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Position: Training & Education Program Coordinator
Responsible to: Training & Education Manager
Start date: ASAP



1. Overview

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.

FosterClub is dedicated to providing the tools, training and forum to help young people secure a brighter future for themselves and the foster care system.

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 15-year anniversary and we are headquartered in Seaside, Oregon.  Our website is

1.2. Responsible To

  • Training & Education Manager

1.3. Contractual Terms

  • Position:                        Permanent
  • Compensation:             DOE
  • 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
  • Travel:                          Will include travel to implementation sites

2.  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 Training and Education Manager, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for managing FosterClub grant-funded/contracted projects.  This position will split time between:

  • Involvement with activities and events within our Training and Education division, and
  • Assistance with the development, marketing and customer service of Foster Parent Online Training for FosterClub

This staff will be responsible for carrying out the activities of various projects, including -but not limited to arranging youth trainings, planning and executing events, coordinating travel, providing customer service to foster parents, assisting with publication sales and shipments.

The individual must have demonstrated skills in project management, an understanding of child welfare, and experience with youth development.

3.  Essential Requirements

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong organization skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Time management, including ability to stick to and meet deadlines
  • Self motivated, but not afraid to ask questions
  • Demonstrated experience with project management, 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
  • Must have valid drivers license
  • Telecommuting is not allowed

Desirable Skills and Experience: (we understand that it is unlikely that any candidate will have all of these at the time of recruitment but they must be able to learn them quickly on the job):

  • First-hand experience with the foster care system, such as an alumni of the system
  • A candidate who is passionate about our cause
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Mac Computer Operating Systems
  • Experience in child welfare
  • Experience with the development and delivery of curriculum
  • Positive youth development experience
  • Experience with social media including Facebook, IM, blogging, etc
  • Grant writing experience
  • Web/I.T. background
  • FosterClub is committed to building a culturally diverse work environment. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, LGBT community and veterans are encouraged to apply. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

4. Application Process

  • Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter to Erika Marshall at:
  • 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
  • Start date:  ASAP


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