Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources, and community engagement.
The Lead Teacher in Gads Hill Center’s Center-Based Early Childhood program is responsible for ensuring that comprehensive early childhood education services are delivered to children in a safe, nurturing environment. In this position, lead teachers are expected to collaborate effectively with their teaching team to provide a seamless educational experience for children. This position is responsible for planning and implementing structured educational activities based on program curriculum. At all times, lead teachers must ensure adherence with licensing standards and funder requirements.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collaborates with teaching team to provide a classroom environment that is reflective of diverse races, cultures, and languages; adapts teaching in response to children’s differences.
Prepares attendance records, lesson plans, meal preparation sheets, child development files, anecdotal and developmental observations of each child, maintaining confidentiality of family records and information.
Documents children’s growth and development using written observations, photography, and assessment tools.
Utilizes developmental screening tools to determine the individual needs of children and assists in individualizing curriculum.
Completes weekly team meetings to discuss lesson planning, reporting requirements, and the individual needs of children.
Attends and engages in professional development opportunities, such as staff meetings, in-service trainings, and conferences. Participates in at-least 40 hours of professional development annually.
Collaboratively plans developmentally-appropriate activities for small/large groups that address the needs identified in assessments. Activities must promote multiculturalism and aide in the development of critical-thinking skills.
Assists center personnel in planning field trips and other enrichment activities.
Develops and builds positive relationships with parents/guardians by greeting them and communicating with them, as well as providing experiences that enhance their roles as their child’s primary influence in growth and development.
Utilizes the assistance of the Family Support Staff, Mental Health Consultant, and other professionals to assist and refer parents to community resources.
Encourages parents to become involved in the classroom, as well as the Parent Committee and Policy Committee.
Conducts and participates in home visits twice per year at the designated time.
Demonstrates knowledge of DCFS, Head Start, and Preschool for All standards and implements them in all aspects of work.
Understands and adheres to NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Code of Ethics.
Conducts, documents, and does follow-up on daily child health checks.
Participates in annual parent orientation/open house, at-least twice per year.
Must be able to lift up-to 50 pounds (average child’s weight).
Actively supervises and interacts with all the students in their care at all times.
Enjoys family-style meal times with students and encourages them to serve themselves and feed themselves independently.
Changes diapers and pull-ups, as needed, and assists students in toileting.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties, as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Illinois Professional Educator License with Early Childhood Education endorsement required.
Bilingual Education endorsement in Spanish preferred.
Previous direct early childhood classroom experience with low-income families preferred.
Experience with multi-cultural programming preferred.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Entry Salary Range: $40,000/ 10 months
Schedule: Full time
Location: 4255 S Archer Ave.
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail.
Additional Salary Information: $40,000 10 months September-June // Working year round optional-Free Basic Life, Accidental Death, and Dismemberment Insurance-Free Short Term Disability-Free Long Term Disability Insurance-Medical-Dental-Vision-403B Retirement Plan-PTO-10 paid Holidays
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.