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Early Childhood Assistant Director

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission


1776 E. Washington Street, Urbana, IL

End Date


Job description

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is seeking an Early Childhood Assistant Director to join our team.  Champaign County RPC is a people-focused agency made up of over 100 programs designed to generate possibilities for all within our community. A great deal of planning goes into creating opportunities where people can succeed on their own, and RPC is doing that work. From analysis to policy guidance to offering services to our communities, RPC’s people plan for people.

The Early Childhood Assistant Director is responsible for supporting the Early Childhood Division Director to assure the Head Start Performance Standards are met daily. This position ensures program compliance with laws, policies, and standards for clients, students, staff, licensure, Training and Technical Assistant, and all other specialties related to comprehensive services. This position works collaboratively with the Early Childhood Division Director to build a culture of excellence and accountability. The Early Childhood Assistant Director is responsible for the day-to-day program operations in the absence of the Director. The position operates under general supervision with wide latitude for the use of independent judgment, discretion, and initiative.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university with a major in social work, human development, public health, nursing, early childhood education, public administration, social work, business, family services, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience within Head Start/ Early Head Start or Early Care and Education services or related field.
  • Three years of leadership experiences in management including one year of direct supervisory experience.
  • Previous experience with culture management and inclusion initiatives preferred.
  • Experience working in an early childhood setting preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse populations preferred.
  • Respect for the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Must meet all requirements of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
  • Use oral and written communication, and interpersonal and management skills necessary to effectively supervise staff, relate to children, families, and community agencies.
  • Learn relevant federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations, including Head Start.
  • Learn adult learning principles, case management practices, engagement, and rapport building skills.
  • Be flexible to the demands of the position.
  • Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness to respond to urgent and emergent situations safely and competently (within scope of position).
  • Utilize information for data analysis and monitoring within multiple related databases.
  • Utilize technology to meet program requirements.
  • Work in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Work independently and meet strict deadlines.
  • Effectively engage participating children and/or families.
  • Coach staff and provide reflective supervision.
  • Document and provide feedback on employee performance and accountability.
  • Manage multiple projects.
  • Make decisions based on developmentally appropriate practices and trauma informed care.
  • Monitor program operations.
  • Reinforce curriculum and classroom management methods.
  • Lead trainings and meetings.
  • Provide necessary emergency response to children, families and/or staff.

The job description may be viewed at

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M – F (Flexibility is required to support the needs of the early childhood program.)
Status:  Full-Time/Year-Round
FLSA Classification:  Exempt
Pay Grade:  9
Starting Wage:  $35.16

Competitive benefits, health insurance, dental insurance, retirement, tuition reimbursement, high-quality programming, and great work environment!

Applicants may apply at:

CCRPC is an EEO/AA/ADA employer.

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