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We are looking for a motivational, youth-oriented manager with rich communications experience. 

JOB NOTICE: Outreach Manager

 

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 (learn more about us at www.fosterclub.org). 

FosterClub is looking for a motivational, youth-oriented manager with rich communications experience to be our next Outreach Manager at our Seaside, Oregon headquarters. The Outreach Team at FosterClub connects young people in foster care to our support network, engages youth in activities that support their growth, and provides connections to help young people thrive. FosterClub is poised for substantial growth as we prepare to scale Community-based FosterClubs, our innovative, evidence supported, Club Mentoring program. The Outreach Manager will play a critical role in this expansion. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and in partnership with the Management Team, the Outreach Manager is responsible for programming that engages current and former foster youth through events, programs and virtual platforms.

This is a full-time exempt position, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer with a yearly pay range of $45,000-50,000, depending on your qualifications.  

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 with extended hours and/or schedule changes as needed primarily during the months of May-August. 

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.  

What You’ll Do

  • Maintain, expand, and support FosterClub Membership by:

    • Producing regular member (children & youth) communications.

    • Deepening FosterClubs’ engagement with youth of color and youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ and otherwise gender nonconforming, who are disproportionately impacted in the child welfare system. 

    • Creating compelling website and social media content (e.g. blogs) in collaboration with other FosterClub departments and young leaders.

    • Launching online contests and other youth-friendly activities to drive member engagement.

    • Developing tools (e.g. flyers, posters, postcards, etc) that promote FosterClub membership.

    • Defining and building an array of membership benefits for foster youth (this is an area of growth for the organization).

  • Manage Outreach Programs, providing staff supervision, cross-departmental coordination, project management, and partner relations, including:

    • Program development - expand FosterClub’s reach to young people through innovative youth engagement strategies that elevate youth voice, center youth expertise, and prioritize youth wellbeing.

    • Fostering Healthy Outcomes, a multi-year project advancing health access for youth who have experienced foster care.

    • MeetUps and other FosterClub events to introduce youth to FosterClub and resources. This will include substantial travel and long hours during All-Star residency season, June - August.

    • Manage Oregon Connect, which uses FosterClub’s youth engagement practices to administer the National Youth in Transition Database in Oregon. You will also lead our efforts to scale this successful  program nationally.

  • Work collaboratively across departments to reduce racial and gendered outcome disparities in the child welfare system through inclusive and accessible constituent engagement practices. 

  • Work collaboratively with interdepartmental development team to expand funding for Outreach projects and activities.

  • Work collaboratively with Admin Team to support daily operations, and with the Managers’ Team to lead staff work.

  • 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

Your Team

  • Oregon Connect Navigator

  • Seasonal Program Support intern

Who You Are

  • You can fully support a diverse team of staff and young leaders; You can easily relate to youth and young people who have experienced foster care, especially youth of color and youth who may identify as LGBTQ+ or gender-nonconforming.

  • You are good at marketing and communication. You can strategically locate and engage youth who have experienced foster care, through events, programs and virtual platforms.

  • You can manage multiple projects and events, and help your team stay on track with clear and concise communication. You also can track and report results and manage relationships with outside partners, vendors, and funders.

  • You can think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into a work plan.

  • You are good at working with people who have experienced trauma. You understand how trauma affects youth and young people; You are sensitive to ways the child welfare system disproportionately impacts youth of color, indgenous youth, and youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or otherwise gender non-conforming youth.

What You’ve Already Done

  • Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Education or a related field (A Master’s Degree is even better) 

  • You have a minimum of five years of experience, with two years progressively responsible managerial experience in youth development, outreach, communications, education or a related field.

  • 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.

OR

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

 

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 at desk keyboarding and on the telephone - Frequent

  • Drive - Occasional (must have valid DL, insurance)

  • Lift ≤40lbs - Occasional

  • Bend, squat/rise, twist 

  • Climb stairs - Occasional

  • Lead physical learning and recreational activities with Young Leaders - Occasional

 

Travel

You will occasionally get to travel to support Young Leaders at conferences, trainings and meet ups around the country. most of this happens in the summer. 

 

To Apply

  • A resume and cover letter, along with any relevant samples of youth friendly outreach or communications work, submitted in PDF format, are required. Please submit these to Nora Karena, Chief Operating Officer; nora@fosterclub.com

  • Due to limited resources FosterClub will only contact shortlisted candidates 

  • Any offer made will be conditional on receipt of two satisfactory references (from a recent employer or supervisor and a character reference)

  • 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 supporting a more just, eqitable, diverse and inclusive work environment. We strive to be a workplace where people of color, LGBTQ+, and those with non-traditional career paths can thrive. As an Equal 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, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ folx, women and people with lived experience in foster care are urged to apply.

To learn more about FosterClub please visit

www.fosterclub.com

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Sep 26, 2019 By Nora Karena

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