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 lead teacher is responsible for 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, and the ability to lead the classroom team.
Contributes to the development of the overall agency and center educational plan
Leads classroom teams in creating an atmosphere in which children can grow and develop; develops a classroom environment that is welcoming and emphasizes the importance of the child; includes furnishings and supplies which are attractive, durable and developmentally appropriate
Introduces, implements and evaluates 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
Trains staff and prepares performance evaluations with the assistance of the Site Director
Researches, implements, and evaluates curriculum methods and classroom management strategies
Responsible for preparing classroom materials in advance of children’s arrival and maintaining a clean classroom environment
Assists with responsibility of ordering supplies needed for the program
Recommends maintenance and repairs as needed
Develops strong partnerships with the families
Attends home visits and conducts parent-teacher conference assessment reviews
Participates in Family Reviews and IFSP/IEP meetings
Leads the implementation of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy, focusing on in depth studies and classroom explorations
Responsible for maintaining reports on children’s growth and development for all students in the classroom
Conducts weekly team meeting
Attends and participates in parent meetings and in-service trainings
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
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.
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.
An attractive and competitive compensation and benefits package will be available commensurate with qualifications and experience.
CHICAGO COMMONS OFFERS ITS EMPLOYEES COMPETITIVE SALARIES AND BENEFITS:
Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance
Paid vacation, holidays and sick days
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with employer match
Associates or better in Early Childhood Education or related field.
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.