EEC Certified Preschool Teacher

Posted: 09/01/2021

The West Suburban YMCA is looking for a Certified EEC Teacher to join our Preschool Department!  Are you passionate about working with young children and helping them achieve their maximum potential? Do you want to play a critical role in nurturing children and preparing them to become lifelong learners? Are you compassionate & collaborative?  Want to work for a well-known community organization that gives back to its members every day? Apply today!

POSITION SUMMARY:
This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Provides direction for the children in the classroom and implements program curriculum. Provides a quality experience to children and parents that focuses on building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families.

OUR CULTURE: 
Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1. Implements curriculum within the established guidelines.
2. Creates and submits weekly curriculum plans in advance according to director’s instructions. 3. Nurtures children through purposeful programming dedicated to building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families.
4. Supervises the children, classroom, and all activities including ADA accommodations where appropriate. Follows all procedures and standards.
5. Assists Lead Teacher with ongoing, systematic observations and evaluations of each child.
6. Cultivates positive relationships, conducts parent conferences, and maintains effective communication with parents. Engages parents as volunteers and connects them to the YMCA.
7. Maintains program site and equipment.
8. Assist in preparing classroom for class activities.
9. Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities.
10. Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
11. Maintains required program records.
12. Attends and participates in family nights, program activities, staff meetings, and staff training.
13. Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. EEC Teacher Certificate.
2. Minimum of 9 months supervised work experience if completed 3 college credits in Child Development coursework.
3. OR Minimum of 3 months supervised work experience if obtained Associates’ or Bachelor’s Degree in related field.
4. OR Minimum if 6 months of supervised work experience with a Bachelor’s in an unrelated field
5. At least 18 years of age.
6. CPR, First Aid, AED certifications within 30 days of hire date.
7. Ability to plan, organize and implement age-appropriate/developmentally appropriate program activities.
8. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
9. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
10. Must have the ability and proven ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis.
11. Previous experience with diverse populations. Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.
12. Understands the YMCA is a public accommodation committed to inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to plan, lead and participate in activities in a variety of outdoor/indoor settings, including a swimming pool for swimming lessons.

The WSYMCA rewards dedicated employees by offering a competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation & holidays, group health with vision & drug prescription, dental & life insurance, paid retirement once vested, YMCA membership, access to child care services, tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunities.  

The West Suburban YMCA is a charitable organization that welcomes all by creating a community that hires individuals of any age, race, gender, religion, heritage, economic circumstance, or physical ability. We focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to ensure all children, adults and families are healthy, confident and connected.

Job Type: Full Time