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Director of Systems Change & Youth Engagement

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Treehouse
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Seattle, WA

Treehouse


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Published 18 days ago

$90,000 - $90,000$90,000.00 annual exempt

About Treehouse: Treehouse is a rapidly growing nonprofit with a 30-year history of addressing the academic and other essential support needs of children, youth and young adults experiencing foster care. Our services operate throughout Washington State, and we are an emerging leader in the national foster care conversation.  

Nationwide only about half of youth in foster care graduate from high school. That’s why Treehouse partners with youth in care statewide as they set and achieve goals to earn their diplomas and make plans for the future. 

Join a team that is passionately committed to youth succeeding. With a mission of giving kids and youth in foster care a childhood and a future, we provide education-focused coaching. We partner to offer experiences and essentials that foster community connections, exploration and growth. We fight for systems changes and join forces to pass landmark reforms that reduce inequities responsible for unjust barriers. 

Well-loved, community-based and fiercely optimistic, Treehouse is uniquely positioned to partner with youth, schools, organizations, caregivers, social workers and funders. Together, we improve outcomes from childhood through high school graduation and beyond, including a successful launch into adulthood.

We welcome alumni of care and encourage qualified individuals of every race, national origin, religion, age, disability or ability status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to apply. 


Position Summary:

The Director of Systems Change serves as a systems change thought partner and advisor to the Executive Vice President/Chief Policy & Strategy Officer on child welfare, youth houselessness, and juvenile justice. The incumbent is responsible for leading complex, cross-systems collective impact projects, systems change initiatives, and other special projects as assigned. They develop strategy to ensure that the organization’s programs and policy advocacy are deeply informed by youth, caregivers, and other community voices, and serve as an advocate and spokesperson for meaningful youth engagement. They supervise staff focused on addressing the specific needs of special populations. This position offers exciting opportunities to:

·      Demonstrate a deep personal and professional commitment and action toward advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.

·      Champion the organization’s commitment to center the voices and experiences of those we serve in organizational decisions and services.

·      Build authentic working relationships with individuals of various ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds and abilities.

·      Develop and maintain deep networks of colleagues, prospective partners, and supporters to advance organizational objectives.

·      Serve as an adaptive, collaborative leader who acts with intentionality and integrity, discerning when to direct, when to delegate, and when to share and foster leadership.

·      Lead, inspire and motivate strategic partners and colleagues in complex projects with and without formal or positional authority.

·      Be accountable to meet goals, deliverables and deadlines.

·      Demonstrate commitment to learning from quantitative and qualitative data.

·      Thrive in an environment where candid conversations are welcomed. Participate in respectful two-way communication, giving and receiving candid, constructive feedback.


Essential Functions:

Organizational Leadership, Strategic Planning & Budgeting

·      As a member of Directors Team and Program Leadership Team, contribute to organizational goals, strategic planning, budgeting and effective organizational culture, management and communication.

·      Provide a systems change lens and lead partner/competitor analysis as the organization considers new ideas via the strategy screen.

·      Translate strategy into actionable objectives and plans, and maintaining direction while balancing big-picture context with day-to-day issues.

·      Hire, supervise, coach, and evaluate performance of assigned staff to ensure individual and team performance.

·      Participate in developing the annual budget for the Policy & Strategy Team.


Systems Change

·      Serve as thought partner to EVP/Chief Policy & Strategy Officer on complex, strategic and/or cross-systems initiatives and projects and advise on systems change strategy through a racial equity lens.

·      Acting as the organization’s child welfare, houseless youth, and juvenile justice expert, develop and maintain deep knowledge of current issues and trends and translate complex information in an understandable way for a variety of audiences.

·      Research potential solutions to systems barriers, evidence-based practices, and potential partners to inform long-term systems change agenda and policy goals, and provide leadership the information needed to make critical decisions.

·      In partnership with EVP/Chief Policy & Strategy Officer, lead or oversee complex internal strategic projects that are cross-functional in nature.

·      In partnership with the EVP/Chief Policy & Strategy Officer, lead the Project Education Impact demonstration project, a complex, cross-systems, multi-site collective impact project to achieve educational parity for children, youth and young adults experiencing foster care and/or homelessness, from Pre-K through post-secondary.

·      Work with EVP/Chief Policy & Strategy Officer to develop and implement relationship development strategies to achieve cross-systems buy in and agreement on project strategy, budget, and timelines.

·      In partnership with EVP/Chief Policy & Strategy Officer and Director of Policy & Strategy to align cross-systems projects with legislative agendas and advocacy strategies to the Governor, legislators, and state agency leadership.

·      Develop, implement, and monitor on project strategy, plans, timelines, and budgets.

·      Directly identify, build and advance strategic partnerships with state agency staff, tribes, and community-based partners as appropriate.

·      Lead and implement in-depth community engagement processes to listen deeply to youth, caregivers, educators, tribes, nonprofit partners and others to inform project specific barriers, strategies, and interventions.

·      Partner with CEO, EVP/Chief Policy & Strategy, and Director of Institutional Giving to develop and implement fundraising strategy for systems change projects; participate in program and policy expert in solicitation meetings as needed.

·      Provide written and verbal reports on project progress to cross-systems workgroups, organizational leadership, and other audiences as needed.

·      Participate as a member of the Project Education Impact workgroup.


Authentic Youth & Community Voice

·      Lead organizational strategy to authentically engage, listen to, and communicate with youth and young adults to inform program strategy, program services, and systems change policy priorities through a racial equity lens.

·      Ensuring meaningful youth engagement and feedback is elevated throughout the organization as a norm in our practice.

·      Lead organizational strategy to engage, support and communicate with birth, licensed foster care and relative/fictive kin caregivers through a racial equity lens.

·      Oversee organizational strategy to build effective partnerships with tribes to improve education outcomes for indigenous youth.

·      Advise Executive Team on organizational strategy based on feedback from youth, caregivers, caseworkers, and tribes.

·      Ensure youth and caregiver participation in policy and advocacy work, including influencing policies and practice, legislative testimony, and advocacy related events. 

·      Lead organizational strategy to engage and communicate with DCYF caseworkers and other referring agents.

·      Oversee strategic annual communications plans for youth, caregivers, caseworkers, and relevant community partners to support youth outcomes and increase awareness and engagement.

·      Work in partnership with Regional Directors to develop, implement and evaluate strategies to build caregiver and caseworker engagement in their youth's education success.


Policy

·      In partnership with EVP/Chief Policy & Strategy Officer and Director of Policy & Strategy, develop and implement long-term child welfare, houseless youth, and juvenile justice policy strategy to address barriers and reduce racial disparities in outcomes for our students.

·      Participate in informing and advising on the organization’s annual legislative agendas for child welfare, houseless youth, and juvenile justice.

·      Analyze relevant federal and state legislation and policy proposals to determine alignment with Treehouse’s intended impact and short and long term policy agendas.

·      Advise EVP/Chief Policy & Strategy Officer on evolving state and federal child welfare, houseless youth, and juvenile justice policy.

·      Track the progress of implementation of newly passed laws in child welfare, youth houselessness, and juvenile justice and advise on whether additional advocacy is needed.

·      In partnership with Director of Education Policy & Partnerships and Regional Directors, analyze impact of and develop strategy to communicate and fully implement required changes to direct service practice based on new legislation, WACs, and guidance from the Department of Children, Youth & Families.

·      Identify, build and maintain child welfare, houseless youth, and juvenile justice policy partnerships and represent Treehouse in related partnership, coalitions, and associations in order to advance education and transition to independence outcomes.


Direct Reports: Community Outreach Manager and Tribal Engagement Manager.


Additional Functions:

·      Partner with Development and Marketing & Communications to secure resources, serve as a public spokesperson, and provide relevant stories for publication.

·      Attend team, directors, management and culture and all-staff meetings, and organization wide trainings.

·      Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required

·      BA in Education, Social Work, Public Administration, Public Affairs, Political Science, or related field OR relevant expertise and education

·      Minimum five (5) years’ experience in policy development, policy analysis, and/or policy advocacy

·      Minimum five (5) years’ experience in program development and management

·      Experience and expertise in K-12 education system, child welfare system, housing system, and/or juvenile justice systems

·      Experience of leading or facilitating complex, cross-systems or cross-departmental projects

·      Experience in building and maintaining high profile, high stakes partnerships

·      Experience in developing and implementing authentic youth and community engagement strategies and developing recommendations in response

·      Strong advocacy, negotiation and persuasion skills with the ability to build consensus where conflicting opinions exist

·      Excellent project management skills and ability to juggle multiple and competing priorities

·      Strong analytical, strategic thinking and problem-solving skills with the ability to plan and implement in a demanding, fast-paced environment

·      Professional maturity and integrity with a high level of self-direction and sense of urgency

·      Exceptional meeting facilitation and ability to listen deeply

·      Confident, polished and effective public speaking skills

·      Exceptional written, oral communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate complicated policy ideas in a compelling and accessible manner.

·      Reliable transportation, driver's license and acceptable insurance if driving on Treehouse business

·      Must satisfy Washington State criminal background requirements for working with youth and vulnerable adults

·      Ability and aptitude with Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word and other technology necessary for successful day-to-day functioning in a business environment.

Desired

·      MA or MS in Public Administration, Public Affairs, Education, Social Work, or related field.


Physical and Mental Requirements:  

·      Mental Effort - attention to detail; effectively interact with others; apply critical thinking skills to synthesize knowledge and skills, evaluate outcomes, and prioritize and solve problems and tasks; active participation in meetings; client interaction; direct activities of others; influence or advocate for others.

·      Emotional Effort – recognize and respect personal boundaries of self and clients, adapt to changing environment/stress, deal with unexpected emotional support needs of self and clients, handle strong emotions of youth and adults, respond effectively and appropriately to needs of youth experiencing trauma

·      Physical Requirements - long periods of sitting, extensive computer work; using office/computer equipment; attending meetings and standing while presenting materials or sitting at a desk or table while listening, talking and taking notes. Ability to travel to meetings or client locations.

·      Working Conditions - typical business office environment, working from home, in public locations. Treehouse’s Seattle office is a dog friendly work environment.


This position pays $90,000.00 annually, exempt. Treehouse also offers a generous paid time off plan, free medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) plan.

To apply, please provide your resume and cover letter through Treehouse’s Careers site explaining how you meet the required skills and abilities. This position will be posted until January 25, 2021.

If you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application system as a result of a disability, you may request an accommodation by contacting the People & Equity department at jobs@treehouseforkids.org.

The job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Treehouse reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and experience required.

About Treehouse: Treehouse is a rapidly growing nonprofit with a 30-year history of addressing the academic and other essential support needs of children, youth and young adults experiencing foster care. Our services operate throughout…

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Benefits

Treehouse also offers a generous paid time off plan, free medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) plan.

Treehouse also offers a generous paid time off plan, free medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) plan.

Location

2100 24th Avenue South, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98144

How to Apply

To apply, please provide your resume and cover letter through Treehouse’s Careers site explaining how you meet the required skills and abilities. This position will be posted until January 25, 2021.

To apply, please provide your resume and cover letter through Treehouse’s Careers site explaining how you meet the required skills and abilities. This position will be posted…

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