Position Summary: The Senior Director provides strong leadership in areas including, but not limited to, the development of new and existing services, the development of operational standards, budgetary and financial management, customer services, quality assurance and human resource responsibilities. Overall responsibility for all activities related to the effective and efficient functioning of agency foster care and other child welfare programs under the direction of senior management.
Completes Strategic Planning, develops and implements operating methods and procedures designed to enhance operations, improve service quality, minimize operating cost and optimize greater utilization of labor and materials.
Demonstrates leadership in carrying out the agency’s mission, vision, guiding principles and communicates those values to staff, customers, partners and funding sources.
Plan and implement procedures and systems required for the day to day management of all activities of the agency’s Head Start, early childhood and childcare programs.
Develop and monitor program budget revenue and expenditures to ensure control over spending and procurement and the collection of all payments and fees.
Ensures compliant billing/invoicing procedures are in place and ensures any issues with outstanding receivables are rectified.
Prepares for the successful completion of all audits, including DFSS, Federal, and City of Chicago compliance reviews.
Monitors reports related to key performance indicators, inventory control, staffing resources and financial controls.
Regularly travels to program sites building relationship with customers, funding sources and employees while gauging customer satisfaction and staff engagement.
Procures contracts and maintains positive relationships with children, funders and families.
Hire, train, and supervise personnel in a manner consistent with agency policies, procedures and job requirements. Implement policies and procedures to manage staff vacancies, absenteeism, turnover, and performance.
Develop and implement program goals, activities and performance to ensure that services provided will be of maximum quality, and will meet the standards prescribed by funding, licensing and accrediting bodies.
Prepare, or supervise the preparation of such reports as are required by funding or accrediting agencies or are requested by senior management.
Prepares contracts bids and writes specifications for all contracts to include annual contract updates.
Ensures that all aspects of the programs are in compliance with DCFS and Title IV-E (staff background checks).
Identify community, program and client service gaps and recommend new program and funding initiatives. Participate in the development of the funding applications essential to the continuation and expansion of services.
Foster positive working relationships with our clients, community, funding sources and regulatory bodies.
Work collaboratively with other agency directors and managers to reduce organizational redundancy, promote the delivery of integrated person centered services and achieve the agency’s strategic and annual goals and targets.
*Perform other duties as necessary and/or as directed to ensure the success of the programs.
Mental/Physical Demands: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands, and to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Environmental Conditions: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Duties are performed in a typical office environment. No unusual or adverse working conditions exist.
The position requires a master’s degree, from an accredited college or university.
At least seven years of management experience in early childhood development, child care, education, or a related industry.
NAEYC Accreditation Experience is a plus.
This position requires access to personal transportation.
This position requires the incumbent to pass certain security clearances per Federal and State client contracts.
About Ada S. McKinley
Nearly 90 years ago, our founder, Mrs. Ada Sophia McKinley, a retired school teacher and pioneer social worker, organized a settlement house in Chicago's Bronzeville community to meet the pressing needs of returning World War I soldiers and their families and to help these individuals integrate into and become productive citizens of the city of Chicago.Since that beginning, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. has expanded from a settlement house to 43 sites across six divisions and has become a comprehensive, fully-accredited, human services agency. Included among those sites are six Head Start programs; one school for children with multiple disabilities; one charter school for high school drop outs; seven janitorial work-training sites for adults with disabilities; one foster care emergency shelter; and many other services and programs.