Job Opening: Center Director with Freedom Forward (in SF)

Position: Center Director (position title may change when center is named)

Reports to: Executive Director

Type: Full-time, exempt

Location: San Francisco, CA

Position Duration: 3 years (at a minimum)

Start Date: Summer 2019


Founded in late 2016, Freedom Forward ( is working to improve systems in San Francisco to make the commercial sexual exploitation of youth less likely and less harmful, and ensure that those who have experienced it have opportunities to thrive. Our guiding principles include listening to youth, fostering thoughtful innovation, embracing complexity, weaving a connected ecosystem, nourishing strengths and wellbeing, and approaching our work with humility but not fear. Current projects tackle systemic change through collaborations that pilot new approaches to serving youth in foster care and in the community, and developing resources and tools to assist youth and the adults in their lives.


MULTI-SERVICES CENTER OVERVIEW   Currently undergoing construction, Freedom Forward’s multi-services center (name TBD based on youth input) will offer a safe and non-judgmental space where youth ages ~16-24 can come together to heal, connect with adults and peers who care, easily access services from multiple providers and resources under one roof, and engage in leadership development to become effective advocates for themselves and others. It will emphasize each young person’s right to self-determination, and services will be defined, shaped, and adjusted based on ongoing youth input.


POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES   This full-time position will be a core part of the growing Freedom Forward leadership team and will report to the Executive Director.


Position responsibilities include, though are not limited to:


1. Overseeing the design and development of Freedom Forward’s multi-services center: a. Work with youth to define a vision for the center, and inform the center name, design, services, and implementation. b. Based on youth input, oversee the development of the center’s theory of change, key goals, indicators, and long-term business plan. c. Oversee the development of all data, technology, and evaluation systems to support successful center operations. d. Oversee the development and implementation of the center’s legal, privacy, and data sharing agreements. e. Work with youth to set-up and launch center. f. Develop and implement all center operational systems. g. Develop and support a Youth Advisory Board to provide ongoing feedback and guidance to the center.


2. Develop, curate, and oversee multi-service center relationships and partnerships: a. Identify and recruit new partners, volunteers, staff, and sponsors as needed. b. Develop and manage the center’s approach to risk and safety. c. Develop and oversee the center’s partner, staff, and volunteer orientation, trainings, and feedback to ensure a quality experience for youth. d. Facilitate meetings and trainings across center providers to maintain healthy culture and share learnings across providers.


3. Ensuring center operations meet high-level vision and achieve objectives: a. Oversee all center staff, volunteers, and operations, including handling crises as they arise. b. Analyze youth and provider data regularly and leverage insights to drive continuous operational improvement. c. Incorporate youth and provider feedback to make ongoing improvements to center operations. 2 d. Work with external evaluation team to conduct ongoing program and collaboration evaluation.


4. Supporting external communications and resource development as needed: a. Help write grants, proposals, and communications to secure additional resources. b. Report on the center’s progress to supporters and grant makers. c. Meet with potential and existing supporters as needed. d. Actively contribute to social media and newsletters as requested. e. Document key learning, systems, and processes to share with partners and other communities.


QUALIFICATIONS ● Commitment to Freedom Forward’s mission and values ● Experience running a drop-in center and/or working with youth in a group setting ● Expertise in the tenets of positive youth development ● Demonstrated understanding of healing-centered engagement with youth ● Strong relationship-building skills ● Exceptional project management skills, attention to detail, and organization skills ● Track record of developing and executing program strategy ● Demonstrated self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset ● Demonstrated ability to facilitate conversations across viewpoints to drive change ● Ability to work respectfully and effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds ● Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced startup environment ● Track record of developing new organizational processes and systems ● Commitment to data-driven improvements Ideal candidates will also have: • Knowledge of local service providers • Experience managing a team • Understanding of and/or experience with commercial sexual exploitation / the underground street economy / sex work • Understanding of and/or experience with foster care and/or the juvenile justice system


COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS   The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, and paid time off. Freedom Forward is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.


TO APPLY   Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to: