Career Opportunities

About Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School

The mission of Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School (LPCNS or The Co-op) is to provide a safe and nurturing developmentally appropriate program for pre-school children, governed by a parent board, and staffed by professional early childhood educators with assistance from parents. The Co-op embraces a play based curriculum that is based upon the three principles of Social Constructivist philosophy: community, cooperation, and relationships.  Since its founding in 1951, LPCNS has stayed true to its vision: to provide play-based and emergent curriculum supported by developmentally appropriate practices grounded in a deep knowledge of child development.

LPCNS is a licensed and NAEYC accredited nursery school.

Executive Director

The Executive Director will manage and oversee the curriculum, administration, and infrastructure of the school in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. S/he will be a collaborative leader who believes in the importance of building the school community through cooperation with the faculty and its member families.

Roles and Major Responsibilities

Lead and manage the school’s instructional program

  • Supervise the educational program to ensure children are learning in a manner consistent with a play-based, constructivist curriculum

  • Coach and develop teachers through regular classroom observation to ensure they are meeting goals and expectations

  • Offer continuous professional development opportunities

  • Ensure the school meets State of Illinois Child Care Licensing Standards and NAEYC Accreditation Standards

Recruit and support school families

  • Market the school to prospective new families

  • Plan and conduct school family tours

  • Encourage parent participation in the classroom and at school activities

  • Guide parents through the transition to their next schools

  • Follow the Policies for Inclusion and consult with families of children of special needs

Work closely with the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees

  • Report to the Board of Directors on a monthly basis and attend all meetings

  • Report to the Board of Trustees as requested

  • Support and attend board committee meetings, as needed

  • Collaborate on the development of the Long Range Plan beginning next school year

  • Support fundraising efforts of the school

Manage the school administration and infrastructure

  • Manage the budget to ensure strong financial operation

  • Supervise building maintenance and ensure licensing requirements are up-to-date

S/he will report to the Board of Directors.

Does this sound like you?

You believe that a school’s success depends on its entire community

  • You know that a great school is made up of a three equally important  parts: faculty and staff, students, and families.

  • You recognize the importance of building relationships throughout the community

You lead through collaboration.

  • Your management style focuses on coaching and developing

  • You are committed to the co-teaching model

  • You listen to others and take their opinions into consideration

  • You value multiple experiences and perspectives

You have strong business acumen.

  • You enjoy developing budgets and spreadsheets

  • You understand that a small independent school also operates like a small business and the director is involved in all aspects

  • You are energized by the challenge of marketing the school to potential new families

You are solutions-oriented.

  • When problems require swift action, you do not hesitate

  • You remain cool, calm, and collected in the face of unforeseen challenges

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development

  • At least nine hours of business or program administration college credits

  • Classroom teaching experience

  • Administrative experience

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include a generous time off package including a flexible summer schedule, health insurance, long and short term disability insurance, life insurance, and NAEYC dues. LPCNS maintains a simplified employee pension for its staff and contributes five percent of the employee's annual salary.

Lead Teacher for 2018-2019

We are searching for the ideal candidate to co-teach in our Junior Kindergarten program. This position would be part-time afternoons, Monday through Friday.  Additionally, there is potential for a  full-time position which would combine the above mentioned Junior Kindergarten role and the additional role of co-teacher in our Two Day program (which meets on Wednesday and Friday mornings).  Candidates who would like to be considered for either a part-time afternoon or full-time position are encouraged to apply.  Note: benefits would be offered for the full time position only.  LPCNS uses a developmentally appropriate, child-centered, social constructivist and emergent curriculum. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for the chance to work with a highly qualified staff in a model program.

Roles and Responsibilities

Lead teachers collaborate on lesson planning based on our curriculum, assessing, recording and documenting individual child and group growth and development, and regularly communicating with parents regarding their child’s progress. As part of our cooperative, staff members also participate in school meetings and events that can take place on evenings and weekends.

Lead teachers attend weekly staff meetings, and are responsible for keeping abreast of trends in Early Childhood Education by participating in conferences and in-service training, and participating in both individual and staff professional development experiences and activities.


Candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development and a Master's Degree is preferred. Experience is required. Equally important are the personal qualities of enthusiasm, warmth, flexibility, creativity, sound judgment and emotional maturity with a sincere desire to effectively serve the needs of the children and families, which make up our cooperative.  All school employees are required to be fingerprinted by the state of Illinois and undergo a criminal background check and complete a health physical.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is based on a 40 week school year and commensurate with experience. Benefits Include: Paid vacation (3 weeks), holidays, personal days, health insurance, long and short term disability insurance, life insurance, and NAEYC dues.

To Apply

The review of candidates will begin immediately. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter that is tailored to the specific position. Please submit to and include which position you are applying for in the subject line.

LPCNS is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law. We seek a diverse staff.

Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School admits students of any race, color or natural origin and welcomes families who represent the diversity found in our city community of Chicago.  It does not discriminate in the administration of its education or admission policy, scholarship program or other school administered programs. We embrace the value that diversity brings to our school environment and encourage the application of candidates who represent the diversity of our school and city community.


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