Director of Partnerships & Impact

Foster America

About the organization

Foster America is a nonprofit startup that aims to improve the lives of our nation’s mostvulnerable children: kids in foster care and other children at risk of abuse or neglect, who areserved by the child welfare system. We recruit talented and diverse professionals who have skillsin the areas child welfare agencies need to address their biggest, most persistent challenges innew ways: skills in data and technology, design and marketing, finance and strategy andoperations. 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, weaim to scale the innovations fellows develop and build a movement of fellowship alumni who willhelp transform the child welfare system. Within three years, we will recruit and prepare at least 100 new diverse, cross-sector leaders for the field.


You are an exceptional relationship builder, detail-oriented system-builder, and empowering coach who believes in the power and possibility of government innovation. Reporting to ourCo-Founder and Chief Program Officer, Marie Zemler Wu, 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 andfellows 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 fast-paced startup team, the Director of Partnerships and Impact willsecure 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 the recruitment team find the optimum professional fit among fellowship candidates and ultimately coach fellows to be successful in the agencies across your regions.What you’ll do:
●Monitor the landscape of human services and child welfare administrations among your regions, and identify high potential sites for fellowship placement, including jurisdictions with innovative leaders and conditions ripe for reform.
●Build the Foster America brand and increase awareness of the opportunity for fellowship participation among child-and family-serving public and nonprofit organizations across your portfolio of regions.
●Conduct exploratory conversations with agency leaders, establish trusted relationships,and manage the pipeline of prospective host agencies across your portfolio.
●Inspire agencies with a shared vision of how the right combination of talent and opportunity can drive meaningful change.
●Co-design detailed fellowship projects that are responsive to local needs, including the development of key deliverables and measures of success.
●Contribute to the selection of fellowship candidates, creating successful matches for each role and a cohesive cohort overall.
●Steward relationships with host agencies by effectively transitioning new fellows into their placements, soliciting feedback from fellowship project champions at the agencies throughout the fellowship term, and cultivating opportunities

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