Assistant Teacher

Company Name: 
Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago
1365 East 60th Street
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University of Chicago Job Opportunties
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(773) 7026125
Assist the classroom teacher with all aspects of the academic program. Interact on a daily basis with students, teachers, adjunct faculty, and residential staff and is an integral part of the classroom organization and structure. Essential Functions: 20% Assist elementary classroom teacher with the instruction of students in core content areas. 15% Communicate effectively with students, staff, and parents. 15% Work with classroom teacher to establish and maintain safe and efficient classroom routines. 10% Attend and participate in staff meetings, individual plan meetings, or clinically based meetings on an ongoing basis. 10% Design, prepare, and implement lessons in coordination with the classroom teacher. 10% Document student progress. 10% Assist the teacher by completing tasks outside of the classroom such as xeroxing and filing. 5% Collaborate with educational staff to develop innovative and thoughtful curriculum that meets the needs of the students currently enrolled. 5% Complete any other duties as assigned Mental Demands: Capacity to solve problems, and exhibit patience throughout the day. Capacity to multi-task in order to meet the needs of more than one student, if necessary. Strong interest in academics across the curriculum. Understanding of the rules of confidentiality. Physical Demands: Must be able to lift minimum of twenty pounds. Light moving is required from time to time. Must be able to supervise children of various ages. Must be able to participate, as necessary, in physical education activities.
Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, Education, or a related field required; High School Mathematic Certificate preferred or Type 39 with class work towards certification. Three years of classroom experience within a Special Education setting preferred; ability to relate to special needs students in a constructive and therapeutic manner required; excellent oral and written communication skills required; capacity to cooperate effectively with school team required. Applicants should possess a strong commitment to strength perspective, empowering families and a willingness to work in a high demanding work situation that requires flexibility and innovativeness; applicants must possess cultural competency.
Application Instructions: 
The Orthogenic School is affiliated with the University of Chicago. The University is an EOE employer. All applicants must apply through the University website at The requisition number for the Assistant Teacher position is 091963. Our website is