Executive Director

Safe Place for Youth

Posted: 3/23/2021

Position Type: Full-Time

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Housing/Shelter

City: Los Angeles

Postal code: 90038

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M



Mission statement:

Safe Place for Youth prioritizes low barriers for entry, harm-reduction, a trauma-informed approach, and the provision of a safe, supportive environment. 

Their mission is to empower young people experiencing homelessness to thrive by providing lasting, community-driven solutions that address racial and social inequity.


Position Details:

Job Description:

Safe Place for Youth – Executive Director

Safe Place for Youth is seeking a visionary and empathetic Executive Director who will lead the overall strategic direction, organizational development, and fundraising efforts to help SPY maximize its impact, particularly during this historical moment of heightened precariousness and increased need.

What started out as a grassroots effort built on volunteerism has transformed. into a well-established nonprofit with expanding programming. At the same time SPY has maintained its connection to the authentic labor of love that provided its initial spark and inspiration. The Executive Director will inherit an organization with a strong foundation developed by Alison Hurst as the Founding Executive Director and further expand SPY’s reach to address the crisis of youth. homelessness.

The next Executive Director will be able to harness the existing momentum to enhance the innovative programs and services for which SPY has become known. The Executive Director will help grow and expand SPY’s footprint and will lead the organization in accordance with the strategic plan (2021 –2024) that proudly “envisions a world where all young people lead safe, stable, self-directed lives.” Additionally, the Executive Director must be able to build on the excitement of Safe Place for Youth’s growth and apply an entrepreneurial zeal and mindset. This will include leveraging the power of metrics and data to strengthen the organization’s visibility and brand as a leader in homeless youth services in Venice, West Los Angeles, and beyond.

Safe Place for Youth (SPY) is a West Los Angeles based non-profit organization that supports youth between the ages of 12-25 who experience homelessness and housing insecurity.


This includes the correlating populations at greater risk of homelessness: former foster care youth, youth with a history of juvenile justice involvement, youth who identify as LGBTQ+, youth who identify as BIPOC. Founded in 2011, SPY’s mission is to empower young people experiencing homelessness to thrive by providing lasting, community-driven solutions that address racial and social inequity. Over the past 9 years, SPY has grown from a 100% volunteer-based organization to one with a professional staff of 85 and 11 core program components.

To access the full position description with a comprehensive list of core competencies, please click the following link. 


Compensation for this position will start at an annual base salary of $170,000 and an attractive benefits package.


Not Specified


$155k - 175k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:


Michelle Bonoan and Navid Nakai of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this

search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Michelle and Navid directly through the following link.

All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Safe Place for Youth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

Safe Place for Youth is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Posted By: Koya Leadership Partners


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