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Head Start Director

JOB TITLE: Head Start Director

ORGANIZATION: Community Action Partnership of Illinois
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
DATE:  May 26, 2022

Job Description

Oversee operation of the Head Start Program ensuring compliance to HHS Performance Standards, State Licensing Requirements, agency policies, and any other regulations that affect the program. Provide the program with vision and leadership, ensuring management functions are properly carried out. Support School Readiness and the Parent, Family and Community Engagement process to ensure participation of children and families, as directed.

A. Supervisory:

1. Supervise the Head Start Management Team. Supervision requires a commitment to compliance with all HHS, DCFS, agency and other regulatory agencies.

2. Facilitate management meetings on a regular basis.

3. Visit all Head Start sites on a regular basis.

B. Administrative:

1. Provide oversight to Policy Council; provide up-to-date fiscal and personnel reports as well as new policies and grant applications for approval.

2. Attend Parent Meetings, Site Meetings, Area Meetings, Governing Board meetings and any other meetings as requested.

3. Develop, review and revise the Policies, Processes and Procedures for the Head Start Program.

4. Review and approve/disapprove personnel actions and consult on professional development conversations with staff members.

5. Maintain an effective relationship with Region V Program Specialist.

6. Serve as the Education Services Manager as required by Head Start Standards, coordinating, and supervising training requirements and directing MOPs in their administration of Head Start and DCFS requirements for the Education component of programming.

7. Oversee the coordination, planning and facilitating of the annual program community assessment at least once a year. Include consultation and participation of the policy groups and appropriate other community members to internally evaluate the effectiveness and progress in meeting program goals and objectives in implementing Federal regulations.

8. Ensure annual evaluations of all employees and annual professional development plans including the development and evaluation of training schedules to enhance individual personnel skills

9. Develop new sites for Head Start classrooms, as needed; work in conjunction with appropriate staff to bring site to licensing standards.

10. Coordinate Head Start and Early Head Start activities with other agency activities and community projects sponsored by CAPCIL


1. Review and provide feedback to the CFO regarding budget matters upon bi-weekly review of the agency wide budget.

2. Review, approve/reject and process all good and service procurement requests.

3. Prepare and monitor Head Start and Early Head Start program budget annually.

4. Prepare and submit accurate grant applications and reports to HHS in a timely manner.

5. Report to the Governing Board Finance Committee as requested.

6. Review Fiscal reports provided to Policy Council and respond to inquiries as needed.

7. Ensure Head Start In-Kind match requirement is met

C. Other:

1. Maintain an effective working relationship with staff, children and their parents, volunteers and community members.

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois JOB DESCRIPTION

2. Attend all staff meetings, trainings, workshops and conferences in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards.

3. Serve on related committees/board in the community or in the Head Start field that enhance this Head Start program.

4. Document at least 15 hours of In-service training annually in accordance with DCFS Licensing Standards.

5. Assist in recruitment of children as specified in the ERSEA Policy and Procedure.

6. Maintain confidentiality of all information regarding children, families and staff.

7. Perform other duties and assist in other service areas as assigned.

Key Performance Indicators:

OUTCOME Key Performance Measurement Tool What does

Indicator Good Look


Newly hired program staff Completed training Staff training tracking 75% Completed are trained and complete timelines spreadsheet within 90 days their training timeline
100 % Completed

Training Timelines within 120 days

Employees are engaged and Employee engagement Employee Satisfaction Survey 75% of staff rate a 4 feel supported by their statistics administered by the HR Office or higher indicating supervisor their supervisor is their biggest cheerleader

Program achieves Absence of significant Head Start, DCFS and Agency Zero significant audit compliance in all Head Start monitoring findings Audits or program and DCFS Licensing monitoring findings


1. Communication Proficiency
2. Collaboration and Problem-Solving Skills
3. Leadership and Leadership Development Skills
4. Organizational and Time Management Skills
5. Financial Management Skills
6. Technical Capacity
7. Business Management Skills

1. Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, business, family/community services or related field. DCFS Site Director qualified preferred.

2. Successfully complete fingerprint and background check as required by 89.Ill.Adm.Code 385, Background Checks

(Section 407.11).
3. Three years supervisory experience and demonstrated supervisory skills and mentoring skills.

4. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
5. Knowledgeable and sensitive to needs of low-income families.

6. Must successfully complete CPR, First Aid and any other certification deemed necessary for the operation of the program.
7. Willing to travel for professional growth.

8. Valid Illinois Driver’s License, dependable vehicle and proof of insurance.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

No contractual or similar obligation is implied or inferred by this job description or the employment relationship.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $32,094.00 – $74,880.00 per year


Dental insurance
Flexible schedule
Health insurance
Paid time off
Vision insurance

8 hour shift
Day shift
Monday to Friday

Bachelor’s (Required)

COVID-19 Vaccination (Preferred)
Work Location: One location

    Weather & Housing Programs Manager

    JOB TITLE: Weather & Housing Programs Manager
    ORGANIZATION: Will County Center for Community Concerns
    REPORTS TO: Executive Director
    DATE:  May 9, 2022


    • Assist with Program duties
    • Review all accounts payable for the Housing Department and Housing Rehabilitation grants
    • Maintenance of client files according to program guidelines
    • Perform Energy Conservation and Lead assessments and finals
    • Data entry of assessments and write scopes of service of work to be performed
    • Attend all IDPA classes for Certification and continued training
    • Assist in preparation of bids and opening thereof in compliance with Federal and State guidelines
    • Work with the Energy Conservation/Housing Coordinators on quality control issues
    • Supervise all field staff, contractors, and sub-contractors to make certain that all construction is done correctly within the scope of program guidelines
    • Recommend and provide training to contractors and staff
    • Perform other duties as assigned



    • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university – Preferred
    • Lead Inspector  (Illinois Department of Public Health); or obtain within 2 years
    • Lead Risk Assessor (Illinois Department of Public Health); or obtain within 2 years
    • RRP Lead Certification (Renovation, Repair & Paint) (Illinois Department of Public Heather); or obtain within one year.


    • Three years (minimum) experience working with federally and state funded programs in a management or leadership position  – Preferred
    • Basic knowledge of ICC Property Maintenance and ICC Residential Building Codes (2012 or higher)
    • Experience related to energy conservation and saving programs
    • Knowledge of building construction, home repairs, and HVAC systems
    • Must have experience with spreadsheets, budgets, and Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and Access
    • Must have knowledge of blueprints and construction processes
    • Basic knowledge of construction materials
    Chief Program Officer - CEDA

    JOB TITLE: Chief Program Officer – CEDA
    REPORTS TO: President & CEO
    DATE:  April 20, 2022 

    Job Summary:
    Under the direction of the President/CEO, the Chief Program Officer (CPO) will be responsible for the programmatic success of CEDA ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, quality control and evaluation. In this newly established role, the Chief Program Officer will manage the Programs of the agency. The CPO will also be a key external face of CEDA in the community. This position routinely handles highly sensitive and/or confidential information and will represent CEDA in a variety of capacities. Must demonstrate good, independent judgment, an ability to be approachable and professional, solid problem-solving skills, an ability to handle multiple tasks, an ability to be self-motivated and well organized, and maintain strict confidentiality.

    Essential Functions:

    • Maintains on-going knowledge of Community Action Network and regulatory standards and guidelines regarding performance management and communicate standards to agency leadership and program groups.
    • Enhances organizational excellence by establishing operational benchmarks, timelines, and resources needed to achieve strategic goals, proactively recommending and driving improvements as necessary.
    • Oversees evaluation activities including data collection systems, relating to program evaluation and measurement; communicates and prepares data collection summary reports and evaluation updates for the CEO, board of directors and staff.
    • Hires new program mangers; conducts yearly performance evaluations of program managers, and implements the appropriate professional development tools and training to maximize operational effectiveness and to ensure the achievement of employee goals and performance benchmarks.
    • Coordinates and directs expansion strategies.
    • Sets standards for accountability and measurements of success.
    • Responsible for ensuring quality programming across all areas of responsibility.
    • Works with staff to develop objective performance measurements across all programs, and to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees.
    • Implements a professional development program to address employee experience and skill gaps.
    • Promotes cooperation, representation and working relationships with appropriate federal, state and local agencies, organizations, groups and individuals.
    • Serves as a senior member of the Leadership team in the development of agency planning, management, policies and procedures, as required.
    • Other duties as assigned.

      Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

      • Program Leadership and Management: This individual will have taken a hands-on approach in leading a variety of initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a track record of effectively leading a performance-based and outcome-based program and staff. S/he will have developed and operationalized strategies that have taken a program or organization to the next stage of growth.
      • Team Building and Development: This individual will have recruited, managed, and developed a strong team of staff, program/project managers, and development professionals. This individual will serve as a “player/coach” to motivate and mentor his/her team.
      • Exceptional Communication and Influencing Skills: As a voice/advocate the Chief Program Officer will have strong written and verbal communication skills. She/he will be a persuasive, credible, and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills. This individual must work collaboratively with internal as well as external partners and other organizations, providing exposure for program impact in a variety of professional journals and other media outlets.
      • Ability to calculate basic mathematical functions of addition, subtractions, multiplication, division, calculating decimals and percentages, fractions and ratios; ability to measure data and use descriptive statistics.
      • Ability to comprehend a variety of references and manuals including Performance Standards, OMB Guidelines, program manuals, county maps, funder regulations and guidelines, training guides, policies, etc.
      • Ability to respond competently and positively to the culture, traditions, lifestyles, language and values of each individual, family, and community.
      • Ability to maintain the integrity of confidential employment, client and business information.
      • Ability to use independent judgment and principals of rational systems in the performance of tasks.
      • Ability to maintain personal composure, tactfully handle difficult situations, and interpret questions correctly; ability to behave in a friendly, understanding, helpful, and professional manner with board, funders, leadership, clients and program staff.
      • Ability to make informative and persuasive presentations, self-direct, work without supervision, function in high stress situations, provide instruction/training, direct, inspect, and organize.
      • Specific knowledge of completing budgets.
      • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, etc.

      Supervisory Responsibility: 

      • This position manages Program Directors and other administrative positions.

      Work Environment:
      While performing the duties of this job, the employee works mostly in an office environment that is quiet to moderately loud, depending on the work area. Some local, county, or state travel may be required, including overnight stays. Employee is required to sit, use hands, stand, stoop, walk, talk, and listen while performing duties. General office equipment including personal computers, scanners, copiers, faxes, desk- and smartphones, and software programs.

      Physical Demands:
      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 20 pounds. Requires normal range of hearing/vision.

      Position Type/Expected Hours of Work/Travel:
      It is an administrative support level position requiring the exercise of discretion and independent judgment and is required to work a full-time work week, as designated by the CEDA Employee Handbook, with periodic longer hours, including potential evenings, weekends, and odd hours. Occasional travel of distance may be required. Must possess and maintain an applicable Illinois Driver License, clean driving record, and Auto Insurance that meets the State requirement.

      Required Education and Experience:

      • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Business Administration, Human Services, Public Policy, Finance, or related field
      • At least 10 years relevant work experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

      Preferred Eligibility Qualifications:

      • Master’s degree highly preferred.
      • Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) desired.
      • Experience as an Executive Director of a Community Action Agency.

      AAP/EEO Statement: CEDA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CEDA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. CEDA expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CEDA’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

      ADA Statement:

      The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      Other Duties:

      Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

      This position is being handled directly by David Gomez Partners, Inc. To apply, please send your resume to David Gomez at, Charlie Sandoval at and Carrie Ann Dickson at .

      Executive Director

       JOB TITLE: Executive Director of the Western Illinois Regional Council and Community Action Agency

      REPORTS TO: Boards of Directors
      DATE: March 8, 2022 

      Job Description:
      The Boards of Directors of both the Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) and the Community Action Agency (CAA) are searching for an accomplished and aspiring leader who shares the vision and passion to work to grow its rural service region and to provide a variety of services to improve the lives and opportunities for the residents.

      Essential Job Functions:

      • Under the policy direction of the WIRC and CAA Boards of Directors, the Executive Director has the overall responsibility of administering the Agency’s planning, community action, domestic violence and sexual assault programs including program development and planning; public and governmental relations; facilities planning and control; fiscal planning and development; and staff supervision and evaluation. The Executive Director has oversight over both agencies and is responsible to report to two boards of directors with one fifteen member board of directors governing each organization.

      Key Responsibilities:

      • In an advisory capacity to the Boards of Directors, the Executive Director recommends policies for the Agency and is responsible for the execution of Board adopted policies.

      • Responsible for the development and oversight of existing programs as well as formulation of new programs; coordinates the activities of the Agency with related activities of other local, state and federal agencies and responsible for oversight of all Agency activities and programs.

      • Provides guidance for the development of programmatic and agency budgets and oversight managerial responsibility.

      • Responsible for interfacing with funding sources, the public, clients, and/or elected officials as needed.

      • Represents the Agency and staff before governing bodies, Boards of Directors, and other public/private organizations.

      • Trains, supervises and reviews the work of his/her staff, as well as having overall supervisory authority of Agency staff.

      Job Qualifications: 

      • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, public administration, social work, political science or related field with five (5)+ years of executive level leadership experience managing people and providing direction within a complex organization, preferably with a non-profit and/or governmental entity. Master’s degree in relevant field of study preferred.

      • Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of planning, program development, organizational dynamics and agency administration with a high degree of demonstrated administrative ability, including organizational and conceptual skills. Experience that demonstrates the ability to develop, coordinate and administer the many functions of a complex, multi-faceted agency.

      • Experience that demonstrates the ability in personnel/public relations including the ability to supervise and evaluate Agency staff and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, officials, and other Agency representatives.

      Key Characteristics:

      • Significant board development, fundraising, and fiscal management experience a must.

      • A financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making.

      • Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions.

      • Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser.

      • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff and have a successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team.

      Director of Utility & Energy Programs

      JOB TITLE: Director of Utility & Energy Programs
      REPORTS TO: President & CEO
      DATE: March 4, 2022 

      Job Description:
      The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies is seeking to hire an Energy Program Manager to join our team. This position will be the in-house expert on Weatherization, LIHEAP and other energy programs and will work closely with our membership agencies throughout the State of Illinois through the management of the income-eligible utility programs. This position will work closely with our program partners in assuring the goals and objectives of the program are met. In addition, this position will coordinate member-requested peer- to-peer technical training as needed and required by the program.

      Key Responsibilities:

      • Manage the income-eligible Weatherization program, serve as the pointperson to all Community Action

      Agencies (CAAs) for training and assistance, track CAA performance against metrics, and ensure all necessary protocols are followed 

      • Serve as lead staff for IACAA in communications with program partners 
      • Leverage best practices and continuous improvement to implement long-term solutions in partnership with the CAAs and program partners 
      • Coordinate education, training, and coaching to CAAs to minimize fiscal findings, failed inspections, mitigate faulty workmanship, and remedy failures when they occur 
      • Build and maintain collaborative partnerships with participating member Community Action Agencies 
      • Encourage and facilitate agencies sharing staff and collaborating on purchasing 
      • Oversee market analysis and activity for agencies participating in collaborative group procurement 
      • Travel to meetings and trainings state-wide at member agencies up to 30% of the time 
      • Coordinate with DCEO on fiscal and/or program quality control findings, reports and assist agencies with training or mentoring resources to remedy issues 
      • Generate weekly, monthly, and ad hoc reports to document status of contract deliverables 
      • Actively track industry trends and insights related to the IHWAP program to maintain IACAA’s awareness of program changes and communicate any relevant changes that may be required 
      • Assist with planning of any CAA network convening related to energy programs 
      • Coordinate regional meetings of CAAs as needed for energy program operations 
      • Attend and represent IACAA at utility and energy meetings 
      • Assist with IACAA Annual Learning Conference as needed 
      • Maintain active certifications (participate in required continuing education, maintain and submit paperwork for certification continuation/ renewal, etc.), if applicable 
      • Provide weekly program updates to President & CEO 

      Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

      • College Degree preferred, minimum of 3 years’ experience in energy efficiency, housing or related field 

      Energy, November, 2021 

      • Knowledge of Weatherization, LIHEAP and other energy programs preferred 
      • Knowledge of procurement processes is required 
      • General knowledge of the building trades preferred 
      • General project management experience is preferred 
      • Driver’s license, safe driving record, and ability to travel throughout the State of Illinois 
      • Ability to pass criminal background check 
      • Knowledge and respect for diverse cultures/lifestyles and problems of poverty in the community 
      • Ability to follow written and oral instructions with minimum supervision 
      • Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally 
      • Ability to function professionally in stressful situations 
      • Ability to work as a team member 
      • Ability to implement concepts learned from training 
      • Ability to organize time effectively and to set work priorities 
      • Ability to apply detailed knowledge of organizational procedures to make independent decisions and serve as a credible resource for senior management team 
      • Ability to lift 25 pounds 
      • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word and Excel 


      • Problem Solving/Analysis 
      • Project Management 
      • Decision Making 
      • Ethical Conduct 
      • Time Management 
      • Professionalism 

      Work Environment: 
      Work will include traveling to member agencies within the State of Illinois. This position generally works 40 hours per week with occasional evening or weekend hours to attend meetings or assist with events. Attendance at training conferences to stay current with regulatory requirements may require periodic out-of-state travel. 

      This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this position. It does not state or imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job. The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by the President & CEO. All requirements are subject to change over time, and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability. 

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      Chief Executive Officer

       JOB TITLE: Chief Executive Officer
      REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
      DATE: January, 2022 

      Position Summary:
      The focus of this job is on achieving results which are aligned with the big picture of CAPCIL, and its strategic goals. Initiative, coupled with a sense of competitive drive, and the ability to stay focused on results despite changing conditions, is the key to achieving the performance objectives of this job. Because environmental and organizational conditions change rapidly, the work involves innovation and creativity in generating ideas for quick response. Decision-making is focused on implementing practical, timely solutions. The job requires getting things done quickly and handling a variety of diverse and complex activities. Self-assurance, and the confidence to purposely drive toward results while constantly problem-solving and engaging the commitment of others is essential. A leadership style that is firm and goal oriented, and yet motivates, trains, and engages others in an enthusiastic way is important. The emphasis on building rapport and relationships with individuals and groups requires an outgoing, poised, and persuasive communication style. Because the pace of the work is faster than average, the ability to learn quickly and thoroughly while continually recognizing and adapting to changing conditions is critical. The scope of the job may require effective delegation to proven people. Especially routine and repetitive details should be delegated but with responsibility for follow up and accountability for timely results. While the job requires the ability to act independently, a sense of urgency and the confidence to handle a variety of challenges, a full commitment to the success of the business and high standards of achievement are expected in this position. The emphasis is on results, and effective systems that achieve results through and with people, rather than on the details of implementation. The job environment is flexible, constantly changing and provides growth opportunity, recognition, and reward for the achievement of business results. 

      Activities and Duties

      1. Provide direct supervision of Leadership Team. 
      2. Develop and oversee appropriate processes to ensure integrity of fiscal functions, including comprehensive financial reporting, appropriate budget development and monitoring activities, and creating appropriate internal controls that result in limited grant findings. 
      3. Provide the Governing Board with all necessary information that allows the body to make sensible and effective corporate policy in collaboration with the CAPCIL Leadership Team. 
      4. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with service providers, funding sources, and community stakeholders at the local, regional, state, and national levels. 
      5. Work closely with the Agency Development Director to establish and implement effective public relations campaigns ensuring a widespread and consistently branded portrayal of the Agency and its work. 
      6. Work closely with Chief Fiscal Officer, Human Resources Director, HR Compliance Coordinator, and Department Directors to maintain corporate operational agreements including but not limited to: 501(c)(3) agreements, By-Laws, Employee Handbook, Fiscal Policy, Annual Report, Strategic Plan, vendor agreements, leases, and all other periodic operational reports. 
      7. Work closely with the Human Resources Director and Department Directors to build and maintain contemporaneous job descriptions and job classification wage and salary scales for all staff that include updated wage and salary information, relevant duties and responsibilities, and Key Performance Indicators that measure desired outcomes for each role. 
      8. Work closely with the Community and Personal Development Director to conduct an annual comprehensive community assessment that includes both qualitative and quantitative data. Data should be used for ongoing evaluation of the Agency program portfolio to ensure appropriate changes are made based on changing community need. 
      9. Develop and oversee systems to promote the motivation and professional development of team members at all levels of the organization. 
      10. Mobilize and pursue resources to enhance and expand agency’s capacity and effectiveness. 
      11. Work closely with the Agency Development Director to generate unrestricted corporate resources that are adequate to offset departmental shortfalls. 
      12. Oversee the preparation and negotiation of contracts, grant applications, grant awards and related documents and signs such documents. 
      13. Work closely with the Chief Operations Officer to conduct regular and ongoing risk assessments with the goal of building a Risk and Safety plan that provides processes and organizational culture principles that mitigates seen and unforeseen risks. 
      14. Work closely with the Chief Technology Officer to provide the Agency with innovative technological solutions that ensure a positive work-environment for the staff, a secured virtual workspace, and provides mitigation strategies that prevent or reduce negative consequences relating to business interruption events. 
      15. Participate and serve as a visible presence in State and National affiliate organizations. 

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