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Job Opening: San Francisco Family Support Network

Position Title: SFFSN Training Coordinator (1.0 FTE)

Salary range: $50,000-$55,000 DOE, plus benefits

Starting date: Immediately

Application date: 7/17/09

Organization Background

Founded in 2004, The San Francisco Family Support Network (SFFSN) is a unique partnership of the stakeholders in the Family Support field: families, community-based organizations, public departments, and private foundations.  It is a membership-based organization with more than 40 current members. 

The mission of the San Francisco Family Support Network is to support and enhance the Family Support system of care throughout San Francisco by:

Providing a collective voice for Family Support
Promoting the Family Support Principles and educating about best and promising practice
Creating opportunities for enhanced peer support among all Family Support stakeholders
Advocating for policies and programs that will help to meet the health, educational, safety, and environmental needs of all families
For more information about the SFFSN, please see

Please note: The SFFSN is housed at the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, but its staff are not City employees. 

Position Description

Working with the SFFSN Training and Technical Assistance Committee and SFFSN staff, the Training Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and ensuring the successful planning and implementation of the SFFSN’s training and technical assistance efforts.  These activities are designed to support staff who work with families to do so most effectively.  The position is supervised by the SFFSN Director.


Identify the Technical Assistance needs of SFFSN members and develop plans to address them
Coordinate a minimum of 30 workshops, convenings, and other trainings annually for direct service staff
Conduct workshops for direct service staff on the SFFSN Family Support Standards and Family Support topics
Coordinate the peer mentoring program including recruiting, training, matching, and supporting mentors and mentee organizations
Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual Family Support special convening
Provide direct technical assistance to members as needed
Develop and update training calendars, curricula, materials, registration flyers, and evaluations
Research, identify, and develop content for Family Support resource library
Provide staff support to the Training and Technical Assistance Committee
Provide and update Training and Technical Assistance website content
Assist with gathering information for and preparing reports to funders
Co-supervise the SFFSN Administrative Assistant
Participate in special projects and tasks as they are assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree in Psychology, Public Policy, Social Work or other related Social Science.
A minimum of 2 years of experience providing or working in the field of Family Support.
A minimum of 2 years of experience teaching, training, or mentoring others.  
Strong organizational skills and ability to successfully complete tasks with efficiency and an attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to work effectively with a wide range of people and personalities.
Strong verbal communication, writing, and editing skills.
Strong computer skills and proficiency in navigating the Internet and using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook) on PC systems.
Flexibility and ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter, take initiative, prioritize multiple assignments, and work independently.
Demonstrated ability to be reliable, consistent, and maintain a regular work schedule
Ability to receive direction, input, and feedback from multiple sources.
Preferred Skills

Knowledge of San Francisco’s Family Support field
PowerPoint proficiency
Application Procedure

Please submit resume and cover letter to: Andrew Russo, SFFSN Director, 1390 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94102.  You may fax your resume and cover letter to 415-554-8965, or send it via email to

SFFSN is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Job Announcement: Supervising Teacher II, School for the Deaf

California Department of Education
POSITION: Supervising Teacher II, School for the Deaf    
TENURE/TIME BASE: Permanent, full time
SALARY:  $5392–$7223 month, plus $100 for bilingual pay and $700 for recruitment and retention

GENERAL DUTIES:   Under the supervision of the Director of Pupil Personnel, the incumbent in this  position will supervise the assessment and counseling staff, coordinates the assessment center program and provide consultation to parents, local school district personnel and California School for he Deaf staff, as needed. The person in this position may also provide assessments to students  attending the California School for the Deaf and being seen through the Northern California  Assessment Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 

WHO MAY APPLY:  1.) Possession of, or eligibility for, a California Pupil Personnel credential or a California Standard Teaching credential and a Specialist Credential to teach the communication handicapped; 2.) a Masters’ degree from an accredited college or university in Counseling and/or Education related to the Deaf and/or Learning Disabled; 3.) Experience conducting academic assessments of deaf children; and 4.) proficiency in sign language. 5.) Willingness to work flexible hours.

39350 Gallaudet Drive
Fremont, CA 94538
Contact: Debra Guthmann, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Telephone: (510) 794-3684 Voice/TTY

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY: Applications will be screened and the most
highly qualified will be invited to interview.  Interested candidates must submit a completed Faculty Application, Form SSS100, to Debra Guthmann, Director of Pupil Personnel Services no later than
July 10, 2009 or until the position is filled.

Questions may be directed to Debra Guthmann at the above telephone number.

California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing Impaired: TDD Phones 1-800-735-2929 Voice Phones 1-800-735-2922


Job Opening: Women Rising Case Manager

About the Organization: Community Works (CW) engages youth and adults in arts and education programs that interrupt and heal the far reaching impact of incarceration and violence by empowering individuals, families and communities.  For more information please visit our website:

Position Description:
The Women Rising Case Manager, who reports to CW’s Youth Programs Manager, provides case management to previously incarcerated young women ages 18-25, engaging them in services that will increase their chances of living healthy productive life styles.  The Women Rising Case Manager will receive bi-weekly case supervision from a clinical supervisor. The Women Rising program takes place at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department’s Women’s Reentry Center.

Primary Job Duties:
Oversee a case load of young women ranging in ages 18-25 years.  Related duties include:

•    Maintain an intensive caseload of  up 10 clients for a period 6-12 months through weekly meetings: monitoring participants’ progress in program; maintaining client case files; writing weekly case notes;
•    Providing screening, assessments, intake, orientation, group, and individual counseling;
•    Developing and implementing individual service/treatment plans;
•    Facilitating a young adults group in San Francisco County Jail 8;
•    Collaborating with adult probation officers assigned to the 18-25 year old case load;
•    Establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with different community agencies;
•    Making referrals to other community agencies;
•    Assisting clients with academic achievement, housing, and employment;
•    Conducting outreach at San Francisco County Jail 8;
•    Facilitating a young adults support group at the Women’s Reentry Center.
•    Collaborating with the Rising Voices Program Director who facilitates a theater program for 18-25 years old at the Women’s Reentry Center

•    Bachelors degree in related field (education, social work, psychology, counseling, public administration) or a minimum of two full years in the social field.
•    Extensive experience directing case management with clients related to developing a drug free- pro-social lifestyle
•    Experience providing employment services, including vocational assessment, job counseling, development, placement and coaching.
•    Teaching or counseling experience with offender/ex-offender populations; demonstrated ability in curriculum development and lesson planning.
•    Knowledge of Bay Area labor market, employment community, and human service resources.
•    Working knowledge of social justice and restorative justice principles.
•    Excellent writing and oral communication with the ability to conduct outreach activities and develop and maintain effective community relationships.
•    Strong time management and organizational skills; demonstrated professionalism and excellent ability to work independently and a part of a team.
•    Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
•    Ability to work with diverse populations. Aware and sensitive to gender, race, sexuality issues.

Salary: $40,000 a year, plus benefits

Please send resume and cover letter to Manijeh Fata, Youth Programs Manager via e-mail:  No phone calls please.  Community Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to diversity.

Financial Institution–QA Position. Placement through Abilicorp

Job Summary: We are currently seeking candidates to immediately fill the positions of Hogan Quality Assurance Level 1 and QA Level 2 to work at a major financial institution located in San Francisco, CA. The Hogan QA Level 1 and 2 positions will work as part of a team responsible for conditioning data for testers.

Qualifications: A successful candidate will have a background in Hogan, a mainframe application used to store customer information, customer to account relationships, and checking and savings account information or previous experience as a bank teller. Experience in QA is a plus, but it is not necessary. A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent education/work experience is necessary.

To apply for the position, please send your resume to:

TV Feature on SAFE this Saturday

Catch Jessie Lorenz, LightHouse Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, on Access SF. She is being interviewed about the Sidewalks Are For Everyone campaign.

The program airs this Saturday, February 21 at noon on Channel 29. It will also be simulcast on the web at

Access SF 1 is San Francisco’s award-winning public access television channel. Programming is provided by San Francisco residents and nonprofit organizations on a first-come, first-served basis. The channel features programming reflecting San Francisco’s diverse communities and cultures.

U.S. Representatives Edolphus Towns and Cliff Stearns Introduce Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, NFB Applauds Measure

January 28, 2009 12:17 PM Eastern Time  

National Federation of the Blind Press Release

Christopher S. Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Representatives Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL) today introduced H.R. 734, a bill intended to protect the blind and other pedestrians from injury or death as a result of silent vehicle technology. The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 requires the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a study on how to protect the blind and others from being injured or killed by vehicles using hybrid, electric, and other silent engine technologies. Thirty-two original co-sponsors have already signed on to the bill.

Because blind pedestrians cannot locate and evaluate traffic using their vision, they must listen to traffic to discern its speed, direction, and other attributes in order to travel safely and independently. Other people, including pedestrians who are not blind, bicyclists, runners, and small children, also benefit from hearing the sound of vehicle engines. New vehicles that employ hybrid or electric engine technology can be silent, rendering them extremely dangerous in situations where vehicles and pedestrians come into proximity with each other.

“The National Federation of the Blind appreciates the wise and decisive action taken today by Congressmen Towns and Stearns to preserve the right to safe and independent travel for the blind,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “The blind, like all pedestrians, must be able to travel to work, to school, to church, and to other places in our communities without being injured or killed. This bill will benefit all pedestrians for generations to come as new vehicle technologies become more prevalent. The blind of America will do everything in our power to ensure its swift passage.”

“The beneficial trend toward more environmentally friendly vehicles has had the unintended effect of placing the blind and other pedestrians in danger,” said Representative Towns. “As someone who taught travel with a white cane to the blind for many years, I understand that the sound of traffic is critically important in order for them to travel safely and independently. This bill will prevent many injuries and fatalities while still allowing more clean vehicles on our nation’s roads.”

“I understand the safety concerns of blind pedestrians with these quiet automobiles; I have heard the same concerns from senior citizens in my district, and I appreciate the threat to children, bicyclists, and runners,” said Representative Stearns. “I deeply appreciate the support of all parties in supporting this important safety legislation.”

The bill requires the Secretary of Transportation, within ninety days of its enactment, to commence a two-year study to determine the best means to provide the blind and other pedestrians with information about the location, motion, speed, and direction of vehicles. Upon completion of the study, the Secretary will report the findings of the study to Congress and, within ninety days, establish a minimum vehicle safety standard for all new vehicles sold in the United States. Automobile manufacturers will have two years to comply with the vehicle safety standard.