Associate Director Of Policy Child & Family Services, The Children’s Partner

Organization Overview 

The Children’s Partnership (TCP) is seeking a seasoned professional to help lead and implement strategies in policy and advocacy efforts related to system-involved youth and support other projects aimed at improving the well-being of underserved children through health and technology. Serving as a leader in the field on issues related to child welfare, care coordination, and vulnerable youth, the Associate Policy Director will provide strategic thinking, in-depth research and policy analysis, and expertise on relevant national and California developments. She/he will also help shape community-based pilot projects and engage in outreach, advocacy, and partnerships. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record in developing and managing relationships with stakeholders, engaging community partners, and applying policy and research expertise toward outcomes that help ensure children are safe, healthy, and thriving. This position may be adapted to a more senior role for the right candidate and fit.


  • Manage TCP’s activities to support system-involved youth, including efforts toward enabling effective care coordination for children and youth in foster care, engaging the entire care team more effectively, and supporting Transition Age Youth.
  • Provide strategic thinking, in-depth research, policy analysis & expertise on relevant national and California developments and issues related to child welfare, vulnerable youth populations, and/or related issues, such as digital equity.
  • Help shape community-based pilot projects to enhance care and services for vulnerable children and youth, including through the use of digital tools.
  • Identify opportunities to lift up effective practices and share knowledge between child welfare, health, judicial, and probation agencies.


• Lead, coordinate, and/or represent TCP in select state, local & national external workgroups, meetings, briefings & other venues.

• Engage in outreach and advocacy to translate best practices into needed policy changes.

• Identify and work with key civic, governmental, corporate, and other partners.

• Write high-quality briefs, memos, letters, electronic postings & other materials.

• Lead or participate in the execution of relevant funder activities—including identification & cultivation, proposal development from idea to submission & drafting of grant reports—with TCP’s development team.

• Coordinate production & dissemination of materials and outreach with TCP’s communications team.


  • Full-time position.
  • Reports to senior leadership.
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent health, retirement & other benefits.
  • Some travel required.


  • Ability to accurately & concisely summarize complex information for a broad range of audiences
  • Expertise in child welfare, health policy, children’s health, or digital opportunity issues, at both the state and federal
  • Strong oral communication & public speaking skills
  • Highly adaptable, mobile, positive, resilient, patient risk-taker who is open to new ideas
  • Ability to think strategically and provide thoughtful input to levels
  • Excellent writing, research & analysis skills
  • Strong fundraising & grants management skills
  • Familiarity with working with budgets
  • Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring the ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple projects  simultaneously


  • Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent  combined education/experience
  • At least five (5) years experience in child welfare, social/health policy, and/or advocacy
  • Commitment to & experience with nonprofit organizations
  • Strong track record of developing relationships with Stakeholders
  • Experience in Successfully leading coalition efforts
  • Experience with digital opportunity/inclusion issues, a plus


Email resume, cover letter summarizing interests & qualifications, and brief writing sample to

State “Associate Policy Director” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Based in California and Washington, DC, The Children’s Partnership improves the lives of underserved children where they live, learn, and play with breakthrough solutions at the intersection of research, policy, and community engagement.

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Shari is a keynote speaker within L.A. County and a recent graduate of California State University Northridge. She has combined her experience as an emancipated foster youth with her passion to create social change through journalism and media.