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ECE Operations Manager

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It Takes A Village HQ - Chicago, IL


Job Title: Early Childhood Education Operations Manager


About It Takes A Village Family of Schools (ITAV):

ITAV is a beacon for how to educate and love Black children. We provide a comprehensive, culturally responsive social justice education and life-empowering social services. At ITAV learning is fun and transformative, teaching is innovative, and knowledge is not bound by the walls of the classroom. Students, staff and families are empowered to be civically engaged and make positive change by addressing local, national, and global issues. 



The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Operations Manager oversees ITAV’s early childcare centers and ensures all sites are in accordance with ITAV standards, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) 407 Licensing Rules, National Association for Education for the Young Children (NAEYC) standards, and any additional funding source standards. This role’s main focus is to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for all children, implement policies and procedures to be in compliance with regulation at all times, and maintain high-quality standards of care. Ideal candidates will embody our commitment to nurturing not just cognitive but holistic development in an environment steeped in love and respect for the cultural identities of all our students.


The ECE Operations Manager will report directly to the Director of Early Childhood Programs and will supervise ECE Site Directors. This position will work closely with multiple departments, so strong communication and collaboration skills are essential. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee ITAV ECE Site Directors to ensure compliance with DCFS 407 Daycare Licensing Rules and NAEYC Standards.

  • Develop, implement, and monitor policies, procedures, and safety protocols to uphold childcare quality and regulatory compliance.

  • Maintain benchmarks for quality care that include child development, safety, and parent satisfaction.

  • Ensure staff training on childcare regulations and best practices, including a comprehensive training on safety, health, hygiene, and supervision policies, are conducted on a regular basis. 

  • Provide supervision, coaching and mentorship to ITAV Site Directors and foster a culture of continuous learning among staff.

  • Ensure accurate documentation of licensing activities and collaborate with management to streamline processes.

  • Manage administrative tasks such as scheduling, budgeting, and record-keeping for childcare operations.

  • Foster positive relationships with parents through regular communication, monthly parent meetings, and soliciting feedback for areas of improvement. 



Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Business Administration, or related field (Master's degree preferred).

  • Currently has a Level II Director’s Credential

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in childcare management, with a focus on operations and quality control.


Who You Are:

  • You are a compassionate individual who prioritizes the well-being and needs of young children.

  • You have a strong knowledge of Illinois daycare licensing regulations, including the 407 Daycare Licensing Rules and Standards.

  • You have excellent leadership and communication skills that translate to all audiences including staff members, parents, and regulatory agencies.

  • You have strong organizational and problem-solving skills and can manage multiple priorities and deadlines effectively.

  • You expertly weave cultural relevance into your teaching methods, significantly enriching the learning experiences and developmental milestones of each child.

Why Join Us?

  • Impact: Play a pivotal role in the educational journey of hundreds of students and their families.

  • Growth: Be part of an innovative, expanding organization with opportunities for professional development and career advancement.

  • Community: Work alongside a team of passionate educators and staff dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our students.

  • Innovation: Contribute to a cutting-edge model of education that integrates social justice, community engagement, and academic excellence.

Locations: Humboldt Park, South Loop, Austin, and Oak Park (Communities in Chicago, IL.)

Position Type: Full-Time

Ready to Make a Difference?

If you're inspired to make a lasting impact in the lives of young children and their families, we invite you to apply to become an integral part of ITAV’s transformative journey. To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter, detailing how your background, skills, and passions align with our mission and this role.


Compensation and Benefits Package:

  • Competitive, transparent payscale aligned with local public schools

  • 80% employer contribution of medical benefits

  • Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance

  • Paid Time Off

  • 3% 401(k) company match

  • Up to $10,000 in annual tuition reimbursement

  • Targeted, ongoing professional development

  • Opportunities for leadership, growth, and meaningful impact