Director of Partnership Development

Job Type

Full Time






United States


About Foster America:

Foster America is a nonprofit startup that aims to improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children: those in foster care or at risk of abuse or neglect, who are served by the child welfare system. We recruit talented professionals who have skills and expertise in the areas that child welfare agencies need most: data and technology, design and marketing, and strategy and operations. 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, we will help to scale what works and build a movement of fellowship alumni who will help transform the child welfare system. Within five years, we will recruit at least 100 new leaders to the field. To date, Foster America has launched two cohorts of fellows, presently serving in nine agencies nationwide.

Role Overview:

We’re looking for an exceptional relationship builder who believes in the power and possibility of government innovation. S/he will navigate the national landscape of human services and child welfare administrations and identify opportunities to create better and more equitable outcomes for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. As a core addition to our fast-paced startup team, the Director of Partnership Development will be responsible for building trusted relationships with senior agency leaders and key public, nonprofit, and philanthropic stakeholders across multiple sites. S/he will both secure partnerships with new jurisdictions and steward relationships with existing host agencies. The Director of Partnership Development 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.

What you’ll do:

  • Monitor the landscape of human services and child welfare administrations 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.
  • Conduct exploratory conversations with agency leaders, establish trusted relationships, and manage the pipeline of prospective host partners. 
  • 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 development of key deliverables and measures of success.
  • Secure the necessary administrative, financial, and contractual agreements to execute fellowship placements.
  • 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 project champions throughout the fellowship term, and cultivating opportunities for expansion.
  • Serve on the program team, contributing actively to candidate recruitment, fellow training, program measurement and evaluation, and alumni support.

Who You Are:

  • Relationship-driven and energized by connecting with others
  • Great listener who asks powerful questions
  • Able to navigate public sector organizations; fluent in the language and culture of government
  • Proactive in seeking opportunities to contribute
  • Persistent problem-solver who finds alternate ways to reach goals
  • Quick to build trusting relationships
  • Humble, receptive to feedback, and an eager learner
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, virtual work environment
  • Highly organized and methodical in tracking projects from start to finish
  • Passionate about social change, racial justice, and improving outcomes for vulnerable families

Education & Experience:

  • 7+ years of work experience
  • Advanced degree in public policy or related field preferred
  • Experience with state or local government, human services, or child welfare preferred

Work Environment:

  • This is a full-time position, ideally based in Boston, MA
  • This position will require 50-70% domestic travel
  • As a geographically dispersed team, our work is frequently conducted by phone, video, and email

To learn more about Foster America, visit our website at

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.


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

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume with your full name and “Director of Partnership Development” in the subject line to