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Out-of-School Time (OST) School-Age Mentor and Pre-K Assistant Teacher

The OST School-Age Mentor/Pre-K Assistant teacher ensures high quality programming for preschool students in the morning and for school age students (K-6 th grade) in the afterschool and then works full time with school age students in the summer. Staff maintains a physically and emotionally enriching environment with clear and consistent limits and expectations. Staff plans and facilitates project-based activities, helps build social-emotional skills and communicates with families.

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OST Mentor position (Afternoons and Summers)

  1. Plan and Facilitate engaging activities based on Active learning principles following the SAFE framework (Sequenced, Active, Focused and Explicit) and tailored to the individual needs of youth
  2. Assist with homework, identifying any strengths and challenging areas and communicating those with parents and teachers
  3. Collaborate with fellow mentors to plan and execute events and outings
  4. Maintain program records for your class, including, but not limited to, classroom attendance, meal counts, child assessments, accident reports, referrals for social services, and anecdotal notes related to health, peer relationships, individualized goals etc.
  5. Maintain safety and create a welcoming environment for all youth and families using group established norms and expectations.
  6. Communicate successes and incidents with parents and set goals around academic and behaviors
  7. Maintain systems to recognize positive behaviors and build social emotional skills in all youth
  8. Create and follow up with action plans with parents and youth to correct any negative, unsafe, or disruptive behaviors
  9. Conduct reflective supervision with assistant mentors
  10. Ensure high-quality programming based on the Youth Program Quality Assessment measures
  11. Ensure all behavior and goal setting discussions between staff/volunteers and youth/families is strengths based, youth centric and solution focused
  12. Ensure all supplies, classroom, common use areas and playground are maintained and left better than the way they were found
  13. Maintain overall professional personal appearance adhering to the guidelines of CRCL
  14. Participate in staff meetings, training sessions, conferences, workshops, and other professional
    development activities
  15. Demonstrate respect, understanding, and patience to all youth and adults from all cultural backgrounds, with an appreciation for their interests, creativity, capabilities, beauty, and means of expression.
  16. Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict, and make effective decisions under pressure.
  17. Ability to formulate lesson plans, prepare written materials, and articulate lesson plans.
  18. Comply and adhere to all compliance and licensure standards, including local, state and national regulatory entities
  19. Ability to frequently sit, stand, or bend, for prolonged periods.
  20. Physical agility to attend to the activity levels of youth.
  21. Perform other duties as assigned

Assistant teacher Pre-K role (Mornings)

  1. In collaboration with the Managing Associate Teacher, guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities and field trips
  2. Perform the functions of this position with a strong understanding of the Head Start Performance Standards and the component plans; and thorough knowledge and application of Developmentally Appropriate Practices;
  3. Assist in maintaining a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child’s work, and a developmental assessment.
  4. Collaborate with family support staff to exchange information pertinent to the identification and services of children with disabilities.
  5. Guide children’s acquisition of social skills and the ability to meet widely held expectations across all developmental domains.
  6. Assist in implementing children’s I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) or I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood.

The applicant for the position of Afterschool Lead Mentor must possess one of the following:

  • Associate’s degree in early childhood education, recreation, or child development and a Level 2-3 ECE and IT credential; OR
  • Child Development Associate credential (CDA) and a level 1 ECE credential; and
  • Minimum one year of experience plus thirty semester hours from an accredited college or university with six semesters related to school-age child care, child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation, camping or other related fields; OR
  • Minimum two years of experience in a recreational program or licensed day care center serving school-age children and six semester hours from an accredited college or university related to school-age child care, child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation, camping or other related fields

Carole Robertson Center for Learning is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. Carole Robertson Center for Learning evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally protected characteristics.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should
call (312) 243-7300 ext. 226 with their request.

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Since 1976, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has been dedicated to educating, enriching, and empowering children and families through comprehensive child and family development programs.