Seeking Candidates to Join our Board of Directors (voluntary)

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South of Market Child Care, Inc. is seeking candidates to join our Board. This volunteer opportunity would be a great fit for professionals in marketing, finance, fundraising, auditing, or nonproft experience, who are interested, passionate, and excited about early care and education for children zero through five years old.

The SOMACC Board of Director's meets virtually 6 times each year, every other month. The meeting is one hour in duration. Each member is expected to join a committee, and particpate in at least 4 out of 6 meetings each year.

SOMACC Board Member Job Description

Term: Three years (with the option of renewing)

Purpose: To serve the public interest by participating in the SOMACC board's efforts to effectively pursue its mission; to develop policies and procedures to govern the operations of SOMACC; and to monitor SOMACC’s finances, programs and performance.

Individual Board Member Duties and Obligations

  • Attend board and committee meetings

  • Demonstrate commitment and provide support to the organization’s staff

  • Shows engagement and attends SOMACC events and activities

  • Represent SOMACC to the public, businesses and the community

  • Educate yourself about the programs of SOMACC

  • Assist in recruiting new board members

  • Actively participate in fundraising activities

  • Make a personal financial gift

  • Contribute skills, knowledge and experience, as appropriate

  • Assume leadership roles in board activities, as appropriate

  • Follow conflict of interest and other organizational policies

  • Be well-informed and prepared for meetings

  • Be open to diverse perspectives

Expected Meeting Attendance

  • Regularly scheduled board meetings

  • Meetings of committees and task forces on which you serve

  • Board retreats, planning sessions, and board development workshops (scheduled as need)

  • Organizational events

Board of Directors’ Collective Responsibilities

  1. Meet the needs of SOMACC members and constituents. SOMACC exists to fulfill a mission. Every board decision should be guided by how its actions will help SOMACC better achieve its mission and have a greater impact.

  2. Ensure appropriate organizational management and leadership: Select, supervise, evaluate and if necessary, terminate the Executive Director.

  3. Establish policies and organizational goals for the ED to implement and achieve. A key Board responsibility is supporting the ED to lead the organization, achieve its goals and fulfill its mission. Expect feedback and regular communication from the ED on SOMACC performance, and then evaluate her work. An effective board and ED partnership is vital to the organization’s success.

  4. Support the staff with expertise and skills when they are sought. Your personal skills, knowledge, and talents are valuable to the organization. Board members’ expertise and knowledge provides the organization with valuable in-kind "consulting" support as well as an extra set of hands when needed. All experiences, skill sets and talents are equally valued and can be utilized in the organization.

  5. Engage in strategy development and planning. Acting as a team, board members adopt strategies that guide the future direction of the organization and monitor implementation of those plans.

  6. Ensure that the organization has adequate financial resources and that funds are responsibly spent. The board’s fiduciary responsibilities require regular financial assessment to ensure that there are sufficient resources to implement the organizations’ goals and meet obligations, and that they are allocated towards agreed upon strategies for impact.

  7. Ensure board meetings are adequately attended. Ensure that every meeting achieves quorum so that board decisions are not delayed and the work of the board is not impeded.

Contact Jennifer De Palm, Executive Director if you are interested -

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Mission Statement

South of Market Child Care, Inc. (SOMACC) commits to serving children and families of the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood and surrounding communities, offering exceptional early care, education, and comprehensive family support services in safe and nurturing environments.


The name South of Market Child Care, Inc. (SOMACC) was established in the late 1980s. SOMACC's main facility, the Yerba Buena Gardens Child Development Center (YBG CDC) on Folsom St., opened in 1998. In 1999, we opened the South of Market Family Resource Center (SOMA FRC) in the same location to expand our ability to address family health and well-being. Our original location on Clementina St. was relocated to a low-income housing project on Natoma St. in 2006. It was named the Judith Baker Child Development Center (JB CDC) after one of SOMACC's leaders. Unfortunately, we had to permanently close the JB CDC in 2022.

SOMACC was presented with a unique opportunity to open a third location in 2014. We applied, and after a highly competitive selection process, we were chosen as the provider of the Transbay Child Development Center (TB CDC) in the Transbay Project Area by low-income housing developer Mercy Housing California (MHC) and the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education (SF OECE), which officially opened in December 2019. This opportunity enables our Agency to reach out to more families and children in the community by expanding our early care and education and family support services.

What began as a small program for 30 preschoolers has grown into a major early childhood education institution and family support program that serves nearly 130 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at two child development centers each year, as well as 500+ families at our family resource center.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Child Care
  • Brand Development & Messaging
  • Financial Auditing
  • Reporting & Dashboards
  • Child Development
  • Fundraising


  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Meets every other month virtually. and committee meetings

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