Deputy Director, FosterEd California

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $82,000
Maximum: $91,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



405 - 14th St., 15th Floor
United States


National Center for Youth Law

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) has worked for more than four decades to improve the lives of children and youth. NCYL leads campaigns that weave together research, public awareness, demonstration sites, policy development, technical assistance and litigation to ensure public systems provide the support children and youth need to thrive. In choosing our work, NCYL prioritizes addressing complex challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color. In doing our work, we root our efforts directly in the communities we seek to serve, with the belief that people closest to the problem are closest to the solution.

NCYL’s mission includes advancing social, economic, and racial justice for children, and we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace and encourage the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent our employees invest in their work that represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization's success. 


FosterEd ( is a NCYL initiative aimed at ensuring that young people who come into contact with public systems – students who are in foster care, experiencing homelessness or who have involvement with the juvenile justice system – graduate from high school with a wide array of possibilities for their future. FosterEd operates in Arizona, California, and Indiana and strives to ensure that children and youth have an educational champion, a team, and a commitment to youth centered engagement that ensures young people are partners in the the design of their educational goals and visions for their futures .   FosterEd weaves together several strategies to realize this vision, including policy, systems engagement and partnership and direct services.


NCYL seeks a Deputy Director for the FosterEd California team. The FosterEd Deputy Director will support the FosterEd California Director in the implementation of four demonstration sites across the state focused on improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students in foster care, students involved in the juvenile justice system, and students experiencing homelessness or housing instability. The Deputy Director will also support the local and state policy direction of FosterEd California, informed by the lessons learned and experiences from youth, families and communities we serve.  The Deputy Director will report to the FosterEd California Director.

Essential Functions

  • Provide leadership to support the implementation of FosterEd’s practice model in the four demonstration sites in California. This includes conducting site visits and assisting FosterEd Program Managers in addressing problems of practice in the direct services to youth.
  • Track research, legislative, and policy changes and best practices related to serving system-involved and homeless youth,  working closely with the FosterEd Director and California team to meaningfully incorporate this into overall planning, project development, and policy initiatives.
  • Assist in the development of, advocacy for, and implementation of policies, including state and local legislation, state regulations, and model board policies.
  • Research, develop, and disseminate training curricula for education professionals, social workers, probation officers, caregivers, and youth.
  • Ensure data is accurately entered and consistently collected across each demonstration site. Develop and implement strategies to make real-time program data actionable to regional teams. 
  • Collaborate with the FosterEd staff team to support the iteration of data, evaluation and research strategies and serve as a thought partner to the broader learning agenda for the CA program.
  • Under direction of the CA FosterEd Director, collaborate with state partners to spread effective practices and policies statewide.
  • Write issues briefs, action memos and other communication materials for external stakeholder audiences.
  • Oversee the writing, development and dissemination of a quarterly newsletter, sharing news updates, progress and other helpful resources with the field.

Required Qualifications

  • At least three years of experience in a relevant field (such as law, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, or social services)
  • Strong work ethic and capacity to work independently
  • Detail-oriented and excellent analytic and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and deliverables
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the educational and other challenges facing system-involved youth
  • Creative problem-solving and solution-orientation to addressing challenges
  • Commitment to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives
  • Ability and willingness to do limited travel to the four FosterEd sites in California, which include Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Clara, and Contra Costa counties with use of personal vehicle and valid driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and experience with the California policymaking and legislative process and strategies for advocacy in Sacramento 
  • Knowledge and experience in the improvement and implementation science fields.
  • J.D., MPP, MPA, MPH, MSW, or advanced degree in another relevant field
  • Experience in the education field
  • Experience in the child welfare field
  • Experience in the juvenile justice field


Salary and Benefits and Location

This is a full-time position that will be located in Oakland, Sacramento, or Los Angeles California. Salary is a range of $82,000 - $91,000 annually. *Applicants from Sacramento and Los Angeles must have the ability to commute to Oakland twice a month, and a cost-of-labor adjustment will apply depending on the location of the candidate.

<img src="https://:0/" alt="" height="1" width="1">NCYL provides health, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, sabbatical, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by November 3, 2018. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at:

Applicants of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience with the foster and probation systems, as well as those who have experienced homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply.

NCYL is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.