Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood


Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) – Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.

MEDA is advancing strategies to create asset building opportunities for San Francisco’s Latino families and in the Mission District through: (1) our core, integrated Asset Building Programs related to housing, financial capability, workforce development, business development and tax preparation; (2) serving as a backbone agency to advance educational achievement and family economic success through the Mission Promise Neighborhood 2-generation approach; (3) creating and preserving affordable housing and commercial real estate in the Mission District through Community Real Estate; (4) providing access to capital and innovative financial products through the Adelante Fund; and (5) Policy & Advocacy efforts that support our mission.

In December 2012, MEDA was awarded a 5-year grant from the Department of Education to implement the Mission Promise Neighborhood, a neighborhood based effort to improve education and create family economic stability for Mission District families through a cradle- to college- to career continuum of services. This initiative involves 20 community based organization partners, as well as the San Francisco Office of Mayor Ed Lee, City of San Francisco government agencies, and the San Francisco Unified School District as close collaborators in the implementation effort. MEDA is the lead agency, fiscal agent and project manager for the Mission Promise Neighborhood.

MEDA is now poised to enter the second phase of MPN which will focus on sustaining systems, collaborating with community partners, driving results, and engaging in community-based policy and advocacy work aimed at creating strong supports for families to ensure educational success.

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Position Overview

MEDA is seeking an effective, results-oriented, and dynamic leader who is passionate about education, social justice and community economic development to serve as Director for the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) initiative. Reporting to MEDA’s Executive Director, the Director will focus on overseeing key aspects of this highly collaborative and broad neighborhood-wide effort, with primary responsibility for fundraising for sustainability, facilitating the participation and engagement of 20 community-based partner organizations, maintaining strong and trusting relationships with school, school district, and civic leaders, managing staff, and ensuring that programmatic outcomes and deliverables are met. This is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the success of a proven program model that will greatly impact the lives of students, families, and the local community of San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood.


(1) Program Implementation

  • In collaboration with MEDA’s Executive Director and the entire MPN team, support the overall implementation of the MPN work plan and achieving specific outcomes in the following areas: Early Learning & Development, School Improvement & Student Achievement, College- Career Success, and Family Economic Success.
  • Serve as key point of contact and liaison with the 20 partner agency directors on all matters related to MPN; guide them in thinking systematically about adapting their existing programs to meet the specific needs of the project.
  • Ensure that the community hubs are functioning as they were designed—as resource central points for the project.
  • Participate as a member of MEDA’s senior management team, ensuring the team is aware of and able to effectively make decisions on matters related to the MPN implementation.
  • Work closely with Finance, Development, Evaluation, Marketing/Communications and other MEDA departments to ensure the needs of MPN are effectively served through these functions.
  • With Finance Manager, oversee the expenditures of the annual MPN implementation budget
  • Support MEDA’s Executive Director in convening and structuring the work of the MPN Advisory Board.

(2) Program Deliverables and Outcomes Management

  • Foster and promote a culture of accountability and results-orientation across the MPN team and 20 community-based partners, ensuring all participants are highly engaged and committed to achieving shared goals.
  • Working with the MPN Associate Director to , ensure that programs are operating effectively and adjustments are made where necessary to meet projected outcomes.
  • Communicate outcomes and share data as needed with partners, schools, school district, city officials, and funders, articulating a clear picture of overall progress and results at an appropriate level of detail.
  • Manage the process for all MPN reporting to funders. Oversee the structure and design of reports, organize staff member input where needed, and serve as key point of contact for reporting process and follow up.

(3) Public/Community Relations and Capacity Building

  • Represent MPN for press conferences, media opportunities, conferences, community meetings, and other public-facing events as needed.
  • Serve as key point of contact in interacting with and leveraging the resources of MEDA and the community partners. Actively participate in MPN fundraising and sustainability efforts with corporate, foundation, and government representative as well as individual donors. Attend and participate in the national Promise Neighborhoods conferences in Washington DC and other conferences where appropriate, serving as a spokesperson for MPN.
  • In collaboration with the MPN Advisory Board, identify relevant policy issues that affect the outcomes and work of the Mission Promise Neighborhood, and propose policy actions and advocacy efforts that address these issues.

(4) Fundraising/Resource Development

  • With the Executive Director, partners and MEDA/MPN teams, co-develop and implement plans for securing resources from federal, state, local government and private sector philanthropy to sustain the work.
  • Champion funder relationships and present MPN investment opportunities to funders.
  • Supervise the effective implementation and follow-up on MPN related grants and contracts.

(5) Policy/Systems Change

  • Actively participate in local coalitions related to MPN issue areas to ensure MPN has a presence.
  • With Policy Director and partners, develop MPN policy and advocacy priorities and facilitate participation by staff, partners and policy makers.


  • At least 7 years in a leadership position (e.g. Executive Director, Deputy Director, or Associate Director) overseeing complex, multi-stakeholder projects with an education focus.
  • Subject matter expertise and connections within the Pre-K to 12 education sector.
  • Exceptional relationship building and management skills, with the ability to build rapport and guide the work of a diverse set of external partners and other key stakeholders.
  • Significant people management experience, supervising direct and indirect reports to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Experience in managing multi-million dollar budgets for federally funded projects.
  • Ability to learn and assimilate new material quickly and develop action plans to move work forward.
  • Personal and professional interest in the mission and vision of MPN to empower the community, break cycles of poverty, and ensure every child can reach their full potential, from cradle to college to career.
  • Ability to thrive in a mission-driven, hard-working, and innovative culture, working collaboratively with colleagues who are smart, flexible, highly-motivated, and willing to do “whatever it takes” to meet ambitious goals.
  • Familiarity and a history of service with the landscape of education, community development, and/or social services networks, and providers in San Francisco and the Mission District, and working with Spanish speakers and/or English Learners and individuals with disabilities is a plus.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • BA and MA in Education or related field are required; PhD in Education or related field is a plus.

To Apply:

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, addressed to Luis Granados at: