Foster America Fellow

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $70,000
Maximum: $90,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



New York
United States


The Foster America Fellowship is an opportunity to radically improve the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children 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 human service 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. This support includes:

● Cutting-edge training focusing on results-driven leadership, human-centered design, child welfare context, and 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;

● An annual salary of $75,000 to $90,000, plus benefits.

Cohort 3 Recruitment We are recruiting 10 extraordinary professionals to join our third fellowship cohort, launching in January 2019. Each fellow is matched to a specific role and host agency, aligned with his or her strengths, skills, and expertise. Specific roles and geographies will be posted in Fall 2019; in the meantime, candidates with skills in these categories are encouraged to submit a general application:

Candidates who advance in our selection process will have the opportunity to express interest in specific projects and locations.

Roles Available:

1. Strategy and Operations Strategy and Operations fellows are skilled planners and implementers. They are capable change leaders, skilled at working across organizational boundaries, with a demonstrated ability to create, implement, and adapt a shared vision. Strategy and Operations fellows drive decisions, relying on stakeholder feedback, outcome measures, resource availability or constraints, and organizational context. They have experience managing complex and interdependent projects and teams, with strong communication and relationship-building skills.

2. Design and Marketing Fellows Design and Marketing fellows use human-centered design methodologies to improve the experiences and outcomes of children and families involved with the child welfare system. Through qualitative interviews, experience mapping, persona development, and rapid prototyping, these fellows engage with stakeholders including children, parents, current and prospective foster families, caseworkers, service providers, and community-based organizations to understand their perspectives. Together, they design, prototype, and test new approaches that address pain points in the system, streamline processes, deliver consistent messages, and respond to the needs of the child welfare system’s key consumers.

3. Data and Technology Data and Technology fellows recognize that the disruptive and innovative solutions of our modern lives can be adapted and deployed to improve the well-being of vulnerable children and families. They create, manage, and/or analyze large data systems to help child welfare agencies discover insights, understand trends, and create data-driven, results-based solutions. Fellows demonstrate experience and expertise in advanced statistical analysis, predictive analytics, and/or database development. In addition to being quantitatively or technically skilled, these fellows are also adept translators, able to communicate effectively with stakeholders including social workers and non-technical agency leaders.

Eligibility Requirements

● Fellows must have U.S. work authorization.

● Fellows must be able to work full-time for at least 18 months starting in January 2019.

● Fellows must work on-site at their host agency.

● Fellows must pass any host agency employment requirements, which may include criminal background checks, drug screening, and civil service examinations.

Compelling Candidates Are

● Committed to Foster America’s mission of improving the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children, families, and communities.

● Experienced professionals, with at least seven years of progressive leadership roles and an advanced degree (preferred).

● Results-oriented, with a successful track record of leading change.

● Able to engage stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and build effective coalitions.

● Creative in developing unique solutions to complex problems.

● Flexible, adaptable, proactive, and persistent.

● Exceptional writers and verbal communicators.

● Strong project managers.

● Curious and eager learners.

● Humble and self-reflective leaders.

There are many different location options available.


Full benefits

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Applications are accepted online, via .

Review the Application Process + Selection Timeline on the following page for key dates and a description of what is expected at each round. Please direct any questions to recruit@foster-