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National Project Director

Program: AdoptUSKids (AUSK)

Level: Executive

Type: Full-time with generous benefits package

Education: Master’s degree in Social Work, Non-Profit Management, Public Administration or closely related field; will consider Bachelor’s Degree with deep experience in child welfare, especially foster care adoption

Location: Remote or On-site at AEA headquarters, Linthicum, MD


Position Description


Join AEA’s senior leadership team and play a key role in recruiting permanent homes for waiting children and families nationwide!


The Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) is seeking a talented, collaborative, experienced senior leader to join the organization and serve as National Project Director of AdoptUSKids. AEA and our AdoptUSKids partners proudly serve children in foster care, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals across the country through our cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau within the USDHHS/ACYF.


The AdoptUSKids National Project Director reports to the CEO of the Adoption Exchange Association and is the principal investigator and point of contact with the Children’s Bureau monitoring activities, initiatives and outcomes of AdoptUSKids.


The National Project Director plays a crucial role within the collaboration. The director oversees the deliverables of the multi-million dollar five-year federally-funded project with collaborating partners: The Advertising Council, Northwest Resource Associates, The Adoption Exchange, University of Texas at Austin, The North American Council on Adoptable Children and Spaulding for Children.


The ideal leader should have 10 years of management-level experience in foster care adoption. The candidate must have worked in a public child welfare system or a private agency that partners with a public child welfare system on behalf of children in the US foster care system.

The National Project Director must possess exceptional project management skills and a thorough understanding of all types of adoption, with an emphasis on foster care adoption.  Past experience as a federal grantee is ideal, though not required.


Core Competencies


AEA’s next senior leader must demonstrate competency in the following areas:

·      Collaborative Leadership Style  -- Creates opportunities for collaboration; encourages the exchange of information and sharing; focuses on the common purpose; has an action orientation

·      Media Savvy – Ability to clearly communicate with the media conveying a passion for children in foster care and families hoping to adopt

·      Strategic Thinking – Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with long-term objectives while managing risks

·      Planning and Organizing – Determines the necessary sequence of activities needed to achieve goals; handles multiple demands and competing priorities; sets high performance expectations for team members; sets clear performance expectations and objectives; holds others accountable for achieving results;

·      Effective Communication Skills – Practices active listening; keeps others well informed; encourages others to express contrary views; adheres to the communication model as outlined in our collaboration agreement

·      Integrity/Honesty – Possesses high ethical standards; consistently demonstrates ethical standards in words and actions

·      Interpersonal Relationship – Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect; possesses a good sense of humor

·      Mediation – Ability to arbitrate and resolve conflict

·      Accountability – Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results

·      Team-Building – Motivates team members to accomplish group goals and goals of our funder

·      Vision – Understands and communicates the shared vision of the project; influences others to translate vision into action

·      Political Savvy – Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization; perceives and interprets the political reality and acts accordingly

·       Financial Management – Ability to work with the Chief Financial Officer to prepare, justify, and administer the program budgets; monitors expenditures regularly and develops resource spending plans when necessary


Primary Responsibilities


AEA’s next senior leader is responsible for carrying out the following activities:

·      Possessing ability to travel (30-50%)

·      Communicating clearly (both orally and in writing) addressing the needs of the grantor, partners, CEO and the AEA Board 

·      Participating in internal AEA senior staff, finance, and all-staff meetings

·      Building and maintaining positive relationships with key constituents including: the grantor (Children’s Bureau - federal project officer and leadership), collaborating partners, AEA staff, and the AEA Board of Directors

·      Acting as spokesperson for AdoptUSKids, providing on-camera interviews and live radio interviews (bilingual (English and Spanish) is preferred though not required)

·      Planning and facilitating regular partner and grantee meetings (both in-person and by phone)

·      Coordinating and hosting regular meetings with AdoptUSKids component project leads. The AUSK components include:

o  National Adoption Recruitment Campaign/ The Ad Council & AEA:

Raise public awareness through an annual, multi-media campaign about the need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care and to direct interested families to contact AdoptUSKids; develop and support speakers bureaus at the national level; provide constituency services and marketing of the campaign to child welfare professionals;

o   National Adoption and Foster Care Information Exchange System/ AEA: Assist states, tribes, and territories in recruiting foster and adoptive parents for children in foster care and serving families who contact AdoptUSKids to express an interest in adopting children from U.S. foster care (These service are provided in English and Spanish and to those who may require other communication accommodations);

o   National Adoption Internet Photolisting Service/ Northwest Resource Associates: Provide a national photolisting website ( and the associated social media channels provide valuable foster care and adoption information for families and professionals;

o   Adoptive and Foster Family Support Activities/ NACAC: Develop and disseminate information, strategies, and effective or evidence-based models for the implementation of adoptive and foster family support activities for States, Tribes, and Territories.

o   Outreach and Capacity-Building/ The Adoption Exchange: Promote best practice models related to photolisting, recruitment media, customer service and adoptive and foster family support activities to professionals nationwide;

o   Minority Leadership Development/ Spaulding for Children: Promote professional leadership development of minorities in the adoption field; 

o   Evaluation/ University of Texas: Evaluate of all aspects and activities of AdoptUSKids



Please submit a cover letter with salary requirement, resume and one writing sample to through December 8, 2017. Note: This position is grant-funded and employment is reliant on receipt of federal funds.