Part-Time Preschool Extended Day Program Supervising Teacher and Program Assistant

Families Together Cooperative Nursery School (FTCNS) is a cooperative preschool in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, which provides a play-based educational environment where parents and caregivers are integral to the life of the school. At our core is a commitment to equity and anti-oppression practices, genuine collaboration between educators, families and children, and a creative and flexible approach to supporting each child’s cognitive, social and emotional growth. We offer part-day preschool classes that are 2 ½ – 3 hours in the morning and afternoon along with a lunch program. In Fall of 2019, we will be adding an aftercare program.

FTCNS is seeking two early childhood educators for our new extended day aftercare program for preschool children ages 3, 4 and 5. The program will be an optional “add-on” that will allow afternoon students to stay after regularly-scheduled afternoon classes (which end at 3:30 p.m./3:45 p.m.) until 5:30 p.m. The program will include time for children to engage in active play outside or in the gym, eat a snack, and participate in a variety of classroom play activities. The Supervising Teacher and Program Assistant positions are excellent opportunities for educators who love working with 3, 4 and 5 year olds, thrive when working collaboratively with other educators, and deeply value the role of play and family involvement in the healthy development of preschool aged children.

Both the Supervising Teacher and Program Assistant positions will be early September to late May part-time positions between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The Supervising Teacher will work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and the Program Assistant will work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Both employees will also have an additional weekly 45 minute program planning session (time/day TBD) and once-a-month Friday staff meetings from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. If interested, FTCNS may be able to offer additional hours as an afternoon classroom assistant (M-Th, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.), substitute teacher in our regular classes, and as a camp teacher during our summer program in June.

The ideal candidates will demonstrate the following key competencies:

  • An experienced perspective, confidence, and joy in facilitating developmentally appropriate play, leading children through multiple transitions, and supervising and ensuring the safety and well-being of a group of up to 14 young children.
  • A strong belief in the importance of honoring children’s ideas and responding to their developmental needs through curriculum development, guidance, and daily interactions.
  • A nurturing approach to interpersonal exchange, a commitment to self-reflection, strong problem solving skills, an organized and efficient approach to managing responsibilities, an enjoyment of working collaboratively with other educators, and an eagerness to apply flexible and innovative solutions to meet the needs of a diverse group of young children.
  • An understanding of the importance of equity-centered educational practices in a preschool setting.
  • A devotion to continuously increasing her/his/their own cultural competence.
  • A capacity for implementing anti-bias curriculum.
  • A commitment to full inclusion of children and families with disabilities and an understanding and appreciation for human neurodiversity.
  • Confidence taking the lead (Supervising Teacher) or helping (Program Assistant) to envision and collaboratively implement the optimal structure for a brand new program.
  • The ability to clearly communicate with both specificity, and sensitivity, both verbally and in writing.

FTCNS is an employer that is actively engaged in work to nurture and increase our diversity, promote equity, and combat oppression. People of color and LGBTQIA candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. FTCNS provides equal opportunity employment to all employees and job applicants regardless of race, culture, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, military discharge status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws.

 

PROGRAM ASSISTANT QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

This is an approximately 10 hour/week position with a competitive salary, paid time off, and professional development opportunities.

Preferred qualifications for the Program Assistant position include:

  • A Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or Certificate OR
  • 18 higher education credits in early childhood education, early childhood special education, elementary education, and/or child development.

Requirements for the Program Assistant position include:

  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with young children.
  • A high school diploma or GED.
  • Proficiency (or willingness to develop proficiency) in using Google applications including gmail, drive and docs, calendar, sheets, and photos.
  • The ability to stand and walk for long periods, lift up to 50 pounds, and crouch, kneel, stoop or crawl with ease. (Modifications may be made to enable qualified individuals with permanent or temporary disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.)
  • Comfort with singing, dancing/moving, and leading children in song and movement.

 

SUPERVISING TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

This is an approximately 13 hour/week position with a competitive salary, paid time off, and professional development opportunities.

Preferred qualifications for the Supervising Teacher position include:

  • A bachelors or Masters degree in early childhood education, early childhood special education, elementary education, or child development OR
  • A bachelors or Masters degree in any field with at least 36 higher education credits in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, and/or early childhood special education OR
  • State certification to teach preschool aged children in a public school.

Requirements for the Supervising Teacher position include:

  • Demonstrated experience teaching and taking a leadership/supervisory role in an early childhood education program.
  • An associate’s or bachelor’s degree and at least 18 higher education credits in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, and/or early childhood special education.
  • Proficiency (or willingness to develop proficiency) in using Google applications including gmail, drive and docs, calendar, sheets, and photos.
  • The ability to stand and walk for long periods, lift up to 50 pounds, and crouch, kneel, stoop or crawl with ease. (Modifications may be made to enable qualified individuals with permanent or temporary disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.)
  • Comfort with singing, dancing/moving, and leading children in song and movement.

To be considered for this position, please send a current resume and a letter explaining why your experience, skills, schedule, and approach to early childhood education would make you a great fit for this position and our school.

Please send resume and cover letter to hiring@ftcns.org. Questions/inquiries may also be emailed to hiring@ftcns.org.

Families Together Cooperative Nursery School

1500 W. Elmdale

Chicago, IL 60660

www.ftcns.org