Employment & Internships

Foster Forward is a 501 (c) 3, private non-profit. Foster Forward is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, handicap, disability or veteran status.

Director of Finance and Business Administration

Reports to: Executive Director

Status & Duration: Full-time Exempt

Summary: The Finance Director is responsible for developing, maintaining, and improving all accounting, finance, human resources, facilities and information technology management practices, including:

Finance & Accounting

  • Support all aspects of financial operations to accomplish fiscal goals of the organization;
  • Develop, maintain, monitor and enforce financial operating policies, procedures and controls;
  • Monitor and oversee all aspects of financial reporting, general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bank reconciliations, budgets, banking relationships, asset management, safeguard assets, theft protection and compliance;
  • Work with the Executive Director and senior leadership to maintain/improve FF’s organizational budget and chart of accounts;
  • Prepare and present budget reports and financial statements monthly and as needed to ensure leaders have the necessary financial information to operate effectively;
  • Oversee and prepare documents for annual audit;
  • Develop and implement processes to review and revise organization’s financial systems to ensure they are current, effective and reliable;
  • Monitor delinquent accounts and follow up to collect payment.

Human Resources & Payroll

  • Manage and prepare weekly payroll;
  • Manage relationship with outsourced professional support on all HR practices;
  • Prepare and update employment records related to hiring, transferring, promoting, and terminating;
  • Explain human resources policies, procedures, laws, and standards to new and existing employees;
  • Ensure new hire paperwork is completed and processed;
  • Inform job applicants of job duties, responsibilities, benefits, schedules, working conditions, promotion opportunities, etc.;
  • Address employment relations issues as they arise;
  • Oversee hiring process, which includes coordinating job posts, reviewing resumes, and performing reference checks and onboarding employees;
  • Implement and train managers on performance review process.

Facilities & Operations

  • Manage and serves as point-person for all day-to-day office operations, procedures and services including furniture, fixtures and equipment (e.g. telecommunications, internet, copiers, AV, etc.), security, supplies, mailing/shipping, maintenance, installation and repairs;
  • Oversee and supervise Office & Facilities Manager/Bookkeeper;
  • Provide facilities management, including planning and oversight of short and long-term facilities projects, act as liaison for building services and property management, lease management, and compliance oversight;
  • Implement and oversee safety functions including emergency preparedness, disaster recovery, business continuity and evacuation procedures and plans;
  • Work with city officials and departments to secure proper permits as necessary for events and security;
  • Ensure organization is insured properly for all uses.

IT & Business Processes

  • Manage relationship with outsourced IT, phone and internet companies;
  • Ensure all devices are serviced and updated as needed;
  • Establish policies and procedures for file storage, password protection, cloud technologies, email queue, etc.;


  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Proficiency of Sage and Excel – at least 7 years of experience and CPA preferred;
  • Experience with accounting best practices and familiarity with cash and accrual-based accounting systems; familiarity with A-133 audits preferred
  • Ability to interact with all staff members with kindness and integrity;
  • Ability to multitask and manage and track a wide variety of tasks in an organized and efficient manner; excellent interpersonal and oral/written communications skills required.
  • Non-profit experience preferred.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience with benefit package including 401k, health, dental, flexible spending account and paid vacation.

Equal Opportunity & Diversity: Foster Forward prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Send resume and cover letter by 10/26 to attention of Lisa Guillette – lisa.guillette@fosterforward.net

YESS Support Specialist

Reports to: YESS Services Coordinator

The YESS Aftercare Services Program at Foster Forward serves youth ages 18-21 who have aged out of the foster care system on or after their 18th birthday. These young adults need the opportunity to transition gradually to adulthood. They need help supporting themselves as they try to balance school, work, and living on their own.  With trusted support and guidance, they can successfully achieve independence and avoid potential negative outcomes, like unemployment or homelessness. The role of the Youth Support Specialist is to provide individualized, youth-driven services and supports that help youth locate safe and affordable housing, identify employment, and/or enroll in an educational program. The Youth Support Specialist will provide these supports in a developmentally appropriate way, helping youth to build protective and promotive factors, while simultaneously reducing risk factors. The Youth Support Specialist will help youth build on their own strengths, encourage youth to make informed decisions, and help them navigate various complex social systems.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Meet with youth and their self-identified team when newly assigned to help youth develop goals and timelines for achievement.
  • Collaborate with DCYF workers, clinicians, family, and caregivers as appropriate to help support youth in attainment of goals and to facilitate their successful transition into YESS from state care.
  • Work with youth to identify current and past connections that help the youth know where they can build on or re-engage with existing connections. Work with that youth to successfully reengage as appropriate, building social capital across four communities – family, school, neighborhood, and peers.
  • Assist youth with finding and maintaining safe housing.
  • Empower youth to engage and complete educational programs as appropriate.
  • Coach youth in establishing and sustaining employment experiences that help build self-sufficiency skills.
  • Work with youth to dually enroll in the ASPIRE financial capability program, serving as the financial coach for youth to open and IDA program, set savings goals, and save and match for durable assets.
  • Maintain regular contact and meeting schedule with youth in a manner that is flexible, community based as much as possible, and that supports the youths’ achievements of goals.
  • Help connect youth with other Consolidated Youth Services programs to ensure maximization of services.
  • Work as part of a team to offer other educational and/or health or behavioral health services for youth as needs are identified.
  • Maintain all casefiles – electronic and paper – as required – inclusive of Foster Forward and DCYF’s data systems.
  • Participate in staff trainings, agency events, and promotional opportunities as required.
  • Other duties as required.

Required: Bachelor’s Degree in social services/education or related experience; proven experience relating to adolescents and adults from a variety of backgrounds; ability to navigate complex systems; experience working one-on-one with clients helping to set and achieve goals; ability to set and maintain boundaries; attention to detail; organized and able to accurately plan work and tasks; adaptable; pass a criminal background check; flexible schedule and reliable transportation, travel around state is required to meet with clients in the community.

Preferred: Knowledge of the foster care system, a positive youth development framework, the impact of trauma on development, and issues specific to the LGBTQQ community a plus.

Send resume and cover letter by 10/31 to attention of Vicki Ferrara – victoria.ferrara@fosterforward.net

Employment Specialist for WORKS WONDERS Program

Reports To: Works Wonders Program Coordinator                                                   Full-Time Position

Summary:  The Employment Specialist facilitates person centered career planning, assists with the development and creation of jobs that are consistent with individual career planning, and provides support to facilitate job/work obtainment and retention. This requires on-going outreach to new employers and the business community and facilitation of Rhode Island foster youth in supportive employment interventions. The person in this position will facilitate peer support and career development module-based classes, assist youth in achieving individual goals, and assist with the achievement of program objectives.

Responsibilities include: working with the Program Coordinator in the development of job/work experience, assist with the facilitation of works readiness classes, on-the-job training and support, the development of natural supports and providing other supports in accordance with individual needs including: service coordination and assistance with travel. The right candidate will have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with crisis intervention: ensure that the Works Wonders strategy for youth in and who have aged out of foster care provides a career pathway to employment, education, training and support services, and will possess reliable transportation and strong planning skills.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with Program Coordinator to ensure clients achieve outcomes and the overall goals of the program are obtained.
  • Manage multiple priorities simultaneously to ensure program goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Follows internal protocols for delivering services, including intake processes, development of individual plans, business development procedures, and participant outcome.
  • Interviews, advises, and guides a diverse population of clients to ascertain employability; interprets and explains regulations, rules, policies, and procedures to clients; may determine client eligibility for services; apprises clients of their rights, benefits, responsibilities, and obligations under program participation;
  • Work collaboratively with Program Coordinator and/or other E2 co-facilitators (adult and youth) to determine curriculum delivery and class management
  • Master the curriculum content in advance of delivery to ensure command of the content therein
  • Prepare for the delivery of the modules including securing supplies, technological supports and space
  • Support peer group interaction during the mutual support component of the sessions
  • Assesses client’s education, work experience, skills, abilities, qualifications, and job interest; assesses client readiness for job referral, classroom training, on-the-job training, and/or support services; attempts to match clients with available employment, training, or other opportunities/services.
  • Works one-on-one with participants to develop goals and objectives in a personalized employment plan and to identify barriers and challenges to employability and job retention. Assists clients in finding and maintaining meaningful employment consistent with their goals.
  • Works closely providers and/or caregivers to provide communication about each client’s progress in achieving his/her work goals.
  • Travels to clients’ employers and/or potential employers and other locations in the community; locations will vary, depending upon the needs of the individuals.
  • Meet regularly with client in their home setting or a location that is most convenient for them on a regular basis.
  • Prepares and maintains case files, records, reports, and forms accurately and completely, and keeps them up-to-date at all times.
  • Observes and records participant’s performance and work behaviors and completes required assessments/follow up reports.
  • Conducts Inventory Assessment for each client enrolled in the program.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:

Required: Bachelor’s Degree in social services/education/employment services or related field; 2 years of experience training/teaching in group setting; proven experience working with adolescents preferably youth in or who have aged out of the foster care system; established knowledge of employment and training programs to include interviewing techniques, vocational and employment related assessments and counseling and use of labor market information to connect participants to jobs; organized and able to accurately plan work and tasks; has a positive and constructive sense of humor; adaptable. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the inclusion of all individuals in the work place and the ability to support individuals in their efforts to become valued and productive employees. Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and/or weekends to accommodate participant schedules. The position requires travel, must have access to reliable transportation.  BCI and fingerprint check is required.

Preferred: Knowledge of vocational or professional training techniques, familiarity with the RI Child Welfare System, youth development activities/programming, experienced with relational databases.

Send resume and cover letter by 10/31 to attention Bernadette Tavares – bernadette.tavares@fosterforward.net

Internship opportunities may be available in our Family Support program, for more information contact Lorette Dussault at 401.438.3900 x101.

There is an opportunity to intern in the  Development office; for more information contact Christina Jagolinzer at 401-438-3900, Ext. 128.


Interested in helping to teach Financial Literacy classes? Interested in helping to organize events and door openers to improve access to community opportunities for youth in foster care? Interested in helping to organize and conduct youth leadership trainings? Then ASPIRE might be the internship for you. This opportunity is best suited for Junior year (8 hours per week) interns. To learn more about ASPIRE or internship opportunities contact Victoria Ferrara at 401.438.3900 x105.

Real Connections

The BSW/MSW intern in Real Connections will participate in the program in the following ways:

  • Support Program Manager in recruiting, training and supporting both community mentors and mentors already known to youth
  • Attend Eco-mapping training with the Child Welfare Institute and work on four eco-mapping cases throughout the year.
  • Record Mine case records and other data to develop a full picture of a youth’s potential existing positive adult resources
  • Provide support to the Real Connections staff in identifying contact information for adults identified
  • Coordinate and Facilitate mentor workshops
Program Development
  • Attend weekly team meetings with Real Connections team to further develop, refine and improve program
  • Take the lead on at least one key project related to program development, with the support of Real Connections staff
  • Participate in program measurement and evaluation
Skills Required
  • Proven ability to connect with youth and adults from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances.
  • Experience developing positive connections with teenagers
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexibility: Evening/weekend/workday availability
  • Own transportation
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Understanding of the issues facing older youth in care
  • A belief in the program’s mission, goals and strategies

To learn more about social work internships, please contact Kate Bronner at kate.bronner@fosterforward.net or 401.438.3900 x108

*****NOTE there is a difference between the BSW and MSW internships and will be further discussed in the interview.