School and Health Operations Fellow

The Primary School - Hayward, 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.


The School and Health Operations Fellow is a full-time, temporary role for the 2021-22 school year. This role reports to the Executive Director in Hayward and will support the multi-faceted programs of The Primary School and its operations in our first year as a physical preschool serving children and families. The Special Projects Fellow will work closely with all members of the TPS-Hayward team, providing a wide range of flexible supports during a dynamic, fast-paced, and inspiring launch year. These needs range from research and analysis, to project management, to operations support, to teacher support, to monitoring health protocols, to data management and tracking.

Future opportunities to continue beyond the initial term of this role could include school operations, program roles, and/or roles in other sites operated by The Primary School.


  • Partner with relevant teams to provide support to classrooms and operations at The Primary School
  • Coordinate with family engagement, health, and operations teams to manage data, processes, and systems for this school year and looking ahead to next school year
  • Support health and operations team with school compliance to ensure smooth school operations and a safe environment
  • Collect and input student and parent information into our systems
  • Collaborate with our site leadership on COVID response, and preparing materials that support the academic, health and social-emotional activities of the site
  • Support with special projects, such as ensuring materials are in place to support the TPS curriculum, supporting community events, conducting outreach to the community around specific needs, and engaging families in preparation for the next school year


  • You believe in the mission of The Primary School and that all children and families are capable of extraordinary things.
  • You are excited to learn more about health and supporting healthy behaviors for students.
  • You are interested in early childhood programs and operations.
  • You are hands on and are not afraid to get your hands dirty.
  • You are unafraid of diversity and can engage confidently across differences.
  • You aren’t afraid of working in ambiguous environments.
  • You are knowledgeable of word processing and spreadsheets.
  • You are able to organize and maintain accurate records.
  • You are able to work independently.
  • You are organized, detailed oriented, and have strong project management skills
  • You are kind, humble, and collaborative.
  • You are excited to build a new model to deliver excellent outcomes for children and are passionate about constantly improving our work to get closer to this vision.

A Plus If

  • You speak fluent Spanish
  • You are from or have ties to the Hayward Community


TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. In particular, we deeply value staff who share the identities and lived experiences of the historically underrepresented students and families we serve. TPS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions.

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!

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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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