Program Coordinator- Chicago

Program Coordinator – Chicago
School of Social Work
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Title IV-E Illinois Birth through Three Waiver [IB3] is a five-year demonstration project designed to address the needs of infants and toddlers affected by traumatic events. It is part of a national effort to change child welfare practice for this population and to improve the well-being of children and their families. The goals of the IB3 Waiver include, but are not limited to: offering support to infants and toddlers affected by trauma, providing assistance to birth and foster parents through parent education, coaching and intensive therapeutic interventions.


The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in collaboration with The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is seeking professionals in Chicagoland area to work with the IB3 Waiver in the full-time capacity of Program Coordinator.


Supports coordination for the operations of the Early Childhood Court Team (ECCT) and Illinois Birth through 3 (IB3) programs. This collaboration between the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS) and UIUC-School of Social Work all require support for continuous quality improvement, communications/community engagement and outreach, and managing project activities for each of the two programs by creating or improving effective monitoring systems.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support for the IB3/ECCT project development and implementation. Identification and recruitment of resources to staff workgroups (e.g., Purchase of Service (POS) Foster Parent Support, DCFS Staff) and ongoing communication regarding court team and waiver operations as needed. Create and manage tools to support work flow. Coordination for timely submission of all required evaluations; work plans; reports of progress. Support the development and implementation of ECCT and IB3 policies and procedures.
  • Provides supervision for the Quality Improvement Support Specialists (QIST) including ongoing coaching, performance monitoring, and evaluation; may provide supervision of other staff, including parent partners pending program growth
  • Supports project organization and communication by identifying professional networks statewide for the 2 programs and each of their external stakeholders. Builds collegial relationships with diverse professional networks and supports program communications with stakeholders by providing program information; identify and engage community stakeholders to provide support for families engaged in ECCT;
  • Prepares and analyzes monthly client data and agency provider performance in support of continuous quality improvement;
  • Provide support for fiscal oversight of IB3 contracts by analyzing expenditure data as a performance measure for agency providers;
  • Provides oversight of data management and continuous quality improvement (CQI) through preparation of excel reports and serves as a liaison to Office of Information Technology Services (OITS) to resolve data dilemmas;
  • Conducts routine analyses of training needs and develops work plans, supports curriculum and coaching for staff development


Minimum Education and Work Experience: Bachelor’s degree and 8 years experience in public-sponsored, direct child welfare/mental health services, or 5 years experience with a Master’s degree in Social Work, Early Childhood Education, or Human Services. Demonstrated experience in child welfare; utilization and implementation of evidence informed practices in child welfare environments; training of staff. Clinical experience with trauma informed practice with young children, child welfare practice, parent education and training.


Successful Candidates: will possess a working knowledge of child welfare practice, organizational change management strategies, established evidence-informed treatment and practices and clinical interventions related to trauma and child maltreatment within family systems, the impact of trauma on the child and family system, child trauma treatment practices, and early development.


This is a Civil Service Program Coordinator position.  It is a full-time (100%), twelve-month position located in Chicago. The position is grant-funded and renewal is contingent upon availability of funds. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The proposed start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.


To ensure full consideration you must submit: cover letter, curriculum vita, and the name, address, and phone numbers of three references to by December 10. For further information, you may contact You may also visit  for additional information.


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