Now Hiring: Rise Senior Parent Leader

Rise, a growing New York City nonprofit that trains parents as writers, speakers and advocates in child welfare reform, seeks a part-time Senior Parent Leader to assist in coordinating our program focused on training child welfare professionals to work effectively with parents.

About Rise:

Parents whose children are in foster care or are facing a child welfare investigation need information and peer support, and child welfare professionals need parent input to develop policies and practices that strengthen families and communities. Rise publishes a magazine and other resources to support parents; trains parents to make sophisticated presentations to frontline staff and policymakers; and partners with child welfare organizations to bring parent voice into policy and practice. We are a small team with an outsize impact. Our staff are self-directed, hands on and passionate. To learn more about Rise, go to:

Job Description: 

The Senior Parent Leader will assist the Training Director to coordinate Rise’s work to bring parents’ perspectives into training curricula for child welfare professionals citywide. The Senior Parent Leader will:

* Along with the Training Director, meet with leadership and staff at ACS and foster care agencies to learn about training development;
* Work with the Training Director to develop a process to obtain feedback from other parents and parent advocates and present that feedback to ACS and foster care agency staff;
* Be an active member of our presentations and trainings teams, drawing on personal and professional experience in child welfare;
* Represent Rise on professional committees;
* Deliver presentations and speeches to a variety of audiences;
* Support our developing parent leaders.


The ideal job candidate will have:

* Experience navigating the child welfare system as a parent facing investigation or intervention by child welfare authorities;
* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to manage outreach and dynamics of running group meetings, present ideas to child welfare professionals in meetings and speeches, read and summarize stories and information, and basic computer skills;
* Knowledge of the New York City child welfare system, ideally with a background in parent advocacy and 2 or more years experience working as a Parent Advocate in a foster care agency or legal agency;
* Capacity to work independently, seek help, and tolerate a steep learning curve while working in a collaborative, creative environment;
* Passion to make a difference for fragile families and in the child welfare system.


Salary is competitive for a small nonprofit, and based on experience and qualifications. During the interview process, exact hours and compensation can be discussed.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Your cover letter should explain why you want this particular job and how your background makes you an ideal candidate. Candidates will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis. We are unable to respond to all applications. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted within three weeks.

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