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About the Role:
Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Site Manager will oversee all aspects of the daily operations at the designated site; create a safe, warm and welcoming environment for children, families, and staff and support the goals and vision of the organization. Emphasis will be on continuously improving program quality, parent engagement, staff support and development.
What you’ll do:
Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned
Monitor and ensure the implementation of the Early Childhood Education and School Age programs ensuring adherence to funding requirements as set by Head Start Performance Standards, NAEYC (National Education for the Education of Young Children) Standards and other licensing requirements.
Maintain both City and State licenses by completing and submitting necessary paperwork for renewal.
Monitor and ensure all licensing requirements are met.
Oversee and ensure that team teachers conduct their weekly team meetings, be available to provide support and guidance as needed.
Under the direction of the Program Director, work with the Education Coordinator to plan and implement the education curriculum (i.e., Creative Curriculum.) and Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment system;
Collaborate with the Education Coordinator in ensuring NAEYC accreditation processes and compliance.
Responsible for reviewing and approving all purchase orders submitted to the Administrative Receptionist before purchase to ensure quality programming and maintenance of facilities while adhering to the budget.
Supervise and monitor the kitchen staff, operation, food program, and maintenance to ensure compliance with the Illinois State Board of Education Food Program and licensing requirements.
Supervise and monitor of other support services (i.e., clerical, office, etc.) to ensure agency policies and procedures are complied with and meet the vision and mission of the agency.
Schedule staff according to the patterns of enrollment to maintain teacher/child ratio in the classrooms at all times. Schedules coverage for staff absences.
Ensure the facilities meet the health and safety standards set forth in licensing standards.
Monitor, observe and respond to the concerns of parents.
Collaborate with the Family Support Services Coordinator and Family Support Workers in preparing for and conducting parent meetings including securing the time and place, ordering food, planning the agenda and securing trainers.
Identify, schedule and participate in community-based meetings with schools, and other agencies to share information and promote a greater awareness of program opportunities and services.
Coordinate outreach efforts with the Family Support Services Coordinator and Family Support Workers as they network with providers in the community.
Assist with the implementation of the Head Start Annual Protocol/Self Assessment process and Program Information Report (PIR).
Assist with the design of an action plan to address any deficiencies identified by the Head Start Annual Protocol/Self- Assessment.
Assist and oversee city and state licensing inspections and report any concerns verbally or in writing to ensure compliance is met.
Oversee the hiring of all classroom, maintenance, and office and kitchen staff ensuring the Head Start Coordinator and Parent Policy Committee members participate as well.
Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
Coordinate staffing on all program children and participate in formal and informal parent conferences, SRT meetings, as needed.
Work with Program Director and Program Coordinators to ensure and monitor that a functional and operative Parent Policy Committee and Parent Committee is in place.
Our Perfect Candidate
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education required
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred
3+ years of experience in a pre-school program and a minimum of two years of supervisory responsibilities
Driver’s license and own transportation required.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) REQUIRED
Flexible in work schedule
Required Abilities and Skills:
Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Time management skills to prioritize and meet deadlines
Expertise in analysis, critical decision making, and process improvement
Demonstrate ability to anticipate and solve practical problems
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications including Excel, PowerPoint, and word
Hours: Full-time; year round
Annual Salary Range: $45,000.00 - $55,000.00
Competitive salary will commensurate with experience and education
Comprehensive benefits package available: (i.e. health insurance, life and short/long term disability insurance, vacation, 403(B) thrift plan (upon 1 year of employment), etc.)
Application details: Please send cover letter and resume to
Onward Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Accredited by NAEYC
About Onward Neighborhood House
Onward Neighborhood House is a family resource center which served the West Town neighborhood of Chicago for over 138 years. Onward Neighborhood House works now to support low income immigrant families and children in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin and surrounding communities. Our mission is to empower families and individuals in need to achieve their full potential in a community based setting through educational, recreational and social service programs.
Onward Neighborhood House has moved completely to the Belmont Cragin Neighborhood, located at 5423 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60639. We offer early childhood education services, after school programs and adult education services including a computer lab.