Social Emotional Support Specialist

San Francisco, California, United States | Child Development | Full-time


The Social-Emotional Support Specialist provides direct support to children in classroom settings by teaching social-emotional skills and supporting children with challenging behavior. This position works collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and mental health providers to support children’s learning and safety.

This is a contracted, 2-year position.


  • Provide direct support to individual children in classrooms by teaching social-emotional skills, modeling strategies for teachers, and supporting children when they engage in challenging behavior.
  • Assist in planning for individualized learning strategies to build relationships, modify the classroom environment, and teach social-emotional skills.
  • Create individualized visual supports to use, model, and share with teachers (e.g. visuals relating to schedules, expectations, rules, emotions, problem-solving strategies, self-regulation).
  • Model strategies from the Pyramid Model.
  • Record and analyze data relating to children’s behavior and skill-building.

Knowledge/Experience/Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Psychology, or a closely-related field
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching or providing therapeutic, services to children 0-5 years old from low income, diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge and education regarding developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Excellent oral/written communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate using technology, develop reports, and track data.
  • Willingness to travel to Child Development Centers located across San Francisco.
  • Preferred: Experience working with young children in group or classroom settings.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • A competitive salary $60,000-64,000
  • Fully paid employee health, dental, and vision
  • 403b with matching contribution after 1 year
  • 13 holidays, 10 days vacation, and paid sick leave
  • Lots of opportunity for advancement across the organization
  • Extensive paid training and professional development

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records to apply for any open position in which they feel qualified. Wu Yee Children’s Services is an equal opportunity employer.