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Lead Teacher - Early Childhood Center

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, unofficial transcripts for the required degree (if applicable) must be attached and submitted at the time of application.

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number S140349
Position Title Lead Teacher - Early Childhood Center
Department Early Childhood Center
Division Administrative Services
Classification Support Staff
FLSA Classification Non-Exempt
Union/Non Union Union
Full Time / Part Time? Part Time
Hours per week up to 28
Temporary? No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Date 09/01/2017
Closing Date 11/30/2017
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, unofficial transcripts for the required degree (if applicable) must be attached and submitted at the time of application.

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Job Description

STATUS: Part time
DEPARTMENT: Early Childhood Center
DIVISION: Administrative Services
UNION: Support and Technical
REPORTS TO: Manager, Early Childhood Center
PLACEMENT: Support Staff, Grade 7
MINIMUM PAY RATE: $20.41 per hour

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. Joliet Junior College is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its staff.

This position is responsible for general supervision and management of the classroom; assisting with planning, developing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate curriculum implementation for children and assisting the Early Childhood Center Manager with records maintenance, curriculum development and supervision of all student and part time employees. The lead teacher will work collaboratively with the academic affairs division and the Child Development program manager to mentor and supervise interns from all collaborating academic departments. This is a part time position with a maximum of 28 hours. The work schedule is Monday through Friday from August through May

1. Teach and engage in activities with children as a lead teacher and ensure coverage in classrooms in the absence of teaching personnel.
2. Act as director designee per DCFS compliance.
3. Develop written program curriculum goals and weekly lesson plans for implementation and assessment.
4. Develop and document screenings and assessment of learning through individual portfolios for all full-time children and children with documentation of special needs while maintaining a high degree of discretion dealing with confidential information.
5. Provide individual guidance and assessments on children through screening, observations and portfolios, develop and maintain effective partnerships with parents to promote each child’s optimum growth and development.
6. Create and maintain stimulating and aesthetically pleasing learning environments in the classroom and outdoor play areas that meets the standards of NAEYC accreditation and ensure maintenance of classroom environments for safety and sanitation and ensure sufficient and appropriate supplies and materials are available.
7. Conduct daily health check of each child; insure prompt, appropriate response to acuity while maintaining high degree of discretion dealing with confidential information.
8. Attend and assist in facilitating in-service and activities for employees and families.
9. Observe and assist in training and mentoring of interns, student employees, and volunteers performing service learning objectives in the classrooms, monitoring student /staff to insure their behavior and interactions with children are supervised and consistent with best practices and appropriate to the child’s developmental needs.
10. Participate in the goals & objectives of the college and Early Childhood Center.
11. Perform other duties as assigned.

1. Bachelor’s Degree.
2. Must be Director Qualified (a minimum of 21 credit hours in Child Development/Early Childhood Education (ECE, CDev, EC courses).
3. Pass medical exam as required by DCFS.
4. Pass background check and clearance.
5. Knowledge of preschool programs, child development and DCFS regulations
6. Two (2) years of experience in an equivalent position or responsibility.
7. Good personal computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
8. Must be 21 years of age.
9. Must be available to work between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

1. Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education.
2. Gateways to Opportunity Level I Illinois Director Credential
3. Gateways to Opportunity early care and education (ECE) credential.

1. Ability to safely lift and carry a child to safety.

1. Duties are performed in a classroom teaching and office environment.

Internal candidates must adhere to the terms of employment regarding length of time in current position as outlined in their union contract.


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Joliet Junior College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action college supporting diversity.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you looking for full-time employment?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's Degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you director-qualified?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have knowledge of DCFS regulations?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you available to work between the hours of 6 :00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Are you available to start immediately?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. Certification or License