Programs Director

PositionPrograms DirectorBased out ofTenderloin Center at 180 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco. Must be able to work in an open-office where there may be ambient noiseReports toDirector of EducationHoursFull-time (40 hours/week), Monday to Friday, 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (subject to change based on program needs), some evenings and weekends as requiredStatusExempt, SalariedSalary$80,000-$90,000 annually with full benefits + a $1,000 language premium for those who meet the criteriaTo ApplyFill out this short application and submit your résumé and cover letter to by Friday, August 26. Please write the position name in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Who We Are
826 Valencia is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our innovative model has inspired more than forty like-minded organizations worldwide.
Position Summary
The Tenderloin Programs Director ensures that students develop their writing skills, confidence, and pride by participating in welcoming, creative, and rigorous programs, including Podcasting Field Trips, After-School Writing Workshops, and In-Schools Programs at both our Tenderloin Center and in local schools. Our ideal candidate has a proven track record of meeting the needs of students of color who live in under-resourced communities, has actively closed the opportunity gap, and is excited to help students develop their voices as published authors. The Tenderloin Programs Director is an experienced manager who can support a diverse team of staff and volunteers to do their jobs well and develop professionally. The Tenderloin Programs Director also 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 leads a team of six staff members, including one Programs Manager (who supervises one Programs Coordinator and two AmeriCorps members), one Programs Coordinator, one AmeriCorps member, and interns and volunteers. 
Key Responsibilities
Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Direct three innovative, high-quality, project-based programs that provide students with a unique opportunity to develop skills, express ideas creatively, and demonstrate learning; support the Tenderloin Youth Leadership Advisory Board and Black Literary Achievement Club
  • Oversee assigned daily program operations and coordinate assigned activities for all Tenderloin Center programs
  • 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; develop supporting curricular resources
  • Build relationships and develop impactful partnerships with community-based organizations
  • 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 and objectives; evaluate program effectiveness to develop improved methods for program delivery and report on impact
  • Manage programs-related student publications and coordinate release parties for students and families
  • Report on program progress to Advancement and Volunteer Engagement Teams
  • Supervise and support one Programs Manager (who supervises one Programs Coordinator and two AmeriCorps members), one Programs Coordinator, and one AmeriCorps member 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
  • Actively participate in 826 Valencia meetings, internal committees on diversity, equity and inclusion, performance appraisal systems, and other work events, such as anti-racism trainings, professional development workshops, and the annual 826 National conference
  • Meet all deadlines
  • Provide updated language for 826 Valencia website and publication materials related to Tenderloin Center programs
  • Provide updates to the Advancement Team and host funder site visits, as needed
  • Work collaboratively with all staff members to ensure robust programming
  • All other duties as assigned by Supervisor and the Executive Director
Education and Experience Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Teaching Credential, English and/or Elementary Education, with CLAD certification and/or proven track record serving students of color who live in low income communities 
  • At least 10 years of experience in education and 5 years of experience in management
  • Demonstrated ability to improve student achievement
  • Familiarity with Google Suite and Microsoft Office programs
  • Experience using Google Classroom and Zoom (preferred)
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Arabic (preferred)
  • Able to complete a background check and Tuberculosis screening. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment but will not hire anyone with a record that includes a conviction of a serious or violent felony, sexual offense, or controlled substance offense
  • Able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including booster dose when eligible, or participate in an interactive process for accommodations. Able to follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines while in our Writing Centers, schools, or at work events
Required Competencies
  • 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; tailors approach based on this understanding. Applies a culturally competent lens to work, ensuring an inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds can thrive
  • 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 them 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; outlines a compelling career progression within the department and builds an environment for growth and development; develops and implements systems to celebrate team accomplishments
  • $80,000 to $90,000 with full benefits + a $1,000 language premium for those who meet the criteria
  • Paid Time Off: 15 Vacation days per year (increases to 20 days after two years), approximately 9 Wellness days per year, 13 holidays, and winter office closure. Additional time off available through California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
  • Health insurance coverage, Employee Assistance Program, group life insurance
  • Pre-Tax Savings: 401(k) plan with employer match, Flexible Spending Account for health and dependent care expenses, Commuter Benefits
  • Professional development funds (budget permitting)
  • Relocation support may be available if moving to California from another state
  • 30% discount at all 826 Valencia Stores
826 Valencia is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse staff and inclusive work environment. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or 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: You can read about our core values at