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Foster America Fellow - Design Strategy and Implementation

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October 5, 2020
August 1, 2020
$75,000 - $90,000The Foster America is 18 months ($112,500 - $140,000) depending on location.

Strategy Design and Implementation Planning to End Child Maltreatment

Foster America fellows leverage their diverse professional backgrounds as they assume leadership roles at child welfare agencies, improving outcomes for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. In partnership with the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS), we seek a skilled strategist, planner, and facilitator to coordinate a bold effort to end child maltreatment across the county. The Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) mission is to protect children from abuse and neglect, promote their healthy growth, and strengthen families. The Foster America fellow will engage key stakeholders to map the complex landscape of supportive services for vulnerable kids and families; identify pain points at the intersection of child welfare and other systems; and develop an improvement plan.

About this Role: The fellow will utilize expertise in strategic planning, project management, and facilitation to align the efforts of public, nonprofit, and civic organizations in Santa Clara County, as they develop, test, and implement an integrated plan of action for preventing child maltreatment. While the department has built impressive prevention programming, there has been limited upstream primary prevention efforts. DFCS is on a mission to prevent child welfare involvement and foster care placement in transformative ways. This role will help make that a reality! 

The fellow will work across organizational boundaries to create, implement, and adapt a shared vision for child maltreatment prevention. This role will engage child welfare and other social service leaders to discover what types of supports are most effective in helping vulnerable families keep their children safely at home. A particular focus will be to help guide the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act. Santa Clara County sees this new federal law as a moment to catalyze innovative and family-centric human services system redesign. 

Over the course of 18 months, the fellow will:

  • Communicate with a broad array of stakeholders, helping them play a role in realizing the bold vision to eliminate child maltreatment in Santa Clara.
  • Develop a shared strategic plan for family-centered support across siloed organizations, building on evidence-based practices and filling in gaps.
  • Steward the transition to implementation of Family First legislation across the county, providing a comprehensive roadmap for launch.
  • Support agency culture shift towards one that is rooted in upstream prevention of child maltreatment and foster care placement.

About the Agency: Santa Clara County experiences a unique juxtaposition of wealth and inequality. While Santa Clara County provides more than a quarter of all jobs in the Bay Area and boasts one of the highest median family incomes in the country, income and housing inequality has reached historic highs. At the same time Santa Clara County is becoming increasingly diverse, being named one of the first minority-majority counties in the nation. Residing within this national hub for innovation and technology, the Social Services Agency has the capacity to invest in robust research, providing the opportunity to translate findings into tangible practice, system and organizational changes. As a long-standing partner of Foster America, working within Santa Clara County offers the opportunity to collaborate with two Foster America fellow alumni serving in permanent agency roles. 

About the Fellowship: Santa Clara County experiences a unique juxtaposition of wealth and inequality. While Santa Clara County provides more than a quarter of all jobs in the Bay Area and boasts one of the highest median family incomes in the country, income and housing inequality has reached historic highs. At the same time Santa Clara County is becoming increasingly diverse, being named one of the first minority-majority counties in the nation. Residing within this national hub for innovation and technology, the Social Services Agency has the capacity to invest in robust research, providing the opportunity to translate findings into tangible practice, system and organizational changes. As a long-standing partner of Foster America, working within Santa Clara County offers the opportunity to collaborate with two Foster America fellow alumni serving in permanent agency roles. 

Fellowship support includes:

  • Cutting-edge training focusing on results-driven leadership, human-centered design, child welfare context, racial equity, innovation, and much more.
  • An influential network of purpose-driven, like-minded professionals including fellows, Foster America staff, and the child welfare field’s most innovative leaders.
  • Individualized coaching, mentoring, and support.
  • Career development for alumni who pursue leadership positions in child welfare and related sectors.

Position Highlights:

  • Reporting to the department’s Assistant Director Wendy Kinnear, this role will operate out of the leadership team
  • Work within an agency where Foster America alumni continue to lead work 
  • Collaborate with two other fellows who will bring complimentary data analytics and human-centered design expertise to the same challenge
  • Join a team that is deeply dedicated to new ways of preventative support for children and families
  • Phenomenal opportunity to envision and build model for primary prevention, in coordination with cross-sector agencies and stakeholders
  • Work on the cutting edge of Family First planning and implementation 

Compelling Candidates are:

  • Committed to our mission of improving the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children, families, and communities 
  • Experienced professionals, with at least 7 years of progressive leadership roles 
  • Able to navigate complex political environments and use relational skills to drive consensus and build a cohesive vision
  • Skilled in collaborative partnership building and management
  • Experienced in strategic planning, developing implementation plans that drive towards intended goals
  • Results-oriented, with a track record of leading positive change 
  • Creative in developing unique solutions to complex problems 
  • Flexible, adaptable, proactive, and persistent
  • Curious and eager learners 
  • Humble and self-reflective

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Fellows must have U.S. work authorization.
  • Fellows must be able to work full-time for at least 18 months starting October 5, 2020.
  • Fellows must work on-site at their host agency.
  • Due to COVID-19, convenings are virtual until further notice. Once safe to do so, Fellows must travel quarterly to attend training sessions that last from three to five days.
  • Fellows must pass all host agency employer requirements, which may include background checks, drug screening, and civil service exams.

Strategy Design and Implementation Planning to End Child Maltreatment

Foster America fellows leverage their diverse professional backgrounds as they assume leadership roles at child welfare agencies, improving outcomes for our…

Details at a glance

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

Benefits

Competitive health benefits, dental, vision, 401k, commuter benefits, parental leave, twelve federal holidays observed

Competitive health benefits, dental, vision, 401k, commuter benefits, parental leave, twelve federal holidays observed

Location

Santa Clara County, CA

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