Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer


San Francisco, CA   |   May 26, 2021


FACES SF believes in protecting the economic and cultural diversity of San Francisco. Every day, FACES SF provides vital support to underserved working families and children living in the heart of the city and just above the poverty line. Without pathways to economic empowerment and self-sufficiency, struggling families in underserved neighborhoods would not be able to survive and raise children in this community. 

Low-income families in San Francisco face many barriers to success, including toxic stress, housing instability, unemployment, and financial and legal situations that negatively impact parenting capacity. FACES SF provides integrated services that help families in disadvantaged neighborhoods close the education achievement gap and achieve economic empowerment. FACES SF believes that when they can thrive, we all can. 

FACES SF provides critical assistance to low-income families in San Francisco in the following areas: childhood development, family support services, and workforce training and family support services. Its clients are citywide, with a focus in the Haight Ashbury, Western Addition, Visitacion Valley, and Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhoods. Over 80% of the families it serves survive beneath the Extremely Low-Income line in San Francisco as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Family and Child Empowerment Services – San Francisco (FACES SF) emerged from the combination of two of San Francisco’s most enduring service organizations: Florence Crittenton Services and Whitney Young Child Development Center. 

The child development program provides subsidized early childhood education at three locations throughout the city: Haight Ashbury, Western Addition, and Bayview/Hunters Point. FACES SF also manages a network of over 50 licensed, in-home childcare providers in San Francisco. In addition, FACES SF provides school-age enrichment programs to older children, through after-school programs at its Bayview/Hunters Point location. 

The family support program is a crucial component in the holistic nature of FACES SF’s work. The program provides mental health services, support groups, and parent educational workshops across all child development locations.  

Finally, FACES SF offers a community-based workforce program through a combination of education, barrier-removal, referral, job readiness and placement, and supportive services. The objective is to enable all San Francisco residents to reach economic stability and an improved quality of life. 

For more information on FACES SF, please visit itwebsite. 

The Opportunity 

FACES SF is seeking a committed CEO to lead the organization into a successful next chapter. The CEO will partner with the Board of Directors, external partners, and staff to strengthen existing services and grow the organization to provide critical support to the San Francisco community.  

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will represent FACES SF locally in the community, as well as in the broader childhood development, family support services, and workforce training spacesThe CEO will provide leadership for FACES SFs programs, finances, facilities, and staff. The CEO will ensure the FACES SF team is working effectively to support and advance the mission. 

In this role, the CEO will oversee all strategy, evaluation, fund development, budget development, partnerships, and policy and advocacy efforts. Additionally, the CEO will collaborate with agency partners to support the efficient and effective delivery of coordinated program services to the children and families of FACES SF sites. The CEO will manage a staff of 75 and a budget of $11.6M.

The CEO will bring a track record of advancing equity imperatives. This leader will embody a commitment to EDI and drive forward specific and focused initiatives to infuse equity into all areas of their work.  

The CEO’s strategic priorities include: 

  • Develop and maintain key partnerships and strong relationships with the families served by FACES SF, as well as agency partners; 
  • Identify new opportunities for innovation in childhood development and workforce training to ensure FACES SF’s participation in advocacy and policy efforts to strengthen services 
  • Cultivate and lead the Board of Directors to work in furtherance of the organization’s mission and values; 
  • Attract, retain, develop, and leverage staff talent; create an environment where staff are engaged and performing at high levels; 
  • Optimize site capacity and finances to serve FACES SF communities more broadly; 
  • Represent FACES SF in the broad child development and workforce development communities and ensure leadership with peers across the network; and  
  • Successfully lead FACES SFs operations including facilities, partners, staff, fundraising, budget, and finances. 
Candidate Profile 

The CEO of FACES SF will possess the following attributes and competencies: 

A Strategic and Visionary Leader 

The next CEO is a strategic, energeticand influential leader who will partner with the Board, and staff to articulate a vision for FACES SFs next chapter. The CEO will work effectively with all constituents on the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s goals. They will be experienced in strategic planning processes and understand how to bring the organization along to achieve those plans. This individual will be a visionary who can also drive execution. The CEO will actively and strategically seek out partnerships and build coalitions to advance the mission and strategic prioritiesLastly, the CEO will be skilled in board relations and will be goal oriented in their approach to working with the board. 

A Relationship Builder and Collaborator

The CEO will be a strong networker and skilled at building effective relationships at multiple levels within a complex environment. The CEO will have a high level of emotional intelligence and be able to build trust to develop productive and fulfilling relationships with the Board, staff, city officials, agency partners, families, and other constituents. The CEO will be a strong leader, communicator, and collaborator who is skilled at listening to, and learning from, those FACES SF serves. This leader will have the ability to develop a powerful sense of shared purpose in others and motivate them to engage the opportunities and challenges ahead. The CEO will possess a strong sense of confidence and a style that will resonate with FACES SF families.  

A Strong Advocate and Ambassador 

The CEO will bring a proven record of engagement to the role and be a natural ‘ambassador’ for FACES SF. The next CEO is energetic, creative, ambitious, and experienced in establishing strong working relationships in furtherance of an organization’s mission. The next CEO will possess strong ‘people skills’ as well as a sophisticated personal presence and outstanding communication abilities. The CEO will develop a powerful sense of shared purpose in others and will motivate them to engage in collective work. The CEO enjoys fundraising and is skilled at donor cultivation and stewardship and strategic in identifying new revenue streams. The CEO can enthusiastically convey the importance of an organization’s work to existing and potential new funding sources.  

A Thoughtful and Data Driven Organizational Manager 

The CEO will have a track record of success in organizational management and empathetic leadership. They will be committed to leading a ‘people first’ organization. The CEO will engender trust in the staff through a transparent and collaborative management style, focused on developing pathways for advancement, accountability, and innovation throughout FACES SFThis individual will be able to build leadership capacity amongst program leaders, positioning senior staff to execute on organizational goals, and will take a data-driven approach to decision makingThey will possess a deep understanding of the communities FACES SF serves and the nuanced challenges experienced by low-income families. The CEO will demonstrate honesty, sincerity, vulnerability, humility, and respect for individuals while modeling organizational values. 

A Passion for the Mission 

The next CEO will bring a passion for FACES SF’s mission, programs, and helping to serve our communities and families. This leader will be driven to deliver the highest quality product, as well as center the organization on equity and bring community voices to the forefront. The CEO will easily connect and build rapport with FACES SF families and operate in their best interest. Although experience in early childhood development or workforce development is not required, a commitment to families and community is a must. This executive will lead by example and stay true to the values of FACES SF. The ideal candidate is an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation. 

Compensation & Benefits 

For this role, salary is competitive and commensurate with experience that will be discussed directly with interested candidates.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alex Corvin, Medelene Beasley, and Ally Johnson are leading this search. To express your interest in this role please email [email protected] or submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. 


FACES SF is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. 

About Koya Partners 

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.  

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