Over 13,000 unaccompanied young people are surviving homelessness on their own in Washington state, at disproportionately higher rates for Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color as well as young people identifying as LGBTQ+. Lack of housing stability, supportive connections, and necessary services significantly impacts a young person’s transition to adulthood, leaving their economic, social, civil, and political rights unrealized. But what can be done? Is it possible to not just prevent but ultimately end youth and young adult homelessness in Washington?
A Way Home Washington answers that question with an unequivocal “yes.”
Who We Are
A Way Home Washington (“AWHWA”) is a statewide movement to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness, prioritizing the existing disproportionality of homelessness rates among young people of color and LGBTQ+ youth. We partner with communities, agencies, young people, and leaders across Washington state to realign local and state youth-serving systems to meet the needs of young people in ways that matter most to them and result in safe and stable housing. By engaging on a local level and creating a statewide network, we connect communities and provide opportunities to discuss common barriers and solutions for ending youth and young adult homelessness.
Throughout our history, we have focused on integrating evidence-based practices and applying Continuous Quality Improvement to test, learn from, and develop innovative solutions. Ending youth homelessness won’t be achieved by maintaining the status quo; we think outside the box resulting in cutting-edge initiatives. We know that young people believe “nothing about us without us” and as a result, we have a duty to ensure that youth and young adults hold key roles in shaping and influencing the effective systems change that leads to ending homelessness.
A Way Home Washington is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (tsne.org).
About the Anchor Community Initiative
The Anchor Community Initiative (ACI) is A Way Home Washington’s flagship program. In each Anchor Community, a diverse coalition brings together all parts of a community with partners committing to work across systems and silos, sticking with their collective approach until they have functionally ended homelessness for unaccompanied youth and young adults. These efforts ensure just and equitable outcomes for disproportionately impacted youth of color and LGBTQ+ young people and center the experience and expertise of young people. Anchor Communities work toward a measurable, time-bound end state called functional zero or “Yes to Yes,” which means functionally ending homelessness. When a young person says “Yes, I need help,” a community is able to say “Yes” back - Yes to Yes! Our current Anchor Communities are Pierce County, Spokane County, Yakima County, Walla Walla County, Clark County, Whatcom County, Skagit County, Thurston County, and Jefferson and Clallam Counties.
Reporting to the ACI Director, the ACI Youth Engagement Coaching Manager will be responsible for supporting Anchor Communities in ending homelessness for youth and young adults and will assist with delivery of strategies focused on improving local progress toward this end. The ideal candidate will have expertise and experience with issues related to youth homelessness and/or youth engagement, leadership and youth action boards.
The Youth Engagement Coaching Manager works as part of the overall ACI Team to support communities as they use data to develop, test, implement, and spread system changes. These continuous improvements will result in reducing the number of young people experiencing homelessness month-to-month and move communities toward functional zero. This role will provide targeted technical assistance to communities to reach high levels of youth and young adult engagement and leadership in their systems change efforts.
AWHWA is committed to equitable outcomes for young people experiencing homelessness, thus all data and strategies will be analyzed and implemented through a racial and LGBTQ justice lens.
Coaching and Technical Assistance
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
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:
Compensation and Benefits
Location: Work will be primarily performed hybrid/remote and must be based in Washington state.
Compensation: The starting salary range for this position is $77,250 - $92,700/yr., dependent on experience and internal equity within AWHWA. The full salary range possible within the role in the future is $77,250 - $108,150/yr. dependent on experience and performance.
Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:
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.