Join our growing team!

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

Director of Talent

We’re looking for a creative and detail-oriented “people person” who deeply believes in equity and the power of talent to innovate and change government systems. Reporting to our Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer, Marie Zemler Wu, you will establish and lead a strategic process to recruit, place, and support diverse talent to meet our ambitious goal of 100 new child welfare leaders in three years. Working together with the Director of Partnership Development, you will apply knowledge, experience, and creativity to match fellows with host agencies in existing and new jurisdictions. You will be detail and process-oriented, but also highly relational with skills for identifying individuals’ strengths and areas for growth. The Director of Talent will be able to think outside the box to recognize the critical skills and competencies from other sectors that can lead to innovation in the child welfare system. As Foster America continues to grow, you may also support our staff talent recruitment and performance management work. This is a full-time position based in Boston, MA. Start in February or as soon as possible.

Read more about this position here.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with your full name and “Director of Talent” in the subject line to

Development & Communications Manager

We’re looking for a self-starter, a talented nonprofit fundraising professional, and an exceptional storyteller and writer who believes in the power and possibility of government innovation. Reporting to our Founder and Executive Director, Sherry Lachman, you will balance an organized, meticulous approach to planning and managing systems with a passion for crafting narratives that appeal to foundations, donors, and the broader public. You will bring a creative approach to identifying and pursuing new opportunities to create better and more equitable outcomes for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. The Development and Communications Manager will be an integral part of building our organizational brand, increasing the visibility of our work, and helping expand our set of partners and funders. As a core addition to our fast-paced startup team, the Development and Communications Manager will be responsible for working with all members of the team to help bring in the resources, partners,  and systems needed to grow our program, geographic reach, and impact exponentially over the next three years. This is a full-time position based in San Francisco, CA or potentially Boston, MA.

Read more about this position here.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with your full name and “Director of Talent” in the subject line to

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.

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, Summer 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.