- Experienced professionals, with at least 7 years of progressive leadership roles
- Able to authentically engage diverse constituents, such as youth, families, caseworkers, etc.
- Experienced in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work
- Skilled in strategic planning - setting priorities, focusing energy, and executing action plans
towards intended outcomes
- Results-oriented, with a track record of leading positive change
- Creative in developing unique solutions to complex problems
- Flexible, adaptable, proactive, and persistent
- Curious and eager learners
- Humble and self-reflective

Eligibility Requirements:
- Fellows must have U.S. work authorization.
- Fellows must be able to work full-time for at least 18 months starting October 5, 2020.
- Fellows must work on-site at their host agency.
- Fellows must travel quarterly to attend training sessions that last from three to five days.
- Fellows must pass all host agency employer requirements, which may include background
checks, drug screening, and civil service exams.

Foster America

Foster America is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of America’s most vulnerable children: those in foster care or at risk of entering the system. We are developing a pipeline of leaders and innovators and building a movement to transform the child welfare system.