JOB NOTICE: Youth Communications & Outreach Coordinator
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 motivated, youth-oriented engagement and communications whiz to be our next Youth Communications & Outreach Coordinator. Our Outreach Team connects young people in foster care to the FosterClub support network, engages youth in activities, and provides connections to resources that help young people thrive. FosterClub is poised for substantial growth as we prepare to scale the FosterClub’s innovative, evidence supported model. The Coordinator will play a critical role in this expansion. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and in partnership with the Management Team, the Outreach Coordinator is responsible for connecting with young people across the country in foster care.
- Full-time exempt position
- Reports to the Chief Operating Officer
- $37,000-$48,000 annually (Compensation band C5-7), depending on your qualifications.
- A six-month probationary period applies; quarterly performance and compensation evaluations are standard throughout the organization.
- 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.
Work location & schedule:
- This position works from FosterClub HQ in Seaside, Oregon. Partial remote worker considered, but will require attendance at the Seaside office at least two days per week.
- 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.
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, primarily delivered though digital channels, including design, copywriting, and production functions.
- 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 communications tools (e.g. flyers, posters, postcards, etc) that promote FosterClub membership.
- Managing FosterClub’s Resource Hub, which connects young people in foster care to vital resources they need to succeed while in foster care and as they transition to adulthood. You will assist youth in finding resources they need.
- Defining and building an array of membership benefits for foster youth (this is an area of growth for the organization).
- Planning and promoting MeetUps (live events)and other FosterClub activities to introduce young people to FosterClub and resources. This will include substantial travel and long hours during the summer season.
- 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.
- Assist with managing Outreach projects, including Fostering Healthy Outcomes (a multi-year project advancing health access for youth who have experienced foster care) and Connect (administer the National Youth in Transition Survey and provide resource referrals to youth in Oregon and other states).
In addition, you will:
- 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.
- 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
Who You Are
- You GET young people. Your energy increases when surrounded by young people and you are inspired by their participation and success. You have innate intuition about what young people are drawn to, and you have creative and communication skills to reach them.
- 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 have strong communications and marketing skills. You’ve led comms campaigns and know how to evaluate communications efforts. You can build a strategy to reach and engage youth who have experienced foster care through a variety of strategies, including live events, digital, and P2P.
- You tend to youth trends, including social media platforms, content, and consumption. You are a follower of the current language, photography, and activity trends of young people.
- You are great at talking to young people - whether online, on the phone, individually in-person, or in front of a crowd.
- 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 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, Marketing, or 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, 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.
- You can show an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job successfully
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
- Lead physical learning and recreational activities with young people
- Drive - Occasional (must have valid DL, insurance)
- Lift ≤40lbs - Occasional
- Bend, squat/rise, twist
- Climb stairs - Occasional
You will occasionally get to travel to support Young Leaders at conferences, trainings and meet ups around the country. Most travel happens in the summer.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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, equitable, 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