Student Stability Fellow

Job Locations US-WA
Posted Date 2 months ago(4/20/2021 7:25 AM)
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A Way Home Washington


A Way Home Washington (AWHWA), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks, 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.


About the Anchor Community Initiative


AWHWA launched the Anchor Community Initiative (ACI) in 2018 as a central pillar of our mission and activities. The ACI will help the first four communities in Washington state end youth and young adult homelessness by 2022. Success will include creating clear, believable proof points that demonstrate it is possible to solve youth and young adult homelessness; learning what a sustainable system to end youth homelessness looks like by using real-time, quality data; 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. We are currently funded for the first cohort of 4 communities.


Reporting to AWHWA’s ACI Project Director, the ACI Student Stability Fellow will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the Student Stability Innovation Grants project, which supports Anchor Communities with small grants to test system changes they believe will move them closer to ending homelessness for unaccompanied students. The ACI Student Stability Fellow will support the day-to-day operations of the Student Stability Innovation Grants project, including tracking and responding to grant requests, following up on reports, and communicating about concerns and questions. The Fellow will identify opportunities to support communities through resources, cross community learning opportunities and coordinating with experts in this field.


In the latter half of the Fellowship, the ACI Student Stability Fellow will capture learnings and results from projects, capture and organize lessons learned from the communities by writing case studies and documenting successes and challenges. The Fellow will take a leadership role in planning and writing the final report, with support and mentorship from the team, which we expect to be published and broadly disseminated.

This Fellowship will provide opportunities to learn about the nonprofit and public sector around homelessness, build core skills, and lead exciting projects with the support of an exceptional team. The ideal candidate will be a young professional between 18-24, with lived experience of homelessness or housing instability, and will be passionate about ending homelessness for students in Washington.

  • Shadow members of the ACI Coaching and Data teams to understand their roles and work;
  • Lead the day-to-day implementation of the Student Stability Innovation Grants Project, including receiving grant requests from communities, leading the scoring process, following up with communities, and ensuring projects are tracked;
  • Work closely with the ACI Administrative Coordinator to ensure that approved grants are dispersed to communities efficiently;
  • Lead monthly Learning Circles of community members around ending student homelessness;
  • Develop and organize resources, webinars, and cross-community learning opportunities to support communities to develop innovative change ideas around student homelessness;
  • Research and write case studies of innovative projects that show positive outcomes, lessons learned, and challenges with the project;
  • Identify strategies to engage young people with lived experience in this project;
  • Design and conduct qualitative research on ACI projects, including youth and provider focus groups;
  • Support work to engage non traditional service providers, including people affiliated with school systems, in ACI projects;
  • Take a leadership role in writing the final report on the Student Stability Innovation Grants project, which we expect to publish and widely disseminate.


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


This position is restricted to young people ages 18-24 with lived experience of homelessness or housing instability.


Minimum Requirements

  • Passion for ending youth homelessness, and belief that it is possible;
  • Personal experience of homelessness in youth or young adulthood;
  • Familiarity with local, state, and national issues related to youth and young adult homelessness, and/or knowledge of youth-serving systems and homelessness in general;
  • Ability to organize, set priorities, monitor progress toward goals, and track details;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment;
  • Deep analysis of intersectional systems of oppression and ability to support others on their journey towards more liberated practice;
  • Strong writing skills, or ability to grow writing skills;
  • Demonstrates professionalism, good humor, patience, and the ability to handle stress;
  • Appreciative of feedback, excitement and willingness to learn and grow as a professional.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with local Anchor Community teams in Spokane, Yakima, Walla Walla or Pierce Counties;
  • Experience working in school settings youth programs, youth development, or youth engagement;
  • Awareness of other state systems a plus, including but not limited to schools, juvenile justice, child welfare, and/or behavioral health;
  • Experience with focus groups, surveys, participatory action research or any other kinds of research methods;
  • Ability to be self-guided and work effectively and with sensitivity across barriers such as language and distance.


Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed in Washington. Work is eligible for some remote work.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $45,000.00 year and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost Guardian Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

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


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/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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