Educational Director

Job Type

Full Time




2730 Bryant Street
San Francisco
United States


Agency Overview

Founded in 1889, the Felton Institute |Family Service Agency of San Francisco is the oldest non-profit social-services provider in the bay area. Our mission is to strengthen families by providing caring, effective, and innovative social services, with special emphasis on the needs of low-income families, children, and the elderly and individuals with disabilities, thus improving the quality of life for all San Franciscans.


Program(s) Description

Felton Institute has been providing comprehensive early care and education services in San Francisco since 1971. Felton now has ECE programs in SF’s Mission, Bayview and Visitation Valley neighborhoods; and offers a school-readiness program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers (2 weeks to 6 years old). Felton’s ECE programs include nine (9) Infant / Toddler classrooms and ten (10) preschool classrooms, which serve approximately 350 children, full day/ year round. These multicultural, educational programs provide a nurturing, developmentally challenging, and inclusive environment for very young children of low/moderate income families. We are committed to inclusive, positive environments that build on children’s positive self esteem and self image.


Our ideal candidate is a seasoned leader who enjoys teamwork & collaboration and working towards building strong partnerships with families, children and staff. He/ She will have exceptional leadership, interpersonal skills, supervisory experience and administrative and communication skills that support the integration of services within Felton’s Early Care and Education Programs. The ideal candidate will have a strong and clear vision that frames the work they will do in supporting ECE educators, and also strong leadership in curriculum and pedagogy. He/she will be solution focused, a systems and strategic thinker and be very comfortable with change, growth and innovation



Provides pedagogical leadership to Felton's Early Care and Education programs, providing connections with our mission, vision and core values in a child-centered, emergent, play based curriculum philosophy.


Brief Description

Pedagogical Leadership:

·        Maintain a vision for quality for Felton's ECE Programs. Manage adherence to quality standards in accordance with the vision and with state and local requirements. Maintain quality and develop quality improvement goals and monitor its progress and effectiveness.

·        Responsible for guiding and mentoring Program Supervisors, Teaching staff in planning, implementing and reflecting on Felton's ECE Programs.

·        Responsible for monitoring the day to day operations of Felton's ECE programs serving children ages two weeks to six years old as it relates to;

 (1) Best practices in: Professional ethics, teacher/child, parent/teacher, teacher/teacher relationships, supervision, developmentally appropriate activities, curriculum implementation, observation and evaluation of children and implementation of Teaching Pyramid/ PITC Principles. (2) School Readiness: Social and Emotional Development; Language Development and Literacy; Approaches to Learning; Cognition and General Knowledge; Physical Well-Being and Motor Development.

(3) Inclusion of children with special needs in areas of: Curriculum, planned activities, individualizing needs and identification of unmet needs for the child. In collaboration with Program Leadership, the AD is responsible for the development, coordination and/or presentation of continued professional growth workshops/trainings/ in-services.

·     Collaborate with educators and teams to support reflective practice curriculum explorations and the development of observation and documentation skills

·     Using a reflective model, coach teachers about observing children and scaffolding learning in connection with creative curriculum other elements of developmentally appropriate curriculum sources, and integrate them as fitting to the learning needs and cultural context of the children served; those curriculum sources include, but are not limited to Emergent Curriculum, Project Approach/ Reggio Emilia and some elements of High Scope.

·     In collaboration with the Program Supervisors participate in the purchase of materials and equipment related to curriculum development

·     Support educators in implementing in-depth curriculum investigations, encouraging involvement of all children in the classroom

·     Provide pedagogical orientation for all new staff and act as a resource to all staff

·     Support supervisors with environmental reflective checklist and develop goals and strategies with classroom teams

·     In consultation with Program Supervisors, review and modify program schedules and plans to ensure operations are efficient and consistent with the values and mission of the programs.

·     In collaboration with educators and teams support the development of documentation using the Pedagogical Documentation to make the learning visible


Continuous Quality Improvement,

  • Lead and being part of reflective discussions about practice and implementing the learning frameworks
  • Responsible for program evaluation, quality improvement efforts
  • Responsible for leading discussion about routines and how to make them more effective learning experiences
  • Responsible for observing children and teachers interactions, and making suggestions on how to improve interactions and intentional teaching and curriculum planning process
  • Collaborate with Coaches and Program Supervisors to develop the Quality Improvement Plans, monitor its implementation, adjust as needed.
  • Establish and monitor the systems across the ECE services to ensure there is continuity of learning when children change classroom ,and then in their transition to Tk, K
  • Monitor the documenting of children’s learning, DRDP assessments and how these assessments inform curriculum decision making.
  • Responsible for taking the lead in implementing and monitoring of best practices and procedures across all Felton ECE programs using a monitoring systems and any other appropriate tools
  • Leads ongoing program assessment and evaluation in relation to implementation of best practices, and provides feedback and makes suggestions/changes as appropriate
  • Understands and engages in self-directed learning regarding best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education




Program Oversight and Management:

·        Responsible for program design, and essential learning components and deliverables needed to be adhered to across all of Felton's Early Care and Educations programs and services

·        Monitors overall effectiveness of program processes, procedures and practices and ensures that program fidelity is being measured and attained

·        Maintains a thorough working knowledge of all quality standards, ensures that all staff is informed of quality standards, and that quality standards are implemented, and continually improved upon.

·        Manage adherence to state and local and federal regulations


Leadership, Teaming and Supervision:

·        In partnership with the Administration Director and Early Intervention and Inclusion Director, provides leadership and supervision to Felton's ECE programs leadership team

·        Coaches, trains, and provides guidance to all staff to optimally support their' learning to improve teaching practices and thereby, learning outcomes for all children enrolled in Felton's ECE programs

Staff Hiring, On-boarding, Training and Development:

  • In partnership with Administration Director, hires staff based on appropriate education, experience and ability and maintains quality of staff through best practices in recruitment, hiring, and training.
  • Strategically plans and leads trainings for all levels of staff, utilizing a variety of methods in delivering training content and information
  • Facilitate professional development experiences to include workshops and in-service trainings.
  • Work in partnership with the Program Supervisors to grow a culture that connects with our mission, vision and guiding values.
  • Lead ongoing professional development related to reflective teaching, current research and best practices.
  • Responsible for supporting the organizational culture and building a professional learning community.


Teamwork and Collaboration:

·        Utilizes a collaborative, strengths-based and supportive approach when working with diverse staff

·        Maintains open and professional communication and promotes atmosphere of safety, trust and respect

·        Work closely with various community partners, including funders and partnering agencies, to develop, coordinate, implement and supervise all ECE services and activities.

·        Ensure ongoing collaboration with SFUSD, other child care providers and other appropriate San Francisco entities.

·        Participate in overall agency management. Attend meetings and other opportunities to promote positive communication.

Administrative Duties

·        Responsible for managing program budget as it relates to classroom furniture, instructional materials and supplies

·        Managing all paperwork related to program design, curriculum, evaluation, child outcomes and staff trainings

·        Prepares and ensures timely submission of program reports as requested

·        Responsible for ensuring compliance with all contractual requirements of funding agencies

·        As needed, assist in responding and compiling data to complete Requests for Proposals, new business development opportunities.

·        Other duties as assigned


  • Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field plus at least 5 verifiable years of management, supervisory experience in a licensed childcare or BA/BS in Early Childhood Education or related field plus 7 verifiable years of management, supervisory experience in a licensed childcare, leadership position required. (Must hold or be eligible for a CA Department of Education Program Director Permit)
  • Familiar with Community Care Licensing and Title 5, Title 17 Regulations
  • Knowledgeable about theories, pedagogy and the relevant learning frameworks
  • Experience working in an inclusive program model that is inclusive of children with special needs.
  • Pass a Department of Justice fingerprint clearance and a Child Abuse Index, Health Screening and TB Test as required by licensing.



  • Skilled at supporting educators of varying abilities and learning styles
  • Possess the people skills and versatility to effectively build relationships across a broad spectrum of personalities.
  • Commitment to social justice, empowerment of families and support for diversity
  • Knowledge of principles of Early Childhood Education and the NAEYC Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to needs of parents and staff.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the cultural background of the children and families being served
  • Results Oriented
  • Strong leadership and supervisory experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organization skills, flexibility, and strong decision making capabilities.
  • Strong knowledge in and ability to lead the implementation of DAP.
  • The presence and maturity to work well with parents/ staff. He/she must show an understanding of the differing roles and responsibilities of each manager/supervisor/ administrative/ classroom staff.
  • The insights and skills of a seasoned leader who can accomplish the mission and objectives of Felton's ECE program through the efforts of many people; Parents, Staff, Senior Management team and Board of Directors.
  • Knowledge of San Francisco child care and family services communities
  • Working knowledge of a variety of computer software applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel and Access, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.


Application Process:

1. Submit cover letter

2. Resume

3. Provide names, titles, business email and phone numbers of three (3) professional references, at least two (2) direct supervisors. References will only be contacted in regards to final candidates.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please click on Website to apply:


Yohana Quiroz, M.A| Division Director   

Children, Youth and Family Division

Felton Institute| Family Service Agency of SF

2730 Bryant Street                                         


Fax: (415) 648-1098


Resumes sent without a proper cover letter and/or not meeting MINIMUM qualifications will not be considered