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Position: Young Leaders Program Manager
Responsible to: Chief Operating Officer, Nora Karena
Compensation: M-4; $40,000 to $50,000, DOQ; Exempt; Full-time; Generous Paid Time Off; Dental; Medical
Start date: ASAP
Review: Six-month probationary period; Quarterly performance and compensation evaluations


Position Summary

The Young Leaders Department manages a network of approximately 500 young leaders who are engaged in the work of FosterClub through programs such as:

  • The All-Stars Program, a professional development internship program for former foster youth
  • The Outstanding Young Leaders Program, which recognizes the accomplishments of former foster youth
  • PeerUp!, Our Clatsop County FosterClub Community for youth who experience foster care
  • Year-round engagement of young leaders in work with external partners 

The Young Leaders Program Manager leads the efforts to build the capacity of the Young Leaders Department to recruit, engage, recognize, and manage FosterClub's Young Leader network, oversee projects, and contribute to overall organizational growth.


Essential Functions

  • Supervises and supports the daily work of the Young Leaders Team
  • Manages All-Stars internship - including recruitment, selection process management of up to 30 interns for (2) 6-week residencies and subsequent year-long engagement; Cultivates relationships with state and organizational partners who fund internship positions; Manages daily activities and events during internship season.
  • Engages and maintains relationships with Young Leaders in FosterClub’s network. Connects Young leaders with opportunities to support youth in foster care and elevate youth voice at conferences, workshops, policy panels, and other child welfare events.
  • Manages Program Support Internship -Recruits 3 to 6 interns from past All-Star Cohorts to provide programmatic support for staff and peer support for Young Leaders during All-Star Internship season.
  • Recognizes and elevates the achievements of former foster youth through Outstanding Young Leaders programming.
  • Works collaboratively with interdepartmental team to support FosterClub Community pilots, including Clatsop County PeerUP!
  • Works collaboratively with interdepartmental grants team to expand funding for Young Leaders programming
  • Works collaboratively across departments to identify and support Young Leader engagement opportunities.
  • Works collaboratively with Training & Engagement Team to develop and present Young Leaders training and youth development materials.
  • Works collaboratively across departments to reduce racial and gendered outcome disparities for participants in young leaders programming.


Required Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in human services, education, communication or a related field.

  • A minimum of five years experience, with two years progressively responsible managerial experience (including supervisory and project management responsibilities) in a Human Services, Human Resources, Communication, Youth Development, or related industry.
  • Lived experience, a plus! This is an excellent opportunity for candidates with experience in foster care and/or the child welfare system.


  • Any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job.

Additionally, we are looking for the following competencies: 

  • Cultural Competency - able to fully support a diverse team of staff and young leaders, especially youth of color and youth who may identify as LGBTQ+, or otherwise gender-nonconforming; demonstrated commitment to reducing the impacts of structural and interpersonal forms of racism, homophobia, and related oppressions; Understanding of anti-racist organizing traditions and principles a plus.
  • Project Management - able to use project management principles and tools to ensure that young leaders and partners are well supported during planning and implementation of Young Leader Engagement activities.
  • People Management - able to recruit, manage, motivate and support staff and interns to meet project objectives,  
  • Youth Engagement - able to authentically connect and build trust-based relationships with youth and young adults.
  • Youth Friendly Communication - able to meaningfully engage FosterClub Young Leaders across multiple platforms and channels.
  • Results — proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem-solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness
  • Strategic Vision and Agility — ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into a work plan


Supervisory Responsibility

  • Young Leaders Coordinator
  • 3-6 Seasonal Program Support Interns
  • Up to 24 All-Star Interns


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 - Frequent
  • Lift at 35 lbs or less - Occasional
  • Climb Stairs - Occasional
  • Lead physical learning and recreational activities with Young Leaders - Often
  • Drive - Often


Expected Hours of Work

  • Regular office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 - May include out of office work outside of business hours.
  • Weekly on-call shifts during summer internship season - Must be available to respond to Young Leaders after-hours as needed.



25% spent traveling or otherwise out of the office, including:

  • Occasional travel to support Young Leaders at events across the country; more frequent during summer internship periods.
  • Frequent travel during summer internship season, including providing transportation to/from airport and enrichment activities.

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 guided yoga classes or 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 are held to allow for conversations that then 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.



EEO Statement

FosterClub is committed to building a more diverse, accessible, and fully inclusive work environment. We strive to be a workplace where people of color, LGBTQ+, and those with non-traditional career trajectories 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.  People of color, LGBTQ+ folx, women and foster care alumni are urged to apply.


To Apply:

  • Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter to Nora Karena -
  • Due to limited resources FosterClub will only contact shortlisted employees 
  • Any offer made will be conditional on receipt of two references (from your most recent employer and a character reference). 
  • The successful applicant will be expected to undergo a background check prior to a final offer being made

Start date: ASAP

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Jun 17, 2019 By emilyfish