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Professional Educator License Teacher (Type 04)

Department: Early Learning
Location: Homewood, IL

$2,000 sign-on bonus (50% - 90 days after start and 50% at end of program year, if employed by IAFC)

Illinois Action for Children (“IAFC”), has been a local, state and national leader in the early childhood care and education sector for over 50 years.  IAFC programs, services, and advocacy improve learning and life outcomes for children and families, including reducing the effects of poverty.  IAFC works to ensure that every child in Illinois – particularly those in need – have access to the necessary resources to succeed in school and in life.

Along with our mission, IAFC is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist culture. We are dedicated to this pledge through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and servicing our staff and clients.  IAFC staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities.  We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our essential work

Under the direction of the assigned Supervisor, Teacher Coach or Site Director, the Professional Educator License (PEL) teacher works collaboratively with the entire classroom team to implement a formal child screening process, a researched-based curriculum that addresses the Illinois Early Learning Standards, on-going child assessment, parent involvement and community collaboration. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.

This incumbent will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following. The organization reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.

  • Coordinates and completes developmental screening of all children.
  • Implements active supervision of children at all times and ensuring child safety.
  • Teaches children in large groups, small groups, and individually.  Teaches each class daily as scheduled and assigned. 
  • Works with the classroom team to implement the research-based curriculum, serving as educational leader, and modeling excellent teaching practices. 
  • Convenes meetings of the classroom team each week to develop lesson plans and child assessment results and develops individualized instruction plans. 
  • Completes regular quarterly assessments of each child’s learning.  Generates Class Profile Report from Teaching Strategies GOLD to assess child outcomes.
  • Welcomes parents/guardian in the program and seeks out their support and involvement. Holds parent-teacher conferences throughout the year, including an end-of-year transition conference. Plans and conducts parent-child activities for bi-monthly Family Fun nights and plans monthly field trips.
  • Works collaboratively with all applicable staff, as well as community partners to ensure a seamless transition into kindergarten.
  • Participates in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings for children with special needs (usually held at the school district) as requested by parents/guardian.
  • Maintains a comprehensive and ongoing education file for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child’s work, and developmental assessment.
  • Completes enrollment applications and receives supporting documentation.
  • Maintains a safe and healthy classroom environment. Assures that classroom equipment, furniture, materials, and supplies are properly maintained and stored.
  • Completes continuing professional development units annually  
  • Executes our workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement (CQI), communication, competent people and clear priorities.
  • Independently works on multiple tasks effectively in support of department.
  • Other functions:  The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.


Bachelor’s Degree and Valid Professional Educator License with Early Childhood Education Endorsement

*This is a 10-month position*  

$2,000 sign-on bonus (50% - 90 days after start and 50% at end of program year, if employed by IAFC)

This position will work in the south and western suburbs of Chicago   

IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.

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