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Program Development Department Positions

Early Education Teacher - Champaign, IL

Under the direction of the Education Coordinator, the Teacher develops and implements individual educational plans for children, which help them to develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their stage of development. The Teacher works collaboratively with the Teacher Assistant and volunteers.

Qualifications and Requirements:

An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in child development or early childhood education, or equivalent coursework to a major relating to early childhood education, or a baccalaureate degree and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America’s professional staff.

  1. Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of child development programs, early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, and bilingual education;
  2. Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing;
  3. Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities; and
  4. Have education or experience in collaborating with parents in the education of their children.

Essential Functions:

  1. Plan and implement learning experiences that promote all developmental areas, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy and phonemic, print, numeric awareness, and language-including English as a second language if applicable;
  2. Guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom;
  3. Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children;
  4. Conduct a home visit and at least one parent conference to discuss the child’s individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;
  5. Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices;
  6. Meet bi-weekly with director and coordinators to exchange information pertinent to the identification and services of children with disabilities;
  7. Meet with mental health consultant monthly to discuss mental health needs of children;
  8. Attend staff training and meetings, and board and parent meetings as requested;
  9. Works with the Teacher Assistant and volunteers to use and develop their skills and abilities in planning and carrying out classroom activities;
  10. Maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment. Assure that classroom equipment, furniture, materials, and supplies are properly maintained and stored;
  11. Use the playground as an extension of the classroom; assures that the playground is safe;
  12. Assist in conducting the daily health and environment check list;
  13. Assist in implementing children’s I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) or I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood;
  14. Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance as needed;
  15. Complete and submit required forms and records in a timely and accurate fashion, e.g., lesson plans, portfolio forms, assessment, time sheets, meal reports etc.;
  16. Actively assists in transition activities;
  17. Distribute newsletters, flyers, and other information to families as instructed by the supervisor;
  18. Actively participate in the development and implementation of the Teacher Professional Development Plan;
  19. Assure that files are complete, accurate, and confidentially maintained; and
  20. Perform other duties, as may be required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Successful experience working in a team setting;
  2. Ability to work respectfully and cooperatively with a Teacher Assistant, assisting her/him in increasing professional knowledge and skills;
  3. Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community;
  4. Ability to plan, organize and implement position responsibilities;
  5. Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if need;
  6. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, fax machine, copier, and tape recorder;
  7. Must be able to lift 55 pounds;
  8. Must be able to travel;
  9. Must be able enter and exit a vehicle without assistance, and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions; and
  10. Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff and clients.

Working Conditions:

  1. Possible exposure to blood and bodily fluids or tissues;
  2. Possible exposure to communicable diseases;
  3. Job requires standing for long periods of time, as well as stooping, squatting, and running;
  4. A moderate amount of driving is required.

Requirements:

Preschool Teachers

  • Degree in early childhood education or child development (Associates or Bachelors); or
  • A baccalaureate or advanced degree in education with an Illinois Pre-K certification; or
  • Equivalent coursework

Infant/Toddler Teachers

  • Degree in early childhood education or child development; or
  • An Infant/Toddler CDA or comparable credential.

All Teachers

  • Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, and bilingual education;
  • Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing;
  • Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities; and
  • Have education or experience in collaborating with parents in the education of their children.

Benefits: 

Salaried; commensurate with experience.

Teaching Assistant - Champaign, IL

As part of the education team, under the general direction of the Education Coordinator, with support from the Teacher, the Teacher Assistant helps plan and participates in classroom, playground, and field trip activities. These activities are designed to foster or enhance all areas of the child’s development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • With the teacher, guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom;
  • Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children;
  • Write weekly observations per assessment procedure;
  • Use home visits and parent conferences to discuss the child’s individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;
  • Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices;
  • Meet with mental health consultant monthly to discuss mental health needs of children;
  • Guide children’s acquisition of social skills;
  • Attend staff training and meetings, and board and parent meetings as requested;
  • Assist in providing and maintaining a safe and healthy developmentally appropriate environment;
  • Assist in conducting the daily health and environment check list;
  • Assist in implementing children’s I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) or I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood;
  • Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance as needed;
  • Assist the teacher in the completion of required reports;
  • Complete timely and accurate time sheets;
  • Assist, as requested, in transition activities;
  • Distribute newsletters, flyers, and other information to families as instructed by the supervisor;
  • Actively participate in the development and implementation of the Teacher Assistant Professional Development Plan;
  • Perform other duties, as may be required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Additional Requirements:

  • Successful experience working in a team setting;
  • Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community;
  • Ability to work with the Teacher to plan, organize and implement position responsibilities effectively, providing input;
  • Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if need;
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, fax machine, copier, and tape recorder;
  • Must be able to travel;
  • Must be able to lift 55 pounds; and
  • Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff and clients.

Working Conditions:

  • Possible exposure to blood and bodily fluids or tissues;
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases;
  • Job requires standing for long periods of time, as well as stooping, squatting, and running; and

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Requirements:

Preschool Teacher Assistants

A Preschool CDA; or

Illinois Gateways credential.

Infant/Toddler Teacher Assistants

High school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED)

All Teacher Assistants

  • General requirements for personnel as stated in DCFS licensing requirements
  • Knowledge and experience with the basic principles of child development;
  • Preferred Spanish-speaking
  • Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing; and
  • Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities.

Benefits: 

Salaried; commensurate with experience.

Bus Aide - Champaign, IL

The Bus Aide assists in the safe and pleasant transportation of children enrolled in the program, under the direct supervision of the Facility and Transportation Coordinator:

  1. Ensures the safety and well-being of children being transported to and from the program and on field trips on vehicles used by the program, including but not limited to:
    1. Helping children board the bus safely, including helping teachers prepare for departure (putting on coats and assuring that each child has his/her own belongings);
    2. Assuring that the bus driver is not distracted from the safe operation of the vehicle;
    3. Helping children safely get off the bus and into the custody (only) of those individuals authorized to receive them; and
    4. Retrieving any fallen objects during the bus ride.
  2. Follows and ensures mandated child restraint devise procedures, ensuring children are properly positioned and restrained (babies fastened in car seats, and seat belts for older children).
  3. Engages in activity that is:
    1. Safe and appropriate for a moving vehicle; and
    2. Consistent with Developmentally Appropriate Practices to make the trip pleasant and comfortable.
  4. In the event of an accident or emergency, assures the safe evacuation of children and adults passengers (following the Bus Evacuation Plan) and assists in assuring that all passengers are transported to the nearest hospital or to their private physician, as per Medical/Accident Emergency Plan.
  5. Assists in completing accident reports, when appropriate.
  6. Reports any traffic violations incurred by the Bus Driver to the Delegate Director or Site Supervisor.
  7. Attends all scheduled staff meetings, team meetings, and trainings, as requested.
  8. Supervises sign-in and sign-out procedures.
  9. Follows center’s sick-child policy with regard to receiving children on the bus.
  10. Gives parents any notes or written materials sent from the center and distributes notes from parents to the appropriate center staff.
  11. Receives children’s medicines from parents and returns them to parents.
  12. Answers parents’ questions, if possible and tells them any pertinent Information about the child’s bus ride or condition.
  13. Assists in maintaining the interior of the vehicle in a clean and safe operating condition.
  14. Assures that no child is ever left unsupervised on a bus.
  15. Performs other duties, as may be assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Spanish speaking individual preferred.
  • Ability to pass a physical exam every two years and a TB test yearly.
  • Must be able to comply with a background check as required by the Agency or IDCFS.
  • Must possess personal qualifications as required in Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers – emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the alms of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities.
  • Must have good verbal communication skills and visual ability to observe children.
  • Ability to fulfill responsibilities under pressure, including during emergencies.

Working Conditions:

  • Risk of exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.
  • Risk involved with travel on main highways, side streets and rural roads during the transportation of children.
  • Risk of exposure to communicable diseases.
  • Must be able to lift 55 pounds, many times a day, climb into the school bus, walk around migrant camps, bend, kneel and squat frequently.

 

The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications

may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties.

 

Benefits:

Compensation based on experience.

 

Bus Driver - Champaign, IL

Under the general supervision of the Director or Site Supervisor, the Bus Driver has the primary responsibility for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the children, staff and volunteers during bus transportation to and from the center and on field trips. It is also the role of the Bus Driver to: guarantee that the bus is clean and in proper working condition at all times; determine and follow safe and efficient bus routes; ensure all children are in age appropriate child safety restraints; assist in ensuring child/staff ratio is maintained on the bus and provide day to day guidance to the Bus Aides; maintain all transportation records required by the program; ensure bus evacuation drills are held at least monthly; and, evacuate children in case of emergency The Bus Driver also acts as a link between the parents and the Head Start program:

  1. Ensures the safety and well-being of children and adults being transported to and from the program and on field trips.
  2. Arranges for the annual state inspection of the bus(as) before program begins to transport children; assures, with prior approval, purchases and/or repairs are made pursuant to state inspection.
  3. Completes a comprehensive written inspection of the bus daily, reporting any conditions of concern to the Director, or delegated staff person, before transporting children.
  4. Ensures that the communication device (e.g. two-way radio, cellular phone) is in proper working order before each trip.
  5. Arranges for and ensures completion of routine maintenance of bus (e.g., oil change); transporting the bus to and from maintenance and/or repair facilities.
  6. Ensures that the bus always has sufficient fuel.
  7. Ensures that there is always fresh drinking water on the bus.
  8. In consultation with the Director, develops and follows efficient and safe written bus routes that ensure no child will be on the bus more than one hour.
  9. Operates bus in such a way that road and safety regulations are always followed; reports any traffic violations to the Director immediately.
  10. With the assistance of Bus Aides, ensures all children are in age appropriate child safety restraints at all times during transportation.
  11. Assists with ensuring child/staff ratios are maintained on the bus and provides day to day guidance to the Bus Aides.
  12. With the assistance of the Bus Aides, follows safe bus loading and unloading procedures.
  13. Follows procedures to guarantee no child is left alone on bus without adult supervision at any time, including insuring all children have departed bus at the end of all bus routes (morning, evening and during field trips or other special trips).
  14. With the assistance of the Bus Aides, assures that children who are visibly sick or complaining of feeling sick remain with their family. (Follows IMHSP Short-term Exclusion and Readmission Policy). Informs designated staff person at the center of those children who will be absent.
  15. With the assistance of the Bus Aides, assures children’s medications are received from parents and delivered to center following the delegate’s procedures.
  16. Follows other procedures developed by the delegate for receiving children (e.g., with assistance of Bus Aides, ensures children are freshly diapered; toys and bottles are left with parents, etc.)
  17. Keeps the bus clean and free of debris; follows other bus cleaning procedures.
  18. Routinely inventories bus emergency and first aid supplies and equipment, reports needs to the Director, or delegated staff person.
  19. With the Family Partnership Coordinator, identifies those persons authorized by the parents/guardians to receive the children. Delivers children only to the authorized persons. Follows IMSHSP Child Sign-In/Sign-Out procedures.
  20. With the assistance of Bus Aides, delivers messages and other items to and from the parents.
  21. Prepares aides and children for bus drills and ensures bus evacuation drills are held at least monthly. Documents all drills in writing.
  22. Assists in other transportation training of bus aides, teachers, children and volunteers.
  23. In case of accidents/emergencies, evacuates children according to written and practiced procedures.
  24. In the event of an accident, assures that medical emergency procedures are followed; completes a written accident report as required by delegate’s procedure and other authorities.
  25. Attends and participates in center pre-service and in-service trainings, and other continuing education, career and professional development opportunities.
  26. Participates in the agency’s self-evaluation process and grantee monitoring visits, as requested, and complies with any Program Improvement Plans developed.
  27. Performs other duties, as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

 

Education:

  • Possess a current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), hold a current School Bus Driver’s Permit, and be certified in First Aid and CPR for all age groups transported.

Experience:

  • Successful experience as a School Bus Driver preferred.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and strengths of low-income and migrant families preferred.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills commensurate with the responsibilities of the position are required.
  • Bilingual, both oral and written, ability (English/Spanish) is preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass an annual Illinois School Bus Driver’s physical which includes a tuberculosis test and drug test.
  • Must be able to comply with background check, including fingerprints, as required by the agency and/or Illinois Licensing Agency.
  • Regular access to a reliable vehicle; have a valid Illinois driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
  • Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community.
  • Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if needed.
  • Must be free of communicable diseases and breathing impairments.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate the bus, conduct pre-trip inspections, and clean the bus.
  • Must have effective organizational, problem solving, and time management skills.
  • Ability to learn and comprehend information from Procedures Manuals and other materials.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow traffic signs required. Must be able to physically move through the bus, center and classrooms.
  • Ability to lift 55 pounds is required.
  • Ability to perform responsibilities under pressure and in cases of accidents or other emergencies.
  • Successful experience working as an effective member of a team desirable.
  • Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff & clients also desirable.
  • Must possess personal qualifications as required in Section 407.100 of the Illinois Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, including: emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of Head Start, respect for children and adults from various cultures and backgrounds, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health that do not interfere with responsibilities.

Working Conditions:

  • Tasks that involve infrequent exposure to blood, bodily fluids or tissues.
  • Risk involved with travel on main highway, side streets and rural roads during business travel, including evenings and weekends.
  • Tasks that involve handling implements or utensils, use of public or shared bathroom facilities or telephones and personal contacts are Category III tasks.
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases.
  • This job involves sitting for long periods as well as stooping, squatting, lifting, carrying, pushing and climbing.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must be able to travel, enter, and exit a vehicle without assistance and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions.
  • Random drug tests may be performed.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties.

Benefits:

Compensation based on experience.

 

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