FosterClub is pleased to announce an opportunity to join the team! Love Washington DC? Interested in reforming the child welfare system? Are you a public policy / legislative geek? Want to empower young people? Take a look at the newest job posting with FosterClub - and spread the word to those in your network!
1.1. Background & Description of the Role
The FosterClub 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. We believe that young people in and from foster care deserve to be:
to a peer support network and to people in the community who care
about their rights, the foster care system works, self-advocacy strategies, and how to locate
resources to help them succeed
and empowered through the stories of people who have succeeded after foster care
by having their voices heard by policy makers, the public, and others who influence the system
that profoundly impacts their lives
We believe Experience = Expertise.
Being placed in foster care can be a chaotic and anguishing experience for a young person. 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 effect change within the system, inform and motivate their peers, build public awareness and create public will for improved care for abused and neglected children.
FosterClub is about providing youth a voice within the system that so heavily impacts their lives. Whether advocating on their own behalf, in concern for siblings or family members, or speaking out on behalf of their 400,000 peers currently in the system; the FosterClub websites, publications and events provide a youth-friendly network, which helps the voices of young people to be heard.
Founded in 1999 by a foster mother, FosterClub incorporated as a non-profit organization 2000. Currently, FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care, serving over 5,000 foster youth across the United States each year. Headquartered in Seaside, Oregon; FosterClub can be visited online at fosterclub.org
As a member of FosterClub team, you will play an integral part in our organization. Reporting to and in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, the Policy Specialist will be responsible for managing FosterClub projects. This position will be focused on engaging, training, and supporting young leaders in creating change through public policy and other strategic efforts.
1.2. Responsible To
- Chief Executive Officer
1.3. Contractual Terms
- Position: permanent
- Salary: $40,000-55,000, DOE and limited benefits
- Working Hours: Full time 40 hours per week
- Location: Washington DC
- Travel: Travel to Oregon Headquarters 2 – 4x per year
- Probation: 6 months
- Leave: 15 days per year (pro-rated to start date) (in addition to FosterClub holidays) increasing with length of service
2. Job Description
Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Coordination of the members and activities of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council;
- Management of Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day in May, including engagement of approx. 100 youth, matches with Members of Congress, 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;
- Research and write youth-friendly Policy Briefs 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.
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 it’s 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.
- Willingness to travel (20% time)
- Background check
Desirable Skills and Experience
- Bachelor degree or at least 3 years of experience working in child welfare
- Master’s degree in public policy or social work
- 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
4. Application Process
- Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter to Erika Marshall at: Erika@fosterclub.com
- Due to limited resources FosterClub will only contact shortlisted employees
- At the interview, candidates will meet with some of the wider FosterClub team and will be expected to complete a short written assessment test
- Any offer made will be conditional on receipt of 2 written 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, preferably by early May