Mission Promise Leadership Academy Director
Mission Economic Development Agency - San Francisco, CA

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The Mission Promise Neighborhood initiative seeks to improve academic achievement and family economic success in the lowest performing schools in the Mission district of San Francisco. The four schools targeted for first phase of the Mission Promise Neighborhood implementation are all Persistently Lowest-Achieving schools that have adopted either the Turnaround or Transformation models, and include: César Chávez Elementary School, Bryant Elementary School, Everett Middle School, and John O’Connell High School.

Job Description Overview – The Mission Promise Leadership Academy Director will be responsible for the design and implementation of the MPN Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for community students, families, teachers, MPN employees, and other community residents, as well as the training and integration of new leaders and volunteers in all the MPN partner organizations and MPN areas of service. The MPN Academy Director will also be responsible for designing and implementing a capacity building initiative designed to build areas of critical capacity for neighborhood community based organizations. The MPN Academy Director will be responsible for all aspects of the development of the program, including design of this new program, implementation of strategies, supervision of staff and volunteers, outreach and recruitment of participants, evaluation of program goals, and coordination with other components of the Mission Promise Neighborhood. This position reports to the Mission Promise Neighborhood Director.


Leadership Development

MPN’s Leadership Development program will include the following components:

  • Family Engagement: Parent and family involvement in MPN implementation an access to MPN data, evaluation analysis, and research.
  • Community Organizing and Advocacy: Organizing and developing leadership skills of students, parents, residents, and organizations to advocate for policies that support MPN’s success.
  • Promotoras/es: Residents will receive specialized training and a stipend to provide information about MPN services and issues throughout the community.
  • Volunteer Program: Offering opportunities to students, parents, residents, businesses and others to volunteer with MPN community based organizations, in roles that support the goals of the MPN.
  • For each of these components of the Leadership Development strategy, the MPN Academy Director will:
    • Design and implement specific strategies for effective leadership development
    • Structure, design and implement strategies to solicit meaningful community input from partner organizations, parents, students, teachers, community residents, family members, community leaders, and others on the Mission Promise Neighborhood implementation
    • Work closely with Policy Director to engage constituents in leadership development opportunities through advocacy efforts
    • Design and implement training efforts to further develop leadership skills among community members and MPN participants
    • Work closely with the Director of Evaluation to share results and leanings from the Mission Promise Neighborhood widely with parents, students, teachers, community members, and other relevant stakeholders
    • Evaluate success of leadership development efforts
    • Supervise staff related to project implementation
    • Lead and manage MPN family/resident involvement in the Community Advisory Board, a governance group within the Mission Promise Neighborhood structure.
    • Develop and implement strategies to build the “culture” of the Mission Promise Neighborhood, align diverse stakeholders around the common goals of the project, and ensure maximum participation by the community
    Organizational Capacity Building
    • Design and implement an organizational capacity building effort designed to improve capacity of neighborhood organizations and MPN partners in the following areas:
      • Data tracking & evaluation;
      • Program development;
      • Financial management;
      • Fundraising;
      • Outreach & marketing;
      • Linguistic and cultural competency;
      • Client/Participant satisfaction;
      • Partnership development; and
      • MPN culture
      • Others as determined by MPN Director, Management Team and Community Input
    • Perform assessments, surveys and employ other tools to gain widespread community input in determining appropriate areas of capacity building for partners, as well as methods for delivery
    • Identify, hire and manage consultants where appropriate to deliver trainings, TA and coaching to organizational partners on the topics listed above
    • Identify, train and prep MEDA staff where appropriate to deliver trainings, TA and coaching to organizational partners on the topics listed above
    • With Evaluation Team, design and implement evaluation process to measure effectiveness of capacity building on partner organizations.
    • BA or equivalent
    • Minimum 5 years of experience in program design, development and implementation
    • Minimum 5 years of experience supervising professional staff and volunteers
    • Strong background and experience in Adult Popular Education methods
    • Strong background and experience in Community Organizing, Advocacy and Leadership Development
    • Experience working with a diverse group of agencies, coordinating services and communication
    • Experience working within an educational setting, such as a non-profit organization or public school district, preferred
    • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
    MEDA offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Salary is determined based on qualifications and experience.


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    MEDA is a community-based economic development corporation located in the Mission District of San Francisco. For over 38 years MEDA has...