St. Paul’s Early Learning Center is seeking the next generation of Classroom Teachers and also an Assistant Director to help lead our ELC Team!

Your brighter future begins here at St. Paul’s Early Learning Center! We are seeking individuals invested in kids and families with a passion for early childhood education. We are looking for our next Assistant Director and for Classroom Teachers who will join our ELC family here in Decatur, Illinois.

Are you a leader who has a love for God’s children? Are you DCFS Director certified with experience in leading a team or co-leading a Center? We’d love for you to consider answering the call to serve in ministry as our next Assistant Director of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center! We invite you to apply by visiting our posting on Indeed.com – APPLY HERE.

Click here to print a copy of the Position Description for Assistant Director.

Check out all of the details of the position listed below with more available at INDEED.COM. This is a full-time, paid position.

You are encouraged to apply by submitting your cover letter, resume, and references via INDEED.COM by JULY 8TH.

St. Paul’s Early Learning Center (ELC) is a ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (SPL). It shares the 47-acre SPL campus in Decatur, Illinois and is located inside the SPL facility at 1 Bachrach Court. The ELC historically houses day time early learning and care classrooms, preschool, and school age programs year round, serving children ages 6 weeks-12 years old. Connect with the ELC online at ELCDECATUR.ORG or on Facebook at FACEBOOK.COM/ELCDECATUR

Questions? Contact Jamie Stanzione, Director at 217-424-9183 or Bill Grueninger, Associate Pastor at 217-423-6955 or via direct message at Indeed.com.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EARLY LEARNING CENTER

Position Overview
Under the guidance and direction of the Director of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center (ELC), the Assistant Director has responsibility for shaping the care, preschool, and school-age programs of the ELC in partnership with the Director, while providing leadership and accountability to the staff of the ELC, maintaining a quality center with a strong Christian atmosphere. This person will serve and support this ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and partner with other staff, in compliance with DCFS (Department of Child and Family Services) requirements and in concert with the values, mission, and vision of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Early Learning Center.

Accountability
The Assistant Director reports to the Director of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, with responsibility to the Associate Pastor Youth & Family Ministry, fellow team members, families, and the ELC Board.

Qualifications
The Assistant Director will:
• Meet the expectations and requirements pertaining to the position as outlined by DCFS in the Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers Handbook and additional requirements such as:
o DCFS Director qualified
o Complete and pass the required Background Check
o A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Child Development, or Early Childhood Education (preferred)
o Five years of experience in working with children
• Serve as a Spiritual role model to children, families, and staff
• Demonstrate punctuality, reliability, dependability, and flexibility
• Demonstrate leadership, time management, team management, planning, and organizational skills
• Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and a willingness to share his or her faith with adults and children
• An active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or another Christian church.

Responsibilities
In accord with the values of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, the Assistant Director will:
• Maintain all expectations and requirements pertaining to the position and the Center as outlined by DCFS in the Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers Handbook.
• Provide a strong Christian atmosphere for employees and enrolled families; support the staff in developing and maintaining positive relationships and respectful communication with parents/guardians.
• Practice confidentiality as related to ELC families and staff, student needs, and ELC business.
• Provide a clear and adequate schedule of staff
• Maintain records of employees and enrolled children
• Maintain enrollment
• Supervise, aid, and support employees by providing necessary resources, in-service training opportunities, regular staff meetings, staff observations and evaluations, and other needed resources.
• Enforce and keep updated all policies and procedures of the Center for employees and families enrolled
• Write for available grants to improve the quality of the center.
• Oversee the food program
• Maintain a healthy and safe environment
• Maintain the St. Paul’s Early Learning Center budget
• Promote and advocate for the Center to the congregation and the public in partnership with the Director of Communications and the Internal Communications Coordinator

CLASSROOM TEACHER

Are you an educator who has a love for God’s children? Are you passionate about investing in kids and families? We’d love for you to consider answering the call to serve in ministry as a Classroom Teacher at St. Paul’s Early Learning Center!

You are encouraged to APPLY TODAY by submitting your cover letter, resume, and references to St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, Attention: Jamie Stanzione at 1 Bachrach Ct., Decatur, Illinois 62526 or via email at jamie@spldecatur.org

CLICK HERE to print a copy of the POSITION DESCRIPTION for CLASSROOM TEACHER

POSITION DESCRIPTION – CLASSROOM TEACHER

Position Overview
Under the guidance of the Director and administrative staff, the Classroom Teacher will have primary responsibility for providing leadership and accountability in the assigned classroom environment, educating and ministering to children and their families at St. Paul’s Early Learning Center (ELC). This person will serve and support this ministry and partner with other staff, in compliance with DCFS (Department of Child and Family Services) requirements and in concert with the purpose, core values, and vision of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Early Learning Center.

Accountability
The Classroom Teacher reports to the Director and Assistant Director of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, with responsibility to fellow team members, families, and ELC leadership.

Qualifications
The Classroom Teacher will:
• Meet the expectations and requirements pertaining to the position as outlined by DCFS in the Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers Handbook (section 407) such as:
o Complete and pass the required Background Check
o Be at least 19 years of age
o Have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED)
o Complete sixty (60) semester hours of credits from an accredited college or university with six (6) semester hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six OR one (1) year (1560 clock hours) of child development experience in a nursery school, kindergarten, or licensed day care center and thirty (30) semester hours of credits from an accredited college or university with six (6) semester hours in courses related directly to child care and/or child development, from birth to age six
• Exhibit good physical and emotional health and maturity
• Demonstrate the skill and competence necessary to contribute to each child’s physical, intellectual, personal, emotional, and social development.
• Demonstrate punctuality, reliability, dependability, and flexibility
• Demonstrate leadership, time management, classroom management, planning, and organizational skills
• Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and a willingness to share his or her faith with children

Responsibilities
In accord with the values of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, the Classroom Teacher will:
• Maintain all expectations and requirements pertaining to the position as outlined by DCFS in the Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers Handbook (section 407).
• Prepare and implement weekly lesson plans which are beneficial and educational for the children in accordance with age appropriate curriculum and developmental level (including large and small group activities, indoor and outdoor play activities, etc.); encourage an engaging and caring learning environment through singing, storytelling, finger plays, games, etc.
• Prepare and implement a daily (developmentally appropriate) “Jesus Time” lesson/activity in which the children are learning about and connecting with Jesus
• Develop and maintain positive relationships and respectful communication with parents; practice confidentiality as related to ELC families and staff
• Cultivate a healthy and safe classroom environment; maintain a clean and equipped classroom (with assistance from Administrative Staff as needed); implement appropriate redirection and classroom discipline as necessary (in accordance with the discipline guidelines included in the ELC Employee Handbook)
• Complete daily records including time card and attendance, food, and progress reports, etc.
• Participate in monthly staff meetings; complete 15 hours of related training as designated
• Support all policies and procedures as outlined in the ELC Employee Handbook
• Perform other duties as necessary; support the team and remain flexible with day to day demands

St. Paul’s Early Learning Center (ELC) is a ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (SPL). It shares the 47-acre SPL campus in Decatur, Illinois and is located inside the SPL facility at 1 Bachrach Court. The ELC historically houses day time early learning and care classrooms, preschool, and school age programs year round, serving children 6 weeks-12 years old. Connect with the ELC online at ELCDECATUR.ORG or on Facebook at FACEBOOK.COM/ELCDECATUR

Questions? Contact Jamie Stanzione, Director at jamie@spldecatur.org or by calling 217-424-9183.