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Program Director

Program Management | Santa Rosa, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About First 5

Funded through an increased tax on tobacco products, First 5 Sonoma County (F5SC) is part of a statewide voter initiative established under the California Children and Families Act of 1998 (Proposition 10). Our mission is to promote optimal child development through investments in health, early learning and family resiliency, benefiting children from prenatal to 5 years of age. First 5 Sonoma County envisions a future where all Sonoma County children thrive in healthy, supported environments. Catalysts for systemic change, we partner with school districts, community leaders, the private sector and social and healthcare agencies to develop a service system that meets community needs. By working through partners with a focus on prevention, we are able to maximize our collective impact and cost-effectiveness, and leverage community resources with federal, state and grant dollars.

Our office is located in Santa Rosa, CA. 


The Program Director works closely with the Executive Director to plan and implement the Commission’s strategic priorities, ensuring that Commission investments are data-driven and locally relevant. This position provides oversight and expertise to evaluate the efficacy of funded programs projects and initiatives. In addition, the Program Director supports countywide partners to advance First 5 Sonoma County’s goals and vision of success for improving outcomes and builds the overall system of care for young children and their families in Sonoma County. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Planning and Evaluating Strategic Investments
  • Works closely with the Executive Director and consultants to plan and execute the Commission’s strategic planning processes
  • Ensure alignment of funded partner activities with program goals and strategies
  • Supports Program Coordinators to monitor contract performance
  • Manages First 5 Sonoma County’s evaluation activities, inclusive of liaising with evaluation consultants, development of accountability and reporting requirements for funded partners and providing support for data collection.
  • Manage Commission’s Evaluation Committee(s) 

Community Partnership and Collaboration

  • Work collaboratively with community organizations and partners to improve quality, capacity, and evaluation of services for young children and families, including promoting leading practices and quality standards across service systems.
  • Promote cross-system governance and decision-making for issues affecting children and families.
  • Advocate for young children and families by building a shared vision and creating public/political will for programs for young children.
  • Professionally represent First 5 Sonoma County to promote the achievement of the organization’s mission and goals.

Advancing Social Justice

  • Communicates data and contextual analyses to community partners and leaders, Commission and staff regarding racial and economic disparities that impact child development, including access to quality early learning, child health and family resiliency.
  • Actively champions inclusivity and social and racial equity. 

Organizational Capacity

  • Serve as a thought leader by staying abreast of information about early childhood leading practices and proposed local, state, and national policies and trends.
  • Develop and produce reports to describe community indicators, impact of funded services/programs to various audiences in various formats.
  • Procure and manage consultants to support evaluation and planning 
  • Contribute to resource development, such as generating ideas for proposals, grant writing and grant report submission. 

Budgetary/Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has budgetary oversight may supervise or direct the work of Program Coordinators, depending on the relevance of tasks and workload distribution.

Required Experience & Education

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in early childhood, social science, education, health, public policy, public administration or related discipline.
  • Five or more years experience:
    • Managing and evaluating multi-year, multi-component programs or projects
    • Supervising employees

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the full range of programs, services, policies and issues that impact young children.
  • Knowledge of local early childhood arena and children’s issues a plus.
  • Experience in establishing and managing data systems.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and data analysis software, such as SPSS.
  • In depth knowledge of organizational, operational and programmatic concepts and practices applied by public, private and nonprofit agencies engaged in health, early care and education or social services related activities. 
  • In depth knowledge of statistical methods.
  • Experience & knowledge of social justice issues, particularly child poverty, opportunity gap, racial and economic disparity.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to develop and deliver reports, recommendations, and presentations.
  • Knowledge of managing/monitoring contractors and/or vendors, inclusive of developing scopes of work.
  • Ability to interact and build relationships with a variety of constituencies, e.g. funded programs, community partners, staff, and Commissioners.
  • Mission-driven and self-directed with strong decision making and outstanding project management skills and an ability to handle a complex environment with multiple priorities.
  • Success in the fiscal areas of effective budget development/management and grant development and management.
  • Skill in preparing correspondence, reports and other written materials for a range of key stakeholders including local, regional and state policymakers.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment

  • Regularly required to talk and hear, stand, walk, bend, kneel, and crouch.
  • Work is occasionally physical, requiring setting up for meetings, lifting or carrying cumbersome materials of up to 25 pounds, e.g., easels, flip charts, refreshments, brochures, etc. 
  • This job primarily operates in a professional office environment.
  • Some travel, primarily within the Sonoma County and California, to attend various meetings and seminars. 
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and appropriate insurance.

Benefits & Perks

First 5 Sonoma County offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability. Other perks include generous paid time off, holiday pay, family-friendly workplace policy, and flexible schedules. 

To Apply

Each qualified candidate is invited to submit a resume and cover letter explaining why they would be an excellent fit for the Program Director position and First 5 Sonoma County.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019