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Substitute Teacher

JCFS Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

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Our Special Education Substitute Teachers play a critical role in this process by prioritizing each students' development and growth through strong, supportive relationships and highly individualized academic and social emotional activities each day.

The Substitute Teacher works with individuals and small groups of children (K - 22) with emotional and behavior disorders in a therapeutic special education classroom in the absence of the regular teacher.  The students attending our therapeutic school setting are referred from their home districts to our school to receive an individualized and intensive educational program in our supportive and therapeutic environment.  

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Substitute Teaching (Short-Term Absences)

  • Executes lesson plans in the primary Teacher’s absence.
  • Effectively manages the classroom to maintain a positive learning environment.
  • Works with individuals or small groups of students to reinforce learning objectives.
  • Monitors students’ work, corrects papers, and provides other administrative support.
  • Communicates with appropriate staff to problem solve or relay special information.

Substitute Teaching (Long-Term Absences)

  • Develops and implements individualized curriculum and therapeutic programming in accordance with each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Completes a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, weekly lesson plans, weekly grade reports, IEP reports, surveys and assessments.
  • Provides classroom management that recognizes and considers the unique characteristics and best practices for the student population.
  • Collaborates with team members to develop and execute an IEP-driven, multidisciplinary program for each student.

Student Safety

  • Must provide constant supervision to ensure the safety of students at all times.
  • Effectively manage and intervene in disruptive student behavior, both verbal and physical.
  • Program Support
  • Maintains records and writes agency required behavioral reports in timely manner.
  • Maintains ongoing communication with all members of the interdisciplinary team to best achieve a social and educational benefit for the student.
  • Successfully completes training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI); and all requirements to maintain certification in TCI.


  • Flexible and able to shift gears quickly based on situations or changing priorities.
  • Independent with sound professional judgment and the ability to establish and maintain boundaries.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain calm in high-stress situations while expressing an understanding and supportive demeanor.
  • Strong desire to work with those students who have not been able to achieve success in the public/private educational system.
  • Efficient and effective time management skills.  Requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Must hold a valid ISBE Substitute License.
  • Experience in a Special Education setting a plus.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and Google Classroom.
  • Experience with the Chicago Public School electronic IEP systems is strongly desired.
  • Able to successfully complete the physical and testing requirements Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training (Agency provided).
  • Experience working with students with special education needs is preferred.


JCFS Chicago offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.

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JCFS Chicago is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area.  Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS

JCFS Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. JCFS Chicago provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application.






We Redefine What's Possible

JCFS Chicago has strengthened the lives of children, teens, adults and families for more than 160 years.

How We Help

When people need help, JCFS Chicago is ready to provide caring and healing services to guide them from crisis to calm, from anguish to awareness, and from isolation to support. With services that are infused with Jewish values and compassion, we work to make our community inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

You are not alone in your struggle when you receive help from JCFS. Each year more than 22,000 children, teens, adults and families turn to us for expert, individualized help as they strive to live successfully in their community.

The services of JCFS are as diverse as the people who benefit from them: the agency’s talented and diverse workforce helps individuals and families regardless of religion, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ability, gender, sex or sexual orientation.

The JCFS family of services include: 

  • Services for children and young adults including education at the therapeutic day school and Yeshiva, speech-language/occupational therapy, psychological testing and evaluation, and behavioral assessments and interventions. 
  • Services for individuals such as counseling (individual and family), support groups, marriage counseling, career services and training.
  • Services for people with disabilities and their families include community-based group living, support and assistance for independent living, customized employment and job training.
  • Immigration, citizenship and refugee resettlement services.
  • Clinical support for children and families in the child welfare system. 
  • Jewish community programs such as addiction services, abuse prevention, spiritual support and connections to JCFS services through community partnerships. 
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230 W Monroe
230 W Monroe
United States

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