Chicago Lights Summer Day is a six-week program that provides a safe place for 125 first through ninth graders to learn and engage in academic classes and arts instruction each summer. At the end of the session, students present a dynamic, multicultural arts performance for the community.
Students primarily from the Near North, West, and South neighborhoods come to Chicago Lights for classroom instruction in language arts and math in the mornings and art workshops in dance, drama, visual art, photography, singing, and digital music production in the afternoons. Field trips throughout the Chicagoland area and enrichment classes such as meditation and contemplative practices, fitness, and yoga are also included in the six-week curriculum.
The Physical Education (PE) Instructor for the Summer Day Program is primarily responsible for leading grade level appropriate outdoor recreation and fitness activities to first through ninth grade students. The PE Instructor will work with children of all fitness levels to improve coordination and skill, inspire a love for physical activity, and plan structured recreational activities that will allow students to be engaged, excited, and have fun. The PE Instructor, in conjunction with all other Summer Day staff members, will enforce a program wide classroom management plan to ensure an organized, safe and learning centered environment.
The primary responsibilities of the PE Instructor for Summer Day include:
Attendance based on the schedule below
Teach two classes per day of 30 students each for one hour per class, Monday- Thursday
Provide grade level appropriate instruction in physical education to students in first through ninth grade
Create engaging and enjoyable yet structured recreational activities
Provide lesson plans to the Education and Enrichment Manager one week in advance of all classes
Maintain excellent and timely communication with the Education and Enrichment Manager
Responsibly manage and preserve physical education materials/equipment during the program, and return said resources in the same state at the end of the Summer Day Program
Enforce a program wide classroom management plan in conjunction with the Summer Day team
Communicate with the Education and Enrichment Manager regarding all student behavior concerns and work together with all staff to create a safe, positive and calm environment
Assist in development and administration of student assessments
Attend staff meetings as required
Supervise student meal-time as scheduled and assigned
Escort students to and from classes and meal-times
Adhere to the Tutoring and Summer Day Programs’ Communication and Conduct Policy and Attendance Policy
Other duties, as assigned or needed
This is a seasonal, limited part-time position. Summer Day is in session from June 22 – July 31, 2020 (no programming on July 3, 2020). The schedule for this position is 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Thursdays and 8:00 am-3:00 pm on Fridays. Additionally, a few staff meetings prior to Summer Day will be scheduled.
Bachelors Degree and state of Illinois teacher certification in elementary education and/or related fields preferred
Experience in teaching physical education and knowledge of current PE teaching strategies and methodologies
Previous/current classroom teaching experience
Comfort and talent in working with students in grades 1-9
Experience working with students with learning disabilities preferred, but not required
Excellent classroom management skills
Experience in trauma informed care preferred, but not required
Use the S.P.I.R.I.T. principles of hospitality when interacting with visitors, guests, members, and staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights
Desire and aptitude for working within a faith-based and a multi-cultural, diverse environment
Additional Salary Information: This is a seasonal, part-time position. The program runs for from June 22 - July 31, 2020. This position is not eligible for benefits.
About Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church
At Fourth Presbyterian Church, we believe that through mission outreach, we can serve the community in need, sharing in their struggles and hopes and working together for a world of compassion, peace, and justice. With a congregation of over 5,000, the church supports many enriching ministries for members as well as the community at-large.
Fourth Church also hosts Chicago Lights, which seeks to support and meet the needs of children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty in our city. Chicago Lights grew from the commitment of Fourth Presbyterian Church to social justice and compassionate service and offers five signature programs, serving more than 4,000 individuals annually. Our core service areas include one-to-one tutoring and mentoring, arts education, social services, and urban farming.
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and Chicago Lights are a proud, three-time winner of the Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces in Chicago.