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 Starting at $60,000

Due to a recent retirement, an excellent leadership opportunity exists within the field of early childhood education. The Child Development Director is responsible for the daily management of the District's Big & Little Child Development Center and the Learning Center Preschool program.


B.A. or B.S. in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education or closely related field is preferred.
Minimum of two years of credit from an accredited college or university or, 64 semester hours in any discipline with a minimum of 21 semester hours of college credit in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education and one of the following:

• Gateway to Opportunity Level I Illinois Director Credential, or

• 3 semester hours of college credit in administration, leadership or management, or

• 3 points of credential‐approved training in administration, leadership or management.

Must possess certifications in First Aid and CPR/AED within 90 days of employment.
Must possess a Certified Food Manager Certification within 90 days of employment.

Essential Functions

Provide a warm, nurturing, safe and loving environment for children where self‐confidence is enhanced, independence is encouraged and individuality is respected. • Maintain compliance with DCFS licensing requirements and quality standards for a child care facility. • Complete all required DCFS forms and obtain relevant certifications in advance of deadlines. Research, develop and coordinate the implementation of improvements to the District’s Child Development Center activities and Learning Center preschool program. • Recruit, hire, orient, schedule and supervise the work of child care and preschool teachers, aides and support personnel. Conduct performance reviews for staff. • Develop, schedule and implement an annual calendar of in-service trainings. Ensure staff attendance. Produce and update training manuals for staff. • Train and practice with staff the medical emergency, evacuation and disaster plans so as to be prepared for any and all emergencies. • Develop curriculum. Review lesson plans on a regular basis. Implement new curriculum and technology as necessary. • Communicate to staff various directives, program ideas, resources and other relevant information. • Meet with current and prospective parents/guardians regarding enrollment interviews. • Meet with current parents/guardians who come to the Child Development Center and Learning Center Preschool in conference regarding children’s progress. • Assess individual needs and developmental patterns of children, working with other staff to implement curriculum appropriate to meeting such need. • Continuously seek ways to improve and deliver quality services to both external and internal customers. • Quickly and diplomatically attend to questions, suggestions, and/or complaints received from the public and staff. • Contribute to the organization, arrangement, sanitation and safety of the Child Development Center and Learning Center Preschool premises, materials and equipment. • Supervise food services as integral part of program. • Prepare the annual budget for the operation of the Child Development Center and Learning Center Preschool, monitor revenue and expenses, make purchases, and provide recommendations to the Superintendent of Recreation on rate and policy changes. • Develop long range recommendations for capital expenses. • Accountable for payment transactions including installment billing, refunds, scheduled payments and ECP/ACH, and the resolution of outstanding balances. • Review information for the seasonal program brochure and website. • Produce monthly report to Superintendent of Recreation. Prepare monthly reports and/or figures concerning the operation areas of responsibility including profit and loss. • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Marginal Functions

Hours will vary including days, nights, weekends, and holidays. • Assist with district wide special events and special projects. • Maintain membership in professional organizations. • Attend child care workshops or meetings to stay current. • Minimum 15 hours annual training as required by of DCFS. • Read and utilize current literature for program planning and curriculum development. • Participate in community functions as a committed professional in the field. • Function intermittently as a member of the teaching team. • Support interactions with regulatory agencies in order to maintain conformity to legal standards and regulations. • Serve on District committees as requested. • Assist with emergency procedures and building evacuations. Ensure compliance with safety, health, and loss control policies and procedures of the District. • As directed by Superintendent of Recreation, participate in professional committees, conferences, workshops, and classes to improve job knowledge and management skills.

The Mundelein Park & Recreation District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and proof of education to Matthew LaPorte, Superintendent of Recreation by email: or by mail: 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein, IL 60060. An online application should also be completed through the District's website at No phone calls please.

 Mundelein Park & Recreation Dist.


Matthew LaPorte

 Closing Date

August 14, 2020  Print