Manager of Learning and Culture

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.


The Manager of Learning and Culture reports to the Chief of Staff. The Manager of Learning and Culture will play a critical role in shaping our organizational culture and infusing TPS values into day to day work. Functionally, the role will lead the development and implementation of a learning and development framework designed to support employee growth, development and retention and effectively meet our talent needs and will also directly support the implementation of our org-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Partner with the DEI Taskforce and organization leaders to evaluate policies, practices, procedures and internal communication to ensure that DEI has been considered
  • Manage internal DEI taskforce, including ensuring the Taskforce has the process and protocols in place to hold TPS accountable for implementation of our DEI Plan
  • Support implementation of org-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan, including taking ownership and accountability for the success of select initiatives
  • Design and lead org-wide DEI-focused professional learning
  • Launch and maintain employee resource groups
  • Identify and select external experts to support this work as needed

Learning and Development

  • In partnership, develop and drive multi-year, multi-pronged learning and development framework to meet our talent needs
  • Create and implement tools, learning opportunities or programs to enable effective people development that support career development, functional development and performance management
  • Design and implement universal and tiered learning and development tools and opportunities that support employee performance management, growth, development and retention
  • Codify and support managers to adopt equitable and inclusive management best practices
  • Design and lead content development for TPS’ annual retreat

Culture and Org Health

  • Administer TPS’ bi-annual org health survey
  • Identify and implement action steps that deepen areas of strength and improve growth areas for our organizational health
  • Manage budget dedicated to learning and culture
  • Drive organizational people projects and initiatives as needed


  • 3+ years professional experience work in a fast-paced environment
  • Unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and passionate about building and scaling just, anti-racist, anti-discriminatory practices and processes.
  • Great organizational skills including excellent time management skills; reliable; strong attention to detail
  • A self-starter; excited and ready to take on the opportunity to build a function from the ground up
  • Excellent listening, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Passion for the mission of The Primary School and belief that all children and adults can achieve extraordinary things
  • Able to regularly work out of the East Palo Alto or Hayward offices

A Plus If

  • Experience building just, diverse, equitable and inclusive practices and processes, especially focused on equitable and inclusive career advancement
  • Strong background in learning and development and a deep knowledge of adult learning practices
  • Ability to develop and design, deliver, and evaluate engaging and impactful professional learning for both in-person and online delivery. Ability to adapt methods for people with different experiences, backgrounds, and learning styles
  • Strong group facilitation skills, experience with planning and executing professional learning opportunities for groups of various sizes
  • You have ties or experience working in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, or Hayward communities.


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. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!

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The Primary School

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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