Erie Neighborhood House, a comprehensive social service agency serving Chicago’s metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society, is seeking a School-Age Educator, who under the supervision of the School-Age Site Director is responsible for implementing program and providing direct service to children in a comprehensive School-Age program. The School-Age Educator will work 4 hours a day during school days and 8 hours a day (full-time) during summer/school vacation/holidays, contingent upon funding.
- Provides an overall environment that is reflective of our multi-ethnic population, conducive to enjoyment, relaxation and socialization. Has well defined interest areas, and promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children and among children and staff.
- Works with the Director and Assistant Director of Expanded Learning Program in development, planning and implementation of the School-Age program. Actively participates with children ages 5-12 years old (5-6 year olds if at the Center Site).
- Participates in bi-weekly curriculum planning meetings and weekly clinical staffing in order to implement the individualized recommendations for each child into daily programming. Implements a variety of creative, challenging, and interesting choices within the interest areas.
- With the assistance of the Assistant Director of Expanded Learning, observes and documents individual needs of each child and completes a biannual evaluation.
- Encourages children in developing a sense of responsibility and respect for their own, others, and the program property by modeling these behaviors appropriately.
- Maintains necessary records, including: school sign out sheets, attendance sheets, updating educational files, anecdotal notes, etc.
- Attends weekly staff meetings, supervision meetings, special workshops and training sessions, including D.H.S. sponsored workshops to increase professional knowledge.
- Assures proper care of the program equipment and supplies, including cleaning up the area with the children’s assistance, after activities.
- Monitors overall health and safety of all the program children. This includes observing children as they pick them at the schools and reports any sign of illness, injury or child abuse/neglect to the Director of Expanded Learning.
- Develops a positive relationship with parents, teachers, and children and is available for formal and informal conferences. Attends parent meetings/presentations, upon request. Assists in DHS’s annual program self-evaluation.
- Works with Director of Expanded Learning Programs in maintaining National Accreditation of the 5-12 year old program.
- Participates in monthly all-agency meetings, annual agency retreat and Erie’s Annual Meeting. Supports Erie’s fundraising efforts/events. Attends mandated and other appropriate workshops/presentations that will promote professional development.
- If working at the Center Site, communicate regularly with Child Care staff regarding logistics for space, food, and any other operations concerns.
- Responsible for the program complying with Erie’s, and all City and State licensing requirements and performance standards, including promoting the health and safety of all the children, following sanitation procedures and universal precautions, completing a bi-annual physical exam, complying with the Confidentiality and Child Abuse and Neglect Acts as a mandated reporter, as well as the American’s with Disabilities Act and Erie’s Inclusion Policy.
Qualifications and Requirements
- This position requires either 45 hours of college courses with at least 6 hours in child development or related field OR 30 hours of college courses with 9 hours in child development/related field. Resumes will not be reviewed if candidate does not meet this requirement; minimum of an Associate’s Degree preferred.
- Bicultural/Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.
- Physical constraints required include lifting and carrying children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds.
- Demonstrates the following qualities: self-motivated, self-directed, follows directions, makes good judgments, creative, reliable, and dependable.
- Exhibits sincere interest in working with children and is knowledgeable regarding children’s development and growth.
- Documentation of eligibility to work in the U.S.
- Ability to respond immediately to any emergency situation.
Erie Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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