Director of Family Strengthening and Support

San Jose, California
Dec 04, 2018
Jan 03, 2019
Focus Areas
Youth Development
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

About the Organization

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County (FIRST 5) was formed when California voters approved Proposition 10 in November 1998. FIRST 5 is a public entity governed by a nine member Commission. FIRST 5 Santa Clara County supports the healthy development of children prenatal through age 5 and enriches the lives of their families. FIRST 5 allocates funds to promote, support, and improve early childhood development for children prenatal through age 5 and their families.
Through an extensive planning process, the community identified four domains in which FIRST 5 focuses its resources: (1) Health Care; (2) Family Support; (3) Early Care and Education; and (4) Neighborhood and Community Engagement. The Commission then adopted five primary goals that address each of these domains: (1) Children are born healthy and experience optimal health and development; (2) Families provide safe, stable, loving and stimulating homes; (3) Children enter school fully prepared to succeed academically, emotionally and socially; (4) Neighborhoods and communities are places where children are safe, neighbors are connected, and all cultures are respected; and (5) Systems are responsive to the needs of children and families. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit FIRST 5's website at in order to better understand FIRST 5's programs and services.

Summary of Position

Under the direction of the Deputy Chief of Family Strengthening and Support Department, this position is responsible for working effectively with the leadership team and other FIRST 5 staff on the planning, development, implementation, coordination, integration and evaluation of programs focused on family support services, community and family engagement, school readiness, and overall health and wellness programs. As well as assist in the development and monitoring of contracts; and development and strengthening of partnerships by serving as a liaison in the community.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Oversee a support program for incarcerated parents and supervise internal staff dedicated to this program
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a Countywide volunteer program for adults 50 years and older within the FRCs;
  • Oversee the expansion of a language development program for families with young children;
  • Serve as the liaison between the Early Learning Department and Community and Family Engagement Department to ensure integration and connection to FRCs;
  • Assist in the implementation of a healthy food incentive program throughout Santa Clara County;
  • Collaborate with FIRST 5 grantees operating and managing Family Resource Centers throughout Santa Clara County to ensure continuous quality improvement of programs and services;
  • Develop and foster partnerships with multidisciplinary providers, school administrators, funders, public officials, etc.;
  • Represent FIRST 5 in external meetings (in addition to or in place of CEO and/or Chiefs);
  • Develop and manage requests for proposals/qualifications processes;
  • Write grant proposals/applications and other agency documents as assigned; and
  • Develop, monitor, audit, evaluate and report on contracts/agreements.
  • Collaborate with the CEO, Chiefs and other Directors to establish an organizational structure and systems that foster a culture of leadership, innovation, accountability, excellent service, and continuous improvement within FIRST 5;
  • Collaborate with Chiefs, Directors, Assistant Directors and external partners to initiate and/or participate in integrated planning, implementation and continuous improvement efforts within and across departments;
  • Communicate FIRST 5's strategic direction, investments and impacts to all internal team members and external partners;
  • Collaborate with FIRST 5 grantees operating and managing Family Resource Centers throughout Santa Clara County to ensure continuous quality improvement of programs and services;
  • Provide leadership in implementing short- and long-term organizational goals, operational plans and developing departmental systems and processes;
  • Oversee and/or support department team in managing multiple countywide initiatives, projects, and programs;
  • Supervise team members as assigned;
  • Establish collaborative, effective working relationships with all internal team members and external partners;
  • Prepare and review reports and research relating to departmental and organizational activities;
  • Explore training opportunities and provide training and technical assistance to internal and external partners;
  • Maintain knowledge of current research and best practices to support the implementation of FIRST 5's strategic plan;
  • Interact with FIRST 5 Santa Clara County Commission members, representatives of state and local agencies and the community;
  • Develop and deliver speeches and presentations promote FIRST 5, exchange ideas and accomplish objectives;
  • Foster and promote a positive work environment; and
  • Perform other tasks as required.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Early childhood knowledge in: developmental and behavioral health; promotion, prevention and early intervention; early care and education;
  • Family engagement and support;
  • Volunteer development and management;
  • Reflective practice;
  • Diverse ethnic, social and economic communities;
  • Program planning, development, implementation, data collection, evaluation and reporting;
  • Contract and budget development, monitoring and reporting;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Facilitation of meetings and professional development workshops/trainings;
  • Teamwork and interagency collaboration; and
  • Computer programs, e.g., Word, Outlook, Power Point, Excel, etc.


Educational and Experience Requirements

B.A. degree (Master degree preferred) in public health, psychology, social work, counseling, early childhood development, or a related field to serving families with children under age 5, or have five or more years of equivalent knowledge and experience supporting children prenatal through age 5 and their families. Strong understanding of family engagement research, best practices.


Work Environment

  • Some travel, primarily within the County and State to attend various meetings;
  • Fast paced, diverse and dynamic environment;
  • The work is sometimes physical, requiring setting up for meetings which may require lifting (up to 25 pounds) or carrying cumbersome materials, e.g., easels, flip charts, refreshments, brochures, etc.;
  • Will require working some evenings and weekends; and
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and a reliable means of transportation.

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