Community Solutions’ Built for Zero (BfZ) team works with over 80 communities across the US and around the world to build a movement to end homelessness. We seek an experienced, self-motivated candidate to join, the Built for Zero team. The Improvement Advisor will support our Large-Scale Change and Strategic Communities Portfolios.
This position is expected to work flexibly on other Built for Zero portfolio projects and activities as needed, and international travel will be required.
The Built for Zero team draws on a set of core competencies to support communities in their journey towards ending homelessness. The ideal candidate will be very comfortable with two of these competencies in particular: facilitation of teams to achieve goals and Quality Improvement (QI) as a problem-solving and measurement methodology. Special consideration will be given to candidates that have experience in international community development and/or state-level homelessness and housing policy. In addition, the ideal candidate understands homelessness as a complex social problem that requires a cross-sector, systemic response at the community level and has experience using data to measure impact and to inform action.
About Community Solutions:
Community Solutions is the team behind the 100,000 Homes Campaign and the ongoing Built for Zero initiative. The White House, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum have each recognized our fun, user-driven approach to helping communities end homelessness. This position is tied to the Built for Zero initiative, an international network of communities and partners working through a variety of projects to achieve functional zero and effectively end homelessness. Built for Zero communities have already achieved 10 functional zero proof points for their local veteran and/or chronic populations, providing the evidence that doing so is possible and a tipping point such that communities worldwide are now working towards this end.
The candidate of our dreams is organized, but not rigid–– a “get stuff done” kind of person who can work out a plan of action quickly in the face of ambiguity and changing information (this environment offers a lot of both). We’re looking for the sort of person who finds problem solving and complex implementation fun and who prides themselves on seeing multiple paths to the same outcome. You should come to work everyday with a desire to collaborate with your teammates as we serve local change agents in communities around the world.
You should be dedicated and clear-eyed about what it takes to make a difference for some of the most vulnerable people in our societies. You have experience in working on the ground in communities, facilitating collective problem-solving, and analyzing and synthesizing data. You also demonstrate a high level of empathy and flexibility, which will be critical to ensuring successful collaboration with partnering organizations.
International experience is a strong plus, including skill in navigating cross-cultural relationships, quickly understanding public systems, and the ability to operate in languages other than English. US-based candidates with global backgrounds or born outside the US are strongly encouraged to apply.
This work is hard, and our team is relentlessly committed to rigor, measurement and provable impact. You’ll work hard like the rest of us, and every day, you’ll have the satisfaction of contributing to a meaningful outcome that is owned by our whole team. Your title will be Improvement Advisor, but when people ask you what you do, we hope you’ll learn to say, “I’m helping communities end homelessness.”
How do we define success?
Success in the first two years of this works means that 1 Large Scale Change partner will be driving impact at scale and 2 international cities will have reached zero for a target population, thereby demonstrating that ending homelessness outside the US is possible. The successful candidate will also be able to articulate qualitatively and quantitatively key learnings and best practices surfaced from high performing international communities and large-scale change initiatives as a strategy for improvement and scale.
As a member of the Built for Zero team, the successful candidate will:
This position can be located anywhere in the continental United States with a preference for candidates in Los Angeles and Denver. The Built for Zero team has office space in Los Angeles, but the position provides for the flexibility to work from a remote location without the standard support available at an office if such an arrangement meets the needs of Community Solutions.
Salary range is $75,000 to $85,000, depending on experience.
Around 4 to 6 days of travel will be required every month to attend semi-annual team retreats, community site visits, and other on-site trainings or convenings. A few times each year, extended travel (1-2 weeks) will be necessary to locations outside the US. It is estimated that travel will be equally divided between the domestic communities and international communities we work with in Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin America.
Community Solutions seeks leaders at every level: extraordinary, mission oriented people not satisfied with the status quo. We are a team of values driven problem solvers motivated by results. We eagerly seek and support diverse applicants. We provide generous benefits and opportunities for inspiring and transformational professional growth. We pride ourselves in developing an inclusive workplace culture that encourages staff to bring their whole selves to work every day.