Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 72,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.
We are now hiring for a full-time Floater Teacher to join our Early Childhood Team!
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Responsible for maintaining emotional environment of the classroom by: modeling and ensuring that children are spoken and listened to respectfully and comforted as necessary; setting appropriate limits for children with reasonable consequences; and using positive reinforcement that supports the development of children’s self-help skills.
Responsible for promoting the cognitive development of children by developing and implementing weekly curriculum and lesson plans using Creative Curriculum and projects which include: literacy, dramatic play, science, math, fine and gross motor activities, open-ended art, computer, and problem-solving.
Responsible for performing Parent Child Educator responsibilities in the event the floating assignment involves home based programming.
Responsible for modeling and ensuring appropriate adult-child interactions including the use of open-ended questions, moderate tone of voice, respect for children’s individual learning and communication styles and providing assistance, comfort and encouragement as needed.
Responsible for arranging and maintaining the physical environment of the classroom to complement the curriculum and to provide a safe, healthy environment.
Supervises and/or delegates responsibility to supervise all activities in which children participate, in the classroom, outdoors and off-site.
Conducts and/or oversees screening of all children within prescribed time frames using the Early Screening Inventory, Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire and other prescribed tools.
Responsible for completing weekly observations, objective anecdotal recordings, samples of child’s work, photographs, child’s dictations, and anecdotal recordings of other teachers, parents and children.
Responsible for ensuring the development of an education file for each child which includes required forms, consents, assessments, screening results, IEPs, parent-teacher conference results, home visits and on-going individual goal planning and accommodations as needed.
Responsible for the planning and implementation of a minimum of semi-annual home visits and parent-teacher conferences.
Responsible for ensuring compliance with all documentation as required by licensing agents, Head Start, Preschool for All, and Metropolitan Family Services.
Supervises and provides leadership to classroom staff by: modeling DAP practices, conducting individual and team supervision on a weekly basis, providing resources and development opportunities to team, coaching and developing individual and team goals.
Participates in teacher development opportunities through in-service, conferences and professional organizations, and utilizes available resources on site, through internet websites and professional organizations and libraries.
Acts as an advocate for children and families through participation in IEP development; communicating information about children appropriately to parents, specialists and other agency staff; working as a member of the Direct Service Team; supporting center goals; and translating policies, developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum and standards to parents.
Ensures effective, supportive relationships with parents, children and staff are developed and maintained.
Supervises and coaches student teachers, volunteers and new teaching staff.
Works effectively with diverse staff and service populations. Proactively models and encourages anti-bias behavior and respect for others.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.
One (1) year teaching experience with preschool age children
Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups
Planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy, phonemic, and print awareness, their understanding and use of increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, their understanding of early math and early science, their problem-solving abilities, and their approaches to learning.
Establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment
Supporting the social and emotional development of children
Ability to encourage the involvement of the families of the children in a Head Start program and supporting the development of relationships between children and their families.
Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions.
Dental and Vision Insurance Options
11 paid Holidays
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
Wellness Initiative Program
Employee Assistance Network
About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan serves more than 67,000 families and individuals as diverse as the communities in which they live, with 81% being part of the working poor or lower-middle class.