Join us in changing people’s lives! Thresholds is a community mental health agency, which serves individuals with serious mental health needs within the community. We assist our members with independent living skills, coping skills, crisis intervention, medical, housing and benefits.
Thresholds, a national leader in mental health services, is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune “Top 100 Workplaces" for four consecutive years and a 10-time winner of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For". Through our more than 75 Chicagoland locations and 30 innovative programs, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing and hope for over 15,000 adults and youth.
The Teacher educates the children of the Thresholds Mother’s Project Early Learning Center and develops a sound academic curriculum that is stimulating and effective. They also provide a nurturing learning environment that stimulates cognitive growth and development.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assumes the leadership role in the program implied in the title of Teacher. The Teacher has the direct responsibility for the supervision of all children in the classroom or as assigned.
Plans and develops a course of study according to curriculum guidelines of school district and state requirements. Actual curriculum must often be tailored for three or more levels of academic ability and previous achievement.
Introduces the children to language, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Uses games, music, artwork, films, books, computers, and other tools to teach basic skills.
Encourages language development through the use of storytelling, rhyming games, and acting games.
Assists children in the improvement of social skills by encouraging the children to work and play together.
Encourages learning through creative activities such as art, dance, and music. Encourage the recognition of letters, phonics, and numbers.
Conducts standardized tests in accordance with district policies and state law.
Shares, with other Teachers and aides, lunchroom duties and responsibility for monitoring halls and recess periods.
Counsels parents when classroom difficulties or behavioral problems arise.
Keeps records of academic performance, attendance, and social acclimation. Reports on all aspects of student development for school records and parents; conducts Parent-Teacher conferences on both a regularly scheduled an as-needed basis.
Consults with other professionals where there appears to be evidence of learning disabilities or problems of social adjustment. Coordinates decisions with parents concerning any specialized intervention that appears warranted.
Reports cases of suspected child abuse according to state law.
Participates in faculty meetings, educational conferences, professional training seminars, and workshops.
Completes all paperwork necessary for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Performs and participates in crisis intervention in accordance to Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Thresholds standards. Models best practices for crisis intervention as trained in TCI to other staff. Performs and supervises physical management when necessary.
MARGINAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
May be required to work flexible schedules and be available to work on weekends or evenings as required.
Hours are 7am to 3:30pm or 9am to 6pm
Possess a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education.
One year of child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed day care center and 30 semester hours of credits from an accredited college or university in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six.
Computer proficiency, including the ability to use email, navigate and enter notes into electronic medical records and working knowledge of pertinent software.
Must obtain satisfactory results from an Illinois State Police Conviction Background Check.
Must have knowledge Behavior Modification Programs.
Must implement standards of practice according to NAECY guidelines
Daily access to a personal vehicle is required. Required to provide transportation for members of the program using both a Thresholds provided vehicle or personal vehicle.
Certified in Basic First Aid including the Heimlich Maneuver and CPR. (Or the ability to obtain certification within the first three months of hire).
TCI certification obtained within the program.
Current and valid driver’s license.
Thresholds, named as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, provides more than 15,000 adults and youth with the skills and encouragement needed to live productive and fulfilling lives.
Consider being part of an organization that fosters collaboration between its staff and those we serve, our members, and where employees are recognized as invaluable assets who truly make a difference.
More than 75% of Thresholds’ services are delivered out in the community and include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care and substance abuse treatment, as well as pioneering research at the Thresholds Research Institute.
Thresholds provides competitive wages and benefits, and excellent opportunities for career development and promotion.
Individuals with lived or shared experiences with mental illness are encouraged to apply.
Proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran