Thresholds, a national leader in mental health services, is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune “Top 100 Workplaces" four consecutive years and a 10 time winner of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For". Through our more than 100 Chicagoland locations and 30 innovative programs, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing and hope for over 15,000 adults and youth.
The Day Care Director supervises the education of the children of the Thresholds Mother’s Project Early Learning Center. Oversees the development of sound academic curricula that are stimulating and effective in addressing the needs of the children and families served. Assures a nurturing learning environment that stimulates cognitive growth and development in accordance with the requirements of our licensing bodies and funders.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Assumes the leadership role in the program implied in the title of Day Care Director. The Day Care Director has the direct responsibility for the supervision of all day care staff, including teachers, aides, the program cook, Parent Educators and Early Children Case Managers, or as assigned.
Ensures that the Day Care functions in accordance with all requirements of our licensing bodies, including the Illinois Department of Children and Families (DCFS) and the City of Chicago, as well as the requirements of our funders, including, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Illinois State Board of Educations (ISBE), and the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (FSS).
Oversees the planning and development of age- and developmentally-appropriate lesson plans according to curriculum guidelines of the school district and state requirements. Actual curriculum must often be tailored for three or more levels of academic ability and previous achievement.
Ensures that Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP’s) are developed and implemented for each family utilizing the Day Care Center, as required by CPS. This may require the collaboration between the Day Care Team and the Mothers Project treatment team, including the therapist, residential staff, supervisors, psychiatrist, guardian, member, and others.
Develops and maintains a professional working relationship with all collaterals, including our DCFS monitor, as well as CPS and FSS liaisons. Respond to collaterals in a timely manner. Together with the Mothers Project Program Director, participate in all licensing and monitoring reviews, and complete all necessary documentation and corrective action plans.
Performs and participates in crisis intervention in accordance to TCI and Thresholds standards. Models best practices for crisis intervention as trained in TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) to other staff. Performs and supervises physical management when necessary.
Other duties as assigned
MARGINAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
May be required to assume the role of teacher and provide direct care to children to assure adequate teacher: child ratios within the classroom.
May be required to work flexible schedules and be available to work on weekends or evenings as required.
May be required to be on call
Must meet Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Day Care Licensing standards for Day Care Director.
Possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education. Master’s Degree is preferred.
Current and valid driver’s license.
Daily access to a personal vehicle is required. Must obtain and maintain $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 liability insurance coverage. Subject to validation every six months.
Required to provide transportation for members of the program using a Thresholds provided vehicle or personal vehicle.
Computer proficiency, including the ability to use email, navigate and enter notes into electronic medical records and working knowledge of pertinent software.
Must have knowledge of Classroom Behavior Modification Programs.
Type 04 (Early Childhood Education) certification is strongly preferred.
TCI certification is required.
Ability to lift or move up to 50 lbs.
Thresholds encourages individuals who have experienced mental health recovery to apply.
Thresholds, named as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, provides more than 7,300 adults and youth with the skills and encouragement needed to live productive and fulfilling lives.
Consider being part of an organization that fosters collaboration between its staff and those we serve, our members, and where employees are recognized as invaluable assets who truly make... a difference.
More than 75% of Thresholds’ services are delivered out in the community and include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care and substance abuse treatment, as well as pioneering research at the Thresholds Research Institute.
Thresholds provides competitive wages and benefits, and excellent opportunities for career development and promotion.
Individuals with lived or shared experiences with mental illness are encouraged to apply.
Proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran