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Program Associate

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Foster America | Boston, MA


Imagine if we could bring the same innovations that pervade every other part of our lives to child welfare. This is Foster America’s vision. Foster America recruits diverse talented professionals who have the skills needed to address old, persistent problems in our child welfare system in new ways: skills in data and technology, design and marketing, strategy and planning, and finance. We prepare these professionals to serve as full-time fellows at public agencies across the country, where they lead major child welfare reform projects. For example, our fellows with marketing and human-centered design backgrounds help agencies improve the recruitment of foster parents and our fellows with technology and data analytics backgrounds help agencies leverage data to prevent child abuse and neglect. 

Since launching three years ago, Foster America has supported four cohorts of fellows, who have served in 30 agencies across 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. In the long-term, we aim to scale the reforms of our fellows, build a pipeline of transformative leaders for our field, and develop new experiments to change the outcomes of our country’s most vulnerable children and families.


Foster America is seeking a self-motivated and detail-oriented Program Associate to support the planning and execution of the program. This new team member will be a core addition to our small organization and play an integral role in helping our program run smoothly. The Program Associate will serve as a thought-partner and support-system to the program directors, who work together to form partnerships with child welfare agencies, recruit fellowship candidates, and provide professional development to our fellows. This person will provide support for key operational areas of the team including: project tracking, communications, background research, coordination of meetings, contribution to project reports, and event coordination for fellow selection activities and regional/national conferences and convenings. 

This position offers a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute to the strategic planning and execution of programming for a growing national nonprofit. Joining a 9-member team and reporting to the Director of Fellowship Experience,  this person will feel energized by the opportunity to learn and be a part of a movement tackling child welfare’s biggest challenges. This is a full-time opportunity to be based in our Boston, MA office.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Event preparation and coordination: Plan logistics and support key events including fellowship interview days, training opportunities for fellows, and all Fellow convenings. 
  • Fellowship recruitment support: Aid with the screening and tracking of fellowship applicants.
  • Material development and content creation: Support with the development of outreach and internal communication materials (ie, digital content, recruitment flyers, fellow profiles, etc.).
  • Research and tracking on child welfare agencies and contacts: Prepare our partnerships team with background materials on child welfare leaders, their agencies, and their outcomes for children. Help to develop and maintain record-keeping systems of our contacts in the child welfare sector.
  • Direct support to the Cofounder/Chief Program Officer: Manage her active calendar and ensure that she is present and prepared for her daily responsibilities;  including meetings, stakeholder management, and outreach. Prepare CPO for upcoming events. Provide administrative support for expense reports, travel plans, and other tasks as needed.
  • Special projects: We’re a small team and new things come up all the time—you should be ready to dive headfirst into any project that comes up!


  • Committed to equity - You are passionate about social justice and are committed to racial equity. 
  • Organized and meticulous - You have a stellar track record for execution and ability to keep up with complex and changing details.
  • Adaptable - You adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands, modify approaches or methods to best fit the situation, and are able to respond to unexpected events.
  • Analytic - You synthesize complex and diverse information, research and collect data, and use data to drive decision making.
  • Growth minded - You are open to receiving and giving productive and impactful feedback for the betterment of our programs, and our most vulnerable children and families. 
  • Open and communicative - You are good at expressing yourself and at capturing ideas, expressed in email, written materials, and interpersonal connection.
  • Enthusiastic and resourceful - You thrive in a fast-paced, virtual, and ever-changing start-up environment.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Lived experience with the child welfare system is a plus but not required
  • Prior writing experience in an academic, professional, or volunteer capacity
  • Experience in Google Suite, MS PowerPoint and Salesforce is a plus


This is a full-time position in Boston, MA. As a geographically dispersed team, our work is frequently conducted by phone, video, or email.

This position will require up to 15% domestic travel, particularly to fellow convenings, interviews and team retreats. 


Foster America offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, paid vacation, paid parental leave, paid holidays, participation in a retirement plan, paid sick time, and professional development.


If this opportunity calls out to you, please click here to submit a tailored, authentic cover letter that explains 1) why this mission excites you; and 2) why this particular role is a fit for you – along with your resume. Please address your cover letter to Marie Zemler Wu, Chief Program Officer. We review applications on a rolling basis and strive to get back to applicants within two weeks.


Imagine if we could bring the same innovations that pervade every other part of our lives to child welfare. This is Foster America’s vision. Foster America recruits diverse talented professionals who have the skills…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required


1452 Dorchester Avenue, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02122

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