Founded in 1894, Chicago Commons was one of Chicago’s original settlement houses serving immigrants on Chicago’s northwest side. Today, Chicago Commons is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to overcome poverty and systemic barriers, embrace opportunities, and thrive across generations. To fulfill that mission, we provide high quality early childhood education, family-centered adult education, and senior services to more than 3,000 individuals annually.
Chicago Commons’ Early Childhood Education Programs are Reggio inspired program that implement a problem-solving approach to learning, provide unique engaging environments, include extensive art studios and provide outdoor play through nature based playgrounds. The Early Childhood Programs serve as the backbone of many at-risk Chicago communities, including West Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Bronzeville, and New City (Back of the Yards). These neighborhoods are impacted by high rates of poverty and limited educational and economic resources. Chicago Commons seeks to help families obtain the skills, resources and education needed to break the cycle of poverty.
The assistant teacher assists the lead teacher in developing a classroom atmosphere where children can grow and develop in a safe and positive learning space. Candidates must have a passion for creating a safe and nurturing environment for children to receive a quality education.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: (These include but are not limited to the following. The company reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.)
Partners with the lead teacher to develop a classroom environment that is a welcoming learning environment for children and their families ?
Assists lead teacher in planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate activities for young children including the following activities: Self Image, Language/Literacy Development, Music and Movement, Social Studies, Science, Math, Art, Large/Small Motor Activities, and In-Depth Projects.
Supervises and interacts with all children’s activities
Develops strong partnerships with the families
Assumes responsibility for the classroom in the absence of the lead teacher
Attends home visits and conducts parent-teacher conference assessment reviews, as needed.
Participates in Family Reviews and IFSP/IEP meetings, as needed.
Shares responsibility for preparation and clean-up of all classroom activities.
Assists with responsibility of ordering supplies needed for the program.
Maintains reports on children’s growth and development.
Attends and participates in parent meetings, in-service trainings, and weekly team meetings.
Assists with implementation of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy, focusing on in depth studies and classroom explorations.
Performs other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development or 30 college credit hours with a minimum of 15 credit hours in early childhood or child development; at least one year of experience in an early learning setting preferred.
TECHNICAL SKILLS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to read and write English proficiently. Candidates must regularly operate a word-processing system and therefore must be able to read, produce and transmit data on such a system
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Candidates must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and are frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Candidates must also be able to see up close or at a distance with or without corrective lenses.
COMPENSATION: An attractive and competitive compensation and benefits package will be available commensurate with qualifications and experience. Chicago Commons is an equal opportunity employer.
About Chicago Commons Association
Chicago Commons is a premier social service organization that has made a difference in the Chicago land area for over 120 years. Chicago Commons’ mission has been to partner with individuals, families, and communities to overcome poverty, discrimination, and isolation. We are a neighborhood-focused nonprofit dedicated to improving the well-being of thousands of children, adults, seniors, and families. Our programs are designed to provide the necessary tools to help strengthen skills and develop self-sufficiency. Since 1894, we have operated in neighborhoods where children, seniors and families are most at risk for poverty, violence and educational disadvantage including West Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, and Grand Boulevard.