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 support. 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 Director of Center-Based Children’s Services provides administrative and programmatic leadership to Gads Hill Center’s center-based programs. This position is responsible for ensuring that programs meet all requirements per Federal Head Start Performance Standards, local and state contract requirements and agency policies and procedures. The Director stays informed of national, state and local policies related to the field of early childhood education. The Director is responsible for the planning, organization and implementation of all elements of the organization’s Center-Based Early Childhood Programs (PI/PFA/HS/EHS/EHS-CCP) through the development of structures, systems, and procedures. The Director oversees all reporting requirements of the funding and monitoring entities and serves as the primary point of contact with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family Support Services (DFSS), Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and Illinois State Board of Education (IBSE) contacts. This director provides supervision to the following positions: Center Site Directors, ISBE-PI Supervisor, and assigned consultants. This position serves on the Gads Hill Center Leadership Team. The Director of Center-Based Children’s Services ensures that all Early Childhood Center-Based Program elements align with the organization’s mission, vision and strategic plan.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversees funded Center-Based children’s programs in their entirety, assuring fiscal and programmatic quality, efficiency and compliance with all funding source mandates.
Provides a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for children, families and staff.
Ensures completion of NAEYC accreditation and DCFS license renewals.
Oversees the state PRE-K grants, Child Care Funding, and ISBE Food Grants
Oversees educational components, ensuring the consistent implementation of the Creative Curriculum and Pre-K instruction in all classrooms; supervises the Education Coordinator.
Oversees family involvement component including health services, educational support and family literacy, multicultural focus, and program activities.
Ensures children receive developmental and disability screenings, as necessary, and that referrals for evaluations are completed in a timely manner.
Ensures that the program serves the number of eligible children for which it is funded.
Works in-collaboration with Director of Home Visiting and Partner Network to conduct a Community Assessment every three years, as well as an update during the intervening years.
Collaborates with the Director of Home Visiting and Partner Network Services to lead the annual program self-assessment.
Works in collaboration with the Director of Home Visiting and Partner Network and Family Engagement Specialist to facilitate and coordinate trainings for the Parent Policy Committee and addresses parent concerns and feedback.
Provides a written report to the Board of Directors regarding the fiscal and programmatic status of programs, as well as any administrative activities completed since the last meeting; monitors programmatic status and strategizes to resolve any problems.
Provides training for new Board members and periodic refreshers for veteran Board members on their roles and responsibilities.
Attends meetings of the Parent Policy Committee.
Directs, implements, and evaluates programmatic plans and procedures adhering to EHS/HS federal requirements.
Completes reporting to the Office of Head Start in Collaboration with the Associate Director of Home-Based Children’s Services.
Works with the Director of Home Visiting and Partner Network to ensure remediation of any non-compliance issues identified and incorporates recommendations into planning program improvement measures.
Directs and ensures development of annual professional training plan; incorporates topics specific to each program service area for both staff and monthly parent meetings.
Represents Gads Hill Center at city, state, and national levels in policy matters pertaining to children 0-5 years and their families by participating in committees of interest outside of Gads Hill Center.
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.
Bachelor’s degree required in education, social work, early childhood, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
Must have at least three years of experience in program management and supervision of similar positions.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural preferred.
Ability to pass a background check and, if required, the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services fingerprint and background check.
Salary Range: Mid 60’s
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
Cover Letter required.
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.