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Resource Assistant Preschool Teacher (A-E)


Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe
Glencoe , IL 60022
United States
Illinois US

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Job Description 

Requisition Number: 773
Department: Education

Assist the lead teacher in 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 resource position with an anticipated start at the end of August 2020 through the end of May 2021.

There are five assistant teacher positions with shifts as follows with occasional evenings:

Assistant Preschool Teacher A: Tuesday/Thursday, 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; approximately 8.5 hours per week

Assistant Preschool Teacher B: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.; approximately 14.25 hours per week

Assistant Preschool Teacher C: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.; approximately 14.25 hours per week

Assistant Preschool Teacher D: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; approximately 19 hours per week

Assistant Preschool Teacher E: Monday/Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; approximately 9.5 hours per week

Duties & Responsibilities 

In this role you will be responsible for the following:

Assist lead teacher
Supervise volunteers as needed
Plan activities that are developmentally appropriate with the lead teacher
Carry out curriculum inside and outside
Prepare and clean up materials used during the day
Disinfect items daily
Prepare snack for the class
Monitor safety and do risk assessments
Support the lead teacher to make sure all children are making progress in their learning, allowing for differences in abilities
Gain knowledge about best practices in nature-based settings
Professional development required: 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.

Education and Experience 

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

Must have a high school diploma or GED. Transcript required.
Worked in early childhood education or environmental education with children ages 3 – 5.
Associate's degree in early childhood education or the equivalent of 640 documented experiences within the past five years working with children from birth – 6 in a public or private nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed day care center is preferred. Transcripts required.
Working toward level one in ECE via Gateways is preferred; or willingness to attain.
Required to submit three reference letters.
Background knowledge in nature-based and/or play-based education.
A love of nature and teaching outdoors.
Ability to communicate with parents professionally in person.
Able to handle situations tactfully and with confidentiality.
Ability to work as part of an educational team.
Ability and enjoyment of working outdoors with children for several hours a day under all types of weather conditions.
CPR/First Aid required. Willingness to attain after hire.
Newly hired staff will become members of Gateways to Opportunity within 30 days of hire.
Newly employed staff must 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.
Physical Demands:
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.

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Full Name 
Mj Kim