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Program Development Department Positions

Early Education Teacher - Champaign, IL

Under the direction of the Education Coordinator, the Teacher develops and implements individual educational plans for children, which help them to develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their stage of development. The Teacher works collaboratively with the Teacher Assistant and volunteers.

Qualifications and Requirements:

An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in child development or early childhood education, or equivalent coursework to a major relating to early childhood education, or a baccalaureate degree and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America’s professional staff.

  1. Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of child development programs, early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, and bilingual education;
  2. Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing;
  3. Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities; and
  4. Have education or experience in collaborating with parents in the education of their children.

Essential Functions:

  1. Plan and implement learning experiences that promote all developmental areas, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy and phonemic, print, numeric awareness, and language-including English as a second language if applicable;
  2. Guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom;
  3. Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children;
  4. Conduct a home visit and at least one parent conference to discuss the child’s individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;
  5. Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices;
  6. Meet bi-weekly with director and coordinators to exchange information pertinent to the identification and services of children with disabilities;
  7. Meet with mental health consultant monthly to discuss mental health needs of children;
  8. Attend staff training and meetings, and board and parent meetings as requested;
  9. Works with the Teacher Assistant and volunteers to use and develop their skills and abilities in planning and carrying out classroom activities;
  10. Maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment. Assure that classroom equipment, furniture, materials, and supplies are properly maintained and stored;
  11. Use the playground as an extension of the classroom; assures that the playground is safe;
  12. Assist in conducting the daily health and environment check list;
  13. Assist in implementing children’s I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) or I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood;
  14. Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance as needed;
  15. Complete and submit required forms and records in a timely and accurate fashion, e.g., lesson plans, portfolio forms, assessment, time sheets, meal reports etc.;
  16. Actively assists in transition activities;
  17. Distribute newsletters, flyers, and other information to families as instructed by the supervisor;
  18. Actively participate in the development and implementation of the Teacher Professional Development Plan;
  19. Assure that files are complete, accurate, and confidentially maintained; and
  20. Perform other duties, as may be required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Successful experience working in a team setting;
  2. Ability to work respectfully and cooperatively with a Teacher Assistant, assisting her/him in increasing professional knowledge and skills;
  3. Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community;
  4. Ability to plan, organize and implement position responsibilities;
  5. Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if need;
  6. Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, fax machine, copier, and tape recorder;
  7. Must be able to lift 55 pounds;
  8. Must be able to travel;
  9. Must be able enter and exit a vehicle without assistance, and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions; and
  10. Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff and clients.

Working Conditions:

  1. Possible exposure to blood and bodily fluids or tissues;
  2. Possible exposure to communicable diseases;
  3. Job requires standing for long periods of time, as well as stooping, squatting, and running;
  4. A moderate amount of driving is required.

Requirements:

Preschool Teachers

  • Degree in early childhood education or child development (Associates or Bachelors); or
  • A baccalaureate or advanced degree in education with an Illinois Pre-K certification; or
  • Equivalent coursework

Infant/Toddler Teachers

  • Degree in early childhood education or child development; or
  • An Infant/Toddler CDA or comparable credential.

All Teachers

  • Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, and bilingual education;
  • Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing;
  • Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities; and
  • Have education or experience in collaborating with parents in the education of their children.

Benefits: 

Salaried; commensurate with experience.

Teaching Assistant - Champaign, IL

As part of the education team, under the general direction of the Education Coordinator, with support from the Teacher, the Teacher Assistant helps plan and participates in classroom, playground, and field trip activities. These activities are designed to foster or enhance all areas of the child’s development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • With the teacher, guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom;
  • Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children;
  • Write weekly observations per assessment procedure;
  • Use home visits and parent conferences to discuss the child’s individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;
  • Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices;
  • Meet with mental health consultant monthly to discuss mental health needs of children;
  • Guide children’s acquisition of social skills;
  • Attend staff training and meetings, and board and parent meetings as requested;
  • Assist in providing and maintaining a safe and healthy developmentally appropriate environment;
  • Assist in conducting the daily health and environment check list;
  • Assist in implementing children’s I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) or I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood;
  • Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance as needed;
  • Assist the teacher in the completion of required reports;
  • Complete timely and accurate time sheets;
  • Assist, as requested, in transition activities;
  • Distribute newsletters, flyers, and other information to families as instructed by the supervisor;
  • Actively participate in the development and implementation of the Teacher Assistant Professional Development Plan;
  • Perform other duties, as may be required.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Additional Requirements:

  • Successful experience working in a team setting;
  • Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community;
  • Ability to work with the Teacher to plan, organize and implement position responsibilities effectively, providing input;
  • Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if need;
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, fax machine, copier, and tape recorder;
  • Must be able to travel;
  • Must be able to lift 55 pounds; and
  • Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff and clients.

Working Conditions:

  • Possible exposure to blood and bodily fluids or tissues;
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases;
  • Job requires standing for long periods of time, as well as stooping, squatting, and running; and

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Requirements:

Preschool Teacher Assistants

A Preschool CDA; or

Illinois Gateways credential.

Infant/Toddler Teacher Assistants

High school diploma or equivalency certificate (GED)

All Teacher Assistants

  • General requirements for personnel as stated in DCFS licensing requirements
  • Knowledge and experience with the basic principles of child development;
  • Preferred Spanish-speaking
  • Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing; and
  • Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities.

Benefits: 

Salaried; commensurate with experience.

Seasonal Head Start Teacher - Champaign, IL

Under the direction of the Education Coordinator, the Seasonal Head Start Teacher develops and implements individual educational plans for children, which help them to develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their stage of development. The Teacher works collaboratively with the Teacher Assistant and volunteers. This is a seasonal job: from June – November.

Qualifications and Requirements:
An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in child development or early childhood education, or equivalent coursework to a major relating to early childhood education, or a baccalaureate degree and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America’s professional staff.
Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Head Start (or comparable child development programs), early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, and bilingual education;
Preferred Spanish-speaking, experience with migrant farm workers;
Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing;
Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities; and
Have education or experience in collaborating with parents in the education of their children.

Essential Functions:
Participate in grantee and delegate component pre-service training;
Implement IMSHS curricula in the classroom;
Perform the functions of this position with a strong understanding of the Head Start Performance Standards and the component plans; and thorough knowledge and application of Developmentally Appropriate Practices;
Plan and implement learning experiences that promote all developmental areas, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy and phonemic, print, numeric awareness, and language-including English as a second language if applicable;
Guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom;
Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children;
Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child’s work, and developmental assessment completed as per IMSHS procedure;
Conduct a home visit and at least one parent conference to discuss the child’s individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;
Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices;
Meet bi-weekly with director and coordinators to exchange information pertinent to the identification and services of children with disabilities;
Meet with mental health consultant monthly to discuss mental health needs of children;
Guide children’s acquisition of social skills, and those marked by the Head Start Standards;
Attend staff training and meetings, and board and parent meetings as requested;
Works with the Teacher Assistant and volunteers to use and develop their skills and abilities in planning and carrying out classroom activities;
Maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment. Assure that classroom equipment, furniture, materials, and supplies are properly maintained and stored;
Use the playground as an extension of the classroom; assures that the playground is safe;
Assist in conducting the daily health and environment check list;
Assist in implementing children’s I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) or I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood;
Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance as needed;
Complete and submit required forms and records in a timely and accurate fashion, e.g., lesson plans, portfolio forms, assessment, time sheets, meal reports etc.;
Actively assists in transition activities;
Distribute newsletters, flyers, and other information to families as instructed by the supervisor;
Actively participate in the development and implementation of the Teacher Professional Development Plan;
Assure that files are complete, accurate, and confidentially maintained; and
Perform other duties, as may be required.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Additional Requirements:
Successful experience working in a team setting;
Ability to work respectfully and cooperatively with a Teacher Assistant, assisting her/him in increasing professional knowledge and skills;
Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community;
Ability to plan, organize and implement position responsibilities;
Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if need;
Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, fax machine, copier, and tape recorder;
Must be able to lift 55 pounds;
Must be able to travel;
Must be able enter and exit a vehicle without assistance, and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions; and
Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff and clients.

Preschool Teachers
Degree in early childhood education or child development (Associates or Bachelors); or
A baccalaureate or advanced degree in education with an Illinois Pre-K certification; or
Equivalent coursework
Infant/Toddler Teachers
Degree in early childhood education or child development; or
An Infant/Toddler CDA or comparable credential.

All Teachers
Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, and bilingual education;
Preferred Spanish-speaking,
Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing;
Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities; and
Have education or experience in collaborating with parents in the education of their children.

Working Conditions:
Possible exposure to blood and bodily fluids or tissues;
Possible exposure to communicable diseases;
Job requires standing for long periods of time, as well as stooping, squatting, and running;
A moderate amount of driving is required.

Benefits:
Salary commensurate upon experience

Junior Site Leader - Champaign, Rantoul, Arcola IL

Tap In Leadership Academy’s Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week, full-day program for youth from four years old through entering eighth grade. Under the direction of the Site Coordinator & Site Leader, the Junior Leader will provide leadership, supervision, assistance, and tutoring to students in the Tap In program. The Junior Leader will assist with culturally related academic activities, leadership enrichment, and college preparation activities with groups of up to 10 students. Junior Leaders will build personal relationships, as well as provide opportunities for students to develop and strengthen academic and social skills in groups and individually.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Site Leader, assist in facilitating S.T.E.A.M. based leadership and CILC lesson plans for enrichment activities according to student interest.
  • Assist in facilitating and supervising enrichment and various activities as necessary.
  • Assist in adapting lessons as necessary for scholars with different skill levels.
  • Participate in and evaluate the effectiveness of activities and events.
  • Build intentional, caring, and meaningful relationships with scholars.
  • Mentor and guide scholars experiencing difficulty in adjusting to personal or program changes, and provide support as situations arise.
  • Assist with the implementation of discipline techniques and classroom management.
  • Instruct students on the safe and proper use of supplies and equipment.
  • Participate in cleaning and maintaining the facilities and equipment.
  • Inspect the program site and the equipment for potential safety hazards.
  • Interact professionally and appropriately with parents, enrichment providers, community members, site staff, the Site Coordinator and various administration staff.
  • Participate in team meetings and on-going training opportunities.
  • Comply with all school district policies and procedures.
  • Use culturally competent pedagogy when planning for and while engaging students.
  • Supervise students when on field studies and participating in activities.
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to participants.

Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in high school (entering ninth grade through entering twelfth grade).
  • Minimum 1 year experience working with diverse youth in an organized setting.
  • Willingness to learn about race, racism, and issues relating to class.
  • Ability to make a daily commitment throughout the 6-week program.
  • Health Screening/TB Clearance.
  • Background/Fingerprint Clearance.

Hours:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday from the beginning of June to the end of July.

Pay:

Commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please send email with cover letter and resume to questions@tapinacademy.org. Interviews in April, training starts the end of May, position starts early June.

Bus Aide - Champaign, IL

The Bus Aide assists in the safe and pleasant transportation of children enrolled in the program, under the direct supervision of the Facility and Transportation Coordinator:

  1. Ensures the safety and well-being of children being transported to and from the program and on field trips on vehicles used by the program, including but not limited to:
    1. Helping children board the bus safely, including helping teachers prepare for departure (putting on coats and assuring that each child has his/her own belongings);
    2. Assuring that the bus driver is not distracted from the safe operation of the vehicle;
    3. Helping children safely get off the bus and into the custody (only) of those individuals authorized to receive them; and
    4. Retrieving any fallen objects during the bus ride.
  2. Follows and ensures mandated child restraint devise procedures, ensuring children are properly positioned and restrained (babies fastened in car seats, and seat belts for older children).
  3. Engages in activity that is:
    1. Safe and appropriate for a moving vehicle; and
    2. Consistent with Developmentally Appropriate Practices to make the trip pleasant and comfortable.
  4. In the event of an accident or emergency, assures the safe evacuation of children and adults passengers (following the Bus Evacuation Plan) and assists in assuring that all passengers are transported to the nearest hospital or to their private physician, as per Medical/Accident Emergency Plan.
  5. Assists in completing accident reports, when appropriate.
  6. Reports any traffic violations incurred by the Bus Driver to the Delegate Director or Site Supervisor.
  7. Attends all scheduled staff meetings, team meetings, and trainings, as requested.
  8. Supervises sign-in and sign-out procedures.
  9. Follows center’s sick-child policy with regard to receiving children on the bus.
  10. Gives parents any notes or written materials sent from the center and distributes notes from parents to the appropriate center staff.
  11. Receives children’s medicines from parents and returns them to parents.
  12. Answers parents’ questions, if possible and tells them any pertinent Information about the child’s bus ride or condition.
  13. Assists in maintaining the interior of the vehicle in a clean and safe operating condition.
  14. Assures that no child is ever left unsupervised on a bus.
  15. Performs other duties, as may be assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Spanish speaking individual preferred.
  • Ability to pass a physical exam every two years and a TB test yearly.
  • Must be able to comply with a background check as required by the Agency or IDCFS.
  • Must possess personal qualifications as required in Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers – emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the alms of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities.
  • Must have good verbal communication skills and visual ability to observe children.
  • Ability to fulfill responsibilities under pressure, including during emergencies.

Working Conditions:

  • Risk of exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.
  • Risk involved with travel on main highways, side streets and rural roads during the transportation of children.
  • Risk of exposure to communicable diseases.
  • Must be able to lift 55 pounds, many times a day, climb into the school bus, walk around migrant camps, bend, kneel and squat frequently.

 

The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications

may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties.

 

Benefits:

Compensation based on experience.

 

Bus Driver - Champaign, IL

Under the general supervision of the Director or Site Supervisor, the Bus Driver has the primary responsibility for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the children, staff and volunteers during bus transportation to and from the center and on field trips. It is also the role of the Bus Driver to: guarantee that the bus is clean and in proper working condition at all times; determine and follow safe and efficient bus routes; ensure all children are in age appropriate child safety restraints; assist in ensuring child/staff ratio is maintained on the bus and provide day to day guidance to the Bus Aides; maintain all transportation records required by the program; ensure bus evacuation drills are held at least monthly; and, evacuate children in case of emergency The Bus Driver also acts as a link between the parents and the Head Start program:

  1. Ensures the safety and well-being of children and adults being transported to and from the program and on field trips.
  2. Arranges for the annual state inspection of the bus(as) before program begins to transport children; assures, with prior approval, purchases and/or repairs are made pursuant to state inspection.
  3. Completes a comprehensive written inspection of the bus daily, reporting any conditions of concern to the Director, or delegated staff person, before transporting children.
  4. Ensures that the communication device (e.g. two-way radio, cellular phone) is in proper working order before each trip.
  5. Arranges for and ensures completion of routine maintenance of bus (e.g., oil change); transporting the bus to and from maintenance and/or repair facilities.
  6. Ensures that the bus always has sufficient fuel.
  7. Ensures that there is always fresh drinking water on the bus.
  8. In consultation with the Director, develops and follows efficient and safe written bus routes that ensure no child will be on the bus more than one hour.
  9. Operates bus in such a way that road and safety regulations are always followed; reports any traffic violations to the Director immediately.
  10. With the assistance of Bus Aides, ensures all children are in age appropriate child safety restraints at all times during transportation.
  11. Assists with ensuring child/staff ratios are maintained on the bus and provides day to day guidance to the Bus Aides.
  12. With the assistance of the Bus Aides, follows safe bus loading and unloading procedures.
  13. Follows procedures to guarantee no child is left alone on bus without adult supervision at any time, including insuring all children have departed bus at the end of all bus routes (morning, evening and during field trips or other special trips).
  14. With the assistance of the Bus Aides, assures that children who are visibly sick or complaining of feeling sick remain with their family. (Follows IMHSP Short-term Exclusion and Readmission Policy). Informs designated staff person at the center of those children who will be absent.
  15. With the assistance of the Bus Aides, assures children’s medications are received from parents and delivered to center following the delegate’s procedures.
  16. Follows other procedures developed by the delegate for receiving children (e.g., with assistance of Bus Aides, ensures children are freshly diapered; toys and bottles are left with parents, etc.)
  17. Keeps the bus clean and free of debris; follows other bus cleaning procedures.
  18. Routinely inventories bus emergency and first aid supplies and equipment, reports needs to the Director, or delegated staff person.
  19. With the Family Partnership Coordinator, identifies those persons authorized by the parents/guardians to receive the children. Delivers children only to the authorized persons. Follows IMSHSP Child Sign-In/Sign-Out procedures.
  20. With the assistance of Bus Aides, delivers messages and other items to and from the parents.
  21. Prepares aides and children for bus drills and ensures bus evacuation drills are held at least monthly. Documents all drills in writing.
  22. Assists in other transportation training of bus aides, teachers, children and volunteers.
  23. In case of accidents/emergencies, evacuates children according to written and practiced procedures.
  24. In the event of an accident, assures that medical emergency procedures are followed; completes a written accident report as required by delegate’s procedure and other authorities.
  25. Attends and participates in center pre-service and in-service trainings, and other continuing education, career and professional development opportunities.
  26. Participates in the agency’s self-evaluation process and grantee monitoring visits, as requested, and complies with any Program Improvement Plans developed.
  27. Performs other duties, as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

 

Education:

  • Possess a current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), hold a current School Bus Driver’s Permit, and be certified in First Aid and CPR for all age groups transported.

Experience:

  • Successful experience as a School Bus Driver preferred.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and strengths of low-income and migrant families preferred.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills commensurate with the responsibilities of the position are required.
  • Bilingual, both oral and written, ability (English/Spanish) is preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass an annual Illinois School Bus Driver’s physical which includes a tuberculosis test and drug test.
  • Must be able to comply with background check, including fingerprints, as required by the agency and/or Illinois Licensing Agency.
  • Regular access to a reliable vehicle; have a valid Illinois driver’s license and vehicle insurance.
  • Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community.
  • Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if needed.
  • Must be free of communicable diseases and breathing impairments.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to operate the bus, conduct pre-trip inspections, and clean the bus.
  • Must have effective organizational, problem solving, and time management skills.
  • Ability to learn and comprehend information from Procedures Manuals and other materials.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow traffic signs required. Must be able to physically move through the bus, center and classrooms.
  • Ability to lift 55 pounds is required.
  • Ability to perform responsibilities under pressure and in cases of accidents or other emergencies.
  • Successful experience working as an effective member of a team desirable.
  • Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff & clients also desirable.
  • Must possess personal qualifications as required in Section 407.100 of the Illinois Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, including: emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of Head Start, respect for children and adults from various cultures and backgrounds, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health that do not interfere with responsibilities.

Working Conditions:

  • Tasks that involve infrequent exposure to blood, bodily fluids or tissues.
  • Risk involved with travel on main highway, side streets and rural roads during business travel, including evenings and weekends.
  • Tasks that involve handling implements or utensils, use of public or shared bathroom facilities or telephones and personal contacts are Category III tasks.
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases.
  • This job involves sitting for long periods as well as stooping, squatting, lifting, carrying, pushing and climbing.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must be able to travel, enter, and exit a vehicle without assistance and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions.
  • Random drug tests may be performed.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties.

Benefits:

Compensation based on experience.

 

Workforce Development Department Positions

Employment Specialist - Chicago, IL

Employment Specialists are liaisons between the youth Clients of our Youth Employment Services (YES! Chicago) and employers partnered with our program. They operate in a team to ensure that YES! Chicago has a variety of available employment placements based on the nationally recognized career clusters, and that Clients are successful within those placements. Employment Specialists report to the YES! Chicago Director. This is a full-time position, with regular evening and Saturday hours.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify, meet with, and recruit employers to hire YES! Chicago’s Clients based on the sixteen career clusters.
  • Establish relations with HR Representatives or other individuals responsible for hiring at various organizations and businesses within Cook County.
  • Assess potential employers’ quality based on the initial meeting to ensure worksite placements are high quality, and locations are safe.
  • Ensure that all files have necessary documentation as required by the DHS.
  • Coordinate YES! Chicago’s community relations and outreach, including developing content for social media, flyers, and marketing materials, alongside the Office Coordinator.
  • Develop and deliver presentations to community groups and organizations to increase the awareness of YES! Chicago’s services and recruit potential partners.
  • Work alongside Client Services Coordinators to determine employment placements based on each Client’s skills and interests.
  • Facilitate Worksite Employer Orientations to include worksite expectations, policies, procedures, and a cultural competency training.
  • Perform monthly monitoring visits and evaluations.
  • Work with employers to ensure that Clients are progressing.
  • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with local agencies and business organizations, and provide support as questions or concerns arise.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with, and attend the events of community organizations and local schools for the purpose of outreach, recruitment and positive public relations.
  • Ensure confidentiality of all files and records, maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, guidance, policies and procedures.
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with staff, employers, and other funded partners to ensure YES! Chicago’s success.
  • Provide excellent customer service in all phases of work with Clients, schools and employers, while focusing on a strengths’-based approach.
  • Prepare regular program reports.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, and at least two years of professional, workforce development experience is required.
  • Must have experience working with disengaged youth and youth from economically disadvantages backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated leadership and vision in managing staff groups, major projects or initiatives.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style.
  • A demonstrated commitment to high ethical standards and a diverse workplace.
  • Must be organized, dependable and excel independently.
  • Possess tact, confidence and active listening skills when working with others.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.
  • Must have a valid Illinois driver’s license, auto insurance, and regular use of car.
  • Background/Fingerprint Clearance.

Hours:
The Employment Specialist position is full-time and typical hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Must be willing to work regular evenings and weekends for events, trainings, and team development.

Pay:
Salaried; commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance.

Finance & Administration Department Positions

Communications & Public Relations Coordinator - Chicago, IL

The Communications and Public Relations Coordinator will build strategic, creative and effective communication strategies to leverage Tap In Leadership Academy’s brand and mission, highlight our community impact, and maximize visibility as a social change agent. The Communications & PR Coordinator will partner closely with Team Members and the community to assure that functions are integrated internally, external communications are streamlined and consistent, and a collaborative environment is maintained. This position requires an individual with impeccable judgment, a passion for Tap In’s mission, and a keen eye for details.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, develop, and implement overarching marketing, development, and communications strategies to advance Tap In’s programs and achieve organizational goals.
  • Facilitate external fund development, communications, marketing, advertising, and public relations.
  • Deepen the organization’s reach, community interaction, and impact with target audiences and the broader public through integration of public outreach and media relations’ strategies.
  • Develop and manage major campaigns; launch and track major initiatives.
  • Identify new ways to drive and generate revenue.
  • Plan and execute Tap In’s fundraising and community outreach events.
  • Ensure consistent, high quality, engaging messaging both internally and externally.
  • Manage consistency and the quality of brand voice.
  • Provide leadership, editing support, and communications and marketing oversight to Tap In’s Team Members and contractors.
  • Ensure the presence of consistent messaging and branding at all public programs and fundraising events.
  • Manage the design, layout, and production of creative projects including but not limited to marketing and communications materials, ads, brochures, flyers, newsletters, annual fundraising letters, and the annual report.
  • Oversee the Outreach Services department.
  • Use technology to reach and educate community members and potential partners through social media.
  • Identify and implement new ideas for our website to optimize user experience.
  • Gather and develop stories for use in marketing initiatives.
  • Identify, initiate, and deepen relationships with various community stakeholders.
  • Maintain the Department of Outreach Services’ budget.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communication, or a related field required.
  • Must have at least five years of communications and public relations experience, nonprofit preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership and vision in managing staff groups, major projects or initiatives.
  • A demonstrated commitment to high ethical standards and a diverse workplace.
  • Possess tact, confidence, and active listening skills when working with others.
  • Must be organized, dependable, and excel independently.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.

Hours:
The Communications & P.R. Coordinator position is full-time and typical hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends for events, trainings, and team development.

Compensation:
Salaried; commensurate with experience.

Support Services Director - Champaign, IL

The Support Services Director serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Chief Executive Officer, and the organization’s operations. Working under the CEO, this position also contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices. The Support Services Director oversees the Food Service Program, the Volunteer Coordinator, the Bookkeeper, custodial services, information technology services, community engagement, program planning, scholar intake, and general operations. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations with strong written and verbal communication, administrative and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Improve the operational systems, processes, and policies in support of Tap In’s mission – specifically, support better management reporting, information flow and management, business processes, and organizational planning.
  • Manage and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization’s support services through improvements to each function as well as coordination and communication between support and business functions.
  • Manage agency and program budgets in coordination with the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Oversee the Bookkeeper, and ensure that financial management, disbursement, planning, systems, and controls are efficient.
  • Oversee the Food Service Coordinator and ensure the program follows all policies and procedures set by federal, state and organizational standards.
  • Oversee the Volunteer Coordinator to monitor overall volunteer recruitment and attendance. Ensure the Volunteer Coordinator is maintaining regular contact with the RSO to carry out additional recruitment goals.
  • Communicate directly, and on behalf of the CEO, with Board members, partners, community organizations, and others in-person, via telecommunication, or at meetings.
  • Research, prioritize, and follow up on incoming and upcoming issues and concerns addressed to the CEO, including those of a sensitive or confidential nature. Determines appropriate course of action, referral, or response.
  • Work closely and effectively with the CEO to keep her well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Act as a “barometer,” having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the CEO updated.
  • Provide leadership to build relationships crucial to the success of the organization, and manages a variety of special projects for the CEO.
  • Monitor general office standards and procedures and coordinate with custodial services, information technology services, and transportation services to ensure there is a safe, productive work environment.
  • Actively recruit, hire, train, supervise, coordinate, and monitor performance of staff; meet regularly to discuss performance.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication or a similar field.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates an ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Must have a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and building consensus among diverse individuals.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Expert level written and verbal communication skills.
  • Forward thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.
  • Excellent computer and technology skills and proficient in Microsoft Suite.
  • Background/Fingerprint Clearance.

Hours:
The Support Services Director position is full-time, and typical hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as necessary.

Compensation:
Salaried; commensurate with experience.

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