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Site Director

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ITAV in Oak Park - Oak Park, IL
Full Time
$65,000.00 - $86,946.00 Salary


Join Our Team: Site Director 

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 Site Director oversees an ITAV early childcare center and ensures a safe and nurturing environment for all children, implements policies and procedures to be in compliance with regulations at all times, and maintains high-quality standards of care. This includes supervising the teachers, teacher assistants, admin staff, kitchen staff, and custodial staff. As a main point of contact for families, staff, stakeholders, vendors, and visitors, the Site Director will embody the ITAV values and cultivate a welcoming environment. 

This Site Director will report directly to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Operations Manager. The ideal candidate will exemplify 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.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Build a team of passionate educators committed to culturally responsive and inclusive practices, delivering high-quality teaching, and fostering a safe and nurturing environment for our children.

  • Ensure adherence to the ITAV policies and procedures, Head Start Standards, IL 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.

  • Provide supervision, coaching, and mentorship to all staff on site 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.

  • Ensure the kitchen is in compliance with the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) program.

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

Why Join Us?

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

  • Growth: Join a forward-thinking organization committed to innovation and expansion, offering abundant opportunities for professional development and career advancement.

  • Community: You'll become an integral part of our vibrant community, collaborating with dedicated individuals who share your passion for education. 

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


Locations: ITAV Early Learning Center, ITAV Oak Park  (Chicago, IL)


Position Type: Full-Time




Required Education & Training: 

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

  • Currently has a Level I Director’s Credential

  • 2+ years of experience in a leadership role, preferably in education or a community-based setting. 


Who Are You:

  • 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, Head Start standards and the IL 407 Daycare Licensing Rules.

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

  • You are an adept manager with a talent for multitasking, flexibility, and working collaboratively within teams to achieve common goals.

  • As a strategic leader, you possess a proven track record in elevating organizational performance and fostering a culture of success at the site level

  • You are a resourceful and innovative problem-solver, skilled at navigating complex community dynamics and effectively addressing multifaceted challenges to drive positive change.



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

  • 3% 401(k) company match

  • Up to $10,000 in annual tuition assistance 

  • Targeted, ongoing professional development

  • International travel opportunities with students

  • Opportunities for leadership, growth, and meaningful impact