Current Openings at Joint Council:

Partnership and Administrative Coordinator

Salary: 28,000/year
Hours: 40/week
Start Date: Immediate

Essential Functions

The Partnership and Administrative Coordinator is responsible for international and domestic partner recruitment, retention, record maintenance, developing partnership benefits and programs, evaluating the needs of the partnership and resolving inquiries and concerns.  This position will also significantly contribute to communication efforts both internally and externally including press releases, media research, website development, and promotion of Joint Council programs working in coordination with the Director of Programs and Services.  Significant oversight of the annual conference and other Joint Council projects is required, as well as contributing to the monthly events and activities newsletters as well as other office duties as they may arise.

The Partnership Manager reports to the Director of Programs and Services and assists with overseeing the Partnership interns and volunteers.

Develops and implements a comprehensive marketing program for partnership recruitment and retention, including:

  • conducting direct mail campaigns /partnership solicitations;
  • managing and motivating partner participation and recruitment;
  • New-member orientation; Potential member prospecting
  • developing outreach campaigns including personal phone calls to members, conduct surveys, evaluations and needs assessments;
  • Renewing letters; Exit Surveys
  • writing and producing promotional materials;
  • developing and directing membership benefits and programs;
  • creating quarterly meeting reports and analyze statistical reports to compare annual results;
  • promoting partnership at annual conference and regional conferences and/or recruiting events;
  • overseeing record maintenance of membership;
  • resolving partner inquires and concerns.

Responsible for assisting with the coordinating and execution of the annual Conference, including:

  • working with the Director of Programs & Services to select workshop presenters and writing subsequent correspondence;
  • executing Continuing Education process;
  • collaborating with location consultant regarding onsite details;
  • finding and securing additional venues for Welcome Reception, Directors Luncheon and other related events;
  • identifying target audiences and creating/disseminating tailored information;
  • managing registrations and subsequent correspondence;
  • creating related publications (e.g., Conference journal);
  • securing appropriate A/V and supplies (e.g., projectors, nametags, awards);
  • generating revenue through sponsorships, journal messages and exhibitor tables;
  • routinely reporting progress to Director of Programs & Services to work toward established goals (e.g., revenue and attendance estimates, strategic aims);
  • delegating responsibilities among staff, interns and volunteers as necessary to accomplish goals;
  • working with Director of Programs & Services in developing an event budget and driving execution in keeping with this budget;
  • gathering information via conference evaluations and providing a report to the Director of Programs & Services, President & CEO, as well as Board of Directors

Administrative duties include, but are not limited to:

  • assisting with travel planning (e.g., booking flights & hotels, securing visas);
  • maintaining meeting, media interview, and speaking engagements calendars;
  • ordering and maintain office equipment and supplies;
  • assisting with filing Joint Council business documents on local, state, and federal level;
  • assisting with renewal of insurance forms on annual basis;
  • assisting with completion of the Children’s Charities Foundation application on annual basis;
  • maintaining and process HR requests and documentation;
  • coordinating with IT, facility, and legal contractors to resolve ad hoc issues;
  • assisting with training and supervision of interns;
  • arranging logistics for recurring Board of Directors meetings;
  • assisting with fundraising events as needed;
  • creating and sending monthly activities highlights and events mailings;
  • handling monthly billing and transportation stipends;
  • updating the Joint Council website with new information;
  • completing ad-hoc administrative and research requests.

Education and Professional Experience Requirements:

Ideal candidates should possess a B.A. or B.S. or equivalent degree and one-two years progressive work experience.

Relevant Experience
One-two years membership/partnership experience preferably with a non-profit or association, or equivalent transferable experience.  Possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and administrative abilities.  Demonstrate the capacity to work as part of a team; ability to work with minimal supervision; and relate well to a diverse audience of constituents.  Significant track record in member/partner development and retention, marketing, and volunteer and committee management preferred. Experience with communications, developing press releases and coordinating events is a plus.  Have the ability and willingness to travel as necessary.

Technical Skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.  Knowledge of WordPress and Wild Apricot (or other membership software) is preferred.

To Apply: Email your resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample to: Marie Blum Capizzi, Director of Programs and Services, at

Internships at Joint Council

Now Accepting Fall 2015 Applications

Who We Are

The Joint Council on International Children’s Services team is a small, collaborative group of professionals who work together closely while maintaining individual responsibility for designated projects.  Joint Council’s office consists of five full and part-time staff and two interns working in the heart of Old Town Alexandria right outside of Washington D.C.  It is a fun, vibrant office, with a youthful atmosphere while still providing a professional workplace and educational experience.

The Joint Council Internship Program is part of our Education and Research Program and benefits the intern by providing multifaceted learning opportunities and hands on experience in the field of children’s welfare.   Interns receive experiential learning and training through: daily engagement with and supervision by Joint Council staff, staff meetings and trainings, participation in external events such as Congressional briefings, convening by the Department of State and presentations by locally based NGOs and coalitions.

The Internship Program has as a primary goal to enhance the intern’s knowledge and experience on issues related to the mission of Joint Council. The internship at Joint Council teams interns with an attentive mentor, expands your professional network and provides an opportunity to produce real work.  Joint Council makes no promise of employment at the conclusion of the internship.

Ideal Candidates

Interns receive the opportunity to become educated on a variety of issues that impact child advocacy, orphan care and adoption issues.  Ideal applicants would have an interest in international child welfare issues and advocacy.  Traditionally our interns are young professionals and students interested in areas such as: social work, international relations, law, human rights and government relations.  Candidates should be detail-oriented, self-starters, and organized professionals or students, who as part of their learning experience will provide general support in communications, research, and projects.  This position also requires strong communication skills, initiative, and multitasking.  A working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is vital.  Knowledge of website development/maintenance is a plus.  If you have any other skills/talents that may be helpful, please include them in your resume.

Open Internships

Partnership Intern:

Our partners are international, non-profit, child welfare organizations that adhere to the Joint Council Standards of Practice with the goal of providing ethical services in the best interest of children and families. We work alongside our partners to provide them with the support they need through our listservs, annual symposium, and many other services. The Partnership Intern has the most direct communication with partners. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with partner organizations to answer questions, process dues, and manage listservs.

Symposium Intern:

Our annual symposium is a forum for child welfare professionals to learn about and discuss topics ranging from adoption medicine and orphan nutrition to government policy and best practices. The Symposium Intern works with the Director of Programs and Services to make our annual symposium a reality. From brainstorming to implementing, the intern assists with all aspects of symposium preparation.

Communications & Social Media Intern:

The Communications and Social Media Intern plays a huge role in assisting with both the technical support and messaging that goes into external communications. This internship provides hands-on experience for those who are interested in non-profit communications.

Experiential and academic learning and training for all interns includes;

  • Help implement new development and donor initiatives
  • Provide editorial support for donor/prospect communications
  • Help coordinate face to face visits with local donors/prospects
  • Assist in database management (i.e. updating contact, generating reports, monitoring active campaigns) via Constant Contact and Wild Apricot
  • Communicate with donors via telephone, email, and mail
  • Update social media accounts daily with relevant brand information
  • Brainstorm and implement creative strategies to increase traffic and followers
  • Assist with innovative social media campaigns launched by our client
  • Create promotional and advertising strategies to implement for upcoming events
  • Spend time learning and tracking trends on a weekly basis
  • Implement creative projects and sweepstakes – see the process through from start to finish.

Please note: As Joint Council is a small work environment, all interns and staff help with everyday duties such as answering phones, taking messages, responding to email requests, database management, formatting mail merges, handling UPS/FedEx pickups, and photocopying.

How to Apply

Submit a one-page resume, cover letter, and writing sample via e-mail to: Mikaela Coggins at Please make sure you include your contact information and the days of the week you are available (not binding, but your best guess).  Let us know if you are particularly interested in an aforementioned project, or if you have your own ideas of how you can help advocate for children and what you want to gain from your experience at Joint Council.  Please put “Joint Council Internship” in the subject line.

Additional Information

  • Joint Council Internships consist of a minimum of 14 hours per week and a three month commitment.  However, year-long internships are preferred.
  • All interns are offered a $500 stipend at the completion of their internship and a $75 transportation stipend each month.
  • Internships can meet credit criteria for undergraduate or graduate practicum with approval from the respective college or university.

Applying early is strongly encouraged as candidates are reviewed on a first come first serve basis.


Current Partner Openings:

As part of our member benefits, we encourage our partners to post their job openings in our job bank. If you are a partner and would like us to post an opening, please email us at

Adoption STAR, Inc. – Adoptive Family Advocate

Job purpose

This full-time position involves working with prospective adoptive families from when they first register with the agency as new clients through when their adoption is finalized.

Duties and responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be able to research, understand, and comply with different state adoption codes, regulations, policies, etc. The ideal candidate will have comfort and familiarity interacting with paralegals, attorneys, and other professionals. Adoption experience is preferred.  Some travel is required. This position is based out of our Amherst, New York office.


Education/Experience: LMSW, LMHC or other related Masters degree with license preferred OR MSW with at least two years of work experience OR BSW with several years of adoption experience.

Qualities Necessary: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Computer proficient (MAC experience a plus); Articulate and confident in presenting information to both small and large groups; Detail oriented and an ability to stay organized; Compassionate, optimistic, mature and responsible; A motivated, quick learner who is open to continuous learning; Team player.

To apply for the position, send resume with cover letter highlighting salary history and desired salary to We will only consider qualified candidates.

Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services – Intercountry Adoption Program Manager

Job purpose

Provide clinical services for adoptive families and children, including education and support programming, case management, family assessments and counseling for the BAMS program to support clients served through the intercountry adoption program.

Duties and responsibilities

The ideal candidate would be able to provide clinical supervision, support, and education for adoptive families. They will be able to provide counseling services, family assessments, and be available to support adopting families before and after their adoption. They will be a proactive part in maintaining and growing current contacts and networks. They will maintain proactive communication with clients, and work to develop new services and programs to benefit clients. They will maintain pre- and post-adoption records. They will develop and manage budget effectively. Travel as required domestically and internationally. Flexibility is required.


Education/Experience: Requires a Master’s degree from an accredited program of social work or Master’s degree in a behavioral, social science, or other related field; social work licensure or professional counseling licensure preferred. Minimum of 5 years prior related experience required. Minimum 3 years prior experience in a Hague Accredited intercountry adoption program preferred. Applicant should qualify as child placement management staff based on the Texas Minimum Standards for Child Placing Agencies.

Qualities necessary: Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information appropriately; Ability to work with staff from a managerial role; Ability to review and draft policies and procedures for operations in the foreign country; Computer proficient; Ability to do light physical work and drive a car; Commitment to Christian principles and teachings both professionally and personally.

For a more detailed job listing and directions on how to apply, visit Buckner Maternity Services’s Career Center.

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