Requisition Number: 772
Job Status: Seasonal
The lead teacher is responsible for delivering a high quality, mission-based, early childhood educational program. Implement developmentally appropriate lessons to children ages 3 – 5 in a nature-based setting. This is a ten-month position with an anticipated start at the end of August 2020 through the end of May 2021.
There are two lead teacher positions with shifts as follows:
- Lead Preschool Teacher A: Part-time salaried educator working approximately 13 hours/ week, Mondays & Wednesdays 11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Lead Preschool Teacher B: Part-time salaried educator working approximately 11 hours/ week, Tuesdays & Thursday 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. There may be occasional evening and weekend work.
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
Give direction on daily tasks to assistant teacher and/or volunteers and/or interns assigned to class
Plan activities that are developmentally appropriate using hands-on methods in play-based, nature-based setting
Carry out curriculum inside and outside
Prepare and clean up materials used during the day along with the assistant
Disinfect items daily with the assistant
Monitor safety and do risk assessments
Communicate with families regarding daily and/or weekly activities
Keep documentation of the children and share with parents at conference time or during the school year as needed
Share photo documentation and anecdotal information related to curriculum and standards that are being met by the children with parents
Post photos along with the standards being met every other week to Shutterfly site
Support and guide the assistant teacher to make sure all children are making progress in their learning, allowing for differences in abilities
Work with other staff to build a strong, nature-based curriculum for all children in the program
Meet with the director regularly to discuss strengths and weaknesses of the class
Be willing to gain knowledge about best practices in nature-based settings
Professional development of 15 hours per school year
Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired
Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
Recognizes problems, constructively identifies, and articulates solutions.
Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
Is welcoming of new hires.
Our ideal candidate will have the following:
Associate's degree in early childhood education or the equivalent of 640 documented hours within the past five years working with children from birth – 6 in a public or private nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed day care center. Required, must provide transcript.
A degree in elementary education, early childhood education concentration or at least three years’ experience working with preschool age children preferred. Type 04 certification preferred.
Required to submit three reference letters.
Background knowledge of nature-based and/or play-based education.
A love of nature and teaching outdoors.
Ability to communicate with parents professionally in person and via electronic means.
Able to handle situations tactfully and with confidentiality.
Ability to work as part of an educational team.
Ability to and enjoyment of working outdoors with children for several hours a day in all types of weather conditions.
CPR/First Aid required. Willingness to attain after hire.
Newly hired staff shall become members of Gateways to Opportunity within 30 days of hire.
Newly employed staff shall submit a report of a physical examination completed no more than six months prior to employment that provides evidence that they are free of communicable disease, including active tuberculosis and physical and mental conditions that could affect their ability to perform assigned duties. This examination shall include a test for tuberculosis by the Manatoux method.
Newly employed staff will be subject to background checks, submit to fingerprinting, and to authorize the background checks required by 89 Ill. Adm. Code 385 Background Checks.
Must be able to lift 40 pounds, enjoy working primarily outdoors in all weather, and be comfortable standing for long periods of time. Must be able to assume postures in low-level positions that allow physical and visual contact with children, bend to perform numerous tasks, stoop, and sit on the floor. Must be able to sustain high level of energy and have the ability to perform all activities with children (dance, jump, walk, run) for extended periods of time. Workweek may include some evenings and weekends, as needed.
Please visit our website to apply: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/jobs