IL Action for Children

Who We Are

Our work is to ensure that every child in Illinois — particularly those in need — have access to the resources to succeed in school and in life. Since our founding in 1969, Illinois Action for Children has worked to create systems of early care and education that help strengthen families and communities.

Career Opportunities

Our program areas include public policy and advocacy, child care supports, early childhood education including Pre-K and Head Start, family and community engagement, and community building and organizing. We also administer the IDHS Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) for Cook County, helping more than 50,000 families pay for child care each month.


 
Mar 15, 2018
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Public Policy, the Policy Associate monitors and conducts analysis of federal, state and/or local policies as they affect working families, their children and the early childhood profession.  Assists in the development of IL Action for Children’s (IAFC) policy and legislative proposals. Supports IAFC participation in Illinois Early Learning Council committees and other advisory committees by staffing committees, conducting needed background research and policy development, and assisting senior staff in preparing for meetings. Supports legislative advocacy campaigns by tracking policy proposals/bills that impact early care and education and providing written materials and analysis for IAFC’s membership as well as elected officials on key policy priorities.  All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. Job Requirements:   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES    Monitor and analyze local, state, and/or federal policies, programs and budgets. Draft fact sheets, “action alerts,” and other educational or advocacy materials. Write content and suggest updates for IAFC’s website with relevant materials as needed.  Present findings and analyses to IAFC staff to inform upcoming campaigns and priorities. Assist in determining cost estimates and statistical analyses for policy proposals. Serve as contact for policy priorities with elected officials and legislative staff at local, state and federal levels. Develop on-going working relationships with organizations and coalitions relating to early childhood care and education.  Attend, facilitate and staff meetings as needed. Prepare written plans and reports as required by agency and foundation needs. Develop specialized knowledge in relevant policy areas.   Maintain working knowledge of policies in areas related to early care and education.  Maintain resource library on relevant topics. Present workshops, meetings and trainings to members and general public on policy issues in accordance with department goals and organizational needs. Represent IAFC at state advisory committees and councils charged with overseeing and crafting early care and education legislative and administrative policy. Collaborate with community engagement and research staff on department events and shared projects. Manage projects including development and implementation of timelines and tasks related to policy work. Other Functions:  The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:   Master’s degree in Public Policy and/or at least three to five years related training and/or experience strongly preferred. Bachelor's degree and two years related experience and/or training required; Understanding of policy process.  Excel, PowerPoint, analytical/persuasive writing a must. Public presentation experience and/or skills required.  Research skills –online and otherwise- required.  llinois Action for Children  is Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/D/V
IL Action for Children 60640, , United States Full Time
Mar 07, 2018
Under the direction of the Site Director, the Early Learning Certified Teacher takes the lead in working with the entire classroom team to implement a formal child screening process, a researched-based curriculum that addresses the Head Start Standards, on-going child assessment, parent involvement and community collaboration. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Coordinates and completes developmental screening of all children to determine the child’s priority for enrollment and to help identify any special needs. Teaches children in large groups, small groups, and individually.  Works with the classroom team to implement the curriculum, serving as educational leader, and modeling excellent teaching practices. Meets with the classroom team each week to develop lesson plans. Completes regular assessments of each child’s learning. Meets with the classroom team each week to discuss child assessment results and develop individualized instruction plans. Welcomes parents/guardian in the program and seeks out their support and involvement. Holds parent-teacher conferences throughout the year. Visits local kindergarten programs, and helps children and parents/guardian transition to those programs. Participates in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings for children with special needs as requested by parents/guardian. Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child’s work, and a developmental assessment. Maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment. Assure that classroom equipment, furniture, materials, and supplies are properly maintained and stored. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Bachelor’s degree  Illinois Professional Educator Licensure (PEL) in Early Childhood   or a Professional Educator Licensure (PEL) in any Content area with 9 semester credits in ECE can be hired for 3 years (PEL in ECE must be obtained w/in the 3 years). At least two years of Early Childhood Teaching experience. Knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Head Start (or comparable child development programs), early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice and bilingual educations.                                            Salary: $45,000 This position is located in Homewood, IL  IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children Homewood, , United States Full Time
Feb 28, 2018
Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Finance, ensures that contract and sub-contract budgets reflect the actual cost of operations and the fiscal guidelines established by each funder and by Illinois Action for Children; tracks and analyzes expenditures for contracts and sub-contracts in relation to budgets; and oversees fiscal reporting by IAFC to funders, and by sub-contractors to IAFC. Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : Develops and maintains expertise on the fiscal requirements of each outside funding source, including allowable costs, basis for reimbursement, documentation requirements, cash flow plans, and reporting requirements. Creates, revises, manages and receives approvals for budgets for each contract and grant in the format required by the funding source, and prepares financial reports as required by each funder. Creates a crosswalk between funders’ budget categories and Action for Children categories. Assists Illinois Action for Children staff by providing budgets and reports in a format that summarizes amounts not under their direct control and breaks out amounts that they are responsible for managing. Creates budgets for each sub-contract and service contractor, including 20 or more Preschool for All sites, various contractors under the Early Reading First project, and COFI services under the CHA contract. Oversees the expenditure reporting system for sub-contractors and service contractors. Ensures that Illinois Action for Children staff are monitoring expenses properly and that contract requirements are being met. Trains IAFC program staff and sub-contractors on financial reporting and record-keeping requirements. Develops manuals, forms and procedures for their use in reporting program expenditures. Reviews site financial systems for compliance with contract requirements. Meets at least monthly with designated staff to review expenditure levels and other fiscal matters. Identifies new or unusual risks and reports them to the Chief Financial Officer. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE : Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required. 3 – 5 years’ experience with similar responsibilities. Knowledge of fund accounting and cost allocation. Salary : $47,100/yr. min.   Location : Homewood, IL Illinois Action for Children is an EEO/AAP Employer
IL Action for Children United States Full Time
Feb 28, 2018
Illinois Action for Children is developing a high quality teaching and learning system in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. The goal is to enhance the capacity of early care and education professionals and their cross-sector partners to build strong community systems that ensure more children from priority populations begin kindergarten safe, healthy, eager to succeed, and ready to learn.   Illinois Action for Children is looking for a driven, outgoing professional motivated to impact systems through collaborative work and innovative thinking. Ideal candidates will enjoy taking initiative in presenting new ideas and bring an eagerness to understand complex systems. Candidates should possess a positive attitude and strive to see the best in children and families, especially those from priority populations.   Primarily under the direction of the Project Director, the Community Impact and Data Analyst is responsible for supporting the Community Systems Development team and agency’s research and data analysis needs and initiatives.  The Community Impact and Data Analyst’s primary job would be to (i) train and support CSD coaches and collaborations on accessing and using data (such as Census, IECAM, public heath, DCFS and CCAP data and specially collected data)  for needs assessment, CQI or Action Learning, and impact measurement (ii) evaluate project and local outcomes – design an evaluation with the Early Childhood Community Systems (ECCS) team, write the protocols, collect and analyze local data; (iii) support communities directly as time allows with other data, data analysis and maps; and (iv) work with IECAM to improve data and data access, and (v) supporting Illinois Action for Children’s vision to advance as a data-driven organization. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Company standards. Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following. The organization reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.   Assists the Community Systems Development team, Research Department, local collaborations and others in obtaining quantitative and qualitative data; and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data for community needs assessments, planning, continuous quality improvement, action learning, impact measurement and evaluation. Works with the Community Systems Development team, Research Department, local collaborations and others to develop data dashboards, maps, and other data visualization tools for better understanding and data storytelling. Works with Curriculum Manager and Project Director to track and measure outcomes defined across department. Provides data analytics support, including GIS analysis and map generation, and related technical assistance services to the Community Systems Development team, Research team, and other programs and departments as appropriate. Works with the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map team and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development to understand and improve communities’ access to data of relevance to their communities’ early childhood system of services. Works with Community Systems Development team and Research Department to design evaluations, write the evaluation protocols, and collect and analyze local data for evaluating the both the CSD project and local collaboration outcomes. Coordinates the data and evaluation needs of the project with the Community Systems Development team and Research Department, submits data for quarterly reporting, and creates impact stories for internal and external stakeholders. Participates in report writing. Manages projects through to successful completion as directed.  Develops related project documentation, that might include but not limited to the development of project plans;   documentation of data access and definitions. Develops materials and provide training, technical assistance, and webinars to local early childhood collaborations to integrate and embed developmental evaluation approaches and strategies into their systems change strategies and processes, such as data analysis, user-centered design, design thinking, storytelling, prototyping, and action learning. Assists and works on projects and activities focused on developing, supporting, and sustaining an ongoing data-informed and data-driven work culture and operations across all IAFC departments and programs, and participates in related data committee and data management efforts. Promotes Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) by proactively identifying and helping to identify and implement improvements and best practices related to the agency’s use of applications, databases, and systems. Promotes a culture of innovation inside and outside the Organization by identifying and developing ideas and innovative methods for addressing needs and improving operations through data and technology. Monitor and stay current on research on community systems development, design thinking, developmental evaluation, including tools and resources for capacity building. Participate and engage in local collaboration and external meetings, as needed, to facilitate, support, or guide community systems efforts in alignment with articulated goals and vision. Participate and contribute expertise in state committees related to data systems. Collaborates with members of the Community Systems team, Information Technology team and Research team and others in providing data support and assistance to staff members, as needed. Performs all other assigned, related duties as required. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Experience with data visualization, developing dashboards, and mapping is required. Experience with ArcGIS is desirable. Experience in designing, developing, and maintaining databases.  Experience with Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Salesforce, and Microsoft Access databases is desirable. Experience training or coaching adults in data or design is strongly preferred. Strong project management skills are required Experience gathering and documenting user requirements is highly desirable. Experience in developing technical documentation is highly desirable.   Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a research, design, social/human services, policy, or public administration/planning field, and a minimum of five years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, including coursework in evaluation and research in education and/or human services.  A Master’s degree is strongly preferred.    
IL Action for Children United States Full Time
Feb 14, 2018
Under the direction of the Director of Consultation Programs, the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant for Caregiver Connections will provide ongoing, relationship-based infant mental health consultation, technical assistance, crisis counseling, advocacy (related to IEP conferences), professional development and referral services. Additionally,  the ECMHC will provide support and services to teachers, program administrative staff, school district administrators and parents. The ECMHC will work proactively to educate, promote, and advance the understanding of children’s social emotional development and its’ relationship to learning and cognition, as well support for children and families and their mental health needs. Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  Provide on-going infant mental health consultation and technical assistance through an embedded model for Caregiver Connections. Focus on Consultation: Support to educators and administrators, targeted to increase knowledge, build competency, capacity, and sustainability to support children’s social emotional development. Working with families in an effort to inform, support, educate, and provide viable resources as per the needs demonstrated by the child’s family. Establish and maintain supportive relationships with early childhood teachers, directors, and support staff.  Work in partnership with teachers, administrators to assess consultation needs (child-focused, program-focused, and/or classroom-focused); secure consultation agreements, collaborate on the development of consultative plans, address targeted needs, and of educators/program staff regarding children’s social-emotional needs and development and working with families.  Provide assistance with difficult situations and/or challenging children. Minimize the risk of pre-school expulsions. Facilitate referrals. As needed, assist providers and families with linkage to appropriate resources—such as Early Intervention, school-based special education and enrichment programs, mental health agencies/providers. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Minimum of five years of direct practice providing therapeutic services to children 0-5 and/or families with young children. Minimum of three years of experience facilitating groups for parents. Minimum of three years of experience providing consultation services in either Head Start/Early Head Start, PFA, and/or Program Initiative. Knowledge of child development, understanding of family dynamics and the importance of child-caregiver and family-caregiver relationships.  Valid driver’s license, access to reliable personal transportation with insurance:  As workload increases and more school district show interest, position could become full time.  Provide early childhood mental health consultation both programmatically, child & family centered.  Conduct “Blue Skies” reflective practice groups with teachers.  Practice a semi-embedded consultation model.  Engaged with multi-disciplinary teams at the various districts. Location:  Lawrence/Northern suburbs of Chicago     Salary:  $47,100 yr.   Illinois Action for Children is EEO/M/F/D/V Employer.  
IL Action for Children United States Full Time
Feb 14, 2018
Illinois Action for Children is developing a high quality teaching and learning system in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. The goal is to enhance the capacity of early care and education professionals and their cross-sector partners to build strong community systems that ensure more children from priority populations begin kindergarten safe, healthy, eager to succeed, and ready to learn. Illinois Action for Children is looking for a driven, outgoing professional motivated to impact systems through collaborative work and innovative thinking. Ideal candidates will enjoy taking initiative in presenting new ideas and bring an eagerness to understand complex systems. Candidates should possess a positive attitude and strive to see the best in children and families, especially those from priority populations. Under the direction of the Project Director, Community Systems Statewide Supports, the Community Systems Trainer/Coach develops content and delivers resources, training, coaching, and technical assistance to local early childhood collaborations, community leaders, and state agency leaders in the community systems practice area. In addition to developing and delivering supports (in-person and virtual) to local collaboration members, this position is responsible for building strong relationships and serving as a primary communication channel between local communities and IAFC to inform opportunities for systems improvement. The ideal candidate will create quality professional development opportunities and effectively promote them amongst community collaboration members across the state. The candidate will also take the lead in supporting peer learning communities focused on his/her areas of expertise, and will contribute articles to the community systems development website and learning management systems. He or she will work with the CSD Curriculum Manager and CSD Project Director to ensure diverse participants are able to access training opportunities, particularly those in underserved areas of the state, and/or targeted high need communities. Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES In close collaboration with IAFC’s community systems team, identify, develop, and deliver training and technical assistance supports to local collaborations and stakeholders to deepen their skills and knowledge of community systems. Create systems to improve quality of and access to training and TA opportunities by integrating user feedback, data from evaluations and reflective action learning using continuous quality improvement methods. Support local collaborations to embed action learning and develop systems change strategies that align with their vision and expected outcomes. Provide coaching and technical assistance supports online, web-based, in-person, or over the phone, while recognizing and respecting the unique abilities and contributions of individuals. Assist collaboration members to structure systems, routines and interactions that contribute to positive outcomes for the children and families in the community. Encourage, support, motivate, and work interactively with collaboration members to develop and implement ongoing goals. Assist local collaborations in gathering, organizing and interpreting data to inform their planning, including demographic and service data available through the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map and local sources of quantitative and qualitative data. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college required. Master's degree (M. A.) or equivalent preferred; or two to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in early childhood, public health, community organizing and/or public education preferred. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Experience in adult training and learning Proven ability to facilitate and coach leaders individually and in large groups, in-person and distance learning, and maintaining collaborative partnerships Knowledge of the early care and education landscape in Illinois Excellent writing, telephone and communications skills Advanced Microsoft Office skills; intermediate skills in software including GotoWebinar, Zoom, Basecamp3, WordPress, Salesforce and Smartsheet (or similar software) Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills with strong multi-tasking abilities Exceptional interpersonal skills, especially with diverse personalities Friendly and professional demeanor Willingness to work and communicate within team environment Salary: $53,900        Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL Illinois Action for Children  is Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/D/V  
IL Action for Children United States Full Time
Feb 12, 2018
SUMMARY:   Illinois Action for Children is developing a high quality teaching and learning system in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. The goal is to enhance the capacity of early care and education professionals and their cross-sector partners to build strong community systems that ensure more children from priority populations begin kindergarten safe, healthy, eager to succeed, and ready to learn.   Illinois Action for Children is looking for a driven, outgoing professional motivated to impact systems through collaborative work and innovative thinking. Ideal candidates will enjoy taking initiative in presenting new ideas and bring an eagerness to understand complex systems. Candidates should possess a positive attitude and strive to see the best in children and families, especially those from priority populations.   Under the direction of the Project Director, Community Systems Statewide Supports, the Project Manager will provide leadership in the logistics and implementation of key work related to Community Systems projects. IAFC is searching for an experienced, reliable and task-oriented individual to ensure administrative systems are in place and well-maintained to support time-sensitive constituent communications, grants reporting, event logistics, and contract management.This person will be highly self-motivated, professional, capable of managing their work load and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced nonprofit environment.  The Project Manager will interface with diverse constituents including leaders from school districts, community collaborations, elected officials, and senior staff. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Company standards.   The Project Manager assists as needed with the maintenance of the Partner Plan Act website,  online communities and learning management platforms. The Project Manager maintains project files and assists in the development and editing of reports.       Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES       Coordinate constituent communications, including taking calls, creating and responding to emails and supporting online constituent communities Manage membership databases, listservs, and external communications using ActionForce (IAFC’s customer relation management system) Arrange logistics for statewide and local events, conferences, webinars and others Prepare internal and external reporting documents for team members and funders Create systems to manage documentation and accounting paper flow requirements related to billing, contracts, check requests and invoicing. Collaborate with staff to process contracts with community-based agencies and independent consultants, including tracking of contract development and execution, reporting, and payments. Able to manage budgets and financial records of contracts and consultants. Schedule meetings and appointments and manage travel itineraries for team. Maintain an organized filing system of paper and electronic documents using ActionForce and  Smartsheet. Working with the Project Director and Curriculum Manager, coordinate the logistics and delivery of on-line trainings and learning management systems. Manage and coordinate departmental grant deliverable tracking and timely reporting protocols, serving as the liaison to the External Relations and Finance departments as needed. Manage and utilize software systems such as ActionForce, Higher Logic, Basecamp 3, Word Press, and Smartsheet (or similar software solutions) to facilitate constituent communications and create reports. Maintain monthly and quarterly reporting for grant deliverables including monthly reports using Smart Sheet software. Participate in the proposal development and report writing process. Assist Curriculum Manager and Trainer/Coaches in maintaining the Partner Plan Act website and online communities. Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.    EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:   Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university required; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.   Minimum of 4+ years of experience as a program manager, executive assistant or similar roles reporting directly to senior management Experience in association management, communications, and adult training and learning systems preferred Advanced Microsoft Office skills, with an ability to become proficient with firm-specific programs and software including WordPress, Salesforce and Smartsheet Proficiency in collaboration and delegation of duties Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills with impeccable multi-tasking abilities Exceptional interpersonal skills Friendly and professional demeanor   OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:   Must have Office Suite skills (advanced level) Excellent writing, telephone and communications skills Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment Knowledge of the early care and education landscape in Illinois preferred Project management and other organizational skills Strong database skills and experiences Willingness to work and communicate within team environment Ability to travel locally and statewide                      
IL Action for Children Chicago, 60640, United States
Feb 06, 2018
Under the direction of the Chief Information Officer, the Data Systems Administrator is responsible for supporting the agency’s programmatic data systems, applications, and other data-related needs. The Data Systems Administrator will support and maintain the agency’s Salesforce system and associated third party applications. The Data Systems Administrator will also support existing and develop new databases and applications; provide data support and assistance to agency users; work with managers and staff members across programs and departments in identifying data-related operational needs; and help to promote, implement, and support a sustainable data-informed work culture and operations.  This position will play a critical role in the current implementation and anticipated future expansion of the Salesforce platform, and will also be instrumental in overseeing the process of importing data from external systems into Salesforce.   Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Maintains and supports the agency’s Salesforce system, including but not limited to: Managing all updates and changes to Salesforce, including system configuration; Providing end user support related to the use of Salesforce and the data captured and contained within it; Managing the process of importing data from external sources into Salesforce; Managing Salesforce applications as well as the implementation of future applications; Enforcing data quality and integrity protocols and guidelines; Developing report and data extracts; Maintaining Salesforce system security and integrity; Assisting in future expansion and development of the Salesforce platform and functionality; and, Assisting with end user training and education; Supports and develops new and existing software applications, databases, and information systems across the agency, including Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) and custom-built products. Provides technical assistance, support, and guidance related to existing and future applications and databases throughout the agency. Maintains, develops, and supports databases, database servers, and related infrastructure components. Manages application and database development projects through to successful completion as directed.  Gathers and translates business requirements from programs and departments into technical specifications and deliverables. Develops related project documentation, including but not limited to the development of project plans; requirements, design, and specification documentation; test plans, scripts, and documentation; training materials; etc. Assists and works on projects and activities focused on developing, supporting, and sustaining an ongoing data-informed and data-driven work culture and operations across all departments and programs, and participates in related data management efforts. Provides data analysis and related technical assistance services to agency staff members as required, and works with agency staff members in proactively identifying and maximizing opportunities to use information and data to improve outcomes and processes. Develops and maintains functional and technical documentation related to applications, databases, and systems, as necessary. Promotes Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) by proactively identifying and helping to identify and implement improvements and best practices related to the agency’s use of applications, databases, and systems. Promotes a culture of innovation by identifying and developing ideas and innovative methods for addressing needs and improving operations through data and technology. Uses agency tools for organizing and managing work, including but not limited to the Zendesk Help Desk system to track and manage requests for assistance, tasks, and related items and Smartsheet for project and non-support task management. Collaborates with other Information Technology team members in promoting an effective work environment and culture, and assists Information Technology team in providing technology support and assistance to staff members, as needed. Performs all other assigned, related duties as required. Other Functions:  Illinois Action for Children may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:   At least one year of Salesforce system administration experience is required; 1 – 3 years of experience is highly desirable. Bachelor's degree and at least 1 - 3 years’ experience in application and database development and support, or the equivalent.   CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS :         Technical certifications desirable.   OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:   Experience with Salesforce, the underlying Salesforce architecture and concepts, and SOQL is required. Experience with Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Server is required.  Experience working with databases, SQL, querying databases, developing reports, etc. is required. Experience working with programmatic and/or research data, particularly within a non-profit or human services environment, is highly desirable. Experience in designing, developing, and maintaining Web and desktop applications is required.  Experience with Microsoft programming languages is highly desirable. Experience with open source languages such as PHP, Python, Ruby, or similar is desirable.  Experience with developing and managing API’s, including any associated Web services and other programs that facilitate the exchange of data between systems is highly desirable. Experience with setting up, implementing, and maintaining Linux servers and Web servers is desirable. Strong project management skills are required Experience gathering and documenting user requirements is highly desirable. Experience in developing technical documentation is highly desirable. Experience in data management, including ETL, data quality, etc., is desirable. Experience with data analysis, data analytics, and data science is desirable. Experience with networks and supporting network components (servers, switches, etc.) and infrastructures is desirable. Experience working in a virtualized environment is desirable.
IL Action for Children Chicago, 60640, United States Full Time
Feb 02, 2018
This position is responsible the ordering, preparing, serving and documenting of meals and snacks. It includes following menus and all phases of kitchen operations including inventory control. The position contributes to the smooth operations and functioning of the kitchen in adherence to health and food safety codes and the strict cleanliness of the kitchen and food service and storage areas. The position may prepare foods for infants and toddlers and/or preschool children following the USDA/CACFP standards.  Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES A.    Food Service : Prepares and serves food and assists in any food related activities as directed and menus as approved by registered dietitian/nutritionist.Oversees maintenance of inventory for all necessary supplies, food and equipment used for  food services operations.Oversees the processing and storage of food and food related items as they are delivered.Implements a cost effective food service program according to federal, state and local regulations. Prepares and serves all meals as planned, paying attention to food presentation and freshness.  B.  Health and Sanitation: Ensures that there is an established system for cleaning the kitchen and storage rooms so that they are always kept in a clean and sanitary manner.Ensures that all foods are prepared in a safe and sanitary manner.Responsible for complying with all local, state and federal standards regarding hygiene and sanitation.      C.  Recordkeeping : Responsible for ensuring kitchen has proper Food Permit as required by applicable local regulations. Responsible for the period purchasing and regular maintenance of food to ensure quality, cost control and adequate inventory. Receives and accounts for food deliveries. Documents in the menu book, following required USDA/CACFP documentation, food purchased, prepared and served. D . Child and Adult Care Food Program:  Contributes to the collection and edit processes of correct documentation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).   Be knowledgeable about CACFP requirements regarding portions and components of each meal service. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: The minimum requirement is a HS Diploma or GED and has food preparation experience and be able to comply with any state food permit/health requirements. Experience in quantity food preparation and inventory control is preferred. Previous Head Start/Early Head Start experience preferred.                                                     Within 90 days of employment, must obtain and continually maintain basic first aid and pediatric CPR certification. Acceptable tuberculosis screening results, a clear criminal records check (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment.     Position is in a Head Start Site located in South Suburbs. Salary: $27,700   IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.  
IL Action for Children United States Full Time
Feb 01, 2018
Under the direction of the assigned Site Director, the incumbent will support program Transportation Services on a part-time basis (15-20 hours a week), by ensuring the safety and overall well-being while being transported to our Early Learning Programs. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organization standards. Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Prioritize and ensure the health, safety and well-being of children being transported to and from the program and on field trips in vehicles used by the program; visually observe the health of each child on the bus. Ensure that each child is delivered to the care of a responsible adult (authorized list) over the age of 18, upon leaving bus. Ensure that the responsible adult signs for the child upon leaving the bus. Complete daily sign on & off sheets, accounting by name all children getting on and off the bus. Assist children with entering and exiting the bus; ensure that children are properly positioned and restrained; and ensure harnesses are secured and remain fastened at all times while the vehicle is in motion. Create an enjoyable and engaging environment on the bus, leading songs or other developmentally appropriate activities that are safe and appropriate for a moving vehicle. Maintain bus safety and positively guide children to follow all bus rules. Conduct a walk through of the bus before and after each use, checking each seat and space beneath following the established “all clear” procedures for ensuring the bus is empty of children. In the event of an accident or emergency, ensure the safe evacuation of children and adult passengers. Report any accidents, incidents or traffic violations incurred by the Bus Driver to the Site Director using the IAFC incident reporting process. Support communication between families and center staff as requested. Remain with any children who are not received by an authorized adult and follow the agency transportation policy to notify appropriate contacts. Assist in maintaining the interior of the vehicle in a clean and safe operating condition. Ensure that no children are left unattended on the bus at any time. Conduct unannounced monthly bus monitoring. Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES :  Ability to speak English and Spanish is a plus, but not required.  Position is in a Head Start Site located in South Suburbs. Salary: $13.31/hr IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.  
IL Action for Children Homewood, , United States Part Time
Jan 31, 2018
SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Director of Human Resources, the Benefits and HRIS Administrator is responsible for the coordination and day to day operations of employee benefits and maintenance of the HRIS systems. Position includes responsibility for benefits programs, records administration, wellness program, and communications of HR programs and policies. Assists in analyzing, modifying, and designing policies and benefit plans to ensure benefit programs are equitable and meet legislative requirements. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. Benefits administration:  Responsible for the administration and processing of employee benefits; new enrollments, benefit changes, and terminating employee benefits due to separation. Provide new and current employees with an explanation of benefits and instruct them on enrollment procedures. Ensures all benefit plan documents, summary plan descriptions, booklets and information brochures are accurate, compliant with government regulations, and current for dissemination for all benefits programs/policies, such as medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and 401(k) benefits. Job Requirements: Benefits administration:  Work with the HR Director during the benefit renewal process. Responsible for communication of benefits programs to employees including the employee health fair, newsletter, management trainings and intranet communications. Vendor and plan administration . Coordinate the transfer of data to external contacts for services, premiums and plan administration. Work effectively to make sure the plans run smoothly, investigate discrepancies and provide information in non-routine situations. Work with auditors by providing requested information. Manages the relationships with external administrators/vendors and troubleshoots system issues. Liaises with finance regarding accruals, leave of absences, system upgrades and vendor billing. LOA Administration:  Coordinates the support for all leave of absence cases and workers’ compensation claims. Effectively coordinates all cases/claims to include general administration, comprehensive case management and program compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act and all related employment laws. Interprets and administers leave programs and policies in accordance with the applicable federal and state employment laws (FMLA, ADA, USERRA, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, etc.). Manages STD/LTD programs and vendor relationships. Ensures that STD claims are coordinated with FMLA or general medical cases.  LOA Administration  Approves and/or denies leave cases based on relevant medical information. Coordinates and organizes all medical information and ensures that HIPAA and Employee Privacy guidelines are closely monitored and effectively executed. Ensures that all reportable workers’ compensation claims are submitted to the company’s vendor within 48 business hours from the date of the incident.  HRIS Administration/Reporting.  Maintain data in the HRIS and benefits systems, including benefits tables, job grades, salary tables, etc. Create processes for all HRIS systems to interchange data. Proactively perform ongoing employee data audits in ADP. Contribute to the creation and monitoring of processes to assess the quality of Employee, Benefits and HR data. Works with HR team to maximize HR’s technology capabilities to make processes more efficient and effective. Data/Metrics:  Completes reports as needed on Benefits and 401k utilization, and annual OSHA reporting. Collects, analyzes, and provides summary reporting necessary to develop dashboards for HR team to assist in monitoring and measuring HR activities and key initiatives. Leads projects and works with HR team members to procure data for creating and designing the presentation of HR metrics. Employee Relations:  Oversee the planning and execution of employee anniversary recognition, Benefits Fair and assist with other HR employee events. Responds to employee concerns and questions by referring the employee to the appropriate resource including the employee manual for policies. In all interactions, is cognizant of maintaining the highest ethics and trust to ensure credibility of the position and Human Resources. Provides referrals to the EAP. Federal and State Law Administration: Has current knowledge regarding federal and state employment laws as it relates to position and to insure compliance with work Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE : Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ experience in Human Resources and previous benefits administration experience is required. Excellent computer skills and advanced HRIS skills, using ADP, is required. Previous experience analyzing data and compiling reports is preferred. LOCATION:  Lawrence  SALARY:  $53,900 yr. min. IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/D/V Employer  
IL Action for Children Chicago, 60640, United States Full Time
Jan 30, 2018
~~Head Start Ambassador ~~Under the direction of the Project Development Manager, the Head Start Ambassador supports and encourages parents on the importance of children being enrolled in an early learning program. The Chicago Early Learning Ambassadors will conduct community visits to help connect parents to Chicago Early Learning programs and resources that will support early learning and increase enrollment in programs.  All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Builds and develops relationships with key community organizations and families, with a focus on promoting early learning opportunities. Provides training and technical assistance internal and external stakeholders based on current Chicago Early Learning enrollment policies and procedures. Connects providers and families to appropriate early learning services and IAFC programs and services. Understand and be able to communicate to others the complexities of the early care and education systems in Chicago. Collaborate with various IAFC teams that are focused on community systems development. Remain knowledgeable of IAFC menu of services, including CCAP policies and procedures. Participate in team meetings and in-service training. Conducts outreach activities and presentations to provide parents that qualify for the Head Start program information to community organizations and groups. Update monthly calendar of program activities and outreach events Collect data and prepare reports for internal/DFSS/CPS use and written consumer education materials   Job Requirements: EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Associates Degree and relevant background experience. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:       Valid driver’s license, reliable personal transportation and insurance required  OTHER SKILLS & ABILITIES Ability to work independently, with a flexible schedule, which may include nights and/ weekends Able to present information effectively and respond to questions Accurate record keeping skills Ability to travel locally Ability to attend and participate in required educational programs and staff meetings Available to attend outreach and community events LOCATION: 8741 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL    SALARY: $15 per hour This position is part-time, without benefits; 30 hours per week IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/D/V Employer  
IL Action for Children chicago, 60619, United States Part Time
Jan 29, 2018
The Head Start Teacher Assistant serves as an assistant to the Head Start Classroom teacher. This person is supervised by the Teacher Coach, and takes day-to-day direction from the Head Start Teacher. The Teacher Assistant assists in maintaining a safe, clean and healthy environment, collects, under teacher direction, assessment data used to document student progress and works with children individually and in small groups. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Organization standards.  Job Requirements: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1.  Serves as a member of the teaching team at the center, working with children in all classrooms participating in the Head Start program. 2.  Works with children individually and in groups as directed by the Teacher. 3.  Assists teachers in collecting and organizing documentation for children’s portfolios. 4.  Prepares classroom materials. 5.  Participates in weekly team meetings to facilitate planning to meet student needs. 6.  Participates in initial home visits and monthly provider visits for each child to facilitate the transfer of learning. 7. Attends and participates in program meetings, agency meetings, and parent conferences. 8.  Participates in ongoing staff development activities, workshops and conferences.   EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Associate's degree or 60 college-credit hours Six months to one year related experience Position is in a Head Start Site located in South Suburbs. Salary: $35,000  IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.  
IL Action for Children Homewood, , United States Full Time