Vice President of Strategic Projects


Who We Are

Think of Us (TOU) operates as an R+D lab for child welfare. We take on strategic projects with the goal of causing “good trouble” and, ultimately, driving concrete, structural changes in policy, practice, resource flows, power dynamics, relationships and mental models. Our ultimate goal is to integrate Lived Experience at every level, ensuring everyone touched by the system has the conditions they need to Heal, Develop and Thrive.

We work across the ecosystem of current and former foster youth, child welfare workers, philanthropists and policymakers to Spark, Support and Drive to systematically center lived experience touched by the system.

Examples of what this looks like include:

Note: Most of our roles are fully remote. A select few are based in DC or LA, which will be specified in the job description if applicable.

The Role

The Vice President of Strategic Projects will serve as a leader AND a doer, owning a portfolio of diverse projects positioned to drive systems change. Reporting directly to the Managing Partner, the VP of Strategic Projects is charged with building the strategy, contributing to the vision, and leading the team implementing projects - while simultaneously rolling up their sleeves to dive into the work themselves. This is an invaluable opportunity to be engaged in the breadth and depth of our work at TOU.


Spearhead Strategy and Execution

  • Identify groundbreaking opportunities for TOU to influence the Child Welfare (CW) space through innovative initiatives, projects, and programming
  • Translate the vision of new opportunities and projects into strategic execution
  • Create, organize, and manage logistics needed to execute a strategic initiative, such as developing a project scope, creating a budget, and staffing a project

Lead a Diverse Team

  • Inspire a diverse and cross functional team to project success
  • Manage contributors and project consultants with variable expertise, experiences, and roles at TOU

Amplify Our Message

  • Leverage project work to amplify TOU’s message and mission
  • Engage the broader CW community to build awareness of our work or seek other strategic inputs
  • Serve as an external ambassador of TOU’s values and work, communicating results out to partners, stakeholders, and field leaders

Competencies for Success in This Role:

  • Problem Solver: You are adept at not only identifying problems, but also quickly finding solutions, or a path forward
  • Strategic Thinker: You can see the forest through the trees, and both anticipate future outcomes while also holding immediate needs
  • Collaborative: You can work with diverse stakeholders to find common ground in completing tasks and solving problems
  • Goal-Oriented: You use a systematic process to develop plans and achieve specific outcomes
  • Self Motivated: You initiate tasks, and achieve results with minimal supervision or feedback


  • 10+ year of work across child welfare or similar field with familiarity at local, state, and federal levels
  • Excellent communication skills, both written + verbal
  • Experience leading a cross functional team, including researchers, policy staff, and subject matter experts on short and long term projects
  • Flexible and hands-on working style
  • Fluency in GSuite + other tech tools like Asana + Slack
  • Strong critical-thinking and decision-making skills
  • Lived experience and/or proximity to child welfare, whether as former foster youth, kin caregiver, or other is a plus
  • Center the lived experience of those touched by child welfare in EVERY aspect of your work
  • Deep commitment to our mission and nuanced understanding of systemic, structural racism and inequity in child welfare and beyond

Perks / Timings / Salary

  • We provide generous health, dental, & vision coverage for you and dependents as well as a 401k plan for your pre-tax retirement contributions
  • We're a remote team with schedule flexibility
  • We have a flexible vacation policy
  • We hold bi-weekly organization-wide learning sessions to deepen our understanding of the Lived Experience of foster youth and also on topics outside of CW to build culture of curiosity and growth
  • We put you at the cutting edge of change in the child welfare system
  • We provide the opportunity for you to interact with leading voices in government, foundations, the nonprofit world, and entertainment working to reform child welfare


This role has a salary range of $140,000 - $160,000. We are looking to fill this position immediately - applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.