Founded in 2015, Point Source Youth is a 501(c)3 organization working nationally to prevent and end homelessness for all young people, with a focus on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth. They help advocate for, implement, and evaluate proven, scalable, and replicable youth homelessness interventions to increase housing options for youth. Point Source Youth’s liberation focused model trusts young people as experts in their lives and wellbeing. Their youth-centered solutions provide support for direct cash transfers, rapid re-housing, host homes, and family and kinship strengthening. Each solution centers youth choice and empowers young people to make vital decisions that positively impact their lives.
Point Source Youth partners with service providers, funders, policymakers, government officials, and youth advocates across the country to develop innovative solutions to ending youth homelessness. Point Source Youth also advances research and evaluation partnering with leading researchers across the country to evaluate the interventions it supports. Rooted in their belief in the power of local change, their team of regional technical assistance experts empowers communities on the ground working to end youth homelessness. In further support of their collective and regional approach to ending the national youth homelessness crisis, Point Source Youth convenes a national symposium and three regional (rural, southern, and western) conferences, reaching 3,000 attendees annually.
Point Source Youth believes that all people have the unconditional right to housing. All partners share their core values and prioritize serving the most historically marginalized youth, including BIPOC, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ youth.
Since its inception, Point Source Youth has been growing rapidly. The organization, which is overseen by an eight-person Board of Directors, is expected to operate with over $3 million in revenue in 2022 and 15 nationally distributed staff. Continued expansion of revenue, programs, and staff is expected in the near term.
For more information, please visit: www.pointsourceyouth.org
In this newly created position, the Director of Policy will report to and partner with the Deputy Executive Director to lead national, state, and local policy initiatives in support of Point Source Youth’s core interventions: Direct Cash Transfers, Host Homes, Rapid Re-housing, and Family and Kinship Strengthening. With a focus on shaping policies and considerably expanding resources for services that locate power in the hands of youth at risk of and experiencing homelessness, the key responsibilities of this position include:
Policy and Advocacy
- Design and implement all policy, advocacy, organizing, and campaigns to garner the resources needed to end youth homelessness;
- Create and expand national and local funding mandates for direct cash transfer programs for youth experiencing homelessness;
- Create and expand funded mandates to end youth homelessness nationally and locally;
- Collaborate closely and expand work with HUD Youth Homeless Demonstration Sites and their Technical Assistance Providers;
- Advance the permanent extension of COVID specific waivers and policies most helpful for youth experiencing homelessness;
- Work to obtain additional funding streams from Medicaid that can better pay for and support interventions such as family strengthening programs;
- Direct local and national advocacy strategies to end youth homelessness;
- Lead national and local collaborations with allied stakeholders across movements.
- Identify and secure new funding streams to support the expansion of direct cash transfers, family strengthening, and other upstream prevention initiatives;
- Use a public health framework to obtain significant new funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Medicaid Services, and local, city and state healthcare funding for evidence-based solutions to end and prevent youth homelessness;
- Develop funding support for direct cash transfers to both prevent and end youth homelessness throughout the country.
Partnerships and Collaborations
- Develop effective partnerships with HUD, HUD Youth Homelessness Demostration Site Leaders, and HUD Technical Assistance Providers across the country;
- Expand the HUD funded Continuum of Care (CoC) rapid re-housing program to further meet the needs of youth experiencing homelessness;
- Partner with the Vice President of Communications and Strategy to ensure accurate and effective communication of policy initiatives;
- In collaboration with the Vice President of National Programs, create processes, identify trainings, and provide leadership to achieve technical assistance (TA) goals and support the continued rapid growth of TA revenue;
- Ensure the Youth Advisory Council is effectively, regularly, and collaboratively integrated and supported in all of its program work and activities;
- Ensure the four Symposia on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness (Rural, National, West, and South) are created to support and expand policies to end youth homelessness;
- Develop and maintain relationships with national and local advocacy groups, including movement leaders, government officials, local, city and state elected officials and leaders.
- Apply an intersectional, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist framework that ensures all work lifts up and centers BIPOC, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ youth;
- Provide strong, collaborative, and intentional day-to-day leadership to grow the policy team, bridge departments, and support both a results and rest-driven culture;
- Help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization built on a foundation of transparency and collaboration;
- Be an ambassador for community-based solutions and power-building strategies to strengthen policies and funding for rapid re-housing, direct cash transfers, host homes, and family strengthening programs;
- Co-lead all policy work with the Point Source Youth, Youth Advisory Council.
The new Director of Policy will have knowledge of legislative processes, collation building, and community organizing. They will understand federal policies related to youth, housing, and healthcare. The Director will have experience crafting policy initiatives to direct funding for evidence-based services and programs. The successful candidate must have the following:
- Experience, ideally both lived and professional, working to end youth homelessness;
- Experience applying an intersectional, anti-racist, and equity lens to work that lifts up and centers BIPOC, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ youth;
- Proven experience advancing policy initiatives in youth, homelessness, housing, economic justice, direct cash transfer, or equity spaces;
- Broad and deep networks among thought leaders and influencers in youth homelessness or related spaces;
- A deep understanding of the tactics and strategies used to create and implement policy, including grassroots organizing and lobbying;
- Knowledge of HUD, CoC, and healthcare funding models and experience shaping revenue generating federal policies;
- Demonstrated systems thinking experience and proven creative problem-solving skills with the ability to adapt those skills to a growing and changing organization.
The new Director of Policy will have excellent relationship-building skills and they will be energized working in a rapid growth, fast-paced, start-up culture. They will be an intentional yet flexible leader who is able to adapt to different personalities and work styles and who understands the importance of rest. The ideal candidate will have the following:
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including youth with lived experiences of homelessness;
- Commitment to social justice frameworks including race, gender, and economic justice, and equity;
- Extraordinary attention to detail and excellent time management skills;
- Ability, on occasion, to work evenings, weekends, and irregular hours;
- Ability to travel and work effectively in a variety of geographic, political, and cultural settings.
Point Source Youth is offering a competitive salary, commensurate with the lived and professional experience and qualifications of the selected candidate. They provide an excellent benefits package including 100% employer paid health insurance and a fully funded Healthcare Spending Account equal to the annual deductible. Point Source Youth also provides a 401(k) with a 4% match, dental and vision insurance, and a monthly allowance for a home office and self-care. In additional to a generous PTO policy and holiday schedule, the Point Source Youth offices are closed for one week during the summer and three weeks at the end of the year.
This is an exceptional opportunity for a seasoned advocate to unlock federal funding to substantially expand the key activities and initiatives of a radically transformative organization working at the leading edge of the movement to end youth homelessness.
Ideally, the Director of Policy will live in the greater Washington, DC metro area.
Please submit a résumé and original cover letter that describes your interest in the organization’s mission and qualifications for the position as attachments via e-mail to:
Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner
1740 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.531.5003 | Fax: 212.203.9599
All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. Please note that your education, dates of employment and other information will be verified prior to an offer.
McCormack + Kristel works only with equal opportunity employers. Point Source Youth does not discriminate in any of its employment policies or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.