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FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care. Our mission is to 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.  FosterClub is dedicated to providing a peer support network for children and youth in foster care. Further, we believe that the experiences young people have in foster care place them in a position to affect change within the system, inform and motivate their peers, build public awareness and create public will for improved care for abused and neglected children.

With headquarters in Seaside, Oregon, and a policy office in Washington DC, our small non-profit organization makes a big impact on foster care across the nation. Last year, we impact over 106,000 youth in foster care, and our young leaders have been heralded for their role in passage of major child welfare legislation.  For more information, please visit

o   Position:                  Permanent

o   Salary:                     $40,000-55,000, DOE and limited benefits

o   Working Hours:       Full time 40 hours per week

o   Location:                 Washington DC

o   Travel:                     10% - 25% time

o   Probation:                6 months

o   Leave:                      15 days per year (pro-rated to start date) (in addition to FosterClub holidays) increasing with length of service


FosterClub is seeking a candidate to lead the work of it's Policy and System Change program. This opportunity works remotely in Washington DC (FosterClub's national headquarters are in Oregon) and requires an individual with a demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision. A successful candidate will understand how to engage constituents - in our case, young people who have experienced foster care - in efforts to reform the child welfare system.

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is seeking a career in public policy or child welfare administration. FosterClub is highly connected to leading child welfare partners and this position will provide interaction with federal officials. In addition, FosterClub is provided the opportunity to have frequent interaction with policymakers and staff.


  • Reporting to the Executive Director, the Policy Specialist responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Coordination of the members and activities of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council;
  • Management of Family Voices United including engagement of approx. 30 youth, kinship caregivers and birth parents.  Manages logistics, training, and staffing;
  • Coordinate the placement of young leaders from foster care at the policy table, including engagement, training and support of youth in Congressional visits, briefings, and meetings with Federal officials and stakeholders;
  • Monitor & respond to federal legislative or administrative policies to determine impact on young people in foster care and keep our staff and membership informed;
  • Report out on FosterClub policy and advocacy activities to foster youth, partner organizations, funders and supporters;
  • Write youth-friendly policy briefs  and blog post on topics that align with FosterClub advocacy priorities;
  • Meet with congressional staff and members, along with other federal stakeholders, to represent and forward youth voice and FosterClub priorities;
  • Maintain and build relationships with the Congressional and Senate Caucuses on Foster Youth, as well as other Members of Congress;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key child welfare organizations and partners in D.C. and nationally;
  • Assist with  departmental grant writing and quarterly grant reports.

Key Qualifications

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated experience with project management, including planning, implementing, and reporting functions.
  • Understanding of public policy and its impact on the child welfare system
  • Experience, interest and aptitude to work with young people
  • Experience with using new technology, including Facebook, IM, blogging sites, etc.
  • Willing to travel
  • Background check
  • Bachelor’s degree

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in public policy or social work or at least 3 years of experience working in child welfare or a closely related field
  • Experience with the development and delivery of curriculum and training materials
  • First-hand experience with foster care, such as an alumni of the system
  • Positive youth development experience

We’d also like to see:

  • A candidate who is passionate about our cause
  • An understanding and interest in movement-building
  • Grant-writing experience

Application Process:

Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter to Celeste Bodner at:

Due to limited resources FosterClub will only contact shortlisted employees

Start date:

ASAP, preferably before mid-April


District of Columbia
Mar 13, 2018 By Celeste