- Public Speaking
- Project Management
A Way Home America seeks a National Director of the Grand Challenge. A Way Home America (AWHA) is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. Youth homelessness is overwhelmingly and disproportionately experienced by youth of color and LGBTQ youth. Given this, we believe that the experiences of young people of color and LGBTQ youth hold the keys for ending homelessness for all young people. The A Way Home America Grand Challenge Director will lead campaigns in 10 communities across the country to end homelessness for LGBTQ youth and youth of color over a two-year period of time, setting the path to ending homelessness for all youth.
A Way Home America (AWHA) (www.awayhomeamerica.org), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (www.tsne.org) is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. We are youth homelessness providers, advocates, researchers, government agencies, philanthropists, and young people uniting behind a common goal:
Prevent and end homelessness among all youth and young adults.
Ensure that homelessness among youth and young adults is rare, and if it occurs, experiences of homelessness are brief and one-time.
AWHA’s formation was inspired by the success of 66 communities (and counting) who proved it is possible to effectively end homelessness among veterans. Prior to this achievement, many assumed homelessness, for any population, was an intractable social problem. Knowing that an effective end to homelessness is possible has radically changed the goal and our work: success is now nothing short of ensuring homelessness among young people is ended.
Summary of Responsibilities
We are seeking a driven, organized and equity-focused individual to serve as the National Director of the AWHA Grand Challenge (GC Director). The ideal candidate will be adept at empowering youth voice and working in partnership with young people. This GC Director will be responsible for leading and coordinating the national effort to ensure that the goal of the AWHA Grand Challenge is met. This position reports to the AWHA Director and supervises a virtual team of three to five community coaches, as well as aligning and overseeing significant work by multiple contractors contributing critical knowledge on youth collaboration, racial equity and LGBTQ inclusion. This position is tied to the duration of the AWHA Grand Challenge which is expected to extend until (at minimum) January 2022, with the possibility of continuing in another role with AWHA.
AWHA currently has staff members based in Seattle, Washington DC and New York City. This position is remote and can be based anywhere in the United States with reasonable access to an airport.
Provide overall strategic leadership, vision, guidance, and direction to the AWHA Grand Challenge in close partnership with the AWHA Director.
Create a cohesive team climate in which a relentless drive for equity, deep respect for youth collaboration, accountability for outcomes, use of data-informed decision-making, initiative, good judgment, honest communication and continuous quality improvement are embraced by campaign staff and communities.
Serve as the innovation driver for the AWHA Grand Challenge - specifically providing a platform for young people and communities of color to inform the development of new or enhanced tools, products, services, technologies and systems in support of achieving the GC’s transformational goal.
Manage a minimum of 5 separate contracts with leading national technical assistance providers on youth collaboration, racial and LGBTQ equity and youth homelessness - ensuring contract deliverables are met, and more importantly, creating a cohesive and high-functioning Grand Challenge team.
Maintain and further develop strategic partnerships with the Federal Government (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services Family and Youth Services Bureau) to promote new solutions emerging from GC communities and alignment across the movement to end youth homelessness.
Serve as Grand Challenge spokesperson for all major media opportunities, including national print, radio, and television opportunities, partnering with the AWHA Communications Director to craft communications pieces for major media outlets, as well as public speaking in front of large audiences at national conferences.
Manage multiple points of view on the team to develop solutions through consensus. Make concrete decisions to guide the campaign - in consultation with young people - when consensus is not feasible.
Partner with the AWHA Director to raise $1.2 million per year in revenue for year 2 forward to support operations by cultivating and managing relationships with foundations and corporations.
Manage budget of $1.2 million to ensure proper stewardship of resources.
Ensure that the AWHA Grand Challenge remains focused on supporting participating communities to end homelessness for LGBTQ youth and youth of color over a two-year period of time, setting the path to ending homelessness for all youth, and that every aspect of its work is directly tied to this outcome.
Serve as a liaison to the national leadership body of AWHA for the Grand Challenge.
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
In addition to the following qualifications, the most competitive candidate has a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge around youth collaboration, LGBTQ and racial equity, and ending youth homelessness.
Minimum of seven years of experience in efforts related to youth or people experiencing homelessness is preferred but not required; can substitute complementary experience in equity spaces or other issue areas
Minimum of seven years leadership/management experience
Deep content knowledge and familiarity with time-limited initiatives/campaigns is strongly preferred
Strong understanding of targeted universalism as a framework for advancing equity
Exceptional project management skills, including detail-oriented management toward urgent timelines, excellent judgment in developing and implementing priorities, and appropriate delegation
Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, in writing and orally, including in front of large audiences, recognizing that: Successful communication efforts in marginalized communities are often spread through relational networks and a person’s use of language involves culture, power, lived experience and geography
Demonstrated ability to work and thrive in collaborative, start-up environments
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial and effective working relationships with a variety of partners of diverse backgrounds and perspectives including within movement/community organizing spaces
Receives and relays criticism constructively; comfortable managing conflict and disagreement to a productive conclusion
Ability to remain unflappable under pressure and to reassure others in a fast-moving environment
Strong motivational skills
Ability to cope with and embrace change, risk and uncertainty
Diligent work ethic and personal drive while working independently
Facility in explicitly naming white supremacy in a variety of settings
Commitment and passion around working with an earnest national team to end youth homelessness
Requires travel approximately 35% of the time.
This position requires the ability to work from a remote location without office support services.
TSNE MissionWorks/A Way Home America envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/A Way Home America will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.