Support Teacher ($2,000 Signing Bonus)
Job Type
Full-time
Description

PROGRAM SUMMARY: Easterseals Early Learning Center- Hickory Hills provides inclusive early childhood and education services for children between the ages of six weeks to five years of age. The Center is a part of Easterseals broader programming in Head Start/Early Head Start. Easterseals Head Start/Early Head Start provides high-quality, family-centered education for children birth to five years old. We collaborate with 40+ early childhood programs located in the city of Chicago and suburban Cook County to promote school readiness in young children of all abilities from families with incomes below poverty guidelines. In addition to the Hickory Hills location, Easterseals also directly operates the Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center in Chicago.


POSITION LOCATION: This position is located at the Easterseals Early Learning Center- Hickory Hills at 8020 W. 87th St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457.

  

$2,000 Signing Bonus, bonus offer expires at the end of October


POSITION SUMMARY: The primary responsibility of the Support Teacher is to provide early care and education to children in the classroom ages 3-5 years and 0-3 yrs; serve as teacher and facilitator in the classroom teaching team; create an environment that is engaging and stimulating; recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society. 


MAJOR FUNCTIONS/ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Implement the Early Head Start/ Head Start/PI Preschool for All programs
  • Serve as a leader for the classroom team and provide guidance. Promote an atmosphere of teamwork where staff, parents and children interact positively with each other
  • Ensure the implementation of developmentally appropriate practice within the classroom, including utilizing materials and studies from the Creative Curriculum
  • Facilitate with the classroom teaching team the creation of an inclusive environment where children can learn, including supporting children with delays and disabilities
  • Provide a safe environment for children at all times by implementing active supervision practices
  • In coordination with the classroom team communicate with parents/families and report child progress through daily interactions
  • In coordination with the primary classroom team, initiate referrals for children who might benefit from further evaluation, including documenting observations and interventions attempted in the classroom
  • Follow through with recommended strategies in the classroom
  • Work closely with consultants, site staff, and other Easterseals personnel
  • Support social-emotional development through the use of the pyramid model
  • Maintain care of classroom equipment and supplies, control inventory, and report all repairs needed
  • Participate in all required and recommended training and meetings
  • Support the agency’s School Readiness goals
  • Complete an ongoing professional development plan, including Coaching to Fidelity
  • Participate in Professional Development both on and off-site
  • All other duties as assigned
Requirements

Education/Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field with 30+ hours in ECE/CD preferred
  • Minimum of an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education with 30+ hours in ECE/CD

Required Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of child development
  • Essential Job Functions: 
  • Normal visual acuity (corrected)
  • Normal hearing (corrected)
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds

Preferred Experience: 

  • Experience with Early Head Start or Head Start
  • Experience with Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD

Skills/Abilities:

  • Team player with strong people skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work well with all levels of the organization
  • Excellent organization and supervisory skills
  • Ability to problem solve and manage multiple projects
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Bilingual skills may be required or preferred based on the needs of the program

ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.

 

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