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:
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.
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.
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.