The Opportunity

In alignment with the FosterClub logic model and all related theories and components, the Systems Change Director will lead the Systems Change team, one of two program teams at FosterClub.  

Essential Functions
  • Drive improvements in child welfare system capacity at the National, State, Tribal, and Community level that is informed by youth perspective and lived experience.
  • Serve as an organizational leader and engage in strategic planning for work that aligns with FosterClub’s logic model and promotes organization growth, effectiveness, and sustainability. Includes daily interfacing with the Direct Youth Support Program Director to coordinate campaigns and activities.
  • Directly supervise staff and oversee the work of the System Change Program Team (4-5 staff) and the young leaders who are engaged by the Team to carry out the work. The System Change Team is charged with engaging, training, supporting and supervising young leaders.
  • Manage the System Change program budget. Lead the team in resource development, including oversight of grant writing and contract management.
  • Direct activities of the System Change team, which falls into the following categories:
  • Educate and build capacity of  adult stakeholders to engage and support young people, including child welfare caseworkers, administrators, foster parents and other caregivers, court staff and others involved in child welfare or adjacent systems (webinars, briefings, training, campaigns, etc.) 
  • Inform public policy with the collective experience of young people
  • Assist young people and youth leadership groups organize to achieve system change 
  • Undertake public awareness efforts and campaigns
  • Facilitate opportunities for young people with lived experience in foster care to lead the above activities
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships, including national child welfare organizations, policy maker offices, and the federal Children’s Bureau. Ensure opportunities for these VIP stakeholders to hear from young people so that federal policy is centered on the need of those with lived experience.
  • Promote the work of the System Change team, growing recognition for young people who are involved and for FosterClub’s reputation in elevating their voices and experiences. 
  • Reporting on System Change team work, both internally to our team and externally to sponsors, partners, and the world. Includes setting targets (metrics) and measuring outputs and outcomes. 
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:
  • Sit or stand in a stationary position at a desk up to 40 hours per week 
  • Drafting/writing 80% of the time
  • Moving tubs or bin <35lbs, occasionally 
  • Extensive movement at youth events, occasionally on uneven terrain at youth camps

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
  • Regular office hours Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm, willing to discuss and accommodate slight adjustments
  • Position prefers staff working (with ability for 3x+ weekly commute) from Washington D.C. area
  • Shared workspace through WeWork in Washington DC (open work environment).

  • Overnight for partner and funder meetings, and to coordinate program activities, up to 20%
  • Travel up to once per quarter for staff or planning meetings

Question Title

* 1. Are you able to perform the duties of this role with or without a reasonable accommodation? A reasonable accommodation is any change to the application or hiring process, to the job, to the way the job is done, or the work environment that allows a person with a disability who is qualified for the job to perform the essential functions of that job and enjoy equal employment opportunities.