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Recruitment: RTF0131107-01092900

Published: February 21, 2023

Accepting applications until: February 19, 2023


Nathaniel Cleveland Jr -

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Department: Department of Early Childhood
Job class: 0923-Manager II
Starting salary range: $131,248.00 - $167,492.00 (Range A)
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Specific information regarding this recruitment process are listed below:

  • Application Opening: February 3, 2023
  • Application Deadline: February 19, 2023
  • Annual Salary: $131,248 to $167,492 (Compensation Database)
  • Recruitment ID: PEX-0923-131108

The Department of Early Childhood (DEC) is a City and County of San Francisco Department dedicated to our young children's safe and healthy development.

As the City’s largest funder of early childhood, DEC is committed to creating a system that ensures every child can thrive and learn. We provide public investment, expertise, and leadership to put resources into the hands of those who care for our City’s youngest children.

DEC is the result of a merger of two existing city departments, First 5 and the Office of Early Care and Education. Both First 5 and OECE have long histories of supporting young children and families in San Francisco through innovations in early care and education, family support services, and programs to support children’s healthy development. They merged to expand their capacity and funding and to better integrate the City’s early childhood services.

Racial Equity Commitment 
The Department of Early Childhood condemns all forms of racism, sexism, homo/biphobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination; and affirms that all people – explicitly including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color – have a right to be in our City and have a right to safe and affordable housing, neighborhoods free from pollution and violence, opportunities for educational advancement and wealth creation, healthy births, early childhoods with abundant opportunities to thrive free from the toxic effects of racism, and access to essential services such as parks, transportation, health care, and child care. The Department of Early Childhood is committed to the principles of racial equity and continues to implement new strategies to ensure that every child can learn and thrive. 

Role description

Under direct supervision of the Deputy Director of Child and Family Well-being, this position is responsible for an interdisciplinary team that oversees cross-sectional integration and complex cyclical planning work that supports the entire department.  This position will also support the design and implementation of a multi-level system (individual, programmatic, organizational) for the professional development and personal growth of family support and health providers of funded programs and initiatives as well as cross-sector networking groups for early childhood professionals and the grants and efforts that may stem from these groups.  

In addition, this position is responsible for working closely with managers across all DEC teams and divisions to build and strengthen inter-division collaboration, organization workflow and decision-making, and providing direction on daily operations, policy development, resource allocation, and procedure implementation. This position serves a critical role in department-wide strategic planning, initiative planning cycles, revenue generation and cross-sector initiatives.    

Examples of important and essential functions of this position include:  

  • Overseeing process and convening a body, that annually reviews and updates the Strategic Plan; key leader in the community needs assessment and strategic planning development process every 5 years. 
  • Planning and procurement for several large-scale family support, health and mental health initiatives that occur on a 3 to 5-year cycle and engage multiple city/county departments, community stakeholders, Commissioners, and staff across divisions of DEC. 
  • Scoping, identifying, and overseeing the compilation of programmatic and community information and data that is needed to support the planning processes.  
  • Securing and overseeing external contractors who will facilitate and support initiative planning processes. 
  • Overseeing budget projections for planning processes, ensuring planning processes remain within budgeted amounts both for the planning process and for the overall initiative allocations. 
  • Ensure planning has meaningful and intentional mechanisms for community engagement.  
  • Exploring, securing and managing the generation of new revenue sources (local, state and federal) for the division, including CMAA/Medi-CAL billing, grant-writing and coordination of partners. 
  • Support horizontal integration for the department particularly in the areas of planning, procurement, informational campaigns, field building, workforce development, and provider supports.  
  • Support the design and implementation of a multi-level system (individual, programmatic, organizational) for the professional development and personal growth of family support and health providers of funded programs and initiatives.  
  • Support, facilitate and oversee cross-sector networking groups for early childhood professionals and other cross-sector efforts and initiatives according to principles of early relational heath and continuous quality improvement.  
  • Supervision of staff with a portfolio of cross-sector grants.  
  • Work with other managers to support learning and practice improvement for all department staff in the area of grants and contract management. 
  • May perform other duties as assigned.  

How to qualify

Experience: Four years of professional experience performing programmatic assessment of children and youth programs including the development, implementation, monitoring, and support of programs and services that focus on strengthening families; early care and education; prevention and early intervention; health and wellbeing; youth workforce development and empowerment; out of school time; violence response and truancy prevention; and community building with a focus on children, youth, and their families. 

Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 

Experience Substitution: Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required professional experience. One (1) year is equivalent to 2,000 hours. 

Education Substitution: Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of 2 years). Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five quarter units equals one year.

Desirable Qualification: Two (2) years of supervisory experience in a relevant position.

(One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2000 hours. 2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week. Any overtime hours that you work above (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

Verification: 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

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.

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.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.

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CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.