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YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Master Teacher in Chicago, Illinois

Be a part of our mission

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. We rely on the expertise, passion, commitment and energy of our Teachers and other team members to help us achieve our mission one child, one family, and one team member at a time.

Our early learning programs create a child-centered environment that promotes learning, character development, healthy living and positive, nurturing relationships. With a commitment to meeting accreditation standards and extensive training and development in research-based practices, you’ll also learn and grow and positively impact our children, families and communities.

Job Summary:

The Master Teacher provides effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning, assessment, evaluation and related research for children ages 3-5, in a positive, inclusive, and supportive classroom climate. Responsibilities include planning, curriculum implementation and learning experiences that provide essential opportunities to develop social/emotional abilities and interactions, practice problem solving and academic skills; and advance the intellectual and physical development readiness of children for school. The Master Teacher maintains a safe and healthy environment and ensures that the individual needs of the children are met, in with accordance performance and outcome standards, as prescribed by agency funding partners, federal, state and local standards and organizational goals and values.

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate and promote high-quality teaching and learning in the classroom that fosters academic readiness.

  • Build a safe, orderly and inclusive classroom environment in which children are encouraged to participate as individuals as well as members of the classroom community.

  • Exhibit enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with children, parents, co-workers, administrators and community.

  • Introduce and follow a consistent daily schedule which includes a balance of teacher and child-directed activities, choice time, small and large group, content learning, physical and outdoor activities, effective transitions, meals and rest period.

  • Emphasize aspects of math, literacy and cultural diversity in all aspects of the program.

  • Demonstrate competency and respect for families’ social-cultural background by incorporating the cultural, linguistic family values and beliefs into the classroom and lesson plans.

  • Incorporate rigorous academic instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) that will support children’s academic, intellectual and linguistic development.

  • Promote and reinforce family engagement in all aspects of the program and awareness through a variety of methods and ensure parents receive adequate information about their child’s experiences through regular contacts; and scheduled home visits and parent/teacher conferences.

  • Utilize fidelity measures to support implementation of English Language Learner programs, and to inform linguistic and culturally responsive practices.

  • Develop a professional rapport and work cooperatively with adults assigned to the classroom, establishing clear expectations for roles and responsibilities; and to share and exchange information/ideas.

  • Participate and support agency/center efforts toward recruitment, enrollment, attendance and retention of eligible families.

  • Provides functional training and guidance to staff, interns, substitutes and volunteers assigned to the classroom.

  • Maintain regular job attendance, professionalism in attire and demeanor, observe and respect issues of confidentiality, ethics, and best practices.

  • Accept and perform other duties or responsibilities assigned.

  • Participate in ongoing development and evaluation of center’s goals and objectives.

  • Discreetly handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality at all times.

  • Support the YMCA’s mission and center operations as needed.

Lesson Planning and Classroom Management

  • Maintain awareness and supervision of the needs of the entire classroom and ensures the health and physical safety of children, at all times

  • Maintain awareness and supervision of the needs of the

  • Lead responsibility to plan and implement appropriate daily lesson plans, based upon the approved curriculum, that promotes cultural sensitivity and the cognitive, language, social/emotional and physical development of children.

  • Create daily opportunities that introduce math and literacy concepts using a variety of approaches.

  • Prepare classroom environment and materials to support curriculum and learning experiences.

  • Individualize and adjust activities, instructional methods and environment to meet the children’s varying strengths, needs, interests and abilities.

  • Guide and facilitate lesson plans which reflect mandated elements that integrate health, nutrition, mental health, and parents involvement.

  • Implement studies/projects for an in-depth investigation of a topic over time; and arrange for special guests and field trips to enhance children’s learning experiences.

  • Convene team planning/meeting to plan, discuss strategies, review children’s data, meetings and provide guidance and support to classroom team in implementing the curriculum with fidelity.

  • Provide opportunities for parent participation in classroom activities and parent/child activities at home.

  • Complete quarterly inventory of classroom to identify and prioritize equipment and supplies needed; and coordinate with site director in making purchases.

  • Organize and label materials, arrange and change furnishings to maintain and encourage new learning; and appropriately display children’s work and their families.

Evaluations, Assessments, and Reports

  • Administer and accurately document ongoing development using the identified screening and assessment tools, at established intervals; and provide guidance and assistance to parents with completion of parents questionnaires.

  • Observe children daily to determine and support social/emotional, cognitive, perceptual, physical, language, mathematics and scientific reasoning skills, interests and needs; and use this information to inform planning and facilitate learning.

  • Complete observation and quarterly assessment of children, according the the methods of Teaching Strategies GOLD.

  • Enter data for children into the appropriate information systems, according to set guidelines and timeframes.

  • Attend internal staffing with FSW and participate in any additional staffing on children suspected or identified with special needs; and assist with the completion of referrals for further evaluation.

  • Maintain an ongoing comprehensive portfolio for each child, including works samples and quarterly developmental assessment.

  • Input classroom data weekly into appropriate information systems.

  • Perform recordkeeping responsibilities for children and the classroom function.

  • Generate and complete reports, using them to inform planning and information sharing with others.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and PEL certification or signed contingency to obtain within 2 years of employment. Bilingual or ESL Endorsement may be desired based on program needs.

  • 1-3 years of experience in preschool/pre-kindergarten required and knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design and teaching and instruction.

  • Effective organizational, planning and group management skills with children.

  • Commitment to, and a passion for, the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s mission

  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to tailor communication to different audiences.

  • Ability to to build rapport and respect the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the population served.

  • Continuous learner who leverages opportunities for learning and applies new knowledge and skills.

  • Travel in Chicago area communities for Family Home Visits and training.

  • Maintain accurate and complete records and documentation as needed.

  • Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, email and the ability to learn and adapt to new technology.

  • Must pass DCFS background check and maintain clearance throughout employment

  • Demonstrates evidence of YMCA Leader competencies in previous experience or practice.

  • Willing and able to work flexible hours to accommodate program needs

  • Occasional travel in the Chicagoland area may be required for training

  • Meet required physical qualifications and annual requirements, as outlined in job description. The YMCA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Child Abuse Prevention

Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor

  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children

  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor

  • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

Commit to Inclusion

Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations. Appropriate training and development will be provided to YMCA team members based on your role and responsibilities.

Street: 3449 West Arthington Street

Days and/or Times Needed: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

ID: 2020-13263

Full-time/Part-time: Full-time