Basic Function: Perform duties related to assisting teaching staff with planning, coaching and implementing educational activities for children from ages 0 to 5 year olds in Ada S. McKinley’s Child Development Program, complying with state Early Learning standards and federal performance standards from the Office of Head Start (OHS). Mentor and coach teaching staff. Observe and assess classroom activities. Participate in ongoing monitoring of the educational component of the Child Development Program. Assumes various regular and /or delegated tasks specifically in the area of education, growth and development.
Reports To: Education Director
Support the teaching staff with planning, organizing and implementing the preschool education curriculum.
Implement practice-based coaching in a collaborative way that supports teaching practices and leads to positive outcomes for the children.
Engage in classroom observations; gather, record, and assess observations to provide teachers with constructive feedback and support for growth.
Monitor lesson plans including nutrition activities, individualization, small and large group, and environmental checklists.
Effectively coach and mentor teaching staff in implementing the curriculum with fidelity; implement coaching to fidelity-effective practices of observation, modeling, delivery of performance feedback, and use of relationship-building strategies.
Maintain tracking and data entry for the Child Outcome Planning and Assessment (COPA) database and Teaching Strategies Gold child assessment system.
Support and plan for the transition of child into/from the Child Development Program to kindergarten and/or other community-based service providers.
Prepare and maintain work related reports and files; assist with facilitating the process of gathering monthly and annual program information and reports; assure accuracy of the content of such reporting.
Enforce and implement safety procedures for environmental, child safety and confidentiality in all programs.
Adhere to the Head Start performance standards, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) child care standards and all accreditation requirements.
Communicate and work effectively with other team members including but not limited to program partners, internal and external stakeholders; maintain professional appearance, conduct and positive relationships with staff, employees, community, visitors and families.
Maintain documentation of all site monitoring visits following the program’s established monitoring process.
Attend meetings as directed and maintain written minutes for Education Meetings.
Ensure teacher-child ratio is in compliance at all times and classroom supervision of children is enforced.
Create, support, and maintain an atmosphere where children are in a safe, nurturing and loving environment at all times.
Comply with all Ada S. McKinley policies and procedures as outlined in the organizational operating procedures and Personnel Policies Manual.
Be able to embrace and practice the concepts of a growth mindset (drive motivation and achievement within the teaching staff).
*Perform other tasks related but not outlined within the scope of the position named and detailed above.
The ideal candidate will possess the following education/skill/experience indicated below:
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
Minimum of 5 years teaching experience in an early childhood education classroom. 3 years coaching experience in an early childhood education classroom is preferred.
Current and up-to-date Interrater Reliability Certification for Teaching Strategies.
Be able to complete CPR/First Aid certification training successfully within 90 days of hire.
Training and experience with CLASS assessment of quality teacher-child interactions and scoring.
Working knowledge of early childhood environmental rating scales; Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for preschool education; awareness with current educational practices relating to preschool-age development.
Demonstrated understanding of The Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD.
Familiarity of lesson planning, assessing and individualizing for preschool-aged children.
Exhibit sensitivity to service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.
Ability to use modern office and computer equipment along with related systems and software; proficiency in basic word processing and document creation software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, etc.
Effective and written and verbal communication skills.
Capacity to develop and maintain trusting and professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Work requires mentoring and coaching teachers and observing classroom environments at all Ada S. McKinley sites and partnership programs. Work may require prolonged concentration using a computer for analyzing and manipulating data. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk and handle and lift children. The employee must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Ability to assume a seated position on the floor for extended periods of time.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Duties are performed in either an office or classroom environment. Duties may require outside work or responsibilities at other locations. No unusual or adverse working conditions exist.
About Ada S. McKinley
The mission of Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. is to empower, educate, and employ people to change lives and strengthen communities.
The agency was founded as a settlement house in 1919 by Ada Sophia McKinley, a schoolteacher and social reformer, who saw the need to assist veterans returning from World War I and African Americans migrating from the South. Currently celebrating its 100th year anniversary, Ada S. McKinley is one of the largest human services organizations in the country with an annual operating budget of $40 million, nearly 600 employees, serving more than 7,000 people annually at over 70 locations. Services are provided 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, primarily in Illinois/Chicago with additional sites in Indiana and Wisconsin.
Ada S. McKinley has three primary areas of services: Child Development & Youth; Employment and Community Support; and Behavioral Health & Clinical. Services rendered daily include: tutoring, mentoring and college placement, foster care, residential, youth and family counseling, employment training and placement, and head start programs.
The vision of Ada S. McKinley is for all people to have the opportunity for education and employment.