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Education Coordinator

at Metropolitan Family Services

Posted: 3/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 6cf57ac1-c264-45fc-912d-a7346f66a976

Job Description

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 72,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.

We are now hiring for a full-time Education Coordinator to join our DuPage Team!

Essential Job Functions:

  • Utilize Teaching Strategies GOLD and ChildPlus databases to ensure curriculum and assessment tools are being utilized to fidelity.

  • Ensure best practices are implemented on a continuous basis in all early childhood settings.

  • Provides coaching and strategies which allow teachers to better support dual language learners and children with special needs. 

  • Obtains and maintain CLASS certified assessor status.

  • Monitors quality of collected observational data, assessment strategies, and lesson plans.

  • Provides opportunities for 0-5 early childhood education staff to be observed and receives feedback and models of effective teacher practices.

  • Support a positive emotional environment in the classroom by modeling and monitoring respectful language and developmentally appropriate practice.

  • Assist in identification and development of annual school readiness goals aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Illinois State Early Learning Standards.

  • Assist teaching staff in attaining well organized learning environments with developmentally appropriate schedules, lesson plans, and classroom arrangement.

  • Assist in the development of supporting relationships among teacher, child, and family within the context of culture and community.

  • Plan and facilitate training and technical assistance in the form of individual coaching sessions, site team meetings, and whole program professional development opportunities.

  • Manage and support the day to day implementation of Preschool for All requirements.

  • Assures all screening and assessment of all children within the required time-frame.

  • Assure the implementation of changes and program improvements in child development activities indicated as a result of the analysis of child outcomes information.

  • Ensure the full range of health services are provided to all enrolled children.

  • Coordinates and maintains records of referrals for social services, child abuse, health and mental health services, and Individual Educational Plans with school districts.
  • Prepares and presents reports, records, and statistical data regarding school activities, attendance and program compliance.
  • Provides leadership in the development and implementation of curriculum.
  • Manages staffing ratios and student enrollment.
  • Coordinates parent/staff health, safety and nutrition education programs.
  • Assists in the preparation and implementation of, and training in, site disaster preparedness plans and drills.
  • Develops community involvement programs.
  • Integrate Program Operations activities with those of the Program Planning and Support and other units to assure efficient and effective service delivery to Head Start families.
  • Selects, trains, assigns work to, monitors, and evaluates support staff to assure the implementation of comprehensive services of the highest quality
  • Prepares, administers and monitors all fiscal compliance elements of program; prepares and administers program budgets assuring that field staff and parents have input into program direction.
  • In collaboration participate in the design and implementation of the annual program self-assessment; working closely with all other program units, assures the involvement of parents in all aspects of the Preschool for All program.
  • Utilizes contacts with high-level individuals inside and outside the Office such as representatives from local and state government agencies, the Office, school districts, social service agencies, and the court system; and contacts require planning, promoting, strategy development, decision-making, and problem-solving.
  • Determines program content, and meets licensing requirements.
  • Directly supervises professional, specialist, and other support staff.


  • Master's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field accredited college or university.
  • OR advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children.
  • Type 04 teaching certification.
  • ESL Endorsement
  • Special Education Endorsement
  • Four years of job-related experience with demonstrated competence.
  • Advanced skill in communicating in critical situations, verbally and in writing with business, education and community leaders.
  • Advanced skill in financial and other statistical analysis.
  • Advanced skill in program building, operations, funding and maintenance.
  • Advanced skill in managing personnel through subordinate professional, management, or supervisory staff
  • Advanced skill in adapting style in divergent situations with groups on a frequent basis.
  • Has the capacity to offer assistance to other teachers in the implementation and adaptation of curricula to the group and individual needs of children in a Head Start classroom.

Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals: 

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions
  • Dental and Vision Insurance Options
  • 11 paid Holidays  
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 401K Plan
  • Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
  • Wellness Initiative Program
  • Employee Assistance Network