Senior Policy Manager for Child Welfare

27 Jul, 2021


Senior Policy Manager for Child Welfare

Partnership for America's Children
Washington, DC

The Partnership for America’s Children is seeking a Senior Policy Manager to support a nonpartisan network of state-based child welfare advocates.  The Partnership is a membership network of nonpartisan child policy advocacy organizations that represent children and their needs at the local, state, and national level within and across states.  The Partnership coordinates the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center network, known as SPARC.  SPARC was created in 2012 with funding from The Annie E. Casey Foundation to strengthen this network working to achieve reforms to prevent child abuse and neglect and to connect all children with safe and permanent homes.  The SPARC network includes multi-issue child advocacy organizations, legal advocates, and organizations focused on children and parents in child welfare systems. The Partnership connects its members to peer expertise and national resources and facilitates interstate collaborations to deepen the level of impact of child advocacy within and across states. It serves the same function for SPARC members.

Qualifications•Demonstrated commitment to centering race equity in advocacy and leadership and supporting partner organizations in centering race equity in the child welfare systems of their states.•Bachelor’s degree in social work, public policy, or related area or the equivalent in work experience. •Experience and dedication to advocacy and policy change to improve the lives and opportunities for children and families.  •Three or more years of experience working on issues related to child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, child protective services, and/or prevention and family support.•Demonstrated understanding of child welfare policy issues and trends at the state and federal levels.•Familiarity with state and national child welfare stakeholders and advocacy organizations.•Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal, writing, and presentations.•Self-starter with creative leadership skills and a collaborative approach to problem-solving.•Citizen or authorized to work in the US (the Partnership cannot provide immigration support).

Duties and Responsibilities•Provide managerial and policy support to the SPARC network and SPARC partners.•Develop and execute an annual workplan for the SPARC network.•Coordinate regular SPARC network virtual meetings with issue content driven by member needs.•Support workgroups of partners focused on particular issue areas, such as racial equity, prevention, transition support for older youth, and legal representation for children and families in child welfare systems.•Nurture connections with federal policy leaders and organizations to keep SPARC partners updated on opportunities to shape federal policy and ontools to implement federal policies at the state level.•Facilitate ongoing communication among SPARC partners through a listserv, sharing of resources, and connection with individual partners.•Update and manage content for a SPARC website to share resources and updates.•Work with the Partnership Network Director in developing opportunities for funding for the SPARC partners.•Identify, engage, and coordinate consulting services and technical assistance for the SPARC network.•Plan an annual convening (virtual in 2021 and in-person or hybrid thereafter) with partner participation and guest speakers.


Salary range is $80,000to $90,000.

Benefits:•health care benefits that include vision and dental for employee and family, 75% of base plan paid by employer•401Kafter one year with a 4% match•15 vacation days per year, rising to 20 after two years, and 10 sick days per year To Apply Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to: No phone calls, please.

The Partnership will review all applications received by August 13, 2021and accept applications until the position is filled. The Partnership is based in Washington, D.C., currently with a fully remote work environment.  It anticipates moving back to an office environment, and there is a strong preference for hiring an applicant who lives in the D.C. metro area or plans to move there. Diversity and Inclusion Statement The Partnership is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, socioeconomic background, or any other classification protected by applicable law. The Partnership is building a team that reflects the diversity of families and children within this nation. We strive to be an inclusive workplace dedicated to centering equity and justice in our work. Candidates who are committed to an anti-racist and anti-oppression approach to policy and advocacy are encouraged to apply.

Job posted: 2021-07-27