Current open positions:

POSITION TITLE: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER (For 2 year olds)

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 direct supervision of the Site Manager and the support from the Education Coordinator, the Early Head Start Teacher 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, NAEYC Standards and State Pre-K (CPS-Preventive Initiative Center Base Program).

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

  • With the classroom team, ensure the implementation of the preschool program ensuring adherence to funding requirements as set by Head Start Program Performance Standards, NAEYC (National Education for the Education of Young Children) Standards and other licensing requirements.
  • Create and maintain a safe environment which promotes the safety, trust, respect and security for children, staff and parents.
  • 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. Shares responsibility for room arrangements and clean-up after daily classroom activities. 
  • Promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children and among staff.
  • With the classroom team, plans, prepares and implements developmentally appropriate child initiated and teacher directed activities for individuals, small and large groups of children.
  • With the classroom team, supervises all of the children’s activities, modeling respect and acceptance of each child as an individual.
  • With the classroom team, identifies children who may need specialized services.
  • Observe and report children’s health, development, and behavior to the team teacher and experts.
  • Ensure soiled diaper/clothing is changed throughout the day and as needed.
  • Completes observations, anecdotal notes, screenings, Teaching Strategies GOLD checkpoints, home visits and parent teacher conferences as required.
  • Ensure completion of all record-keeping, as well as documentation of individual and family needs and issues.
  • In the absence of any team teacher, will be overseeing that the implementation of Creative Curriculum, NAEYC standards and Head Start Program 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.)
  • Work closely with special consultants and other resource people.
  • Plan field trips; prepare children and follow-up on field trip activities.
  • Attends weekly team meetings  to complete lesson plans, discuss children’s progress and individual needs, discuss check points, parent teacher conferences, home visits etc.
  • Maintain appropriate teacher/child ratios as required by DCFS licensing standards. 
  • Establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with parents. Is available for formal and informal conferences on a daily basis. Participates in monthly parent meetings and activities.
  • Assist in preparing children for nap and supervise children during rest periods.
  • Utilize appropriate child development practices regarding guidance and discipline.
  • Recruit children for program.
  • Responsible for assisting in other classrooms or programs as required by the agency.
  • Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
  • Maintain current knowledge in field including attendance at seminars, workshops, and in-service training programs.
  • Attend staff meetings, parent meetings, child staffing, agency events and other meetings as necessary.
  • Attend regular supervision sessions with supervisor.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Our Perfect Candidate: Education and Experience

  • BA in Early Childhood Education required
  • Gateways to Opportunity Infant Toddler Credential Level 5
  • Must demonstrate basic reading, writing, and communication skills at a level consistent with entry in college training programs. 
  • Two to five years’ experience in teaching toddler 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:

Salary Range:  $38,000.00 – $45,000.00 a year

Excellent Benefit Package: (i.e. access to excellent medical insurance options for you and your family. Life and short/long term disability insurance benefit paid in full by the agency. Vacation, 403(b) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment, each plan year the agency will make an employer base contribution on your behalf equal to 5% of the compensation you received for that year, while you are a participant in the plan).

POSITION TITLE:  COORDINATOR OF PARTNERSHIP SITES

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 Early Childhood Program Director and working in conjunction with the Head Start Coordinator is responsible for monitoring and ensuring that the child care programs in the Partnership sites meet the Head Start Performance Standards.

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

  • Responsible for contributing to the development of the agency’s plan and development of Head Start plans that meet the needs of each individual child enrolled in the partnership programs in accordance with the Head Start Standards.
  • Works with the Head Start Coordinator to ensure the integration of program components and implementation of Head Start guidelines and contribute to the development and implementation of the Program Outcome Plan.
  • Works with Head Start Coordinator and Preschool Coordinator in the monitoring and implementation of the Creative Curriculum at the sites. 
  • Participate in reviewing and revising site policies and procedures to ensure compliance with requirements of funding sources and licensing standards.
  • Monitors the achievement of program goals and maintenance of a quality program and reports to the Head Start Coordinator any necessary findings and recommendations.
  • Responsible for the recruitment of eligible children and works with Enrollment and Recruitment Coordinator, Head Start Coordinator and Family Support Worker to register eligible children.
  • Ensure sites have a safe and secure learning environment.  
  • Supervise and act as a resource for site directors and classroom teachers and teacher aides.
  • Interprets the Head Start program to families, the community, and establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with community residents.
  • Provide leadership to site directors and classroom teams in assessment of needs of individual children; monitor progress of children’s medicals and dentals and coordinate special needs referrals. 
  • Monitors the interviewing and selection of site staff to ensure they meet licensing and funding requirements.
  • Oversees the maintenance of all documentation, reports, files and equipment according to CYS and Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Works with Family Support Worker and other staff to plan and implement parent involvement activities, {monitor progress of children’s medicals and dental,} and coordinates special needs referrals.
  • Works with Head Start Parent Policy Committee to ensure Parent Involvement Component is adhered to according to Head Start Standards.
  • Recommend program budget expenditures to supervisor for approval.
  • Utilize appropriate child development practices regarding guidance and discipline.
  • Assist in other classrooms and programs as required by the agency.
  • Perform administrative record keeping and other functions as assigned.  Submit all agency reports in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with new and on-going program implementation, and in developing special events and parent involvement activities.
  • Maintain knowledge current in field including attendance at seminars, workshops, and in-service training programs annually.
  • Attend staff meetings, community forums, annual retreat, parent meetings, and other meetings as necessary.
  • Attends regular supervisory sessions with supervisor.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Our Perfect Candidate: Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work required.
  • Will consider Associates degree with at least 3 years in related field.
  • Three years’ experience working with COPA System.
  • Minimum of two years of supervisory responsibilities.
  • Flexible hours
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle

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.

POSITION TITLE: PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

About the Role: The Partnership Program Family support Worker, in collaboration with teachers and the Partnership Site Director, will provide services to children and families in the Head Start Partnership Site. In partnership with parents, the Partnership Program Family Support Worker develops mutually trusting relationships, acts as an advocate for families, and provides support services as needed. The Partnership Program Family Support Worker will assist families in determining their needs and in identifying and developing goals to meet those needs. The Partnership Program Family Support Worker reports to the Family Support Services Coordinator.

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

  • Provides case management services to families in the Partnership Head Start program, including direct services to families by assisting them in determining family strengths, needs and goals.
  • In partnership with the center parents and Site Director, plans and co-facilitates monthly parenting meetings.
  • Provides crisis intervention and home visits as needed and appropriate.
  •  Provides/and or ideas education to families relating to topics such as parenting, budgeting, household cleanliness, safety, lice and other family issues as necessary.
  • Models appropriate advocacy skills for parents in working with community agencies, professional, and schools.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of community resources and current trends in social services.
  • Provides transportation services and support in the form of bus fare for families when needed to access necessary resources.
  • Works collaboratively with staff to provide comprehensive, integrated services for Partner Site Families.
  • Compiles and maintains child and family case records and files of services provided.
  • Utilize the COPA database on an on-going basis to document children and family services as mandated aby DFSS and Onward Neighborhood House.
  • Maintains parent information boards at Partner Sites.
  • Work in collaboration with the Head Start Coordinator to coordinate disabilities referral services for identified children.
  • Attend Bi-weekly Family support Worker meetings.
  • Attend regular bi-weekly team meetings and monthly supervision meetings with supervisor.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND PROGRAM INTEGRATION:

  • Works collaboratively with families and other community agencies to provide a full system of care to meet the service needs of the family. Assesses services the family is receiving and any need for additional services and makes appropriate referrals. Assures that the family is able to access resources and that appropriate follow up is made.
  • Coordinates services for families by arranging case conferences with specialists, consultants, coordinators, and community agencies.
  • Builds liaisons with other community agencies that will ensure cooperation, coordination and information sharing.
  • Conducts outreach activities in collaboration with Partner Site Directors to recruit prospective families.

OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attends meetings, training’s, and individual case staffing both annually and as directed by supervisor.
  • Assists with parenting classes and with providing parenting and other training information for individual families as needed.
  • Initiates, or assists staff to make, child abuse reports as necessary.
  • Maintains a professional attitude, working cooperatively with HS/EHS staff and parents; provides leadership and guidance in treating all children and their families with dignity and respect.
  • Maintains confidentiality as required by law and Onward Neighborhood House policy.
  • Attends community meetings where HS/EHS representation is appropriate.
  • Has the ability to work a varied schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Our Perfect Candidate: Education and Experience

  • B.A. Degree from a four-year college or university in Social Work, Human Services, Family Services, Counseling or related field required.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish (preferred).
  • One year case management or home visiting experience or working with at-risk families.
  • Knowledge of community resources and how to access services for children and families.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of standard record keeping including progress notes and maintenance of required documentation.
  • Must be able to work with low income, ethically and culturally diverse population.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Must provide evidence of reliable, insured transportation available for travel during working hours and to travel amongst Partner Sites.
  • Driver must provide evidence of a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Driver must provide evidence of current automobile liability insurance.

Required Abilities and Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Time management skills to prioritize and met 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, Power Point, and Work

Hours: Full-time; year round

Salary Range: $35,000.00 – $40,000.00 a year

Excellent Benefits: Health, life and short/long term disability insurance, vacation, 403(b) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment), etc.

POSITION TITLE:  EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER

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

  • 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.
  • Create and maintain a safe environment which promotes the safety, trust, respect and security for children, staff and parents.
  • 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.
  • Promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children and among staff.
  • Prepare and implement lesson plans that encompass the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of all children.
  • 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.)
  • Supervise, monitor, coach and provide input in evaluation of co-teachers, volunteers, student teachers, etc.
  • Explore new curriculum ideas by utilizing external resources that are age-appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Complete and submit required reports, documentation, etc. as it relates to Creative Curriculum, NAEYC and Head Start
  • Introduce and teach language development skills, concepts of numbers, colors, shapes, textures, science skills, music and rhythm, and arts and crafts.
  • Supervise and participate in all activities, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Utilize appropriate child development practices regarding guidance and discipline. 
  • Oversee room arrangements, classroom equipment and maintenance of classroom environment. 
  • appropriate staff/child ratio as required by DCFS licensing standards.
  • Maintain records of child observations and evaluations.  Consult with the Site Manager when needed.
  • Plan field trips; prepare children and follow-up on field trip activities.
  • 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.
  • Meet with and make referrals to Family Support Worker when appropriate.
  • Meet with program staff for staffing on individual children.
  • Work closely with special consultants and other resource people.
  • Assist in other classrooms and programs as required by the agency.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, parent meetings, and other meetings as necessary.
  • Conduct weekly team meetings  to complete lesson plans, discuss children’s progress and individual needs, discuss check points, parent teacher conferences, home visits etc.
  • Perform record keeping and other functions as assigned and report regularly to the Site Manager.
  • Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
  • Maintain knowledge current in field, including attendance at seminars, workshops, and in-service training programs.
  • Attend regular supervision sessions with supervisor.
  • Assess program and recommend changes for improvement to the Site Manager.
  • Recruit Children
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Our Perfect Candidate: Education and Experience

  • BA degree in Early childhood Education required
  • Gateways to opportunity Early Childhood Education (ECE) Level 5
  • Professional Educator Licensure with an endorsement in ECE (PEL)
  • 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:

Salary Range:  $35,000.00 – $47,000.00

Excellent Benefit Package: (i.e. access to excellent medical insurance options for you and your family. Life and short/long term disability insurance benefit paid in full by the agency. Vacation, 403(b) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment, each plan year the agency will make an employer base contribution on your behalf equal to 5% of the compensation you received for that year, while you are a participant in the plan).

Application Details: Please send cover letter and resume to

Gladys Malave
Director of Human Resources
Onward Neighborhood House
5413 W. Diversey Avenue
Chicago, Illinois  60639

Fax:  (773) 622-4074
Email: gmalave@onwardhouse.org
Web:  www.onwardhouse.org

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer: Onward Neighborhood House does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, military status or an unfavorable discharge from military service and any other classification protected by law.