Position Summary: The Senior Director provides strong leadership in areas including, but not limited to, the development of new and existing services, the development of operational standards and systems, budgetary and financial management, customer services, quality improvement planning, and human resource and staff development responsibilities. This position maintains overall responsibility for all activities related to the effective and efficient functioning of the agency’s head start and early head start programming and other child development services under the direction of senior management.
Demonstrates leadership in carrying out the agency’s mission, vision, guiding principles and communicates those values to staff, customers, partners and funding sources.
Completes Strategic Planning, develops and implements operating methods and procedures designed to enhance operations, improve service quality, minimize operating cost and optimize greater utilization of labor and materials.
Plan and ensure the implementation and monitoring of procedures and systems required for the day to day management of all activities of the agency’s Head Start, Early Head Start and child develop programming.
Develop and monitor program budget revenue and expenditures to ensure control over spending and procurement and the collection of all payments and fees.
Ensures compliant billing/invoicing procedures are in place and ensures any issues with outstanding receivables are rectified.
Prepares for the successful completion of all audits, including DFSS, Federal, and City of Chicago compliance reviews.
Monitors reports related to key performance indicators, inventory control, staffing resources and financial controls.
Regularly travels to program sites in order to build relationships with customers, partners, and employees while gauging customer satisfaction and staff engagement.
Build and maintain strong relationships with funding, licensing and monitoring sources, including DFSS and DCFS, and manage contract procurement.
Hire, train, and supervise personnel in a manner consistent with agency policies, procedures and job requirements. Implement policies and procedures to manage staff vacancies, absenteeism, turnover, and performance.
Develop and implement program goals, activities and performance to ensure that services provided will be of maximum quality, and will meet the standards prescribed by funding, licensing and accrediting bodies. Participate in the tracking and analyzation of program related data for the purposes of program improvement.
Prepare, or supervise the preparation of such reports as are required by funding or accrediting agencies or are requested by senior management.
Prepares contracts bids and writes specifications for all contracts to include annual contract updates.
Ensures all aspects of the programs are in compliance all funding, licensing and monitoring requirements.
Identify community, program and client service gaps and recommend new program and funding initiatives. Participate in the development of the funding applications essential to the continuation and expansion of services.
Seek and develop new community partnerships in order to increase program resources and strengthen overall programming.
Maintain effective communication with the Board of Directors and related committees by attending meetings, providing written reports and presentations on program up-dates, and conducting trainings for board and committee members.
Work collaboratively with other agency directors and managers to reduce organizational redundancy, promote the delivery of integrated person centered services and achieve the agency’s strategic and annual goals and targets.
*Perform other duties as necessary and/or as directed to ensure the success of the programs.
The position requires a master’s degree, from an accredited college or university.
At least seven years of management experience in early childhood development, child care, education, or a related industry.
NAEYC Accreditation Experience is a plus.
This position requires access to personal transportation.
This position requires the incumbent to pass certain security clearances per Federal and State client contracts.
About Ada S. McKinley Community Services Inc.
Nearly 90 years ago, our founder, Mrs. Ada Sophia McKinley, a retired school teacher and pioneer social worker, organized a settlement house in Chicago's Bronzeville community to meet the pressing needs of returning World War I soldiers and their families and to help these individuals integrate into and become productive citizens of the city of Chicago.Since that beginning, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. has expanded from a settlement house to 43 sites across six divisions and has become a comprehensive, fully-accredited, human services agency. Included among those sites are six Head Start programs; one school for children with multiple disabilities; one charter school for high school drop outs; seven janitorial work-training sites for adults with disabilities; one foster care emergency shelter; and many other services and programs.