Our client, a social services organization, is seeking a Lead Teacher for the age group of 3 to 5 years old. They are located in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood of Chicago. The pay is based on experience from $45,000 to $50,000.
The Lead Teacher is responsible for the implementation and coordination of the comprehensive education program in the classroom. The Lead Teacher ensures that the classroom activities and environment are developmentally appropriate and reflect the agency’s philosophy and curriculum. The Lead Teacher ensures that the individual needs of the children are met as mandated by federal, state and local standards.
There will be a range of duties within supervision, administration, child development, curriculum/assessment, and parent involvement.
Bachelor’s degree in ECE, CD, or related field with a minimum of 27 credits in ECE and two years’ experience in a relevant early childhood group setting required
Head Start: Type 04 Education Certificate / Educator License with ECE approved Endorsement; Special Education Endorsement preferred; Early Head Start: Infant Studies Certificate (in 0-3 age classrooms), or Level 5 Infant Toddler Credential
Clearance of background check by Department of Children and Family Services
A biannual physical examination and TB test are required as condition of initial employment and continued employment
Working knowledge of early childhood education, child development theories and teaching best practices
Ability to effectively train and mentor classroom staff in small or large groups
Communicate effectively and function well with parents, staff and various professional community groups
Analytical and problem-solving skills
Knowledge of and ability to implement early childhood curriculum and developmentally appropriate practice for the specific age group (0-3 or 3-5) and be able to remain abreast of developments in the child development field
Knowledge of and ability to implement Head Start Performance Standards and state and local licensing requirements
Demonstrated leadership abilities and ability to implement reflective supervision
Ability to work as a cooperative and supportive team member
Ability to communicate and work with diverse families and professionals
Ability and willingness to work in a program located in a high-risk, low-income community
Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials
Intermediate knowledge of computer applications, word-processing software in a Windows environment and ability to learn and master other computer technology /software as needed
Ability to communicate and respond in a manner that consistently demonstrates respect and concern
Must have excellent command of the English language and grammar, both verbal and written
Must be able to manually operate and use a telephone, copier, computer and other office equipment
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