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Deputy Project Director at AdoptUSKIDS

Join a team that makes a difference in the lives of children and teens in the US foster care system!

AEA is seeking a passionate, collaborative, and knowledgeable child welfare professional to join its national AdoptUSKids core leadership team as the Deputy Project Director at AdoptUSKids.


The Deputy Project Director works closely with the National Project Director in leading the administrative and programmatic functions of AdoptUSKids. Key responsibilities include developing AdoptUSKids speakers bureau, overseeing the national adoption information exchange, coordination of all functions of AdoptUSKids, including administrative and programmatic, and administering the AdoptUSKids grant functions with the internal AEA senior staff team and AdoptUSKids leadership team.

The Deputy supports the development of a year-round national speakers bureau recruitment campaign to identify and prepare youth and families with lived experience to share their stories with the media. The Deputy has one direct report, the national recruitment response manager. The Deputy serves on the core leadership team of AdoptUSKids and serves as backup to the National Project Director on administrative and programmatic matters.

Our ideal Deputy Project Director will be a master’s level licensed social worker with at least 5 years of state or county child welfare experience. The Deputy must possess deep knowledge and direct experience in the recruitment and support of adoptive families for children and teens in the US foster care system.

Key Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Public child welfare experience – at least 5 years of direct experience in the recruitment and support of adoptive families for children and teens in the US foster care system
  • Strong supervisory skills – with demonstrated experience as an administrator or supervisor around the key functions of adoption recruitment, family development and support
  • A diplomatic communication style
  • Experience analyzing data and producing comprehensive reports
  • Relationship management
  • Understanding trauma-informed care
  •  Core competencies:  takes initiative, uses best judgment, team player, acquires new skills to serve children, families, and partners, and a high level of dependability
  • Media and public relations experience highly desirable
  • Expertise in GSuite, Trello, Go-To Webinar and Salesforce preferred
  • Ability to travel at least 30%
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus

Benefits and Compensation:

The Deputy Project Director salary range is $80,000 - $85,000. As a member of our team, you will not only receive a competitive salary and a generous benefits package (including: 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees; employer retirement plan contribution; and professional development opportunities, among others), you will also enjoy coming to work - knowing you are a part of a dedicated group of professionals making an impact.

AEA is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.  We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. 

How to Apply:

No phone calls please. Apply online by January 6, 2020


About AEA and AdoptUSKids:

Founded in 1982, The Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) is the country's premier national association of adoption professionals and organizations. AEA is the only national association focused exclusively on supporting the educational needs of those in the adoption profession. The organization serves adoption exchanges, private child-placing agencies, and public child welfare systems by engaging members in national discussions to eliminate barriers to foster care adoption and share best practices.


AdoptUSKids educates families about foster care and adoption and gives child welfare professionals information and support to help them improve their services. We also maintain the nation’s only federally funded photo listing service that connects waiting children with families. Our mission is to: raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and assist US states, territories, and tribes to recruit, engage, develop and support foster and adoptive families.