Reports Director of Center Based Children Services
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 Site Manager provides supervision and oversight to education and family support staff at Gads Hill’s Child Development Center. As the site leader, the Site Manager is accountable for ensuring that licensing, funder and accreditation standards are maintained at all times. In addition, this individual observes and monitors classrooms and education documentation and provides support to teachers with classroom management, curriculum and assessment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supervises, directs, coaches, observes, and evaluates teaching, family support and intake staff at the Child Development Center.
Serves as site leader and maintains effective operation of all site programs and physical plant.
Collaborates with Operations Coordinator to ensure that facility issues are reported in a timely manner and resolved.
Ensure that emergency drills, including fire drills, severe weather drills and bus evacuation drills, occur at appropriate intervals.
Maintains compliance with DCFS licensing standards and NAEYC accreditation standards at all times.
Provides consultation and problem solving with teachers as needed for classroom management and curriculum implementation on a daily basis.
Facilitates staff meetings with the support of the Associate Director of Programs
Responsible for establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with the parents and communities that we serve, including participating in agency outreach and recruitment efforts. Supports parent engagement efforts, including formal parent meetings and small groups.
Program Monitoring and Management
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of Head Start standards and Preschool for All and disability requirements and implements them in all aspects of work to maintain compliance.
Orders food from catering company on a monthly basis based on attendance and input from food service workers.
Conducts and documents formal observations in staff’s usual work setting and provides written feedback.
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 CSD leaders to plan and coordinate professional development in-service trainings for Children’s Services staff members.
Develops and maintains schedule for teachers and classrooms to assure coverage, meeting all program standards.
Together with the Associate Director of Programs, represents Head Start/Preschool for All programs at appropriate monitoring visits and program audits. Assures compliance with Head Start/Preschool for All and general child development standards.
Collaborates with Support Services and Disability Coordinator to support the referral process and assist families in advocating for services for their children.
Submits internal and Preschool For All enrollment reports on a monthly basis.
Provide regular written and oral reports on program as assigned.
Actively participates in meetings of Children’s Services leadership to resolve problems and assist in determining the strategic direction of Children’s Services.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds (average child’s weight).
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participate in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participates in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participates in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advance parent leadership development.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s 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.
Director’s Credential Level 2
Experience with multi-cultural programming preferred.
Previous direct early childhood classroom experience with low-income families,
Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural Spanish/English preferred.
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.
Must have a valid Driver’s License and willing to travel locally.
Entry Salary Range: $42,500 - $45,000
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:
Human Resources Manager
Gateways Director’s Credential Level 2
Additional Salary Information: Free Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Free Short Term Disability Insurance, Free Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan and match after 2 years.
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.