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 Lead Teacher to join our DuPage Team!
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Lead Teacher is responsible for the planning and implementing of activities, routines, and curriculum used in the classroom for children ages 0-3.
Adheres to the State of Illinois Early Learning requirements, Illinois State Board of Education Prevention Initiative standards, and conduct appropriate observations and assessments.
Must ensure appropriate child guidance and communication with families.
Planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for preschool by developing their literacy awareness and their approaches to learning.
Establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment for infants and toddlers.
Support the social and emotional development of children ages 0-3.
Encouraging the involvement of the families of the children in a Early Head Start program and supporting the development of relationships between children and their families.
Ensures timely completion of monthly job targets.
Responsible for supporting a team approach to planning and implementing program activities. Collaborates with Family Support Workers, Teacher’s Assistant, Program Aide, site partners, and site supervisor for the betterment of the classroom and families.
Participates in ongoing CLASS implementation and monitoring.
Guide and facilitate activities of the children.
Ensures appropriate child guidance and discipline, proper ratios, and use of active supervision.
Attend all mandated trainings. Set and achieve professional development goals. Share resources with other staff members as appropriate. All professional development to be tracked in Gateways.
Use Teaching Strategies Gold to maintain ongoing, high quality documentation of school readiness skills. Maintain Interrater Reliability
Responsible for the implementation of the program’s Planned Language Approach, which is specifically designed to support dual language learners.
Use Teaching Strategies Gold to communication with families through monthly newsletters and family conference forms
Schedule and conduct education home visits with teaching staff to discuss individual development and progress, assist parents in developing educational goals for their child
Maintain accurate teacher and child files.
Ensure all transportation safety procedures are followed including utilization of the bus attendance log.
Ensure accurate completion CACFP documents in conjunction with the teaching staff.
Builds and ensures positive and on-going relationships with parents, volunteers, and other staff members
Tracks and provides support to teaching staff for ongoing observation and documentation process by teaching staff of the Teaching Strategies Gold portfolios
Works effectively with diverse staff and service population. Works with site supervisor and family support worker to exchange information pertinent to the identification and services of children with disabilities.
Ensures the submission of weekly lesson plans including individualization for all children, including: monitoring and facilitating accommodations listed in IEPs and IFSPs.
Uses the playground as an extension of the classroom; assures that the playground is safe.
Provides active supervision to ensure the safety of Head Start 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.
Provide site management in the absence of site supervisor
Serve as agency representative during DCFS visits in the absence of site supervisor
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 Head Start fiscal integrity by adhering to purchase approval requirements and procedures.
Assists in the development of the agency’s annual Head Start self-assessment.
Ensures all content area data is accurately reflected in the agency’s PIR within set time frames.
Participate in program recruitment efforts to maintain full enrollment.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Education with four years’ experience,
OR Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education, with two years’ experience teaching.
Type 02 or 04 State of Illinois teaching certificate preferred.
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
Internal Number: LEADT01659
About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services is an accredited nonprofit agency that has more than 800 full and part-time professional staff dedicated to providing quality services by empowering families to learn, to earn, to heal, and to thrive. We value our professionals for serving as a mentor, a motivator, and advocate to families in need. Since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago and Suburban- area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.