City of Boston

Director of Youth & Young Adult (YYA) Homelessness Initiatives

Posted Date 7 months ago(7/7/2021 12:20 PM)
Req ID
Health & Human Servs
Regular Full-Time
BCC-Central Office
Contact Email


This is a provisional appointment.


Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


Under the direct supervision of Chief of Health and Human Services, the Director of YYA Homelessness Initiatives is responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of the ‘Rising to the Challenge’ Plan and the HHS services and initiatives that will provide the necessary supports for YYA facing homelessness. The Director will help to lead the strategic direction of the City of Boston’s initiatives to end YYA homelessness and housing instability, working with local and state partners and policymakers. This position requires a flexible schedule, creativity, attention to detail, ability to communicate, engage and collaborate with a wide variety of audiences and partners.


  • Convenes internal and external partners to align existing efforts, as well as facilitates the ongoing work and implementation of the Plan’s strategies.
  • Coordinates non-bricks and mortar services related to the Plan including support and coordination for efforts across Health & Human Services, Boston Public Schools, and other internal and external partners. 
  • Develops work plans to help guide the diverse actions steps outlined in the Plan, including yearly actions towards aspirational goals.
  • Convenes and provides support to the stakeholder groups involved in planning and implementation of the YYA homelessness and housing stability efforts.
  • Provides guidance to the Youth Advisory Board to ensure identified goals for this entity are met and efforts are on track, as outlined in the Plan. 
  • Coordinates wraparound support services, developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed resources that are effective, accessible, and reliably funded.
  • Works with partners to identify areas of development and opportunities for innovation.
  • Provides strategic direction and thinking to advance the Plan and collective goals of stakeholders.
  • Prepares an annual report detailing accomplishments including data collection, outcomes, and impact.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in project management, including stakeholder management, project evaluation, planning, and implementation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Health preferred.
  • Knowledge of youth development, human and/or social services landscape in Greater Boston.
  • Solid understanding of statewide systems, particularly housing and social services.
  • Superior organizational skills including the ability to multitask and execute plans.
  • Proven ability to work with and engage diverse constituencies, including youth and young adults.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competence and social justice work.
  • Strong relationship management and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal for large and small groups.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint as well as
  • counterpart programs in the Google suite.
  • Must have and maintain a current MA driver’s license and willingness to work evenings and weekends throughout the city.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


Boston Residency Required




Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Nonunion/Ungraded

Hours per week:   35


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