• Student Stability Manager

    Job Locations US-WA
    Posted Date 1 month ago(6/21/2019 2:51 PM)
    Job ID
    2019-1342
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Housing and Shelter
    Type
    Fiscal Sponsorship Projects
    Location : Name
    A Way Home Washington
  • Overview

    A Way Home Washington (AWHWA) (www.awayhomewa.org), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks (www.tsne.org), is mission-driven to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness across Washington state. AWHWA partners with the state Office of Homeless Youth, philanthropic foundations, advocates, and service providers who support over 13,000 unaccompanied young people experiencing homelessness in Washington. AWHWA leads and coordinates these stakeholders as we work collectively to build a statewide system so that local communities can respond to youth and young adult homelessness in their areas. 

     

    AWHWA launched the Anchor Community Initiative (ACI) in September 2018 as a central pillar of our mission and activities. The ACI will help the first four communities in Washington state (Yakima, Walla Walla, Pierce County and Spokane) end youth and young adult homelessness by 2022. Success will include creating clear, believable proof points that demonstrate it is possible to solve this problem; learning what a sustainable system to end youth homelessness looks like; and generating progress and new action throughout Washington. Most importantly, young people struggling with homelessness will know our state values their wellbeing and is able to help them find safety and stability. The ultimate vision is that the ACI will include 12-15 communities. We are currently funded for the first cohort of four communities.

    Responsibilities

    Reporting to the ACI Project Director, the Student Stability Manager is responsible for supporting each anchor community to identify and implement strategies and interventions to address student homelessness in their areas. Key responsibilities will include complex relationship development, data collection, strategic planning, and project management. Our Student Stability Manager will work with the anchor communities to collect data on students experiencing homelessness and develop a coordinated response to their needs. The coordinated response could include designing family reconciliation programming, introducing schools as coordinated entry access points, increasing the identification of unaccompanied homeless students, and/or supporting holistic family supports at the local level. This role engages with a diverse group of important external partners as well as the internal ACI team.

     

    Relationship Development

    • Cultivate key external partnerships with stakeholders who support students experiencing homelessness including school districts, superintendents, McKinney-Vento liaisons, school counselors, School Resource Officers, PTAs, etc;
    • Responsibilities with these groups include persuasion, negotiation, and collaboration;
    • Serve as a key point of contact and ACI liaison for schools and school administrators in each anchor community;
    • Work closely with each anchor community’s core team and key external partners.

    Strategy Development

    • Collaborate with ACI staff and community-based teams to develop strategies that identify and support homeless students, based on the needs of each school district and school in anchor communities;
    • Share information on best practices addressing student homelessness with local partners;
    • Research and recommend strategies to ensure youth and young adults are on a path to further post-secondary education and professional development;
    • Act as day-to-day manager of school-based strategic process;
    • Oversee development of materials to facilitate project execution, such as analyses, project plans, meeting materials, and ultimate strategy document outputs;
    • Facilitate discussions with internal team, external experts, and student homelessness partners;
    • Guide strategy development process with a community focus and emphasis on relationship management;
    • Bring creative solutions to local schools and districts;
    • Motivate change, build support and drive alignment within and across school systems.

    Data Collection, Technical Assistance, and Strategy Execution

    • Develop infrastructure and build the system to include youth eligible for McKinney-Vento services in ACI data collection, tracking, and measurement;
    • Support stakeholders to collect complete and consistent data on students experiencing homelessness and help them use real-time data analysis to track progress toward a collective, mutually identified goal;
    • Translate insights from research into actionable tools, methods and resources for others to use;
    • Host at least one webinar or technical assistance session on student homelessness per year;
    • Develop and implement a transparent process for surfacing insights regarding student homelessness; work with partners to translate these insights into tools, methods and resources that are available to the broader field;
    • Introduce and test system change to reduce school youth and young adult homelessness to zero.

    Hours and Travel

     

    This is a full-time, exempt position. Regular office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, may include occasional evening or weekend hours for special events. The Student Stability Manager position will be expected to visit anchor communities on a regular basis, which may require overnight regional travel.

    Qualifications

    We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

    • Excellent interpersonal skills;
    • Proven ability to build relationships, particularly in school settings;
    • Experience with strategy development, measurement and review;
    • Familiarity with middle and high school environments, staffing and administrative structures;
    • Ability to define clear objectives and plans;
    • Strong facilitation, written and verbal communication skills;
    • Capacity to work independently, multi-task, and prioritize;
    • Demonstrates professionalism, good humor, patience, and the ability to handle stress;
    • Demonstrates commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion, both internally and across our efforts to serve all youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Washington state.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Familiarity with youth and young adult homelessness, particularly among students;
    • Proven and compelling advocate for student success strategies;
    • Experience influencing organizational change within government agencies or educational institutions;
    • Ability to lead teams and stakeholders through complex and ambiguous tasks;
    • Ability to be self-guided and work effectively and with sensitivity across barriers such as language and distance.

    Physical Requirements

     

    Little or no exertion, may require extended periods at a computer. May occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

     

    TSNE MissionWorks/AWHW 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/AWHW actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

     

    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/AWHW 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.  

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