East Palo Alto
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Primary School (TPS) is a 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. We pair high expectations and joy, in a powerful community of supports to care for the whole child. We partner with a progressive health center that aims to redefine the boundaries of primary health care. With this innovative new model, we aim to expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life.
The Primary School approach has three defining characteristics:
- Provide integrated supports: We partner with an existing health care organization to address the needs of the whole child. Educators, parent coaches and healthcare professionals come together as a team to provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
- Start early: We admit students at or before birth, and will provide parent-driven, early childhood supports alongside medical care during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are ready for school at age 3. Our infant-toddler program consists of regular parent-child playgroups to support the goals of attachment, language development and resilience.
- Offer two-generation supports: We put families at the center of this work and focus on building parent capacity to support the health and education of their children. Families receive services, including primary care, parenting coaching and connection to other social services, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.
We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and currently serve 250 children (ages 0 to 5) and their families. In 2018-19, the TPS school will serve children Pre-K (3s and 4s) through 1st grade. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable in other communities and redefines what is possible for our highest need children and families. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and transfer our learnings to others.
ABOUT THE ROLE
We believe deeply in the power of all parents to drive positive academic and health outcomes for their children, and as such, the family program is a cornerstone of the TPS model. We seek to develop a bold new approach to working with parents and families that complements our health and education elements and leverages parent strengths to drive the highest possible return on investment for adults and children.
TPS is searching for compassionate and dedicated individuals who are skilled at working with families to help them envision a bold future for their children and set goals towards this vision. Coaching is a partnership in which the coach supports and motivates caregivers to make changes towards achieving their goals for themselves and their families. The coach will holistically work with our parents and families to identify strengths and problem solve around challenges. The Parent Coach role is a vital part of The Primary School that ensures our parents are supported and connected. Coaches will deliver weekly programming to cohorts of caregivers, facilitate our group-based coaching model, and build 1:1 coaching relationships with their cohort.
- Provide one-on-one coaching and group coaching for parents, including the co-development of individualized parent growth plans.
- Serve as a resource to connect participants with appropriate partners related to housing, budgeting, career and education, childcare, health care, and more.
- Communicate regularly with other stakeholders related to the child (teachers, doctors, health workers, social service workers) and monitor and document participants’ progress according to individual growth plans.
- Work with families to align parent growth plans with student growth plans, supporting family engagement with the student’s experience in school.
- Recruit parents & families for our school, including outreaching to community groups, presentations to local agencies, etc.
- Thorough and organized documentation of caseload efforts, according to deadlines.
- Participate in the development and facilitation of participants’ workshops and community groups.
- Provide regular feedback to TPS regarding parent and coaching experiences with the program and be an innovator for change.
- You have 3-5 years of community outreach experience supporting parents who have experienced trauma and/or crises (e.g., homelessness, domestic violence), and have deep knowledge of the resources available to families. (Note: We are open to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, including but not limited to social work, medicine, public health, education, community development, and international development.)
- You are a communicator with strong writing and public speaking skills, and feel comfortable leading and facilitating large groups.
- You coach and advocate for others in a way that is compassionate, strength-based and non-judgmental.
- You embody empathy and embrace cultural differences; you recognize and know how to navigate groups and individuals representing a range of needs, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- You are able to balance multiple priorities - meeting with families, preparing for sessions, entering data - gracefully and with practiced personal organization and time management.
- You are a natural problem solver, fixer and finder of resources; in moments of tension, you diffuse and resolve conflict.
- You are extremely self-aware and self motivated, and have a strong desire to learn.
- You are comfortable in ambiguity and environments that change rapidly environments.
- You recognize that working with families often requires work on evenings and weekends.
- You want to work with and learn from all TPS team members, from early childhood education to parent coaching to community engagement.
- You believe in the mission of The Primary School and that all children and families are capable of extraordinary things.
A Plus If
- You are an East Palo Alto or Belle Haven native and/or have experience working with the East Palo Alto and Belle Haven communities.
- You speak fluent Spanish.
Competitive benefits package.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete the application and submit your most recent resume, here: https://www.theprimaryschool.org/current-opportunities/?gh_jid=221807 or submit your resume and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!