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.


 

Aug 13, 2019
Under the direction of the Family Resources Supervisor, the Family Resources Support Specialist is responsible for all support functions that are required to maintain and track all paperwork required of the Family Resource teams that administer the IDHS Child Care Assistance Program.  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.  Create, maintain and retrieve alphabetical case files, which includes but not limited to filing of all parent/provider required paperwork, data entering and/or scanning client information into computer filing system and upkeep of file storage areas. Approve and enter all IDHS childcare certificates in the Child Care Tracking System while maintaining all applicable department databases; identify discrepancies and payment issues in accordance with the IDHS Procedure Manual. Maintain records/databases pertaining to W9/CANTS/IVR forms and run reports as needed; ensure appropriate actions are taken with providers who do/do not meet qualifications set by IDHS.  Process weekly IDHS and internal reports; Responsible for all quality control measures to ensure file compliance. Maintain and adhere to all Illinois Action for Children and IDHS policies and procedures in regards to file maintenance and required timelines. Assist with quarterly Springfield shipment projects. Ensure confidentiality of parent and provider information received and managed by Illinois Action for Children. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and two to three months related experience and/or training. Location: 1340 S Damen, 3rd floor, Chicago, IL 60619         Salary: 27,700/yr IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/D/V Employer
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Aug 13, 2019
Under the direction of the Director, the Data & Quality Assurance Coordinator provides support to the License-Exempt (LE) Provider Program including data analysis, quality assurance and program data management. Develops tools, workflow processes and completes tasks regarding data collection, management, reporting and analysis and reporting systems for the LE program. Oversees LE provider status reporting, staff performance reporting, and work plan reporting, and other agency program reporting. The work will be conducted through a cross-department approach that requires teamwork at the directors, managers and program levels. 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. Uses statistical methods and tools to analyze administrative, operational, census and other program data and present findings through a variety of methods: presentations, charts, maps. Researches and prepares special or ad hoc reports, summaries, or replies to inquiries, selecting relevant information from a variety of sources such as reports, documents, correspondence, or files. Obtains, stores and manages program administrative and operational data. Work with the LE manager and supervisors to set up systems and procedures and address problems areas to better support the work of the team. Develop and deploy program quality assurance standards and tools to assist the director and management team to implement the quality initiatives of the department. Document quality assurance activities with internal reporting and audits. Work with the management to ensure program information is tracked appropriately through IDHS tracking programs such as DTP and CCMS, SalesForce, and other program tracking systems, maximizing effective usage. Develop and complete necessary program reports for the department. Coordinate departmental program deliverable tracking and reporting, serving as the liaison to the LE monitoring leadership team. Manage communications on progress towards goals and oversee updates to Smartsheets, balance scorecore and necessary databases. Report progress on goals to Director and participate in team and program planning. Coordinate with Research team on data and evaluation needs of the program. Other Functions: The Organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree required. Fifth year college or university program certificate in project management preferred; two to four years related experience and/or training in data analysis and systems management including MS Access and Excel; proficiency in SQL preferred. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:   Interpersonal skills.   Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.   Ability to adapt to a changing work environment.   Ability to travel locally and statewide. Location:  8741 S Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619       Salary:  $40,500 IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Aug 01, 2019
Under the direction of the HR Training and Development Manager, the Training and Development Specialist designs, develops, conducts, and evaluates agency wide training programs. Conducts needs analysis to determine ways to improve employee performance. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Organization 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 the essential duties and responsibilities at any time. Participates in needs analysis studies to determine training and performance needs with the organization. Confers with management to gain knowledge of specific work situations requiring employees to better understand changes in policies, procedures, regulations and technologies. Looks for ways to improve organizational productivity through training and education. Recommends tools, resources, and training. Assist in developing training materials. In conjunction with the manager, selects, develops and maintains teaching aids such as training manuals, demonstration models, multi-media visual aids, computer tutorials, and reference works. Selects or designs testing and evaluation methods to be used to measure learning. Maintains the training schedule and room reservations for internal and external training locations. Conducts training sessions covering specified topics for new and current employee training. Sessions include topics such as: orientation, customer services, new policies/procedures training and other trainings assigned. Updates materials for accuracy and to increase learning. Career Development: Answers employees’ questions regarding opportunities for advancement and the required training or education. Directs employees to external educational and training resources. Assists in counseling staff on appropriate training programs, K.E.Y Library and Fred Pryor materials. Provides observations and suggestions for improvement regarding training effectiveness. Survey trainees within 90 days to measure progress and to evaluate the effectiveness of training. Reports on progress of trainees under guidance during and following training period. Maintain upkeep of the Learning Management System (LMS). Data entry of courses and performance management documents, and the ability to run reports from the system. Provide training to new management on the LMS system, when needed, Other Functions: The Organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Communications, Training and Development or business related field. Two to three years of training and development experience required in one or more of the following areas: needs assessment, survey analysis, developing and implementing training programs. Prior Learning Management System and course design experience preferred. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Access to reliable personal transportation, valid driver’s license and insurance required. Excellent oral and written communication skills Excellent presentation skills Ability to use good judgment in handling complex situations Ability to adapt to change Ability to travel locally, and work from different locations. Ability to work and be on location between the hours of 8am-5pm, when conducting training. Ability to function independently in a multi-task environment, as well as a part of a team Expert-level skills in Microsoft Office specifically, in PowerPoint and Word. Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 Salary: $47,100.00 Illinois Action For Children is EEO/M/F/D/V employer
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Aug 01, 2019
Under the direction of the Director of Community Impact, the Chicago Community Impact Project Manager supports the Chicago Community Impact’s work to implement early childhood community systems initiatives in Chicago. The Project Manager will support the Director of Community Impact and Community Impact Coordinators to support communities in Chicago achieve enrollment and retention of young children in early learning programs, specifically preschool. The Chicago Community Impact Project Manager will serve as a primary liaison with Illinois Action for Children and community stakeholders to provide guidance, support, and connect them to training and technical assistance. The Project 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 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. 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   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. 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 Maintain regular communication with external partners, community collaborations, and other stakeholders. Coordinate external events including managing logistics, communication, and events coordination. 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. Maintain data systems and data collection. 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. 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 three to five years of related experience or experience in early education, social services, and community organizing Experience embedding an equity lens in working with communities Experience supporting collaborations and community systems Excellent written and oral communication skills Access to transportation and willing to travel locally and statewide CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS : Valid driver’s license, reliable personal transportation and insurance are required in order to visit community sites. 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 Location: 8741 S Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60619   Salary: $50,900.00 This is Full-time, temporary position, with benefits through December 31, 2019. Illinois Action For Children is EEO/M/F/D/V employer
IL Action for Children Seasonal
Jul 15, 2019
Under the direction of the Director of Strategy Management, the Project Manager provides leadership in project management best practices, standards, and execution. The Project Manager is responsible for leading key projects for the organization and coordinating across departments, in the context of Continuous Quality Improvement. Key projects include new program development, special initiatives, coordinating completion of federal grant proposals and other agency efforts that are temporary, have a defined timeline and result in a specific deliverable(s). 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. Serve as project manager for cross organization projects assigned to the Strategy project portfolio, and support other collaborations across the organization. Develop and maintain project charters, plans and schedules; estimate time requirements, establish deadlines and monitor progress; report on progress, any identified issues and risks and their resolution; document change requests and any revisions to project plans or schedules. Coordinate internal resources as needed for successful execution of projects. Support project management across the organization generally and provide leadership and support to project managers situated within departments. Create and maintain a repository of resources, including templates for charters, plans, and other project management documents. Coordinate with Research team on data and evaluation needs of projects. Develop spreadsheets, diagrams and process maps for the purposes of reporting progress, analyzing results, and contributing to CQI. Support Director of Strategy Management with implementation of the Balanced Scorecard. Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university and a minimum of five years related experience in project management. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS :       Project Management courses or certifications (preferred, not required) OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must have Office Suite skills (advanced level) Excellent interpersonal and communications skills Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment Knowledge of the early care and education landscape in Illinois Excellent project management skills, both technical (use of planning frameworks and software) and interpersonal (motivating people) Critical thinking and problem solving skills Strong database skills and experience Experience with data and methods used in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640   Salary: $62,800.00 Illinois Action For Children is EEO/M/F/D/V employer
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Jul 08, 2019
Under the direction of Director of Human Resources, the Training and Development Manager serves an internal resource responsible for staff development and effective performance consulting for both departmental and company-wide projects and initiatives. This position will work with management to assess the training and development needs of staff, assist in developing plans and programs that will affect positive change in workplace behavior. Encourage continuous improvement by constantly monitoring and sharing standard methodologies and encouraging new ideas and organizational innovation. This role requires significant collaboration with other department managers, the strategic planning team and external training vendors for successful implementation and results. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Company standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop and execute a learning and development strategy; design and deliver training plans and learning opportunities to all levels and positions of employees. Lead the design and implementation of new hire orientation, compliance training, leadership development, on-boarding, service excellence as well as identified training programs. Facilitate instructor-led classes, meetings, webinars, special events and customized engagements for team development. Engage employees in career conversations to enable a culture of high growth and retention. Ensure that all training initiatives are planned, resourced and executed in line with the Balanced Scorecard and Strategic Plan and are focused on employee growth and engagement. Lead the development of training content by partnering with internal and external subject matter experts, internal stakeholders and business leaders, vendors, and other resources to ensure that company goals and core competencies are being met. Establish appropriate learning modules (e.g., classroom, simulation, webinars, e-learning, intact teams, action learning) to maximize training access and effectiveness. Manage the learning management systems (LMS) to accurately upload materials and launch materials for staff development. In conjunction with the Director of HR & TD and the Employee and Labor Relations Manager, manage the performance appraisal process (from beginning to end) and educate staff and management on effectively completing the forms and writing effective and meaningful goals. Perform needs assessment and performance analysis for training and staff development to enhance the effectiveness of employee performance in achieving the goals and objectives of the individual and organization. Set companywide training initiatives that address the strengths, weaknesses, talent levels, skill gaps and development needs for employees at every level. Identify leadership needs, and effective training or workshop interventions to maximize leadership effectiveness. Manage the Leadership Institute training component. Keep abreast of talent development strategies, learning strategies and emerging delivery platforms to meet the needs of a culturally diverse work force. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Incumbent will supervise a Training and Development Specialist. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Possess a BS/BA Degree in Organizational Development, Training and Development, Human Resources or related field. Five plus years of experience ranging in demonstrated Organizational Development or Training roles with experience in Performance Development, Leadership Development, and developing and delivering training programs. At least two years of direct management of people and team projects, and training delivery. OTHER SKILLS & ABILITIES   Excellent public speaking, interpersonal and communication skills  Excellent presentation/facilitation skills   Exceptional track record developing and delivering learning strategies and initiatives.   Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills with all levels of employees as well as superior facilitation skills.   Proven ability to manage multiple priorities while delivering high quality results. .   Self-starter with strong attention to detail     Collaborates effectively with others to identify and resolve issues.   Exhibits a personal responsibility and commitment towards the company's values.   Able to nurture, guide and motivate Training staff to effectively deliver programs that support business results. LOCATION:  Uptown, Chicago, IL        IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Jul 08, 2019
The Employee and Labor Relations Manager is responsible for all aspects of employee and labor relations for the agency. The incumbent is responsible for counseling management on the performance improvement process, employee/management mediation, disciplinary actions, employee separations and administers IAFC’s employee recognition program. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Company standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Employee Relations/Client Relations:  As an internal consultant, counsels’ employees and managers on a variety of issues including peer/manager work relationships, communication problems, personal problems, employee morale, work problems and concerns in general. Responsible for overseeing employee rewards and recognition programs, and educating management on how to utilize program. Participates in the preparation, analysis and presentation of related reports as needed. Labor Relations:  Assist the Director of Human Resources and legal counsel in administering and interpreting collective bargaining agreements, conducting incident investigations, evaluating evidence and facts. Work with legal counsel as appropriate. Participates in negotiations and grievance settlement with Collective Bargaining Unit. Handles formal grievances by meeting with employees and the union representative, writing up responses. Performance Management:  Provides training and counsel to employees and management regarding performance management, performance improvement plans, and interpretations of employment law, and internal policies and procedures. Identifies training and development needs for management staff in this area. Assists in the development of new employee engagement programs, policies and procedures. Research and evaluate appraisal systems, making recommendations, and implementing revised systems which enhance the performance of the organization. In conjunction with the Talent Development Manager, coordinate annual review process and assure completion of reviews. Communications:  Assists HR Director with the communications and interpretation of Human Resource policies, procedures and programs. Participate and assist in facilitating HR trainings and meetings, including full management meetings, management roundtables, and all other HR related events. Other Functions: Perform other duties as assigned or as appropriate for this position. Incumbent will supervise an HR Generalist or HR Coordinator position.  Backup to other HR positions in their absence. In all interactions, is cognizant of maintaining the highest ethics and trust to ensure credibility of the position and Human Resources. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree required, and 5 - 7 years of human resources experience in employee relations, human resources management or HR generalists role. 2+ years of supervisory experience preferred. Previous experience in interpreting and administering collective bargaining agreements. Labor relations experience preferred. PHR certification desired. LOCATION:  Uptown, Chicago, IL        IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Jul 03, 2019
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, SmartSheet and other programs. Prepare written reports on assigned groups caseload utilization and assigned teams activities; report regularly to assigned manager. Work in conjunction with Human Resources Department and department management in regards to recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, disciplinary and other personnel actions. Schedule regular meetings with team and department management. Responsible for the completion of staff timesheets within required deadline. Knowledgeable of all team members functions; could serve as back-up if needed to assist team. Maintains required job skills and core professional competencies. Attends and participates in required educational programs and staff meetings. Ensure confidentiality of parent and provider information received and managed by Illinois Action for Children. Other Functions: The Organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES Supervises position of Consultant and Coordinator. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Early Education, Social Work or related field with at least 18 credit hours in child development and two years work experience with direct childcare in which at least one year is in a child care resource and referral program. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to multi-task Organizational skills Strong written and verbal skills Excellent customer service skills Excellent attention to detail Supervisory experience Salary : $43,700/yr.   Location : Chatham, IL Illinois Action for Children is an AAP/M/F/D/V Employer
IL Action for Children Full-Time
Jun 26, 2019
                Under the direction of the Director of Public Policy, the Policy Associate blends the work of policy analysis, communications, and engagement to translate rules and legislation into materials for meaningful action. The policy associate will monitor and analyze federal, state and/or local policies as they affect working families, their children and the early childhood profession; assist in the development of IL Action for Children’s (IAFC) policy and legislative proposals; support advocacy campaigns by: write policy briefs and reports; translate reports into communications materials to reach broad audiences, track policy proposals/bills that impact early care and education, provide staffing support to state and local committees, present on materials to community partners in Chicago and across the state, and provide written materials and analysis for IAFC’s membership as well as elected officials on key policy priorities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Monitor and analyze local, state, and/or federal policies, programs and budgets. Draft fact sheets, “action alerts,” and other educational or advocacy materials. Write content and suggest updates for IAFC’s website with relevant materials as needed. Present findings and analyses to IAFC staff to inform upcoming campaigns and priorities. Assist in determining cost estimates and statistical analyses for policy proposals. Serve as contact for policy priorities with elected officials and legislative staff at local, state and federal levels. Develop on-going working relationships with organizations and coalitions relating to early childhood care and education. Attend, facilitate and staff meetings as needed. Prepare written plans and reports as required by agency and foundation needs. Develop specialized knowledge in relevant policy areas.   Maintain working knowledge of policies in areas related to early care and education. Maintain resource library on relevant topics. Provide lobbying support during legislative session. Present workshops, meetings and trainings to members and general public on policy issues in accordance with department goals and organizational needs. Represent IAFC at state advisory committees and councils charged with overseeing and crafting early care and education legislative and administrative policy. Collaborate with community engagement staff on department events. Manage projects including development and implementation of timelines and tasks related to policy work. Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree in Public Policy and three to five years related training and/or experience strongly preferred. Bachelor's degree and two years related experience and/or training required; Understanding of policy process. Excel, PowerPoint, analytical/persuasive writing a must. Public presentation experience and/or skills required. Research skills –online and otherwise- required. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Working knowledge of the political/legislative process. Ability to think strategically, work collaboratively and take initiative. Demonstrable research and analytical skills. Excellent writing, editing, and speaking skills. Knowledge of early childhood care/education programs. Valid driver’s license and insurance. Ability to travel in Illinois—particularly during the   legislative session. Must be able to handle multiple projects and timelines, show strong and creative problem solving abilities and be an independent worker.        Salary: $47,100 year/min        Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL Illinois Action for Children  is Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/D/V
IL Action for Children 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 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
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