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JCC Chicago’s dedicated Assistant and Lead Teachers are critical members of a team of educators, social workers and specialists who support the whole child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

We are committed to excellence, providing strong professional development opportunities and nature-inspired classrooms that allow our staff to be their most creative selves! With our ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest DCFS standards, we are looking for those who are enthusiastic about guiding each child to reach their full potential.

Job Summary:

As a Reggio Emilia inspired Early Childhood program, we support the individual needs and abilities of each of our students through an emergent, play based curriculum.

We are looking for a Lead Teacher at Am Shalom JCC for the 2022/2023 school year, who is interested in growing with us!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be responsible for the safety and welfare of the children, supervising all children by sight and sound.
  • Work with your teaching team to implement a program that includes elements of the JCC’s integrated secular and Jewish curriculum.
  • Provide and maintain an atmosphere which is conducive to emotional and cognitive growth.
  • Establish and maintain good communications and a strong sense of community with directors, staff and parents.
  • Make families feel welcome by greeting them personally by name and be able to share specific information regarding their child.
  • Foster a collaborative, team-focused atmosphere, both in the classroom, your site and the agency.
  • Actively participate in staff meetings, trainings and on-going development opportunities.
  • Work with your team to maintain NAEYC, DCFS and Illinois state standards.

Essential Job Duties (Physical Requirements):

  • Must be able to lift and move with children (up to 40lbs.)
  • Must demonstrate physical stamina and agility including the ability to be mobile for long periods throughout the day.
  • Demonstrated ability to move from sitting (on chair or floor) to standing position easily and quickly;
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time and be able to run and be actively engaged physically with children.
  • Must be able to respond to emergency situations, moving from sitting to standing, carrying children up to 40lbs and running quickly and effectively.
  • Must be able to supervise children by sight and sound.


Education Qualifications for Lead Teachers:

  • Associates or Bachelors degree or higher in Early Childhood, Child Development, Elementary Education or Early Childhood Special Education.


  • The equivalency of an Associates degree in Early Childhood, defined by NAEYC as at least 60 college/university credits with at least 30 college credits in Early Childhood, Child Development, Elementary Education or Early Childhood Special Education.


  • A Bachelors degree in any discipline with at least 36 college/university credits in Early Childhood, Child Development, Elementary Education or Early Childhood Special Education.

Other Requirements:

  • A love for children and a passion for helping them reach their full potential.
  • Ability to build relationships with families and coworkers and create a dynamic environment where children’s curiosity is encouraged and celebrated.


$15 to $20 per hour

Benefits: (benefits vary based on number of hours worked per week)

  • Paid vacation and sick days
  • Free or discounted JCC programs
  • Free fitness membership
  • Free community engagement programs

Additional Notes

Discounted Early Childhood Programs and Apachi Day Camp Sessions

How to Apply

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