Deputy Director

  • First 5 Contra Costa
  • Concord, CA, United States
  • Aug 08, 2017
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

First 5 Contra Costa has an exciting opportunity for a creative, energetic, and talented Deputy Director.   The Deputy Director has strategic and day-to-day responsibility for all of First 5 Contra Costa’s programs, and serves as a key advisor to the Executive Director.  A passion for helping young children grow up healthy, ready to learn and supported in safe, nurturing families and communities will be a defining characteristic of the candidate selected for this important role.  The Deputy Director is an organization-wide leader, and is principally responsible for First 5 Contra Costa’s efforts to promote a continuum of services and supports to strengthen families and improve child outcomes.  S/he leads the design and execution of First 5’s early childhood systems to align with our Strategic Plan, and contributes deep knowledge of program operations to the management of the organization.  S/he ensures that the organization coordinates with partner organizations to advance system development efforts for young children and their families. 

A unique mix of skills and experience is essential to ensure that programs and grant outcomes are used to inform future strategy development and support integration across four initiatives.  S/he works closely with the Director of Finance and Operations, the Strategic Information and Planning Manager and the Public Affairs Manager.  This position reports to the Executive Director and oversees a staff of six.                    

Key Attributes of the successful candidate:

  • A proven record as a systems thinker
  • A work history of successful leadership and management in high-performance workplaces known for achieving results
  • Initiative and self-motivation as well as the ability to lead and facilitate
  • A warm sense of humor and humility

Key Requirements for the position:

  • Master’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university in social welfare, public policy, public health, education public administration or similar field
  • At least 10 years progressive management experience in early childhood, education, health or similar settings.
  • Demonstrated success and progressive senior management experience in program planning and grants management
  • Demonstrated success in working with diverse partners to spread innovative and proven approaches to address organizational goals
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately and quickly assess problems, think critically about solutions and lead teams through problem solving
  • Experience developing budgets with demonstrated ability to understand and use financial reports for prudent financial management of programs
  • Track record of effectively working with grantees, vendors and contractors to achieve organizational goals
  • Demonstrated success at navigating political sensitivities and building relationships which support organizational goals
  • Strong professional manner, including the willingness to respect and include the perspectives of others with diverse backgrounds and experiences, to adapt to change in a transformational environment and to make productive relationships with stakeholders within and outside the agency

    About Us:

    First 5 Contra Costa Children & Families Commission was established in 1999 to support local programs and services designed to help children 0-5 reach their greatest potential in school and life through the development of a seamless, comprehensive system of information and services.  Our mission is to help children grow up healthy, ready to learn, and supported in safe, nurturing families and communities.

    At First 5 we have fun helping kids!   We are a family-friendly organization that employs smart, dedicated people.  We offer a comprehensive benefits package including health, retirement, and generous leave opportunities.

    Visit our website at   for the full job description and apply now!  Please include with your resume a brief letter of introduction that summarizes why you are ideally suited to this position and why you think First 5 would be a great opportunity for you.


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Salary and Benefits: Starting salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. First 5 Contra Costa offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, retirement, and generous leave opportunities.