Foster America Fellow - Data Strategy

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Foster America
Santa Clara, CA

Foster America

Published 6 days ago

April 26, 2021
March 5, 2021
$80,000 - $90,000The Foster America Fellowship is an 18-month commitment ($120,000 - $135,000, depending on location).

Data Product Manager to Drive Impact for Foster Youth Education Programs

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 collaboration with Tipping Point, we are recruiting and placing well-supported Foster America fellows across the Bay Area to build bridges between public child welfare, education and human service agencies. This team of fellows will promote equitable outcomes for kids who are or have been in foster care, and develop infrastructure to improve public sector collaboration. Fellows will promote innovation within their host sites while contributing to a team structure that develops ongoing learning across counties to create more equitable outcomes for Bay Area foster youth.

About this Role: In partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), we seek an equity-driven, data-savvy strategist to align the work of SCCOE’s programming for foster youth with the Research and Evaluation, Data Governance, and Equity teams. The fellow will execute across agency divisions, engaging a broad group of stakeholders to support the implementation of pilots addressing educational inequities, particularly a recently launched educational case management program for foster youth. 

The fellow will utilize their expertise in mixed research methods, database architecture, and continuous quality improvement in order to transform the program’s data needs into technical requirements for real-time performance monitoring and impact evaluation. This role will be particularly focused on developing the agency’s internal data systems to support the organization’s commitment to evidence-based decision making. The fellow will balance the data needs against legal and resource limitations, promote the ethical use of data, and guard against designing data systems that reinforce inequity. 

Over the course of 18 months, the fellow will: 

  • Conduct best practices research to identify methods that promote the utilization of data in improving educational services for vulnerable youth.
  • Develop product roadmaps for the agency’s internal data systems, starting with the identification and implementation planning for a case management software solution.
  • Analyze data sharing policy and collaborate with key stakeholders to design and implement viable data sharing infrastructure and processes.
  • Contribute to the design of monitoring and evaluation strategies using mixed method approaches and continuous quality improvement practices. 
  • Leverage data to identify system gaps and elevate effective programming.

About the agency: The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) provides services to over 260,000 students through both direct services and indirect support and oversight of the county’s 31 school districts. Led by County Superintendent of Schools, Mary Ann Dewan, Ph.D., a champion for student equity and high quality public education, SCCOE is devoting resources to stand up new approaches and technology for the county’s most vulnerable populations. The agency is actively seeking to identify and dismantle educational systems and practices that reinforce structural and racial inequity while promoting high quality public education.

About the fellowship: The Foster America Fellowship is an opportunity to radically improve the lives of our nation’s most historically exploited by designing and implementing innovative solutions to some of the foster care system’s most complex problems. Fellows apply the skills they have cultivated in other sectors as they transition to full-time, 18-month positions at child welfare and other public child-serving agencies. In their roles, fellows focus on high-impact reform projects to create better and more equitable outcomes for children, families, and communities affected by child abuse, neglect, trauma, and poverty. Each role is designed to have an immediate and lasting local impact while also informing solutions that can be scaled nationally. Foster America fellows receive extensive training and professional development with a cohort of peers, positioning them to thrive and grow as social change leaders during the fellowship and beyond. 

Fellowship support includes: 

  • Cutting-edge training focusing on leadership, liberatory design, child welfare context, racial equity, innovation, and more
  • An influential network of purpose-driven professionals including fellows, Foster America staff, and the child welfare field’s most innovative leaders as faculty
  • Individualized project and leadership coaching, mentorship, and support
  • Career development for alumni who pursue positions in child welfare and related sectors

Position Highlights:

  • Work with a leadership team that is deeply dedicated to increasing equitable education outcomes for foster youth. 
  • Join the team in their “Year Zero” of developing cutting edge educational support models for foster youth, with the opportunity to scale successful results. 
  • Opportunity to elucidate the impact of foster youth programs and allow SCCOE to understand and address what is and isn’t working, ultimately impacting the lives of thousands of youth.
  • Work to improve coordination between county child welfare and education systems.
  • Collaborate with a network of fellows and child welfare agencies working together to improve outcomes for older youth across the Bay Area.

Compelling Candidates are:

  • Committed to our mission of improving the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children, families, and communities 
  • Experienced, results-oriented professionals, with at least 7 years of progressive leadership roles 
  • Familiar with database design and able to translate requirements for non-technical audiences
  • Experienced in mixed research methods and continuous quality improvement, using data to understand and drive impact
  • Able to analyze and synthesize data and information, translating insights into concrete action plans
  • Proven ability to influence teams without formal authority
  • Experience with education desirable but not required
  • Flexible, adaptable, proactive, and persistent 
  • 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 April 26th, 2021.
  • Fellows must work on-site at their host agency. 
  • 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. 

Frequently cited statistics show that underrepresented groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Foster America encourages you to break that statistic and apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. We look forward to your application.

Data Product Manager to Drive Impact for Foster Youth Education Programs

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


Santa Clara, CA

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