Employment Opportunity: Youth Engagement Projects Manager
FosterClub provides a community of support for young people who go through the foster care experience. As a member of our Youth Programs Team, the Youth Engagement Manager will expand FosterClub’s reach by introducing young people to our online community, growing an array of benefits to support members of FosterClub, and crafting a ladder of participatory activities that promote youth engagement. This position will work on a number of different projects throughout a given year, all of which are intended to increase membership and facilitate member engagement.
Please note: we will be hiring two people for this role. One will be need to be based out of our office in Seaside, OR. The other has the possibility of remote work.
Candidates who identify as BIPOC and candidates with Lived Experience in Foster Care and/or Juvenile Justice are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Creatively and impactfully engage young people who experience foster care, ages 10 - 24, in becoming members of the FosterClub community through a variety of activities, including online events, face-to-face events, trainings, service activities, and outreach.
- Establish and implement a membership model for FosterClub that outlines benefits/value, modes of engagement, retention mechanisms, & increases attendance at FC events and activities.
- Develop membership drives, including toolkits, and other materials that professional staff and Lived Experience Leaders (LEx - young people who have previous experience in foster care) can use to increase FosterClub membership. Establish membership goals for particular age ranges and develop strategies to reach goals.
- Engage and support LEx leaders in creating content for the online community that will attract new members.
- Design and implement engagement activities, such as contests, polls, leadership opportunities, and campaigns designed to increase participation and grow membership.
- Develop and deliver, in collaboration with System Change and Youth Programs team members, opportunities for peer connection on social media and face-to-face.
- Develop and manage emergency fund request system & coordinate with the Operations Team to disburse funds to young people. Collaborate with the Director of Youth Programs to raise money to support the fund, emphasizing a mutual aid model with peers supporting peers.
- Lead teams of youth to present & manage teen events, including conferences, retreats, and online events.
- Develop & maintain membership database, including cleaning the database, updating contact information, creating and managing tags and groups. Pull reports, query, & provide lists to staff for various purposes. Train staff on membership database queries and reports as needed.
- Co-develop & manage online, print, and face-to-face communication strategies. Co-develop content that reaches youth in/from foster care, in particular, bulk emails, e-newsletters, and other content to engage members.
- Project management, including the use of web-based platforms to manage projects in teams, ability to build and maintain relationships with key external role-players and partner organizations, and strategic planning, analysis, and reporting functions as required by the project.
Required Experience and Skills:
- At least five years professional experience in youth engagement, such as coaching, mentoring, communications, organizing, or similar youth engagement activities, or equivalent education and/or volunteer experience.
- Experience with CiviCRM, Wild Apricot, MemberClicks, Salesforce or other constituent relations software/databases (CRM)
- Excellent project management skills, demonstrated by 3-5 years in managing a program, project, or team.
- Intermediate to expert level experience using Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, etc.), Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint), or similar systems
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
Desired Experience and Skills:
- Social media outreach skills
- Experience working with groups of young people/leading groups of young people on experiential education trips (e.g., study abroad, service trips, summer camp, coaching, etc.)
- Experience working with people in crisis
- Lived experience in foster care and/or juvenile justice
- Experience with building member benefit programs, mutual aid models, or distributing emergency aid
All FosterClub Employees are Expected to Have:
- FosterJEDI commitment
- Tech savvy
- Willingness to travel
- Youth friendliness
- Ability to work well independently and as part of a collaborative team
- Commitment to ongoing personal and organizational growth development
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 or stand in a stationary position at a desk up to 40 hours per week
- Drafting/writing 80% of the time
- Answer phones and respond to phone inquiries
- Moving tubs or bin <35lbs, occasionally
- Extensive movement at youth events, occasionally on uneven terrain at youth camps
- Driving youth in 12 passenger van occasionally
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
- Regular office hours Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm PST, willing to discuss and accommodate slight adjustments
- Frequent travel and overnights while supporting team members and Lived Experience Leaders to fulfill contractual obligations at youth events, service opportunities, and adult stakeholder trainings nationwide
- Traveling overnight for staff retreats and developmental training opportunities
- Open office environment/Remote
- Travel and Flying >25%, up to 50% during All-Star Season (June-August)
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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 youth who have experienced care, folks 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.
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