Illinois Action for Children (IAFC), a local, state and national leader in the early childhood care and education sector for over 50 years. IAFC programs, services, and advocacy improve learning and life outcomes for children and families, including reducing the effects of poverty. IAFC works to ensure that every child in Illinois – particularly those in need – have access to the necessary resources to succeed in school and in life.
Along with our mission, IAFC is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist culture. We are dedicated to this pledge through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and servicing our staff and clients. IAFC staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our essential work.
Under the direction of the Director of Consultation Programs, the Program Manager of Consultation Programs is primarily responsible for the oversight, coordination, and development of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants, both in the Caregivers Connections project and Early Learning Programs. The Program Manager also works in a cross-team collaboration with other managers and teams (Infant Toddlers Childcare Specialist and Quality Specialist) within Consultation Programs and Providers Resources. The Program Manager is a reflective practitioner, who is culturally responsive and sensitive, while providing on- going reflective supervision and guidance to Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants. This incumbent will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement, communication, competent people and clear priorities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following. The organization reserves the right to add to, delete, change, or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.
- Work collaboratively with the Director of Consultation Programs to plan for the ongoing operations of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants and work collaboratively with Caregivers Connections statewide early childhood mental health mental project and IAFC Early Learning Programs. Attend quarterly supervisors meeting with Caregivers Connections and participate in other Caregivers Connections functions, activities, and events.
- Recruits, recommends for hire and supervises the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants in both the Caregivers Connections project and IAFC Early Learning Programs. Provides ongoing professional development trainings/workshops for team, while recommending, encouraging, supporting the participation in external workshops, conference, seminars, and webinars.
- Provide on-going individual reflective supervision and co-facilitate regularly scheduled reflective group supervision with the Director of Consultation Programs.
- Provide technical assistance, support, guidance for the Consultation Framework consultants use to navigate the work.
- Evaluates the performance and promotes career development.
- Participate in the IAFC's management meetings.
- Conduct quarterly administrative (one announced and one unannounced) site visits on Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants, as per consultant.
- In collaboration with the Director of Consultation Programs, conduct regular data sampling, reviews, spot-checks, and/or audits on the data systems (DTP & ActionForce) inputted by Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants in efforts to provide ongoing technical assistance (TA), determine areas of need and professional development or additional information. Or emerging issues for reflection. While gleaning a sense of the flow and movement of consultation.
- In collaboration with the Director of Consultation Programs, oversee ongoing evaluation of the Consultation Framework through surveys, analysis, data collection, and reporting.
- In collaboration with the Director of Consultation Programs prepares the annual budget associated with cost center; monitors expenditures and fiscal needs, and reports budget issues to the VP of Program Services.
- Prepares written program data and financial reports as required by contracts, agreements and organizational reporting needs and responsibilities.
- Informs the Director of issues and activities related to the operation of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants.
- In collaboration with the Director of Consultation Programs, oversees other projects, pilots, conferences, workshops related to social emotional development in young children.
- Manages all required records, including electronic and file copies, ensuring, compliance with legal, contractual, and auditing requirements.
- Foster collaborative relationships between teams (Infant Toddler Childcare Specialist & Quality Specialist), Nutrition Advocates and Early Learning programs (as applicable) to effectively meet providers' needs and promote their competency through support, technical assistance, training, and community networking opportunities.
- Collaborates with IDHS (Illinois Department of Human Services) to ensure open communications, quality, consistency and coordination of service delivery and contract deliverables.
- Other functions: The Organization may assign other functions to the job at its' discretion.
Supervisory 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.
- Responsible for managing the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants of the Provider Resource department.
- Formal responsibility for planning, assigning, supervising and coordinating the work of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants.
- Performs staff evaluations.
Makes hiring decisions in collaboration with the Director of Consultation Programs.
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirement listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education and/or Experience:
- Master's degree in early childhood development social work, counseling or a related field. Must include graduate education courses in Infant Studies (0-3 years), Infant Mental Health, and/or Early Childhood Development (0-5 years).
- Minimum of 5 years related experience in social services and/or Childcare and Education field.
- Minimum of 3-4 years of experience in reflective supervision and reflective practice and adept at building and sustaining relationships.
- Knowledge/experience: relationship based practices, infant mental health, child development, social emotional development, teacher-child interactions and family dynamics. Knowledge of early care and education systems, clinical work with young children and families.
- Excellent planning and organizational skills.
Possess a LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) licensure or LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) licensure or must be within six months of acquiring either licensures.
Other Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to discern, respectful, and understanding of other cultures and the diversity they bring into whatever the experience; responding in ways that align with seeking to understand while creating a place and space for inclusion. Self-aware and the capacity to have a level of awareness to one's own biases and the ability to manage, regulate through them for the best outcomes possible.
- Ability to effectively identity appropriate community resources and to programmatically integrate their activities and philosophies.
- Ensures confidentiality of employees, providers, parents/families, information received and managed by Illinois Action for Children and the Department of Illinois Human Services.
- Experience in reflective supervision.
- Excellent writing, editing, speaking and presentation skills.
- Ability to prioritize and work on multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Access to reliable personal transportation, valid drivers' license and insurance.
- Ability to travel locally, statewide, and nationally.
- Ability to adapt to a changing work environment.
Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
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