A Way Home America seeks a National Director of the Grand Challenge.  A Way Home America (AWHA) is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people.  Youth homelessness is overwhelmingly and disproportionately experienced by youth of color and LGBTQ youth. Given this, we believe that the experiences of young people of color and LGBTQ youth hold the keys for ending homelessness for all young people.  The A Way Home America Grand Challenge Director will lead campaigns in 10 communities across the country to end homelessness for LGBTQ youth and youth of color over a two-year period of time, setting the path to ending homelessness for all youth.

We are seeking a driven, organized and equity-focused individual to serve as the National Director of the AWHA Grand Challenge (GC Director).  The ideal candidate will be adept at empowering youth voice and working in partnership with young people. This GC Director will be responsible for leading and coordinating the national effort to ensure that the goal of the AWHA Grand Challenge is met.  This position reports to the AWHA Director and supervises a virtual team of three to five community coaches, as well as aligning and overseeing significant work by multiple contractors contributing critical knowledge on youth collaboration, racial equity and LGBTQ inclusion.  This position is tied to the duration of the AWHA Grand Challenge which is expected to extend until (at minimum) January 2023, with the possibility of continuing in another role with AWHA.

You might be excited about this role if you ...

  • Have experience leading community change.
  • Come from professional backgrounds in government, public policy, innovative direct service provision or community organizing.
  • Have significant experience in project management and/or development.
  • Have experience and a keen interest in building an organization or large project from its early stages.


We strive to attract and develop individuals who reflect a broad spectrum of diversity, including (but by no means limited to) racial, ethnic, gender identity and socioeconomic dimensions. We believe that inclusion of diverse perspectives is essential to achieving long-term, systemic change. We explicitly seek applications from those who self-identify as coming from historically marginalized populations to enrich and elevate our equity-centered approach to problem-solving.


  • Provide overall strategic leadership, vision, guidance, and direction to the AWHA Grand Challenge in close partnership with the AWHA Director.
  • Create a cohesive team climate in which a relentless drive for equity, deep respect for youth collaboration, accountability for outcomes, use of data-informed decision-making, initiative, good judgment, honest communication and continuous improvement are embraced by campaign staff and communities.
  • Serve as the innovation driver for the AWHA Grand Challenge – specifically providing a platform for young people and communities of color to inform the development of new or enhanced tools, products, services, technologies and systems in support of achieving the GC’s transformational goal.
  • Manage a minimum of 5 separate contracts with leading national technical assistance providers on youth collaboration, racial and LGBTQ equity and youth homelessness – ensuring contract deliverables are met and creating a cohesive and high-functioning Grand Challenge team.  
  • Maintain and further develop strategic partnerships with the Federal Government (United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services Family and Youth Services Bureau) to promote new solutions emerging from GC communities and alignment across the movement to end youth homelessness.
  • Serve as Grand Challenge spokesperson for all major media opportunities, including national print, radio, and television opportunities, partnering with the AWHA Communications Director to craft communications pieces for major media outlets, as well as public speaking in front of large audiences at national conferences.
  • Manage multiple points of view on the team to develop solutions through consensus.  Make concrete decisions to guide the campaign – in consultation with young people – when consensus is not feasible.
  • Partner with the AWHA Director to raise $1.2 million per year in revenue for year 2 forward to support operations by cultivating and managing relationships with foundations and corporations.
  • Manage budget of $1.2 million to ensure proper stewardship of resources.
  • Ensure that the AWHA Grand Challenge remains focused on supporting participating communities to end homelessness for LGBTQ youth and youth of color over a two-year period of time, setting the path to ending homelessness for all youth, and that every aspect of its work is directly tied to this outcome.
  • Serve as a liaison to the national leadership body of AWHA for the Grand Challenge.


In addition to the following qualifications, the most competitive candidate has a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge around youth collaboration, LGBTQ and racial equity, and ending youth homelessness.

AWHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people with lived experiences of homelessness, people of color, people of diverse gender identities and LGBTQ persons to apply.

  • Deep experience in efforts related to youth or people experiencing homelessness is preferred but not required; can substitute complementary experience in equity spaces or other issue areas
  • Previous experience and demonstrable record of success managing high impact teams
  • Understanding of equity frameworks and implementation; ability to build and scale initiatives using targeted universalism and incorporate racial justice, racial equity, and gender equity
  • Content knowledge and familiarity with time-limited initiatives/campaigns is strongly preferred
  • Exceptional project management skills, including excellent judgment in developing and implementing priorities and appropriate delegation
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, in writing and orally, including in front of large audiences, recognizing that:  Successful communication efforts in marginalized communities are often spread through relational networks and a person’s use of language involves culture, power, lived experience and geography
  • Demonstrated ability to work and thrive in collaborative, start-up environments
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close, collegial and effective working relationships with a variety of partners of diverse backgrounds and perspectives including within movement/community organizing spaces
  • Receives and relays criticism constructively; comfortable managing conflict and disagreement to a productive conclusion
  • Strong motivational skills
  • Ability to cope with and embrace change, risk and uncertainty
  • Diligent work ethic and personal drive while working independently
  • Facility in explicitly naming white supremacy in a variety of settings
  • Commitment and passion around working with an earnest national team to end youth homelessness


  • AWHA currently has staff members based in Seattle, Washington DC and New York City. This position is remote and can be based anywhere in the United States with reasonable access to an airport.
  • Requires travel approximately 35% of the time.
  • This position requires the ability to work from a remote location without office support services.

Position is 1.0 FTE, exempt position. Salary range starts at 95k annually and is dynamic based on experience. The benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, retirement and life insurance.  Human resources are managed by A Way Home America’s fiscal sponsor, TSNE MissionWorks.


A Way Home America (AWHA) is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. We are youth homelessness 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.

In 2019, AHWA will launch the Grand Challenge in 10 communities to end homelessness for LGBTQ and youth of color, demonstrating that it is possible to end homelessness among all youth.  The Grand Challenge is a problem-solving campaign organized around several critical approaches – race and LGBTQ equity, youth collaboration and quality improvement. It is designed to support 10 communities achieve a shared result -to operationalize a measurable, effective end to youth homelessness. We feel this method is the swiftest way to achieve dramatic, equitable progress and to sustain and increase political will in the near-term.

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