Career Opportunities

We’re seeking candidates who share our commitment to diverse, equitable, and inclusive early childhood experiences.

DEC is committed to weaving together family, community, and systems of care so that all children who grow up in San Francisco have a strong foundation of nurturing, health, and learning.

If you are ready to bring energy, commitment, and passion to the public service of children and families, join us and make a difference. Be a part of a growing movement and build a better future for our children in the City we call home.

Job Openings

0923 Workforce Initiatives Manager

Salary Range: $131,248 – $167,492

The Workforce Initiatives Manager will play a pivotal role in advancing the wages, education,
and workplace experiences of over 2,000 early educators across San Francisco. This is an
opportunity to lead and expand cutting-edge early education funding policy that values the
critical contribution early educators make to our children, families, and society. Reporting to the
Deputy Director of DEC’s Early Learning Division, the Workforce Initiatives Manager is
responsible for overseeing a growing team of Community Development Specialists and other
support positions focused on systems building, integration, and implementation of initiatives that
support the retention, recruitment, education, and compensation of a highly qualified early care
and education workforce.

0923 Quality Early Learning Programs Manager

Salary Range: $131,248 – $167,492

The Quality Early Learning Programs Manager leads DEC’s work to ensure that City-funded
early learning programs offer the high-quality early learning experiences proven to contribute to
children’s school readiness and lifetime success. Reporting to the Deputy Director of DEC’s
Early Learning Division, the Quality Early Learning Programs Manager is responsible for
leading a team of Community Development Specialists and other support positions who work
closely with City-funded early learning programs, as well as programs applying to enter into the
City-funded network, on planning, validating, and implementing quality curriculum,
environments, and interactions. The position will also oversee planning and programming related
to continuous quality improvement including training, coaching, and technical assistance.

Our Recruitment Process

We want you to know what to expect every step of the way when you apply for a job with DEC.

Complete and submit a job application on the Department of Human Resources Website.

Human Resources staff will review applications to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

For Permanent Civil Service (PCS) positions, the City requires applicants to complete an examination. This process is designed to ensure merit-based decision-making and prioritization in City hiring. You will be invited to participate in the exam if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Depending on the job classification for which you are applying, the exam process can consist of several parts including but not limited to online or in-person standardized tests, personal experience or situation-based essays, interviews, and hands-on performance demonstrations.

If you successfully complete the exam process, you will be placed on an eligibility list. Your rank on the list is determined by how well you performed in the exam. Many City Departments utilize the same eligible list at once for similar positions. Therefore, being on an eligible list may qualify you for various positions throughout the City (not just the one you applied to).

City Departments will further review eligible applicants for desirable qualifications and job-related skills. You may be contacted to confirm interest in a specific position or to provide additional information about your skills and experience. The most qualified candidates will be invited to interview with the Department.

After interviewing, Departments will select the best-suited candidate. If selected for a position you may be asked to verify education and/or experience, as well as references from previous employers. In addition, all employees must complete a background check including fingerprinting at the Department of Human Resources.

If you successfully complete the verification and background check, you will receive an official offer letter with job details. In addition, your new supervisor will contact you with reporting instructions for your first day of work.


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