Strategic Communications Fellow

Job Locations US-WA
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/31/2022 2:21 PM)
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Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
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A Way Home Washington


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


About the Fellowship Cohort

We believe that young people with lived expertise should be leading the way to ending youth homelessness in our state, and A Way Home Washington is thrilled to welcome a cohort of Fellows to work across our primary departments: Data & Evaluation, Training & Engagement, Anchor Community Initiative, and Strategic Communications. Over the course of this Fellowship, this cohort will work alongside sector experts to build their expertise and networks, while shaping the next phase of statewide work to end youth homelessness.  The fellowship positions are intended for young people between the ages of 18-24 (at the time of applying) who have lived experience in housing instability and/or homelessness. These four fellows will start at the same time and will collaborate over the course of the project in the following ways:


  • Attend regular cohort convenings to build professional skills and sector expertise
  • Engage & collaborate across teams in peer-learning
  • Access one-on-one coaching from experts in the field
  • Opportunity to travel and attend state or national conferences
  • Engage in mentorship for connecting, support and networking opportunities
  • Collaborate on a cumulative cross-team project
  • Identify and participate in a variety of professional development coaching opportunities as a cohort



About Strategic Communications Fellowship Position

Reporting to the Strategic Communications Director, this fellow will focus on telling the story of youth and young adult homelessness in Washington state through our various channels. The main project areas include:

  • Change the narrative: For A Way Home WA to be successful in ending youth and young adult homelessness, we must change the prevailing narrative. With an understanding of concepts like frames, narratives, and messages, you’ll work to craft content that tells a new story around homelessness — focusing on the systems that are failing young people rather than pointing fingers at each other.
  • Produce essential content: Work with our team to publish content for our newsletters, social media platforms, and blog, and develop engagement hooks to start conversations with our audiences.
  • Be an influencer: Work with our team and with members of our Youth Action Boards across the state to produce original content that furthers our narrative. You’ll tell this story through a diversity of platforms, including TikTok, Instagram Reels, YouTube, and Spotify.
  • Advocate for systems change: Develop support materials for our advocacy work during the upcoming legislative session.
  • Grow with us: Develop your communications skillset with customized support and workplans aligned to your desired areas of growth, include writing, editing, graphic design, multimedia production and content creation, media relations, and goals-based strategic communications and marketing.

You’re right for this role if you love to tell a story; are comfortable in a fast-paced environment; are looking for an opportunity to sharpen and polish your skills while learning and practicing new ones; and believe in leading with equity and a desire to end youth and young adult homelessness.


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 (at the time of hire) with lived experience of homelessness or housing instability.


  • Age 18-24 years at the time of hire;
  • Sense of curiosity and excitement for learning new skills
  • Passion for preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness, and belief that it is possible;
  • Personal experience of homelessness in youth or young adulthood;
  • Passion for data, using data for storytelling, and sharing it with others
  • Familiarity with local, state, and national issues related to youth and young adult homelessness, and/or knowledge of youth-serving systems (foster care, juvenile courts, behavioral health, etc.) and homelessness in general;
  • Willingness to build facilitation and presentation skills
  • 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 skill;
  • Demonstrates professionalism, good humor, patience, and the ability to handle stress;
  • Appreciative of feedback, excitement and willingness to learn and grow as a professional


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;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • 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.

Regarding COVID-19: TSNE considers the health and safety of our employees of the utmost importance, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to your state and local laws, our policy requires that all employees performing in-person work at a TSNE designated office are fully vaccinated. For the purpose of this policy, fully vaccinated indicates that you have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Certain exemptions may be requested and will be considered by Human Resources.


Compensation and Benefits


Hours: This is a full-time position lasting for one year. Regular office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST and may include occasional evening or weekend hours for special events or travel.

Hybrid/Remote Workplace: All AWHWA staff either work remotely, (if they live outside of the Greater Seattle Area), or hybrid-remote, meaning that if staff lives in the Seattle area, they work both from the office and from home. At times, all staff are required to travel as part of their job, including to Seattle. AWHWA provides support for travel from remote locations, work from home, including a laptop, a wifi and cell phone allowance, and other in-home equipment as approved.

Compensation: The hourly rate for this position is $26.41/hr.

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 MetLife 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/AWHWA strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


All employment conditions are based on an individual’s performance and job qualifications. TSNE/AWHWA prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, creed, color, religion, native language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, race-based hairstyles, or any other protected characteristic stated by federal and state law. Regardless of any class’ protection under the law or lack thereof, TSNE/AWHWA celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse team of employees. It is represented in our workplace culture, and it is who we are.


TSNE/AWHWA's EEO statement extends to volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and clients.


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