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JOB NOTICE: Community-based Clubs Specialist

Looking for a role where you can contribute to changing life in foster care for young people across the country? Consider joining the team at FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care. 

FosterClubs are welcoming spaces where young people find peer support, learn together, heal, and make the journey through foster care a little better, with support from Mentors and Near-Peer Leaders. Through our evidence-supported model, Club Members build self-efficacy, become empowered, and create community — ultimately bolstering their own resilience to live the fulfilling life they want for themselves.  After successfully piloting in Oregon, we are taking this evidence-supported program to scale across the country. The Clubs Specialist will be the project manager for this expansion, working with host agencies to establish Clubs nationwide. 

Job Type: Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer 

Location: FosterClub HQ, Seaside Oregon 

Compensation: Annual salary range of $50,000-60,000 DOQ

FosterClub offers generous paid time off, 10 paid holidays plus a birthday holiday each year, fully paid medical and dental coverage for full-time employees, and participates in the OregonSaves retirement program. Information about our work environment and culture can be found in the FosterClub Culture section of this job notice.

Start Date: ASAP

A six-month probationary period applies; quarterly performance and compensation evaluations are standard throughout the organization. 

The regular work schedule will be 8:30AM - 5:00PM Monday through Friday; some extended hours and/or schedule changes may occur. 

What You’ll Do.

  • Provide project management support to interdepartmental Clubs Team

  • Serve as primary contact for inquiries about Community-based Clubs

  • Onboard new Clubs: 

    • Assure that representatives from host sites understand and are able to comply with Club Licensing requirements.

    • Guide host staff through onboarding, orientation, and startup.

    • Support former and current Young Leaders who want to establish and/or support Clubs in their communities

  • Ongoing Technical Assistance:

    • Provide regular, timely reports, updates and communications to host sites.

    • Provide ongoing technical assistance for Club Coaches and Members as needed.

    • Manage Club-related social media

    • Evaluation/Fidelity:

    • Coordinate with research partners, including outside researchers and host sites to assure rigorous program evaluation 

    • Monitor and analyze submissions to our evaluation portal, along with host agency reports to assure for model fidelity, and develop supportive protocols to help hosts maintain fidelity. 

    • Manage iterative program improvement based on feedback from Club Members, host staff and research partners; give special attention to feedback from youth impacted by the structural inequity of the child welfare system.

  • The PeerUP!HQ and the All-Star Internship are demonstration models for Clubs. The Clubs Specialist will collaborate with the PeerUp! Club Coach, and the Clubs Team around development and implementation of new activities and evaluation protocols. 

  • Support All-Star activities during internship season.

  • Work collaboratively to reduce racial and gendered outcome disparities for youth and families engaged in the child welfare system by prioritizing the wellbeing of youth who are disproportionately impacted within the child welfare system.

  • Other duties as assigned - Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


What you’ve done

  • Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nonprofit Management, Public Administration or related field (A Master’s Degree is even better) 

  • You have a minimum of five years of relevant experience, with two years progressively responsible experience managing youth programs, affiliate programs or franchises. 

  • You have worked directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds; Even better if you know something about anti-racist organizing principles.

  • While lived experience is not required, this is an excellent opportunity for candidates with experience in foster care.


  • You can show an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job successfully

Who You Are

  • You are entrepreneurial; you understand what it takes to successfully launch new ventures.

  • You are a non-profit wizard who understands the finer points of non-profit funding and fiscal sponsorship.

  • You are a proven project manager, who can simultaneously manage multiple projects from concept to completion.

  • You are a coach’s coach; you are skilled at cultivating partnerships; you can support host site staff and club members with clear and concise communication, and you are really good at customer service. 

  • You have strong digital communications skills including emails, social media, website content management; You can demonstrate your skill with the following:

    • G- Suite: especially Google Docs and Sheets

    • CiviCRM or similar client contact management software 

  • You have a working knowledge of research-based evaluation practices. 

  • You are collaborative and are comfortable receiving and sharing constructive feedback

  • You can easily relate to young people who have experienced foster care, especially youth of color and youth who may identify as LGBTQ+ or gender-nonconforming.

  • You have a working knowledge of practices that center the needs of Black, Indigenous, Migrant, Queer, and/or Trans youth, and share  our commitment to working for greater Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in the child welfare system

  • You enjoy working in an open office environment, and it will help if you like dogs.


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:

  • Stationary position at a desk up to 40 hours per week 

  • Keyboarding/writing 80% of the time

  • Moving tubs or bin <35lbs, occasionally 

  • Ascend/descend one flight of stairs for staff/team meetings 2x’s per week

  • Driving youth in 12 passenger van occasionally 

  • Facilitation of physical learning activities, including stationary positions for extended periods of time, occasionally



Up to 25%  of time spent traveling or otherwise out of the office for site visits


 To Apply

  • Please submit a detailed resume and cover letter that describes how your prior experiences prepared you for this position to

  • Due to limited resources FosterClub will only contact shortlisted candidates

  • Any offer made will be conditional on receipt of two satisfactory references 

  • Upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment the applicant will be expected to undergo a criminal background check and motor vehicle records check 

The FosterClub Culture

FosterClub is located in a light-filled, open-plan office situated just blocks from the beach and downtown Seaside. We regularly welcome the well-socialized, well-behaved dogs of our staff into the office. Our dress is best described as casual to business casual. Each week includes a Wellness Hour which offers the opportunity to take a walk, meditate, or participate in other individually-directed wellness activities. Our team actively engages in both individual and collective work to support meaningful diversity, full inclusion and equitable outcomes. We provide consistent and ongoing opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and coaching. Regularly scheduled 1:1 staffings, full staff meetings, and/or program team meetings allow for conversations that lead to improved individual, team, and organizational performance. Yearly staff retreats offer time to refocus and strategize as well as space for team-building activities, shared meals, and fun.

Our days are routinely fast paced and our to-do lists can be unpredictable.  We may find ourselves working long hours in order to welcome a new session of All-Star interns, complete a grant application or report, get a project across the finish line, or to assist youth as they prepare to share their experiences and recommendations with others who are committed to improving the child welfare system.  We expect staff to strategically prioritize multiple tasks or projects in order to bring an assignment or program vision to life. We value a growth mindset, a can-do attitude, and the willingness to dig in to create space for “FosterClub Magic.” Our work is sometimes difficult, but always rewarding. FosterClub strives to create an environment in which high levels of professional performance and accountability are the norm, balanced with the benefits and flexibility that support healthy work/life harmony.  

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 young people who have experienced care, people 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.

Mar 4, 2020 By Nora Karena