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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Under the general supervision of the Site Manager, is responsible for developing and implementing an enriching academic after-school and summer program for children.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Maintain program policies and procedures consistent with the agency’s mission, and which meet the requirements of funding sources and DCFS licensing standards.
Create and maintain a safe environment which promotes the safety, trust, respect and security for the children, staff and parents.
Maintain a clean and organized classroom environment by teaching children the importance of taking care of their environment.
Provide an overall classroom environment that is reflective of multi-ethnic populations, is conducive to enjoyment, relaxation and socialization and has well defined interest areas.
Promote recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children and among staff.
Prepare and implement lesson plans that encompass the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of all children by utilizing external resources that are age appropriate in preparing weekly lesson plans.
Utilize appropriate child development practices regarding guidance and discipline.
Demonstrate, instruct, and participate in activities and outputs that result in the achievement of program outcomes as outlined in the Program Outcome Plan.
Conduct at least two parent teacher conferences annually.
Encourage parents to allow children up to participate in tutoring programs.
Perform record keeping and other functions as assigned and report regularly to the Director of Youth and Community Services.
Maintain records of permission and consents, authorization forms, child observations, anecdotal notes and education files. Consult with supervisor when needed.
Prepare children and transition plans for children transitioning to another classroom or out of the program.
Collaborate other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
Prepare purchase orders for classroom supplies and materials for the classroom that are age appropriate ans submit to Site Manager for approval monthly and as needed.
Responsible for room arrangements and equipment. Share in responsibility for cleaning up after classroom activities.
During the school year, responsible for picking up program children from local public schools and escorting them to Onward Neighborhood House.
Responsible for scheduling and planning educational field trips and completing the necessary paperwork.
Responsible for assisting in other classrooms or programs as required by the agency.
Establish effective working relationships with parents; maintain close, daily contact with parents of the children, and meet with them through parent/teacher conferences and on an individual basis as needed.
Minimum AA/AS degree with (6) semester hours/ (9) quarter hours in early childhood education/child development or elementary education;
A minimum of one-year experience with school age children under qualified supervision required; two to three years preferred.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
Hours: Full-time; year round
Salary: Commensurate with experience with excellent benefits (i.e. health, life and short/long term disability insurance, vacation, 403(b) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment), etc.
Application details: Please send cover letter and resume to