Anchor Community Initiative Project Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: D.O.E.




United States


Organization Description

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. AWHWA leads and coordinates these stakeholders as we work collectively to build a statewide system so that local communities can respond to youth and young adult homelessness in their areas.

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 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 ot 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.

Position Summary

Reporting to AWHWA’s Executive Director (ED), the Project Manager will oversee the planning, staffing, implementation, and tracking of the ACI. They will be integrally involved in developing and finalizing a detailed work plan for the ACI in partnership with AWHWA staff, expert consultants, and key stakeholders. The Project Manager will also be responsible for ensuring delivery of specific process measures by April 2019 when the ACI will undergo initial review, as well as successful completion of the project by 2022.

Essential Job Functions

ACI Planning

  • Collaborate with ED and other AWHWA staff to define and implement the scope of the ACI;
  • Create a detailed work plan, including sequencing the activities needed to successfully complete the ACI goals by April 2019 and project completion by 2022;
  • In coordination with the ED and staff, develop the criteria and process for selecting the first four Anchor Communities;
  • Work with ED to determine how to best allocate project resources and budget, including flexible funds to directly support the first four Anchor Communities;
  • Work with ED and staff to develop data infrastructure and performance management tools and finalize coaching model to directly support the first four Anchor Communities;
  • Develop and revise project schedule as needed.

ACI Staffing

  • Collaborate with ED and senior staff to recruit, interview, and select additional ACI staff, including a Data Specialist and a Coach, volunteers, and other key participants;
  • Ensure that all ACI staff receive an appropriate orientation to AWHWA and the project;
  • Work with ED and senior staff to determine when to contract expert consultants to support the ACI;
  • Manage ACI staff to ensure they are performing optimally, according to project expectations and AWHWA policies;
  • In coordination with ED and senior staff, develop a workplace culture that promotes and honors diversity in all forms, supports open, transparent communication, and builds a team that is laser-focused on fulfilling our mission.

ACI Implementation

  • Lead and execute the ACI according to the work plan;
  • Develop forms and records to document project activities;
  • Monitor progress of the ACI and adjust as necessary to ensure successful completion of deliverables by April 2019 and project completion by 2022;
  • Lead communication and coordination with local communities and act as an ambassador of the ACI along with the ED;
  • Review the quality of work completed with the ACI team, AWHWA ED, and senior staff on a regular basis to ensure it meets the project standards. 

ACI Tracking and Evaluation

  • Lead development of ACI reports for AWHWA management and funders;
  • Support and participate in public presentations and fund development for the ACI and AWHWA in general;
  • Monitor and approve all budgeted project expenditures and report variance to ED and senior staff on a monthly basis;
  • Ensure that all financial records for the project are up to date;
  • 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. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills;
  • Five years’ experience in a nonprofit or professional setting, with three years in a senior leadership position, including staff supervision and management;
  • Expert Microsoft Office suite proficiency, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint;
  • Database management proficiency;
  • Advanced understanding of budgets and nonprofit financial management;
  • Advanced understanding of data collection and quantitative research methodology;
  • 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;
  • 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

  • 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;
  • Experience leading an issue-based or legislative campaign;

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 anticipated and the Project Manager position will be expected to visit the four Anchor Communities on a regular basis, which may require overnight travel.

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks

Attn: Employment Manager

NonProfit Center

89 South Street, Suite 700

Boston, MA 02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

AWHWA/TSNE MissionWorks is committed to hiring a culturally diverse candidate and strongly encourages applications from individuals who identify as females and minorities. As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and AWHWA will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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