• Concordia Place Preschool Teacher Assistant

    Posted: 03/20/2022

    Why Join Concordia Place? Do you want to positively impact children's growth? Interested in teaching a fun and purposeful play-based curriculum? What about working with qualified teachers in beautiful indoor and outdoor play areas? If the answer is a resounding yes, then Concordia Place is right for you! Founded in 1981, Concordia Place is a vibrant mission driven organization providing multigenerational programs including early learning, after-school, and teen leadership for Chicago communities. Our centers are located in the Avondale, Ravenswood, North Center and Old Irving Park neighborhoods, with plans to expand into Albany Park fall 2022. While we are diverse, we are united by our mission to create involved communities where all our neighbors can gather, learn, and grow. Concordia believes everyone deserves opportunity, and that it is best served when it is broadly inclusive. Our Guiding Principles • Faith in Action • A Place of Yes • A Place for All • A Place of One • A Place of Excellence Preschool Teacher Assistant To qualify for this position you must have at least 6 ECE credits. This is a full-time or parttime position for the preschool classroom. In this position you will supervise and maintain safety of the children, interact, initiate, and encourage the children in activities, assist the teacher in planning activities, and nurture and care for the children. Concordia Place teachers contribute to our guiding principles of a Place of Excellence and Place of One by producing a positive and collaborative environment for their colleagues, and the children, and the families we serve. This position reports directly to the Site Director. Responsibilities • Supervise and maintain safety of the children at all times • Work with classroom staff to plan and implement program activities based on developmentally appropriate curriculum • Organize and lead activities designed to promote whole-child development • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students varying needs and interests • Observe each child daily to assess skills, interests and needs and use this information to facilitate learning • Provide a variety of materials and resources for children • Set up and maintain a well-organized, safe, and attractive classroom environment conducive to the optimal growth and development of children • Develop positive relationships with each child and family and share information about the child's day • Attend professional meetings, including staff meetings and in-service days provided by Concordia Place, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops in order to maintain and improve professional competence • Help maintain facility in a safe and satisfactory condition • Respect the confidentiality of records and information regarding students, parents, and teachers • Other duties assigned by Assistant Director, or Program Director Qualifications • Must have: 60 college credit hours with 6 related to early childhood education • Demonstrate success in working as a member of a team • Effective and strong communication skills (orally and written) • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift up to a 30 pound child What type of person is successful in this role? This position requires at least 6 early childhood education credits from an accredited college or university. However, in some cases, we are willing to hire individuals who are in the process of obtaining those credit hours. Successful candidates will possess strong communication skills and a positive attitude towards problem-solving in the classroom. Successful candidates will display commitment to their colleagues through open communication and consistency. Concordia Place focuses on promoting from within when possible, and we look for individuals who are always willing to learn. Salary, Perks and Benefits • Salary Range: $16.28 - $18 per hour • Signing bonus of $1,000 for full-time, $750 for part-time if you join before March, 31, 2022! Concordia Place offers a generous compensation and benefits package to employees. Here is an overview of the many perks of working at Concordia Place: • 403b Retirement Savings Plan (with an Employer Match) • Vacation Days • Sick Days • Medical insurance • Life insurance • Dental insurance • Vision insurance • Long-term disability insurance • 10 holidays off per year • Employee Referral program • Childcare tuition discount for employees • Quarterly in-service days and professional development resources for teaching staff

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