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.


 

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
Feb 12, 2019
Under the direction of the Benefits and HRIS Administrator, the HR Clerk is responsible for the administrative support of the day to day operations of the Human Resources Dept.  This highly administrative and detailed oriented position, includes responsibility for updating, filing and maintaining employee records (electronic and paper), entering, and updating employee and benefits information in HRIS system, coordinating logistics for HR related programs and events. The Clerk provides proficient knowledge in HR information systems, reporting and provides administrative support to management and staff. Assists in functional areas including, but not limited to: benefits, employee relations, HR information systems, and implementation of HR policies and procedures. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.  ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Employee Records:   Input all employee data into HRIS system, ensuring the accuracy of data and investigating/resolving data integrity issues. Processes all changes or corrections to the Employee Profile in ADP. Maintains the employee files on a weekly basis (electronic and paper) to ensure accuracy and timely information for proper record maintenance. Maintains order and cleaninless of HR file room. Keep employee records up to date and prepare old files for proper storage and retention. Maintaining and auditing human resources records including new hire files, transfers, terminations, changes in job classification, salary changes, etc. Processes all HR-related forms and employment verifications. Employee Records/Benefits:   Enter and update benefits information in HRIS system.   Support Benefits and HRIS Administrator with enrollment materials, information and presentations for open enrollment meetings. Tracks wellness program participation and utilization. Processes tuition reimbursement. Assist in maintaining confidential medical records. HR Systems Upkeep and Maintenance:   Update changes and information in ADP and LeaveXpert systems, as it relates to benefits and LOA information. Supports HRIS upgrades, patches, testing and other projects as assigned. Reporting/Administration:   Completes paperwork for purchase requisitions and check request, processes payment of bills, and follows-up to ensure bill payment.   Creates and generates scheduled or requested ADP reports . Write, maintain and support a variety of reports or queries using appropriate reporting tools. Assist in development of standard reports for ongoing staff needs. Employee Events:   Assists in the logistics of planning and executing employee events: Employee Anniversary Reception, Benefits Fair, Wellnes events and Staff Development Days. Employee Relations:   Responsible for ordering, processing and tracking all employee outreach tools, including but not limited to: Baby books, bereavement plants, movie tickets, gift cards, anniversary cards and birthday cards. 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. Display outstanding organizational skills, excellent attention to detail and follow through. Provide strong administrative support to the team as needed   Ability to discreetly handle highly sensitive and confidential matters   Independently work on multiple tasks effectively in support of department   Occasionally will serve as back up receptionist   Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Associates Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources preferred. 1 or more years of experience as an HR assistant or relevant human resources/administrative position. Previous experience working with an HRIS system (ADP) required. Basic knowledge of HR law and compliance desired.  Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.  Ability to communicate with courtesy and diplomacy, efficiently follow written and verbal instructions, provide information, and maintain effective relationships with staff, interns, contractors and outside contacts.  Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL        Salary: $32,200 IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Feb 05, 2019
Under the direction of the Network Manager, the Network Systems Administrator manages, administers, and supports the network infrastructure and systems at Illinois Action for Children. The Network Systems Administrator designs, configures, administers, and supports various components, systems, and services of the network, including but not limited to: server and network hardware, software, and systems; workstations and thin clients; network security; email; network monitoring; telecommunications; system logs; backups; printing; system updates; domain and external network access authentication; and related policies and protocols. The Network Systems Administrator also manages critical technology projects for the agency.   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES   Designs, configures, monitors, and proactively maintains and supports key aspects of the agency’s network infrastructure and technology, including related systems, hardware, software, services, cabling, configurations, documentation, and policies. Core aspects of the network infrastructure include but are not limited to the following: Network systems and software VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and virtual servers Microsoft Windows server and desktop environment, including Windows Active Directory/Group Policy Objects (GPO), hosted Microsoft Exchange, and SQL Server database servers Hewlett-Packard-based Storage Area Network (SAN), including physical and virtual components Mitel Voice Over IP (VOIP) telecommunications system, including all connected devices Canon printer/copiers and related print services management tools Switches, servers, routers, firewalls, wireless components and environments, VLAN’s, and other devices, including virtual appliances Security environment, include security, content filtering, and anti-virus protection and monitoring tools Backup system Network monitoring and alert tool Proactively monitors network and other vital systems and responds to system, hardware and software failures and outages in a timely manner, responding to critical issues as they occur during as well as outside of regular business hours. Manages multiple network-related projects and initiatives from conception and planning to completion. Develops related project documentation, including project plans, timelines, diagrams, and other materials. Project management responsibilities may require work being done at night or on weekends and holidays to accommodate the needs of the agency.   Collaborates with other Information Technology team members in providing technology support and assistance to staff members, as needed. Acts as a Tier 2/Level 2 responder to Help Desk requests for assistance and related support needs, although may take on a Tier 1 role when short staffed. Develops and constantly maintains all network-related technical documentation, including diagrams, schematics, templates and configuration documents, and all other materials. Works with the Chief Information Officer, the Network Manager, and other team members in developing proactive, forward-thinking strategies aimed at constantly improving and maximizing network performance and uptime, as well as preparedness for disaster recovery contingencies. Stays current in terms of latest technology and network trends, concepts, and threats, and constantly finds way to strengthen and improve the network and technology infrastructure. 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. Performs all other assigned, related duties as required and at the discretion of the agency. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of related experience; or equivalent relevant combination of education and experience. The role requires an in-depth knowledge of network protocols and implementation by all systems at the agency EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Networking fundamentals and concepts Virtualization, VMware, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) Microsoft Technologies Active Directory Windows Server 2008 and above (Windows Server 2016 highly desirable) Windows 7 and above (Windows 10 highly desirable) Exchange 2010 and above (Exchange 2016 highly desirable) Storage Area Networks (Hewlett Packard SAN technology highly desirable) Switches, firewalls, and other network equipment (Netgear experience highly desirable) Backup and data recovery tools, solutions, and best practices Telecommunication and Voice Over IP tools, solutions, and best practices Network security, including protections, tools, and best practices Technology project management skills Technical documentation skills Help desk and end user support     HIGHLY DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE: Experience upgrading from a Windows 2008 environment Experience upgrading from a Windows 7 environment Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and above Linux Servers Mitel telecommunications system Canon uniFLOW printer management system       Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL        Salary: $57,800 IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time
Sep 28, 2018
Under the direction of the Recruitment Manager, the HR Coordinator is responsible for the administrative support of the day to day operations of the Human Resources Dept.  Responsibilities include: communications of HR programs, and coordinating logistics for HR related programs and events.  Assists in functional areas including, but not limited to recruiting, training and development, employee events, and implementation of HR policies and procedures.  All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Recruiting:  Assist with the scheduling of interviews and phone screens, in-person interviews, completing reference and background checks on selected candidates (including DCFS paperwork needed for Early Learning positions). Responsible for making sure all new hire paperwork is received and prepared for employment file. Creates and updates job descriptions in the applicant tracking system (HRM) and Interaction. Coordinates NHO, reserves conference rooms and prepares necessary materials and assists with facilitating NHO. Assists with organizing Career Events and departmental GIS (General Information Sessions). Conducts e-verify for new employees. OD/Training and Development:  Maintains the training schedule and room reservations for internal and external training locations, including new hire orientation. Maintains records of attendance at trainings and off-site retreats. Maintains upkeep and accurate program information in (LMS) Learning Management System. Run monthly training reports from LMS system for management reporting. Provide management with reports, assistance and one-on-one coaching with regards to LMS system. Reporting/Administration:  Completes paperwork for purchase requisitions and check request, processes payment of bills, and follows-up to ensure bill payment for job fairs, recruitment ads, and all training and development logistics. Creates and generates scheduled or requested HR reports in the HRM and Halogen systems. Employee Events:  Assists in the logisitics of planning and executing employee events (OD Programs/Trainings, Job Fairs, All Agency Meetings, Coffee w/Maria, Full Management Retreats and Staff Development Days). 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. Display outstanding organizational skills: excellent attention to detail and follow through. Provide strong administrative support to the team as needed. Ability to discreetly handle highly sensitive and confidential matters EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree Business or Human Resources is preferred.  1-2 years of experience as an HR assistant or relevant human resources/administrative position.  Previous experience working with an Applicant Tracking and LMS system highly desired. Basic knowledge of HR law and compliance preferred.  Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.  Ability to communicate with courtesy and diplomacy, efficiently follow written and verbal instructions, provide information, and maintain effective relationships with staff, interns, contractors and outside contacts.  Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL         Salary: $35,400/yr IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children 4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA Full-Time