Foster America is seeking talented professionals for full-time fellowship roles at state & local child welfare organizations, starting in January 2018.
Each role is defined to meet the unique needs of a child welfare agency, where fellows apply their professional skills to lead reform projects and improve outcomes for vulnerable kids and families. Available roles are based in Minneapolis, MN; Pittsburgh, PA; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA.
Project focus areas include data & tech strategy, big data, data administration, and predictive modeling.
Foster America Fellowship benefits include:
Pre-service training. Prior to the start of the fellowship, fellows receive an intensive two-week training on results-driven leadership, human-centered design, and child welfare, with the chance to learn from top leaders in the field and stakeholders in the child welfare care system.
Ongoing professional development. The fellowship cohort will convene in person for quarterly training sessions. Each fellow will also receive ongoing support from their supervisor, a child welfare mentor, and an executive coach.
Alumni services. Upon completion of the one-year fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to extend for an additional year, upon mutual agreement with their host agency and Foster America. In addition, Foster America assists participants who wish to move on to higher levels of leadership in child welfare and related sectors after they complete the program.
In the short run, Foster America fellows lead one to two-year reform projects at child welfare agencies, leveraging their professional expertise to develop new approaches to major child welfare challenges. For example, our fellows with marketing skills design new ways to recruit foster parents and our fellows with data expertise develop tools for predicting and preventing child abuse. Each fellowship project is designed to have a lasting local impact, while also informing scalable solutions for the child welfare sector.
In the long run, Foster America’s goal is to build a national movement of fellowship alumni who will move on to higher levels of child welfare leadership and help transform the child welfare system. Within five years, we anticipate developing more than 100 new leaders, who will serve in jurisdictions that reach more than 75 percent of the foster children in the U.S. Given the relatively small size of the child welfare sector in the U.S., we believe these 100 new leaders will constitute a sufficient critical mass to have a major impact on child welfare outcomes nationwide.
Depending on role, fellows will need the following skills:
Expertise in developing data systems, data warehouses, and advanced data analytics.
Combination of technical expertise with strategic planning skills to assess the needs, resources, timelines, and constraints of clients, caseworkers, and technologists, then optimize investments.
Advanced statistical analysis capabilities with demonstrated success gathering, matching, and cleaning data from multiple large databases, including legacy data systems.
All fellows must demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to guide stakeholders in translating data into action.
Fellows must be passionate about improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families.
Additional Salary Information: Fellows are employed by and receive salary and benefits from the child welfare agency at which they are placed.
Foster America has developed a fellowship program to build a pipeline of extraordinary leaders with the diverse skills needed to improve the lives of kids and families in the child welfare system. The program recruits and prepares talented professionals from business, technology, health, and education backgrounds for high-impact fellowship roles at child welfare agencies.