Works with Director of Early Childhood and Center Director as a team to develop, provide leadership for, give direction to and supervise all early childhood professional services and programs of the Center. Assists in assuring compliance with JCYS, DCFS, NAEYC, Federal, State and local guidelines. Assists with the overall leadership of the Center and takes over as the key staff member in charge in the absence of the Center Director and Director of Early Childhood.
THIS POSITION IS CONSIDERED CONFIDENTIAL.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES: include but are NOT LIMITED to the following; other duties may be assigned:
Works as part of a team in developing, administering, supervising and evaluating the early childhood programs and professional services of the Center.
Works with the team to create developmentally appropriate programs with goals and objectives that meet and further the agency’s mission, membership and community needs, accreditation standards and licensing requirements.
Establishes and maintains warm, professional relationships with parents, staff and agency colleagues.
Recruits and selects educational staff for the Northwest Family Center.
Supervises and evaluates early childhood staff.
Provides leadership in the training and development of the early childhood staff.
Develops, implements and administers parent activities.
Works with key staff, parent committees, JCYS Committees and community leaders to develop, implement and evaluate strategic plan for JCYS early childhood programs serving the northwest community.
Works with the Director and Family Development Specialist to assist families and teachers when a child situation arises requiring intensive services.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university, Master’s degree preferred, with a degree in early childhood education, education, child development, or nonprofit management. Five years’ progressive, successful experience in management or leadership in the field and training. Experience working in early childhood education a plus. This experience should not be measured in time alone; quality of previous experience as well as its similarity to the needs of the current position should be a determining factor. Familiarity with the Jewish Community is desired.
Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) offers educational, recreational and leadership experiences throughout the year at our family centers, multiple summer camps and specialty programs. Programs are designed to nurture each child’s individual spirit, imagination, confidence and talents.
For over a century, JCYS has responded to the varying needs and shifting demographics in the Chicagoland area. Though our programs and services continue to change and evolve to meet the demands of the community, our commitment and dedication to service – and those we serve – remains constant.
Guided by Jewish values and culture, Jewish Council for Youth Services provides educational and recreational programs for Chicagoland’s children and through board service, develops the next generation of Jewish civic leaders.