Director of San Francisco Senior Center

Administration San Francisco, CA




Responsible for the strategic direction, administration and management of staff of the San Francisco Senior Center (SFSC). Implements programming consistent with Sequoia Living initiatives and to meet needs of diverse populations of participants.  Optimizes facility use and ensures operations are smooth and efficient. Takes lead role in positioning SFSC at forefront of positive aging movement and trends promoting senior centers as places to serve and connect with the greater community.  May provide management oversight to other departments and assume responsibility for special projects and other related activities based on community needs.




  • Collaborates with Sequoia Living leadership to ensure that SFSC serves Sequoia Living organizational mission, objectives, and values. Articulates, implements, and evaluates strategic direction and goals of SFSC to promote operating success and financial sustainability. 


  • Hires, manages, motivates supporting staff and approves departmental structure in accordance with established standards, procedures, and regulatory compliance. Provides leadership to staff and sets expectations of integration of Sequoia Living programs and new senior center models into center operations. 
  • Ensures rich, diverse, and relevant program offerings, including the provision of meals, fitness programs, art and other classes, as well as civic engagement opportunities. Develops both special and ongoing activities. Promotes cultural competency initiatives and ensures programming is responsive to ethnic and cultural diversity of existing and prospective participants.


  • Ensures the Living Well, Aging Well (LWAW) program values, practice, and measures are integrated into all aspects of programming and services.  Oversees the LWAW program which engages the individual to nourish multiple dimensions of his or her life and to build capacity for self-care and self-sufficiency, social interaction, and management of chronic diseasesProvides participants with education and navigation of supportive systems, including referral to needed services.  Oversees individual support from staff as participants set personal goals to improve wellbeing through activities and services.


  • Provides ongoing management of landlord relationships and fulfills lease compliance. Oversees safety and security of Sites. Maximizes facility utilization and upkeep. Optimizes use and appearance of space. Ensures good sanitation practices and hygiene in the physical plants.



  • Develops budgets, manages costs, and generates revenues consistent with mission. Oversees smooth and timely financial planning, reporting, and processing. Exercises leadership and works collaboratively with Senior Services Northern California to continue current fund raising activities. Cultivates, secures and maintains new funding sources. Oversee grant administration.


  • Establishes and ensures maintenance of data systems, as required by funding agencies, that record census, utilization of programs, and unduplicated counts of participants.  Ensures reliable data collection on participation and qualitative measurements on program impacts as well as budget development and compliance. 
  • Cultivates good relationships with participants, members, team leads, partners, surrounding community representatives, and other stakeholders and sets a positive example for staff.


  • Exhibits leadership in local and national arenas in promoting senior centers; cultivates relationships with public officials and organizations that advocate for seniors, including Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS). Represents SFSC as Sequoia Living ambassador to larger community. Highlights innovative SFSC initiatives that promote lifelong learning, emotional and physical health, wellbeing and successful aging.


  • Collaborates within Community Services in shaping and implementing strategic initiatives for SFSC.  Revises program strategy for generational cohorts and promotes best practices in engagement. Analyzes program, local, and national data to identify and respond to senior center trends; builds coalitions and garners support from a wide variety of sources in order to advance the strategic goals and objectives of SFSC.


  • Oversees department workplace safety and risk control programs to ensure employees are provided education and training regarding safe work practices and occupational exposure. Ensures all workplace injuries are reported and investigated in a timely and thorough manner in accordance to Sequoia Living procedures. Works with Human Resources and employees regarding Return-to-Work program and Workers Compensation Leaves of Absence when applicable.
  • Performs other work as assigned.






Knowledge of successful senior or community center programming that meets needs of diverse communities.  Knowledge of emerging center models that have elements appropriate to the San Francisco community of older adults and younger persons with disabilities populations.  History of successful programming and stewardship of resources; human, site assets, and financial.


Sound judgment skills and demonstrated generative thinking to assess needs and determine appropriate course of action in emergency situations or programming redirection.  Excellent customer service skills.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Proficient with Microsoft Office suite of products and quickly learn accounting and human resources applications.



Ability to recruit, motivate, oversee and lead a diverse group of professionals toward working as a team to achieve common goals.  Demonstrated skill in budgeting, implementing sound financial and inventory controls and understanding financial reports. Ability to interpret complex laws, regulations and policies.  Demonstrated ability to plan and organize projects and make successful presentations to individuals and/or groups at all levels of an organization. 


Ability to act with patience, tact, and courtesy with older adults, their families, staff, and vendors under demanding and difficult conditions.  Sensitivity and understanding of issues related to aging, bereavement, grief and loss issues.




Physical skills and ability to perform work that requires sitting, walking, stooping, bending and lifting up to 50 lbs.





Bachelor’s degree in related field.  Minimum of five (5) years’ senior or community center programming and management experience. 




Management responsibility for up to fifteen (15) employees and independent contractors for two sites. California driver license with clean driving record required.



The above statements describe the essential functions and qualifications needed for a Director of San Francisco Senior Center and has been prepared by Sequoia Living to use in planning, staffing, budgeting, and/or evaluation of employees. It also provides employees with a guide to the duties they are expected to perform. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position. Actual job responsibilities may change at management's discretion, without notice.


Sequoia Living is an at-will employer, which means that an employee may resign or Sequoia Living may separate an employee from service with or without cause at any time for any reason. There is nothing written in this position description that guarantees continued employment.