Early Learning Specialist (San Francisco)

San Francisco, California, United States | Tandem Partners In Early Learning | Full-time


Do you enjoy working with young children and their families? 

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning is looking for an Early Learning Specialist (ELS) to join our San Francisco County team. Reporting to the Program Supervisor, the Early Learning Specialist is responsible for providing direct services to children, educators and families, with a particular focus on supporting classrooms participating in Tandem’s school-to-home literacy programs, StoryCycles® and the Read & Play Club. ELSs also collaborate with Community Literacy Specialists to deliver Early Learning Everywhere programming, providing services, books, and resources to families whose children are not enrolled in formal care.


Who You Are

  • Committed to social justice and education

  • Knowledgeable of or interested in learning about early childhood education

  • Interested in building strong relationships with diverse communities of children and families

  • Able to interact with young children in positive and age- appropriate ways

  • Experience with working with low-income communities of color 

  • Able to prioritize tasks, juggle competing demands and take initiative on independent projects

  • Proficient with MS-Office (e.g., Word, PPT), Google Workspace tools (e.g., Doc, Sheets, Slides), and Zoom

  • Willing and able to learn new software and online platforms (training will be provided)

  • Holding a current and valid California Driver’s License, insurable driving record, and access to an insured vehicle (mileage and parking reimbursement will be provided by Tandem

  • Possessing a clear background history with no barriers to working with children 

  • Proficiency in Cantonese/Mandarin is required


Physical Requirements for the Role

This position is primarily located in an office environment. Able to meet the following requirements with or without accommodation:

  • Up-to-date immunizations (specifically COVID-19, Measles and Pertussis, as well as annual flu vaccinations, and TB screenings every 4 years)

  • Clear speaking voice to deliver program content

  • Ability to operate a computer to create and update documents

  • Ability to sit/stand for duration of 8-hour shift

  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and navigate roads;

  • Ability and lift and carry up to 35 pounds.


Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time non-exempt overtime eligible position scheduled to work forty (40) hours per week, Monday through Friday during regular business hours. The pay range for this position, depending upon experience, is $55,000-$59,000 annual ($26.44-$28.37 hourly). Tandem offers a competitive compensation package that includes:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision: Tandem pays 100% for employees and contributes 50% towards child dependent premiums

  • Generous Paid Time Off benefits including 10 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 20 paid holidays including paid time off between Christmas and New Years’ Day and the week of July 4th in the summer

  • Eligibility to participate in 401(k) plan after 90 days of service

  • Employer-paid short-term & long-term disability benefits


Interested in Joining Our Team?

We invite you to submit your cover letter and resume on our applicant portal here. We will begin reviewing applications as they are received and will evaluate on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Tandem is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, persons of all genders, and persons of all sexual orientations. Read more about our organizational values here.

Due to the size of our team, we are unable to respond directly or take phone calls from applicants.  Tandem does not currently have the resources to sponsor visas and none of our open positions are eligible for the H1-B program.

About Tandem, Partners in Early Learning

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning is a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of social justice and early childhood education. Our mission is to co-create equitable, high-quality early learning experiences for children ages 0-5 that are tailored to community needs and draw from community strengths.

We do this through our flagship book rotation program, StoryCycles, in over 800 Bay Area classrooms, as well as through family and educator workshops, play groups, book giveaways, and other initiatives throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties.

We know that investing in early learning is key to interrupting patterns of racial and economic exclusion and we prioritize work with communities disproportionately impacted by systemic oppression.

Tandem provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Tandem complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which Tandem delivers its services. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.