Director of Outreach and Partnerships (Immediate)

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


The Primary School has a dual mission - 1) to achieve exceptional health and education outcomes for the children and families we serve directly, and 2) to have a broader impact on policy and practice across the country. The Primary School’s flagship program site is located in East Palo Alto, CA. The Director of Outreach and Partnerships will lead the development and execution of our strategy to strengthen and expand our impact beyond our core program site, thereby growing our circles of influence to affect local, regional, and national spheres. The Director must have significant experience in developing support and excitement around innovative ideas, building partnerships with public and private institutions, leading community outreach efforts, and project management.


Community Engagement

  • Build relationships with key community members and organizations and foster their support for the TPS model
  • Identify and develop champions in the community who can expand the impact of TPS outreach
  • Organize and support events that bring together parents and community members around TPS goals
  • Develop persuasive, relevant parent and community engagement materials


  • Identify and evaluate partnerships for the TPS model in health, parent support, early childhood, and other areas aligned to TPS programming
  • Cultivate those partnerships and develop joint goals and partnership activities
  • Identify opportunities to leverage and expand upon aligned community, city, and partner initiatives
  • Recommend how the TPS model should adapt to best leverage local partnership opportunities


  • Develop a five year strategy to expand the impact of The Primary School, working with program experts across the organization
  • Evaluate the potential of various strategic opportunities from both an internal capacity and external market lens


  • Build trust with community stakeholders in order to create a favorable environment for TPS to expand its impact
  • Identify and engage key local politicians, school board members, or other public officials and leverage their support to advocate for policy outcomes that support TPS’s mission


  • 10+ years of experience
  • Understanding of public institutions and systems; experience navigating complex political structures and building networks of support
  • Ability to inspire and connect with others and gain support for ideas and projects
  • Ability to motivate and engage a diverse group of community members, parents, leaders, and partners
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, exhibit flexibility, and drive results
  • Excellent judgment and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to quickly and effectively respond to unforeseen changes in the community and political landscape
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail
  • Willingness to travel within the region and ability to work nonstandard hours (e.g., occasional nights and weekends)
  • Passion for the mission and vision of The Primary School

A Plus If

  • Experience working in San Francisco Bay Area communities
  • Spanish fluency or proficiency

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Experience Level

6 or more years

The Primary School


The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the school will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:

  • Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
  • Begin serving children at birth: The school will admit students at or before birth, and will provide early childhood supports alongside medical care during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
  • Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.

We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and will serve 300 children and their families (age 0 to 5) by spring of 2017.

In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.

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