As the QUALITY & GRANTS SPECIALIST at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, you will be responsible for the implementation and advancement of the State Quality Recognition Improvement System for home and center-based child care service providers in DuPage and Kane Counties. The person in this role needs to be a dynamic trainer and able to be responsible for oversight of state funded Early Childhood Quality Grants.
A COMPELLING OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO FULFILL ON THEIR PURPOSE, MAKE A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE FOR OTHERS, AND ADVANCE THEIR CAREER in a 21st century, business savvy, social enterprise committed to “Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.”
The Quality & Grants Specialist is a fulltime, non-exempt position, reporting to the Coordinator - Quality & Training, located at the YWCA Patterson and McDaniel Family Center on Army Trail Road in Addison.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: - Advance improvement efforts of home and center-based child care programs - Provide education, outreach and technical assistance related to ExceleRate Illinois - Develop, recruit and coordinate participation in Quality Improvement Grant cohorts to include trainings related to Quality Recognition Improvement System - Develop maximum understanding of the larger implications of high quality child care on a child’s development through a consultative approach - Ensure all DHS contract deliverables and QRIS program outcomes are met - Serve as a liaison between program providers, Community Partners and Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral partners - Oversee the fulfillment of responsibilities and requirements of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Professional Development Funds and Quality Improvement grants - Assess current skills/developmental needs of clients - Coach, mentor, or otherwise help others to improve their knowledge or skills - Develop and deliver trainings, workshops, and webinars that engage clients, meet learning objectives and support high quality early learning experiences - Create a positive learning environment, conveying objectives clearly, encouraging and motivating trainees, and evaluating learning outcomes.
ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: - Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in one of the following related areas of study including Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Child Psychology/Behavioral Sciences, Family Consumer Sciences, Social Work, Elementary Education, Child Welfare or Family Services - Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a child care setting as a family child care provider, center-based administrator, center-based teacher or teacher assistant or “Illinois Preschool for All” teacher - Adult training experience - Prior grant experience is advantageous - Able to work both independently and as a collaborative team member - Strong communication skills -- written and spoken - Able to work a flexible schedule including occasional nights and/or week- ends - Within six months of employment able to achieve certification as an approved Trainer for the “Gateways to Opportunity Registry” - MS Office Suites, Outlook and database intermediate skill level
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is committed to providing women with the support and tools needed to transform their lives, to be confident in their choices and to make valuable contributions to their communities.