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Associate Teacher

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Joliet, Bolingbrook


1st and 2nd Shift


Full Time



Job Description:

Do you want to use your skills and talents to make a lasting difference in the world? At Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet we are mission-driven, focused on positive results for people and believe that people should be treated with dignity and respect. If you feel the same way we encourage you to join us in making a difference!

Catholic Charities’ Head Start program is NAEYC Accredited as well as a Gold Circle Quality and a US Model Head Start Program.

If you desire a better work/life balance and can work in a fast paced environment with excellent growth potential, we would like to hear from you.


1. Under the supervision of the Site Supervisor and the assigned Teacher, the Associate Teacher is responsible for adhering to the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Performance Standards related to Early Childhood Services in conjunction with State Licensing Standards.
2. The Associate Teacher is responsible for day to day operations of the classroom in the absence of a Bachelor degreed teacher.
3. It is the expectation that programmatic recruitment takes place throughout the community as specified and designated.
4. Other duties as assigned within the guidelines of this position.


1. Demonstrate a caring and nurturing attitude towards children.
2. Ensures a safe and healthy environment that follows the Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards.
3. With the teacher, implement the elements the program’s researched-based curriculum by providing fun learning experiences that encourages decision-making, cultural awareness, and exploration. Children are provided with choices of learning center activities, large and small groups, and individualized activities.
4. In collaboration with the classroom teacher, make adjustments to the indoor and outdoor classroom space to reflect the individual needs and goals of children.
5. Provides an individual labeled space for each child.
6. With the teacher, ensures that the children are actively supervised at all times.
7. Eats with children and provides appropriate social discussions and self-help skills during mealtime.
8. Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including daily/weekly observations in each developmental area, examples of the child's work, and a developmental assessment that is completed on an ongoing basis throughout the program year.
9. Enter data into the online data base system weekly.
10. In collaboration with the classroom teacher, develop individualized goals for children based on assessment results, program School Readiness Goals, State Standards, the Head Strat Early Learning Outcomes Framework B-5, child’s Individualized Family Service Plan/Individualized Education Plan, and in collaboration with parents.

Job Requirements:

1. Associate’s Degree is required for this position, minimum of 36 hours of college credits in Early Childhood Education or related field if the degree is in an unrelated field is required. All degrees must come from a regionally accredited educational institution which has U.S. Department of Education approval.
2. A minimum of 1-3 years of experience working with young children and families in a childcare setting is required.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to English language acquisition.
4. Obtain and maintain a minimum, Illinois Gateway ECE Credential Level 3 within 2 years of employment.
5. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
6. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Teams.
7. Demonstrate the skill and competence to meet personnel qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers.
8. At least 19 years of age.
9. Passage of complete background clearance, physical and Tuberculosis (TB) Test.
10. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, has adopted and follows the Codes of Ethics established by Catholic Charities USA, the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. As an employee of the Agency you are expected to support these codes to the extent doing so is consistent with and allowed by applicable law.
11. A valid driver’s license, reliable means of transportation and proof of liability insurance is required.



Work/Life Balance Time-off: 12 Holidays - 15 Days’ Vacation -3 Personal Days-9 Sick Days
Medical/Dental/Vision Health Insurances
Flexible Spending Account
Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance
403B Retirement Plan with employer contributions
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Short-term Disability Insurance

Company Information

Catholic Charities is a faith based organization providing service to people in need and calling others of good will to do the same.

We assist people in DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, Will, Ford and Iroquois Counties by providing community services, counseling, senior programs, and early childhood services (including Head Start).

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, translates God's reconciling love into professional human services, advocates for a just and compassionate society and brings together members of the community, church, business, health care and government to develop effective responses to human needs.

We commit to define these needs, seek solutions, and call forth other resources so that those we serve are empowered to achieve for themselves satisfying and productive lives.

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