Project Manager of Child Development Center (CDC)
City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college
system in Illinois, is made up of seven colleges and five satellite
sites, providing more than 70,000 students each year access to a
quality, affordable education.
Reporting to the District Director, Child Development Curriculum,
the Project Manager, Child Development Center (CDC) is a part of
the District’s Child Development management team, providing
management oversight, coordination and technical support in the
review and renewal of consultant contracts providing direct
services to the Child Development Centers (CDC) at the
The Project Manager, Child Development Center (CDC) also manages
functions to develop and coordinate the family service, parent,
family and community engagement and ERSEA in accordance with the
Chicago Early Learning Standards Manual. Performs related duties as
- Works with Procurement Services in preparing requests for
proposals (RFPs) for the annual review and renewal of contracts
with consultants provide direct services to Child Development sites
in various areas to include health, nutrition, dental, and social
- Oversees and monitors CDC sites billing operations for
attendance in coordination with Business Manager to ensure
appropriate attendance tracking and reporting for reimbursement
from grantor - City of Chicago’s Department of Children and Family
- Provides support to CDC sites in implementing systems to
accurately track meals served and prepare required food reports for
reimbursement from grant agency - state’s Child and Adult Care Food
- Works collaboratively with Directors of CDCs to maintain
systems and procedures for up-to-date collection, reporting and
communication related to all program areas and services and readily
available to program stakeholders.
- Manages and oversee the planning, development, and
implementation of Parent, Family and Community Engagement and
Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance
(ERSEA) policies and procedures developed in accordance with the
Head Start performance standards and Chicago Early Learning
- Manages various components of Head Start and Early Head Start
enrollment, recruitment, selection, eligibility and attendance,
(ERSEA) status reports. Investigates problem areas and provides
technical assistance as needed.
- Works with management team to identify challenges and propose
revisions to family and community partnerships, and ERSEA/Family
Engagement policies and procedures in accordance with Head Start
performance standards and other regulatory requirements.
- Lead all program functions related to family support, family
engagement services across all settings, including
directly-operated centers and early learning partners.
- Develops and implements strategies to ensure continuous
compliance with all funder requirements and pursue excellence in
family support and engagement.
- Use COPA and other program database tools to monitor compliance
on an ongoing basis. Identifies areas of non-compliance and
implement program-wide plans to resolve issues.
- Determines root causes of compliance risks and implements a
comprehensive strategy, including training, resource development
and measures for accountability.
- Manages building of formal and informal community relationships
to support resource referral, service delivery and
- Manages and oversees implementation of agency parent
- Monitors direct casework services to families to ensure that
appropriate action is taken and make necessary
- Audits program files for family services and ERSEA to ensure
proper documentation is maintained.
- Provides training for family service staff and other staff in
family services, in ERSEA and family engagement.
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in
Social Work, Human Services, Family Services, Counseling or related
- Master’s degree preferred
- Two years of work experience in an administrative or
supervisory role for a Head Start/Early Head Start program or other
early childhood education program
- Knowledge and understanding of Head Start Performance
standards, NAEYC accreditation standards and city’s Department of
Family and Children Services (DCFS) grant requirements
- Knowledge and understanding of family engagement and ERSEA
components of Head Start
- Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work with families from diverse cultures and
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel,
Excellent health and welfare benefit package and
long term savings and investment programs including 403(b) &
457(b) Investment Plans and a pension plan with the State
University Retirement System (SURS) Plan. Generous vacation,
holiday, personal and sick days, and tuition reimbursement. For a
more detailed overview of benefits, please visit the benefits page
of our website.
Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6
months of hire.
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Thank you for your interest in CCC!