Bilingual Director of Program

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, California - Full time


The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.

Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with children as young as 8 months and provide full-time school starting at age three to reach them at a critical stage in development.
  • We partner with parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children.
  • We integrate services. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2020, we began programming at our second site in Hayward, California.


We have opened our second site with a founding class of four-year-old children and families who will be starting preschool this August 2021. Drawing on key learnings from our first site, core components of the model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support and offering a full-day school; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.


We are looking for a bilingual, entrepreneurial leader to join our fast-paced start-up environment, overseeing our school programs and reporting to the Executive Director. The Director of Program will be an evolving role that will change over time as the needs of our growing site change. As such, we are seeking a flexible team member who is willing to adapt the role to meet the needs of the school community. The roles and responsibilities below are examples of the work this person will do; there is also an opportunity to shape this role based on the strengths of the person hired.


  • Implement the The Primary School’s school program, beginning with the launch of pre-kindergarten in 2021-2022
    • Create a healthy, equitable and inclusive environment for staff, children and families
    • Coach and manage the ECE Lead to ensure teachers are prepared to deliver exceptional instruction and build trauma-informed classroom environments
    • With The Primary School’s centralized Director of Curriculum & Instruction, lead the Academic team to analyze and respond to classroom data and trends, and plan for professional development
    • Supervise the implementation of the COST process, which is run by the Manager of Family, Community and Health partnerships
    • Support Director of Operations in managing the operations of the school, for example
      • Oversee staffing coverage and breaks for the school day and before/after care hours
      • Contribute to compliance reporting
  • Co-create and lead a culture of wellness on the campus, embodying The Primary School’s value of SOUL, within and among students, families and staff
    • Support the implementation of the Mind, Body, Soul framework in classrooms and among staff
    • Collaborate with instructional, family engagement and operations teams to design and execute on schoolwide events and rituals.
  • Communicate regularly with families and oversee implementation of family engagement activities on campus
    • Coordinate with the ECE Lead, Parent Program Manager and Manager of Family, Community and Health Partnerships to synchronize and streamline communications and develop consistent messaging
      • In particular, lead the planning and implementation of regular communications with families regarding student performance and academic achievement
  • Coach & support the Manager of Family, Community and Health Partnership who manages the family engagement activities on site
  • Collaborate with leads of parent wellness, health, and family engagement teams to integrate programming across the school site
  • Coordinate with ECE Lead and Parent Program Manager on developing a school readiness program for incoming cohorts (“0-3 Program”) to ensure an optimal transition to school for both children and families

    • Fluent Spanish-speaker
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Demonstrated academic results
    • Demonstrated commitment to whole child or social emotional results
    • Demonstrated leadership, management, and instructional coaching experience
    • Demonstrated commitment to family leadership and voice
    • One year of experience as an assistant principal or equivalent role

    A Plus If

    • Experience or ties to the Hayward community
    • A combination of five years of teaching and school-level instructional experience (with a minimum of two years of school-level leadership experience in addition to the current school year)
    • Certified or Trained in CLASS
    • CA Administrative Services Credential authorizing administration or supervision in public schools in California that includes a preschool authorization - OR-
    • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) - or-
      • California Child Development (CD) Program Director Permit, or
      • Children’s Center Supervision Permit, or
      • Current CTC Multiple Subject Credential + 6 units in Administration/Supervision of ECE/CD + 12 units of ECE/CD - OR - at least 2 years of experience in an ECE/CD program

    About You


    • You believe in a whole child approach to education, and that supporting children’s health and social emotional wellbeing are par with supporting their academic achievement
    • You believe that we need a new model of school and have a deep commitment to re-defining systems and the way we care for our children.
    • You hold a deep belief in the power and voice of parents and families.
    • You have the courage to be vulnerable, take bold bets, make mistakes, and try again.
    • You have an appetite for new approaches and the patience and skill to implement change.
    • You believe in the mission of The Primary School and that all children and families are capable of extraordinary things.

    Experience & Competencies

    • You have previously managed an early childhood program or school, or complex set of programs
    • You know best practices in early childhood or early elementary instruction and curriculum, with particular expertise training or coaching teachers in literacy and a track record of results
    • You have a deep understanding or willingness to learn how to build trauma-sensitive classroom cultures and systems that work for all children.
    • You are highly collaborative and excited to work with an interdisciplinary team.
    • You are an exceptional people manager, project manager and communicator
    • You excel in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and innovative organization.
    • You are able to inspire direct reports, colleagues, and teams to be their best.
    • You have worked extensively with high-poverty, communities of color.
    • You are deeply kind and humble.

    Physical Demands

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


    Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.


    TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete the following application and submit your most recent resume. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to attach a cover letter. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!

    The Primary School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.The Primary School complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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    The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age.
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