Infant/Toddler Teacher: Compass Children’s Center

Reports To

Site Supervisor


$20-$26 hourly


Monday - Friday


Non-exempt, full time

Organizational Core Competencies

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


Compass Children’s Center (CCC) is an early childhood education center with a curriculum tailored to meet the specific needs of children living in extreme 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.


The primary responsibility of the teachers 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-mathematic 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 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: minimum of 12 Early Childhood Education units completed, with plans to complete more in the near future and work towards a Teacher’s Permit.
● At least 2 years of experience working directly with infants/preschool age children
● Able to lift a child of 30 lbs.; set up and move furniture; and bend, squat, sit, kneel and stand in order to engage children at their level
● Health screening, TB and fingerprint clearance (Department of Justice, FBI, Child Abuse Index)
● CPR and First Aid Certificate and Infectious Disease Prevention training
● Ability to provide leadership and accept responsibility
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work
● Bilingual/bicultural a plus

Compass Family Services offers a competitive wage and benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental and vision coverage, long term disability insurance, life insurance, financial counseling and employer contributions to a retirement plan after one year of service. Employees receive approximately 4 weeks of paid vacation their first year, increasing to approximately 5 weeks in each year after, as well as generous paid sick leave, paid holidays, and paid time off to pursue further education.

Location & Covid Considerations

Compass Children’s Center is located at 144 Leavenworth Street, in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. We have a range of protocols in place to ensure staff, child, and family safety, including mandated face coverings, enhanced air filtration, and screening of parents and children before entering the building. Compass also requires proof of Covid vaccination, including booster when eligible.

To Apply

Please apply by clicking the button below and filling out our online application. A cover letter is NOT required for this role, though you are welcome to include one, particularly if there is information that you would like us to know that is not covered in other parts of the online application. No phone calls, please.

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.