Residential Instructor
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 12/1/2019

Job Description

Residential Instructor  

Summary:   This position develops and implements curricula and provides classroom instruction in accord with program guidelines and contractual obligations. While engaging in academic, recreational and physical education activities, the Residential Instructor monitors and supervises program participants and ensures a safe and secure environment both on site and during off-site activities.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

1st Shift: 8am-430pm Mon-Fri.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements lesson plans and curricula in accord with program guidelines and ensures appropriate documentation and record-keeping.
  • Provides culturally competent classroom instruction to students in grades K-12 in various subject areas, including but not limited to ESL, math, science and health.
  • Engages in physical education activities and instruction, including but not limited to swimming, basketball and soccer.
  • Monitors and supervises program participants individually and in groups.
  • Ensures a safe and secure environment for program participants and staff on-site and during off-site activities.
  • Helps program participant to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self, personal problems, and program participant's part in creating them.
  • Provides transportation of program participants, as assigned.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Household maintenance duties such as meals, laundry and hygiene instruction may occasionally be assigned.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience:  Bachelors Degree and two years teaching experience or related teaching experience, such as tutoring, mentoring, coaching, classroom facilitation, etc .
  • Other Qualifications:  A valid driver’s license required.  Must successfully pass a background check.
  • Preferred Qualifications :  Experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) preferred.  Expertise in a particular subject area may be required.
  • Language Skills:   Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Fluency in a second language may be required.
  • Mathematical Skills:  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Reasoning Ability:   Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical Demands:   The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee is regularly required to talk, hear and see.
  • The employee is regularly required to stand up to 95% of the day.
  • The employee is regularly required to assume postures in low level positions that best allow physical and visual contact with children.
  • The employee is regularly required to sustain a high level of energy.
  • The employee is regularly required to bend to perform various tasks numerous times throughout the day.
  • The employee is regularly required to stoop or sit on the floor.
  • The employee is regularly required to have the agility to move from a seated position to a standing position promptly to respond to emergency situations.
  • The employee is regularly required to perform all activities with children, i.e. jump, dance, walk, run, etc. for extended periods of time.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds .

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is primarily performed in a YRS residential facility but may also be performed at community sites for field trips or at other locations as needed.
  • Depending upon activities and season, may be required to be outdoors for regular, prolonged activities. 
  • Work hours may vary to meet the needs of the program.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 12/1/2019

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