Executive Director of Professional Growth & Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $116,500.00
Maximum: $153,300.00
Details: Competitive salary of $116,500-$153,300/year; 225 work days



Application Deadline:



555 Franklin Street
San Francisco
United States


Position Description

The Executive Director (ED) of Professional Growth and Development reports to the Chief Academic Officer and is part of the Curriculum and Instruction Senior Leadership Team. The ED of Professional Growth and Development is responsible for leading the district’s transformational work to develop and support our teachers, school leaders, and instructional staff. The ED of Professional Growth and Development will serve as a key equity champion in the district, and ensure that programs and supports are effective in increasing outcomes for youth who have been underserved, including African American students, English learners, students with disabilities, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students. You will provide key leadership in designing, managing, and refining programs for new teacher development, including a range of teacher credentialing programs and partnerships; and systems and structures to support the professional growth for our educators and leaders. You will directly manage two teams: the Instructional Support team, which provides professional development, coaching, and other services to schools; and the Educator Pipeline team, a portfolio of programs and partnerships that support teacher credentialing; paraeducator growth; and leadership development. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Articulate a compelling vision for the newly formed Department of Professional Growth and Development, in alignment with the Graduate Profile in Vision 2025 (Content Knowledge; Career and Life Skills; Global, Local, and Digital Identity; Leadership, Empathy, and Collaboration; Creativity; Sense of Purpose, Sense of Self)
  • Lead and two teams in the new Professional Growth and Development department: (1) Instructional Support and (2) Teacher Pipelines teams.
  • Maintain and implement an up-to-date and deep understanding of the knowledge base for supporting underserved students, including African American students, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students, Native American students, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities for the purpose of integrating supports for these communities into Tier 1 instruction.
  • Oversee SFUSD’s Language Pathways and, with State & Federal Programs and other partner departments, ensure that all required services for EL students and their families are delivered by schools and the district
  • Manage a $14 million department budget and generate revenue for the department through grant writing, public engagement, advocacy, and regular interactions with the philanthropic community.
  • Lead SFUSD’s work to develop a single, coherent Teacher Leadership program; and to further develop SFUSD’s suite of online professional learning tools.
  • Oversee the New California Teaching Credential induction coaching and ensure the district maintains CTC Authorization.
  • With other senior leaders, design and oversee training for Teachers on Special Assignment (TSA) and ensure content expertise and coaching alignment across content areas.
  • Design, implement and regularly evaluate and report on the systems and structures that support leadership and professional learning efforts.
  • Collaborate with SFUSD’s Human Resources department to create a strong talent strategy from entry to exit for all of our instructional staff.
  • Serve as a representative for SFUSD on academic content and curriculum resources, both internally and externally, including media, state and national platforms; and including SFUSD families and community organizations (African American Parent Advisory Council, Special Education Community Advisory Council, and District English Learner Advisory Council, among others) the United Educators of San Francisco, and the United Administrators of San Francisco.
  • Perform related duties as required. 

The strongest candidates will have:

  • Experience in an urban school setting.
  • A Master’s in education or a related field, or comparable management level experience
  • Successful experience leading teams of leaders towards measurable results.
  • Knowledge of San Francisco’s public schools/urban public schools
  • A proven record of effectively planning, organizing and using resources to take action
  • Ability to define effective professional learning based on adult learning theory (e.g. equity pedagogy, data-driven cycles of inquiry, coaching and feedback)
  • Success leading effective professional development that drives toward improve student learning outcomes
  • A deep knowledge of effective teaching practices, including curriculum, instruction, and student development
  • A track record of effective collaboration across departmental and organizational boundaries
  • A strong customer service mindset
  • Experience with teacher education policies and practices
  • Knowledge of California Content Standards, ELD Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and the instructional shifts drive by the Common Core Standards
  • Experience managing budgets and building strong teams by developing individuals’ skills, maximizing their strengths and providing regular feedback
  • Experience and success with effective communication and presentations to large groups
  • Strong analytic and systems thinking necessary to interpret data to inform goals and strategy, as well as build infrastructure where non exist

Minimum Requirements

  • Possession of a valid California Administrative Credential or eligibility for a California Administrative Credential.
  • Five+ years as a site administrator 


SFUSD is committed to attracting and retaining the best educators in the nation. Benefits of leading in San Francisco include:

  • Comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance for administrators and their eligible dependents
  • Extra Credit Home Purchase Program: http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/cdlac/applications/applications.asp?app=ecthpp

We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

Level of Language Proficiency

Minimum Requirements

  • Possession of a valid California Administrative Credential or eligibility for a California Administrative Credential.
  • Five+ years as a site administrator 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply



Please complete an application at www.sfusd.edu/jobs and apply to this posted position with that application.