Assistant Teacher - Primary School

May 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life, of thought and exploration, infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey, one of the great minds in education, established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees, people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission. It is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment. Interested candidates should apply via our website at: AA/EOE Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or by email with their request.

Unit Job Summary: Assistant Teacher, Primary School, works as a member of a team with the classroom's Head Teacher to meet the responsibilities of daily classroom supervision and programming. Generally a Head Teacher collaborates with the Assistant Teacher to teach and manage the elementary class. The Assistant Teacher attends at least one meeting a week with the Head Teacher and is expected to take part in events that may occur outside of school hours. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required 178 days as stipulated in that agreement. Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2017.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Elementary education degree preferred.

Unit Experience: Experience working with elementary age children preferred. Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Problem solving and reasoning skills required. Strong oral and written communication skills required. Ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks required. Ability to be patient and understanding in interactions with children, parents, and colleagues required. Ability to walk around building during the school day and climb stairs to escort children to special classes and out of the building in the event of an emergency required. Knowledge of elementary curriculum, and child development preferred. Physical Effort: Ability to bend, crouch, or stoop Ability to carry or lifts loads of up to 25 lbs. Ability to sit for up to 2 hours Ability to use computers extensively for up to 2 hours Ability to climb stairs up to 2 stories Ability to push/pull objects of up to 25 lbs. Ability to stand for 4 hours or more Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment

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