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POSITION TITLE:  ADMINISTRATIVE RECEPTIONIST

Who We Are:
Rooted in a rich history of social services, Onward Neighborhood House opens doors to improve lives and uplift communities through educational, economic and support services. Read through our programs section to find more information on how we work to impact the greater Belmont Cragin area or find ways to get involved and volunteer!  To learn more about us, please visit us at www.onwardhouse.org

About the Role:
Under the supervision of the Director of Development & Communications the Administrative Receptionist’s basic function is to provide administrative support to multiple Directors, operating with a high degree of independent judgment and professional character.

What you’ll do:
Core duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned

  1. Perform administrative and office support activities for multiple Director’s.
  2. Assist in administrative duties including making copies, filing records, preparing mailings.
  3. Perform receptionist duties including answering phones, taking and delivering messages, and assisting members of the public.
  4. Maintains a warm and friendly manner in greeting guests and visitors.
  5. Maintains an open channel of communication to all visitors and telephone calls, directing them to appropriate parties.
  6. Maintains up-to-date information on agency programs and procedures.
  7. Provides relevant verbal and written agency information to staff, parents, and public as directed.
  8. Observes the confidential nature of the agency’s service to its clients.
  9. Reflects agency image in appropriate manner, behavior and dress.
  10. Records required information.
  11. Attends regular supervisory sessions with supervisor.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Our Perfect Candidate

Education and Experience:

  • Associate’s Degree required.
  • Administrative experience preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented.
  • Good verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Knowledge with Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, Excel and other software. Internet search skills and graphics experience helpful.
  • Bi-lingual skills (English-Spanish), spoken and written are required.
  • Experience with databases.
  • Flexible in work hours.

Center Offers:

  • Competitive salary will commensurate with experience and education
  • Comprehensive benefits package available: (i.e. health, life and short/long term disability insurance, vacation, 403(b) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment), etc.)

Application details: Please send cover letter and resume to

Gladys Malave, Human Resources Director
Onward Neighborhood House
5413 W. Diversey Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60639
Fax: (773) 622-4074
Email: gmalave@onwardhouse.org

Please no phone calls.

POSITION TITLE:  SCHOOL AGE GROUP WORKER

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Under the general supervision of the Site Manager, is responsible for developing and implementing an enriching academic after-school and summer program for children.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  1. Maintain program policies and procedures consistent with the agency’s mission, and which meet the requirements of funding sources and DCFS licensing standards.
  2. Create and maintain a safe environment which promotes the safety, trust, respect and security for children, staff and parents.
  3. Maintain a clean and organized classroom environment by teaching children the importance of taking care of their environment.
  4. Provide an overall classroom environment that is reflective of multi-ethnic populations, is conducive to enjoyment, relaxation and socialization and has well defined interest areas.
  5. Promote recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children and among staff.
  6. Prepare and implement lesson plans that encompass the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of all children by utilizing external resources that are age appropriate in preparing weekly lesson plans.
  7. Utilize appropriate child development practices regarding guidance and discipline.
  8. Demonstrate, instruct, and participate in activities and outputs that result in the achievement of program outcomes as outlined in the Program Outcome Plan.
  9. Conduct at least two parent teacher conferences annually.
  10. Encourage parents to allow children up to participate in tutoring programs.
  11. Perform record keeping and other functions as assigned and report regularly to the Director of Youth and Community Services.
  12. Maintain records of permission and consents, authorization forms, child observations, anecdotal notes and education files. Consult with supervisor when needed.
  13. Prepare children and transition plans for children transitioning to another classroom or out of the program.
  14. Collaborate other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
  15. Prepare purchase orders for classroom supplies and materials for the classroom that are age appropriate ans submit to Site Manager for approval monthly and as needed.
  16. Responsible for room arrangements and equipment. Share in responsibility for cleaning up after classroom activities.
  17. During the school year, responsible for picking up program children from local public schools and escorting them to Onward Neighborhood House.
  18. Responsible for scheduling and planning educational field trips and completing the necessary paperwork;
  19. Responsible for assisting in other classrooms or programs as required by the agency.
  20. Establish effective working relationships with parents; maintain close, daily contact with parents of the children, and meet with them through parent/teacher conferences and on an individual basis as needed.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be flexible
  • Minimum AA/AS degree with (6) semester hours/ (9) quarter hours in early childhood education/child development or elementary education;
  • A minimum of one-year experience with school age children under qualified supervision required; two to three years preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Hours: Full-time; year round

Salary: Commensurate with experience with excellent benefits (i.e. health, life and short/long term disability insurance, vacation, 403(b) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment), etc.

Application details: Please send cover letter and resume to
Gladys Malave, Human Resources Director
Onward Neighborhood House
5413 W. Diversey Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60639
Fax: (773) 622-4074
Email: gmalave@onwardhouse.org

Please no phone calls.

POSITION TITLE:  HEAD START TEACHER, CENTER BASED

Who We Are:
Rooted in a rich history of social services, Onward Neighborhood House opens doors to improve lives and uplift communities through educational, economic and support services. Read through our programs section to find more information on how we work to impact the greater Belmont Cragin area or find ways to get involved and volunteer!  To learn more about us, please visit us at www.onwardhouse.org

About the Role:
Under the general supervision of the Site Manager, is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of an education plan that is designed to meet the needs of each individual child enrolled in the program in accordance with Head Start Program Performance Standards and NAEYC Standards.

What you’ll do:
Core duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned

  1. Ensure the implementation of the preschool program ensuring adherence to funding requirements as set by Head Start Performance Standards, NAEYC (National Education for the Education of Young Children) Standards and other licensing requirements.
  2. Create and maintain a safe environment which promotes the safety, trust, respect and security for children, staff and parents.
  3. Provides an overall classroom environment that is reflective of multi-ethnic populations, is conducive to enjoyment, relaxation and socialization and has well defined interest areas.
  4. Promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children and among staff.
  5. Prepare and implement lesson plans that encompass the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of all children.
  6. Oversee implementation of Creative Curriculum, NAEYC standards and Head Start Standards as it pertains to classroom program and ensure all information is entered into designated operating system (i.e., COPA, Teaching Strategies GOLD, portfolios, etc.)
  7. Supervise, monitor, coach and provide input in evaluation of co-teachers, volunteers, student teachers, etc.
  8. Explore new curriculum ideas by utilizing external resources that are age-appropriate.
  9. Oversee, instruct, monitor and evaluate outputs that result in the achievement of program outcomes as outlined in the Program Outcome Plan making recommendations to immediate supervisor as needed.
  10. Complete and submit required reports, documentation, etc. as it relates to Creative Curriculum, NAEYC and Head Start.
  11. Introduce and teach language development skills, concepts of numbers, colors, shapes, textures, science skills, music and rhythm, and arts and crafts.
  12. Supervise and participate in all activities, both in and out of the classroom.
  13. Utilize appropriate child development practices regarding guidance and discipline.
  14. Oversee room arrangements, classroom equipment and maintenance of classroom environment.
  15. Maintain appropriate staff/child ratio as required by DCFS licensing standards.
  16. Maintain records of child observations and evaluations. Consult with the Site Manager when needed.
  17. Plan field trips; prepare children and follow-up on field trip activities.
  18. Establish effective working relationships with parents; maintain close, daily contact with parents of the children, and meet with them through annual parent/teacher conferences, home visits and on an individual basis as needed.
  19. Meet with and make referrals to Family Support Worker when appropriate.
  20. Meet with program staff for staffing on individual children.
  21. Work closely with special consultants and other resource people.
  22. Assist in other classrooms and programs as required by the agency.
  23. Attend and participate in staff meetings, parent meetings, and other meetings as necessary.
  24. Conduct weekly team meetings to complete lesson plans, discuss children’s progress and individual needs, discuss check points, parent teacher conferences, home visits etc.
  25. Perform record keeping and other functions as assigned and report regularly to the Site Manager.
  26. Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
  27. Maintain knowledge current in field, including attendance at seminars, workshops, and in-service training programs.
  28. Attend regular supervision sessions with supervisor.
  29. Assess program and recommend changes for improvement to the Site Manager.
  30. Recruit Children
  31. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Our Perfect Candidate

Education and Experience:

  • BA degree in Early childhood Education required
  • Two to five years’ experience in teaching preschool children and working with parents
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
  • First Aid/CPR certificate compliance or completion within first year of employment
  • Flexible in work schedule

Center Offers:

  • Competitive salary will commensurate with experience and education
  • Comprehensive benefits package available: (i.e. health, life and short/long term disability insurance, vacation, 403(b) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment), etc.)

Application details: Please send cover letter and resume to

Gladys Malave, Human Resources Director
Onward Neighborhood House
5413 W. Diversey Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60639
Fax: (773) 622-4074
Email: gmalave@onwardhouse.org

 

POSITION TITLE:  FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

Who We Are:
Rooted in a rich history of social services, Onward Neighborhood House opens doors to improve lives and uplift communities through educational, economic and support services. Read through our programs section to find more information on how we work to impact the greater Belmont Cragin area or find ways to get involved and volunteer!  To learn more about us, please visit us at www.onwardhouse.org

About the Role:
Under the general supervision of the Family Support Services Coordinator, the Family Support Worker is responsible for assessing the social service needs of participants, providing direct and indirect services and referrals, and engaging participants in various activities and leadership roles throughout the agency through mentoring and training.

What you’ll do:
Core duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned

  • Coordinate comprehensive assessment of social service needs of clients and develop a written service plan for each case.
  • Establish strong, trusting and collaborative relationships with participant families and serve as the liaison between parent groups, Program Director, and other staff.
  • Provide services, resources, referrals and support based on the individual needs of the families.
  • Engage with families to complete a comprehensive Strength and Needs Assessment, develop a written Partnership Agreement, and help families identify goals.
  • Establish formal linkage agreements with community agencies and institutions.
  • Attend Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and IFSP meetings to serve as a support and advocate for children and parents.
  • Coordinate parent engagement activities through recruitment and organization of events and services.
  • Identify individual and group training needs for parents and provide technical assistance to meet these needs.
  • Assist in identifying, planning and conducting Parent Committee Meetings, parent trainings, and parent workshops.
  • Assist parents in identifying and developing local community resources.
  • Recruit families and complete intake and registration for families who will participate in the programs.
  • Provide transportation options to parents and children for program activities when necessary.
  • Conduct home visits to families at least annually for each family and as needed.
  • Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, interns, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
  • Attend weekly family support meetings, parent meetings, and other meetings as necessary.
  • Perform record keeping and other reporting functions as required by Head Start Performance and NAEYC Standards.  Submit all agency reports in a timely manner.
  • Shares responsibility with other family support workers to oversee agency food pantry intake.
  • Facilitate and ensure parent participation in the committee structure of the Head Start delegate agency and city-wide council.

Our Perfect Candidate
Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in in Social Work. Human Services, Family Services, Counseling or related field required
  • 1+ years of experience in a pre-school program
  • Driver’s license and own transportation required
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) REQUIRED
  • Flexible in work schedule.

Required Abilities and Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Time management skills to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Expertise in analysis, critical decision making, and process improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and solve practical problems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Center Offers:

  • Competitive salary will commensurate with experience and education
  • Comprehensive benefits package available: (i.e. health, life and short/long term disability insurance, vacation, 403(b) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment), etc.)

Application details: Please send cover letter and resume to
Gladys Malave, Human Resources Director
Onward Neighborhood House
5413 W. Diversey Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60639
Fax: (773) 622-4074
Email: gmalave@onwardhouse.org

Please no phone calls.

POSITION TITLE: CHILD CARE CENTER SITE MANAGER

Who We Are:
Rooted in a rich history of social services, Onward Neighborhood House opens doors to improve and uplift communities through educational, economic and support services. Read through our programs section to find more information on how we work to impact the greater Belmont Cragin area or find ways to get involved and volunteer! To learn more about us, please visit us at www.onwardhouse.org

About the Role:
Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Site Manager will oversee all aspects of the daily operations at the designated site; create a safe, warm and welcoming environment for children, families, and staff and support the goals and vision of the organization.  Emphasis will be on continuously improving program quality, parent engagement, staff support and development.

What you’ll do:
Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned

  1. Monitor and ensure the implementation of the Early Childhood Education and School Age programs ensuring adherence to funding requirements as set by Head Start Performance Standards, NAEYC (National Education for the Education of Young Children) Standards and other licensing requirements.
  2. Maintain both City and State licenses by completing and submitting necessary paperwork for renewal.
  3. Monitor and ensure all licensing requirements are met.
  4. Oversee and ensure that team teachers conduct their weekly team meetings, be available to provide support and guidance as needed.
  5. Under the direction of the Program Director, work with the Education Coordinator to plan and implement the education curriculum (i.e., Creative Curriculum.) and Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment system;
  6. Collaborate with the Education Coordinator in ensuring NAEYC accreditation processes and compliance.
  7. Responsible for reviewing and approving all purchase orders submitted to the Administrative Receptionist before purchase to ensure quality programming and maintenance of facilities while adhering to the budget.
  8. Supervise and monitor the kitchen staff, operation, food program, and maintenance to ensure compliance with the Illinois State Board of Education Food Program and licensing requirements.
  9. Supervise and monitor of other support services (i.e., clerical, office, etc.) to ensure agency policies and procedures are complied with and meet the vision and mission of the agency.
  10. Schedule staff according to the patterns of enrollment to maintain teacher/child ratio in the classrooms at all times. Schedules coverage for staff absences.
  11. Ensure the facilities meet the health and safety standards set forth in licensing standards.
  12. Monitor, observe and respond to the concerns of parents.
  13. Collaborate with the Family Support Services Coordinator and Family Support Workers in preparing for and conducting parent meetings including securing the time and place, ordering food, planning the agenda and securing trainers.
  14. Identify, schedule and participate in community-based meetings with schools, and other agencies to share information and promote a greater awareness of program opportunities and services.
  15. Coordinate outreach efforts with the Family Support Services Coordinator and Family Support Workers as they network with providers in the community.
  16. Assist with the implementation of the Head Start Annual Protocol/Self Assessment process and Program Information Report (PIR).
  17. Assist with the design of an action plan to address any deficiencies identified by the Head Start Annual Protocol/Self- Assessment.
  18. Assist and oversee city and state licensing inspections and report any concerns verbally or in writing to ensure compliance is met.
  19. Oversee the hiring of all classroom, maintenance, and office and kitchen staff ensuring the Head Start Coordinator and Parent Policy Committee members participate as well.
  20. Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
  21. Coordinate staffing on all program children and participate in formal and informal parent conferences, SRT meetings, as needed.
  22. Work with Program Director and Program Coordinators to ensure and monitor that a functional and operative Parent Policy Committee and Parent Committee is in place.

Our Perfect Candidate
Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education required
  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred
  • 3+ years of experience in a pre-school program and a minimum of two years of supervisory responsibilities
  • Driver’s license and own transportation required.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) REQUIRED
  • Flexible in work schedule

Required Abilities and Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Time management skills to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Expertise in analysis, critical decision making, and process improvement
  • Demonstrate ability to anticipate and solve practical problems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications including Excel, PowerPoint, and word

Center Offers:

  • Competitive salary will commensurate with experience and education
  • Comprehensive benefits package available: (i.e. health insurance, life and short/long term disability insurance, vacation, 403(B) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment), etc.)

Application details: Please send cover letter and resume to
Gladys Malave, Human Resources Director
Onward Neighborhood House
5413 W. Diversey Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60639
Fax: (773) 622-4074
Email: gmalave@onwardhouse.org

Please no phone calls.

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