Director of Development & Communications - Journalists Encouraged to Apply

Foster America, Flexible, United States

Date Posted March 12, 2020
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Other
Required Education Master's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary Negotiable


Imagine if we could bring the same innovations that pervade every other part of our lives to child welfare. This is Foster America’s vision. Foster America recruits diverse talented professionals who have the skills needed to address old, persistent problems in our child welfare system in new ways: skills in data and technology, design and marketing, strategy and planning, and finance. We prepare these professionals to serve as full-time fellows at public agencies across the country, where they lead major child welfare reform projects. For example, our fellows with marketing and human-centered design backgrounds help agencies improve the recruitment of foster parents and our fellows with technology and data analytics backgrounds help agencies leverage data to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Since launching three years ago, Foster America has supported four cohorts of fellows, who have served in 30 agencies across 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. In the long-term, we aim to scale the reforms of our fellows, build a pipeline of transformative leaders for our field, and develop new experiments to change the outcomes of our country’s most vulnerable children and families.


At a time of rapid growth and experimentation, Foster America is seeking a Director of Development & Communications to drive efforts to secure major, multi-year support, primarily from institutional funders. This hire will own all aspects of fundraising and communications, with an emphasis on crafting compelling grant proposals and other written materials that clearly articulate Foster America’s unique approach to systems change. Building upon early support from partners like the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation, this hire will cultivate relationships with a diverse set of national and regional funders. Reporting to the Executive Director and joining a passionate 10-member team that is committed to social justice and racial equity, this hire will have the opportunity to help evolve and scale innovations that are transforming child welfare outcomes nationwide.

Specifically, the Director of Development & Communications will:


The Director of Development & Communications position calls for:



This is a full-time position, with a preference for candidates in or willing to move to San Francisco, Boston, or Washington, D.C., or the willingness and ability to work remotely from other parts of the country. As a geographically dispersed team, our work is frequently conducted by phone, video, or email.

This position will require up to 15% domestic travel, particularly to Fellow convenings, team retreats and partner cultivation visits.


Foster America offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, paid vacation, paid parental leave, paid holidays, participation in a retirement plan, paid sick time, and professional development.


If this opportunity calls out to you, please click here to submit 1) a tailored, authentic cover letter that explains why this mission excites you and why this particular role is a fit for you, 2) your resume and 3) a 2-3 page writing sample (e.g. a grant LOI, a grant proposal excerpt, or a policy brief). Please address your cover letter to Sherry Lachman, Executive Director. We review applications on a rolling basis and strive to get back to applicants within two weeks.

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