A Not-For-Profit Agency seeks a talented, energetic, and experienced leader in the child welfare arena to lead the agency's Children & Youth Development Program (CYD). This is an exceptional opportunity for a candidate with a strong education and/or youth development background to implement a comprehensive program plan that nurtures the potential of our children ages birth to 18. The individual will role model the core values of honesty, respect and responsibility and work daily to develop personal and meaningful relationships with youth, parents, staff and volunteers.
We value our employees and support them in learning and growth. We encourage—and even push for—professional development in the field. We value your experience, your expertise, and your input, and we seek your knowledge to expand ours. We work as a team to innovate and express new ideas, learn from our mistakes and celebrate our accomplishments. We constantly seek and implement best practice. Our leadership is supportive, organized, big-picture focused, and constantly asks the question “What do you think? and “How can we support you?”
The agency is a fiscally conservative and financially smart organization that carefully monitors our budget on a month to month basis, adapting and pivoting to avoid pitfalls. We have an operating surplus to sustain us through difficult economic times and allows us to invest in our programs and staff.
About Our Agency
For 40 years, the agency has served people of all ages and backgrounds: Providing an educational and cultural foundation for our children, ensuring our seniors live full and independent lives with dignity, enhancing education and training for tomorrow’s workforce, strengthening families while honoring cultural heritage, and securing our community's financial well-being, to almost 12,500 Chicago area residents annually.
The agency supports children ages 0 to 5 in becoming capable, confident, and responsible individuals who succeed in school and thrive as adults. Parental engagement is a critical component of early childhood programming.
Family and Learning Resource Center: Family support for parents, grandparents, and other caretakers with children ages 0 to 3 years. The program is open to families of all ethnicities and backgrounds, and in particular helps immigrant families assimilate into American approaches of parenting and early childhood education. Parents of adopted children are encouraged to help preserve their children’s heritage.
Child Development Center: Full-day multilingual preschool for children ages 2 to 5 years old—with focus on holistic development. The agency maintains full accreditation and is an Excelrate Gold standard center.
Immigrant families are supported in their efforts to provide their children with a firm foundation and cultural retention as they transition into American culture.
School Age Center: Full-day and after-school programming for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Enriching bilingual/bicultural environment equips children with the skills to succeed in school.
The Youth Development Program provides a safe, supervised, and welcoming environment that supports the holistic development of youth in grades 6th through 12th—particularly immigrant and American-born teens. Middle and high school teens learn leadership skills, engage in community activities, experience a sense of belonging, and become ready to make healthy, responsible choices in their lives.
Preparation for college entry exams
Life skills workshops
Other agency Programs and Services:
Employment and Financial Empowerment: This focus area improves family financial and housing security through five key areas within a HUD certified program:
1) Adult Employment Program,
2) Chef Training Program,
3) Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program,
4) Housing Counseling, and
5) Financial Literacy and Coaching
Senior Wellness and Independence:
This focus area impacts the mental and physical health of community seniors, encouraging them to live healthy, happy, independent and engaged lives through four key areas:
1) Adult Day Service,
2) In-Home Service,
3) Pine Tree Senior Council, and
4) Evidence-Based Workshops
Community and Family Well-Being:
This focus area impacts the stability of the community and family by offering foundational services that safeguard basic needs through the following seven key areas:
1) Immigration Services,
2) Healthcare Outreach and Coordination,
3) Case Management,
4) Public Benefits Assistance,
5) Pro bono Legal Clinic,
6) Community Participatory Research, and
Cup of Tea:
Weekly Saturday meet-ups held for learning and practicing conversational English.
The Manager of Children & Youth Development reports to the COO and develops agency’s child and youth development/education and parent education programs. S(he) administers the overall CYD programs for families with children from birth to eighteen years old: Family Learning & Resource Center (FALREC), Child Development Center (CDC), School Age Center (SAC), and Middle/High School After School Programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develops and supervises the implementation of all facets of the CYD programs, in compliance with licensing (local/federal laws), funding (Child Care, Head Start, Preschool for All, Prevention Initiative, OST, and WIOA youth), accreditation and state standards, as well as the needs of the community. Makes decisions on program development and planning with the assistance of each coordinator for each program, as well as COO. Recommends changes in agency policies affecting program operations; prepares and presents such formal reports to COO, Board and/or other bodies as designated. Evaluates the CYD programs for effectiveness in serving clients and carrying out its goals and objectives.
Master’s Degree in Child Development, Education or related field. Type 03 or 04 IL Teacher Certification a plus. ExceleRate IL Director Credential Level 1 or higher preferred; must be obtained once in role. Five years of experience in an educational setting, including three years supervision and administration experience including budget preparation and management. Two years teaching experience – working with young children and their parents.