Currently we have the following open positions:
2 year old infant /toddler teacher
3-5 year old Pre-School Teacher
Please see the following job description. If you are interested in a position at Pilgrim Community Nursery School please send your current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilgrim Community Nursery School Job Description*
Job Description: TEACHER
*This job description supersedes any pre-existing job description for this position as of May 2015.
MISSION: Pilgrim Community Nursery School is a private, non-profit nursery school serving Oak Park, Illinois and surrounding communities. We welcome children of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, and economic situations and seek a student body that represents the rich diversity of the greater Oak Park area.
Our primary focus is a professionally prepared play based environment that facilitates the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of each child. We strive to encourage each child's uniqueness as well as his/her responsibility to get along with others.
RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following:
(The Director and the Board of Directors of Pilgrim Community Nursery School reserve the right to add, delete, change or modify responsibilities at any time.)
1. Encourage the Social and Emotional Development of Students through Positive Guidance
Plan and implement hands-on activities that develop positive self-esteem, social skills, and culturally diverse experiences
Encourage children to be independent, to cooperate and to problem solve
Provide a wide variety of creative and expressive activities while continuing established routines with smooth transition periods
Communicate with children at their developmental level
2. Advance the Physical and Intellectual Competence of the Children
Provide a balance between child-initiated and adult-initiated programs including both quiet and active learning activities
Use equipment and materials for indoor and outdoor play that promote children’s physical development
Involve children in planning and implementing learning activities while providing an integrated curriculum that meets the needs of individual children
Plan and implement experiences that promote language and literacy development as well as numerical concepts
3. Establish a Positive and Productive Relationship with Families
Relate assessment/screening information to parents and offer support for dealing with children at different developmental stages
Promote communications with parents through a variety of media, including but not limited to: home visits, monthly curriculum calendar, weekly electronic newsletters/blog/shutterfly, fall and spring conferences and daily contact
Encourage and provide parents and families a variety of opportunities to participate within the program
Assist in ensuring a well-run, purposeful program responsive to families and children
4. Establish and Maintain a Safe and Healthy Environment
Design appropriate room arrangement to support the goals of the classroom; maintain a safe and orderly learning environment
Post necessary information to ensure the safety and well-being of the children
Plan and provide a nutritious snack to encourage healthy eating habits
5. Maintain a Commitment to Professionalism
Promote Pilgrim’s mission, philosophy and educational objectives in conjunction with the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Illinois Early Learning Standards
Participate in on-going staff development programs to improve professional skills, including but not limited to: presentations, staff meetings, workshops, college courses and a minimum of 20 hours annual in-service training( 5 hours must be registry approved/verified)
Participate in work-related activities within the community
Have knowledge of local, county, state, and federal regulations as they pertain to teaching position
Be committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and anti-bias philosophy
Maintain membership in the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry by renewing annually and self-reporting training hours and acquiring at least 20 hours annually with 5 hours being Directory approved/verified.
Apply for and maintain Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credentials- ECE and/or Infant Toddler and /or Illinois Director Credential
Employees shall have the skill and competence necessary to contribute to each child’s physical, intellectual, personal, emotional and social development.
Employees shall demonstrate emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with aims of Pilgrim Community Nursery School, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, and professional appearance and hygiene.
Must meet DCFS qualifications and be willing to work on an individualized professional development plan toward NAEYC qualifications.