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 and operates with 12 nationally distributed staff, anticipates $3.5 million in revenue in 2022. Continued expansion of revenue, programs, and staff is expected in the near term.
For more information, please visit: www.pointsourceyouth.org
This is an exceptional opportunity for a seasoned fundraiser to increase and diversify 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.
In this newly created position, the Senior Vice President, Development will report to and partner with the Executive Director to significantly increase corporate and foundation support and build robust individual and major giving programs to expand Point Source Youth’s work. With support from the Executive Director and Director of Development, the SVP will co-create a sophisticated and effective development department and strategic fundraising program to support Point Source Youth’s continued growth. The key responsibilities of this position include:
Strategy and Structures
- Develop strategic fundraising plans to diversify revenue and expand unrestricted income;
- Craft compelling stories and articulate messaging to raise support for PSY’s systems and policy change work to end youth homelessness;
- Build intentional fundraising practices on a firm knowledge of program initiatives, organizational priorities, and staff capacity;
- Create systems and processes that support consistent and effective donor engagement, including building and maintaining a donor database.
Donor Identification and Cultivation
- Through prospect research and on-going relationship development expand the portfolio of individual and institutional donors including foundations and corporations;
- Identify individuals and foundations to expand local support in the regions PSY serves;
- Create major donor cultivation events to introduce individuals to PSY’s mission and impact;
- Develop goals and stewardship strategies that ensure each donor (both individual and institutional) receives frequent, personalized attention;
- Leverage wealth screening and other research tools to ensure solicitations are aligned with donors’ capacity and interests;
- In partnership with the Communications team, identify and cultivate sponsors for the four Symposia on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness (Rural, National, West, and South).
Communication and Collaboration
- Create an annual fundraising calendar and effectively collaborate with relevant individuals and departments to meet application, reporting, event, and communications deliverables;
- In communication and partnership with the Programs and Communications teams, develop a process that ensures all restricted funding proposals are in support of existing and planned programs;
- Coordinate with the Management Team to collect data, analyze outputs, and effectively report organizational impact to donors and prospects;
- Support the Policy team’s efforts to use a public health framework to obtain significant new federal, local, city and state funding for evidence-based solutions, including Direct Cash Transfers, to end and prevent youth homelessness;
- Engage and provide support to the Board of Directors to meet their individual fundraising goals and to fulfill their responsibilities as ambassadors for the organization;
- Foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization built on a foundation of transparency and collaboration.
The new Senior Vice President, Development will have a clear understanding of trends in philanthropy and will be adept at navigating a rapidly changing donor landscape. They will be a skilled storyteller and internal advocate and champion, who is able to build support for an organization that operates outside of direct services models. The successful candidate must have the following:
- At least seven years’ nonprofit fundraising experience in the youth homelessness, housing, LGBTQ youth or related spaces;
- Successful track record of developing strategic fundraising plans to expand sustainable and diverse revenue streams;
- Demonstrated success cultivating and stewarding donor relationships, and soliciting major gifts;
- Knowledge of the philanthropic culture and community in the youth, homeless, LGBTQ, Direct Cash Transfers, and related spaces;
- Experience leading relationships with institutional funders, and prior oversight of timely, accurate, and effective proposals and reports;
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including technical writing expertise, donor solicitation and public speaking experience;
- Expertise in development department best practice systems, structures, policies and procedures, including prior experience building donor databases or CRM platforms;
- Proficiency in Salesforce, Google Docs, LinkedIn Recruiter, Trello, and Slack.
The new Senior Vice President, Development 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 emotionally intelligent and empathetic colleague who is able to balance the organization’s growth goals with internal capacity. And they will be a collaborative and flexible leader able to adapt to different personalities and work styles. The ideal candidate will have the following:
- Commitment to social justice frameworks including race, gender, and economic justice, and equity;
- Alignment with PSY’s youth-centered and liberation-focused values;
- Exceptional relationship development and interpersonal skills;
- Sound judgment in maintaining confidential information;
- 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;
- An amazing storyteller and communicator, working internally and externally to tell the story of how Point Source Youth is working to end the youth homelessness crisis.
The anticipated salary range for this position is $150,000 – $170,000, commensurate with the lived and professional experience and qualifications of the selected candidate. In addition, Point Source Youth provides an excellent benefit package including 100% employer paid health insurance and a fully funded Healthcare Spending Account equal to the annual deductible. They also provide a 401(k) with an annual 4% match, dental and vision insurance, and monthly home office and cell phone stipends.
In keeping with Point Source Youth’s work to dismantle white supremacist workplace structures and to create space for rest, they offer a generous PTO policy and holiday schedule, they close the offices for one week during the summer and three weeks at the end of the year, and they provide a two-month paid sabbatical following each five years of tenure.
Ideally, the Senior Vice President, Development will live in the greater New York City metro area. However, remote work arrangements will be considered for the exceptional candidate we are seeking.
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.