Council for the Homeless - Equity and Advocacy Director

Vancouver Housing Authority | Vancouver, WA

Posted Date 2/03/2021

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Starting salary range is $4,750.00 - $5,166.67 per month DOE.
This is a full-time, exempt position, working 40 hours per week.

The Council for the Homeless (CFTH) operates the Housing Solutions Center, our community’s one-stop access point for over 40 housing assistance programs, including emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, and programs designed for specific populations such as families or unaccompanied youth. Staff and volunteers at the Housing Solutions Center work with clients to assess their housing needs and connect them to their best fit housing solution, as well as connect them to services in the community that will help them on their journey toward safe and stable housing. Housing Coordinators also work closely with partner agencies to understand referral needs and identify those eligible for program.

Position Summary

The position of Equity and Advocacy Director (EAD) serves as member of the Management Team and is an active participant in making strategic decisions that impact CFTH. The EAD is responsible for executing broad-based advocacy leadership work at local, state and national levels. Builds on community work within CFTH to support the engagement of client voices in our advocacy efforts and within our Continuum of Care systemic efforts. The Equity and Advocacy Director has two primary functions that overlap. The intention of the position is to drive funding, policies and practices that are mission synched with CFTH and to progress justice, equity diversity and inclusion (JEDI) internally and within the homeless system. The EAD position will work in partnership with the executive director and the management team.

Responsibilities Include:

• Supports the agency mission, values, equity statement, strategic goals and policies in words and actions.
• Works with program staff to identify and create opportunities for clients and those with lived experience of homelessness to co-create advocacy messaging and opportunities, as well as actively participate in Continuum of Care committees.
• Adopts anti-racism approaches to services by understanding and acknowledging systemic and individual racism and privilege.
• Keep pulse of policy and practice implications of city/county/state/national efforts that include client voice and ally work by CFTH staff/interns.
• Leverage key contacts in order to align with and drive forward legislative action aligned with our mission.
• Lead strategic conversations and inform purpose, process and level of investment in important advocacy effort.
• Coordinates efforts to raise agency and partner voices in the public arena as is serves the mission.
• Offer information to inform decisions on advocacy groups and broader collaborative efforts.
• Creates and facilitates trainings for the general public and partners groups related to the agency’s advocacy, JEDI and other related work.
• Provides leadership and facilitation to ongoing committees and/or workgroups with a focus on progress internal and Continuum of Care goals.
• Provides vision, leadership, and direction in partnership with the board, ED and staff to progress CFTH’s JEDI work.
• Facilitates the creation and coordination of the CFTH Equity Committee work plan, as well as JEDI related strategic goals to drive change.
• Coordinates the JEDI work initiated and supported by the CFTH Management Team, which includes internal and external relationships, training and support and acts as a coordinator for the Management Team, providing support for each members in progressing JEDI within their scope of work.
• Supports continuous growth in anti-racist and inclusive practices by helping streamline and better articulate expectations for every person who works or serves at CFTH.
• Integrates the CFTH equity lens into staff orientation, on-going support and reviews.
• Manages JEDI related grants, including reporting and helps to identify and pursue funding sources and grants for additional growth in the future.
• Provides support, consultation and training to the board, board committees and exploration of new initiatives related to progressing JEDI.
• Participates in agency, governmental and community-based meetings, trainings, retreats and other related events.


• At least four years leadership experience progressing JEDI within a work and/or community-based environment.
• At least two years of supervisory experience, including coaching staff, interns and volunteers toward JEDI focused organizational growth
• At least four years leadership experience creating and facilitating trainings, providing informational presentations and facilitating groups.
• Demonstrated success in advocacy work as well as broad experience in supporting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work.
• Demonstrated success building strong, productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including program participants, community members, culturally specific groups and elected officials.
• Experience effectively leading teams, committees and/or workgroups to create cohesive Equity related work plans and progress the workplans in a collaborative and outcomes-based manner.
• Ability to create and offer clear and persuasive proposals and considerations to support CFTH and Continuum of Care priorities.
• Experience analyzing data to share information, inform strategic planning and engage in a continuous quality improvement cycle.
• Works well in a consistently changing and dynamic environment.
• Ability to embrace varying cultural experiences and communication differences.
• Ability to operate a computer and Microsoft Office Suite competency.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

• Lived experience of homelessness.
• Ability to communicate effectively in a language other than English.
• Ability to incorporate the “lived experience” perspective in approaching JEDI efforts (as opposed to academic).
• Strong verbal and written communication.
• Master’s Degree in related field and at least 5 years’ experience working with people who are low income and/or homeless.
• Knowledge of Clark County, WA resources, stakeholders and agencies.
• Valid driver’s license and access to automobile required.

The Council for the Homeless / Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) offers a competitive benefit package including medical and dental, WA PERs, deferred compensation, life insurance, and long term disability.

For more information on the Council for the Homeless please visit our website at Please note, those candidates deemed to best match our requirements will be contacted for an interview. We do not discuss application status during the selection process. Applications will be reviewed as they come in.

The VHA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applications for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as covered veteran in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency | Nonprofit
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Starting salary range is $4,750.00 - $5,166.67
Salary Type

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