TITLE: PROJECT MANAGER, RISING TOGETHER INITIATIVE
STATUS: PART-TIME, CONTRACT POSITION (12 month contract, 15 hrs/wk, $40-50/hr depending on qualifications and experience)
ABOUT THE PROJECT: Project Manager is the main staff person driving the Rising Together project, an effort of the City of Boston and community partners to better integrate employment and homelessness services for young people experiencing housing instability, which grew out of the Rising to the Challenge collaborative community response to youth homelessness. This position is grant-funded through the end of 2022, with the possibility for extension if additional funding is acquired.
Rising to the Challenge is a collaborative action plan to prevent and end youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness in Boston. It is the culmination of a planning process that occurred from April 2018 to March 2019, with participation from over 240 community members representing more than 110 public and private offices and organizations.The plan includes action steps designed to meet the housing, education, employment, health, and social and emotional needs of Boston’s youth and young adults under age 25.
Rising Together is a community-driven, workforce development initiative to connect service providers and employers in Boston with youth and young adults at-risk of or experiencing homelessness in order to advance the careers of these young Bostonians. This effort is coordinated among Boston’s lead agencies on youth homelessness to address challenges in identifying, training, and employing these YYA,with the goal of equitably improving employment outcomes for young people in need of stable housing.
CRITICAL COMPETENCIES, DUTIES, & RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Workforce Development, and in partnership with the Rising Together Steering Committee and the Executive Committee for Rising to the Challenge, the general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.
Facilitation and Stakeholder Management:
- Convene monthly Steering Committee meetings, including the development of the meeting agenda, archival of meeting materials, and meeting minutes.
- Guide planning and build consensus among Steering Committee partners including representatives from the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), the City’s Health and Human Services Cabinet, Boston Youth Action Board (YAB), Boston PIC, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, More Than Words, St. Francis House and United Way.
- Present findings and recommendations to Rising to the Challenge leadership, and in other forums, as designated by the Rising Together Steering Committee.
- Ensure that youth and young adults with lived experience of homeless are active contributors in multiple facets of project work by partnering with the Boston Youth Action Board (YAB), Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Boston, the Boston Youth Service Network (BYSN), and other appropriate partners.
- Supervise and mentor Rising Together intern(s).
- Other duties as needed to fulfill the goals of the Rising Together project.
- Partner with subject matter experts and/or external vendors to develop and implement trainings for front-line workforce development and housing and homelessness service providers based on community input and best practices. Initiate and monitor contracts with selected vendors.
- Work with stakeholders to design and implement an RFP that targets youth in both the workforce development and housing and homelessness services systems, with the goal of being as inclusive as possible. Initiate and monitor contracts with selected programs.
Data collection, analysis, and reporting:
- Gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data from primary and secondary sources to generate recommendations to better position youths’ employment prospects as a component of combating youth and young adult homelessness.
- Incorporate key recommendations and project outputs into a final policy report deliverable to funders.
- 5+ years of related experience with managing complex projects, including setting and driving timelines and deliverables.
- 2+ years of related experience with developing training courses, including evaluating vendors to develop and/or administer professional development or capacity-building training and workshops.
- Experience in planning and developing Requests for Proposals, Invitations for Bids, or other procurement vehicles.
- Demonstrated experience guiding a cross-sectoral range of stakeholders towards consensus and shared vision in a way that inspires collective action.
- Prior experience designing, implementing and evaluating grant-funded programs for youth of diverse backgrounds, including homeless youth.
- Strong interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills and ability to work well with youth, partners, and colleagues. Commitment to integrating racial equity principles into programming and practice.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and virtual meeting platforms.
- Familiarity with the Boston social service agencies and community organizations, employment, education, and training systems, and homelessness services is highly desirable.
- Homelessness among youth disproportionately affects people of color and LGBTQ youth; we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. Candidates who have lived experience relevant to the work are strongly encouraged to apply.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Remote work from home and/or normal office environment, depending on public health guidance.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Little or no exertion; occasional local travel, depending on public health guidance.