The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of PPS-SF, including day-to-day operations and staff, program-specific fund development, and Board development and relations. The Executive Director represents the program/organization to a wide range of stakeholders in the public, nonprofit corporate, and foundation sectors. The Executive Director’s direct reports include administrative and program staff, independent consultants, and contractors; the Executive Director reports to the PPS-SF Board of Directors.
A successful Executive Director will strengthen PPS’s program areas around our three pillars of equity, build and expand city-wide coalitions and partnerships to advance family equity, and navigate the systems of SFUSD and the city.
Our Vision and Beliefs
All San Franciscans are committed to the success of every public school, all parents and caregivers are valued and respected as partners and advocates, and families and communities act in solidarity across differences to prioritize racial equity in schools.
We believe that:
- High-quality public education is a right for all children;
- Strong public schools create a strong city for all of us;
- Engaged, empowered parents are crucial to the success of our children and our schools;
- Educational equity requires individual and collective action to name and disrupt persistent disparities in access, engagement, and capacity.
We promote the fundamental value of public education and pursue the success of every public school by sharing knowledge, bridging communities, and strengthening connections between schools and families. In our work to inform and support families and caregivers -- particularly those historically and currently furthest from access and voice -- we prioritize:
- Equitable access to information that parents and families need to make informed decisions about their children, schools, and communities;
- Equitable engagement so parents can support their students and their schools, and be meaningfully included in decision-making;
- Building individual and community capacity to advance educational equity across SF school communities, and working in partnership with organizations and community leaders to facilitate restorative and courageous approaches to naming bias and supporting allyship.
Now in our 20th year, PPS-SF serves over 3,000 parents and caregivers each year and has a digital reach of over 10,000 through multilingual social media and a biweekly newsletter. Close to 40% of our services are delivered in Spanish, Cantonese, and/or Mandarin. We also leverage the relationships and experiences of our school and community-based organization partners to ensure that families/caregivers are informed and empowered.
Program Vision, Program Management & Evaluation
- Maintain the vision, values, and mission of PPS and ensure alignment and coherence across all program areas.
- Prioritize equity and family-centered relationships across all PPS activities. and programs.
- Update and manage the organizational evaluation plan to assess impact on program goals.
Staff Development, Supervision & Management
- Hire, supervise, evaluate, and support high-performing, diverse, professional staff comprised of both full- and part-time employees.
- Facilitate PPS-SF Leadership Team meetings, to refine program priorities, professional learning opportunities, and review organizational growth.
- Hire and supervise consultants, as needed.
Organizational & Fiscal Management
- Direct overall operations, including fiscal, administrative, and legal oversight and controls.
- Manage organizational budget and review monthly financial reports for accuracy.
- Uphold organizational and personnel insurance policies, and address any needs as they arise.
- With the Development Director, operationalize an annual development strategy that engages foundations, corporations, individual donors, public funders, and other key stakeholders.
- Support grant writing, providing input and direction, setting priorities, and creating budgets.
- Scope public contracts and write proposals.
- Support and direct fee-for-service contracts maintained by the Program Director and Assistant Director of Operations.
Board Management & Development
- Develop and maintain a strong, positive working relationship with the Board of Directors and work in collaboration on strategy, governance, and growth.
- Ensure ongoing, positive engagement of a highly skilled Board of Directors.
- Report key findings and or lessons learned and or share pertinent information related to community engagement, staff/team morale, political shifts, contract compliance, etc.
Community and External Communications
- Communicate widely across external constituencies, gaining credibility as a convener, collaborator, and thought leader with a deep understanding and commitment to educational equity and uplifting the priorities of non-dominant communities.
- Represent Parents for Public Schools and diverse parent/caregiver perspectives with City of SF departments, elected officials, and their representatives including the Mayor and Board of Supervisors, SFUSD including the leadership team, Board of Education, and staff, individual school sites, and community-based organizations and collaboratives
- Cultivate relationships with the media and support PPS-SF’s media strategy.
- Maintain expert knowledge of appropriate SFUSD policies, including student assignment and family partnership.
- Create and maintain knowledge of the impact of education policies on low-income communities, especially persistent opportunity gaps in SFUSD for Black, Latinx, and Pacific Islander students.
Our successful candidate will possess a successful track record in:
- Executive Leadership: Experience managing staff and Board; preference for previous service in a senior leadership and management role
- Equity: Demonstrated ability to lead and support equity efforts at the program, organizational, community and systems level.
- Program Design and Development: Proven ability to plan, initiate and adapt programs that deliver excellent results and long-term impacts
- Network Development: Experience working in and building coalitions
- Fundraising: Strong, successful fundraising experience, including proposal and grant writing and donor cultivation
- Budget Development and Oversight: Experience with non-profit budgeting
- Work with Complex Systems: Ability to navigate large networks with many moving parts
- Management of People and Resources: Excellent human and financial management skills and a working knowledge of relevant disciplines (i.e. administration, finance and budgeting, human resources, and general management)
- Community and External Relations: Experience cultivating and sustaining constructive relationships and strategic partnerships with community and other key stakeholders, particularly in the area of public policy; strong preference for robust connections with SFUSD, the City of SF, and community and family-serving organizations across SF.
- Cultural Competence: Successful track record and experience working on a variety of issues facing public school families from all socio-economic backgrounds.
PPS-SF does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.