Concordia University Chicago (CUC) seeks applicants for the full-time, exempt position of Lead Teacher in the Early Childhood Education Center. This position reports to the Director of the center and is located in River Forest, IL.
The Lead Teacher position is responsible to provide for the development of each child spiritually, socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. It is necessary for the Lead Teacher to collaborate and plan with co-teacher in the implementation of the curriculum and to participate as a contributing member of the center's professional team in staff meetings, devotions, community activities and professional leadership.
The Lead Teacher will also supervise university undergraduate and graduate students who are assigned to work in the classrooms. He or she will prepare, care for, and organize the environment, including opening the classroom and making it ready for parents and children
The Lead Teacher will keep up with day to day tasks such as monitoring small groups and/or free choice play time and keep daily records of attendance, maintain up to date portfolios on all children throughout the year as a means of assessment of learning
The Lead Teacher is expected to exhibit a service mentality towards all customers. All communication with customers is expected to be effective, professional, accurate and timely. This includes maintaining appropriate contact with and support of parents/families including newsletter, conferences, parent meetings, Curriculum Night and Thanksgiving service
The Lead Teacher will also be responsible for following standards set by DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services ), NLSA (National Lutheran School Association) and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), following guidelines as employee of Concordia University as listed in Staff Handbook, and to promote Center's Mission/Vision statement..
Necessary skills include strong administrative skills, superior communication skills, computer literacy, excellent written and oral skills, attention to detail, and the ability to supervise and work with others. It is also necessary that the Lead teacher is an enthusiastic supporter of Lutheran education and Concordia University Chicago and has knowledge of the University's mission and vision, the College of Education goals and how the Center supports the academic programs.
Minimum Experience Required:
Bachelor's Degree in related field required
Compensation and Benefits:
Starting range is dependent upon individual qualifications and experience. Concordia health, disability and retirement plan enrollment is available to full-time employees and their eligible dependents. Tuition benefits may also be available for employees and their qualified dependents.
Interested individuals should include a cover letter, resume and references with their online application.
Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.
Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.
About Concordia University Chicago:
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, and College of Innovative and Professional Programs, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and in 2013 was named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth time. For the sixth consecutive year, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded more than 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at CUChicago.edu.
Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.