Program Officer, Youth Collaboration & Public Policy

Job Description:

The True Colors Fund is seeking a Program Officer who is eager to join a collaborative team at a fast-growing organization committed to social justice and equality. This is an exciting opportunity to gain extensive program experience within a national non-profit organization and make a real difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth experiencing homelessness across the country.

The Program Officer will work to advance the efforts of two core True Colors Fund program areas. Through our Youth Collaboration and Public Policy programs, the organization works at the national, state, and local levels to ensure that youth with lived experiences of homelessness, in particular LGBTQ youth, are key leaders in developing and implementing the solutions needed to end the problem, as well as advocating to ensure that necessary funding and policies are in place.

One key way that the True Colors Fund is working to achieve these goals is through the National Youth Forum on Homelessness (NYFH), which we co-facilitate with the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The NYFH is a group comprised exclusively of young people contributing to the growing national dialogue on making youth homelessness “rare, brief, and one-time.” The Program Officer will work with NYFH and other young leaders across the country to develop youth leadership bodies that will directly inform local and national strategies to end youth homelessness.

The position calls for an innovative, driven, fun personality that is passionate about working with young people, and a strong interest in advocacy and public policy to create meaningful change that impacts marginalized communities.


Youth Collaboration

  • Mentor young people with experiences of homelessness and/or housing instability to lead community initiatives across the country.
  • Train young people and community stakeholders on various topics related to youth collaboration and youth homelessness.
  • Work with senior staff to prepare presentations and other educational materials.
  • Coordinate travel, lodging, ground transportation, and logistics for groups of 15+.
  • Organize and facilitate monthly calls with key stakeholders for technical assistance and other programmatic purposes.
  • Attend conferences and on-site convenings as necessary.
  • Track relevant activities and prepare reports as needed.

Public Policy

  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with policy-makers and their staff, advocacy partners (both grassroots & grasstops), and coalitions.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Public Policy to develop funding request letters, policy issue briefs, newsletters, and other materials as necessary in order to inform policy-makers and the general public about issues impacting youth homelessness.
  • Monitor state and local level policies/legislation pertaining to youth homelessness.
  • Plan, implement, and participate in relevant committee or task force meetings.
  • Track relevant legislation and prepare reports as needed.


  • Demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ youth, civil rights, and ending youth homelessness.
  • Experience working with young people who have experienced homelessness.
  • Experience training young people to work with local or national partners on policies and practice efforts.
  • Knowledge and/or noted interest in public policy, congressional legislative, and federal regulatory processes.
  • Experience working with local or national partners on policies and practice efforts to end youth homelessness.
  • Detail-oriented and adept at multi-tasking and planning.
  • Willing to travel several times per year.
  • Willing to work remotely when necessary.
  • Willing to adapt, take risks, and embrace failure.
  • Comfortable working with various web-based systems. Google Drive and Salesforce experience a plus.

The Program Officer is preferred to be based out of the True Colors Fund’s Washington, D.C. office, with the possibility of working from the New York City headquarters.

Salary is based on experience with a benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.

The True Colors Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people with lived experiences of homelessness, people of color, people of diverse gender identities, and women to apply.

To apply, please submit a one page cover letter and resume with salary requirements to [email protected] In your cover letter, please highlight in particular why you would like to work at the True Colors Fund, otherwise your resume will not be considered.

Meet Our Staff

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Gregory Lewis

Executive Director & CEO

Joe Moran, PMP

Chief Creative Officer

Jama Shelton, PhD

Strategy Advisor

Justin T. Rush, JD

Director of Public Policy

Twiggy Pucci Garçon

Program Director

Christa Price, LMSW

Senior Program Officer

Nick Seip

Program & Communications Officer

Coco Wheeler, MSW

Program Officer

Selina Lee

Development & Operations Associate