As a Reggio inspired early childhood program, we strive to support the individual needs and abilities of each of our students. We are looking for professional educators who are interested in growing with us. Our staff and students co-construct an emergent, play based curriculum. Teachers are a critical member of a team of educators, social workers and specialists who support the whole child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum that embraces Jewish life and complements what happens at home.
Your amazing job duties include the following: • You are responsible for building a trusting relationship with each and every student and family in your classroom. • A sense of humor is an absolute must, along with an ability to laugh at a child's jokes regardless of whether you understand them. • You must have expert investigative skills and an ability to understand your students' behaviors and needs. • The ability to sing on key is appreciated; however the willingness to sing loudly regardless of pitch is an absolute must. • You must be able to greet each child with an enthusiasm that lets him/her know your day is not complete until they have arrived. • Actively engage in staff meetings and trainings by sharing your ideas and experience with colleagues. • Be prepared to become part of our vibrant, creative, laughter filled community. • You must have a desire to create a positive, supportive classroom environment for your team and students. As the lead teacher, you will be expected to support your team in following JCC policies and meeting DCFS and NAEYC requirements. • Understand that you have been given a tremendous responsibility to nurture and support each child and take pride in the fact that you are making a difference in the lives of each child and family.
Minimum six hours on Early Childhood college credits.
Associates or Bachelors degree or higher in Early Childhood, Child Development, Elementary Education or Early Childhood Special Education.
The equivalency of an Associates degree in Early Childhood, defined by NAEYC as at least 60 college/university credits with at least 30 college credits in Early Childhood, Child Development, Elementary Education or Early Childhood Special Education.
A Bachelors degree n any discipline with at least 36 college/university credits in Early Childhood, Child Development, Elementary Education or Early Childhood Special Education.
At least 20 years of age.
A love for children and a passion for helping them reach their full potential.
Ability to build relationships with families and coworkers and create a dynamic environment where children’s curiosity is encouraged and celebrated.
Internal Number: 3127751841
About JCC Chicago
Led by our dynamic and forward-thinking Executive Team, JCC Chicago enriches lives and builds community through vibrant, meaningful experiences. We are a collaborative, dynamic, forward-looking team whose passion has a purpose. With Jewish values as our compass, we are moving JCC Chicago in new exciting directions that will strengthen our Jewish community, enrich generations, nurture friendships, respect traditions and bring out the best in every life we touch. JCC Chicago is the largest JCC system in North America, with more than 800 staff in over 15 diverse locations across the metropolitan area. Our core program offerings include Early Childhood Education, Children and Family Engagement Programs, J at School, Sports & Recreation, Aquatics, Arts & Ideas, Day Camps and Overnight Camp. In a time of growth and innovation, we welcome you to join us in building your career, as we build a stronger community.