Community Innovation Strategist

Arlington Thrive | Washington, DC


The Organization

Arlington Thrive is the only organization in Arlington County, Virginia that provides same-day, emergency financial assistance to County residents who experience sudden financial crisis such as temporary unemployment or illness. Most clients are the working poor, elderly and disabled people on a fixed income, and the homeless and formerly homeless who need Arlington Thrive’s funds as a “safety net” until they are able to get back on firmer financial footing. Arlington Thrive’s clients are among Arlington County’s most vulnerable residents.

Position Overview

Funded through a grant from Arlington County and private donations, this position is tasked with identifying and, more importantly, providing solutions to root causes of evictions, systemic poverty, and gaps in the Social Safety Net in Arlington County, Virginia. The goal of this position is to identify challenges and barriers for this at-risk population to eventually help lead to policy changes.

Initial funding is through June 2022.

Erik Gutshall served on the Arlington County Board from 2017 until his passing in the spring of 2020.  An advocate for all Arlingtonians especially the economically disadvantaged, this position is named in his honor.

Job Summary

  • Identify pathways to eviction and creative strategies to reduce eviction in Arlington
  • Identify discrepancies and barriers to stability through a racial lens
  • Identify effective practices from around the country that could be piloted in Arlington
  • Collaborate with DHS and agency partner leaders and case managers to identify most effective way for Thrive case manager to provide additional and intensive case management support to target population 
  • Create overarching recommendations and pilot programming that will help reduce financial crisis for all at-risk County residents going forward


Additional Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain knowledge base of services available to Thrive clients
  • Collaborate with Thrive partners include DHS and other County nonprofit organizations to identify service gaps and opportunities for improving services
  • Establish systems to support resource sharing across County partners
  • Oversee ongoing knowledge management of effective practices in community services and prepare recommendations for strategic partners including DHS and other nonprofit organizations
  • Identify strategies for Thrive to play a leadership role in the County around social services provision


Required Experience/Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years of experience
  • Strong background in quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office – Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Commits to innovation, collaboration and congeniality with colleagues and Thrive supporters in a perpetual pursuit of excellence


Preferred Skills & Attributes

  • Public Policy, Data Analytics, or Social Work background is desired
  • Understand root causes of poverty and financial crisis in Arlington
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus

Note: This position requires a minimum of 25 hours per week but funding is available for a full-time position.

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

How to Apply

email resume and cover letter to:

Please do not call the office.

Arlington Thrive

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