Technical Assistance Manager

Focus - Youth Homelessness and Grant Development

Overview

We’re looking for a professional with experience advancing the movement to end youth homelessness - from a program implementation, systems change, and grant writing perspective. This person, in partnership with staff and stakeholders, will support Youth Collaboratory’s focus area of coordinated responses to youth homelessnes, including grant development services. We’re looking for someone who has a deep understanding of how runaway and homeless youth (RHY) programs operate, has the curiosity to discover emerging trends and opportunities, holds a deep understanding of positive youth development in theory as well as practice, advocates for services, systems, and structures that are just, and is enthusiastic about helping nonprofits strengthen their applications for RHY funding. This is a great opportunity for someone who has the ability to see the big picture while also understanding practice elements at the local level, including what’s needed to secure funding - and is interested in joining a nationally recognized team focused on strengthening outcomes for youth and young adults across the country.

About Youth Collaboratory

Youth Collaboratory harnesses the power of the youth services community to innovate, evaluate, and drive effective strategies that assure the safety and well-being of youth and young adults, unlocking their limitless potential.

We believe in…

  • rooting our work in practice and research.
  • advancing equity and inclusion.
  • focusing on long-term impact while nimbly responding to changing conditions.
  • tapping into the power of “many minds” to solve complex problems.
  • honoring and respecting people and relationships.
  • having a blast doing what we do and with whom we do it.

Our greatest strength lies in our ability to engage and retain a dynamic network of hundreds of organizations across all 50 states. Together, we are able to advance the work of communities in real-time, raise the level of conversation around key issues, increase cross-sector communication, drive national research, and increase support. In the last few years, our network has experienced significant growth – attracting innovators in practice, research, advocacy, and funding, and our core membership has grown 450%. Additionally, our grant development services continues to be in high demand - last year helping to bring in $48 million in federal funding across the country to local communities. But to make the kind of difference we want to make, we need to continue to build our capacity to educate and engage at a rapid and meaningful rate. 

That’s where you come in.

What you’ll do:

Grant Development Services

  • Assist in the management and delivery of Youth Collaboratory’s grant development services, including Proposal Review Service, Grant Development Coaching, and Grant Writing Boot Camp. Specifically this includes: 
    • Creating public grant writing webinars: Develop webinar content to prepare the youth services field to apply for federal funding, including but not limited to runaway and homeless youth programs. 
    • Consulting with nonprofits on grant development: Help organizations improve their grant development processes, activities, and applications. Provide feedback and suggestions via phone, email, and written evaluations on how they can prepare their teams for the grant writing season and how they can improve their applications to more completely address funders’ requirements.

Technical Assistance (TA) Services

  • Participate in the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of in-person and web-based training and consulting activities. This includes:
    • Develop and implement customized events (such as convenings, briefings, and trainings) that effectively share knowledge, unearth innovation, and foster collaboration. This includes but is not limited to identifying topics and ideas for specific sessions, developing training content and materials, determining the audience and invitees, presenting, training and facilitation, and providing onsite and web-based logistical support;
    • Contribute to the creation of content and resource tools for local agencies and for the field overall: and
    • Provide direct consultation and technical assistance to constituents remotely and onsite.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with constituents to identify needs, resources, and developments in the youth and family services field;
  • Manage private and federal contract obligations that ensure the program is implemented in compliance with requirements;
  • Visit organizations and participate at meetings/conferences throughout the US on behalf of Youth Collaboratory; and 
  • Other relevant duties needed to maintain a high quality training and technical assistance program.

Our ideal candidate: 

  • Connects with Youth Collaboratory’s mission. You are excited about tapping into your experiences as you engage with other thought and action leaders in considering how we can solve complex problems, improving outcomes for youth and young adults nationally. 
  • Has at least 5 years of experience in a social service, intermediary, or similar nonprofit organization working on Youth Collaboratory’s focus areas of youth homelessness, and you have experience writing and/or reviewing applications for funding homeless youth programs. Experience as a grant reviewer with the federal government is a plus. 
  • Is a natural when it comes to networking and collaborating. You can walk into a room of strangers and leave with a handful of new, interesting colleagues. This is evidenced by your strong and deep connections with stakeholders in the field.  
  • Value and prioritize youth and young adults as leaders and experts. Building genuine partnerships with young people is how you live and work. Young people seek you out as an ally, co-conspirator, and partner because they trust your authenticity.
  • Advocates for services, systems, and structures that are just. You are not okay with business as usual, and you prioritize identifying inequities,including asking tough questions and taking a stand for and with young people most marginalized.
  • Is known for the ability to clearly communicate what works and what doesn’t. You can take complicated issues and break them down into everyday language. This is likely because you have an ability to see the big picture and also understand practice elements at the local level. 
  • Understands the elements of a fundable grant application. You have the experience of perfecting those elements to create an application that fully addresses public and private funders’ requirements. You can easily share this knowledge with others to help them develop or improve their grant applications. 
  • An excellent manager and leader, with a proven track record. Project management from conception to initiation to completion excites you. You know who the first five people you’d call with a specific challenge or opportunity, and they’d all be happy to take your call. 
  • Excels in a fast-moving and scrappy environment. You like to work on a timetable of days and weeks, not months and years. The ability to pivot adeptly between projects while combining your depth of experience with new opportunities is where you thrive.

Perks

  • Take vacation when you need it. We hire competent people who do great work and encourage you to take a break when you need it. We ask employees to take three weeks of vacation per year, and provide an annual $1,000 vacation bonus that can only be used if you are really off, so you can come back fresh.
  • Have a balanced life. We offer a generous supply of additional leave (14 holidays and 12 personal days) combined with health and retirement benefits.
  • Awesome team. You'll be collaborating with a brilliant team that’s having a real impact. If work like this makes you want to get out of bed each morning, you should definitely apply.

Start Date
 
We're looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

Location
 
Anywhere, USA (Youth Collaboratory invests in talent no matter where it is located!)

Travel

Expect to travel about 50% of your time.
 
Starting Salary Range

The starting salary range for this position is $47,700 to $68,000 per year.

Equal Opportunity
 
Youth Collaboratory does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability, veteran status, marital status, cultural background, or any other characteristic protected by law with hiring, retention, promotion, benefits, or compensation.  
 
Background check. We value people with lived experience, and know our team is stronger when those closest to the issues are in positions to develop comprehensive solutions.  We know experiences of homelessness, commercial sexual exploitation, and foster care involvement often result in intersections with the criminal justice system, and we keep this at the forefront when making hiring decisions. 

How to Apply

Please send your resume, along with brief responses to the following questions to jobs@youthcollaboratory.org

Please provide a short answer to each of the following questions (no more than 1-2 paragraphs per question):

  1. Share 3 national trends related to youth homelessness, along with their impact on local organizations.
  2. What are the elements of a strong grant application? What steps have you taken to ensure you’ve developed a strong grant application? 
  3. Describe a time that you were involved in bringing a group of people together to talk about a challenging topic or situation. What did you observe? What were the strategies or tactics you used to support the group in creating solutions?
  4. What about the Homeless Youth Programs and Grant Manager position aligns with what you are looking for in your next professional position?