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Deputy Executive Director

Point Source Youth
New York City, New York
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Focus Areas
Housing / Shelter
Job Function
Executive / Senior Management
Position Type
Full Time
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The Client

Founded in 2015, Point Source Youth is a 501(c)3 organization working nationally to prevent and end homelessness for all young people, with a focus on LGBTQ+ youth. They help advocate for, implement, and evaluate proven, scalable, and replicable youth homelessness interventions to increase housing options for youth. Point Source Youth’s liberation focused model trusts young people as experts in their lives and wellbeing. Their youth-centered solutions provide support for rapid re-housing, host homes, direct cash transfers, and family and kinship strengthening. Each solution centers youth choice and empowers young people to make vital decisions that positively impact their lives.

Point Source Youth partners with service providers and youth advocates across the country to develop innovative solutions and conduct research and program evaluation. Rooted in their belief in the power of local change, their team of regional technical assistance experts empower communities on the ground working to end youth homelessness. In further support of their collective and regional approach to ending the national youth homelessness crisis, Point Source Youth convenes a national symposium and three regional (rural, southern, and western) conferences, reaching 3,000 annual attendees.

Point Source Youth believes that all people have the unconditional right to housing. All partners share their core values and prioritize serving the most historically marginalized youth, including BIPOC, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ youth.

Since its inception, Point Source Youth has been growing rapidly. The organization, which is overseen by an eight-person Board of Directors, is expected to operate with over $3 million in revenue in 2022 and 11 nationally distributed staff. Continued expansion of revenue, programs, and staff is expected in the near term.   

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The Position

In this newly created position, the Deputy Executive Director will report to and partner with the Executive Director to lead Point Source Youth’s growth and advance its mission. The Deputy ED will articulate and operationalize a strategic vison for building Point Source Youth’s infrastructure. With oversight for Communications and Programs and responsibility for a $2.5+ million budget, the Deputy ED will initially manage a team of eight including two direct reports. Based on projected growth, staff oversight will likely double in the next two years. Key responsibilities include:


  • Provide strong, collaborative, and intentional day-to-day leadership to bridge teams and support a results and rest-driven culture;
  • Apply an intersectional, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist framework that ensures all work lifts up and centers BIPOC, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ youth;
  • Build a diverse and inclusive culture on a foundation of transparency, open communication, and collaboration;
  • Mentor and coach staff using a supportive and collaborative approach;
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, develop and track the annual budget;
  • In collaboration with the Management Team, create multi-year program and strategic plans.

Organizational Development

  • Develop and implement human resource systems and structures including creating consistent and equitable job descriptions and leading the annual review process;
  • Lead expansion of the team including the addition of human resources and policy positions;
  • Ensure all staff receive timely and appropriate training and professional development opportunities;
  • Define OKRs and set and hold staff accountable to KPIs;
  • Develop multi-year staffing plans and corresponding organizational charts.


  • Manage the Vice President of Programs and oversee of a four-person Program team with responsibility for strengthening and expanding existing programs and launching and growing new programs;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development to grow corporate, foundation, individual and major gift revenue;
  • Assist in the expansion of rapidly growing technical assistance revenue, including developing strategies and identifying opportunities for contract work that results in technical assistance revenue and partnerships with government agencies and local service providers;
  • Provide strategic direction for and continued enhancement of national and local solutions to end homelessness;
  • Promote effective engagement with national partners that deepens and expands work across movements to end youth homelessness;
  • Center authentic engagement with youth and the youth advisory council to continuously improve and deepen all work.


  • Manage the Vice President of Communications and oversee a three-person Communications team with responsibility for all internal and external communications;
  • Ensure compelling content, successful execution and continued growth of all webinars and events including the annual national symposium and three regional conferences;
  • Provide strategic oversight to the enhancement and marketing of a growing collection of national youth homelessness handbooks that provide essential resources for community partners to implement solutions;
  • Oversee and grow web traffic, social engagement and impact, increasing annual impressions and engagements.

Professional Requirements

The Deputy ED will foster a diverse, transparent, and inclusive culture and they will ensure an anti-racist framework is integrated into all work, both internal and external. They will be responsible for applying an intersectional and equity lens to Point Source Youth’s work that lifts up and centers BIPOC, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ youth. The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Experience, ideally both lived and professional, addressing youth homelessness and economic justice;
  • Prior management of relevant programs, including experience leading youth engagement and youth-centered programs;
  • Organizational and leadership development experience, ideally in a mission-driven nonprofit;
  • Demonstrated systems thinking experience and proven ability to catalyze effective change through a holistic approach to analysis of systems and structures;
  • Superior management skills including a demonstrated ability to build and lead a growing team;
  • Coaching and mentoring skills, including prior experience with staff who work with youth;
  • Creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills;
  • Exceptional project management skills;
  • Previous nonprofit budget and revenue responsibility.

Personal Characteristics

The ideal candidate will be a flexible, collaborative, and entrepreneurial leader who is energized working in a rapid growth, fast-paced environment. They will thrive in the current start-up culture and have the vision and skills to lead the organization into its next phase of growth. They will uphold Point Source Youth’s pillars of honest, radical, and innovative work, will uplift staff, and support both a results and rest-driven culture. The new Deputy Executive Director will approach leadership as a counselor, mentor, and coach. They will hold space for transformational change while supporting a nurturing and human-centered culture. In addition to a passion for Point Source Youth’s mission, they will have the following:

  • Excellent judgment, including a commitment to maintaining confidential information;
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including youth with lived experiences of homelessness;
  • Commitment to social justice frameworks including race, gender, economic justice, and equity;
  • Ability, on occasion, to work evenings, weekends, and irregular hours;
  • Ability to travel and work effectively in a variety of geographic, political, and cultural settings.


Point Source Youth is offering a competitive salary, commensurate with the lived and professional experience and qualifications of the selected candidate. They provide an excellent benefits package including 100% employer paid health insurance and a fully funded Healthcare Spending Account equal to the annual deductible. Point Source Youth also provides a 401(k) with a 4% match, dental and vision insurance, and a monthly allowance for a home office and self-care. In additional to a generous PTO policy and holiday schedule, the Point Source Youth offices are closed for one week during the summer and three weeks at the end of the year.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for a purpose-driven leader and creative builder to scale-up a radically transformative organization working at the leading edge of the movement to end youth homelessness. The new Deputy Executive Director will lead by example and build structures that support the organization’s evolution to be centered in restful and wellness practices. They will collaborate with and complement the Executive Director to ensure that Point Source Youth continues to be an innovative national leader in the youth homelessness space.


Ideally, the new Deputy Executive Director will live in the wider New York City Metro Area, the wider Washington, DC metro area, the wider Los Angeles metro area, or the wider Bay Area metro area.


Please submit a résumé and original cover letter that describes your interest in the organization’s mission and qualifications for the position as attachments via e-mail to:

Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner

McCormack + Kristel

1740 Broadway, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212.531.5003 | Fax: 212.203.9599        

Email: | Website


All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.  Please note that your education, dates of employment and other information will be verified prior to an offer.


McCormack + Kristel works only with equal opportunity employers. Point Source Youth does not discriminate in any of its employment policies or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

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