core competencies

Foster America fellows are passionate about their work, true leaders and innovators, and driven by results.


foster America Fellows demonstrate:


  • Have a record of extraordinary academic, professional, and personal achievement
  • Communicate effectively in written and spoken word
  • Solve problems strategically and love evidence
  • Demonstrate subject-matter expertise in a relevant field, with specific managerial skillsets (e.g., budget, project planning, contract management, marketing, business process design, etc.)
  • Come prepared, stay organized, and exhibit clarity of thought


  • Design new solutions and take fresh approaches
  • Are curious, consider diverse perspectives, and willingly take risks
  • Display courage in the face of adversity or uncertainty
  • Find inspiration where others see barriers



  • Are service-oriented, express humility, and are known for their integrity
  • Have community and coalition building skills
  • Build the capacity of others
  • Possess a high level of self-awareness
  • Are able to work effectively in diverse groups



  • Persevere even when faced with roadblocks
  • Love to learn and grow
  • Are coachable and seek feedback; know when to ask for help
  • Take initiative
  • Are able to effectively manage conflict



  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, particularly for vulnerable children and families
  • Seven or more years of professional experience, including at least two years of project or people management
  • Advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Available to work full-time for 18 months 
  • Ability to be geographically based in city of placement during fellowship
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Open to salary between $70,000 and $90,000