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 Education & Disabilities Coordinator to join our DuPage Team!
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Participate in grantee component training;
Perform the functions of this position with thorough knowledge and application of developmentally appropriate practices;
Provide input into the implementation of The Creative Curriculum;
Assist in implementing Family Literacy Program;
Identify equipment needed in classrooms and coordinate with site directors in making purchases for children with disabilities.
Assist in the transition of children to kindergarten, and assist with the children’s transition to their next destination at the end of the season;
Transitions children with disabilities and those in the diagnostic process to their next destination, ensuring a smooth and efficient process, with full parental participation;
Assist in the coordination, analyzing the statistical data regarding school readiness and child outcomes at each checkpoint;
Work cooperatively with other service area managers to plan education services integrated with health, mental health, dental health, nutrition, parent involvement, and social services;
Coordinates with the Family Engagement/Mental Health Supervisor the recruitment of children with disabilities;
Assist individual staff members in identifying their training needs and improving their knowledge and abilities;
Assures the referral of children to the LEA when the need arises;
Participate in the development of I.E.P. or I.F.S.P goals to implement in the weekly lesson plan as needed;
Assures that all necessary accommodations and adaptation are made, including but not limited to transportation, translation and ADA requirements;
Ensures the maintenance of required program records and follows the MFS record keeping procedures;
Assists in setting, clarifying and communicating disabilities services standards and laws to staff and parents, when required or requested;
Ensures strict child and family confidentiality following the MFS Confidentiality Policy;
Attend staff training and meetings, and board and parent meetings as requested;
Complete and submit required reports in a timely and accurate fashion;
Actively participate in the development and implementation of the education staff’s Professional Development Plan;
Assure that files and documentation are complete, accurate, and confidentially maintained;
Provides active supervision to ensure the safety of children while in the classroom, during transitions, at time of transportation, and while on the playground. Ensures that no child shall be left alone or unsupervised.
Ensures the usage of agency technology equipment and time are utilized for agency business.
Ensures compliance with the agency’s code of conduct.
Ensures agency’s fiscal integrity by adhering to purchase approval requirements and procedures.
Assists in the development of the agency’s annual program self-assessment.
Ensures all content area data is accurately reflected in the agency’s Program Information Report within set time frames.
Participate in program recruitment efforts to maintain full enrollment.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field from an accredited college or university required.
Four(4) years of work experience in a Early Childhood program (or comparable child development programs); as well as the current principals of developmentally appropriate practice, bilingual education, inclusion, natural environments and services to children with disabilities and their families.
Proof of physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the agency and/or DCFS licensing.
Must have access to a vehicle, proof of insurance and valid driver’s license to perform essential job functions.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.
While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is required to sit and stand for sustained periods of time, frequently talk, hear, use hands and fingers to feel, handle and operate objects or controls, and occasionally stand, bend, stretch, stoop, kneel and crouch.
The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing and viewing a computer terminal.
The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pound
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.