The Early Learning Partner Program Supervisor has primary responsibility for leading IAFC’s work to engage and develop a high-quality network of early childhood partner sites. These sites are private child care centers that IAFC supports through staffing, coaching and quality improvement resources. This individual will provide supervision and leadership to a team of Partner Quality Coaches, ensure adherence of partner sites to agency expectations and implement a clear workplan to continuously move the agency’s network of partners towards quality.
This incumbent will be expected to collaborate with content area coaches and partner sites’ owners/directors to address coaching observations and recommendations.
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.
- Leads the Early Learning Partner program and the team of Partner Quality Coaches in all areas of work.
- Develops and implements a framework for quality action planning that will be used by Partner Quality Coaches to move each site towards whole-site quality, including ExceleRate Gold and national accreditation.
- Partner with the Early Learning Finance team to manage annual budgets for partner sites and monthly partner billing process.
- Promotes professional and trusting relationships with partner site owners, directors and staff. Supports program staff in resolving challenges and ensuring seamless implementation of quality programming throughout the day.
- In collaboration with Director of Early Learning Quality Improvement, assess and prioritize requests for facilities improvement based on available resources.
- Ensure and track compliance with Gateways and Paraprofessional credential requirements in collaboration with HR Generalist and Early Learning Internal Trainer.
- Ensures that teachers and family engagement specialists reporting to Partner Quality Coaches receive the supervision, support and guidance necessary to do their best work.
- Leads annual development and execution of formal contracts with partner sites. Recommends revisions to contract language to department leadership.
- Lead cultivation and recruitment of new partner sites, as needed.
- Monitors program improvement planning and compliance enforcement process to ensure contract enforcement and resolution of non-compliance issues.
- Collaborates with the Internal Trainer to plan training opportunities focused on quality. Ensures that partner site staff are engaged in trainings offered by IAFC.
- Collaborates with Education Manager to ensure clear communication between Partner Quality Coaches and coaches within each content area.
- Collaborates with the Manager of Home Visiting Programs to align home visiting and classroom approaches within sites.
- Demonstrates knowledge of Early Head Start/Head Start, PI, and PFA site operations, philosophy and goals.
- Establish productive working relationships with partner site directors and owners. Plan regular directors/owners meetings to disseminate information and improve knowledge and capacity.
- Executes our workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement (CQI), communication, competent people and clear priorities.
- Independently works on multiple tasks effectively in support of department.
- 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 company reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.
- Orients and trains Partner Quality Coaches.
- Leads development and implementation of partner program framework and procedures.
- Travels to conferences and trainings in and out of state.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development (CD), Early Childhood Education (ECE) or in a related field
- Master’s Degree strongly preferred
- At least two years of Early Childhood classroom experience
- At least two years of supervisory experience
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
- State Early Childhood Education certification and/or Gateways Infant Toddler or ECE Level 5
- Illinois Director’s Credential, Level II or higher or ability to obtain within one year of hire
- Must be CLASS reliable or become reliable within 6 months of hire and have a full understanding of the CLASS Observation tool
- Current First Aid and CPR certification or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire
- Staff must have reliable vehicle and insurance due to being field staff traveling to various sites
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of and ability to implement early childhood curriculum and developmentally appropriate practice for the birth to five
- Knowledge of and ability to assess, analyze, and interpret Head Start Standards, state and local licensing requirements
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, competent interpersonal skills, and strong organizational skills. Ability to communicate using technology, develop reports, and track data
This position will work in the southwest suburbs of Chicago
IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer