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.


 

Jul 20, 2020
Illinois Action for Children, a local, state and national leader in the early care and education sector for 51 years, is seeking a seasoned philanthropic and government grant writer and project manager with experience in individual giving to join its Development team. The ideal candidate will have the experience and initiative to play an instrumental role in helping to continue growing and diversifying the organization’s funding portfolio. Under the direction of the Director of Philanthropy, the Grants and  Development Manager is responsible for  writing and submitting multidisciplinary, and multi-collaborative grant proposals, ranging in size, scope and complexity, to a wide range of public and private external funding agencies and organizations, such as foundations, corporations, government, and other institutions. The Grants and Development Manager will support budget development, prepare grant and stewardship reports to corporate and foundation donors and manage the...
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Jul 15, 2020
Under the direction of the Training Program Supervisor, the Bilingual Training Coordinator  is responsible for coordination and facilitation and reconciliation of activities related to provider training  all work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organization standards. This incumbent will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of  accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities.  All work to be completed in accordance with organizational standards. 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. Coordinate and/or facilitate training for family child care providers, and/or center-based program staff. Coordinate the quarterly publication of the early Care & Education...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jul 15, 2020
Under the direction of the Provider Programs Training Manager, the Training Program Supervisor coordinates,  monitors, manages and supervises all aspects of training program in partnership with the network of Community Partners and Gateways to Opportunity Registry.  The Training Program Supervisor works in collaboration with Community Partner Training Coordinators to implement an effective childcare provider training program.  All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with agency standards. This incumbent will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  include but are not limited to the following. The company reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jul 01, 2020
$35,400 yearly
Under the direction of the Program Services Project Supervisor, the Provider Resources Program Generalist is responsible for coordinating and supporting all aspects of the countywide Child Care Professional Development, and Quality Improvement Funds. Duties include management of data, data entry, technical assistance and support to providers and programs. Generalist serves as the initial point of contact for providers and other internal and external callers who contact Provider Resources, and helps to assess their needs, provide direct response if possible or referral to Provider Resources or other agency teams as appropriate. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Organizational standards. 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. Maintain knowledge of all programs...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jun 17, 2020
Illinois Action for Children has developed 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. Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Program Coordinator provides logistical support and coordination services to the Community Systems Statewide Supports project including administrative and office supports and develops processes for data capture. The position provides support to the Program Manager and other department leadership.  Candidates should possess a positive attitude and strive to see the best in children and families, especially those from priority populations. IAFC is searching for an...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
May 05, 2020
Under the direction of the Referrals and Outreach Supervisor, the Chicago Early Learning Coordinator provides assistance and referral service to parents seeking early care and education options. Provides follow-up to parents to ensure contact has been made. Provides education and information on Chicago Early Learning enrollment process, quality indicators, licensing standards, Early Head Start Programs, Chicago Early Learning Programs, IDHS Child Care Assistance Program and other early learning program options. Serves as a point person with internal and external programs.  ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Provide information to parents and CPS & DFSS staff regarding Chicago Early Learning application and enrollment process over the phone and/or at walk-in desk in accordance with IAFC and City of Chicago policies and procedures. This includes connecting directing parents and staff to the universal application website and Chicago Early Learning Family Resource...
IL Action for Children 1111 East 87th Street, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Mar 17, 2020
Under the direction of the Director of Community Engagement, the Community Engagement Associate (the Associate) is responsible for recruiting, building and maintaining relationships with Ilinois Action for Children (IAFC) members; identifying and fostering leadership within the membership; and focusing on intensive community organizing in selected areas of the state . The Associate promotes Illinois Action for Children programs and initiatives by making meaningful connections with providers and families.  The Associate provides consumer education and resources to families and providers, and engages families and providers in community and professional meetings.  All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Organization standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Manages campaigns for community education and engagement in targeted communities. Build relationships with local grassroots advocates in order to recruit and develop early care...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Mar 05, 2020
  Illinois Action for Children, a local, state and national leader in the early care and education sector for nearly 50 years, is seeking a seasoned philanthropic and government grant writer and project manager to join its Development team. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the experience and initiative to play an instrumental role in helping to grow the organization’s funding portfolio. Under the direction of the Director of Philanthropy, the Grants and  Development Manager is responsible for  writing and submitting multidisciplinary, and multi-collaborative grant proposals, ranging in size, scope and complexity, to a wide range of public and private external funding agencies and organizations, such as foundations, corporations, government, and other institutions. The Grants and Development Manager will support budget development, prepare grant and stewardship reports to corporate and foundation donors and manage the grants tracking process. This position will also...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Mar 05, 2020
Under the direction of the Director of Research, the Research Associate conducts program and policy research, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data collection and management to suppo rt Illin ois Action for Children’s program implementation and inform the development of program and public policy. The emphasis for this position will be qualitative research .  The Research Associate collaborates within the Research and Policy teams and with other departments and organizations to assist or lead in the development and production of data sets, fact sheets, web data, presentations and reports.   Often the Research Associate must work on several projects at once. All work is to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Company standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   In collaboration with the Research team, designs, conducts and reports qualitative research and evaluation for Illinois Action for Children on its programs, city and...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Mar 05, 2020
The Business Analyst is responsible for a full range of activities which ensure the operational effectiveness and excellence of Illinois Action for Children (IAFC). Designs and documents workflows and makes appropriate recommendations that will positively impact operational efficiencies. Tracks and analyzes program and departmental trends and makes appropriate recommendations that will positively impact the unit. Works closely with agency departments to develop and oversee systems for data collection, analysis, and communication of program/departmental performance indicators.   Project manages and leads a number of key projects for the Quality Improvement department and the organization. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Works directly with the Director of Strategy Management, Program Integrity/Quality Assurance Manager , QA teams, and other appropriate IAFC staff to...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Feb 12, 2020
Under the direction of Vice President of Community Impact, the Director of Community Parenting Saturation Program provides strategic direction and oversight of all aspects of the Community Parenting Saturation Project. The Community Parenting Saturation Project is a three-year pilot that aims to saturate two communities in Illinois with an array of resources and interventions that increase parenting skills, thus impacting the educational success of young children. The Director of Community Parenting Saturation Program assumes the leadership role in the planning, implementation, and coordination of this pilot project, including managing the team and the community implementation. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Develop and implement a plan to support two communities through action learning, assessment, capacity building and full implementation of the Community Parenting Saturation project. Convene and engage the Community Saturation Governance Committee and Advisory...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Feb 12, 2020
Under the direction of the Director of Community Parenting Saturation Program, the Family and Community Engagement Coach supports selected communities as they design and implement identified community parenting saturation strategies. The Family and Community Engagement Coach provides training and technical assistance to support communities implement community engagement efforts and embed a human-centered design approach at the local level. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Identify, develop, and deliver training and technical assistance supports to community implementation partners to build capacity; support family and community engagement efforts of community implementation partners; and embed a human-centered design approach to identify and pilot community saturation strategies. Assess the capacity of communities through action learning and analyzing community data. Work with communities to develop capacity building plan to address gaps and strengthen...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jan 30, 2020
Under the direction of the Program Integrity/Quality Assurance Manager, the Quality Assurance Generalist assists in assessing agency needs, creating and reporting data effectively to support programs and informing the development of effective systems. Works collaboratively with other departments to measure and report program outcomes. Develops, maintains and distributes key reports for the purposes of improving quality of work processes, products and outcomes. Assists in developing the organization’s capacity to manage and analyze data. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Work with the Program Integrity/Quality Assurance Manager and other staff to identify assessment, evaluation and reporting needs. Conduct methodical examinations and reviews (both on-going and periodic) of programmatic and departmental systems, including whether or not systems are in fact in place, how...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jan 30, 2020
Under the direction of the Director of Community Impact, the Program Coordinator oversees key functions of the department including, administrative support, invoice processing and tracking, and other systematic functions of the program to allow for workflow efficiency. The Coordinator develops efficient reporting systems and processes for project start-up reporting and department reports. The Coordinator is the point person between Finance, IT, External Relations, Operations and other agency departments as directed by the Director of Community Impact related to program activities. This position will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational...
IL Action for Children 1111 East 87th Street, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jan 28, 2020
Under the supervision of the Director of Facilities, this position will provide facilities and operational management support. The Facility Operations Supervisor is responsible for ensuring safety and cleanliness of the IAFC sites, schedules emergency, corrective, and preventive maintenance work orders, which includes performing safety and repair checks as needed. Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to direct reports. Supervises and administrates assigned service, maintenance, and/or construction contracts.    This incumbent will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational performance standards.   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Provide facilities and operational management support, reporting to the Director of...
IL Action for Children 1111 East 87th Street, Chicago, IL, USA and Field Full-Time
Jan 28, 2020
Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer, the Manager of Financial Reporting and Analysis has responsibility for ensuring accurate and timely financial information is maintained including: preparation of financial reports, financial review and analysis, grant financial reporting, developing accounting procedures, review and maintenance of internal controls, review general ledger, IRS 990 preparation, budgeting, financial projections, preparation for external audits – both Company and funder led, cash flow reporting and other financial special projects as needed. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Financial Reporting Prepare financial statements on a monthly basis for various organizational programs and projects; Prepare various standard and ad-hoc financial reports and analysis for senior management and program staff as directed by the Finance Director; Provide advice and guidance to program staff with regard to financial reports; Prepare, review...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jan 23, 2020
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Finance, the Staff Accountant performs the month-end closing process, preparation/distribution of monthly expenditure reports, maintains fixed assets system, prepares monthly bank reconciliation, assists with the budget preparation, and maintains detailed accounting records of all agency financial transactions. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organization standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  Prepares monthly bank reconciliations for checking account and food program account. Ensures timely and accurate bank reconciliation on all bank accounts. Perform month-end close and records end of month journal entries – allocation of advance/deferred revenue – to close monthly accounting cycle. Prepare assigned account reconciliations and detailed financial analysis. Prepares and distributes monthly budget comparison reports for selected managers. Maintain Fixed Asset System -...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jan 10, 2020
Under the direction of the Referrals and Outreach Manager, the Referrals and Outreach Supervisor manages the direct services provided to parents and providers. Directly supervises and evaluates all assigned staff. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Supervise assigned team to ensure that high quality and professional services are provided to parents and providers that work with Illinois Action for Children. Monitor and implement policies and procedures of the Parent Resource and Referral line, Chicago Early Learning Hotline, Community Team outreach and other Illinois Action for Children programs. Implement quality control measurements on assigned staff to ensure effective, efficient and professional services are provided to parents and providers within set timelines and procedures. Maintain, monitor and analyze team data captured in NACCRRAware, Salesforce,...
IL Action for Children 1111 East 87th Street, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jan 10, 2020
Under the direction of the Provider Resources Training Program Supervisor, the Provider Program Training Coordinator is responsible for coordination and facilitation and reconciliation of activities related to provider training all work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organization standards. This incumbent will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities. All work to be completed in accordance with organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Coordinate and/or facilitate training for family child care providers, and/or center based program staff. Coordinate the quarterly publication of the early Care & Education Resource with other necessary program staff, and marketing team. Provide coaching and technical assistance to providers and center program staff related to...
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Jan 03, 2020
Illinois Action for Children seeks a responsible Community Connections Case Manager to provide case management services for families whose children (preK to third grade) are chronically absent from school. Under the direction of the North Lawndale Community Connections Manager, the Community Connections Case Manager will meet with families and schools and work together to reduce barriers to consistent attendance. The Community Connections Case Manager also develops strategies alongside families, children and partners to increase awareness of the importance of school attendance. Additionally, s/he will foster relationships with additional North Lawndale families, neighborhood schools and partner organizations to support community system building and strengthen outcomes. IAFC is looking for a compassionate, care-driven professional who believes in facilitating outcomes for vulnerable children and families in North Lawndale. The ideal candidate will take initiative in creating...
IL Action for Children Full-Time