• Community Engagement Coordinator

    Job Locations US-WA
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/24/2019 9:18 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Housing and Shelter
    Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
    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. In the state of Washington, 13,000 unaccompanied youth and young adults experience homelessness, and young people of color and LGBTQ+ young people disproportionately experience homelessness. AWHWA partners with the state Office of Homeless Youth, philanthropic foundations, advocates, and service providers who support these young people. 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. In our work, we are committed to racial and LGBTQ+ equity, positive youth development, trauma-informed practices and a data-driven culture.


    All staff at A Way Home Washington are committed and accountable to centering the voices of people who experience or have experienced homelessness in their youth or young adulthood. Reporting to the Communications Director, the Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for leading activities that ensure A Way home Washington is living this value. Key responsibilities include community outreach and engagement, including engaging alumni and young people with lived experience to gather input and feedback on AWHWA initiatives and communications; facilitation and coordination of advisory and focus groups; synthesizing information and developing strategic communications materials; social media management; and public speaking. This role engages with a diverse group of important external partners as well as the internal AWHWA team.


    Essential Functions


    Community Engagement and Outreach

    • Recruit, organize, and coordinate AWHWA’s Alumni Advisory Group, whose members are aged 25+ and experienced homelessness in their youth or young adulthood;
    • Coordinate and support topic-specific focus groups as needed to solicit feedback on issues related to youth and young adult homelessness;
    • Gather input and feedback from individuals with lived experience to guide and inform AWHWA’s strategic direction;
    • Support AWHWA to develop and formalize best practices for engaging individuals with lived experience of youth and young adult homelessness;
    • Work with Communications Director to identify gaps in community partnerships and support the development of partnerships to ensure that AWHWA is working with all the necessary stakeholders to achieve our mission.


    Strategic Communications

    • With the support of the Communications Director, develop content – such as blogs, newsletter updates, social media posts - that features voices of lived experience by working with partners that can provide this perspective;
    • Gather stories, ideas and information from people with lived experience and help staff have these conversations in sensitive and competent ways;
    • Provide additional support for strategic communications efforts as assigned by the Communications Director.


    Public Speaking

    • Act as honorary Co-Chair of AWHWA alongside Washington state First Lady Trudi Inslee;
    • Speak publicly at events, in advocacy settings, or to media about youth and young adult homelessness from the perspective of lived experience;
    • In coordination with the Communications Director, recruit, train, and support other alumni of homelessness to engage in public speaking on this issue.

    Hours and Travel


    This is a six-month full-time, hourly 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 Community Engagement Coordinator position will be expected to visit communities semi-regularly, which may require overnight regional travel.


    To Apply


    Please include a resume and cover letter in your online application. This position will remain open until filled. Salary Range: $55,000-$60,000 annually plus benefits.



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

    • Personal experience of homelessness in youth or young adulthood;
    • Excellent communication and public speaking skills;
    • Proven ability to build relationships;
    • Strong writing and editing skills and attention to detail;
    • 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 services;
    • Awareness of other state systems a plus, including but not limited to schools, juvenile justice, child welfare, and/or behavioral health;
    • Experience organizing and facilitating meetings and groups;
    • Experience creating content and posting to social media;
    • 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/A Way Home Washington 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 Washington 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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