Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and life.
The Youth Programs Manager is responsible for the leadership and operational success of Gads Hill Center’s out of school time educational programs for children and youth. This role oversees the Junior Building Leaders program located in two sites (Pilsen and North Lawndale) serving 100 children ages 5-12 and the Building Leaders college readiness program which serves 40 youth ages 13-18. Finally, this individual will lead our Community School programs in the West Loop which provides after school programs for children ages 5-10. This manager provides supervision for a dynamic team of 11 individuals. The Youth Manager leads parent engagement efforts and recruitment strategies for the department to ensure that all programs operate at full capacity. This position ensures that all licensing and compliance standards for the site are met. A successful candidate is a creative, energetic, and organized leader capable of developing and implementing innovative education strategies that foster the academic, social-emotional, and civic engagement goals of programs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage day-to-day operations of youth and community programs.
Develop clear concepts and plans for new programs.
Execute all grant contracts relevant to the department and meet program deliverables.
Produce program reports on a regular basis in a timely and professional manner.
Ensure all programs have logic models that align to the organization’s mission, vision, and Theory of Change.
Adhere to DCFS Licensing Standards and notify Chief Operating Officer of any potential licensing violations.
Adhere to childcare standards and eligibility requirements; work with Enrollment and Recruitment staff to ensure that all eligibility requirements are met.
Maintain a diverse curriculum including STEM education, college readiness and social-emotional learning that is linguistically and culturally relevant.
Build and implement a parent engagement plan to involve parents in program, agency, and advocacy events.
Perform administrative duties such as participants’ daily attendance record, meal orders, and complete participant’s files.
Recruitment & Outreach
Develop an outreach strategy to ensure that all youth programs operate at full capacity.
Represent Gads Hill Center at city, state, and national levels on policy matters pertaining to youth and their families by participating in committees of interest outside of Gads Hill Center.
Collect and manage data on outreach activities to track effectiveness; prepare reports with analysis of outcomes.
Cultivate and strengthen relationships with community-based partners, elected officials, and key stakeholders to strengthen programs; engage participants and volunteers.
Supervise and train youth program staff on how to successfully work with the students and apply the educational modules and materials in their classroom.
Plan and implement staff professional development opportunities.
Conduct and document formal observations of staff for individual and group supervision and provide timely written feedback.
Identify and contract supplemental supports such as substitute teachers as needed
Evaluate program goals and objectives to identify issues and develop corrective action plans, as needed.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all GHC employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside.
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Education, with at least 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) of courses related to elementary education, school-age child care, and/or child development.
Demonstrated experience in curriculum development and outcomes measurement.
Ability to train, lead, and energize a multi-disciplinary team to achieve program goals.
Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a nonprofit and youth development in an educational setting.
Demonstrated experience in direct service working with diverse low-income families required.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills required.
A minimum of one year of staff supervision experience required
Must be able to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive a 12-passenger van on a daily basis.
Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
Entry Salary Range: Mid 40’s
Location: 1919 W. Cullerton and 2653 W. Ogden
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Keith Knabjian - Human Resources Manager
Additional Salary Information: Free Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Free Short Term Disability Insurance, Free Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan and match after 2 years.
10 paid Holidays
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.