Associate Director of Health & Nutrition Department

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For more than 45 years, Children’s Council has been the heart of child care and early education in San Francisco, advancing the belief that high-quality child care can transform lives and communities. Our more than 120 team members help families navigate their child care and preschool options and secure financial assistance to pay for it. We provide home-based child care businesses with the training and resources to succeed. Through a wide range of free programs and workshops, we support parents and caregivers as they build child development skills. As the city’s second-largest nonprofit contractor, with an annual budget of over $100 million, we are a major stakeholder in the child care system. We educate the public and advocate for increased investment in early education at the local and state level. If you are a child care champion, we want you on our team. 



The Associate Director of Health and Nutrition works in partnership with early childhood education programs and a range of community stakeholders to design and implement programs and supports that build caregivers’ capacity to provide all children with a healthy start. The Associate Director works with a team to oversee and expand our health and nutrition-related work, including the United States Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Healthy Apple Program, and food security interventions designed to improve access to and availability of healthy food and to support child care programs’ efforts to promote health and wellness and establish life‐long healthy habits for children in their care.



  • You are a creative and critical thinker who can design and implement responsive supports and solutions.
  • You are an excellent communicator and collaborator, are well organized, and know when to take initiative.
  • You have a passion for Program Management and have experience leading a team and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.



  • Oversee all aspects of the Health and Nutrition department, including assessing needs, goal setting and program-design, budgeting, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Manage and inspire direct reports and peers to explore innovative solutions to achieve agency and programmatic goals.
  • Work in collaboration with Program Directors and Advancement to establish fundraising goals and articulate a vision for program expansion.
  • Identify and formalize new programming in conjunction with other teams, departments and partners.
  • Oversee project implementation such as planning, financial and logistical management of activities.
  • Maintain strong communication and partnership with funders and community partners to identify funding and advocacy opportunities that lead to increased support for nutrition and physical activity programming.
  • Nurture the development of a continuous improvement culture that advances the ideals of diversity equity and inclusion.
  • Streamline and coordinate services across departments to improve clients’ experience and increase the quality and value of our programming.
  • Analyze service utilization and develop high-quality feedback loops to assess progress, impact, and the success of programs.
  • Keep abreast of new developments and evolving best practices related to nutrition and early childhood education.
  • Contribute to cross-team and organizational-wide efforts to achieve shared strategic goals.


  • Five or more years of program and project management experience
  • Demonstrated success managing programs and leading a small team.
  • Knowledge of, and experience working in fields such as nutrition, health, or early childhood education preferred.
  • Experience with grant writing, budgeting and evaluation for government contracting.
  • Experience being responsive to and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders and creatively improving systems.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage and coordinate diverse stakeholders and community leaders.
  • Flexibility to work some evening/weekend hours.
  • A background clearance is required


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to remain stationary for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to move throughout the office, access files, meet with clients and community stakeholders.
  • Requires the mental acuity to perform the essential functions as outlined in an accurate and timely fashion.


Children's Council of SF is committed to building a staff that is rich with cultural, social and experiential diversity. Candidates who want to join us on this journey and who can uniquely contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply. 


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Children’s Council will operate in a hybrid model. Applicants should be comfortable with both the remote and in office scenarios. 


Benefits, and Employee Perks: 

We offer great benefits! Medical, dental, vision, Long-term disability, Life & Pet Insurance / Employer 401K Matching program/ Tuition Reimbursement / FSA, HSA & Transit Commuter Benefits / Generous PTO accrual - starting with over 4 weeks annually / 12 paid holidays + FH for Birthday / Lunch-n-Learn Training Program. 


Equal Opportunity & Equity Statement:

Children’s Council is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as central to our work serving the San Francisco community. We comply with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Our practices are in alignment with our commitment to workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion. We foster a work environment where our current and future staff feel welcomed without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, national origin, sex, age, disability or sexual orientation



For more than 45 years, Children’s Council has been the heart of child care and early education in San Francisco, advancing the belief that high-quality child care can transform lives and communities. Our more than…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near San Francisco, CA
Associated Location
Children's Council of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94114, United States
445 Church Street

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