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 teacher assistant in Gads Hill Center’s center-based early childhood program is responsible for delivering comprehensive early childhood education services to children in a safe, nurturing environment. In this position, the teacher assistant is expected to collaborate effectively with the teaching team and participate fully in planning, organizing and implementing structured educational activities based on program curriculum. At all times, teachers must ensure adherence with licensing standards and funder requirements.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collaborate with teaching team to provide a classroom environment that is reflective of diverse races, cultures and languages; adapt teaching in response to children’s differences.
Support smooth operation of the program by assisting in alternate classrooms as assigned.
Prepare attendance records, lesson plans, meal preparation sheets, child development files, and anecdotal and developmental observations on each child while maintaining confidentiality of family records and information.
Document children’s growth and development using written observations, photography and assessment tools.
Utilize developmental screening tools to determine individual needs of children and assist in individualizing curriculum.
Meet with classroom team weekly to complete lesson plans, reporting requirements, and discuss individual children’s needs. Address these observations/needs/concerns in weekly staffing meetings. Attend staff meetings, in-service trainings, and other appropriate child development conferences and workshops.
Collaborate with the classroom team in planning, preparing and implementing developmentally appropriate child initiated and teacher directed activities for individuals and small/large groups of children; these activities should address needs identified in assessments of children and promote multiculturalism, present challenges, and develop critical thinking skills.
Assist center personnel in planning field trips and other enrichment activities.
Welcome parents into the classroom, develop a positive relationship with them and provide experiences and activities that enhance their roles as the primary influence in their child’s growth and development. Assist parents in identifying and fully utilizing available community resources, as well as the assistance of Family Support Staff, Mental Health Consultants, and other professionals to refer parents as needed.
Encourage parents to become involved in the classroom, as well as the Parent Committee and Policy Committee.
Participate in home visits, scheduled twice per year.
Actively supervise assigned group of children to ensure safety.
Demonstrate knowledge of DCFS, Head Start and Preschool for All standards; implement these standards in all aspects of work.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds (average child’s weight).
Understand and implement the Developmental Assets model of the SEARCH Institute.
Understand and adhere to NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Code of Ethics.
Participate in Center-wide events, programs and celebrations as required.
Participate in 40 hours of staff development training per year.
Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participate in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participate in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participate in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advance parent leadership development.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred. /Or Associate's Degree in related field plus ECE Credential Level 2.
One (1) year previous direct early childhood classroom experience with low-income families.
Experience with multicultural programming preferred.
Bilingual Spanish/English 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: 27,000 per year
Location: 2653 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by email.
Additional Salary Information: Free Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Free Short Term Disability Insurance
Free Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan and match after 2 years.
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.