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.

Development Director

The Development Director serves as a key senior leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Foster Forward.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading all major fundraising initiatives and identifying and recruiting individuals for Board candidacy
    • Develop and execute all fundraising events and gift campaigns including the annual gala and annual holiday gifts campaign, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality and a solid return on investment
    • Work with the Executive Director, senior staff and board to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include corporate, foundation, state and federal government grants and contracts
    • Foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization and create a donor relations policy that nurtures loyalty through a comprehensive relationship-building program including cultivation and communication of a mission, vision and work
    • Design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual, philanthropic and volunteer support
    • Expand and diversify Foster Forward’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives
    • Work closely with and assist the Board of Directors to take on a more active fundraising role and assist in the identification and recruitment of new Board members
    • Present to the Board proposed fiscal fundraising goals and monitor and report on the results at least semi-annually; assure sound fiscal operation of development function including timely, accurate and comprehensive development of charitable contributions income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring and implementation
    • Oversee research of funding sources and trends to position Foster Forward ahead of major funding changes or trends
    • Appropriately represent the institution, its Board and Executive Director to donors, prospects, regulators, development committee(s) and fundraising volunteers
    • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors, and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fund development and fundraisers
    • Maximize the organization’s utilization of donor and prospect records in Raiser’s Edge and implementation of communications plan through eTapestry module
    • Other duties as assigned
  • Qualifications
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization
    • Demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources and producing charitable contributions)
    • A team player with well rounded, proficient skills in non-profit fundraising activities including a leadership role in the maintenance and utilization of fundraising support software systems
    • Experience with research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, direct mail, and development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting
    • Ability to take initiative, construct, articulate, and implement short term and long term strategic development plans
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; high energy and passion for Foster Forward’s mission and ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships
    • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
    • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
    • Ability to work both independently and as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels and backgrounds within and outside Foster Forward
    • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience required; Master’s degree and certification in fundraising – a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Professional designation) –  is preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer, to apply, send resume and cover letter by May 31, 2019 to lisa.guillette@fosterforward.net

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.