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Beacon Director - Marina Middle School

Presidio Community YMCA
Full time
Competency level: 
Team Leader
Reports to: 
Senior Director of Youth Development
Salary range: 
Start date: 
Jan 01, 2022

Careers with a Cause

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

The Presidio YMCA, Marina Middle School 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 Center at Marina Middle School (MMS).

The School: Presidio YMCA has been serving youth at Marina Middle School (MMS) for over fifteen years. Marina became a Beacon Community School site in 2018. Marina presents a unique opportunity for committed, passionate, and creative educators and youth developers to fully manifest their talents to engage and serve youth and their families. With an extended school day and year, MMS, is designed to optimize the learning time of students by providing more preparation and instruction time for teachers.

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 the 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

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Bachelor’s degree plus 5 or more years of related work experience
  • Available Monday through Friday (schedule TBD within hours of school and program operations)
  • 5 years’ experience in administration and/or project management in a nonprofit setting, or with schools and with community based organizations; 5 years’ experience managing staff; 2 years’ experience managing program budgets
  • Able to effectively communicate to individuals and groups, both orally and in writing
  • 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
  • CPR, First Aid, AED certifications and YMCA Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire date
  • TB Test clearance
  • Fingerprint background check clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, administration, social services or related field plus a minimum of 3 years of program administrations
  • Experience in providing broad-based services to diverse populations; knowledge of community and community building systems.
  • Chinese or Spanish fluency is a plus
  • 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


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