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.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and life.
The primary role of the special education paraprofessional is to help children learn based on their individual abilities. The paraprofessional works in various classroom settings to assist education staff in daily classroom activities, helps special needs students, and cares for their physical and social emotional well-being. The successful candidate will be able to affirm the abilities of the students, and promote dignity in all relationships.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supports education staff to ensure the safety and well-being of all children in classrooms enrolled in early childhood programs.
Collaborates with all managers to support all children enrolled in early childhood programming with IEPs and IFSPs.
Under the direction of the Education and Disabilities Manager, assists with planning, development, and implementation of instructional, behavioral, and therapeutic activities.
Participates as a member of staff teams addressing the education process of students with disabilities.
Maintains a physical classroom environment that is conducive to the learning process.
Makes effective use of instruction materials and demonstrate effective methods of instruction to ensure that the individual student performance levels, needs, and abilities are addressed.
Attends required monthly trainings for the Para-Professional project as directed by the CPS/DFSS Disabilities Support Team.
Demonstrates knowledge of DCFS, Head Start, Early Head Start and Preschool for All standards; implements them in all aspects of work.
Understands and adheres to NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Code of Ethics.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds (average child’s weight).
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participates in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participates in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participates in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advances parent leadership development.
Performs other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS:
High School diploma or GED with a minimum of 6 credit hours in early childhood education required.
Valid Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or enrollment towards an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education strongly preferred.
Six months previous direct early childhood classroom experience with low-income families preferred.
Experience with multi-cultural programming preferred.
Bi-lingual 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: $12.00/hour
Schedule: Full time
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
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.