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Project Manager of Child Development Center

City Colleges of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 30, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Grants & Contracts
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Full Time
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Project Manager of Child Development Center (CDC)

Kennedy-King College

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 colleges.

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 required.


  • 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 services.
  • 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 Services (DCFS).
  • 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 Program.
  • 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 Implementation Standards.
  • 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 recruitment.
  • Manages and oversees implementation of agency parent curriculum.
  • Monitors direct casework services to families to ensure that appropriate action is taken and make necessary recommendations.
  • 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 field
  • 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 backgrounds
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

WE OFFER: 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!

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