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- Director of Housing & Advocacy, USA

Director of Housing & Advocacy
Safe Place for Youth

REPORTS TO  Executive Director

STATUS Full-time


Safe Place for Youth (SPY) is the leading service provider for youth experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in West Los Angeles. Founded in 2011, our agency offers trauma-informed, low barrier programs that support young people in exiting the streets and achieving stability so that they can thrive, not just survive. Our robust continuum of care includes street outreach, drop-in services, health and wellness programming, case management, education and employment services, and housing programs.

SPY is a unique social impact agency that is committed to overcoming structural barriers to equity, community collaboration, and innovative youth-focused programming. If you have the skills, passion and collaborative spirit, join our growing team of nearly 60 employees.


A member of the SPY Leadership Team, the Director of Housing Advocacy will work to identify and pursue new housing opportunities to ensure that unhoused youth in West LA have access to the full continuum of housing resources as political and funding landscapes change. He/She/They will be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing holistic, client-centered and innovative housing programs. The Director of Housing Advocacy will also lead the organizations advocacy efforts including identifying any legislative changes that impact SPY’s mission, overseeing youth advocacy and volunteer advocacy programming, and creating community action opportunities for SPY stakeholders. He/She/They will oversee the West LA Youth Coordinated Entry System (YCES) Regional Coordinator and all housing-focused case management activities to ensure efficient and equitable housing assessment, match, move-in, and retention. 


    Manage, administer, oversee and provide support to the daily operations and delivery of SPY’s Housing programs.
    Establish and maintain appropriate policies and procedures as required.
    Ensure that program activities comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards.
    Assist in organizational development, programmatic grant proposals, and the development and monitoring of program budgets.
    Ensure compliance of all programmatic personnel management including scheduling, record keeping, time-activity reports, and performance evaluations of Youth Services program staff and contractors.
    Prepare monthly reports for agency leadership to evaluate and assess programmatic achievements regarding goals and outcomes.
    Conduct appropriate and comprehensive follow-up to all incidents and issues relative to youth, and the Housing program staff and volunteers.
    Oversee the collection and maintenance of records on the clients of the programs through HMIS and CiviCore for statistical purposes according to the confidentiality/privacy policy of Safe Place for Youth.
    Perform community outreach and collaborative engagement to increase and expand available shelter & housing opportunities for TAY.
    Work closely with SPA 5 Housing Locator and actively engage in SPA 5 Housing Location Workgroup to share best practices and landlord resources.
    Create strategic initiatives, i.e. feasibility analyses, project timeline, and financing requirements, to rollout housing partnerships appropriate for SPY’s program mix.
    Manage completion of new housing opportunities identified, overseeing build-out/ renovation, financing, lease-up and/or move-in as applicable.
    Investigate innovative housing models utilized nationwide.
    Identify legislative changes that impact SPY stakeholders, specifically federal, state, and local funding opportunities; affordable housing financing; and best practices within Rapid Re-Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, Shared Housing, Crisis/Bridge Housing, and youth services including Positive Youth Development and Authentic Youth Partnership.
    Ensure continued expansion of YCES in SPA 5. Oversee YCES Regional Coordinator including preparation for Westside Homeless Youth Partners Meetings, SPA 5 Steering Committee Meetings, etc.
    Translate internal activities into community action by facilitating youth advocacy opportunities for SPY Squad. Align youth advocacy with volunteer advocacy program via close partnership with Volunteer Coordinator.



Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Alison Hurst, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Job posted on 26th September 2019
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