Director of Partnerships and Impact

Foster America

About the organization

Foster America is a nonprofit startup that aims to improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children: kids in foster care and other children at risk of abuse or neglect, who are served by the child welfare system. We recruit talented and diverse professionals who have skills in the areas child welfare agencies need to address their biggest, most persistent challenges in new ways: skills in data and technology, design and marketing, finance and strategy and operations. We give them the training and tools they need to succeed as 18-month, full-time fellows in child welfare agencies across the country. In the short term, fellows lead local reform projects that require their specialized skills to make a measurable impact. In the longer term, we aim to scale the innovations fellows develop and build a movement of fellowship alumni who will help transform the child welfare system.


You are an exceptional relationship builder, detail-oriented system-builder and empowering coach who believes in the power and possibility of government innovation. The Director of Partnerships and Impact will oversee a portfolio of Foster America regions, agency partners and fellows. In the regions you will lead, you will navigate the landscape of human services and child welfare administrations, identify fellowship opportunities to create better and more equitable outcomes for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families, and support innovative agency leaders and fellows to achieve these outcomes. You will also build and maintain relationships with local philanthropies and funders, collaborating with the national fundraising team to secure support for your regions.

As a core addition to our startup team, the Director of Partnerships and Impact will secure and steward partnerships with new and existing agencies that host our fellows, as well as select and support fellows to be successful in their roles. You will be responsible for building trusted relationships with senior agency leaders and key stakeholders across multiple sites in your portfolio. You will explore these agencies’ local context and understand their pressing priorities, collaborating with them to define the nature of fellowship projects and talent profiles that will help solve their most complex problems. As talent profiles are concretized, you will help recruit and then coach fellows in your region.


Relationship-driven and energized by connecting with others
Networker, making impactful connections wherever you go
Effective and experienced fundraiser
Quick to build trusting relationships
Great listener who asks powerful questions
Empowering coach and mentor, building up and inspiring those around you
Excellent collaborator, understanding the complex dynamics of cohesive team-building
Highly organized and methodical in tracking projects from start to finish
Talented at strategic planning and able to align with other team priorities, financial analysis and projections, and timelines
Able to skillfully navigate the politics, relationships and bureaucratic challenges of public sector organizations; fluent in the language and culture of government, preferably in the child welfare sector
Proactive in seeking opportunities to contribute
Persistent problem-solver who finds alternate ways to reach goals when confronted with roadblocks
Humble, receptive to feedback, and an eager learner
Comfortable in a fast-paced, semi-virtual work environment
Comfortable working in a startup environment, dealing with change and ambiguity
Passionate about social change, racial justice, and improving outcomes for vulnerable families

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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