Program Director - Sana Sana


Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc. is a multi-service community health and social service agency with an emphasis on serving the Chicanx/Latinx/Indígenx community in San Francisco. Services include a wide range of mental health and behavioral health, HIV-related services, and social services, including health promotion, education, prevention, early intervention, case management, support groups, cultural interventions, and social and spiritual engagement. IFR serves children, youth, adults and families, and multiple subpopulations, including youth, the Indígena, and LGBTQ+ youth and adults. The organization has a rich history of working collaboratively with other agencies to meet the needs of the Chicanx/Latinx/Indígenx community and other cultural/racial communities in San Francisco. We accomplish this by providing culturally integrated services rooted in our three pilares: Tú eres mi otro yo, La cultura cura, and Sí se puede.


Sana Sana is a comprehensive childcare and school-based mental health consultation and services collaboration between IFR, childcare centers, family childcare providers, and public elementary and middle schools in San Francisco. This program promotes early intervention and builds community resiliency, offering services that address the unique developmental, behavioral, and cultural needs of young children (0-14) and their families. Sana Sana ensures the well-being of children, families, and teachers by enhancing supportive relationships and fostering positive learning environments.  

The Sana Sana team provides mental health consultation in preschool and provides services to all ten of Mission Neighborhood Centers Head Start Programs, and various elementary and middle schools in the Mission and Outer Mission Districts. Services focus on reducing barriers to learning by enhancing the capacity of teachers, administrators, and parents to respond to the social-emotional and behavioral needs of the child and his/her family. Extensive training is provided on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation through IFR as well as through the city’s 9-month Training Institute for new Mental Health Consultants Citywide.  

Additionally, The Sana Sana Program provides comprehensive, holistic, wrap-around services to families with young children (0-5) living in public housing who have experienced trauma. This sub-team is named SPARK (Strong Parents and Resilient Kids). The primary goal of the wrap-around program is to support and strengthen the relationship between a young child and his or her parent (or caregiver) as a vehicle for restoring the child's sense of safety, strengthening their attachment relationships (increasing attunement & responses to emotional needs), and improving the child's cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. We accomplish this through client-centered, nonjudgmental, culturally and linguistically appropriate services.  

This is a Full-Time, exempt, benefit-eligible position that reports to the Director of Programs and Client Services. 

Essential Job Duties include but are not limited to the following:  

Program and Staff Development 

Responsible for the coordination and management of day-to-day functions of the Early Intervention Program, including completion of contract objectives, contract management, program planning, program implementation, staff training, and supervision, including but not limited to: 

  • Oversight development of systems, policies, and procedures for effective functioning. 
  • Oversight of recruitment, selection, and onboarding of Sana Sana staff in coordination with HR.  
  • Supervision, evaluation, and professional development for Sana Sana staff. 
  • Leads and facilitates Program Staff meetings 
  • Manage multiple, complex tasks related to program coordination and with partnerships
  • Plan and implement cultural and spiritual activities for the clients and participate in agency cultural events 
  • Participate in Leadership Circle, Coordinators Meeting and team meetings 
  • Attend monthly standing meetings such as Certified Behavioral Health Specialist (CBHS) meetings, Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative (ECMHI) and Early Education Meetings (EED), SF Family Services Network Meeting (SFFSN) & and other as needed 
  • Participate in agency committees and in associated work groups as needed

Clinical Duties

  • Provide clinical supervision to mental health staff and interns 
  • Leads and facilitates case conferences and individual supervision meetings with consultants 
  • Ability to sign off on clinical hours within the first six (6) months of employment

Contract Compliance and Reporting 

  • Prepares reports and other reporting requirements to agency leadership, funding sources, and other stakeholders.  
  • Actively engages in the contract process with funding sources and attends meetings held by funding agencies.

Fiscal Oversight

  • Works in collaboration with the fund development team to identify funding opportunities. 
  • Engages in the development of the annual Sana Sana operating budget in coordination with the Director of Programs and Clients Services and the Fiscal Department.  
  • Oversee fiscal compliance for Sana Sana funding. Monitors the budget and approves all necessary invoices related to the program, including the procurement of materials, supplies and equipment for the program. 
  • Support writing proposals and contracts in conjunction with the Development Director and Director of Programs

Program Evaluation & Quality Improvement

  • Ensures that programs meet quality standards required by the agency and funding sources.  
  • Oversees the development, implementation and maintenance of Sana Sana evaluation plan and data management systems  
  • Facilitates performance management process with Sana Sana staff for continuous program improvement and informed decision-making based on evaluation data.  
  • Conducts annual performance evaluation process and professional development plans for staff

Community Networking and Building 

  • Attend monthly and quarterly meetings with outside collaborators to maintain relationships 
  • Initiate and develop Memorandums of Understanding between agencies and school sites 
  • Assist with service delivery when needed
  • Provide training to other agencies at the request
  • Establishes strategic partnerships with stakeholders, including community residents, government agencies, service providers, and business partners, to coordinate and leverage service delivery, community building, and policy advocacy efforts.  
  • Participates in the production of Sana Sana /IFR-sponsored community and cultural events


  • Bilingual - English and Spanish 
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in the field of mental health administration and services  
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience in the administration and coordination of social service/mental health networks  
  • Ability to sign off on clinical hours within the first six (6) months of employment


  • Working experience with programs funded by the SF Department of Public Health, Department of Children, Youth, and their Families, and/or other San Francisco Departments address public health matters 
  • One year of experience providing supervision to clinical staff and interns 
  • Experience working with Schools and community sites focused on serving young children 0-5 years old and their families


  • Advanced Degree in a Behavioral Health field (LCSW, LMFT, PsyD, Ph.D.) 
  • Be two years or more licensed with the ability to supervise and sign hours after 6 months of employment
  • Must pass and maintain annual Tuberculosis Test (TB)
  • Must pass Department of Justice Fingerprint screening 


Salary Range: Salary Range: Program Director, II - Annual Salary - $94,574 to $101,000 Commensurate with experience and decide based on the final candidate's qualifications, education, and work experience. 

All full-time positions are based on a minimum of (35) thirty-five hours per week. 

This is a full-time, exempt position at 35 hours a week. The position is eligible to participate in medical, dental, vision, and 403(b) plans, earn vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, two wellness days (birthday and hire date) and receive ongoing opportunities for learning.


The physical demands described here represent what an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  

  • General ability to communicate effectively in person or via telephone in a manner that can be understood by those with whom the person is speaking too, including a diverse population  
  • General alertness to address emergency or potentially dangerous situations   
  • Requires physical ability to remain seated at a desk for long periods of time when needed 
  • Basic manual dexterity to operate work processing equipment with skill, speed, and accuracy  
  • Must be able to view computer for long periods of time  
  • Ability to use public and/or private modes of transportation; duties are office-based, but travel to various offsite venues is required  
  • Activities that occur infrequently are bending, squatting, crouching, kneeling, twisting, reaching straight, above or below shoulders  
  • On occasion, must lift up to 10 LBS 


Interested applicants should send an email to [email protected] with “Program Director – Sana Sana” in the subject line and include: 

  • A cover letter describing why you would be an excellent fit for this position
  • An up-to-date resume
  • A professional writing sample solely authored by the candidate will be requested after the first interview

Please note: only complete applications will be considered.

Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission site. Revised: 01/09/24

² Please note that IFR reserves the right to change its benefits and contributions at any time at its sole discretion.

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