Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
The Site Manager is responsible for implementation of the agency’s center-based early childhood programming for Gads Hill Center’s North Lawndale site. In this role, the Site Manager oversees the implementation of program curricula, ensures adherence to the program model, funder requirements and provides supervision and guidance to the teachers, intake worker and family engagement specialist. The Site Manager also maintains the quality of program services and ensures that children, youth and families receive comprehensive education and support services. In addition, this individual collaborates with the Youth Programs Manager to manage day-to-day operations of the Junior Building Leaders program on site, according to program design. This individual must embody our core values and demonstrate the ability to positively contribute to Gads Hill Center’s culture of collaboration, high expectations, and exceptional service.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supervises, coaches, and evaluates teaching, Parent Engagement and intake staff at the North Lawndale site.
Serves as site leader and maintains effective operation of Children’s Services and Youth Services programs.
Collaborates with the Operations Coordinator to ensure that facility issues are reported in a timely manner and resolved.
Ensures that site maintains all safety standards, such as emergency drills, at the appropriate intervals.
Maintains compliance with zero to thirteen, DCFS licensing, NAEYC accreditation and ExceleRate standards at all times.
Provides consultation and problem solving with teachers as needed for classroom management and curriculum implementation on a daily basis.
Schedules and facilitates monthly site and team meetings, as appropriate.
Provides administrative oversight of the Junior Building Leaders program on site.
Program Monitoring and Management
Collaborates with the Youth Programs Manager to ensure adherence to program design and logic models as well as monitoring program quality.
Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with community members, stakeholders, and families served.
Collaborates with partners to develop an effective referral structure for all programs.
Assists with the preparation of the program budget and monitors monthly expenditures.
Adheres to agency’s internal review process to ensure compliance with program requirements.
Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with the parents and communities that we serve, including participating in agency and site outreach, recruitment and civic engagement efforts.
Supports the Parent Engagement Specialist with parent engagement efforts, including but not limited to parent meetings, parent policy committee meetings and advocacy efforts.
Demonstrates a proficient knowledge of the social emotional needs of children, age 0-5.
Ensures ongoing recruitment and enrollment of eligible children for various funding sources.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of age 0-5 disability requirements and implements them in all aspects of the work to maintain program quality and compliance.
Conducts and documents formal observations in staff’s usual work setting and provides written and verbal feedback.
Collects and manages key metrics of program outcomes and activities to track effectiveness.
Prepares reports providing analysis on the outcomes and implications of the data to the families we serve.
Ensures and documents the delivery of training and technical assistance according to needs identified in individual professional development plans, performance evaluations, team meetings, and observations.
Collaborates with other children’s services and youth services department leaders to plan and coordinate professional development.
Together with the Associate Director of Programs represents center-based programming at appropriate monitoring visits and program audits.
Supports the referral process and assists in advocating for services for referred children.
Provides regular written and oral reports on program as assigned, by designated timelines.
Participates in meetings of Children’s Services leadership to resolve problems and assist in determining the strategic direction of Children’s Services.
Participates in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participates in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Demonstrated success navigating complex organizational structures; using influence and soft skills to move ideas to implementation; comfort with ambiguity; adapting to change; and managing under different circumstances.
Sophisticated communication style that demonstrates expertise and commands respect, while also recognizing and leveraging knowledge of others. Outstanding listening skills with the ability to uncover the real issues affecting sites
Experience working successfully in a multi-site organization with demonstrated success integrating into new work environments
Participates in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advances parent leadership development.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds (average child’s weight).
Entry Salary Range: $45,000 - $47,500
Schedule: Full time
Location: Child Development Center, 2653 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Bilingual Spanish/English highly preferred.
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood or a related field and a Director’s Gateway level 1 credential required. Masters in Early Childhood Education preferred.
At least three years in a progressively responsible position in a Head Start, Early Head, Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative funded agency is required. Previous managerial experience in Head Start/Early Head Start programs and monitoring experience preferred.
Must have a valid Driver’s License and be willing to travel locally.
Experience with multicultural programming preferred.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
Work well under pressure and adhere to strict timelines.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and willingness to develop additional skills as needed.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Experience in a nonprofit environment preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Free Life Insurance
Free Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan
10 paid Holidays
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.