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 is responsible for the implementation Gads Hill Center’s center-based early childhood programming at the Brighton Park site. In this role, the Site Manager oversees the implementation of program curricula, ensures adherence to the program model and funder requirements, and provides supervision and guidance to the teachers and Family Support Workers. The Site Manager also maintains the quality of program services and ensures that children, youth and families receive comprehensive education and support services. This individual must embody our core values and demonstrate the ability to positively contribute to Gads Hill Center’s culture of collaboration, high expectations, and exceptional service.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Supervises, coaches, and evaluates teaching staff and Family Support Workers.
Serves as site leader and maintains effective operation of Children’s Services programs.
Collaborates with the Operations Coordinator to ensure that facility issues are reported and resolved in a timely manner.
Ensures that the site maintains all safety standards, such as emergency drills, at the appropriate intervals.
Maintains compliance with DCFS licensing standards at all times.
Provides guidance on problem solving, classroom management and curriculum implementation to teachers on a daily basis.
Schedules and facilitates monthly site and team meetings, as appropriate.
Program Monitoring and Management
Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with community members, stakeholders, and families served.
Collaborates with partners to develop an effective referral structure for all programs.
Assists with the preparation of the program budget and monitors monthly expenditures.
Adheres to agency’s internal review process to ensure compliance with program requirements.
Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with the parents and communities that we serve, including participating in agency and site outreach, recruitment and civic engagement efforts.
Supports parent engagement efforts, including but not limited to parent meetings, parent policy committee meetings and advocacy efforts.
Demonstrates a proficient knowledge of the social emotional needs of children, age 0-5.
Ensures ongoing recruitment and enrollment of eligible children for various funding sources.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of age 0-5 disability requirements and implements them in all aspects of the work to maintain program quality and compliance.
Conducts and documents formal observations in staff’s usual work setting and provides written and verbal feedback.
Collects and manages key metrics of program outcomes and activities to track effectiveness.
Prepares reports providing analysis on the outcomes and implications of the data to the families we serve.
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 children’s services leaders to plan and coordinate professional development.
Together with the Director of Children’s Programs represents center-based programming at appropriate monitoring visits and program audits.
Works with Family Support Workers and Education/Disabilities Manager on the referral process and assists in advocating for services for referred children.
Provides regular written and oral reports on program as assigned, by designated timelines.
Participates in meetings of Children’s Services leadership to resolve problems and assist in determining the strategic direction of Children’s Services.
Participates in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participates in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Demonstrated success navigating complex organizational structures; using influence and soft skills to move ideas to implementation; comfort with ambiguity; adapting to change; and managing under different circumstances.
Sophisticated communication style that demonstrates expertise and commands respect, while also recognizing and leveraging knowledge of others. Outstanding listening skills with the ability to uncover the real issues affecting sites
Experience working successfully in a multi-site organization with demonstrated success integrating into new work environments
Participates in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advances parent leadership development.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds (average child’s weight).
Bilingual Spanish/English highly preferred.
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood or a related field and a Director’s Gateway level 1 credential required. Masters in Early Childhood Education preferred.
At least three years in a progressively responsible position in a Head Start, Early Head, Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative funded agency is required. Previous managerial experience in Head Start/Early Head Start programs and monitoring experience preferred.
Must have a valid Driver’s License and be willing to travel locally.
Experience with multicultural programming preferred.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
Work well under pressure and adhere to strict timelines.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and willingness to develop additional skills as needed.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Experience in a nonprofit environment preferred.
Entry Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Schedule: Full time
Location: 4255 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
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.