Holy Family Day Home, Head of School

Holy Family Day Home - San Francisco, California - Full time


Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1900, Holy Family Day Home (HFDH) has been a "home away from home" for children and families in San Francisco’s Mission District. Their mission is to provide affordable, high quality, early childhood education and family support services in a stable and nurturing environment, thereby providing the children of working families skills and hope for lifelong development. They are currently serving 175 children and their families.

Holy Family Day Home is a play-based child development center that focuses on the needs of the whole child. Starting in 2016, the educational program began an in-depth study of the Reggio Emilia approach that values the belief that children are strong, competent and capable citizens who are full of wonder and curiosity to learn. The approach believes that children have a natural drive that makes them want to understand and know about the world around them and how this world relates to them. HFDH also believes that the family is the primary influence on the child’s growth and development.

To learn more about Holy Family Day Home, go here.


The last few years have been a very challenging time for families of young children, particularly for the communities in the Mission District of San Francisco. The growing need for additional child care support for these families has brought on the need for additional leadership at Holy Family Day Home, as they look to expand their enrollment. Recommended by the Board of Directors and consultants working with leadership to hire a new position, a Head of School.

The Head of School oversees and directs the planning, organizing, and implementation of education services for children and families. These services contribute to the increased social competence in children and the recognition and enhancement of parents as the primary educators of their children. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Head of School will be responsible for supporting and engaging education staff, in individual and small group formats, by building their capacity to promote school readiness of children in their classrooms. They will be responsible for the day-to-day programming requirements of the school in partnership with the Program Director, Community Health and Wellness Director, Curriculum Manager and Admissions Manager.


Key Responsibilities of the Head of School include:

  • Staff Management:
    • Supervises teachers, Program Director, School Counselor and Family Services Director, and Health and Wellness Director.
    • Interviews and hires new teaching staff.
    • Supports and monitors classroom practices – room arrangement, daily schedules to maintain appropriate classroom rations based on Title Five, routines, and transitions to assure their adherence to Holy Family Day Home policies.
    • Supports children's assessment by teaching staff including, initial ASQ screenings, weekly lesson plans, child portfolios, and DRDP rating records and reports.
  • Cross Functional Project Management:
    • Maintains on-going communication with the leadership team, particularly the Executive Director and remains abreast of current best practice techniques in early education.
    • Serves as a liaison and works with community agencies such as First Five of San Francisco.
    • Reviews and approves equipment and materials purchasing plans and manages the education budget.
  • Fiscal and Program Compliance:
    • Starts and maintains the accreditation process.in addition to coordinating compliance with all state licensing regulations.
    • Tracks IEPs and IFSP with support from the Social Service Department.
    • Implements progressive discipline as necessary to correct developmentally inappropriate or unprofessional behavior utilizing the Child Centered Creativity (C3) team as an interdisciplinary approach.
    • Manages the Education Budget.
    • Identifies and prioritizes materials and equipment needed in classrooms and playgrounds, and coordinates making purchases.
    • Supervises and coordinates transitions and documents the transitions of children to kindergarten.


A successful first year in this role for the new Head of School will include:

  • Provide support to educators, program leadership and families;
  • Establish strong working relationships and build trust with staff, and promoting a culture of collaboration;
  • Hire and effectively onboard key support staff;
  • Establish performance criteria to ensure high-quality Pre-K and other support services to scale, including the assessment of potential providers against that criteria and implementation of an evidence-based process to determine how funds are distributed;
  • Create a strategic plan for the educational programs.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Head of School candidate will be:

  • An accomplished leader with 5-7 years of success supervising at a large non-profit child care program, specifically serving under-resourced communities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Holy Family Day Home’s mission of providing affordable, high quality, early childhood education and family support services in a stable and nurturing environment.
  • A seasoned professional and experienced manager who knows how to recruit, coach, and develop teachers and staff at all levels;
  • Culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and other issues of difference in society and is able to lead conversations about this.
  • Thorough knowledge and application of developmentally appropriate practices such as the Reggio Emilia approach and performance standard and component plans.
  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development; or advanced degree in any field.
  • At least 30 credit hours in early childhood education and experience teaching children aged 0-5 years old.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to and passion for educating young children.
  • A strong understanding of the management of Title Five Childcare Center.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Chinese Dialects or Tagalog preferred.


This position offers a competitive salary of $130,000 and a robust benefits package including medical, dental, retirement and vision coverage. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/j/C1C50F196F. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Serena Moy at smoy@edgilityconsulting.com or at 510.575.9635.

Holy Family Day home is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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Holy Family Day Home

Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1900, Holy Family Day Home (HFDH) has been a "home away from home" in San Francisco’s Mission District. Their mission is to provide affordable, high quality, early childhood education and family support services in a stable and nurturing environment.
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