About the organization: Compass Family Services is a 100+ year old nonprofit working on the front lines of San Francisco’s homeless crisis. We provide families experiencing or at risk of homelessness with comprehensive support to address immediate needs and ensure long-term success.

About the program: Compass Children’s Center (CCC) is an early childhood education center with a curriculum tailored to meet the specific needs of children experiencing poverty and homelessness. The Center serves 70 children, ages 0-5, and their families each day, and addresses the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the children, as well as the functioning and well-being of the families.

Compensation: $28-$40 hourly based on teaching permit, education, experience and language ability

Schedule: Full time, Monday - Friday; exact hours vary based on Teacher availability and Center needs

Organizational Core Competencies: Accountable I Adaptable I Client-centered I Collaborative I Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging I Resourceful


The primary responsibility of the teacher is to ensure a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children based on a positive, non-punitive approach. Every staff member staff is responsible for providing the highest quality of care and for modeling appropriate behavior to children, families and fellow staff.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Implement the Pyramid Model of Teaching through building nurturing and responsive relationships with children, families and fellow staff and through the upkeep of a high quality, supportive environment.
  • Plan and implement hands-on activities that develop positive self-esteem and social skills; include a balance of child-directed and teacher-directed activities; and expose children to cultural diversity.
  • Plan and implement experiences that promote language, literacy and pre-reading skills; number concepts and pre-math skills; and encourage interest in science by discovery, exploration and questioning the environment.
  • Maintain a clean, orderly and well-stocked learning environment. This includes setting up and putting away cots; changing bedding and laundry; stocking and organizing classroom supplies; and arranging furniture and active play equipment.
  • Plan and prepare healthy meals and breast milk/formula for infants and promote healthy eating practices by sitting and eating with the children.
  • Promote good personal hygiene habits and independent care skills. This includes diaper changing, toilet training, washing hands and face, assisting children with changing clothes, and brushing teeth.
  • Act as the “Primary Teacher” for a group of 3 children which includes primary bonding, individual observations and written documentation of development, and primary communication with families.
  • Provide first-aid in event of injuries, choking or other emergencies.
  • Complete screenings and assessments and document children’s individual developmental progress.
  • Communicate with families through daily exchanges of information and semi-annual family conferences.
  • Coordinate, orient and help supervise Foster Grandparents, interns, substitute teachers and volunteers working in the classroom.
  • Maintain all written records and logs, e.g. attendance-books, sign-out sheets, accident reports, etc.


  • Required: fluent or high level of professional proficiency in Spanish
  • Required: minimum of 12 Early Childhood Education units completed including at least 3 Infant/Toddler units.
  • At least 2 years of experience working directly with infants and/or preschool age children
  • Able to lift a child of 30 pounds; set up and move furniture; and bend, squat, sit, kneel and stand in order to engage children at their level
  • Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work
  • English fluency required

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary $28-$40 per hour. Equivalent to $54,600 - $78,000 annually based on a 37.5 hour work week.
  • Paid time off: just under 4 weeks of vacation your first year, just under 5 in your second. Also paid holidays, sick time, family leave, and paid time off for education.
  • Insurance: health, dental and vision insurance are fully covered by Compass for employees and dependent children. We also provide long term disability and life insurance.
  • Retirement: after one year of work, Compass contributes an amount equal to 5% of your salary into a retirement account; this vests over years 2-5.

Location and Covid Safety:

  • Work location: 144 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco
  • Covid vaccination required for all staff, including booster when eligible
  • Covid precautions in the workplace: required masking in some spaces, air filtration, sanitizing, screening of staff and children before entering the building

To Apply:

Please apply through our online application.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek to recruit a diverse workforce. Employees must embrace the idea that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging contribute to the success of our underserved communities, and therefore to shared prosperity in our city and region. Compass Family Services is committed to the continuous work of implementing specific actions that will disrupt systemic prejudice and improve equity across programs and departments, to become an example to partners who also believe in a culture of inclusion that leverages diversity.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and California civil rights law, Compass Family Services will provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or candidate with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship for the agency. Requests for reasonable accommodation apply to all aspects of the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please use the answer box for the final question of the job application to let us know.