The San Francisco SafeStart Initiative began in 2000 to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on young children (ages 0 – 6).  As lead agency of the initiative, the Prevention Center coordinates a diverse collaborative of public and private agencies throughout San Francisco.

The SafeStart Coordinator is primarily responsible for overseeing the SafeStart Service Delivery Team (the Team), which is comprised of one to two staff from our three partner community agencies. Annually, this Team provides a variety of direct services,including case management, education, supportive groups and connection to services, to approximately  150 – 200 families with young children who have been exposed to domestic or community violence. This position provides a highly unique opportunity to work with multiple community agencies and their child-serving professionals to enhance direct services and education for vulnerable children and families through technical assistance, training and coordination of the SafeStart Delivery Team. Moreover, in order to remain closely connected to this Team, the SafeStart Coordinator will, at times, provide direct services and education to families with young children exposed to violence.


Support of SafeStart Delivery Team

  • Organize, attend, and assist with facilitation of bi-monthly case consultation meetings for the Team.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to the Team related to delivery of direct services, including case management, education and data collection.
  • Assist the Community Partnerships Manager with site monitoring of the partner agencies and work closely with agencies to address any areas requiring action.
  • Collaborate with the Community Partnerships Manager to develop and build relationships with family resource centers, (in addition to our three SafeStart partner agencies), and assess interest/need for services from the Prevention Center; help coordinate services for interested agencies.
  • Coordinate SafeStart referrals from all sources, such as internally and those that come through reports from city law enforcement agencies. Work with other Prevention Center staff to provide these families with information and referral services as appropriate.
  • Assist the Community Partnerships Manager in planning for all SafeStart-related meetings, including the policy meeting, trainings and case consultations.

Education & Outreach Services

  • Help coordinate education and outreach efforts with SafeStart partner agency staff.
  • Assist in maintaining relationships with existing community partners, such as Family Court, and work to build new relationships with other community-based organizations, government agencies and other members of the community to coordinate efforts to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on young children.
  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to ensure adequate client linkages to SafeStart services.
  • Conduct and enhance “train the trainer” sessions on education programs for SafeStart partner agency staff as well as other child-serving agencies.
  • Provide direct training for child-serving professionals on issues related to exposure of children to violence.

General Program Operations

  • Assist with developing additional community resources, trainings, and conferences for the Service Delivery Team as well as members of the community at large, including assisting with the planning and execution of the annual SafeStart training event.
  • Assist in data collection and evaluation of collaborative performance and prevention outcomes.
  • Provide case management services to a small caseload of SafeStart families.

Undertake other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in counseling, psychology, social work or other related field and/or at least two years experience in program coordination/management.
  • Demonstrated experience (minimum three years) in field work and direct service delivery, which could include leading groups and/or classes.
  • Experience working in the areas of violence prevention/response and/or family support.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work tactfully and effectively with representatives of city agencies, community-based organizations and the community at large.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.


  • Bilingual English and Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Project management experience, including demonstrated experience with program planning, policy development and coordination of collaborative projects is highly desirable.
  • Completion of 40 hour domestic violence training highly desirable.
  • Support or crisis line experience highly desireable.
  • Skill in preparing for and facilitating both large and small meetings preferred.
  • Knowledge of San Francisco’s diverse communities highly desirable.


  • Full time
  • Exempt
  • Position will require fingerprinting and reference-check

Typical Working Conditions:

Standard office environment with occasional travel to meetings around the city.

Equipment Used:

Computer, phone, fax, copier.

Essential Physical Tasks:

Extensive keyboarding, light lifting up to 20 pounds.

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is committed to workforce diversity. Qualified applicants will receive full consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and a detailed cover letter to Frank Landin, Manager of Human Resources at employment[@]sfcapc.org.