0901 - Mayoral Staff XIII

Policy Director, Early Childhood and Family Education

Recruitment #TEX-0901-084855


P E O P L E . P O W E R . C O M M U N I T Y . IN P L A C E .

Policy Director, Early Childhood and Family Education

HOPE SF, Office of the Mayor, City and County of San Francisco

Position Summary Overview

The Policy Director for Early Childhood and Community Education directs and designs policies and programs related to early care, education and the development of community schools for the HOPE SF initiative within the Office of the Mayor. The goal of the position is to dramatically improve the educational ecosystems across the life-course for HOPE SF communities by advancing policies and practices that counter symptoms of inequality across education and early care, and support families’ hopes, dreams and opportunities for their children.

A public-private partnership led by Mayor Breed, the San Francisco Foundation, and Enterprise Community Partners, the Partnership for HOPE SF is the nation’s first large-scale community development effort to rebuild public housing into vibrant, racially equitable and inclusive mixed-income communities without displacement of original residents. We believe that the symptoms of community trauma across are neighborhoods are the product of decades of intentional and racialized economic, political and social isolation, a lack of investment in economic development for the maintenance and improvement of the built environment, the loss of social capital with the flight of middle class families, and the segregation of poverty and exposures to high levels of violence. Alice Griffith, Sunnydale, Potrero Hill, and Hunters View. Mobilizing nearly $2.5 billion over twenty years, our public private partnership envisions a San Francisco where race and place are not barriers to opportunity and prosperity within the City.

The Policy Director for Early Childhood and Community Education aims to build a family-supportive services system across early childhood and education that disrupts intergenerational poverty and community trauma through the following priority areas of work:

(1) Strategic Leadership Development of K-8 Community Schools. Serve as the representational face, often on behalf of the Director, for the public-private leadership of HOPE SF educational strategies. Together with SFUSD, families, and community education liaisons, build systems that strive to deepen and strengthen partnerships with parents and children during these key years, resulting in community-schools based practices across HOPE SF.

(2) Design Early Educational Eco-Systems Supportive of “Cradle-to-Career” Learning. Design and advance policies, practices and resource flows related to education pathways, particularly for young children and their families across the child’s life-course. The first years of life are crucial to building a strong foundation for educational success. Together with OECE and the Governor’s Office, build systems that strive to deepen and strengthen partnerships with parents and children from birth-3rd grade, ensuring a greater focus on parents, community stewardship and family heritage will be advanced and honored in the new developments and changing schools.

(3) Innovate Budget and Policy for “Life-Course” Education Partnerships. Identify, design, and advance innovative budget and policy solutions that dramatically improve access to and outcomes for economic advancement for HOPE SF families through education related pathways.  

(a) Staff collaboration and peer support. Strategic leadership of and collaboration with internal HOPE SF economic mobility and family wellness staff, including sharing in strategic budgets, logic models, interagency collaborations, and communications strategies related thereto. Identifies and advances integrated and effective policies, resources and practices across economic mobility, health, early care and education systems, aiming to improve resident utilization of educational resources and services funded by public and private sectors. Highlights promising and potentially unconventional educational practices and bright spots, including at alternative schools.

(b)Inter-agency lead for family systems. Directs a multi-systems public sector table of agencies supporting HOPE SF families, hosting regular meetings, engaging in 1:1 relationship building, and collaborating on cross-systems policy and resource innovations to achieve the HOPE SF shared result. Includes working across systems leaders for the establishment an educational pathways across the life-course with core HOPE SF partners, identifying opportunities for leverage and innovation where possible.

Because we believe the world as it currently exists is not the world we dream for our families, the work involves and requires significant vision and creativity. While the above essential duties reflect current priority areas for the position, HOPE SF welcomes innovators, individuals who may have different approaches to or takes on healing-centered family systems, and systems change generally. The below is a useful framework for re-imagining new systems:

Position Background and Research 

Over the past decade, a significant body of education and social science literature has emerged focusing on the social determinants of educational achievement, which refers to the socioeconomic, community, and structural factors that influence education across diverse populations. This research has highlighted the ways in which inequities in educational outcomes are linked to neighborhood social and economic processes, which in turn are shaped by institutions that create or perpetuate privilege and inequity, including schools. The Policy Director, Early Childhood and Community Education mobilizes the political leadership of Mayor London N. Breed, City and philanthropic resources, public sector agency partnerships, and school and community based organizational programs and relationships to build a results-based and integrated early care and education system for low-income communities of color. 

Position Tasks

Specific exemplar tasks and milestones of this role may include: Strategic Leadership Development of K-8 Community Schools

Through the public-private Partnership for HOPE SF, conduct meetings with SFUSD leadership, philanthropic and City partners, and owner-operators to establish protocols for the design, funding, education delivery progress, and community partnership models for HOPE SF community schools;

In partnership with SFUSD data analysts, provide strategic performance insights on data trends for HOPE SF youth, particularly with respect to attendance and academic performance;

Publicly champion HOPE SF best practices for system reform in various SFUSD professional development venues and initiatives, including across Bayview Ignite and cohort professional development, PITCH (Superintendent Matthews) initiative, school board presentations, and the African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative

Launch the HOPE SF Promise, a trust fund for targeted evidence-based investments in per-pupil spending determined by principals, including incentives for student performance for deeply low-income children lacking or unable to receive rewards for excellence, targeted learning tools for children with gifted and special needs, targeted teacher trainings, etc.; and/or

Public speaking and/or limited travel related to representation of the initiative and the Mayor’s Officer related to any of the above.

Design Educational Eco-Systems Supportive of “Cradle-to-Career” Learning

Support implementation of best practices for family engagement, early childhood support and programming, and capacity building across HOPE SF communities to increase utilization of high-quality early childhood resources;

Attend meetings and policy design sessions with Office of Early Care and Education, First 5 and Department of Children, Youth and their Families in connection with cradle-to-career strategies;

Identify and design literacy best practices related to birth-3rd grade reading, including in connection with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading;

Advocate for and champion community based providers across HOPE SF supportive of early care and education; and/or

Author policy proposals and service plans related to the above in connection with early care and education.

Innovate Budget and Policy for “Life-Course” Education Partnerships

Perform data analysis of educational partnership bright spots, including non-profit, charter, parochial and private institutions successfully serving HOPE SF children and families;

Strengthen and seed educational partnerships, including potentially with OnePurpose, Rise!, alternative

Advocate for and support HOPE SF owner-operators use, tracking and reporting on a core set of educational indicators, consistent with initiative goals of achieving racially equitable, inclusive, mixed-income community transformation; ·        

Provide mayoral support to each HOPE SF site to demonstrate a set of community-level strategies related to historical and institutional educational inequality;

Co-facilitate department head and deputy director level tables around social services for HOPE SF communities, particularly as it relates to education partnerships across the life-course in human services, children, youth and families, and juvenile probation; and/or

Policy drafting and other general support to the initiative

Who We Are

HOPE SF has a vision of a San Francisco where race and place are not barriers to economic prosperity and social mobility. Out of a historical legacy of racial segregation, neighborhood disinvestment, and economic isolation in Sunnydale, Potrero Hill, Alice Griffith and Huntersview, HOPE SF was created as the nation’s first public-private partnership aimed at large-scale public housing transformation by connecting community to power through the combination of new housing, networks, and healing-centered supportive services. Our learnings have advanced HOPE SF – first, as a “reparations initiative,” explicitly and relentlessly acknowledging the harm done to low-income communities of color through policy structures; secondly, as a movement ground in the non-displacement of legacy families, or original public housing households; and lastly, operationalized through a collective impact model that seeks inclusive community development through mutually reinforcing activities of a broad cross-sector of stakeholders.

HOPE SF is expanding, seeking talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to repair and transform the lives and neighborhoods of underserved communities of color. We want people with excellent judgement, who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and problem solvers, and who are comfortable in the fast-paced community of continuous learning. Particularly, the HOPE SF backbone team housed in the Mayor’s Office is strengthening our organizational structure and creating systems of collaboration to strategically deploy our resources and staff .The Policy Director, Early Childhood and Community Education will be integral to achieving this vision.

The strongest candidates will have:

7-10 years of experience in education, community wellness, early childhood and/or civil rights 

 5-7 years of senior leadership and supervisory experience

Knowledge of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, particularly public housing communities;

Existing relationships with HOPE SF stakeholders, understanding of citywide systems, demographic trends, and experience in supporting low-income families of color in navigating resources and systems within the City and County of San Francisco;

A proven record of effectively planning, organizing and using resources to take action;

A deep knowledge of project management and client or community-centered engagement tools and methods; ·        

Expertise in implementing culturally responsive programs, policies and/or systems that celebrate diverse traditions and cultures;

Experience building trust, and developing relationships with families in underserved communities of color;

Experience with effective communication and presentations to large groups; and

Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Office, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to organize and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data for presentations.  

What It Means to Work Here

When you join our HOPE SF team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, intellectually demanding, entrepreneurial and equity-focused initiative that approaches neighborhood revitalization as a social justice movement requiring relentless collaboration across an array of stakeholders. Our partnership is organized around the following operating principles for reparations:

Radical Love of Residents. Understanding the historical and institutional harm done on our communities, we prioritize durable, consistent and compassionate healing ground in a persistent commitment to acknowledging the power, history and resilience of our residents.

Accountability to Equity through Results. We use data to advance racial equity, address disproportionality, and inform decision making, assessing resource allocations and strategic interventions according to results-based accountability;

Healing-Centered Transformation. Based on the belief that “if we don’t transform trauma, we transmit it,”1 we hold ourselves and our partners accountable to help heal pain across systems, communities and individuals;

Trusted Community Collaboration through Collective Impact. We build community capacity through partnerships that leverage trusted relationships, center power in the neighborhood, and durably serve.

Public System Transformation for Families. We advance a coordinated and holistic system of care that is organized around the needs of families, and holds our public system accountable.

Currently, HOPE SF aims to operationalize the above principles through four interlocking strategies- create pathways supportive of individual and household mobility and well-being (“People”); disrupt existing systems of decision-making and resource allocation by supporting resident influence and leadership (“Power”); advance social cohesion and stewardship for sustaining long-term community development (“Community”); all, while equitably transforming the built environment of communities of disinvestment without displacement (“Place”).

What We Offer

HOPE SF offers a salary commensurate with experience, and a comprehensive benefits package including dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.  

The City and County of San Francisco is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to repair and transform the lives and neighborhoods of underserved communities of color. We want people with excellent judgment, who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and problem solvers, and who are comfortable in the fast-paced community of continuous learning. Diverse candidates from groups historically underrepresented in senior community development leadership, including formerly incarcerated, transgender, queer, and/or undocumented persons, racial and ethnic minorities, and/or women, are especially encouraged to apply.

We want someone who will honor and learn from the stories and experiences of our residents, community organizations and cross-agency service providers, and who will strengthen our residents’ abilities to support the health, education, economic mobility and overall well-being of their families. They will understand the urgency of the issues facing low-income communities and will be committed to getting results while working in a fast paced environment. This position is an excellent for a candidate looking to build real community power and play a key role in organizing some of the most consequential neighborhood transformation in the Bay Area.  


Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:Federal, State and local laws and regulations related to the specific functions of the discipline managed in addition to knowledge of executive management, finances, budgeting, negotiating and communications.

Ability to:Provide strong leadership, manage subordinate staff, exercise effective judgment in critical/emergency situations, analyze complicated and sensitive issues, and communicate and provide options clearly to the Mayor, Mayoral staff, commissions, boards, committees, other agencies and the public.  

Apply the principles of public administration, financial and personnel management and effectively interpret all applicable laws, ordinances and codes. 

Exercise independent analysis, adaptability and judgment on specialized proposals with difficult, complicated options. 

Effectively present Mayor's policies and opinions to outside entities such as the public, boards, commissions and government agencies. 

Maintain harmonious relationship with managers, City officials, unions, employees and the public.

Special Requirements:Qualifications including a requirement for specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, education, experience, or licenses may be established for individual positions.

Selection Plan

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

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Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions you may contact Karen Henderson, by telephone at 415-701-5557, or by email at Karen.henderson@sfgov.org =


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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Exam Type:  Exempt
Issued:  03/06/2019
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-0901-084855
Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development/ KH/ 415-701-5557


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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