Position Summary: The Senior Director provides strong leadership in areas including, but not limited to, the development of new and existing services, the development of operational standards, budgetary and financial management, customer services, quality assurance and human resource responsibilities. Overall responsibility for all activities related to the effective and efficient functioning of agency foster care and other child welfare programs under the direction of senior management.
Completes Strategic Planning, develops and implements operating methods and procedures designed to enhance operations, improve service quality, minimize operating cost and optimize greater utilization of labor and materials.
Demonstrates leadership in carrying out the agency’s mission, vision, guiding principles and communicates those values to staff, customers, partners and funding sources.
Identify cash and in-kind funding opportunities to support existing and new programs and services for the Talent search programs.
Ensures compliant billing/invoicing procedures are in place and ensures any issues with outstanding receivables are rectified.
Works closely with corporations and individuals to build partnerships that maximize private financial support for the programs.
Solicit donations from individuals, businesses and corporate foundations for Talent Search services not covered by government funding.
Work collaboratively with the Development Office to reduce organizational redundancy, achieve the agency’s strategic and annual goals and targets. Engage in joint communication and fundraising initiatives to advance the image and reputation of Ada S. McKinley.
Prepares for the successful completion of all audits, including federal compliance reviews.
Monitors reports related to key performance indicators, inventory control, staffing resources and financial controls.
Regularly travels to program sites building relationship with customers, funding sources and employees while gauging customer satisfaction and staff engagement.
Procures contracts and maintains positive relationships with students, customers and other stakeholders.
Prepares contracts bids and writes specifications for all contracts to include annual contract updates.
Hire, train, and supervise personnel in a manner consistent with agency policies, procedures and job requirements.
Communicate Ada S. McKinley and Talent Search innovative approaches and successes to relevant audiences, including potential and actual donors.
Ensures that all aspects of the programs are in compliance with DCFS and Title IV-E (staff background checks).
Mental/Physical Demands: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands, and to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Environmental Conditions: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Duties are performed in a typical office environment. No unusual or adverse working conditions exist.
The position requires a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, from an accredited college or university.
At least seven years of management experience in education, college placement, health and human services and/or a related industry.
This position requires access to personal transportation.
Essential Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Excellent communication skills.
Knowledgeable of current child welfare standards and best practices.
Competence in budget preparation and cost control concepts.
Contract administration experience.
Knowledgeable of work safety standards and practices.
Working knowledge of computer software systems (Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
Experience working with persons with disabilities or specialized health care needs.
Ability to maintain positive customer relations.
Knowledge of Electronic Record Management Systems.
About Ada S. McKinley
Nearly 90 years ago, our founder, Mrs. Ada Sophia McKinley, a retired school teacher and pioneer social worker, organized a settlement house in Chicago's Bronzeville community to meet the pressing needs of returning World War I soldiers and their families and to help these individuals integrate into and become productive citizens of the city of Chicago.Since that beginning, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. has expanded from a settlement house to 43 sites across six divisions and has become a comprehensive, fully-accredited, human services agency. Included among those sites are six Head Start programs; one school for children with multiple disabilities; one charter school for high school drop outs; seven janitorial work-training sites for adults with disabilities; one foster care emergency shelter; and many other services and programs.