FosterEd Program Manager, Contra Costa

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $75,328
Maximum: $82,818
Details: Current funding supports the position for 2 years, with the potential to become a permanent position in Contra Costa County. Salary is competitive with a range of $75,328 - $82,818 annually.



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


National Center for Youth Law

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) ( is a non-profit organization that for over four decades has worked to ensure low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for healthy and productive lives. FosterEd ( is a NCYL initiative aimed at improving the educational outcomes of system-involved youth. FosterEd operates in Arizona, California, Indiana, and New Mexico and strives to ensure that every student in the state’s care has an educational champion and an education team supporting his or her success in school.

FosterEd: California

FosterEd: California works with education, child welfare, probation, judicial and other agencies at the state, county, and local levels to ensure foster and probation-supervised youth receive the educational supports and services they need.


NCYL seeks a Program Manager to lead a FosterEd demonstration site in Contra Costa County, a collaboration with the County Office of Education, Department of Employment and Human Services (DEHS), and school districts, aimed at improving education outcomes for system-involved youth.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading and facilitating collaboration between leaders from key agencies in the County, including the County Office of Education, DEHS, school districts, probation agencies and a multitude of community agencies.
  • Supporting the development of local policy that supports stronger services and supports for youth.
  • Carrying a limited caseload and directly supporting youth by:
  • Engaging and coaching natural supports (“education champions”) for youth during and following system involvement;
  • Establishing and monitoring education teams; and
  • Creating and monitoring educational goals and objectives.
  • Supervise an Education Liaison who will work directly with youth.
  • Assisting child welfare and the courts in identifying and appointing Educational Champions for each foster youth.
  • Advocating across the county to ensure support is provided to transition-age foster youth to help them develop the skills and capacities needed to champion their own education.
  • Ensuring that educational information and goals are included in youth case and transition plans, and strong communication structures are set up between service providers, agencies and organizations.
  • Establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with policymakers and partner agencies in the region.
  • Working with project staff to ensure appropriate data is available for programmatic purposes and is collected for evaluation purposes.
  • Training and supporting groups of professionals interfacing with foster youth and their education.
  • Facilitating meetings with the FosterEd team in Contra Costa County, with independent project evaluators and with FosterEd staff at the national office in Oakland, California
  • Creating and maintaining records, documentation and reports in an organized and timely manner.

The Program Manager can reside anywhere in the bay area, but must be able to work full time in Contra Costa County.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in the fields of education, child advocacy, or social work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience managing complex projects with a multitude of partners
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to supervise and support staff
  • Strong technology skills
  • Car and valid California driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

  • An understanding of California’s education and child welfare systems
  • Experience grant-writing, working with funders, and identifying funding opportunities
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity with child-serving agencies in Contra Costa County
  • Experience working directly with vulnerable children and parents


NCYL provides health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (Spanish) highly desired

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Position open until filled. Please mail or email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. No phone calls or emails please.