Albany Park Community Center, an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is seeking a full-time Early Education Center Director for the Early Education program located at 5101 N. Kimball, Chicago, IL.
Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday – Friday
Manage and supervise teachers and kitchen staff and ensure nutrition requirements are met within the within the Agency’s policies and procedures; and in accordance with other APCC programs, City and State licensing requirements, NAEYC Accreditation, as well as funder requirements.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:
Promotes a welcoming program environment where families are valued and respected by staff.
Encourages coordination and integration of program resources and maintains good relations with APCC staff, community volunteers and officials as well as the broader child care community throughout the City of Chicago.
In collaboration with direct reports, maintains operational responsibilities for the safety, security, health and sanitation aspects the Center.
Provides reports as directed. Submits as required.
Maintain HR files for staff at the Center as required by DCFS and funders.
Ensures staff reviews are completed annually.
Ensure staff is in compliance with background clearances and current medical reports.
Ensures the COPA HR is up-to-date for staff.
Coordinates hiring process for the EESAP. Completes and submits PAFs and Staffing Requisitions to the Senior Director of Children & Youth Programs.
Maintain daily staff schedule. Works with the EESAP Director to ensure classrooms and kitchen is appropriately staffed.
Follows CACFP guidelines for serving children meals and maintaining records.
Assists with developing menus.
Approves purchase orders for kitchen supplies, food and meals
Contact caterer as needed
Fills in for EESAP Director as needed.
Works collaboratively with the EESAP Director to ensure the smooth operation of the Center.
In collaboration with the EESAP Director to ensure the center maintains licensure, NAEYC accreditation and ExceleRate.
Participates in the Head Start Self-Assessment.
Attend meetings and appropriate professional development workshops to obtain a minimum of 20 training hours in accordance with DCFS licensing regulations.
Maintains current expertise and develops new professional knowledge in early education, child development and management. Assists with acquiring current data for the Agency.
Participates in evening parent meetings and family events, as needed.
Willingly assumes other duties and responsibilities as may be required or assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in early childhood education, child development, social work, or related field.
18 semester hours in courses related to early childhood education and/or child development from birth to age 6.
Five years’ experience in teaching, operation of early childhood education or child development program.
Five years’ successful experience in supervision and program management.
Experience in Head Start preferred.
Illinois Director’s Credential required.
Demonstrated skills in early childhood education/child development, training, human resources management, and team building.
Knowledge of Illinois Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, Head Start Performance Standards and NAEYC Accreditation.
Strong management and leadership skills with experience supervising and training adults.
Ability to use the tools of information technology.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
About Albany Park Community Center
The Albany Park Community Center educates and supports members of the community as they determine their own path of growth and development by providing diverse programs and services for individuals, families, groups, and businesses. The Albany Park Community Center, Inc. (APCC), is a not-for-profit, community-based organization located in the multi-ethnic Chicago neighborhood of Albany Park. The Center operates a wide range of programs and services in and around the community we serve and since its inception, has been the largest social service agency exclusively serving Albany Park. Albany Park has been the site of dramatic community transition over the years. Predominantly upper-working class Jewish residents lived in the area until the early 1960's. Over the past forty years, the population profile has changed to include a high percentage of poverty-level and low-income working-class residents from a variety of backgrounds. Over 40 different languages are spoken in its public schools and Albany Park is now recognized as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the entire United States. We are committed to respecting individual dignity, honoring diversity and self-determination, while providing the highest level of services with integrity and compassion.