Job Opportunity

Executive Director
First 5 San Mateo County

Dated Posted:

January 18, 2013


$102,461 – $128,086


First 5 San Mateo County was created in 1998 with the passage of Proposition 10, the tobacco tax levied to fund education, health, child care and other programs that promote early childhood development for children ages 0-5. Since its inception, First 5 San Mateo County has invested over $104 million in local programs and has served over 47,200 children prenatally through age 5, and 29,3000 parents and primary caregivers. We are currently seeking an exceptional leader who is committed to creating and implementing comprehensive and collaborative programs to enhance early childhood development.

The selected individual will continue to collaborate with the Commission, community, staff and organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors, advocate for early childhood programs and services in San Mateo County, plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of First 5 San Mateo County, and work with staff to develop criteria for identifying programs to recommend to the First 5 San Mateo County Commission for funding. Additional responsibilities include coordinating activities with County departments, schools, non-profit providers and other agencies, managing the staff, ensuring the fiscal integrity and accountability of the agency, and providing highly complex assistance to the First 5 San Mateo County Commission, to which this position reports.


Qualified professionals will have a Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of increasingly responsible management experience with significant exposure to childhood development, program development and independent commissions. A Master’s degree or equivalent experience in public administration, business management, philosophy, child development, psychology, social work or a related field is preferred.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced administrator who has successfully managed staff and programs, is versed in the principles/practices of early childhood development and the education system, is a great communicator and listener who possesses quick, clear thinking and is calm under pressure, and is a strategic thinker and planner with innovative yet practical solutions to long-term challenges. The approachable and astute leader we seek, should have a management style that quickly fosters trust, loyalty, respect, commitment and partnership, and be highly focused, organized, confident, assertive, eloquent, persuasive and a team builder.

How to Apply:

For more details please view our online brochure at:

To apply, you must submit an application packet consisting of a cover letter, resume and responses to the supplemental questions listed in the online brochure to: For additional information you may contact Chet Overstreet at: (650) 363-4385. 



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