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Beacon Director - Bessie Carmichael

Embarcadero YMCA
Full time
Competency level: 
Reports to: 
Branch Operations Director
Salary range: 
$65,000 - $73,000

Careers with a Cause

The YMCA of San Francisco was named as one of the Bay Area's Best Places to Work by its employees as well as one of the Healthiest Employers.   Join our team and make a lasting impact every day in communities across San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.  Every day, our staff—of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experiences—are transforming lives through YMCA programs for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. When you work for the Y, you’ll be supported with training, mentoring and career development opportunities. Plus, we offer great benefits to help you grow stronger in spirit, mind and body, even as you’re helping others.

About the Job

The Embarcadero YMCA, Bessie Carmichael K-8 and the San Francisco Beacon Initiative seeks a Collaborative Director with expertise in strategic organizational leadership, developing vision-driven programming, supporting skilled personnel in the founding development of the Beacon at Bessie Carmichael K-8. 

The School: Bessie Carmichael School/Filipino Education Center focuses on rigorous and engaging learning for ALL students. We exemplify a growth mindset by believing in every child’s inherent potential: through effort and hard work our students will attain grade level and higher performance levels as measured by school, district and state assessments. We will ensure that our students have the requisite skills to maneuver successfully in the 21st Century. We commit ourselves to work with families, community and staff to guarantee the intellectual, emotional, physical and social development of each child. 

San Francisco Unified School District’s Vision 2025 places access and equity, student achievement, and accountability at the forefront of every child’s education. The ideas and actions in the plan focus on one central idea: every child has the right to be well-educated.  SFUSD hires teachers and other credentialed professionals who are committed to delivering rigorous instruction to all students, continuous learning and improvement, creating a culturally responsive classroom environment, and building meaningful connections with families and the community. 

The Beacon: San Francisco Beacon Initiative (SFBI) is a citywide partnership launched by the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF), the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), private funders led by the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund, and local community-based organizations (CBOs) in 1994. Each Beacon is developed by partnerships of existing community organizations (schools, service agencies, youth, parents and other community stakeholders) and managed by a lead agency, in collaboration with the school site. Representatives of SFBI’s governing body, the Beacon Steering Committee which includes representatives from DCYF, SFUSD, private funders, lead agencies and program alumni, provides oversight and guidance to the overall partnership.  

The mission of the San Francisco Beacon Initiative is to transform public schools into youth, family and community centers. Drawing on the existing strengths of our students, schools and communities, Beacon Centers are committed to a cohesive, comprehensive and collaborative approach that creates pathways to lifelong learning.

In the last few years the SFUSD has worked to adopt a community schools approach: developing and implementing a coherent, school-based strategy to organize District and community resources around student success. The key characteristics of the district’s community schools approach are aligned with the fundamental goals and aims of the Beacon initiative since its inception: 

• Comprehensiveness – identifying he structures and processes needed to support a whole-child approach to student success

• Collaboration and Coherence – embracing a shared vision and goals, in addition to integrating partners into school and program planning, decision-making and governance

• Commitment –fostering the sustainability of relationships and effective practices through clear accountability for program quality and student outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, administration, social services or related field plus a minimum of 3 years of program administrations; or a Bachelor’s degree plus 5 or more years of related work experience.
  • Minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the best practices in youth development program planning, behavior management, curriculum development, methods of teaching, and evaluation.
  • Proven ability to work with people from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual orientation backgrounds.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in administration and/or project management in a nonprofit setting, or with schools and with community based organizations.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience managing staff.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience managing program budgets.
  • Fund development experience, including grant writing and implementation of other fund development strategies.
  • Understanding of community- and school-based programming based upon Youth Development Practices & Principles, the Common Core State Standards, and Restorative Practices.
  • Experience working in communities of color with low-income populations
  • Able to effectively communicate to individuals and groups, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience in providing broad-based services to diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of community and community building systems.
  • Courteous, professional, and able to reason logically.
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized.
  • Able to establish and meet deadlines.
  • Passion for developing and sustaining quality services for youth and families, and a desire to learn and understand needs of YMCA/MMS/SFBI's constituents, staff, and partners.
  • CPR, First Aid, AED certifications and YMCA Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire date.
  • TB test results must be provided upon commencement of employment.


To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume and references to Alexandra Torres-Vaughn;

All employees working with the YMCA are considered to have supervisory or disciplinary action relationship over minors.  Job offers are conditional and contingent upon background clearance. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and CA Fair Chance Act, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

Everything you need to know about us

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health benefits - medical and dental plans for full time employees
  • Retirement benefits – 12% employer contribution after completion of eligibility requirements
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Commuter Benefits via pre-tax payroll deductions
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care on a pre-tax basis  
  • Use of YMCA of San Francisco Fitness facilities
  • Paid time off benefits for part time and full time employees upon completion of eligibility requirements
  • Training and staff development for all employees