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Young Leaders Program Coordinator

Background & Description of the Role

FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care. 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. Our small-but-mighty team of 12 professional staff guide a network of 500 young leaders in achieving great things in our four program areas: membership, policy and system change, training and education, and young leaders.

FosterClub is a non-profit organization that serves foster youth across the country. We are building a movement to connect young people in foster care so they can improve their own lives, improve outcomes for their peers, and elevate their voices to reform the U.S. foster care system.  Our non-profit is celebrating its 16-year anniversary and we are headquartered in Seaside, Oregon.  Learn more at

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Young Leaders Program Manager

Contractual Terms

Position:                     Permanent

Compensation:          DOE, $23,000-$30,000 per year

Working Hours:         Full time: 40 hours per week.

Location:                   Seaside, Oregon

Probation:                  6 months

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

Job Description

As a member of our small team, you will play an integral part in our organization.  Reporting to and in partnership with the Young Leaders Program Manager, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for building the capacity of FosterClub's Young Leader Corps (approx. 500 Young Leaders). 

*    Assist with the recruitment, support and growth of FosterClub's Young Leader Network
*    Support activities of young leaders, including arrangement of travel and logistics, reporting, and tracking of tasks
*    Interface with partner organizations and manage relationships
*    Promote positive youth development for young leaders
*    Address, manage and elevate young leader needs
*    Conduct light training of young leaders, preparing them for participation in activities
*    Write about young leaders, including development of biographical statements, reports regarding activities, and content that highlights their success. 

Essential Requirements

*    Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
*    Strong organization skills
*    Computer skills (we are Mac-based, including knowledge of Microsoft suite, Google tools, and social media)
*    Experience managing relationships with external partners
*    Time management, including ability to stick to and meet deadlines
*    Self motivated, but not afraid to ask questions
*    Demonstrated project management experience, including (but not limited to) planning, implementing and reporting functions
*    Experience, interest and aptitude to work with young people
*    Willingness to travel (25% time, up to 50% time during summer months)
*    Background check
*    Valid drivers license
*    Telecommuting is not allowed


*    First-hand experience with foster care, such as alumni of the system
*    A candidate who is passionate about our cause
*    MSW or at least 3 years of experience working in child welfare
*    Experience in positive youth development practice and implementation
*    Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, LGBT, and veterans are encouraged to apply
*    FosterClub is committed to building a culturally diverse work environment.  Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Application Process

*          Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter to: by May 7th. 

*          Due to limited resources FosterClub will only contact shortlisted employees

*          Interviews will begin as applications come in and candidates are shortlisted

*          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 two 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