Currently we have the following open position:

Office Assistant/Building Substitute

3-5 year old Pre-School Teacher

Please see the following job descriptions.  If you are interested in a position at Pilgrim Community Nursery School please send your current resume to

Pilgrim Community Nursery School Office Assistant/Building Substitute Job Description*


Helps the Director operate and manage all aspects of the school, including business management, education and continual learning and development, campus environment, and marketing and communications

Actively develops and maintains positive staff relationships and parent partnerships and manages all resources effectively

Establishes and maintains respectful working relationships

Observes all rules and regulations pertaining to the health, safety, and care of children

Maintains a professional personal appearance, attitude, and work behavior at all times

Performs other duties as assigned


Must meet all requirements stipulated by DCFS for this position:
               Minimum Age of 18
               Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with                    other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing;
               Bachelor’s degree or
               60 semester hours of college level coursework with 6 credits of early childhood education or
               CDA or Associate’s degree in Early Childhood education or related field

Classroom teaching experience in an accredited early childhood facility a plus

Some administrative or office experience a plus

Pleasant/friendly demeanor and an outgoing personality

Excellent communication, customer service, and problem solving skills, including the ability to maintain composure under stress

Strong organization skills, able to multi-task, and can manage time to meet frequently changing deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Highly professional and dependable

Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and the internet

Starting salary $15.00 per hour Monday through Thursday 8:30 -12:30. Will be used as a classroom substitute on days when needed.

Pilgrim Community Nursery School Teacher 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

 Job Requirements:

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.

Educational/Professional Qualifications:

Must meet DCFS qualifications and be willing to work on an individualized professional development plan toward NAEYC qualifications.