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.


 

Jun 10, 2019
Under the direction of the LEM Manager, the Program Assistant -Biligual provides administrative and program support to the LEM Department and managesthe department’s supplies and forms. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Maintain knowledge of the LEM department’s policy and procedures. Provides custormer service support to the LEM Department, including receiving telephone calls and emails and responding appropriately, conducting reminder calls to providers for schedules visits. Provides administrative support by taking minutes at department meetings, and compiling report on activities from the LEM department. Provies technical assistance for LE monitors for technology and administrative polices, protocols. Responsible for responding to the daily needs of program staff. Responsible for processing managing the departments purchase orders, check requests and supply orders. Prepares expense for appropriate signatures as well as expediting invoice payments.   Reviews and matches invoices and packing slips. Serve as liason with marketing deparment. Manage the inventory of program forms and supplies. Assist department with reviewing document content including mileage reports. Serves as liaison to the IT Department/Operations Department and acts as troubleshooter for the assigned site’s equipment.   Maintains confidentiality regarding all documentation and client and staff information.   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) three months related experience and/or training.   OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Organization skills Ability to communicate effectively English/Spanish required   Location: 8741 S Greenwood, Chicago, IL and field based.                  Salary: 27,700/yr IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/D/V Employer
IL Action for Children 8741 S Greenwood, Chicago, IL Full-Time
May 17, 2019
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Consultation Programs, Infant Toddler Childcare Specialist will provide training, support (technical assistance), and consultation to licensed family childcare homes, licensed childcare centers, and licensed exempt providers. The goal of assisting providers to significantly improve the quality and accessibility of infant and toddler childcare, additionally, provide equal supports and technical assistance to those providers who are ExceleRate Illinois involved or have expressed an interest.   All work is to be completed with minimal supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.    Essential Duties and Responsibilities   Develop   time limited   working relationships with child care practitioners (licensed childcare providers, licensed family childcare homes, and licensed-exempt providers) to support providers around improving the quality of services to infants and toddlers (birth-3 years) through the following activities. As well as provide equal support and technical assistance to those same identified providers who are ExceleRate Illinois involved or have expressed an interest. Provide   time limited   consultation, technical assistance and trainings regarding infant toddler development, brain science and development, positive discipline, designing environments, transitions, routines, communication/relationships-building with parents/guardians. Being available by phone and email to providers. Provide consultation, technical assistance and training to providers who are ExceleRate Illinois involved or have expressed an interest, and are needing support at different stages in the process. Offering resources and information. Facilitate cohorts or CoP’s for the express purpose of providers eligibility to receive Quality Improvement funds via IDHS, additionally provide training, technical assistance, reflective practice, and consultation. Work in partnership with providers, other specialist to jointly assess and identity infant toddler program needs and concerns. Work with other Infant Toddler Childcare Specialist and other Specialist to develop a comprehensive range of infant toddler trainings/workshop, CQI cohorts and Communities of Practice (CoP). Work in collaboration with other agency-wide programs, initiatives, meetings, and events.  Maintain documentation of the contract related activities through data recording systems such as DTP and ActionForce, through timely submissions. Work with the broader community organizations and stakeholders; including  IAFC’s Community Partner agencies. During the first year of employment, meet IDHS credentialing requirements for Infant Toddler position:  Attend ‘Program for Infant Toddler Caregiver’ (PITC) trainings, become certified on all 4 PITC modules ( at least 50% completion of certification process by first anniversary of employment, in re: to PITC training and review schedule Enroll in ITN Trainer Registry (through INCCRRA Complete all INCCRRA required training Achieve level 5 INCCRRA Gateway Credential    i. Early Childhood Education   & ii. Infant Toddler Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or related field. Five years of experience working with young children in a full-time, full-year childcare setting, with a minimum of two years in an infant/toddler childcare setting. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Level 5 INCCRRA credentials in Early Childhood Education and Infant Toddler preferred. Other Skills and Abilities: Excellent communications and presentations skills  Demonstrated knowledge of and respect for the ways in which adults learn and adjust to change.   Accessibility to reliable personal transportation with insurance, valid driver’s license and ability to travel locally with occasional statewide travel  Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL        Salary: $43,700 IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL Full-Time
Apr 29, 2019
Under the direction of the Manager, Healthy Food Program, the HFP Clerk part time is responsible for clerical support in the day-to-day functions of the Healthy Food Program including reviewing menus, sending mailings, filing, listening to and documenting message recordings, preparing outreach materials and handbooks and archiving old documents. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Review menus submitted by participating providers to ensure that they meet USDA meal guidelines. Listening to and documenting the “out of home” telephone messages recorded by providers and informing the applicable team member of the information. Preparing mass mailings. Scan menus and enrollment forms and correct errors indicated by the scanning machine. Filing all documents including monthly menus and reports. Assist in preparing outreach materials and assembling Introductory Handbook binders. Archiving all old documents and files. 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) and one to three months related experience and/or training Excellent organizational skills required. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL         Salary: $13/hr This is a part-time position up to 25 hours per week, without benefits. Illinois Action For Children is EEO/M/F/D/V employer
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Part-Time
Apr 26, 2019
Under the direction of the Director of Referrals and Outreach, the Chicago Early Learning Coordinator Bilingual 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 and 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 parents and staff to the universal application website, and Chicago Early Learning Family Resource Centers, appropriate CPS and DFSS offices, providing tuition information, etc. Ensure that problem cases are resolved in a timely, accurate and professional manner. Provide assistance to parents who are interested in applying for Chicago Early Learning preschool program through the online Chicago Early Learning Preschool Application. This includes answering questions regarding application navigation, completing and submitting online application for parents, updating and changing information for parents who have completed the application, providing referral assistance, and escalating application issues to DFSS and/or CPS as necessary. Provide enhanced referral service to parents based on parent’s needs/request and contractual obligations. Troubleshoot more difficult calls from parents and Chicago Early Learning sites regarding special needs referrals, child development issues, etc. Ensure problem cases are resolved in a timely, accurate and professional manner. Provide feedback to Director, CPS, DFSS and Mayor’s Office on CEL application, verification and enrollment process, including issues faced by parents completing these steps, noticeable trends, and customer feedback. Input data and maintain zip code database, NACCRAware database, COPA database and Salesforce (IAFC’s customer relations management system). Refers potentially eligible parents to appropriate IAFC programs for information on IDHS program; educates parents on other IAFC programs.   Reconcile and prepare reports for internal/DFSS/CPS use and written consumer education materials. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree in Social Services, Early Childhood Education or related field with at least 18 credit hours of child development and two years work experience with direct childcare OR Associates degree or two years of college classes with a minimum of 60 credit hours in Social Services with at least 18 credit hours in child development with three years work experience with direct childcare in which at least one year is in a child care resource and referral program. Ability to travel locally. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Excellent presentation skills. Fluent in English/Spanish required Salary: $18/hr      Location - 8741 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago,IL This is a temporary position, without benefits through  September 20th, 2019 IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/D/V Employer
IL Action for Children 8741 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago,IL Seasonal
Apr 26, 2019
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 Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations (AD), the Development Manager, Grants & Administration is responsible for writing and submitting multidisciplinary, and multi-collaborative grant proposals, ranging in size, scope and complexity, to a wide range of funding agencies and organizations. These include both public and private external entities, such as foundations, corporations, government, and other institutions. The Grant Writer/Administrator will support budget development, prepare grant and stewardship reports to corporate and foundation donors and manage the grants tracking process. This position will have goals to produce a specific number of quality proposals in alignment with the organization’s annual development plan. The Development Manager, Grants & Administration will collaborate with the Development team and will work closely with agency leadership and program directors to develop strongly positioned proposals for varied programs and projects that can be marketed effectively to corporations and foundations. All work is to be completed with standard supervision, confidentiality, integrity, and good judgment in accordance with organization standards. This position may be eligible for telecommuting one day per week, specifically for a writing day, upon the completion of six months. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   : Write high-quality, well-positioned funding proposals and project manage all aspects of the proposal/report writing process; prioritize and coordinate grant applications; Have knowledge of procedures governing state, federal, and private grant proposal submissions, funder selection criteria and post-award funder expectations. Examples include: Pre- and post-award proposal writing, including Letters of Inquiry, abstracts, concept papers, and acknowledgement letters; Leading the execution of logic model development; supporting project budget development; preparing related application and stewardship materials. Actively engage in ongoing prospect research to identify viable funding opportunities that align with the agency’s priorities; Provide effective coordination of activities for prospective and current funding organizations, including site visits and prospect/cultivation/stewardship meetings; Within initial 6 months, develop a strong knowledge and understanding of key staff and program and policy areas, and the protocols for effective communications and interactions within the organization; Support the Development team in the execution of other fundraising related activities as needed REQUIRED EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE : Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience that equate to an advanced degree; Demonstrated experience in writing persuasive, clear, concise, and visually attractive proposals/reports preferably in a nonprofit or educational setting, such as grant writing, technical writing, proofreading, editing, copywriting, or other equivalent written communication format; Experience successfully soliciting local, regional, and national foundations and a proven track record of securing   new   foundation grants; Able to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines and funding goals, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities while maintaining a calm, professional work style; Demonstrated teamwork skills, team oriented, and able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Superior project management skills including the ability to coordinate overlapping projects and deadlines, and an excellent attention to detail;; Strong analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision; PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS and COMPETENCIES : Passion for Illinois Action for Children’s mission and vision; Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate a diverse, multi-functional organization; Experience managing a growing schedule of proposal writing and submissions; Familiarity with federal rules and regulations as pertains to grant administration; Experience fostering an organization-wide culture of philanthropy. Finalists for this position will be required to complete a brief writing assignment and may be asked to provide a portfolio of written   work SALARY:  $53,900 year/min.            LOCATION:  4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL Full-Time
Apr 03, 2019
Under the direction of the Director of Referrals and Outreach, 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 and 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 parents and staff to the universal application website, and Chicago Early Learning Family Resource Centers, appropriate CPS and DFSS offices, providing tuition information, etc. Ensure that problem cases are resolved in a timely, accurate and professional manner. Provide assistance to parents who are interested in applying for Chicago Early Learning preschool program through the online Chicago Early Learning Preschool Application. This includes answering questions regarding application navigation, completing and submitting online application for parents, updating and changing information for parents who have completed the application, providing referral assistance, and escalating application issues to DFSS and/or CPS as necessary. Provide enhanced referral service to parents based on parent’s needs/request and contractual obligations. Troubleshoot more difficult calls from parents and Chicago Early Learning sites regarding special needs referrals, child development issues, etc. Ensure problem cases are resolved in a timely, accurate and professional manner. Provide feedback to Director, CPS, DFSS and Mayor’s Office on CEL application, verification and enrollment process, including issues faced by parents completing these steps, noticeable trends, and customer feedback. Input data and maintain zip code database, NACCRAware database, COPA database and Salesforce (IAFC’s customer relations management system). Refers potentially eligible parents to appropriate IAFC programs for information on IDHS program; educates parents on other IAFC programs.     Reconcile and prepare reports for internal/DFSS/CPS use and written consumer education materials. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree in Social Services, Early Childhood Education or related field with at least 18 credit hours of child development and two years work experience with direct childcare OR Associates degree or two years of college classes with a minimum of 60 credit hours in Social Services with at least 18 credit hours in child development with three years work experience with direct childcare in which at least one year is in a child care resource and referral program. Ability to travel locally. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Excellent presentation skills. Salary: $18/hr      Location - 8741 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago,IL This is a temporary position, without benefits through  September 20th, 2019 IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/D/V Employer
IL Action for Children 8741 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago,IL Seasonal
Apr 01, 2019
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 Director, Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3), 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 Director of CS3 to ensure diverse participants are able to access training opportunities, particularly those in underserved areas of the state, and/or targeted high need communities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Company standards. 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. Work closely with the Program Manager to support logistics and planning of the organization’s annual events, conferences, and trainings for community systems. Actively promote online and in-person trainings in coordination with Program Manager and External Relations, using diverse outreach methods, including but not limited to social media, blog articles, website, email marketing, and print. Collaborate with team in developing powerful online engagement strategies to support the collaborations in building their capacity in community systems development. Facilitate and participate in peer learning opportunities to develop cross-system sharing of resources and knowledge statewide. Develop and manage organizational relationships with local collaboration leaders, community members, early childhood programs, and other stakeholders. Support the organization’s evaluation and assessment activities, including the development and dissemination of training surveys and feedback forms. The position must be able to analyze and collect qualitative and quantitative data to inform training design and delivery. Work with Community Impact Analyst to use Salesforce, Google Analytics and other software tools to measure and report impact of training and TA. Develop and maintain an inventory of trainings, toolkits, and resources for local collaborations – including managing web-based online learning resources – using ActionForce (IAFC’s Customer Relation Management system), learning management systems, and other appropriate online/software solutions. Develop and maintain expertise on system-building and collective impact strategies by staying on top of current research and resources and issues across the early childhood development system. Attend conferences and Early Learning Council meetings to inform practice and build relationships with statewide partners. 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 Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL        Salary: $53,900 IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Mar 13, 2019
Under the direction of the Vice President of Quality and Workforce Development, the Quality and Workforce Development Project Manager leads in the planning, coordination, and execution of training and technical assistance events, internal and external coordination, and other deliverables related to supporting government funded early care and education programs. The project manager provides the support structure to meet the needs of these organizations and facilitates training and technical assistance activities. Tracks access and use of training and technical assistance offerings. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Provides leadership in executing the technical assistance work for Provider programs. Serve as the primary liaison between Illinois Action for Children and training consultants for early learning programs, providing coordination of training and technical assistance. Serve as primary contact for Community-Based Organizations seeking/using city, state, federal and private, connecting them to technical assistance, education resources, and facilitating coordination with community systems development team. Manage internal and external communication related to CBO training and technical assistance activities. Recruit and identify trainers for early learning programs Training and Technical Assistance Manage contracts with external trainers and independent consultants, including tracking of contract development and execution, reporting and payments. Coordinate logistics for all early learning programs Training and Technical Assistance appointments. Coordinate logistics for webinar trainings and technical assistance offerings Facilitates meetings of local funder, IAFC, and Training Team to review progress. Works with IAFC evaluation team to assess implementation process and outcomes. Writes technical assistance plan and tracks progress. Analyzes program data to evaluate goal achievement and inform program design. Visits/communicates with CBO program directors to ensure delivery of services. Supervises external independent trainers/consultants for this project. As a part of IAFC’s provider resources team, works closely with the training and consultation teams, the community systems development team. Externally this position works with training consultants, and funders to discuss implementation plans and program modifications. Performs other tasks as needed to advance the work. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field. Master’s degree in early childhood education or Type 04 (early childhood) teacher certification preferred. At least 5 years’ experience in early care and education Experience facilitating adult groups and planning meetings Excellent written and oral communication skills Access to transportation in order to visit community sites Ability to build strategic relationships with principals, directors and other community? leaders 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 Ability to visit communities that are sometimes located in unfamiliar areas. Ability to work well independently and as a team member Effective written and spoken communication Ability to relate to a variety of personalities and cultures Accurate record keeping skills Ability to travel locally Ability to attend and participate in required educational programs and staff meetings Valid driver’s license, reliable personal transportation and insurance required Salary:  $58,200/year minimum          Location:  Uptown, Chicago, IL         IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Feb 22, 2019
We are looking for candidates for our Family Resources Specialist position who want to build their careers in a non-profit organization by helping children & families. The Family Resource Specialist works directly with the IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) by addressing the needs of parents and child care providers by processing applications, answering questions and addressing concerns about the program. Specific Responsibilities include : Determining parent and provider eligibility for the program by reviewing applications, entering data and authorizing payments for child care. Informing parents and providers of CCAP program operation and policies and procedures in an appropriate and professional manner over the phone and/or in person. Position requires : Associates Degree or 60 college credit hours is required, Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred. Minimum of six months customer service experience on (preferably on telephones) in non-profit organization or an office setting required. Excellent data entry skills and ability to handle a high volume of phone calls required Competent using a computer; knowledge of Microsoft Office and Internet and excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to work with diverse populations, particularly those with limited access to financial and professional resources. Fluency in Spanish, Polish, Chinese or Russian language is strongly preferred. Location : 13th & Damen, Chicago, IL Salary : $29,900/yr. IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/D/V Employer
IL Action for Children 1340 South Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Feb 22, 2019
Under the supervision of the Program Manager, Community Impact, the Community Impact (CI) Coordinator Bilingual is responsible for identifying and coordinating shared approaches to promote enrollment and retention in early learning programs in communities throughout Chicago. The CI Coordinator will provide specific consumer education and resources to local collaborations about early childhood programs, and engage families and providers to access early childhood services in their community. The CI Coordinator will organize and develop relationships with key and diverse community stakeholders to galvanize support for early learning and early childhood programs, especially through local early childhood collaborations.   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Build relationships with early learning collaborations in Chicago and support them in implementing best practices for enrolling young children in early learning programs, including preschool. Support existing collaborations to identify strategies, develop workplans, and conduct community needs assessments to implement community systems approaches to enrollment and retention of young children in early childhood programs – specifically preschool.   Identify potential partners to start-up collaborations to develop strategies to enroll, engage, and retain young children in early learning programs. Support start-up collaborations to develop sustainable strategies and long-term campaigns that build support for early learning. Understand community dynamics, stakeholders, and local needs to align with early childhood issues. Support collaborations to engage with families to connect with early childhood programs. Able to organize the community, connect with stakeholders, and build relationships to improve community systems development and address system issues locally. Build a base of leaders/parents and community organizations to support early childhood community mobilization efforts   Coordinate and attend community activities/events, including faith-based opportunities, and help build relationships among a variety of community stakeholder groups to support early childhood and preschool programs. Identify, regulary attend, and speak at various community meetings to share resources and early childhood services, including universal preschool programs. Identify root causes associated with under-enrollment in local communities and work with CI Trainer and collaborations to adopt targeted enrollment strategies. Work closely with CI team, including CI Trainer, to strategize and coordinate presentations and/or trainings in Chicago’s communities on community systems approaches. Support local collaborations with local strategies to advance community systems strategies, such as streamlining social service supports that support enrollment in early learning programs(health, etc), engaging families in assessing need and designing strategies, and building a referral pipeline for early childhood programs with community parties. Must be able to communicate (written and verbal) in English. Must be able to work evenings and weekends associated with community events and meetings. Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.  EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in social service related field, early childhood or public health.  Minimum of three years of relevant experience in early childhood or related field working with families with young children.  Knowledge of preschool, child care, Head Start, and basic early childhood development programs strongly preferred.  Knowledge of community engagement and community organizing strongly preferred. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Excellent communications and community organizing skills Ability to travel throughout city and state Ability to work independently Access to reliable personal transportation, insurance, valid driver’s license and good driving record required. Fluent in English and Spanish required Salary : $50,900/yr.   Location : Chatham, IL Illinois Action for Children is an AAP/M/F/D/V Employer
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Feb 22, 2019
Under the supervision of the Program Manager, Community Impact, the Community Impact (CI) Coordinator is responsible for identifying and coordinating shared approaches to promote enrollment and retention in early learning programs in communities throughout Chicago. The CI Coordinator will provide specific consumer education and resources to local collaborations about early childhood programs, and engage families and providers to access early childhood services in their community. The CI Coordinator will organize and develop relationships with key and diverse community stakeholders to galvanize support for early learning and early childhood programs, especially through local early childhood collaborations.     ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Build relationships with early learning collaborations in Chicago and support them in implementing best practices for enrolling young children in early learning programs, including preschool. Support existing collaborations to identify strategies, develop workplans, and conduct community needs assessments to implement community systems approaches to enrollment and retention of young children in early childhood programs – specifically preschool.   Identify potential partners to start-up collaborations to develop strategies to enroll, engage, and retain young children in early learning programs. Support start-up collaborations to develop sustainable strategies and long-term campaigns that build support for early learning. Understand community dynamics, stakeholders, and local needs to align with early childhood issues. Support collaborations to engage with families to connect with early childhood programs. Able to organize the community, connect with stakeholders, and build relationships to improve community systems development and address system issues locally. Build a base of leaders/parents and community organizations to support early childhood community mobilization efforts    Coordinate and attend community activities/events, including faith-based opportunities, and help build relationships among a variety of community stakeholder groups to support early childhood and preschool programs. Identify, regulary attend, and speak at various community meetings to share resources and early childhood services, including universal preschool programs. Identify root causes associated with under-enrollment in local communities and work with CI Trainer and collaborations to adopt targeted enrollment strategies. Work closely with CI team, including CI Trainer, to strategize and coordinate presentations and/or trainings in Chicago’s communities on community systems approaches. Support local collaborations with local strategies to advance community systems strategies, such as streamlining social service supports that support enrollment in early learning programs(health, etc), engaging families in assessing need and designing strategies, and building a referral pipeline for early childhood programs with community parties. Must be able to communicate (written and verbal) in English. Must be able to work evenings and weekends associated with community events and meetings. Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion .   EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in social service related field, early childhood or public health.  Minimum of three years of relevant experience in early childhood or related field working with families with young children.  Knowledge of preschool, child care, Head Start, and basic early childhood development programs strongly preferred.  Knowledge of community engagement and community organizing strongly preferred. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Excellent communications and community organizing skills Ability to travel throughout city and state Ability to work independently Access to reliable personal transportation, insurance, valid driver’s license and good driving record required. Salary : $50,900/yr.   Location : Chatham, IL Illinois Action for Children is an AAP/M/F/D/V Employer
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Feb 20, 2019
Under the direction of the Director of Community Impact, the Chicago Community Impact Program Manager manages the agency’s work to advance the development of strong early childhood community systems. The Program Manager will help communities in Chicago achieve enrollment and retention of young children in early learning programs, specifically preschool. The Program Manager will work with community stakeholders to develop enrollment strategies targeting local system barriers, garnering the support of integral partners, and effectively communicating enrollment opportunities in respective community areas. This work draws upon innovative best practices developed through the Innovation Zones and other agency projects in order to build a seamless system of supports for children and families in the community. The Chicago Community Impact Program Manager will assist the Community Impact 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. 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. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES     Manage and develop relationships with city agencies, elected officials, schools, and community partners to support early childhood program efforts. Build relationships with directors, principals and community leaders to support families’ enrollment in Chicago’s early learning and early childhood services.     Increase “buy-in” and readiness from key stakeholders, including local public officials, by broadly educating and promoting early learning opportunities in Chicago communities     Understand and communicate to others the complexities of the early care and education systems in Illinois. Maintain knowledge of the underlying public policies and the grassroots action needed to continue to support the programs and families within these systems.   Develop strategies and action plans for engaging early childhood collaborations in targeted communities to use community systems approaches to enroll young children in early learning programs and identify retention strategies. Identify and develop early learning enrollment campaigns within the community. Develop and incubate new early childhood collaborations in targeted Chicago communities to include cross-sector stakeholders. Build diverse relationships and bring stakeholders together around early childhood goals and priorities. Serve as primary contact with communities participating in early learning collaboration work, connecting communities to technical assistance, education, and facilitating coordination among and within communities Utilize data analysis, such as community asset mapping, to identify early childhood goals and understand enrollment strategies for preschool and early learning programs. Support communities to use data to develop small-scale strategies that will lead to increased enrollment in early childhood programs. Provide supervision and manage four staff (three Community System Coordinators and Community Systems Trainer). Support their professional development and build their capacity to support early childhood collaborations. Create systems to manage documentation and budgeting requirements related to work plans, billing, contracts, check requests and invoicing. Manage budgets and financial records of contracts to maintain compliance. Manage logistics involved in coordinating meetings and events. Draft reports and support grant writing opportunities. Manage Salesforce and Smartsheet project management software and systems. Execute our workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement (CQI), communication, competent people, and clear priorities. Other Functions :   The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field is required. A Master’s degree in early childhood education, social work or a related field is strongly preferred. At least five years of experience in early education, social services, or community organizing Experience embedding an equity lens in working with communities Experience supporting collaborations and community systems Excellent written and oral communication skills Ability to build strategic relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders with divergent interests and goals. Access to transportation and willing to travel locally and statewide 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 Ability to work well independently and as a team member Effective written and spoken communication Ability to manage staff and relate to a variety of personalities and cultures Accurate record keeping skills Ability and willingness to travel locally and statewide Valid driver’s license, reliable personal transportation and insurance are required in order to visit community sites. Salary : $62,800 Location : Chatham, IL Illinois Action for Children is an AAP/M/F/D/V Employer
IL Action for Children 8741 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Feb 14, 2019
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 effective systems for case management and communicating with families, children and partners. Candidate should possess a positive attitude and strive to see the best in the North Lawndale community and its families. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1.Manage a caseload of North Lawndale families with chronically absent children: Schedule in-person contact with families at least twice a month Highlight the importance of continuous attendance and early years in school Connect children and families to community resources and document referrals Assist families in writing and reaching personal goals for increased self-sufficiency Follow up with families and agencies to document services until case is closed Track all necessary data points related to case management services Ensure confidentiality of information received and managed by IAFC. 2. Working with team and partners, create systems to address barriers to attendance Develop strategies to identify highest-need families as early as possible Work with school to develop and implement a Parent Attendance Committee 3.Support community systems building and Innovation Zone collaboration EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies or a closely related field. Two years of experience as a Caseworker or similar position. Prior experience working with children and families. Experience working in a variety of settings with culturally-diverse families and community with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to establish rapport at all levels Good documentation skills A strong sense of respect for confidentiality, involving families and fellow employees Experience motivating others towards achieving goals Willingness to work flexible hours evenings and some weekends Skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; comfort entering data Valid Driver’s License required. Reliable personal transportation and insurance required. Location: Field -based /Chicago, IL Salary: $40,500                              Illinois Action for Children  is Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/D/V
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Feb 12, 2019
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Consultation Programs, Infant Toddler Childcare Specialist will provide training, support (technical assistance), and consultation to licensed family childcare homes, licensed childcare centers, and licensed exempt providers. The goal of assisting providers to significantly improve the quality and accessibility of infant and toddler childcare, additionally, provide equal supports and technical assistance to those providers who are ExceleRate Illinois involved or have expressed an interest.   All work is to be completed with minimal supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.    Essential Duties and Responsibilities   Develop  time limited  working relationships with child care practitioners (licensed childcare providers, licensed family childcare homes, and licensed-exempt providers) to support providers around improving the quality of services to infants and toddlers (birth-3 years) through the following activities. As well as provide equal support and technical assistance to those same identified providers who are ExceleRate Illinois involved or have expressed an interest.                 a. Provide   time limited   consultation, technical assistance and trainings regarding infant toddler development, brain science and development, positive discipline, designing environments, transitions, routines, communication/relationships-building with parents/guardians.               b. Being available by phone and email to providers.               c.  Provide consultation, technical assistance and training to providers who are ExceleRate Illinois involved or have expressed an interest, and are needing support at different stages in the process.               d.  Offering resources and information.     2. Facilitate cohorts or CoP’s for the express purpose of providers eligibility to receive Quality Improvement funds via IDHS, additionally provide training, technical assistance, reflective practice, and consultation.     3. Work in partnership with providers, other specialist to jointly assess and identity infant toddler program needs and concerns.     4. Work with other Infant Toddler Childcare Specialist and other Specialist to develop a comprehensive range of infant toddler trainings/workshop, CQI cohorts and Communities of Practice (CoP).     5.  Work in collaboration with other agency-wide programs, initiatives, meetings, and events.      6.  Maintain documentation of the contract related activities through data recording systems such as DTP and ActionForce, through timely submissions.     7.  Work with the broader community organizations and stakeholders; including  IAFC’s Community Partner agencies.     8.  During the first year of employment, meet IDHS credentialing requirements for Infant Toddler position:           a. Attend ‘Program for Infant Toddler Caregiver’ (PITC) trainings, become certified on all 4 PITC modules ( at least 50% completion of certification process by first anniversary of employment, in re: to PITC training and review schedule           b. Enroll in ITN Trainer Registry (through INCCRR           c. Complete all INCCRRA required training           d.  Achieve level 5 INCCRRA Gateway Credential                 i. Early Childhood Education                 ii. Infant Toddler            e.  Provide services to childcare providers in spoken and written Spanish.      9.  Other functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. Education and/or Experience: Bachelors Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or related field. Five years of experience working with young children in a full-time, full-year childcare setting, with a minimum of two years in an infant/toddler childcare setting. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Level 5 INCCRRA credentials in Early Childhood Education and Infant Toddler preferred. Other Skills and Abilities: Excellent communications and presentations skills in English and Spanish. Demonstrated knowledge of and respect for the ways in which adults learn and adjust to change. Accessibility to reliable personal transportation with insurance, valid driver’s license and  Ability to travel locally with occasional statewide travel   Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL                Salary: $43,700 Illinois Action For Children is EEO/M/F/D/V employer
IL Action for Children Full-Time