Special Education Paraprofessional

Family & Child Empowerment Services (FACES) SF provides families who live and work in San Francisco with high-quality early childhood education and enrichment, job support, training, and placement, and comprehensive family support services and referrals. Our mission is to empower families who live and work in San Francisco to transform their futures through evidence-based educational and economic opportunities.

Position Summary

Are you an educator looking to contribute to an organization with a mission of serving the needs and well-being of San Francisco’s youngest children? We are looking for a Special Education Paraprofessional to provide comprehensive assessment and intervention services to children in our infant, toddler, and preschool programs at FACES SF’s Haight Ashbury and Hayes Valley locations. This staff person is responsible for working with individual students with special needs, assisting in special needs assessments, supporting the inclusion specialist and classroom teachers, assisting teachers in making accommodations in their classrooms, and helping to develop curricula to enable each student to reach their full potential!

What You’ll Do

  • Assists in the implementation of assigned sections of the student’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) and behavior intervention plans, which may involve the use of approved behavior modification, physical management techniques, or other skills or knowledge to establish and maintain appropriate behaviors
  • Participates as a member of the appropriate team or committee to assist staff with developing and implementing individual or site crisis management plans
  • Assists in establishing and maintaining routine informational and operational records and files related to classroom/program activities
  • Assists students in becoming self-reliant; fosters student independence in classroom and learning environments
  • Provide one-on-one support with students to attain specific developmental goals outlined in Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Collaborate effectively and appropriately with the inclusion specialists, teachers, administration, parents and consultants/specialists (including occupational therapy, mental health services, etc.)
  • Follow up with the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) and Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) areas of growth/concern
  • Model developmentally appropriate classroom activities to support children with possible or identified special needs
  • Implement resources (instructional materials, adaptive equipment, etc.) to help students flourish in classrooms by providing individualized instruction to match their needs 
  • Work with teachers to implement the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) strategies in classrooms, including visual schedules and expectations


You have a solid mix of the following knowledge, ability, skills, and experience:

  • At least two years of experience working with preschool-age children
  • Current California Child Development Associate permit or above (12 units +)
  • (Special Education Certification is a plus!)
  • Knowledge of child development and children with special needs, including behavioral and emotional issues
  • Commitment to working with families from marginalized communities
  • Effective and compassionate communication and interpersonal skills; Bilingual a plus!
  • Ability to work cooperatively and independently with initiative and enthusiasm
  • Ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications and electronic client management systems
  • Ability to meet required state, federal, local, and CDC standards (including but not limited to fingerprint clearance, negative TB test, First Aid, CPR)
  • Able and willing to travel between our centers as needed
  • A deep commitment to aligning all program practices to FACES SF values, especially around equity, inclusion, and belonging for all our stakeholders
  • Strong passion for and a desire to humbly reflect, learn, and grow in pursuit of our mission
  • A sense of humor- we believe joy and justice go hand in hand!

What We Offer

  • Hourly rate is $28.00-$35.50 based on experience, qualifications, and education
  • Healthcare premiums 100% paid for employees and 25% paid for dependents
  • Three weeks of vacation, twelve sick days, ten paid holidays, and a paid one-week winter closure between Christmas and New Year’s
  • A retirement plan with employer match up to 7% of your salary
  • Ongoing professional development
  • A chance to positively impact the lives of young children and their families
  • A fun, dynamic and collaborative working environment
  • Being part of a movement to achieve educational and economic justice

To apply: Please send your resume and brief note re: your interest in this role to jobs@facessf.org

FACES SF is a welcoming workplace for all. We embrace diversity in every form- race and culture, gender identity, sexuality, country of origin, religion, and/or ability. Candidates with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.  FACES SF is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.