First 5 San Joaquin Executive Director (#ES1500)
$69.44-$84.41 Hourly / $12,036.61-$14,630.58 Monthly / $144,439.39-$175,566.98 Yearly


Under general direction, performs a wide range of difficult and complex management and administrative duties as the program administrator and primary support staff to the San Joaquin Children and Families Commission, known as First 5 San Joaquin; assists the Commission, Director of Human Services, and the Board of Supervisors in assuring that the legislated activities and obligations of the Children and Families Program are optimally implemented.


This is a single class position that is exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service System and is an at-will position. Under the general direction of the Director of Human Services, an employee in this single-position class performs strategic planning, administers grants/contracts, and provides other management-level assistance to the First 5 San Joaquin Commission in its mission to promote, support and improve the early development (prenatal through five years of age) of San Joaquin County children.  The incumbent oversees, directs and supervises a variety of Commission activities and also serves as a liaison between the Commission and various agencies/groups/individuals involved or interested in early childhood development.


  • Administers various complex activities including budgeting, cost analyses, grant development/monitoring, contracting/purchasing, training, and quality assessment; negotiates and facilitates disbursement of funds; coordinates the preparation and presentation of audit reports to comply with regulations; conducts research and prepares/presents various other reports evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of projects and activities; makes recommendations regarding Program activities as appropriate.
  • Oversees the grant development for diversifying funding for the Commission.
  • Negotiates and prepares contracts from Request for Proposals with providers of services funded by the Commission; evaluates, documents and assesses the performance of contractors.
  • Develops and administers the Commission budget by managing various funding sources; maintains accurate and appropriate records.
  • Supports the Commission by planning, developing, organizing, directing and implementing objectives and activities; in coordination with the Commission, helps establish and maintain Commission goals, processes, policies, procedures and programs; plans and develops Commission agendas; attends Commission meetings and facilitates successful conduct of Commission business.
  • Stays abreast of current research and development in the field of early child development issues impacting children and families by reviewing research and evaluating program models; monitors data and trends in the child development field; provides advice and guidance to the Commission regarding funding, legislation, and/or other issues relevant to the Commission helps ensure Commission compliance with state, federal and local policies, regulations and directives; provides training and information to Commission members and/or others as appropriate.
  • Develops and maintains an effective liaison between the Commission, County Departments, local/state/federal government entities, various boards and commissions, educational institutions, childcare/social service providers, the media and others; represent the Commission as appropriate at conferences and meetings; prepares and makes presentations to the public and various parties in order to communicate objectives and activities; plans, develops and supervises the preparation of materials and resources as needed to enhance communication.    
  • Performs special projects as assigned; prepares a variety of reports and correspondence; oversees strategic communications campaigns.
  • Selects, supervises, trains, assigns, and evaluates a multi-disciplinary team of administrative and/or clerical, fiscal, and program staff; may lead and/or serve on committees and task forces.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in child development, psychology, public health, social work, public or business administration, or a related field.

Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible administrative/analytical work in a management, fiscal, personnel, social services, or related area, including at least one year of advanced project management, supervision or coordination that included program planning and implementation.

Substitution: A Master's Degree in social science, psychology, business/public administration, or related field may be substituted for one year of the general experience.

License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License.


Basic principles and practices of early childhood and human development, psychology and social work; principles and practices of public administration, including analytical procedures, grant management, policy development, budgeting, reporting, statistical development, evaluation methods, supervision, public relations and communications; project planning, development and implementation; research methods and report writing; community resources and demographics; computer skills.


Learn and understand social issues pertaining to early childhood development and family social work; understand, interpret and apply technically complex rules, regulations, and procedures; plan and direct studies, projects, operations and activities; apply principles, practices, methods, and techniques of public administration, management analysis, and statistics to the solution of problems; establish and maintain effective and collaborative relationships with a broad variety of agencies, groups and individuals at all levels; make presentations to individuals and groups; express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a keyboard, sitting for long periods, walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, driving, climbing; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and eye/hand coordination; occasional depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone; frequent talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making, concentration and public contact; occasional travel, working weekends/nights; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: ES1500; EST: 3/8/2000; REV: 9/14/2021;