Director, Policy, Planning, and Evaluation

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $98,197
Maximum: $135,818




1115 Atlantic Avenue
United States


The Director for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation is responsible for oversight and coordination of agency-wide policy, planning and evaluation activities including:

  • Liaising with program, First 5 staff, the First 5 Association and community partners, and may represent the organization at national, state and local meetings
  • Overseeing the development of the agency policy agenda and the tracking and monitoring of relevant legislation at the state and national levels
  • Providing planning leadership support to agency program and operations, by way of facilitating and supporting project management and process improvements and/or reforms.
  • Responsibility for all aspects of the First 5 Alameda County (F5AC) Accountability Framework, including the design, development and implementation of results-based accountability plans to measure and monitor the effectiveness of F5AC strategies and programs, ensuring that investments and program planning are tied to measurable outcomes
  • Working closely with agency communication staff in crafting collateral materials and agency messaging with an emphasis on developing policy recommendations and sustainability strategies informed by current practice, results based accountability metrics, and supporting research to action efforts
  • Working closely with evaluation and technology staff to ensure agency-wide results based accountability metrics and data measures reported on by funded partners are captured in First 5 data systems
  • Directing and coordinating the work of policy, planning and evaluation staff, interns and fellows; and performing related duties as required

This full-time, exempt position serves on the Agency Leadership Team and works in close collaboration with the CEO, Agency Directors, and Senior and Program Administrators. The position is classified at the Director level.


Receives general direction from the Chief Executive Officer or their designee. Exercises general direction and supervision over staff conducting policy, evaluation, and data analysis duties.


This is a Director level exempt position that will lead the Agency’s overall response to regulatory and legislative changes, along with conducting best practice reviews, leading planning efforts, developing policy analyses, and overseeing evaluation efforts to support the goals outlined in the Agency’s Strategic Plan. The Director of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation may act as a liaison with federal, state, and local officials and community partners as well as work in collaboration with the program and administrative divisions and units within the organization.


Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Supervise policy, planning, and evaluation staff, directing work within each function and working across the agency and with external partners to support program integration, policy advocacy, and promote best practices
  • Collaborate with program staff on planning, policy, and evaluation needs that further evolve program, support, sustainability, and effectively address community, family, and child needs
  • In collaboration with the First 5 Association and other stakeholders, oversee the tracking, monitoring, and advocacy of relevant legislation at the state and national level and partner around advocacy efforts
  • Oversee development of policy, planning, and evaluation updates and collateral material for Commission meetings, Commission e-mail updates, FYI newsletter, and materials for a range of stakeholders, including the First 5 State Commission
  • In collaboration with the CEO and staff, identify local systems barriers and/or gaps and work with appropriate staff and agencies to address the needed systems changes that support healthy child development and family support
  • May lead agency fund development efforts
  • Analyze and identify evaluation and research needs for special projects, program and organizational planning, and work closely with policy, planning, and evaluation staff to execute and make recommendations to agency leadership
  • Lead short-term and long-term strategic planning and development efforts, communicating important timelines and progress
  • In collaboration with the CEO, staff, and community stakeholders, develop an overall evaluation and accountability plan with defined outcomes, indicators, and performance measures, including the data collection systems, procedures, and instruments needed to measure the impact of F5AC’s strategic plan
  • Oversees the delivery of accountability/evaluation technical assistance and training for staff, contractors and grantees
  • Represent F5AC with a variety of external groups; provide consultation, training, and technical assistance regarding evaluation, policy, and planning needs
  • Negotiate contracts with providers, ensure that contracts are prepared and executed accurately and timely, and ensure compliance with contract deliverables
  • Provide input to and oversee the policy, planning, evaluation, and budget for appropriate budget items, including managing request for proposals (RFP) and request for qualifications (RFQ) development
  • Collaborate with the technology team on the maintenance and enhancement of data information systems for tracking outcomes and program performance
  • Participate as a member of the Agency Leadership Team


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of executive leadership and staff supervision
  • Principles and practices of policy analysis and evaluation methodologies
  • Principles and practices of program planning and project management
  • Principles and practices of strategic planning
  • Principles of evaluation and results-based accountability, including quantitative and qualitative methodologies and interpreting publicly available data sources and strategies
  • Practices and techniques of research and report preparation
  • Principles and practices of business and public administration
  • Principles and practices of management, supervision, training, and team leadership
  • Program performance budgeting, strategic budgeting, and benchmarking
  • Management principles and practices, including work planning, employee supervision, and resource allocation
  • Budgetary and contract administration practices
  • Office administrative practices and procedure, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment
  • Principles and practices of direct client service delivery
  • Applicable federal, state, and local processes and policies, both legislative and administrative
  • Computer applications and software related to work including database development and modification, and report generation techniques
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity

Ability to:

  • Lead project activities and the activities of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Supervise and direct a team of policy, planning, and evaluation staff
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff throughout the Agency
  • Promote a customer-oriented approach toward meeting the needs of the Agency
  • Prepare and present clear and concise oral and written communications
  • Prepare a variety of narrative documents, including policy statements, management reports, and correspondences
  • Speak effectively before and facilitate small and large groups
  • Establish standards and evaluate performance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, local government, and the public
  • Resolve operational and procedural problems and conflicts
  • Respond effectively to a variety of changing situations
  • Identify programmatic and operational problems, investigate and evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions
  • Interpret, explain, and apply complex regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Prepare clear, accurate, and effective reports, correspondence, policies, informational brochures and other written materials
  • Represent the department and the Agency in meetings with others and make effective presentations to diverse groups
  • Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines
  • Maintain accurate records and files
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established policies and guidelines
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be

Education: Master’s degree in Social Welfare, Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Health Care Administration or related fields.


Experience: Minimum five years full-time progressively responsible experience in a public or private organization


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare, Planning, Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Health Care Administration or related fields.


Experience: Minimum seven years full-time progressively responsible experience in a public or private organization


Experience: A minimum of eleven years of full-time progressively responsible experience in a public or private organization

Licenses and Certifications: Must have a valid California driver’s license, personal automobile insurance and ability to meet the driving record requirements for coverage under the agency’s non-owned auto liability policy, access to own transportation and ability to travel within Alameda County as necessary to carry out job duties.

Physical Demands

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various County and meeting sites. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.

Environmental Elements

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please visit our website to apply for this job online.