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Director of Program Development

Foothill Family
Pasadena, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description


The Director of Program Development reports to the Chief Clinical Officer and is responsible for pursuing new contract opportunities to expand the Agency’s service lines and overseeing the successful implementation of those programs. This position will lead the government grant application activities for the Clinical Department as part of program growth and expansion efforts. The Director of Program Development is a member of the Agency’s Senior Management Team.


• Supports and promotes the mission of the Agency: Foothill Family empowers children and families to achieve success in relationships, school, and work through community-based services that advance growth and development.

• Works in close collaboration with the members of the Executive and Senior Management Teams.

• Stays abreast of potential funding opportunities from all applicable government entities and remains knowledgeable of political and policy related trends and decisions that impact future funding streams.

• Develops and maintains partnerships with community leaders and organizations; local, county, state, and federal leadership; policy makers; legislative officers and deputies; and other entities or individuals of influence that can support the Agency. Through these partnerships, advocates for appropriate policies and funding for programs that align with the Agency’s Strategic Plan.

• Conducts Community Needs Assessments biennially to track and stay current on community needs.

• Provides recommendations and makes decisions on opportunities to pursue based on a clear understanding of the Agency’s mission and Strategic Goals as well as the department’s capacity and infrastructure and the needs of the community.

• Develops realistic program growth targets annually that will ensure strategic program expansion and ongoing sustainability and achieves those targets consistently.

• Oversees and directs government grant application process including program design, developing staffing structures, creating budgets, and assisting with grant writing as needed.

• Maintains the Agency’s capacity to manage and successfully submit multiple grant applications at any given time.

• Supervises the Government Grant Writer and provides oversight of this position’s productivity and effectiveness in grant making.

• Coordinates and leads the implementation of new programs as soon as contract award notifications are received. This includes reviewing the application, Statement of Work, and contract documents to pinpoint all requirements that need to be fulfilled, identifying crucial team members, scheduling meetings, managing task assignments and monitoring completion. At times this may include assisting with hiring and providing administrative and operational oversight if key management staff are not in place.

• Tracks and monitors program outcomes and adherence to contract requirements, evaluating the effectiveness and sufficiency of the program design to meet program goals and objectives for the first 6 months of a new program.

• Develops detailed program transition plans that outline the steps and timeframes for successfully transferring responsibilities and activities from the implementation team to the program operations team.

• Refines the grant application and program implementation processes regularly to improve efficiency and effectiveness.


• MSW or MA in psychology or marriage and family counseling or MA in public health administration or Ph.D. in psychology or social work required. Licensure in the state of California (LCSW or LMFT or Ph.D.) preferred.

• At least 5 years of experience developing and managing programs in related field. This includes administrative and financial oversight, ensuring contract compliance, and meeting program goals and objectives.

• Evidence of progressive involvement in grant writing and application with history of successful grant awards required.

• Experience supervising and managing staff.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Excellent motivational, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written skills.

• Proficient in word processing and knowledge of spreadsheets and databases.

• Detail-oriented and flexible.

• Valid CA Driver License and maintains insurability on the Agency’s Auto-liability policy and maintains the state of California required auto insurance liability limits.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Foothill Family


Pasadena, CA
91107 USA



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