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Beacon Director - John Muir Elementary

Buchanan YMCA
Full time
Competency level: 
Team Leader
Reports to: 
Senior Director of Youth Development
Salary range: 
Start date: 
Mar 20, 2023

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Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively influences the lives of people and communities. As the nation's leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of San Francisco offers more than just a job--we offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community. At the Y, you can discover your passion and a lifelong career helping to solve some of the nation's most pressing social issues.

In order to keep staff and participants as safe and healthy as possible, all staff working on-site will be required to be vaccinated (COVID-19) prior to beginning work.

About the Job

Buchanan YMCA is seeking a Beacon Director for the programs at John Muir Elementary School Beacon - 380 Webster St, San Francisco, 94117.

The Beacon Director is a manager who is highly skilled at relationship building, program management, process and performance coordination, communication, and both staff and youth development. The Beacon Director will ensure that the Beacon Center programs are well designed, fully developed, and implemented in accordance with its mission.  The Director will hire and supervise the core staff as well as lead the staff in developing programs in coordination with agencies, organizations, and the school community.  The Director will ensure the community’s needs are documented so that the program will provide as wide a range of services as possible. The Beacon Director will coordinate development of a facility that is welcoming, safe, and is a healthy environment for community program development. The Beacon Director will co-lead the community school effort with the principal, using the SFUSD Community School Framework and the Beacon Model.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 21+ Years old
  • Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years or more of related work experience
  • Must be available before, during, and after school day. Some evenings and weekends required
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the best practices in youth development program planning, curriculum development, methods of teaching, and evaluation
  • Previous experience with budgets, contracts and MOUs
  • Have strong understanding of the nature of the achievement gap in San Francisco
  • Proven ability to work with people from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual orientation backgrounds
  • Familiarity and experience working in or with schools and with community-based organizations
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working in communities of color with low-income populations
  • Fingerprint background check clearance
  • TB test clearance mandatory prior to hire
  • YMCA approved CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
  • Proof of COVID Vaccination is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, administration, social services or related field plus a minimum of 1 year of program administration
  • Knowledge/implementation of community school framework
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, or other languages






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