Special Assistant to the CEO

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date:



San Francisco
United States



  • Direct support for Executive Director: Manage her active calendar and ensure that she is present and prepared for her daily responsibilities, including meetings, stakeholder management, and outreach. Prepare ED for upcoming events. Provide admin support for expense reports, travel plans, and other tasks as needed
  • Engagement: Manage daily email correspondence and all follow up from meetings. Ensure the Executive Director is 100% reliable in following through on her next steps
  • Written communications: Author grant applications and executive communications; create material for print, web, social media, and other collateral
  • Fundraising support: Research prospective funding opportunities, draft proposals, and help prepare funder reports
  • Event prep and coordination: Plan logistics and support key events including fellowship interview days, training opportunities for fellows, and fundraising events
  • Systems administration: Manage the systems and software (e.g. Salesforce) necessary to track a rapidly expanding base of supporters, contacts, tasks, and opportunities
  • Fellowship support: Aid with the screening and tracking of fellowship applicants
  • Special projects: We’re a small team and new things come up all the time—you should be ready to dive head first into any project that comes up!

Who You Are: 

  • Extremely organized and detail oriented—you have a stellar track record for execution and never missing a moving piece 
  • Reliable and known for following through on projects to completion 
  • Good time manager—able to keep yourself and others on track
  • Great judgement—you know how to handle things independently and when to level up 
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills—you can craft quick and professional emails and confidently represent the organization to others
  • Able to multitask and prioritize conflicting needs 
  • A go-getter—comfortable in a fast-paced, sometimes virtual work environment, love to take on new challenges, and contribute actively to team discussions
  • Passionate about social change and specifically improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families 

More About Foster America:

The Problem. At least one in eight children in America is abused or neglected by the time s/he turns 18. When this happens, the U.S. child welfare system—a network of federal, state, local agencies—provides services to keep children safe in their homes, and, in the worst cases, places children in foster care. But across all key measures, our country is failing these most vulnerable kids. For example, among older youth leaving foster care, only half graduate from high school, one-third experience homelessness, and four out of five young men in this group are arrested.

Unfortunately, the child welfare system is currently stretched beyond its expertise and capacity to change the odds for these kids. Because the challenges at the root of this failure are interdisciplinary in nature, we cannot place the burden of fixing the system on the backs of its overworked and underpaid caseworkers. Agency leadership teams need complementary skills and diverse perspectives to address the field’s major challenges and drive reform efforts.

Our Solution. 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.

In the short run, Foster America fellows lead reform projects at these 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.

Recent press coverage includes:

For more information, visit our website: www.foster-america.org


In addition to competitive salary and benefits, we offer:

  • Access to exclusive training on child welfare context, design thinking, professional development, and innovations in government
  • Opportunity to learn, develop, and grow quickly in a supportive environment
  • Exposure to national leaders in social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and government

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Send a cover letter and resume with your full name and position title in the subject line to emily.ente@foster-america.org.

Foster America, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.