The Salvation Army - Central Territory

  • Education Manager/Child Care/Chicago

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Arts and Education
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview



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    Education Manager



    Oversees the Head Start Education component, coordinates the Child Care Program Training, serves as liaison to two to three Head Start sites, and participates as a member of the management team.



    1. Oversees the Head Start Education component with Head Start site staff (especially directors, and teaching staff) and Managers.
      1. Assures that all activities for children are based upon developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant practices including: daily activities, celebrations, and field trips.
      2. Establishes education philosophy of the program.
      3. Facilitates in-service training for teaching staff.
      4. Observes teaching practices in classrooms regularly, provide technical assistance.
      5. Reviews and approves site ordering of curriculum materials and
      6. Attends DHS Education Advisory Meeting.
      7. Monitors education tracking and documentation.
      8. Revises the Education Manual for teaching staff annually.
      9. Works with the Head Start Program Manager to revise the Forms notebooks annually.
    2. Coordinates the Child Care Program TrainingWrites the T/TA Plan/Budget which is submitted to DHS in June/July annually, and once the plan is approved, monitors the expenditure of funds.
      1. Plans for utilization of staff development/conference funds in Head Start Budget and Salvation Allocation, and monitors expenditure.
      2. Maintains Child Care Program Training Plan/Calendar which includes training for all staff.
      3. Plans and facilitates the Agency Fall Welcome (Pre-Service) with support form Managers.
      4. Assures that training requirements of both Head Start and DCFS licensing standards are met through coordination with Managers and site directors.
        1. Training required by the Head Start Performance Standards.
        2. Teaching staff credentials.
        3. Food Sanitation Certification of Food Aids.
        4. CPR training of Head Start staff.
        5. Annual hours of training require by DCFS for Child Care staff.
      5. Coordinates training require by new or improved Head Start systems.
      6. Oversees Resource Center and expenditure of funds, books, and materials.
    3. Serves as liaison to two or more Head Start Programs
      1. Meets with the site director bi-weekly, or at a minimum monthly basis to provide supervision and support.
      2. Responds to requests for information, technical assistance and support from the site director.
      3. Supports Director in responding to special need and child abuse situations.
      4. Provides technical assistance in implementing policies in the program.
      5. Represents the program and its needs to the Administrative Office.
      6. Evaluates the site director annually.
    4. Participates as a member of the Child Care Program Management Team.
      1. Planning
        1. Coordinates with all members of the management team to plan, support and monitor all programs of The Salvation Army Child Care Program.
        2. Assists with budget review. Makes appropriate suggestions for expenditures and/or changes.
        3. Participates in new program development.
        4. Identifies potential funding sources for supplemental services and develops proposals as requested.
      2. Personnel Support
        1. Assists with developing and maintaining good staff relationships.
        2. Participates in interviews for management staff, as requested.
        3. Represents The Salvation Army and Child Care Program to staff with regard to personnel policies.
      3. Advocacy
        1. Develops an atmosphere of support for the agency’s programs within the community at large and among program users and participants.
        2. Establishes and maintains collaborations and partnerships with state, community and neighborhood institutions and organizations, creating written agreements when appropriate.
      4. Professionalism
        1. Maintains a professional attitude.
        2. Adheres to personnel policies.
        3. Supports and enforces program regulations.
        4. Assumes and thoroughly completes all duties in a professional and timely manner.
        5. Accepts responsibility willingly.
        6. Demonstrates enthusiasm for the program.
        7. Responds objectively to change.
        8. Responds in a positive manner to constructive suggestions.
        9. Respects the confidentiality of parents, children, and other staff members.
      5. Assumes an advocacy position for children and families.
        1. Presenting at professional conferences.
        2. Representing the needs of the children and families in our programs at meetings.
        3. Keeps abreast of health practices.
        4. Demonstrates a proficient knowledge of health issues.
        5. Demonstrates professional growth and improvement through:
          1. Identification of own training needs.
          2. Participation in training sessions.
          3. Enrollment in workshop/college courses.
          4. Reading professional literature.
    5. Other Duties
      1. All other duties as assigned.




    A willingness to uphold and promote the mission of The Salvation Army.



    An excellent attention to detail, procedures, processes and policies.


    A demonstrated ability to manage projects, priorities and staff in a constantly changing environment.


    A communication and management style that exhibits the principles and values of the Army as well as fosters team relationships and effectively communicates information.


    A flexible style that also displays a willingness to learn.


    Possess ability to multitask with a strong awareness of deadlines.



    An understanding of federal, state and Salvation Army policies.


    An understanding of data management, procedure development & flow of information.


    A “hands-on” knowledge of how to effectively work with diversity in the workplace.


    Good organizational skills and the ability to work independently as well as with a team of people.


    Good judgment in making decisions, recognizing established precedents, and demonstration of resourcefulness in meeting problems.


    Ability to write clearly and give good instructions.



    Graduation from an accredited University or college with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.


    Experience and training in implementation of the High Scope Curriculum.


    Minimum of two years experience in supervision of staff.



    This individual will be evaluated on how effectively the outcomes of this position are achieved as well as the timeliness, accuracy and completeness of accomplishing assigned goals.



    This position reports to the Program Director.


    This position directly supervises two or three Head Start Directors.


    This individual relates to and interacts with a wide range of contacts both within and outside The Salvation Army and in these contacts, they act as a representative of the Army and its mission.



    This individual will only commit Army resources that have not been allocated or approved.


    This individual will keep the Program Director and other pertinent staff members informed on all critical issues relating to his/her area of responsibility.


    This individual will adhere to all Army policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position.



    This position is required to do light physical work.


    In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to use standard office equipment and a PC.


    Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50lbs occasionally. 


    The work environment for this position includes an office environment with a low noise level.




    Exempt/Regular Full-Time     


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