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Quality Specialist

Department: Programs
Location: Chicago, IL

ABOUT US:

Illinois Action for Children (“IAFC”), a local, state, and national leader in the early childhood care and education sector for over 50 years.  IAFC programs, services, and advocacy improve learning and life outcomes for children and families, including reducing the effects of poverty.  IAFC works to ensure that every child in Illinois – particularly those in need – have access to the necessary resources to succeed in school and in life.

Along with our mission, IAFC is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist culture. We are dedicated to this pledge through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and servicing our staff and clients.  IAFC staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities.  We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our essential work.        

SUMMARY:

Under the direction of the Program Manager of Consultation Programs, the Quality Specialist will maintain a working knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the Quality Rating Improvement System/ExceleRate (QRIS). QS will support and advance  program improvement efforts of  home and center-based programs. Work will be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards. The QS position is a field- based position and extensive travel is required.

This incumbent will be expected to promote and adhere to the workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement (CQI), communication, competent people and clear priorities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organizational standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following. The organization reserves the right to add to, delete, change, or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.

  1. Maintain working knowledge and understanding of  the Quality Rating Improvement System/ExceleRate policies, DCFS licensing regulations for homes and centers, related program business administration trainings, training tiers, circles of quality and processes.
  2. Responsible for coordination and presentation of ExceleRate Illinois Orientation and Environmental Rating Scale (ERS) trainings.
  3. Recruit participation in the Quality Rating Improvement System/ExceleRate, distribute materials and supplies, provide updates of QRIS specific information to Illinois Action for Children and Community Partner staff.
  4. Develop, recruit and coordinate Quality Improvement co-horts that will include trainings related to continuous quality improvement.
  5. Provide additional education, outreach and technical assistance relating the continuous quality improvement and ExceleRate to providers, programs, and external organizations.
  6. Have an adequate understanding of the larger implications of high-quality child-care on a child’s development and the role of a consultant.
  7. Serve as a liaison between program/providers, Community Partners and Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral (INCCRRA).
  8. Participate in group and individual reflective supervision meetings, seminars, conferences, consultations, and serve on local/state committees related to program needs.
  9. Complete weekly data entry, program documentation and required reporting.
  10. Must be able to fully communicate, speak, listen, write, read, and present trainings in English.
  11. Execute our workplace core capabilities of: accountability, customer focus, continuous quality improvement (CQI), communication, competent people, and clear priorities.
  12. Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor's degree child development, early childhood education or related field and a minimum of  two years related experience working in a child care setting with young children.
  • Must be able to fully communicate, speak, listen, write, read, and present trainings in English.
  • Shall complete SIDS Prevention, ECERS-R, ECERS-3, SACERS, ITERS, FCCERS, DCFS Child Abuse and Neglect Mandated Reporter Training, QRS Orientation, Business and Program Administration training within 6 months of employment.
  • Serve as an approved trainer for the Gateways to Opportunities formerly Illinois Trainer’s Network (ITN) for the Environment Rating Scales within 1 year of employment.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong desire to work with ethnically and economically diverse populations, particularly those with limited access to resources (financial and professional)
  • Ability to work with a flexible schedule, which may include nights and/or weekends
  • Ability to work well independently and as a team member
  • Effective professional written and spoken communication
  • Effective program management within budgetary constraints; meeting or exceeding program goals
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized and able to use time effectively
  • Accurate record keeping and basic accounting skills
  • Ability to travel locally, with occasional statewide and national travel
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically

 

Salary: $40,500/yr   -   Location: Chatham/Field    -    IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.

 

 

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