Organizing and Policy Fellow

Job Locations US-Remote
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/5/2024 3:39 PM)
Job ID
2024-2381
# of Openings
1
Category
Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy
Type
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
A Way Home America

Overview

A Way Home America (AWHA) (awayhomeamerica.org) is a national organization ending homelessness for Black, Indigenous, youth of color, and LGBTQ+ youth, on a path to ending it for all. Our work is driven by the following values. We are homeless youth providers, advocates, researchers, government agencies, philanthropists and young people uniting behind a common goal: Prevent and end homelessness among all youth and young adults. Ensure that homelessness among youth and young adults is rare, and if it occurs, experiences of homelessness are brief and one-time. We work with policymakers and legislators, seeking policy and administrative/regulatory changes that historically marginalized youth and young adults. 

A Way Home America is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (tsne.org).

Responsibilities

The Organizing & Policy Fellow provides critical support to AWHA’s policy and advocacy work on the state and local levels. The Fellow reports to and works in tandem with the AWHA Organizing and Policy Director. This is a 38-week fellowship starting when hired.

 

Essential Functions

  • In collaboration with the AWHA’s Organizing and Policy Director, Public Policy Director and Youth Policy Team, the Fellow will help choose a specific community for their focus area, then co-develop and implement the New Deal: Transforming the Way Home initiative that expands partnering with and convening movement leaders to collaborate and build a coordinated strategy to progress efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness
  • Increase and mobilize engagement and leadership of community agencies. This may involve identifying and developing partnership opportunities, promoting state and local policy changes, and driving consistent AWHA advocacy across AWHA’s New Deal to End Youth Homelessness;
  • Engage in research, writing, and other activities to provide analysis and critical thinking on developments contributing to the New Deal: Transforming the Way Home;
  • Assist the AWHA’s Organizing and Policy Director and Public Policy Director in staffing the AWHA Policy Squad, preparing materials and meeting follow-up. The fellow will also staff any meetings related to their agreed-upon state or municipality, and
  • Support AWHA’s state and local engagement, ensuring meaningful opportunities for youth collaboration and strategy input.

Additional Responsibilities 

  • Serve as a resource to organizations and others on issues, activities, and developments that align with the New Deal to end youth homelessness comprehensive proposal;
  • Speak and present on behalf of AWHA’s collective effort at conferences, events, and other forums;
  • Seek out, support, and manage relationships with key community stakeholders to understand the unique youth homelessness landscape across the country
  • Assist the AWHA’s Organizing and Policy Director with daily operations related to the New Deal: Transforming the Way Home; 
  • Assist the AWHA’s Organizing and Policy Director in compliance with City and State lobbying laws and regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

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

  • Lived experience in youth-serving systems and/or students pursuing Bachelor’s or Master’s in public policy, political science, government, research, or related fields;
  • Comfort in communicating with high-level legislative and executive branch policy-makers and staff;
  • Outstanding research, writing, and analysis skills, and the ability to use data in shaping policy messages in an approachable and clear manner; 
  • Strong organizational, leadership, communication, and project management skills as well as excellent judgment in developing and implementing priorities;
  • Exceptional writing and grammatical skills;
  • Diligent work ethic and personal drive while working independently;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and G Suite;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to in-person needs as needed;
  • Has a demonstrated commitment to youth collaboration, LGBTQIA+ and racial equity, and ending youth homelessness; 
  • Effective and productive in a remote work environment;
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office software, and Google Suite;
  • Experience in building relationships with diverse populations;
  • Align with A Way Home America’s core values:
    • Recognize and Center Intersectionality
    • Name and Challenge White Supremacy
    • Engage in Principled Struggle
    • Practice Targeted Universalism
    • Generate Transformative Visions Toward Liberation
    • Create a Culture of Accountability
    • Shift Power to Youth and Young Adults
  • Open to understanding young people;
  • Passionate about the mission to end youth homelessness and impact change in existing systems;
  • Able to give and receive feedback with love, rigor, and respect, honoring individual differences and promoting a healthy life/work balance;
  • Has integrity and accountability;
  • Holds all accountable for anti-black racism and colorism, and
  • Will be adaptable to the workload and self-sufficient.

Additional Qualifications

  • Valid driver’s license or ID;
  • Successful background check;
  • Ability to travel for events and meetings;
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends;
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work;
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills;
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask
  • Lived experience in homelessness, child welfare, juvenile justice, a plus
  • Bi-lingual ability, a plus (Spanish preferred)

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.

To Apply

For a complete application, the following items must be submitted:

  1. Resume;
  2. Cover Letter which includes:
    • Personal education and/or career goal statement that emphasizes the applicant’s abilities & expectations for the fellowship experience in the way of the applicant's desired career development;
    • Three professional references will be requested from final candidates.

Compensation and Benefits

 

Location: Work is primarily performed remotely from personal home office and may require travel.

Compensation: The pay for this position is $21.00/hr.

Schedule: This role requires the ability to work occasional nights and weekends.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:/is not eligible for benefits.

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and health leave time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, offering some $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim along with several low-deductible plans;
  • 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/AWHA 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/AWHA 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/AWHA 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/AWHA's EEO statement extends to volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and clients.

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