Programs Director (Tenderloin Center)

Position Programs Director (Tenderloin Center) Reports to Director of Education Supervises 1 Programs Manager, 2 Programs Coordinators, 2 AmeriCorps Programs Associates, Volunteers and Interns Status Exempt Hours Monday - Friday, 9:30AM - 6:00PM, with weekends and evenings as required Salary $75,000-$85,000/year with full benefits To Apply Please send a résumé and cover letter to with Tenderloin Programs Director in the subject line. Please also fill out this short application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through November 15 or until filled.
Position Summary
The Tenderloin Programs Director ensures that the students who attend programs at our Tenderloin Center and in our Tenderloin Schools develop their skills, confidence, and pride in welcoming, creative, and rigorous programs: Podcasting Field Trips, After School Writing Workshops, and In-Schools. Our ideal candidate has a proven track record meeting the needs of students of color who live in low-income communities, has actively closed the opportunity gap, and is excited to help students develop their voices as published authors. The Tenderloin Programs Director is a supportive and experienced manager who can support a diverse team of staff and volunteers to do their jobs well, and helps each team member develop professionally. Whether programs happen online, in person at our centers, or at our partner schools, the Tenderloin Programs Director develops well-scaffolded, standards-aligned, and engaging writing curriculum and nurtures strategic partnerships with other organizations, teachers, and parents to best meet students’ needs.
Reporting Relationships
The Programs Director reports to the Director of Education. The Programs Director will supervise one Programs Manger, two Programs Coordinators, two AmeriCorps Associates, interns, and volunteers.
Major Responsibilities:
Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Direct three innovative, high-quality, project-based programs that provide students with a unique opportunity to demonstrate learning, develop skills, and express ideas creatively.
  • Support the Tenderloin Youth Leadership Advisory Board and Black Literary Achievement Club.
  • Oversee assigned daily program operations and coordinate assigned program activities for all programs run out of the Tenderloin Center.
  • Develop outreach campaigns to ensure partner schools and focal student populations are aware of services and recruited to engage in programs.
  • Build systems to manage effective and expedient communication with teachers to schedule field trips and share information about students/curricular goals and develop supporting curricular resources.
  • Build relationships with community-based organizations to develop effective partnerships.
  • Design culturally-responsive, engaging, standards-based curriculum for a diverse group of learners with varied strengths and needs.
  • Determine program priorities and track progress towards goals/objectives; evaluate program effectiveness to develop improved methods for program delivery and report out impact.
  • Manage related student publications and coordinate release parties for students and families.
  • Report on program progress to fundraising and volunteer teams.
  • Supervise and support one programs manager, two programs coordinators and two AmeriCorps members by providing ongoing coaching and conducting formal evaluations.
  • Coordinate and supervise the activities of assigned volunteers. Recruit, train, support, and celebrate volunteers to ensure adequate staffing. Track volunteer participation in Salesforce.
  • Supervise interns effectively and support their professional development.
Other Duties
  • Attend staff meetings, annual 826 National conference, and other professional development workshops.
  • Meet all deadlines.
  • Update relevant sections of the 826 Valencia website and publication materials.
  • Provide updates to development staff and host funders as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with all staff members to ensure robust programming.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Teaching Credential, English and/or Elementary Education, with CLAD certification
  • At least ten years of experience in teaching and five years experience in management
  • Demonstrated ability to improve student achievement
  • Preferred: experience using Google Classroom and Zoom; bilingual in Spanish or Arabic
Required Skills and Abilities
  • Designs enduring, scalable, and codified systems for sustainable programs that plan for interdependencies, risks and contingencies.
  • Leads others in creative problem solving, applying project management and field best practices.
  • Develops and implements systems to effectively support managers in developing and demonstrating management skills; develops and implements accountability and coaching structures to support team members at all job levels.
  • Develops and implements systems to take down silos within and across departments, creating formal/informal structures for cross-department collaboration that leverages differences and inspires trust among members.
  • Demonstrates awareness of cultural values, biases and differences in self and others and tailors approach based on this understanding. Applies a culturally competent lens to work.
  • Demonstrates highly developed awareness of how one's leadership and behaviors directly and indirectly impact others; anticipates and understands implications and communicates these across the organization.
  • Confidently leads the team through times of change and transition, working with the team to identify opportunities for innovation and new possibilities amidst change.
  • Identifies and understands stakeholder perspectives. Anticipates and embraces stakeholder reactions and works to address concerns in ways that resonate.
  • Creates a culture of professional development, continuous feedback, and mutual support among staff within purview and in collaboration with other directors; provides a compelling career progression within the department and environment for growth and development; develops and implements systems to celebrate team accomplishments.
826 Valencia is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 826 Valencia does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, political orientation, disability, veteran status, or gender identity or expression. For more information, read the 826 Stand.