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.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and life.
The Partner Network Support Services Manager is responsible for implementation of the agency’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs in the Partner Network. In this role, the manager ensures that subcontracted partners fulfill the requirements of their contract with the agency and maintain compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards and all grantee requirements and expectations. In addition, the manager provides supervision and guidance to a team of Family Support Workers. The Partner Network Support Services Manager collaborates closely with Children’s Services Managers to maintain quality of program services and to ensure that families receive comprehensive education and family support services that fit their needs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Recruitment and Enrollment
Conducts ongoing research to identify new early education centers throughout target area.
Implements a comprehensive strategy to cultivate prospective partners, assess their capacity to implement a high-quality Early/Head Start program and orient them to agency expectations and resources.
Maintains a waiting list of prospective partners for future collaboration.
Conducts follow up with Partner Sites regarding current enrollment and addresses issues of under-enrollment.
Ensures that each site has a recruitment plan and is fully engaged in recruitment activity.
Monitors recruitment across the network and recommends changes in allocation amounts to Director of Children’s Programs to ensure full contract enrollment.
Monitoring and Program Management
Supervises, directs and provides guidance to Family Support Workers. Provides coaching and professional development opportunities according to staff needs and evaluates performance to ensure growth and accountability.
Collaborates with the Education and Disabilities Manager to ensure full adherence to the Creative Curriculum and appropriate use of GOLD assessment tool.
Monitors program service delivery through announced and unannounced monitoring visits. Engages with other agency managers as needed to conduct unannounced monitoring of program components.
Collaborates with the Education and Disabilities Manager to support the referral process and assist families in advocating for services for their children.
Facilitates staff and partner meetings with the support of the Director of Children’s Programs.
Collaborates with Compliance Manager to provide support and training to Family Support Workers and to ensure compliance of health, nutrition, disabilities and family/community partnerships.
Collaborates with other Children’s Services leadership to plan and coordinate professional development in-service trainings for Children’s Services staff members.
Represents the Programs Department at appropriate monitoring visits and program audits.
Assures compliance with Early Head Start and Head Start Programs and general child development standards as assigned.
Participates in meetings of Children’s Services leadership to resolve problems and assist in determining the strategic direction of Children’s Services.
Adheres to agency Ongoing Monitoring Plan to ensure compliance with program requirements.
Proposes revisions to Partner Network Handbook and contract to Director of Children’s Programs.
Submits internal enrollment reports on a monthly basis.
Provides regular written and oral reports on programs as assigned.
Fiscal and Human Resources Management
Collaborates with the finance office to provide guidance and oversight to Partner Sites in developing budgets and invoicing for allowable costs.
Reviews invoices and in-kind records submitted by Partner Sites for accuracy and processes check requests.
Reviews and monitors supporting documentation submitted by Partner Sites to ensure accurate and sufficient documentation for compliance.
Collaborates with Human Resources Department to ensure that teachers’ credentials and staff background checks at all Partner Sites are submitted and approved appropriately.
Collaborates with Human Resources Department and the Education Manager to ensure that COPA HR and teachers’ classroom assignments reflect accurate staff data at all times.
Assists with the preparation of the program budget and monitors monthly expenditures.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties as assigned.
Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood or a related field required. M.A.Ed. in Early Childhood Education preferred.
Previous managerial and Head Start program experience preferred.
Must have a valid Driver’s License and be willing to travel locally.
Experience with multi-cultural programming preferred.
Previous direct early childhood experience with low-income families required.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Entry Salary Range: $44,000
Schedule: Full time
Location: 4236 S. Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
Additional Salary Information: Free Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Free Short Term Disability 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.