Join our growing team!

We are currently hiring for the following positions. Please check back for additional opportunities as our team continues to grow.

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

We’re looking for a highly-efficient and self-motivated Special Assistant to our Executive Director. You’ll be a core addition to our small team and play an integral role in helping the organization run smoothly and reach new audiences as we rapidly grow/scale. We are seeking someone who will see this role as a path to leadership development and professional growth. The right person will feel energized and accomplished by running things behind the scenes. This is a full-time position based in San Francisco, CA. Available immediately.


  • Direct support for Executive Director: Manage her active calendar and ensure that she is present and prepared for her daily responsibilities, including meetings, stakeholder management, and outreach. Prepare ED for upcoming events. Provide admin support for expense reports, travel plans, and other tasks as needed

  • Engagement: Manage daily email correspondence and all follow up from meetings. Ensure the Executive Director is 100% reliable in following through on her next steps

  • Written communications: Author grant applications and executive communications; create material for print, web, social media, and other collateral

  • Fundraising support: Research prospective funding opportunities, draft proposals, and help prepare funder reports

  • Event prep and coordination: Plan logistics and support key events including fellowship interview days, training opportunities for fellows, and fundraising events

  • Systems administration: Manage the systems and software (e.g. Salesforce) necessary to track a rapidly expanding base of supporters, contacts, tasks, and opportunities

  • Fellowship support: Aid with the screening and tracking of fellowship applicants

  • Special projects: We’re a small team and new things come up all the time—you should be ready to dive head first into any project that comes up!

Who You Are: 

  • Extremely organized and detail oriented—you have a stellar track record for execution and never missing a moving piece 

  • Reliable and known for following through on projects to completion 

  • Good time manager—able to keep yourself and others on track

  • Great judgement—you know how to handle things independently and when to level up 

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills—you can craft quick and professional emails and confidently represent the organization to others

  • Able to multitask and prioritize conflicting needs 

  • A go-getter—comfortable in a fast-paced, sometimes virtual work environment, love to take on new challenges, and contribute actively to team discussions

  • Passionate about social change and specifically improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families

Education & Experience: 

  • Bachelors degree from a competitive college or university

  • 0-4 years of work experience

  • Lived experience with the child welfare system is a plus but not required

  • Prior writing experience, such as writing for a college newspaper, is also a plus

Read more about this position here.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume with your full name and position title in the subject line to

Foster America Intern, Spring 2019

Foster America has established internship opportunities that will further students’ learning and contribute to our mission of bringing leadership, innovation, and systemic change to the systems that support vulnerable children. This program provides opportunities for students to gain robust hands-on experience with what it takes to build and improve an innovative social enterprise. The position is also an opportunity to develop knowledge of the public sector, nonprofit management, and the US child welfare system.

Student interns will ideally be based in San Francisco, Boston, or Chicago or may work virtually with regular phone check-ins. The length and content of service may vary based on the needs, skills, and availability of the applicant. Each student learner will work closely with and report to a member of Foster America’s Leadership Team, who will serve as a mentor and resource to the intern. Ideal candidates will have excellent communication skills and an ability to work with diverse stakeholders. We are looking for bright and creative students or recent graduates with a passion for shaking up systems and serving disadvantaged children to join our team.

Interns are asked to commit to 10-15 hours of work per week during the school year, or up to 40 hours per week in the summer.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Student learners will substantially aid in building the systems, processes, programs, and materials that will catapult Foster America through our next stage of growth. In addition to their day-to-day contributions to the team, student learners may focus on a longer project in one of three areas, including Development, Program Support, and Communications. Depending on their skills, experience, and other demands, student learners may blend various components of these projects.

Potential tasks that student learners may work on include, but are not limited to:

  • Aid with the screening and tracking of fellowship applicants

  • Manage special events, including training opportunities for fellows, fellowship interview days, and fundraising events for donors

  • Translate concepts and develop content for print, video, web, social media, and other collateral material

  • Create marketing materials for potential fellowship candidates and funders

  • Work closely with senior leadership to research, design, implement and manage the systems and software (e.g. Salesforce) necessary to manage a rapidly expanding base of supporters, advocates, contacts, tasks, etc.

  • Aid with drafting grant proposals

  • Conduct research

  • Prepare reports and presentations for internal and external use

  • Assist with special projects as needed

  • Contribute creative ideas to help shape our program as we expand our size, scope and impact this year

There is no compensation for the undergraduate student intern position; potential stipends may be available based on available funding and this possibility will be discussed and agreed upon with the intern prior to engagement. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.

Work Environment & Physical Demands:
Interns may work virtually from a location of their choosing or, when possible, in person at Foster America’s working spaces in San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, or Boston, MA.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume with your full name and position title in the subject line to

Foster America, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.