OVERVIEW: The mission of Family Focus is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening families in and with their communities. We help parents gain confidence and competence as the primary caregivers and educators of their children. We provide parents and their children with critical resources and learning opportunities to encourage healthy development in their communities. Family Focus Highland Park’s (FFHP) ASAP, in partnership with North Shore School District 112, provides after school programming for the District’s students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Please note: Highland Park is located 25 miles north of Chicago.
The ASAP Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing enrichment activities, assisting with homework, and providing a safe and positive environment for the children. The ideal candidate will be comfortable leading and engaging a classroom of children through an activity while applying consistent reinforcement and discipline measures. Each ASAP teacher will facilitate one or more enrichment activities per week.
This position requires 18 hours most weeks while school is in session. The work hours include 3-6 pm Monday through Friday plus 1-3 hours for staff meetings and preparing lesson plans outside of the program time. Additionally, on District early release days the hours are adjusted to 1-6 pm, and on specific school holidays a 4 hour shift is required during the 8 am to 6 pm program time. The ASAP teacher reports to, and is mentored by, the site coordinator and ASAP manager.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
* Dedication to enhancing each child's physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development
* Creativity, flexibility, understanding, and patience with children, parents, and colleagues
* Awareness and compassion for school-age children’s evolving developmental needs
* Welcoming attitude toward children of all backgrounds, interests, identification, and abilities
* Willingness to learn about children’s individual social and emotional needs
* Ability to apply a wide variety of methods to address individual and group needs
* Confidence to enforce consistent, team-shared, approaches to discipline
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Maintain constant supervision of, and active involvement with, children at all times
* Plan engaging and goal-driven lessons in STEAM, literacy, physical, and socio-emotional growth
* Prepare lesson plans for above so others can implement activities in case of absence
* Maintain a warm, caring, and non-judgmental attitude toward children and their families
* Be an active, cooperative team member, willing to give and receive constructive feedback
* Participate in continuous self-assessment and reflection of the program and personal goals
* Assist in maintaining equipment, materials, and classroom in a neat, organized fashion
* Attend team, staff, and individual supervision meetings
* Participate in orientation, training, , and FFHP Center meetings
* Notify site coordinator and ASAP manager in case of incidents or major concerns
* In case of illness, secure replacement and notify site coordinator and ASAP manager
* Abide by Family Focus, Inc. and FFHP personnel policie