Associate Director, Rural

Associate Director, Rural

Based in Anywhere in the U.S.

Please Send Resume and Cover Letter by Tuesday September 25th

About Point Source Youth

Point Source Youth is a national 501(c)3 dedicated to ending youth homelessness in 50 cities and towns in 10 years. We help advocate for, implement, and evaluate three proven, scalable, and replicable youth homelessness interventions – family & kinship strengthening, short-term host homes, and rapid re-housing – to increase housing options for youth in our pilot locations. Our mission and local pilot and systems strengthening work is informed by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Federal Framework to End Homelessness. 

We are currently working in Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, Louisville, New York City, Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco, and adding new pilot locations regularly. 

This position requires strong knowledge of program design as well as a proactive, flexible, and entrepreneurial mindset suited to a young and dynamic organization that is experiencing rapid growth and transformation.

Position Description

The Associate Director, Rural is a full-time position responsible for launching and supporting new programs to work to end youth homelessness in rural communities including host homes, rapid re-housing, and family strengthening with a key focus on new host homes in rural communities. This will encompass approximately 80% of your time. 

Pilot management includes:

  • Leading collaboration of all agencies, service providers, government officials and funders

  • Ensuring that the program’s short, medium, and long-term goals are met

  • Coordinating evaluation with our Research Lead & Program Associate

  • Publicizing achievements and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders

  • Tracking and completing follow-up activities and funding documentation

Program development and launching includes:

  • Identifying and engaging key stakeholders in new pilot locations (including nonprofit, government, and funding partners)

  • Developing, maintaining, and expanding relationships with an extensive network of organizations

  • Identifying and meeting with potential funders and achieving an agreed-upon goal of new funding from your efforts

  • Designing program and implementation timeline with partners, and providing support and technical assistance throughout implementation

  • Ensuring partner programs are well executed and supported

  • Supporting other Point Source Youth communities as needed

Travel to current and potential pilot locations, as well as national conferences and convenings, is expected. The position is approximately 50% travel time. 

Associate Directors also support the operations for our annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness in New York City, working to ensure that the Symposium has an effective rural focus and host home in rural communities focus. You will also coordinate with other Associate Directors on programming and symposium content with a focus on content for rural communities. This will encompass approximately 20% of your time. 

Additional responsibilities as needed include creating social media content relevant to pilots you manage, largely host homes in rural communities, and representing Point Source Youth at national and regional conferences. 

In completing your responsibilities, the Associate Director, Rural works closely with paid Rural Youth Consultants to ensure youth voice is well-represented in all programming and evaluation work locally.  

This position reports to the Executive Director. 


  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing youth homelessness, with lived experience of homelessness prioritized

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice frameworks including race, gender, and economic justice

  • 5 to 7 years of experience in advocacy related to youth homelessness, housing, LGBTQ youth, or other related fields

  • 5-7 years of experience working with government agencies, legislative bodies, nonprofit organizations, or coalitions

  • Thorough understanding of work and life in rural communities, with lived experience in rural areas prioritized

  • Experience working with rural organizations and systems

  • Proactive and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to be flexible and adapt to different personalities and work styles and a growing, changing organization

  • Ability to develop and execute a short, medium, and long-term strategy to achieve Point Source Youth’s mission, in collaboration with Executive Director

  • Cultural competence and the ability to excel in working successfully with diverse groups of people

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders including high-level policymakers and Executive Directors, frontline housing staff and case managers, youth with lived experiences of homelessness, and funders

  • Extraordinary attention to detail, time management skills, and critical thinking abilities

  • Excellent project management and organizational skills

  • Excellent group facilitation and written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to co-lead effective and meaningful youth engagement

  • Proven capacity and desire to work independently

  • Willingness to travel

  • Proven ability to, and interest in, using data to shape rigorous, evidence-based policy messages and champion them across a diverse group of national stakeholders

  • Experience with social media and creating effective messaging campaigns a plus

Please email resume and cover letter to  

Point Source Youth seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at Point Source Youth are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Salary is commensurate with experience with a strong benefits package including medical, dental, and vision.

We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and people with lived experiences of homelessness to apply.




Larry Cohen