Lead Preschool Teacher

Chicago, IL

CBU STATUS: Union   OPEN DATE: March 4, 2020

Position Responsibilities:

  • The Lead Teacher is responsible to partner with the classroom team to provide developmentally and culturally appropriate lesson plans for the classroom
  • Working alongside the Site Director, the Lead Teacher will provide discipline and feedback on performance review to the Teacher Assistant.
  • Promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children, families and staff in the classroom
  • Welcomes parents into the classroom and works to develop a positive relationship
  • Uses active supervision techniques to supervise children at all times
  • Acts as an ambassador for the Erie Neighborhood House Child Care program
  • Opens/closes the classroom for the day as assigned
  • Remains in the classroom to supervise children whose parents pick up late
  • Acts as Director Designee for the center as assigned
  • Meets at least monthly with the Site Director for supervision and support
  • Enters documentation into My Teaching Strategies on a weekly basis
  • Completes My Teaching Strategies checkpoints according to the education timeline
  • Meets with Assistant Teachers monthly to provide supervision and support
  • Conducts monthly classroom team meetings
  • Participates in recruitment of children and families for Erie House programs
  • Meets with Family Advocate staff quarterly to discuss strengths and needs of families
  • Participates in transition meetings
  • Maintains a current Gateways Registry membership
  • Maintains five hours of Gateways approved training per program year
  • Completes 20 hours of professional development training per program year
  • Completes two home visits per program year according to the education timeline
  • Completes parent teacher conferences according to the education timeline
  • Attends monthly staff meetings, agency meetings, and in-service trainings
  • Responsible for the program complying with Erie, the Board of Education and all State licensing requirements and performance standards, including promoting the health and safety of all children, following sanitation procedures and universal precautions, completing a bi-annual physical exam, complying with the Confidentiality and Child Abuse and Neglect Act as a mandated reporter, as well as the American with Disabilities Act and Erie’s Inclusion Policy
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Professional Educator License in Early Childhood Education
  • Illinois Gateways Early Childhood Education credential level 5
  • Bilingual/bicultural Spanish preferred
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Physical constraints required include, but not limited to, the ability to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds including evacuation of the building during emergencies.
  • Demonstrates the following qualities: self-motivated, self-directed, follows directions, makes good judgments, creative, reliable, and dependable.
  • Exhibits sincere interest in working with children and is knowledgeable regarding children's development and growth.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Upon offer of employment, must complete all forms related to hiring, including Erie’s application and employment status and 3 letters of recommendation.  In addition, must complete all DCFS forms, including a Criminal Background Check, Fingerprinting and a Child Abuse and Neglect Background Check.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Professional Educator License in Early Childhood Education
  • Illinois Gateways Early Childhood Education credential level 5
  • Bilingual/bicultural Spanish preferred
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Physical constraints required include, but not limited to, the ability to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds including evacuation of the building during emergencies.
  • Demonstrates the following qualities: self-motivated, self-directed, follows directions, makes good judgments, creative, reliable, and dependable.
  • Exhibits sincere interest in working with children and is knowledgeable regarding children's development and growth.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Upon offer of employment, must complete all forms related to hiring, including Erie’s application and employment status and 3 letters of recommendation.  In addition, must complete all DCFS forms, including a Criminal Background Check, Fingerprinting and a Child Abuse and Neglect Background Check.

Salary Range: Starting at $45,000-$47,000 plus Excellent Benefit Package

Hiring Locations - Center: 1701 W. Superior St. Chicago, IL 60622       -       Teamsters: 1634 W. Van Buren St. Chicago, IL 60612 

NO TELEPHONE CALLS PLEASE!

MUST BE A MEMBER OF AFSCME OR JOIN AFTER 30 DAYS

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