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Anchor Community Initiative Lead Coach, A Way Home Washington

Seattle, WA
Jun / 14 / 2018

The Organization

A Way Home Washington (AWHWA), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks, is mission-driven to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness across Washington State. AWHWA partners with the state Office of Homeless Youth, philanthropic foundations, advocates, and service providers who support over 13,000 unaccompanied young people experiencing homelessness in Washington.

About the Anchor Community Initiative

AWHWA is excited to launch the Anchor Community Initiative (ACI) in 2018 as a central pillar of our mission and activities. The ACI will help the first four communities in Washington state end youth and young adult homelessness by 2022. Success will include creating clear, believable proof points that demonstrate it is possible to solve this problem; learning what a sustainable system to end youth homelessness looks like; and generating progress and new action throughout Washington. Most importantly, young people struggling with homelessness will know our state values their wellbeing and is able to help them find safety and stability.  The ultimate vision is that ACI will include 12-15 communities.  We are currently funded for the first cohort of 4 communities.

Job Summary

Reporting to AWHWA’s Project Director, the Lead Coach will be responsible for analyzing data and performance management support to ACI communities as they work towards their goals of ending youth and young adult homelessness.  AWHWA has a commitment to equity, thus all data and strategies will be analyzed through an equity lens.  This position will work as part of the AWHWA team to design and implement this statewide initiative, including developing strategies and tools to assist communities in setting and achieving goals, connecting communities with local and national promising practices and expert consultants, as well as providing guidance and facilitation to local teams throughout the ACI process.

Essential Functions

ACI Strategic Planning

  • Collaborate with AWHWA Project Director, Executive Director and other AWHWA staff to plan and implement the ACI initiative;
  • Work with the Project Director and Executive Director to finalize the coaching model and implementation plan;
  • Work with the Project Director and Data Manager to develop data infrastructure and performance management tools and finalize coaching model to directly support the first four Anchor Communities;
  • Work with the Project Director and Executive Director to finalize community support tools, learning system and the development of other improvement tools as needed;
  • Support the ongoing evaluation and refinement of the coaching and support model for the ACI;
  • Lead the preparation of initiative and community level progress reports to AWHWA's Executive Board.

ACI Implementation

  • Serve as the key point-of-contact and lead coach for all Anchor Communities;
  • Use identified methods and tools to coach and consult with each community to develop and achieve their local community plan, e.g. aims and goals;
  • Serve as a confident and commanding facilitator, providing content expertise and best practices;
  • Convene and facilitate community meetings with key staff and stakeholders, working with the Core and Community Teams to develop agendas and outcomes for each meeting;
  • Help communities collect and use their data to develop, test, implement and implement changes that will support communities to reduce the number of YYA experiencing homelessness;
  • Engage local staff, community leaders, and strategic partners to provide input and support the ACI teams;
  • Travel onsite to each community as needed to provide coaching and facilitation;
  • Provide individual support to communities as they build their local system infrastructure, through in-person and remote technical assistance;
  • Facilitate peer sharing across the Anchor Communities to implement ideas and capture learning;
  • Produce and lead webinars, as needed.

ACI Tracking and Evaluation

  • Complete reports as required;
  • Support and participate in public presentations and fund development for the ACI and AWHWA in general;
  • Monitor progress toward achieving process measures and project goals, reinforce successful strategies, and correct the course as needed;
  • Ensure the project deliverables are achieved on time, within budget, and meet or exceed proposed goals.


  • Participation in team meetings, supervisions, and retreats;
  • Partner with consultants and other contract entities;
  • Develop strong relationships with non- selected anchor communities, and other key communities;
  • Participate in the ACI’s local coalitions and stakeholder meetings;
  • Support a mission-driven, “can-do” respectful work culture and team. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills;
  • Experienced facilitator/community convener;
  • Knowledge of data, measurement, and outcome-based work;
  • Expert Microsoft Office suite proficiency, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint;
  • Clear ability to assess the relative importance, urgency, and risks as situations arise;
  • Track record of skilled problem solving to make recommendations or decisions for action as appropriate;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, set priorities, monitor progress toward goals, and track details;
  • Familiarity with local, state and national issues related to youth and young adult homelessness, and/or knowledge of youth-serving systems and homelessness in general;
  • Passion for ending homelessness, and belief that it is possible;
  • Demonstrated ability working with diverse communities and commitment to supporting inclusion, both internally and across our efforts to serve all youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Washington State.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five years of experience in a nonprofit or professional setting, with three years in a senior leadership position, including staff supervision and management;
  • Experience/understanding of coordinated entry systems and/or the use of community By-Name Lists;
  • Experience working on a local, statewide, or national-level systems-change initiative or campaign AND/OR experience providing technical assistance to communities;
  • Efficient and self-motivated;
  • Demonstrated professionalism, good humor, patience, and the ability to handle stress;
  • Experience with project management software, such as Trello or Asana;
  • Experience applying collective impact, improvement science, user-centered design, or other large-scale problem-solving approaches.

Physical Requirements

Little or no exertion, may require extended periods at a computer. May occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Hours and Travel

This is a full-time, exempt position. Regular office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST and may include occasional evening or weekend hours for special events. Local and national travel required; the Lead Coach position will be expected to visit Anchor Communities on a regular basis, which may require overnight travel.

To Apply

Please include a resume and cover letter in your online application.

Hiring Timeline

First Round Interviews: July 12
Second Round Interviews: July 20
This position will remain open until filled.

Apply online here


TSNE MissionWorks and A Way Home Washington envision a society grounded in principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors each individual as a whole person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. We value the unique talents and contributions of each of our employees.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/AWHWA will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status, or any other factor prohibited by law.