Programs Director

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Programs Director


826 Valencia


The Tenderloin Programs Director ensures that the students who attend our 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.

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 40 like-minded organizations world-wide.

The Programs Director reports to the Director of Education. The Programs Director leads a team of six staff members. They will supervise one Programs Manager (who supervises three AmeriCorps associates), two Programs Coordinators, interns, and volunteers.

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; 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 (who supervises three AmeriCorps associates) and two programs coordinators 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, participate in internal committees on diversity, equity and inclusion, the annual 826 National conference, anti-racism trainings, other professional development workshops, and performance appraisal systems
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
All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Bachelor’s degree
Teaching Credential, English and/or Elementary Education, with CLAD certification
At least ten years of experience in education and five years 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
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 and 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 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.
This exempt, full-time role (40 hours per week) is based at the Tenderloin Center, 180 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this role is currently remote with high-speed Internet access needed, but will return to the office when we reopen our centers. Candidates must be located in or willing to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area by Monday, August 2, and able to work in an open-office environment where there may be substantial ambient noise and overheard conversations.


$75,000 to $85,000 Annual Salary, with $1,000-per-year language premium for employees 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 COVID-19 paid time off available through federal and state COVID-19 leave regulations)
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)
Reimbursement for local work-related travel expenses, such as between writing centers and school sites. While working remotely due to COVID-19, partial reimbursement for high-speed Internet and utilities
Relocation support may be available if moving to California from another state
30% discount at all 826 Valencia stores
Please fill out this short application: Send a résumé and cover letter to with “Tenderloin Programs Director” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 15 or until filled.

826 Valencia is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse staff and inclusive work environment. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous 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
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Expires: 2021-06-16